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Ski Zermatt

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No matter where you find yourself on the slopes of this remarkable ski area, the granite monolith of Europe’s most famous peak, the Matterhorn, seems to follow you around. Although by no means the highest of the 29 peaks above 4,000 metres around Zermatt, its stand-alone, savage beauty commands attention. Of the three main skiing areas, perhaps the best and friendliest sector to start with is traditionally the “sunny-side” of the valley, at Sunnega. This is the gateway to skiing at Unterrothorn (3103 m) Stockhorn (3405 m) and most famously, Gornergrat (3100m), with the Kulm, a large, quaint hotel, at the top. A wide, sunny terrace overlooks the Gornergletscher and one of the greatest panoramas in the Alps. Almost shoulder to shoulder, are the Monte Rosa, at 4634 metres - second in the Alps only to Mont Blanc in altitude - Lyskamm, the twin peaks of Castor and Pollux, Breithorn and the Klein Matterhorn, where Europe’s highest cable car takes skiers and boarders to the Italian border, where they can make their way down to Cervinia in the Aosta Valley. From the Gornergrat there is a clutch of easy blues going down to Riffelberg. The runs down from Stockhorn and Unterrothorn to Blauherd, including Zermatt’s celebrated Triftji, are more difficult, but from Blauherd back down to Sunnegga, the terrain opens out into easy cruising. Furi, at the far end of the village, is the gateway to the Trockener Steg link to Klein Matterhorn and Theodulpass, close to the Italian border, and Schwarzsee, nearest the foot of the Matterhorn. Some of Zermatt’s most challenging bump runs are encountered below Schwarzsee, on the way back to Zermatt via Furri. Intermediates can take the Weisse Perle, a nice roller-coaster red as an alternative route. This gives skiers and boarders a wonderful opportunity visit some of the mountain restaurants for which Zermatt is so justly famous.

For a selection of the best hotels in Zermatt visit The Hotel Guru

Written by  Arnie Wilson.

Other expert and press reviews


This is what everybody imagines a ski resort to look like. Perfect for the top of a chocolate box picture. Which is over shadowed by the Matterhorn. Read more...

Written by  Andrew Lockerbie.


With a variety of ski areas, including the world-famous Matterhorn, Zermatt possesses an extensive array of high altitude skiing, making it a fantastic resort for expert and intermediate skiers. The option of heli-skiing provides further appeal for adva… Read more...

Written by  David Holyoak.

“A Rail Ski Safari in Switzerland”

By Daniel Elkan for The Guardian. First published Saturday, 27th September 2008. ...Through the huge windows of the Glacier Express we were treated to the spectacle of a snowy St Gotthard valley, which runs from Zermatt to Andermatt. For an hour, cross… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Guardian, 27th September 2008

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can i go husky dog sledding in zermatt

i am coming to zermatt next march 2010 and i would like to do husky dog sledding, is this possible, please could you supply me with some information etc

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Hi Claire - yes you can go dog sledding in Zermatt. There are lots of options so the easiest way to arrange it is via your hotel.

Zermatt Description

Known for its beautiful scenery and location in the Matter Valley on the Swiss and Italian border, Zematt offers a panorama of 33 4,000m peaks including the Matterhorn.

With 394km of pistes there is skiing to suit everyone, but the majority of trails are suitable for intermediate skiers and there is limited choice for beginners. Zermatt also has ski and snowboarding schools. The resort is also known for it’s quality restaurants, international night life and car free town (they have electric taxis.).

Zermatt offers a huge variety of snowsports including cross country skiing, off piste skiing, heliskiing, curling, ice skating, glacier skiing, tobogganing, sledding, ice climbing, ice hockey and dog sled rides.

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