Zermatt Matterhorn: ski in luxury at Europe’s highest ski resort
Ski resort:

Zermatt Matterhorn in brief


Visit Zermatt Matterhorn for challenging skiing, long ski runs, luxury, Swiss traditions, Europe’s highest ski resort and wonderful restaurants.

Resort name:



Valais, Switzerland

Nearest airport:


Transfer time:

2.5 hrs (car)


1,620 m (resort), 3,883 m (highest skiable point)

Total ski runs:

200 km (Zermatt),360 km (Matterhorn ski area)

Beginner runs:

75 km (21%)

Intermediate runs:

220.6 km (61.5%)

Advanced runs:

62.6 km (17.5%)


Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, heli-skiing, ski tours, snowboarding, hiking, curling, ice skating, ice hockey, swimming

Did you know?

2015 marks the 150-year anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. Briton Edward Whymper was the first person to reach the summit of the mountain in July 1865. Four of his party died on the descent and the resulting publicity prompted the initial work to develop Zermatt as a tourist hotspot.



Skiing in Zermatt Matterhorn


Zermatt is the place to go if you already have some skiing experience and want to test your skills in the remarkable setting of the Matterhorn, one of the most picturesque mountains in the world. Around four-fifths of the pistes around Europe’s highest ski resort are for intermediate or expert skiers, with almost 300 km of red, yellow and black runs to choose from.

Within Zermatt itself, there are three interconnected ski areas to explore - Sunnegga-Blauherd-Rothorn, Gornergrat-Stockhorn and Trockener Steg-Schwarzsee.The resort is linked to Cervinia and Valtournenche, which offer further skiing options if you’re happy to dedicate at least a day to doing so, as they’re located some distance from Zermatt.

You’ll find Zermatt’s pistes to be well-groomed on the whole, with plenty of box stops with restaurants dotted around to provide a break from skiing. Intermediate and advanced skiers will love the resort’s long runs (the longest is 25 km), and the famous Triftji mogul run is not for the faint-hearted! The north face of the Stockhorn and Hohtalli is also often recommended by expert skiers. The huge array of red, yellow and black runs means you can easily return to Zermatt multiple times and discover something new each year.

That’s not to say that beginner skiers shouldn’t also consider Zermatt for their next skiing holiday. While there’s a lower proportion of blue runs than intermediate and expert trails, the ones that exist offer an excellent introduction to skiing for novices, with wide runs, shallow slopes and amazing views to enjoy.

The best slopes for beginners are at near the top of the Matterhorn, where the glacier means the terrain is naturally gentle. This can mean you need to organise your ski days in advance as it can take a while to get to the top.

If cross-country skiing is more your thing, there are 15 km of trails just a 12-minute train ride from Zermatt, between Täsch and Randa. Both classic and skating-style cross-country skiing is available here. Start in Täsch if you’re not particularly experienced, and in Randa for more advanced trails.


Other activities in Zermatt Matterhorn


It’s easy to spend pretty much your entire time in Zermatt doing anything other than skiing thanks to the wide range of winter activities on offer. If you want to explore the area on foot, there are many hiking trails to choose from, ranging from easy walks around Täsch and Rotenboden to more challenging treks starting in Furi and Winkelmatten. Many walks start in Zermatt itself for convenience.

Tobogganing is also on hand for another way to enjoy the slopes. Randa has a gentle run perfect for young ones, while grown-ups may want to head to Täsch and Rotenboden.

If you prefer to glide around on ice, skating and ice hockey are available at the rinks in the centre of Zermatt, as well as at the natural rinks in Randa and Täsch. 


Entertainment in Zermatt Matterhorn


As you might expect in one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe, the apres-ski in Zermatt is second to none. There are dozens of mountain restaurants to choose from, including both wallet-friendly and high-end options - Chez Vrony is one establishment to book at if you want a particularly special meal during your stay. There’s also a good array of bars and clubs to while away your evenings at - many are located within Zermatt’s hotels.

If you’re rather spend your non-skiing time completely at ease, there are several spas around Zermatt where you can relax with a treatment or two.


Accommodation in Zermatt Matterhorn


Zermatt is a byword for luxury ski holidays, so you’ll find lots of top-end accommodation including sumptuous chalets and sprawling apartments. However, there’s plenty on offer if you have a smaller budget, too, including reasonably priced bed and breakfasts and hotels. Take a look at the accommodation providers you can get in touch with via this website by perusing the links to the right.




Photo credits ©Zermatt Tourismus

Photographs: ©Michael Portmann


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