Zermatt Ski Resort
Widely considered as among the very best ski resorts in Europe, Zermatt is quite simply put, a skier's paradise; an award it has won twice in recent years between 2014 and 2016; and taking second place in 2018. The honours were made possible by survey via the The Best Ski Resort Report ; the biggest independent visitor satisfaction survey in the Alps, after surveying a sample size of just over 40,000. If you are wondering why Zermatt is so highly rated, here are the brief facts. It has an astounding snow record, endless on and off-piste slopes that reach above 3,000 metres altitude, breathtaking scenery and a charming village with the Matterhorn as backdrop. It is one of the few ski resorts that truly offers fantastic skiing opportunities to just about all ski ability levels from gentle beginner slopes to exhilarating blacks and off-piste routes for advanced skiers.
The terrain here is incredibly versatile and skiers are generally spoilt for choice thanks to Zermatt's connection with Valtournenche and Cervinia over the Italian border. You can easily dedicate a day on the slopes to skiing two countries in a matter of hours. Zermatt’s connection to Cervinia is made possible thanks to the ultra-modern and efficient 51 lift network. Both part of the Zermatt-Cervinia ski area the area has a total of 148 marked pistes that stretch just over 360 kilometres with a ski area altitude between 1,620 metres and 3,883 metres. The area also benefits in large part from the majestic Matterhorn mountain which at almost 4,000 metres is one of the highest ski areas in Europe. Thanks to its glacier, the conditions on the slopes are excellent allowing for the longest downhill ski run in Europe from the glacier station back down to the village; a whopping 25 kilometres.
Apart from the fantastic skiing opportunities and fabulous conditions, the village of Zermatt is a sight to behold. A relatively easy transfer from Geneva, Zermatt resort has always had inhabitants as far back as the middle ages and it has been receiving tourists to the area since the early to mid-19th century. It's a charming village full of character and the Matterhorn as a backdrop gives it that postcard holiday feel. It's a pedestrian, car-free resort with fantastic accommodation and whilst it is famous for its apres-ski and vibrant night scene, it is also a very family friendly resort. Zermatt ticks just about every box for a fantastic ski resort; if you are planning to visit the Swiss Alps, Zermatt ski holidays should be top of your list.
The ski areas at Zermatt each offer a bit of something different. Thanks to the glacier, you are able to ski here all year round. The ski area is suitable for all ability groups however, beginners may have less options than intermediate or advanced skiers.
The beginner and nursery area is in Leisee, just beneath the Sunnegga slope above the village. Once through with the nursery area beginners can check out a couple of gentle blues on Sunnegga that lead to Findeln. Others can be found on Gornergrat and Trokener Steg; both of which will be easy enough after leaving the nursery slopes.
The choices are almost endless for intermediates at Zermatt. With a combined 295 kilometres of blues and reds, intermediates at Zermatts have a gigantic playing field at the base of their ski’s. Access the Rothorn paradise via cable to car for several challenging reds to choose from. There are also some awesome reds on Cervinia’s south facing sunny slopes and at Valtournenche. The 15 kilometre red descent from Plateau Rosa at 3,480 metres is a relishing challenge.
The 25 kilometre uninterrupted Triftji - Stockhorn descent from the Matterhorn glacier station is a 2,263 metre run. It's easy enough for advanced skiers if they break it up but the challenge is doing it one go. It’s high-altitude and north facing all the way down so the snow conditions are excellent. In addition to its high-altitudes, Zermatt is also blessed with powder bowls and fantastic off-pistes where advanced skiers have the run of the manor to explore.
Zermatt is free rider heaven for borders. With its abundance of deep powder bowls and fantastic snow conditions. There are a total of 38 kilometres of fantastic, high altitude, freeride routes around and on the Schwarzsee as well as Stockhorn slopes, which all offer amazing couloirs and exhilarating pacey descents. Beginners however can also find gentle blues high up on the mountain as well at Gornergrat. Freestylers should head over to the Klein Matterhorn for access to SnowPark Zermatt, one of Europe's most highly rated freestyle terrain parks.
