Mile-high Zermatt, an idyllic mountain village at the foot of the Matterhorn
Zermatt has developed into one of the world’s most famous ski resorts. Favored by it’s southern exposure, sheltered by the wind and generously endowed with snow, Zermatt enjoys some of the most spectacular skiing in the Alps.
The scope andvariety of skiing is tremendous with a network of lifts serving trails thatrise over 12,000 feet.
Three main ski areas offer wide open slopes forbeginners while the more advanced skiers enjoy the challenge of theinternationally known Tiefbach, Aeroleid or Momatt. You can ski over the Theodulpass to Cervinia, Italy for lunch.
The new Matterhorn glacier paradise lift, ascending to 12,533 feet, the highest aerial cable car in theAlps has opened up new glacier ski runs which give Zermatt one of the longestski seasons in Europe. Numerous sun-decked restaurants dot the mountainside and provide lunch as well as a rendez-vous for skiers from around the world. For cross-country and touring skiers, a variety of courses are also available.
On the Italian border of the canton of Valais in the west of Switzerland, at the end of the 30 km-long Nikolaital, lies Zermatt, the village at the foot of the Matterhorn, the most photographed mountain in the world.
The hotels and restaurants are world-class, and the ski area is not only the highest in the Alps – it is also one of the best developed and most convenient in the world.
With 300 sunny days a year, there is less rainfall than anywhere else in Switzerland. The air in Zermatt is clear, dry and clean, because, since 1947, only electric cars without a combustion engine are allowed to operate in the village.