Mountain Lunch: Findlerholf
Après Ski: Harrys
Dinner: Chez Heini
Non-skiers: Gornegrat train & Matterhorn glacier paradise
Best Off-piste: Rothorn area
Best Ski Run: Tufternkumme
Ski Elevation: 1620m – 3899m
16% Blue runs
58% Red runs
26% Black runs
1h 30m / 80km
3h 15m / 240km
3h 40m / 260km
Zermatt is in the south of Switzerland, nestled in the stunning Matterhorn-Valley. With its long history of mountain tourism and world class ski area, the resort offers the perfect balance of lively ski culture, village charm and breath-taking scenery.
The attractive town centre and traditional square is bustling with a cosmopolitan clientele, who fill the sun terraces of the many cafes lining the streets. The Bahnhofstrasse is the main shopping street, which houses designer brands and a lovely selection of boutiques.
A resort that will serve you equal parts elegance and equal parts charm. Wake up to picturesque scenery framed by alpine forests and the world’s most photographed mountain. This car free village ensures the cleanest mountain air.
Zermatt claims some of the highest slopes in Europe and has its very own microclimate. Expect fantastic snow across 360km of piste stretching all the way into Italy. The magnificent Matterhorn provides the perfect backdrop for your days of adventure and evenings exploring this charming resort.
You can see traces of Zermatt’s heritage in cobbled streets, original architecture and horse drawn sleighs, giving you the authentic Swiss mountain experience. The variety of stylish shops, bars and restaurants will leave you with no shortage of ways to spend your time off the slopes.
End an evening of lively après ski and gourmet cuisine back at your luxury chalet. Our portfolio of elegant rental properties will serve as the perfect base for your mountain escape.
Zermatt Luxury Chalets
Zermatt is iconic for having some of the finest chalets that the alps have to offer. Whether you are dreaming of extravagant experiences or cosy nights by the fireplace, we have a wonderful selection of chalets to spark your imagination. Our broad range of beautiful properties offer immaculate interiors, 5* amenities and unapparelled views.
FEATURES – Expect innovative architecture with a range of facilities seamlessly woven throughout. Choose from an array of options to create a pleasurable stay. Many of our properties feature world class spa and wellness facilities. If you would like a day to rest in the chalet, there are various entertainment facilities to keep you occupied, including cinemas, libraries, and games rooms.
SIZE – We have spacious homes for couples and families that offer understated elegance. Groups of up to 20 can rest assured that their stay will be perfectly executed and maintain the highest standards. If you have a larger group, contact us to discuss how we can create the perfect combination of properties to suit you.
CATERING – Should you choose catered accommodation, expect impeccable service that surpasses your expectations. Have every detail taken care of, so that you can focus on relaxing and creating memories.
LOCATIONS – We have chalets in the ideal locations, a leisurely walk away from the trendiest bars and restaurants. Or locate yourself within seconds of the slopes so that you can finish your day by skiing straight to your door.
A deluxe stay in Zermatt is an aspiration for many so we recommend reserving early to avoid disappointment. Browse our available options below or contact us to start building your truly unforgettable break.
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Chalet Zermatt Peak
Zermatt peak is one of the best chalets in the world, and certainly the most luxurious that the alps have to offer. It is in the centre of the town but is only accessed by private tunnel, providing a prime location with maximum privacy. Spacious and opulently finished, this chalet has been fashioned to create a seamless blend of indoor and outdoor living. The extensive wellness facilities include a massage room and separate private jacuzzi in the master suite. Why not choose a bottle from the walk-in wine cellar and gaze at the stars through the specially designed glass ceiling.
Trendy and understated, this home combines cosy tradition with contemporary design. Intuitively placed glass walls provide 360 views of the Matterhorn and the town below. This is a comfortable and welcoming place to relax during your stay, whether that is in the hammam, sauna or beside the wood burning fireplace. An absolute highlight has to be the levitating whirlpool, which will lift to up to the views from the rooftop.
High 7 Penthouse
If you prefer something traditional and cosy, the penthouse of Chalet High 7 has classic alpine features throughout and the living areas are centred around a warming 360 fireplace. Spacious but intimate areas make this home the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Ski straight to your door before spending evenings in the relaxation bath and bio sauna.
Zermatt Travel & Transport
Being car free makes Zermatt unlike any other resort. The fresh mountain air feels even more pure and the lack of traffic provides a feeling of tranquillity. The town is very walkable, but you can still get around via electric buses or quirky etaxis. If you are swept up by the nostalgic romance of the town, why not enjoy a ride on a traditional horse drawn sleigh?
The road to Zermatt is closed to public traffic, but the journey into the mountains boasts impressive landscapes and will be a memorable start to your holiday.
Travelling by car
You will be asked to park your car at the garage in Täsch. The terminal here has a range of facilities and ample parking spaces that can be booked online or on arrival. You will travel the remaining 5km by taxi, helicopter or shuttle train, which departs every 20 minutes.