Snow Conditions in Zermatt
Thanks to its lofty heights and glacier, the snow conditions here are one the best in Europe allowing for year-round skiing. Zermatt is also very well equipped with world-class snow making facilities on standby and covering the area when the natural snow is at its lowest.
Zermatt has a very vibrant nightlife with a great selection of bars, pubs and discos. What makes Zermatt's nightlife interesting is that its evening spots are varied, allowing you to choose between loud party-themed bars and chill out pubs. From the party’s on the slopes to discos and dance tunes at the resort, it has it all to offer. If you are looking for a lively night out to top off your day on the slopes, this is the resort for you. We’ve selected a few places at the resort that you should definitely check out on your Zermatt holidays.
The Hennu Stall
There’s only one place to start in Zermatt and that is at the Hennu Stall. Located at the foot of the Furi-Zermatt slope, it is the perfect place to end your day on the slopes while kick-starting an evening of partying. It features live music, funky DJ sets, bright lights and lots of dancing. Often compared to La Folie Douce in France, the Hennu Stall draws large crowds of party-loving skiers. The party kicks off daily from 4 pm and lasts until 8 pm. If you are in the village, you can either take the train up to Furi and ski down to the bar in 15 minutes or take a 30-minute walk up to the bar.
Located right in the heart of the resort, you are never too far away from Papperla Pub. A friendly and welcoming bar, it is popular with all age groups and is also a local favourite. It's open from 4 in the afternoon until 2 in the morning, it's also a great place for a late-night drink and party. It often features live music from cult bands and themed parties occasionally. They also have a kitchen team serving tasty classic pub meals so don't miss the opportunity to order a burger or some nachos to go with your drinks. They also have a wide selection of drinks so if you fancy wines, cocktails, beers or spirits check out their extensive drinks menu.
Another Zermatt favourite, Snowboat Sushi is a lovely bar and restaurant in a boat-shaped building. A great starting point to an evening of drinking, the atmosphere here is very chic and cosmopolitan. Cocktails and sushi seem to be the underlying theme here however, there are a lot more tasty finger foods on the menu and exquisite cocktails waiting to be served by the friendly staff. Even though they are open until midnight, it is usually less rowdy and is loved by skiers who are after a chilled evening with tasty food and drinks.
Brown Cow Pub
A fantastic pub atmosphere and another favourite among both locals and tourists. Brown Cow Pub is located in a chalet-style setting and is recognised as one Zermatt's best apres-ski pubs. The interior’s theme of stone and dark woods is absolutely spot on and perfectly creates a cosy and classy Alpine ambience. Open every day between 9 am and 2 am, it's a great place to stop over for a meal (served until 11 pm, the burgers here are quite legendary) and a range of ales, wines and cocktails.
Pink Live Music Bar
A very unique bar and most certainly a must-visit spot in Zermatt. If you are a party-going music lover this definitely a bar that will pique your interest. Featuring some of the best funk, soul, R & B and jazz music in the Swiss Alps from international bands, visitors here are in for a treat. The interior is creatively designed with a velvety pink and violet glow against dark coloured hints. The music and atmosphere are always fantastic and you are always guaranteed a memorable experience at Pink Live Music Bar.
For a ski resort that is recognised as one of the best in the world, as you would imagine, the facilities here are excellent. It has a very impressive collection of ultra-modern lifts and piste management systems, a very good range of accommodation and wellness options as well as a good collection of high-quality restaurants and shops.
You can find a good number of ski equipment rental services in Zermatt however if you are visiting the resort on an Erna Low ski holiday package, it will be so much easier to arrange your ski equipment hire directly with us at Erna Low. It is by far the simplest way to secure your equipment as the process only requires a few clicks of the mouse. At Erna Low, we have established great relationships with some of the Alps most reputable ski equipment stores over the years thereby ensuring that all our customers receive the very best service and equipment at all the resorts they visit and require rental equipment. Simply select the equipment you need and add it to your holiday booking. It's that simple. For more information check out our ski equipment hire page for Zermatt.
