“Families are Welcome”. Since 2013, Zermatt has been awarded by the Swiss Tourism Associations this Seal of Quality, for holidays with children. Zermatt is a great resort for families and there are a number of different options to choose from when it comes to child care and skiing for kids, all of which we would be very glad to arrange for you. Because Zermatt is car-free, the streets are much safer than in most other resorts, and the abundance of small electric taxis, which can be summoned by phone, makes getting around the village and to the various base lift stations a breeze, even with toddlers.
In addition to skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing on the slopes, there are many activities in resort such as ice-skating, outdoor playing areas, bicycle ramp, skate park, hockey, indoor climbing, swimming, a tree-top fun park and a cinema that shows a lot of films for children.
We can also arrange for baby-sitting in the evenings, and day nannies too. Please let us know if you require this service in advance.
In Zermatt children up to age nine receive a club card, The Wolli Card, which is valid for one year from the beginning of November to the end of October. With a Wolli Card, children travel free on all of the mountain lifts and are the invited guests at all of the Wolli events.
Children up to age nine …
… have unlimited travel on all mountain lifts with the Wolli Card throughout the year
… receive a cool Wolli Welcome Kit upon arrival
… have their own website with information, games and offers
… are invited guests at all of the Wolli events
… benefit from further offers
Child care in resort
Open 7 days a week, from 09:00am until 17:00pm, Kinderparadies offers a full service kindergarten with half day and full day supervision. Children from the age of 3 months until 5 or 6 years can attend, though children over 4 might prefer to attend one of the local ski schools. Located approximately 200m north of the train station, prices range from CHF 75.- for half a day to CHF 675.- for 6 full days. More information can be found on their website.
Children’s club Pumuckel:
Located in Hotel La Ginabelle, guests from the age of 2 ½ can enjoy fun and games at the Pumuckel Club for children and young people. Run by professional childminders, the club offers morning and afternoon handicraft programmes as well as trips into the fresh Zermatt air!
Awesome Summer Camp (summer only):
They offer a varied selection of sports, activities and excursions to boys and girls aged 3 – 17. Each Awesome Summer Camp is action-packed and tailor-made to fit the needs and requirements of each group. Climbing, swimming, skiing, biking, hiking, tennis, nature activities, arts and crafts and cooking are among activities campers will take part in. Campers will experience the time of their lives and enjoy a great summer that they’ll remember forever.
Child care on the Mountain
Leisee Wolli Park Beginners Area
Recommended for all ages. This is the best place to learn how to ski: in the Wolli Park close to the Sunnegga station. It is sunny here, not too high, and protected from the wind. The Leisee shuttle brings you up and down safely and comfortably, whether you are a skier or pedestrian. This is a great place to learn for both kids and parents, with several magic carpets and an easy slope. And there are plently of fine restaurants not too far away. Because skiers of all ages are bound to be hungry after a while.
Snowli Kids Village Riffelberg:
Recommended for children aged 3-6, the Snowli Kids Village at Riffelberg is run by the Zermatters Ski and Snowboard school which has exclusive use of a large area of about 3,500m2. Made up of fairy tale figures, magic carpets, a merry go round and children’s lifts this is the perfect area for kids to take their first steps in the snow and learn how to ski.
There are three levels:
Beginners: Snowli Prince (new to the sport)
Intermediate: Snowli King (snow plough braking)
Advanced: Snowli Star (snow plough turns)
- Meeting point from Monday to Friday is at the Tourist Office by the train station at 8:45
- 09:12 am departure of a special children’s painted train from Zermatt toward Gornergrat, stopping at Riffelberg for the Snowli Kids Village.
- Professional ski instruction by trained kids’ instructors from 9.45 am until 15:00 pm with approx. one hour supervised lunch break at the Riffelberg mountain restaurant.
- The children’s train arrives back at Zermatt station at 15.45 pm.
- Ski race with prize ceremony at the Riffelberg on Friday.
The club runs from Monday to Friday, prices from CHF 515.- for 5 days, 4 days 430.- , 3 days 360.- Half days (mornings) are also available. For more information visit their website.
If your children are aged between 6-12 years, the Zermatters Ski and Snowboard school also runs the Swiss Snow League, which offers professional child care and ski instruction from 9am until 3.30pm with approx one hour supervised lunch break There are three levels of proficiency. 5 days from Monday to Friday from CHF 465.-, 4 days 405.- , 3 days 320.-. Lunch and beverages are included in the price. For more information visit their website.
Stoked Kid’s Park Alm
Recommended for beginner kids aged from 4. New this season is the Stoked Kids Park at Alm, Furi. Directly in front of Restaurant Alm. The child friendly beginner`s area enables fast learning progress in a very easily accessible and safe environment. Mums and Dads can watch the little ones directly from the restaurant terrace or from the road. You can get to the Stoked Kids Park in just 15 minutes from the Matterhorn Express bottom station. Price 569-589 CHF for 5 days. For more information visit their website.
Summit Kids Club:
Open to children from the age of 6-12, Summit kids clubs groups are designed to maximise fun and skiing potential with child care. Kids will play fun games, make friends, learn about the mountain and progress before they know it. Sunday-Friday (9am-3pm) price CHF 600.- CHF. for six days. For more information visit their website.