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Zermatt: Village

Busy, international but traditional-style car-free village with huge area of mainly intermediate and difficult skiing, linked to Cervinia.

You must try Zermatt before you die. Few places can match its combination of excellent advanced and intermediate slopes, reliable snow, magnificent scenery, Alpine charm and mountain restaurants with superb food and stunning views.

Its drawbacks are non-trivial (see the minus points above). But, for us and for virtually all our reporters, these pale into insignificance compared with its attractions. Editor Watts has taken countless holidays here. Enough said.



Zermatt started life as a simple farming village, developed as a mountaineering centre in the 19th century, then became a winter resort in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Summer is still as big as winter here.

The village is car-free, but not traffic-free - electric buggies operating either as hotel shuttles or as public taxis zip around the streets. Residents and taxis can drive up to Zermatt, but the rest of us must park at Täsch (or more distant Visp) and arrive by train. At Täsch there's a big car park (14.50 francs a day), and you can wheel luggage trolleys on and off the trains.

Zermatt mainly attracts a well-heeled international clientele; the clientele is also relatively, er, mature for what is quite a sporty resort.

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Opening times


  • Late Oct to Early May: 0830-1650

Getting there


  • Zermatt train station - 1 minutes
  • Sion airport - 1.5 hours
  • Basel airport - 3 hours
  • Geneva airport - 4 hours

Pros

Cons

 

Wonderful, high, extensive slopes

You may face long walks, crowded buses or pricey taxi rides

 

Spectacular high mountain scenery

Far from ideal for novices

 

Charming but rather sprawling old village; car-free (but not traffic-free)

High prices for everything, including lift pass (one of Europe's priciest)

 

Reliable snow at altitude

Slow train up to Gornergrat

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Ski Club Freshtracks holidays to Zermatt

PE Ski & Schnapps
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tour operators in Zermatt

Skiworld
10% discount for Ski Club members
Largest independent ski operator in the UK. Featuring over 100 catered chalets, plus self-catering...
snow-wise
10% discount for Ski Club members
Snow-Wise is an independent ski tour operator, specialising in tailor-made ski holidays, luxury ski...
VIP Ski
10% discount for Ski Club members
VIP SKI is not an agent, we operate over 60 of our own luxury chalets and 2 luxury ski hotels in 10...
Erna Low
6% discount for Ski Club members
Erna Low is an independent ski specialist offering the widest range of self-catered and hotel...
Ski Independence
5% discount for Ski Club members
Ski Independence is the UK's leading tailor-made ski specialist offering the best hotels,...
Crystal Ski Holidays
5% discount for Ski Club members
For us, the mountain is everything. We love it as much as you do. Since 1981, we’ve been finding the...
Switzerland Travel Centre
5% discount for Ski Club members
We are the destination experts, passionate about bringing Switzerland closer to you. We know the...
Elegant Resorts
5% discount for Ski Club members
Elegant Resorts, the UK's leading luxury tour operator, provides exceptional client service and...
Ski Solutions
5% discount for Ski Club members
Ski Solutions is Britain's original and largest specialist ski travel agency and tailor-made...
The Swiss Ski Company
5% discount for Ski Club members
We are an independent Swiss specialist featuring the top ski resorts in Switzerland. Our...
IGLU.COM
5% discount for Ski Club members
Igluski.com is an award-winning ski travel agency, working with over 70 tour operators to offer ski...
Lagrange Holidays
5% discount for Ski Club members
Lagrange specialises primarily in self-catering ski holidays to France, featuring accommodation to...
Inghams
5% discount for Ski Club members
With over 80 years' experience in ski, offering holidays in 91 resorts in 10 countries, Inghams...
Crystal Finest
5% discount for Ski Club members
Treat yourself to something extra special where luxury accommodation, amazing food and impeccable...
The Oxford Ski Company
5% discount for Ski Club members
With over fourteen years of experience, some 450+ personally inspected luxury ski chalets and 90...
flexiski
5% discount for Ski Club members
Flexiski are tailor-made ski holiday experts with over 20 years experience in planning ski breaks to...

ski accommodation in Zermatt

Ski Zermatt Apartments
15% discount for Ski Club members
4* Haus Alpa is located 3 mins walk from the Sunnegga ski lift. The 9 luxury apts accommodate up to...
Sunstar Style Hotel Zermatt
10% discount for Ski Club members
Plus an EXTRA 5% OFF if you book 60 days prior to your arrival date! The Sunstar Style Hotel...
Walliserhof Swiss Quality Hotel - Zermatt
10% discount for Ski Club members
Hotel Walliserhof Zermatt - charm and tradition in the very heart of Zermatt - with cosy rooms and...
Erna Low
6% discount for Ski Club members
Erna Low is an independent ski specialist offering the widest range of self-catered and hotel...
PowderBeds.com
5% discount for Ski Club members
PowderBeds is an online Ski Accommodation Retailer, offering a huge range of hotels, apartments and...

member discounts in Zermatt

Skiset
60% discount for Ski Club members
N.B. Online bookings will vary depending on resort and seasonal time. However Ski Club members will...
Stoked Snowsports AG
10% discount for Ski Club members
Stoked offers private ski and snowboard lessons with knowledgable English speaking instructors for...
Summit Ski & Snowboard School
10% discount for Ski Club members
Zermatt's first British ski and snowboard school providing superior quality tuition in private...
European Snowsport
10% discount for Ski Club members
10% off all lessons booked direct by the Ski Club member. Not available if booked through a Tour...
Switzerland Travel Centre
5% discount for Ski Club members
All bookings are only possible over the phone and Ski Club members need to quote their membership...
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