Travelling by train
Trains to Zermatt are a convenient, comfortable and incredibly scenic way to travel. Geneva and Zurich offer the most seamless routes, allowing you to collect your luggage from the airport and go straight to the platform.
Geneva (GVA) – 128.7 km
By car – 3 hours
By rail – 4 hours
By Heli – 45mins
Zurich (ZRH) – 248km
By car – 4 hours
By rail – 3 hours 40 minutes
By Heli – 1 hour
Sion (SIR) Airport – 38 km
By car – 1 hour 30 minutes
By rail – 2 hours 30 minutes
By Heli – 15mins
There are a range of transfer options into Zermatt, including taxis, limousine, and helicopter services. Heli transfer is always the quickest and best way to enjoy mountain views. Please be aware that motor vehicles won’t have licences to enter Zermatt so you may need to change to another mode of transport at Täsch.
Zermatt markets itself as the culinary hotspot of the alps. And with over 100 gourmet restaurants, you certainly won’t struggle to find world class cuisine during your stay. You can anticipate European favourites, rustic local fare and the latest in innovative fine dining. Should you prefer something a little different, there are an assortment of options, including Japanese, Indian and Thai.
In the town
There is an excellent selection of fine dining destinations, including several that have been awarded with Michelin stars and Gault Millau points. Favourites are the award winning After 7, famed for its exotic dishes and open kitchen, and Omnia, whose unusual entrance is found through a tunnel on the side of the mountain.
If you would like to sample a traditional local dinner, there are a vast array of Swiss- German restaurants to choose from. Wmper Stube and Schäferstube are both popular options for fondue and raclette. Or for a hearty experience, pay a visit to the famed Chez Heini. Taste lamb cooked on an open fire while enjoying live performances from the restaurant’s owner.
On the slopes
A lazy mountain lunch is the perfect way to wrap up a day on the slopes. Much loved Chez Vrony combines fine dining with strong local heritage. Traditional family recipes are made with produce from livestock that was exclusively fed alpine grass. Findlerhof is praised for its Matterhorn views at 2020m, and their great selection of wines.
For a mountain meal with a difference, Iglu Dorf offers a snow village, ice bar, sunny terrace and even a hot tub. The romantic Zum See is located in small hamlet above Zermatt in a 350-year-old chalet. Expect warm service and uncomplicated but excellent quality traditional dishes.
Zermatt Apres & Nightlife
Whether you love to sip mulled wine on the terrace or dance late into the night, Zermatt is known worldwide for glamourous nightlife and mountain parties. The resort’s many bars offer elegant settings for sipping cocktails and wine, and its iconic live music venues provide endless entertainment.
A hot drink, live music and panoramic views, there is an array of options to quench your thirst before your descent into town.
- The stylish Cervo is a must stop on your way back down the mountain. Their large outdoor terrace and variety of live music offer a sophisticated end to a day on the slopes.
- If you seek a guaranteed party, Henuu Stall will provide a cheerful atmosphere and endless opportunities for table dancing.
- Or for a more relaxed and intimate finish, wrap yourself up in a fur blanket at The Champagne bar.
If you would prefer to relax back in Zermatt, there are plenty of venues to take you from your ski boots to your evening wear.
- An unusual boat shaped building, The Snowboat Bar and Yacht Club Restaurant offers a touch of novelty while also being one of the most chic après spots in town.
- The sociable Papperla Pub is popular with tourists and locals for its Irish themed interior and lively parties.
- For a warm and traditional atmosphere, curl up by the fireplace at Chami Bar, or head to Elsie’s Bar for a great wine selection served alongside 20’s decadence.
For those that want to continue the party, there are many late-night options that will have you struggling to make the first lift.
- Hidden in the catacombs below Hotel Post, the legendary Broken Bar hosts one of the most famous discos in the alps.
- Music lovers will appreciate Pink Live Music Bar, which attracts international bands playing jazz, funk and R&B.
- Vernissage is worth visiting just to experience the unique décor. It has an opulent cinema, wonderfully creative lounge bar and a nightclub that hosts international DJs
Zermatt Ski Area
The slopes of Zermatt are made for cruising, relaxing and taking in stunning views. Beginners can expect excellent facilities, intermediates can expect to be challenged, and there are plenty of exhilarating and technical options for the advanced thrill seeker. While the altitude provides excellent snow conditions, you can be snow sure 365 days a year thanks to the Matterhorn glacier.
The ski area
The excellent system of 53 lifts will transport you between ski areas in record time. Why not take the Plateau Breithorn and reach heights of 3,899m?
The Swiss side offers 4 main ski areas.
- Rothorn, accessed by underground furnicular, and Gornergrat, accessed by train, are spread across the Findel valley and are interconnected by some more demanding blues and long reds.
- The Schwarzsee area, which can be found by taking the gondola via Furi, has some quiet and pretty runs in excellent condition.
- The Matterhorn Ski Paradise sits on the glacier, is Europe’s highest destination for piste skiing, and is in the world’s top 10 biggest ski areas.
