Zermatt is one of the most beautiful high altitude ski resorts in the Alps with one of the world’s most renowned mountains, The Matterhorn. The cobbled streets of the car-free mountain village is bustling with life. The combination of excellent gourmet mountain restaurants, lively après-ski and a varied-ability 394km ski area with a huge variety of piste, off piste, freestyle and heli-skiing makes its status as one of the world’s best winter resorts fully deserved. The main street is lively, full of shops and bars spilling out onto the street at après-time. The largest vehicle you’ll encounter in this picturesque town is a battery run milk cart or horse drawn sleigh. At almost any time of day, there’s a great atmosphere here.
Domaine: Zermatt and Cervinia
Resort Height: 1620m
Vertical Drop: 2279m
What to do …
Visit the ice rink for a game of curling or a twirl
Go sledging at Gornergrat with a view of the Matterhorn or Cross-Country skiing on the 15km of ski trails
Have an alpine surprise at the Michellin starred Heimberg restaurant, a fondue at Le Gitan Grill or a rösti at Via-a-Via overlooking The Matterhorn
Ski over to Cervinia and go to Bontadini for a superb Italian dish
What we love
No cars are allowed in the resort
Skiing to lunch in Italy…
Some of the best mountain restaurants in the Alps
Great Ski schools
Loads for the non-skier to do
What needs improving
The long lunch in Cervinia, if you miss the last lift up the taxi back will be more expensive than staying the night..
Zermatt suits everyone but the beginner to intermediate level can find it tricky.
Regional flights from any major UK airport will fly you into Geneva Airport (3hr road transfer or 3hr Train transfer) or Zurich Airport (3hr train) directly to Zermatt.