Spectacularly situated beneath the majestic Matterhorn, Zermatt has everything to offer in the way of fantastic skiing, picturesque surroundings and a lively nightlife. On arrival, by train from the village of Täsch, you will find the vibrant village centre entirely car-free, with only electric taxis and horse drawn sleighs, and streets packed with beautiful shops and boutiques.
The wide-open runs of the Sunnegga provide the ideal terrain for the first timer skier, while the slopes of the Gornergrat, reached after a spectacular cog-wheel train journey, should be easily manageable after a few lessons from the expert ski school.
Zermatt is a true intermediates paradise with a tremendous variety of runs available including scenic descents through trees and long red runs. Take the cable car to the Unterrothorn where there are several challenging red runs and one that will take you all the way back to Zermatt. Choose a sunny day to ski over to Cervinia (included on area lift pass) and try the 8kms run from the Plateau Rosa.
Every good skier should experience the challenging black runs, fantastic off-piste and guaranteed snow. Try the Trifti - one of Europe's longest and most difficult mogul slopes. Other highlights include the gun-barrel Tiefbach descent and the Schwarzsee, Stockhorn and Klein Matterhorn areas.
Hook up with a guide and get the most out of the powder bowls and couloirs that Zermatt has to offer. For the even more daring, heli-boarding is popular here. There is the Gravity Park for those who fancy a jump with tables, halfpipe, quarter and bumps and beginners are not left out with some long, mellow runs high on the mountain.
Approx Transfer Time Geneva 3 hrs 30 mins, Sion 1 hrs 30 mins - SHORTER TRANSFER TIMES - FLY DIRECT TO SION Transfers are by coach to Täsch and then train (excluding short breaks when the whole journey is by train). Village Height 1,620m (5,346ft) Highest Lift 3,820m (12,606ft)
Lively nightlife with an excellent range of cafés and bars - Papperla bar, Elsie's place, the bar Vernissage, the Village and the Pink Elephant for jazz. Try also the Pollux and Alex discos and the Broken Barrel.
Seven public indoor swimming pools - Curling - Ice skating - Bowling - Indoor golf - Indoor tennis and squash courts - Fitness centre - Solarium - Heli-skiing - Sleigh rides - Paragliding
Well known for a vast array of fabulous restaurants with over 70 to choose from. Typical 3-course meal from approx. SFr35 - Brown Cow Snack Bar for great burgers, Stockhorn Grill or The Spaghetti Factory.
Large selection of stylish shops and boutiques - Alpine museum - Miles of cleared winter walkways (special walkers pass available locally) - Casino