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Zermatt Ski Resort Guide

Zermatt Ski Resort Guide

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Latest Snow Report

Issued: 27 Oct

  • Last Snowfall: 22 October 2014
  • Snow Depth (upper): 105 cm
  • Snow Depth (lower): 0 cm
  • Piste: Good
  • Off-piste: Varied

Today’s Weather (2720 m)

10 N10
4 °C F-Level
10 N10
3 °C F-Level
partially cloudy
5 SSW5
3 °C F-Level

Zermatt, under the shadow of the Matterhorn, is one of Europe's best ski areas. Linked to Cervinia, just over the border in Italy, Zermatt offers over 250km of pistes. Despite 71 lifts, there is often a bit of a queue to get up the mountain in the morning. Once there you will be spoiled for choice whatever your ability. Throw in a world class terrain park and pipe and you realize Zermatt is truly a top resort. Off the piste, Zermatt is traditional, slightly snobby and expensive. Stay in one of the many chalets on the outskirts to save cash for the excellent restaurants in town. Nightlife is also very good.

Resorts close to Zermatt include: Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche (12 km), Macugnaga (17 km), Zinal (17 km), Saas Fee (18 km), La Forclaz (Evolène) (19 km),

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All Zermatt Resort Stats

Piste info

  • Trails (Pistes): 60
  • Beginner: 23%
  • Intermediate: 44%
  • Advanced: 33%
  • Cross-country: 60 km
  • Snowmaking: 25%
  • Acres of ski: 983
  • Terrain Parks: 2
  • Halfpipes: 2


  • Restaurants: 38
  • Bars: 44
  • Slopeside accommodation: Y

Mountain info

  • Vertical Drop: 2201 m


  • Draglifts: 10
  • Chairlifts: 9
  • Gondolas / Cable Cars: 13
  • Toplift: m


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Resort fully open with links to Cervinia also working. Last snow c.10 days ago, but piste conditions all excellent due to a combination of snow machines and well managed snow. Off-piste is very pathcy due to a very thin base.

Forecast is for continuning sunshine over the next 4 or 5 days. Christmas week may be very bright...

Information supplied 16 Dec 2009

Visitor Reviews of Zermatt

Ian de Haan from United Kingdom writes:

I visit Zermatt at least four or five times each winter for at least a week each time. In the last five years I have always been able to ski great powder snow every time I have been out. It is one of the most snow sure resorts anywhere in the world and with the linked resorts of Cervinia, Vatlournenche and into the Monte Rosa areas, you have some of the most varied skiing anywhere.

Zermatt offers a huge choice of accommodation across ALL budget ranges and has plenty of one, two and three star hotels and of course four and five star hotels.

The resort is easily reached form Geneva or Zurich airports by train and you can be on the slopes for an afternoon skiing on your first day if you travel independently.

The Matterhorn Ski Weeks offer one of the best packages you can get anywhere and their Top Class off-piste with a guide is astonishingly good value.

For the last few years the powder skiing has been truly fantastic and in the ski weeks, we have skied just about everywhere you can see with a guide.

The lift system is one of the most efficient anywhere and to go from resort to top lift stations takes less time than in other resorts that do not offer the same vertical height from resort to top lift station. After all - you are ascending over 2,200metre of vertical!

The skiing, over on the Italian side, is quite different, but huge fun and offers some challenging off-piste runs as well as the longest pisted run in Europe. The golden rule is "go straight over to Italy first thing in the morning and every day when the weather allows".

There are three or more of the best restaurants in the area, on the Italian side; worth the effort to get there but book ahead to be sure of a table.

Hotels also offer their own ski week packages, which usually include lift pass and ski hire, and are often better value than chalet companies offerings. Book direct with hotels and be treated as a valued guest with great food and accommodation.

Pricey ? It certainly does not have to be.

Crowded ? Not if you are at the bottom lift stations early. If you go late, it may well be crowded in high season.

Zermatt = the best skiing you will get anywhere in the world!

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city forecasts
Sion, Switzerland 39 km
Aosta, Italy 45 km
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Surf Breaks
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surf forecast
Voltri, Italy 193 km
Cogoleto, Italy 194 km
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Acque-Calde (Savona), Italy 200 km

Resorts and Mountain Peaks Surrounding Zermatt

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Mountain Peaks
Closest to Zermatt

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Riffelhorn, Italy 3 km
Gornergrat, Italy 4 km
Trockener Steg, Italy 4 km
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Hohtalli, Italy 5 km