Ordering yourZermatt ski pass is super easy with Erna Low. Of course, you can also get the ski passes at the resort in Zermatt from either the lift machines or the ticket offices; however, if you are arranging your ski holiday via Erna Low, it is super convenient to simply add your ski pass to your overall holiday booking and save yourself the time and effort of queueing at the lift machines and trying to get a ski pass for the whole family. Ordering your ski pass with us directly means that it is secured weeks and even months in advance and is ready for collection before you even embark on your holiday. Check out our Zermatt ski pass page for additional information on how to secure your Zermatt and much more.
Zermatt has a fantastic collection of spa and wellness hotels to choose from; all of which are equipped with very good spa and wellness facilities. Zermatt is a party resort and there is always vibrant apres-ski action; however, every night does not have to be spent on a pub crawl. Taking the night off and enjoying a relaxing and reviving spa session after a long day on the slopes is one of the best ways to unwind and Zermatt has no shortage of wellness places to visit. Among the myriad of excellent hotels, Hotel Arca Solebad has a very good wellness centre that is not exclusive to hotel guests only. The centre has a 7×14 metre heated indoor swimming pool with 1.5% brine, which is known to have a positive effect on the body and mind. The swimming pool also has integrated bubble loungers and a variety of massage jets that bring pure relaxation. In addition to this, the wellness centre also has an aroma steam bath, Kneipp pool, Finish sauna and an extensive list of massage and beauty treatments to choose from. Hotel Coeur des Alpes is located not too far away from Hotel Arca Solebad and also has fantastic wellness facilities. It is a boutique hotel with modern and contemporary themes; which are also reflected in its wellness centres. The centre comes fully equipped with an indoor heated pool, hammam, caldarium, dream shower, bio sauna, Kneipp pool, infrared sauna and outdoor hot tub with a spectacular view of the Matterhorn.
Shopping in Zermatt is a pleasure. It's not quite Zurich, but it has its own Bahnhofstrasse which has a good selection of shops from high-end boutiques and jewellery shops to souvenir shops and grocery stores. Ski equipment shops, cafes, bakeries, wine shops and much more.
Zermatt is a fantastic resort for families and children here are very well catered to. The resort has a range of facilities particularly designed to keep children entertained and engaged throughout their visit to Zermatt. Apart from being a family-friendly resort, it is also known for having free/discount services like ski passes for children below a certain age. Contact us to inquire before your holiday.
There are several ski schools in Zermatt offering children's lessons, however, if you are visiting Zermatt this season via one of our Erna Low packages, we strongly recommend that you book your children's ski lessons with us directly as part of your overall online package with us. We have created and established very good relationships with some of the most impressive and well-reputed ski schools in the Alps over the last 90 years, including the schools at Zermatt. When you book your children's ski lessons with us, they will be enrolled in some of the best ski schools in Zermatt with very experienced instructors. You can select the ski lessons option on the Ski Extras page on our website. It is a very simple and straightforward process that saves you a lot of precious time at the resort; time that can be spent on the slopes, instead of going from school to school to find any vacant openings in the ski schools for your children.
There is more than enough entertainment for children at Zermatt; both on and off the slopes. Children at the resort will encounter the official mascot Wolli, Blacknose sheep, on the slopes shortly after they arrive. Wolli’s world offers a world of entertainment for children and the whole family on the slopes. There are treasure hunts in the resort, play dates on the slopes and a lot more fun activities in Wolli’s world. Other outdoor entertainment activities that will be perfect for the family include sledge riding, tobogganing, snowshoeing and snow hiking on interesting routes around the resort. There is also an ice rink and a curling lane at the resort. Away from the cold winds, take your kid's swimming and wall climbing indoors and enjoy a good splash around.
The majority of ski schools in Zermatt also have child care services that are perfect for the children they are already teaching to ski. There are also a number of independent childminders and creches at the resort. You can also check the local tourist office for additional recommendations.
The ski area in Zermatt comprises four key areas which are the Rothorn, Gornergrat, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Schwarzsee. They are all quite varied and different from each other in terms of terrain. The ski area peaks at 3,883 metres on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.