Zermatt is a picturesque mountain village that lies at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn on the border of Switzerland and Italy. Considered one of Switzerland's most popular winter resorts, Zermatt encompasses three skiing areas, which enjoy superb snow conditions and the longest skiing season in the Alps.
This world-famous destination offers visitors an never-ending range of activities to choose from. Aside from skiing, which is available 365 days a year on the Theodul Glacier, Zermatt is a popular destination for hiking and mountaineering in the off-season.
The charming village of Zermatt includes a range of cultural attractions, including the Matterhorn Museum and its historic Old Village. And if you ever run out of things to do, you can also go across the border! From the top of the Klein Matterhorn, serviced by Europe's highest cable car, you can ski down into Italy for lunch and return in time for dinner.
SKI AREAS IN TWO COUNTRIES
The Sunnegga-Rothorn ski area is the first of the major peaks surrounding the village of Zermatt and offering access to ski pistes in the winter. The view from the Rothorn is located at 3,103 m and showcases the highest peaks of the Valais Alps. It is accessible via cable car.
The Gornergrat is the second of the major peaks surrounding the village of Zermatt. With an altitude of 3,089 m, Gornergrat is accessible 365 days a year via the Gornergrat Bahn, Europe’s highest open-air cog railway.
At the summit station on the Gornergrat, visitors will also find Europe’s highest-altitude hotel: the 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat. Facilities include a restaurant, astronomical observatory, and attractive shops. Spending the night here is a wonderful experience.
The Klein Matterhorn is accessible via the highest cable car station in Europe at 3,883 m. With its new restaurant, this destination sets fresh standards in sustainable development. The views of the highest mountains in Italy, France and Switzerland are breathtaking and the ski area on the Theodul Glacier is open 365 days a year.
Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche | Italy
Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche are ski villages in the Valle d’Aosta region of northern Italy, located on the southern slopes of the Matterhorn. Guests at Zermatt have access to these Italian neighbours and the Plateau Rosa glacier from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise cable car, allowing them to explore both areas with the purchase of an international ski pass.
Congratulations on selecting Zermatt as your Skican vacation destination! Although Zermatt is best known for its terrific skiing/riding, the area offers plenty of additional activities for you to enjoy during your stay.
Experience an unforgettable Matterhorn flight in the middle of the imposing mountain scenery. Since 1968, the helicopter company Air Zermatt has stood for reliability and speed. It offers unique guest sightseeing flights allowing you to glimpse one-in-a-lifetime views of the Matterhorn.
Zermatt offers ski tours for beginners to experts, from easy to the most demanding. If you are looking for a simpler tour, where the summit is not as important as the long ski descents, then we can provide that. But we also offer long and challenging ski tours where you can push for a difficult summit. There is something for everyone.
Experience an adrenaline kick and live out your most beautiful skiing dreams. The mountains around Zermatt offer heli skiers the choice of over 38 peaks with pristine slopes, waiting for the first tracks. Reach your destination of a four thousand-meter alp, then ski down over untouched, bright-white snow into the valley and back to civilization. Air Zermatt is ready when you are.
Snowshoeing & Winter Hiking
Snowshoeing on the sunny terraces of Zermatt’s mountains is a winter dream come true. Winter hiking leads to undiscovered hamlets or sun-drenched terraces with magnificent views above Zermatt, Täsch and Randa. And then, as a great reward, stopping at a cozy mountain restaurant for lunch.
Breithorn Mountaineering Ascent
The Breithorn is the easiest four thousand-metre peak to climb in the Alps. Standing on a four thousand-metre mountain – that is a dream for many climbers. The summit of the Breithorn offers an incomparable mountain panorama, with a view of the Matterhorn at eye level.
The ascent and descent in snow and ice with crampons are suitable for experienced mountain hikers and last about 3 to 4 hours, depending on the conditions. So that the climb is enjoyable, being in good physical condition and acclimated to high altitude are requirements.
Cross Country Skiing
Over 15 km of cross-country ski trails are accessible between Täsch and Randa and suitable for both classic and skating style. From Zermatt, it’s just a 12-minute train ride to access the trails in Täsch. The well-prepared circuits of the Matterhorn trail are highly popular and enable skiers to explore a variety of terrain.
Sledging & Tobogganing
Zermatt offers a variety of tobogganing runs in Randa, Gornergrat, and Täsch. The toboggan run on the Gornergrat is not only the Alps’ highest but also one of the most beautiful. Other toboggan runs offer great options for families with children.
*Skican does not endorse these activities and you undertake them at your own risk.