Nestled in a valley beneath the iconic Matterhorn peak, Zermatt is the highest and also probably one of Switzerland’s most famous resorts. Skiers and snowboarders flock here year-round with hundreds of kilometres of pistes on offer in the winter months, and year-round skiing on the Matterhorn Glacier. What’s not to love?
The resort is home to both the longest ski slope in Europe at 25km long, and the highest cable car station in Europe at 3,883 metres. With the car-free town at a snow-sure 1,600m, there’s something for everyone with a dedicated beginner area, wide groomed pistes for intermediates, and off-piste adventures for seasoned pros.
Zermatt alone is a huge ski area, but adjoining Cervinia, you can ski in both Switzerland and Italy in the same day. Although the main season is between December and April, the ski area on the glacier is open 365 days a year.
In addition to skiing, Zermatt is popular amongst non-skiers too, attracting over 2 million tourists year round, often drawn in by the famous Matterhorn peak. The Gornergrat railway takes you up to a 3089m peak, where you can access winter hiking routes, amazing panoramic views of the Matterhorn, and a hotel at the top offers overnight stays. Zermatt is also known for its incredible restaurants, our favourite is to take the funicular up to Sunegga and enjoy a 20 minute walk (or a few minutes ski) down to Chez Vrony. Town has plenty to offer, along with a wonderful café (try one of the amazing hot chocolates in Petit Royal) along with an outdoor ice rink, museum and sports centre.