Zermatt

Resort Altitude: 1,620m // Highest Lift: 3,899m // 200 miles of skiing // 38 Mountain Restaurants // 91 Downtown Restaurants // 44 Bars...

Home of the world famous Matterhorn Mountain (Monte Cervin), Zermatt (1620m) is the southernmost resort in Switzerland and enjoys 300 days of sun a year.

Zermatt has almost 200 miles of skiing (including Cervinia) and there are 37 four thousand metre peaks rising up around Zermatt, including the Dom, Weisshorn and Dufourspitze, the highest mountains in Switzerland.  There are 3 main moutains in Zermatt: Sunnegga, with the fast Sunnegga Express that take you up to the Rothorn cable car; Gornegrat with its picturesque mountain railway and the Riffleberg ski area and Schwarzsee Paradise on the Klein Matterhorn, which will take you to the highest point in Zermatt.  If you buy an international ski pass you also have access to the vast ski area over  in Cervinia and Valtournenche.

The Swiss canton – called Valis Poenina (Upper Rhone Valley) by the Romans, has 13 red and white stars on the flag.  The stars represent the 13 districts (Zehnden) of Valais, a number that has remained the same since 1815 when the canton joined the Swiss Confederation.

Zermatt has a permanent population of about 5,800 which swells to around 30,000 during the winter season.

The town was discovered by British mountaineers, Edward Whymper being the most famous, whose conquest of the Matterhorn made the village famous as the mountain was one of the last alpine mountains to be climbed, finally being conquered in 1865 but at the cost of 4 lives.  The full story can be found in the eye-catching and modern Matterhorn Museum.

Summer Skiing / Hiking

Zermatt is very much an all year ski resort, with some good summer skiing on the Theodulgletscher behind the Klein Matterhorn.   Note though that in May and June the resort tends to close and then reopen again in July.  It is popular for hiking and mountain biking and the village is amazingly pretty in the summer, taking on a whole new life when compared with the winter and is far more relaxed.  The hotel rates tend to be a lot better too!

Ski Schools

There are 8 ski schools in Zermatt, the following 4 are the main group schools:

Schweizer Ski und Snowboardschule; Stoked - The SkiSchool & Swiss Snowboard School; Skischule European Snowsport; Summit Ski & Snowboard School, which is the English Ski School.

These 4 are for private lessons: Adventure Zermatt, Swiss Ski & Snowboard School; AER Snowboard & Ski School; Almrausch Swiss Snow Sport School; Prato Borni Ski & Snowboardschule.

Useful to know Emergency Telephone Numbers

Police: 117; Fire: 118; Mountain Rescue and if you have an accident on the street: 144.

There are always two doctors on call at any time in high season, one in low season and there is always a pharmacy that is open 24 hours (rotates between the pharmacies).

The main Zermatt Resort website has a lot of information on the resort and its facilities.

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