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.
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
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.
Skiing / Hiking
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!
There are 8 ski schools in Zermatt, the following 4 are the main group schools:
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