Zermatt is one of the most famous and exclusive ski resorts of the world – for a good reason. The Matterhorn is the world’s most photographed mountain. As you will probably already know, the Matterhorn is also the logo for Paramount films.
The town is quaint and magical with 5 star hotels and an array of good restaurants. It’s not surprising that it draws in wealthy crowds from around the world. I also like it there as the people are understated and not too much in your face. I would say Zermatt is aimed more towards intermediate or advanced skiers (as over 60% of the runs are red), but it also attracts lots of families. I personally love Zermatt and have visited many times over the years. I also like that it is a car free resort which adds to its beauty. Although over the last couple of years it has become a lot more expensive due to the strong CHF exchange rate. So don’t expect a cheap holiday.
Getting to Zermatt is not too complicated: Most UK airports fly to Geneva, Zurich or Milan. You then get the Swiss rail train to Brigg or Visp and and change onto another train that takes you on to the centre of Zermatt. the trip generally takes between 3 1/2 to four hours. Another option is to drive by car which takes between 4 to 5 hours. So not a short journey but worth the travel time once you arrive.
There are 360km of pistes in Zermatt and including the linked ski areas connecting you to Italy -Cervinia and Valtournenche. So if you fancy Italian food for lunch you can ski over to Italy quite easily which I did regularly (you can’t beat a great pizza or pasta after skiing). Zermatt also has the record for the highest ski resort in Europe.
If you go up to the Klein Matterhorn you reach 3,883 m so air might be a little thin. The views though are out of this world. The slopes are always well groomed. The only negative that I would say is that as soon as there is snow or the weather changes they are very safe and close a lot of the runs which is not great. This can be annoying if you can’t connect over to where you want to go. When everything is open though and the sun is shining the skiing is excellent. You can’t help, but visit one of the alpine bars and restaurants on the slopes and have a Schnaps or Gluehwein.
Ski passes for Zermatt ski areas cost for 5 to 7 days CHF 378 and if you want Zermatt and Cervinia included, which I would say is a must , the cost is CHF 426.
Accommodation caters for most ranging from £150 to £650 per night with breakfast. They also have restaurants and cafes to suit all price ranges.
If you get the chance to go to Switzerland, then go to Zermatt. Just do it, you will not regret it 🙂