- Resting on the border with Italy gives skiers the opportunity for a wonderful treat- spending an afternoon on a clear day in the Italian resort of Cervinia.
While it may be hailed as a skiers paradise, Zermatt has slopes for all levels that are ideal for riding. Wide blues and reds are perfect for practicing turns and the snow park on the Klein Matterhorn is one of the best freestyle parks in Europe.
There are some nice runs for newer boarders between Gornergrat and Riffelalp. Rothorn has varied terrain and good snow conditions on and off piste. For the more advanced, the black run under the Patrullarve chairlift will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
With children under 10 skiing free, Zermatt is a family friendly option for your child’s first time on the slopes. The Wolli park nursery area in Sunnegga is sheltered from the elements and separated from other runs so that beginners can concentrate on learning new techniques. It is easily accessible by the Leisee shuttle train and close by to restaurants, making it the perfect meeting point after ski school.
When ready to progress from the nursery slopes, there are some flatter runs on the glacier that offer a pleasant experience for new skiers. The green run Eisfluh, can be found at Sunnegga. It is one of Zermatt’s slow slopes and gives beginners a chance to ski alongside views of the Matterhorn.
Our recommended ski schools:
- Zermatters was established in 1929 and is the largest ski and snowboard school in Zermatt, with around 200 instructors. They offer private or group lessons for adults, teenagers and children at a range of levels.
- Stoked comes highly recommended and was founded in 1994 as the first private ski and snowboard school in Zermatt. They specialise in private lessons and guiding, but also have group lessons for children and teenagers.
- The Snowli Kids Village will make your child’s first memories of learning to ski even more special. Children aged 3-6 are transported on a magic children’s train to a 3,500m ski area that has been transformed into a mystical fairytale land.
Finding your snow feet again? The glacier has wide and open runs for cruising away those first day nerves. There are also 3 wide blues running from the Italian border into Cervinia.
When you want to progress to reds, there is a long red stretching from the peak of Rothorn all the way down to Gant. Skiing down here will give you majestic views and an eerie feeling of isolation. If you are looking for a thrill, the Stafelap run curves around the foot of the Matterhorn and is steep but very wide. For some more difficult reds, there is a varied selection in the Gorneergrat area.
The run from Breitboden to Riffelalp is an equally nerve wracking and scenic route that includes skiing along a vertical cliff. The most well-known black in the resort is the Obere National. It is steep and has some sections running through forest. It is one of the longest black runs in the alps so will certainly test your fitness. For a slow burn, why not try Europe’s longest slope? It stretches 25km all the way from Klein Matterhorn back to Zermatt.
Zermatt is well known for fantastic off-piste itineraries. To make the most of the area’s varied choice of off-piste options, we highly recommend booking a ski guide to help you safely discover some of Zermatt’s hidden gems. They will also be able to organise some exceptional heliskiing for you. Summit Ski School have a great selection of ski guides and will be able to maximise your time on the slopes.
The glacier makes skiing in Zermatt possible year-round, and the high altitude allows for a long and successful winter season. The ideal snow conditions fall between early December and the middle of April. However, Zermatt is a stunning destination any time of the year and there are plenty of reasons to visit outside of the winter months.
By the end of November, snow has covered the main ski areas. Just in time for the festive rush.
Average snowfall: 78cm
Snow days: 6
The new year usually comes with excellent snow conditions but is very cold.
Average snowfall: 94cm
Snow days: 6
There will be lots of snow fall and it is still cold, but the days are getting longer and there is a higher chance of sunny days.
Average snowfall: 71cm
Snow days: 5
Longer days and snow sure conditions thanks to the altitude. Towards the end of April, some ski areas will start to close.
Average snowfall: 43cm
Snow days: 4
Things To Do In Zermatt
If you don’t ski or snowboard, or are faced with unfortunate weather conditions, there are many wonderful ways to spend your time off the mountain.
Other winter sports on offer are ice skating, ice climbing and curling. Zermatt has some beautiful hiking trails, including groomed options if you don’t want to wear snowshoes. Or, add a little excitement to your stay with a taboggan ride or husky sledding.
Zermatt is well connected by its cable cars and mountain railways, making it easy to meet skiers in your group on foot for lunch at one of the mountain restaurants. The Gornergrat Railway is the highest open-air train in Europe and has several breath-taking stops along its route. The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise can be reached by gondola and gives you panoramic views of the alps across 3 different countries. Explore the ice sculptures in the glacier palace or try many of the activities on offer, including sledging and clay pigeon shooting.
If you would rather relax, then you have come to the perfect place. Zermatt is known around the world for having exclusive mountain spas in stunning settings. The Coueur Des Alpes Spa has an outdoor whirlpool overlooking the Matterhorn, while the Japanese onsen inspired spa at Cervo combines local ingredients with wellness traditions from around the world.
For those interested in history, The Matterhorn was one of the last mountains in the alps to be summited, and you can explore this in more detail at the Matterhorn Museum or the Mountaineers Cemetary. Step back in time by visiting Hinterdorf, the old part of the village that has maintained its agricultural heritage.