If you thought the only fun to be had once the sun sets on the slopes was après-ski bar-hopping, then think again – there are plenty of things to do in Zermatt. We’ve selected our pick of the top five unique mountain experiences and winter activities.
Gliding down the Rothorn when it’s bathed in soft moonlight is a wholly unique experience. The evening begins with a meal at cosy Restaurant Rothorn, where you can tuck into a traditional Swiss fondue while enjoying magnificent views of the Matterhorn. Once your energy levels are sufficiently replenished, wrap up tight for your moonlit run, where you’ll be safely accompanied by members of the Zermatt Bergbahen AG Piste and rescue service.
Relax and unwind amidst the snow-capped mountains on a VIP gondola ride. Nestled into a leather armchair with your arm around that special someone, sipping a glass of champagne, it’s an unforgettable way to experience the Swiss Alps. Choose a return trip from Zermatt to Trockener Steg, or hop off at the top and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Matterhorn from the station – just 4km away as the crow flies. Grab a bite to eat by a roaring fire at the Ice Pizzeria, then head off down a freshly groomed piste.
For another one-of-a-kind way to amp up your gondola ride, try our gondola fondue experience. As the sun starts to set against the glistening snowy backdrop, you and up to three guests can tuck into a warming fondue washed down with a drop of Valais wine. Finish off with a selection of desserts and, of course, a glass of toe-tingling local schnapps.
Get stuck into the heart of the Zermatt ski slopes. Find out what work goes into making those freshly prepared pistes look so tempting in the morning. You’ll get to spend four hours with an experienced snowcat driver for a taster of their evening work. Trips run from a range of areas: Matterhorn glacier paradise, Rothorn and Gornergrat. This is a solo trip, not one for the kids, as you have to be 16 or over to climb aboard.
Keep the fun going after a sunny day on the slopes with an early evening visit to Furi from Zermatt. Departing at 7:30, you’ll arrive in time for a traditional Swiss meal in this sleepy hamlet. For down-to-earth food, try Restaurant Furri (located at the junction where the red 52 and black 62 pistes merge). It’s a rustic chalet-style building serving up homemade potato rösti dishes, melted cheese on bread, grandmother’s vegetable casserole, and fruitcakes. Next on the agenda is the high-speed toboggan ride down to Zermatt. This is heaps of fun for both the young and the young at heart.
Find out more about the best things to do during your ski holiday in Zermatt ski resort here. Alternatively, call our ski experts on 0207 471 7700.