Zermatt sits at 1,620 m within the Pennine Alps, a mountain chain that stretches from the Grand Combin in the west to the cluster of 4000 m peaks which form the Monte Rosa massif to the east. The lifts in Zermatt, have been improved recently and run from 8am every day, so you can make the most out of your lift pass
Zermatt skiing for experienced skiers and riders is on the Trockener Steg – Klein Matterhorn – Schwarzsee sector that is linked across the Plateau Rosa to Cervinia in Italy. The Matterhorn Express gondola provides fast access to Furi and Schwarzsee. A cable-car from Furi takes you up to 2939m Trockener Steg, and another continues up to the Klein Matterhorn at 3820m. The area provides a wide range of scenic and occasionally demanding snow-sure intermediate skiing with magnificent views of the mighty Matterhorn.
On sunny days, Zermatt-based skiers head over the top for the long intermediate run to Cervinia and an Italian lunch.
Zermatt snowboarding has plenty to excite serious boarders, including big and thorough snow parks such as the year-round Gravity Park.
Zermatt ski resort offers a wide variety of guided itineraries and day tours, and there are also various ski and snowboard schools.
Zermatt is no longer a resort to avoid for complete novices. British-run Summit Ski and; Board School were a successful newcomer last season and quickly established a faithful following among all nationalities. Independent Swiss Snowboard Instructors offer dedicated riding tuition.
Last Updated: Feb 2010