Zermatt Ski Resort

Zermatt ski resort is commonly regarded as one of the best ski towns in the world, offering fabulous skiing, stupendous scenery and an extensive variety of high-quality restaurants and hotels. There has been a settlement here since the Middle Ages, with the first tourists flocking to the area in 1838. The town retains its traditional charm to this day with it being car-free, which creates a wonderfully relaxed and peaceful atmosphere and allows visitors to enjoy the clear mountain air. Free electric buses connect all the main lift stations on the valley floor and there are plenty of milk float-style electric taxis for hire. Wander off the main Bahnhofstrasse and you will quickly be walking beside ancient wooden “mazot” huts filled with farm animals and hay.

The magnificent Matterhorn is sufficient reason in itself to visit Zermatt ski resort. This distinctive pyramidal peak has become Switzerland’s trademark around the globe. Whether you are skiing the slopes or in the village, you cannot resist regular glances to see how its appearance is changing according to the light and the cloud conditions. At an altitude of 3,820m, the Matterhorn Ski Paradise is Switzerland’s highest ski area; guaranteeing fabulous skiing conditions all season long which truly live up to the magic of the town.

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Best For...

  • Matterhorn views
  • Stunning scenery
  • Superb restaurants

Resort Statistics

  • Resort Altitude 1,620m
  • Skiing Altitude 3,820m
  • Total Ski Area 360km
  • Lifts 52
  • Blue Runs 72km
  • Red Runs 226km
  • Black Runs 64km
  • Cross Country 12km

Ski Accommodation in Zermatt, Switzerland

Our collection of Zermatt ski accommodation has been hand-picked by our ski experts. Whether you’re looking for a luxury escape, a boutique hotel or something suitable for the whole family, our experts would be delighted to help you find the perfect accommodation for your ski holiday.

Ski accommodation
Ski Areas in Zermatt

Ski Areas in Zermatt

The Matterhorn Ski Paradise is comprised of 360km of ski runs, which are connected by ultra-modern, high-speed lifts and cable cars, including the Matterhorn glacier ride. Skiers and boarders flock to Zermatt ski resort for miles of fantastically-maintained sun-kissed pistes, which are coated in unbeatable powder. The ski area is comprised of four key sectors; Rothorn, Gornergrat, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Schwarzsee, all of which are interconnected, and all except Schwarzsee have top lifts reaching over 3,000m.

Skiing in Zermatt

Skiing in Zermatt

The vast skiing area accessible from Zermatt provides plenty of varied terrain. The high-speed Sunnegga Express funicular links to a multitude of red runs, including the long cruise from Rothorn on to Gant. Advanced skiers will enjoy the south-facing itinerary Paradies freeride run in this area, which takes you from Blauherd down to Findeln. Another thrilling descent can be had on the Klein Matterhorn, where you descend from Europe’s highest pistes at 3,820km on a 25km track all the way back into resort.

Snowboarding in Zermatt

Snowboarding in Zermatt

The Matterhorn Ski Paradise is well suited to experienced boarders, who will enjoy features such as SnowPark Zermatt on the Klein Matterhorn, regarded as one of the best freestyle parks in Europe. In addition to this, there are 38km of freeride routes on offer, most of which are within the Stockhorn or Schwarzsee areas and offer plenty of couloirs and thrilling descents. The terrain best suited to beginners can be found in the Gornergrat area, which has a nice run leading back to the village.

Top Ski Runs

Furgg quad chair
Runs here are set at the foot of the impressive Matterhorn

Make sure you ski over into Italy, there are runs for all ability levels, so the whole family can explore together

Breitboden to Gant or Riffelalp
A run that included a narrow wooden path with a sheer cliff and magnificent views to the right

Ski Schools in Zermatt

Ski Schools in Zermatt

With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.

We’ve partnered with New Generation and Oxygène and highly recommend their services. All of our partners offer fantastic lessons for all ability levels.

Book your ski lessons with our recommended suppliers. If you’re traveling during a peak week be sure to book these well in advance.

Crèches in Zermatt

Crèches in Zermatt

The Swiss Ski School run the Snowli Kids Village at Riffelberg for children aged three to five years, with a special Kids Train to transport them there each day from the meeting area at the tourist office. Children can learn to ski within a 3,500m beginners area offering fantastic fairy-tale figures, magic carpet conveyor belts, a merry-go-round and dedicated children’s lifts.

Restaurants in Zermatt

Restaurants in Zermatt

Le Gitan – cosy restaurant, specialises in meats cooked over charcoal grills.

Le Gourmet Restaurant – ‘Alpine-Mediterranean’ dining.

Fluhalp – has a very lively sun terrace, great views and fast service. Try the pot au feu, but make sure you leave room for the pancakes. It may well be the best mountain restaurant in the world.

Findlerhof – popular spot with amazing views, great wines.

Best Restaurants in Zermatt
Après Ski in Zermatt

Après Ski in Zermatt

Papperla Pub – key meeting point that fills up at the end of skiing with live music, heat lamps and a great atmosphere.

Sparky’s – probably the best value drinks in Zermatt, plus simple, good value food.

Hotel Alex – smarter, cool lounge bar, relax on a comfy sofa by the fire, or in the Scottish corner with a whisky.

Best Après Ski in Zermatt
Non-Skiers in Zermatt


Zermatt ski resort is instantly appealing to non-skiers because it manages to combine the charm of a traditional Alpine village with the shopping and infrastructure of a small town. The main street, the Bahnhofstrasse, bustles all day long and is lined with cafes and restaurants, complete with glorious sun terraces. Thanks to its mountain railway system, Zermatt offers non-skiers unparalleled access to the mountain terrain and restaurants, making it easy for groups to reconvene for a leisurely midday meal.

Top Things to Do in Zermatt

Map of Zermatt

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