Zermatt Ski Hotel Guide - Ski accommodation

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Skiing in Zermatt is on a vast scale. Fabulous scenery captivates your attention during your ride up the mountains. It is easy to be dazzled by the mountain world around you, being surrounded by 29 peaks over 4000m. These are the highest mountains in Europe. And most always within sight is the moody and multi-faceted Matterhorn. Cable cars (aerial tramways) are common here - being very necessary in such an imposing mountain environment. Many soar silently across chasms and up cliff faces suspended thousands of feet above the snows. But it is when you get out and snap on your skis that the real action begins. No longer are you just an observer in this majestic mountain world. You are here to ski !

All three of Zermatt's ski areas soar to at least 3100m. This translates into excellent snow conditions, and long runs to the village (8 to 13km). Not only are the slopes long, but they are open for a long day! Lifts begin operation at 8-8.20am and do not close until 4.30pm in midwinter, while in April it is possible to still be skiing at 6pm!  Speaking of long, Zermatt also has the longest winter season in the Alps. All three skiing areas are open from late November to the start of May - and the huge glacier area offers good skiing all through summer too.

Off-piste skiing
Zermatt has extensive off-piste terrain. Large and seldom skied fields of untouched snow await those 'in the know'. And thanks to Zermatt's extremely high altitudes and abundance of north facing slopes, powder snow can still be found many days after it falls...  In spring especially, huge areas of both powder and spring (corn) snow can be found off piste. (And there are no problems with ski patrollers when skiing out of bounds here.)

Note that many of Zermatt's best and largest off piste areas are several kilometres away from marked runs - they are not easily found and can be very dangerous to ski alone (without local knowledge of avalanche danger, cliffs, crevasses etc. ). Please consider taking a local ski guide if you want to explore Zermatt's best off-piste secrets.

Zermatt offers plenty of superb open terrain for boarders. Currently there are also two snowboard parks and two man-made half pipes - one at Blauherd, the other between Trockener Steg and Furgg. Snowboards are also welcome on all lifts and 99% of the pistes. Naturally snowboards are available to hire at many hire shops in town. There is also a dedicated snowboarding school. Boarders, please be sure to check out sixteen great snowboarding action shots in the second Chris Patient Gallery and a few big halfpipe jumps in the summer section.  Contributions to this section are welcome from Zermatt snowboarders.

Winter Walks
Some 30km of winter footpaths are cleared of snow; leading through the magnificent local terrain. Six beautiful winter walks are detailed in our exclusive Walking Guide to Zermatt and the Matterhorn.

Skiing Cervinia, Italy
There are precious few opportunities in the world to ski over international borders, and Zermatt is lucky to have one of the most interesting! High amid the peaks and permanent snows lies the frontier crossing to the sparkling Italian slopes of Cervinia. A huge sunny bowl below the southern face of the Matterhorn (known as Monte Cervino to the Italians!) reveals a multitude of open, high-altitude runs.


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