Dominated by the Matterhorn, Zermatt is one of those rare places where everything gels together to guarantee a top ten placing on anyone’s list of the world’s best ski resorts. The historic village has oodles of charm and the largely traffic-free high street is lined with smart shops, excellent restaurants and stylish bars. The resort’s pistes include links to Cervinia in Italy and especially suit intermediates or more experienced skiers, with mile upon mile of beautiful terrain to explore. It also boasts the best mountain restaurants in the Alps – so delectable lunch stops are unavoidable. Ski schools provide superb instruction, including snowboarding and children’s lessons.
At a Glance
Snow: With some of the highest slopes in Europe, there’s generally little shortage of snow but snowmaking machines will serve some of the pistes right down to resort level Lift system: All of Zermatt is well-connected by fast chairs, gondolas or mountain railways Apres Ski: There’s a good mix of informal and more sophisticated bars and restaurants, Families: there are plenty of facilities for children including a non-skiing kindergarten Other activities: heli-skiing – Zermatt is the Alps largest heli-trip centre: cross-country skiing, snowboard park, para-skiing, dog sledding and ice climbing