Zermatt is surrounded by some of Europe’s highest mountains, the Dom, the Monte Rosa and of course the famous Matterhorn. The traffic-free village is 3.5 hours from Zürich and is known for its excellent mountain restaurants and for its lively and varied après-ski and nightlife.
In winter, the ski region consists of three varied ski areas: the Sunnegga-Rothorn, Gornergrat-Stockhorn, Schwarzsee and Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Snow is guaranteed offering one of the longest ski seasons in the Alps. The highest ski run offers skiing from an incredible 3,820m and all pistes are easily accessible thanks to an extensive lift system of mountain railways, cable cars, gondolas, funiculars, and chair and drag lifts. The gentle slopes at Sunegga or the wide, open runs around Gornergrat are perfect for beginners. All three ski areas have many intermediate red and blue runs and skiing is possible back down to Zermatt. There is a huge selection of challenging runs for advanced skiers and snowboarders in the Stockhorn and Schwarzsee areas, guided off-piste skiing, heli-sking and the Triftij, one of the longest and most difficult mogul runs in Europe.