Zermatt ski holidays

At the base of the Matterhorn

Russell Bowes

Russell Bowes
HomeAway travel expert

Zermatt ski holidays Sitting high in the Alps at 1620 metres is the traditional resort of Zermatt. The village is in the shadow of one of the most spectacular and photographed vistas in the Alps, the Matterhorn. Zermatt lies at the end of the Matter valley (or “Mattertal” in German) and is the most important and popular resort in this region. Aside from the beauty of the Matterhorn, the village is encircled by almost a third of the highest peaks (those over 4000ft) in the Pennine Alps. Through the Matterhorn ski safari, you are linked to the Matterhorn international ski area with a wealth of skiing opportunities, and famed resorts such as Chamonix.
With 365 days of snow it’s always a good time to visit, though if you want to go off piste or try the snow trails it's best to visit before late May. The village has excellent connections to the rest of the region and is under four hours by car from Geneva, but it's also easily accessible from Italy. With the exception of electric cars Zermatt is a car-free resort, yet there are various car parks at the Matterhorn terminal where a shuttle train will run you from Tasch to Bahnhofplatz in the village. Getting around the village by foot, on ski or horse-drawn sleigh is sure to make for a relaxing change.


What you need to know about Zermatt


Resort information Resort information

Zermatt sits at an altitude of over 1600 metres, so it's a high altitude resort offering plenty of skiing opportunities in the Matter valley. On offer are 67 runs spread over 313 kilometres of piste, with two snowboard parks to boot. The runs breakdown into 19 beginner slopes, 33 intermediate slopes and 15 advanced routes. There are a great range of lifts whisking you to the top with 14 chair lifts, 23 cable cars and 34 drag lifts, the highest of which climbs to 3820 metres. The skiing here is some of the best in Europe and the routes are great for intermediate and advanced skiers, though there are fantastic ski schools for beginners too. Aside from skiing, why not try snowshoeing or snow sure?

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Where to ski in Zermatt Where to ski in Zermatt

Zermatt is known for having some of the best skiing in Europe with some truly fantastic runs for advanced skiers. If you really want to push yourself heli-skiing is widely available and it’s well worth a go! Intermediate skiers are also well catered for. One of the best runs is the intermediate route down from Zermatt to Cervinia in Italy. Before breakfast try skiing between Trokener steg and Furi for untouched snow. For an exceptional day out try the Matterhorn ski safari where you can take in 10 or 12km of the international ski area. After your apres ski take a moonlight ski at either Rothorn or Gornergrat.

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Nearby ski areas Nearby ski areas

Zermatt sits at the foot of the Matterhorn and surrounding the small village are almost one third (38) of the 4000ft plus mountains in the Alps. With this on your doorstep it’s time to explore the wider Matter valley. Zermatt is also excellently placed to explore the Matterhorn international ski area through the ski safari on offer: ski touring is popular and an excellent way to explore the region. Lasting well into May you can take two day or multiday tours, but the most famous of these is the ‘Haute’ route between Chamonix and Zermatt. Alternatively, why not visit the two snowboard parks for some gravity defying action?

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As you would expect from a charming resort like Zermatt, the off piste scene is excellent with over 30 restaurants strewn across the village and mountain side. Try the mountain restaurants for Alpine-tapas, a local tradition, accompanied by spectacular views of the Matterhorn. The après ski is varied from the moment you come off the slopes, and throughout the night there is more than enough to keep you entertained: after dinner, you'll find several bars to visit which offer live music and buzzing dance floors.

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Spa's, bars and shopping, what to do off the slope Spa's, bars and shopping, what to do off the slope

Zermatt isn’t limited to the piste. Off the slopes there is plenty to do from skating on glaciers to cheese making. A visit to the Glacier Palace, the highest in the world is a real treat. Lifts take you directly from the Matterhorn glacier paradise station straight to the palace where you can explore 15 metres under the glacier. If shopping is your thing, then Zermatt has a charming mix of glitzy and everyday shops perfect for retail therapy. And if you are feeling the burn after a few days on-piste, then why not relax tired muscles in the health spa or heated outdoor pool? Don't miss Europe's highest altitude railway station either: it's the only way to enjoy the majesty of the Alps! 

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Zermatt offers the best in on and off piste action, from its mountain safari and moonlight skiing to the more sedate outdoor pool, health spa and shopping opportunities. There's also a lively après ski scene with nightclubs, but there are churches and chapels to explore when you fancy something less lively. Gastronomes will like a cheese making trip to see Alpine cheese in productio, and families will be well catered for with good ski schools and excellent overall facilities.


Zermatt Ski Chalets


The interior of Callera Chalet has been designed to a 5*+ standard which has set a new precedent in luxury chalet accommodation. Conceptually the chalet has been designed using the very highest quality natural materials and workmanship, incorporat...

Unique Luxury 5* Ski Chalet *6 Bedrooms *Exceptional Service

Ideal for large families or groups spending a ski vacation together in the very exclusive Petit Village area of Zermatt. This recently constructed December 2013, built to a spectacular high quality finish using beautiful old aged wood, creates a u...

Luxury, duplex apartment for 8 people, spectacular view of the Matterhorn

Chalet Turquino**** (8 pers) is situated in a lovely position in Winkelmatten, a tranquil area on the outskirts of Zermatt, it has two, south facing balconies with spectacular uninterrupted views of the Matterhorn. Supermarket, restaurants and l...

Spacious 1 bedroom apartment, close to centre and Matterhorn departure station.

Situated in an excellent position close to the Matterhorn ski departure station and just a five minute walk to the village centre, Vitalis 1 sits in a tranquil forested area of Zermatt. This spacious one bedroom apartment(4th floor with lift) is ...

Modern, spacious 2 bedroom apartment with Matterhorn views

Haus Murini “Cloud 9” is in a quiet part of town, with excellent local amenities. Because of it's elevated position (40 steps) you enjoy the unobstructed views of the Matterhorn whilst feeling totally at home in this modern, spacious (120sqm) and...

5 Minutes From The Lifts

This light and airy apartment comprises 2 bedrooms (one double and one twin, both south facing). They have built-in wardrobes leaving the rooms very spacious. The bathroom has a bath, shower, WC and has heated towel racks and a hair dryer for...

Luxury two bedroom apartment with mountain views.

Haus Adrian is the newest addition to the Zermatt Apartment Rentals portfolio. This luxury two bedroom apartment is located in the Wiesti area of Zermatt and is just a three minute walk to the Sunnegga Express lift station. Located on the third...

Open-plan 3 Bedroom Loft Apartment With Stunning Views Of The The Matterhorn.

This modern loft apartment is located just a 7-8 minute walk to the Sunnegga departure station and bus departure point and 10 minutes to the town centre and Gornergrat station. It is one of two identical apartments in the same building and is in ...

Family friendly 3 bedroom apartment with private garden, Matterhorn views

Haus Vallverde (120 m2) is a spacious modern three bedroom apartment located in a lovely position near the old chapel in Winkelmatten, a tranquil area on the outskirts of Zermatt. Small supermarket, restaurants and local bus stop just a two minute...

A Beautiful Family Chalet And Possibly One Of Zermatt's Best Kept Secrets!

Unlike with many of the chalets in Zermatt the owners have avoided the minimal white look so that the chalet has kept its' rustic charm. It is situated in a beautiful elevated position, with uninterrupted views of the Matterhorn, in preserved tra...

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