Skiing & Boarding Guide
Skiing & Snowboarding in Zermatt - Overview
Zermatt Skiing Guide
Zermatt is rated as one of the top 5 skier's resorts in the Alps. Indeed, the authoritative Where to Ski and Snowboard annual guide selects Zermatt as the top ski resort every year, as does the German language Bilanz magazine.
With 360km of runs spanning two countries, the linked areas of Zermatt in Switzerland and Cervinia and Valtournenche in Italy have far more skiing than you can possibly do in a week. We live here, and yet we are still discovering new slopes every year!The mix of runs is vast, the scenery breathtaking, freeride possibilities are exceptional, the mountain restaurants and apres-ski bars are unique and the accommodation is of course top notch. Few ski vacations in Europe can match what Zermatt has to offer. The highest lift is at 3,883m giving an impressive vertical drop of over 2,356m (the biggest pisted vertical in the world) and snow is guaranteed all year round including in summer!
All key runs benefit from extensive snow-making equipment to boost snow conditions as needed, which together with its glaciers makes Zermatt completely snow-sure. Zermatt also has its own snow park, boarder-cross, halfpipe and cross-country circuit. The very modern lift system has practically abolished waiting times.
The ski runs in Zermatt are classified as follows. Blue (easy), Red(intermediate), Black (difficult) or Yellow(marked but neither groomed nor checked). Out of 200km of runs on the Zermatt side most are blue and red, while 9km are black runs and 38km are yellow; these should be considered as double diamond black runs. At the other end of the scale, there is a perfect ski area for beginners and families at Sunnegga – Leisee with numerous magic carpets, and another great area just for kids at Riffelberg.
To make things easy, you may order your ski-pass ahead of your Zermatt ski vacation through us: it will be waiting for you when you get there and won't cost you anything more! No need to join the new arrival queues at the ticket office... Your passes will be waiting for you in your skiing accommodation on your arrival. Your pass may include either just Zermatt or both Zermatt & Cervinia providing you with unlimited access to the whole of the Matterhorn Ski Paradise domain.
Our ski area is so extensive and varied that expert insider knowledge is key to making the most of it. Because we are dedicated to helping you make the most of your holiday, our in-house MX ski-guide can show you the way round all the ski areas and mountain restaurants or, in good conditions, provide you with endless untouched powder snow!