Located in the canton of Valais, in the southern part of Switzerland, only a breath away from the Italian border, Zermatt is a picturesque traffic-free village that provides all the amenities one could ask for from a top-class European ski resort.
Zermatt, is a ski resort that ticks all the boxes, and really caters to snowboarders and keen skiers seeking new adventures. Definitely one of the best ski resorts in Europe, Zermatt has vast intermediate runs, intersected by mountain restaurants that offer delicious lunchtime stopovers or quick pastries with a hot chocolate. Some say that Zermatt is the gastronomical capital of the Alps, due to the superbly prepared, cooked, and presented dishes. Enough about food and back to the skiing; for beginners, there are limited runs but great alternative activities; intermediate skiers and snowboarders will find its mammoth 245 km of marked pistes an exhilarating ride;
however, expert and advanced riders will find plenty to challenge you both on and off-piste (always ski with a guide and in a group). The largest of the three main ski zones in Zermatt is the Klein Matterhorn or Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Here you can pump some adrenaline by riding the gargantuan 2,200m vertical drop that goes for 13km. The second skiing area is the Blauherd-Bothorn with terrain for all levels of ability (tree skiing included). As for the Stockhorn/Gornegrat, it offers a diverse terrain for both freeriding and intermediate cruising.
Besides skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding, tourists can also enjoy a lot of off-slope activities, such as helicopter sightseeing flights that will take you around the Matterhorn, as well as an abundance of family-friendly services and facilities, such as child care options and ski schools. Other activities include walking scenic winter trails and a cable-car trip to the top of the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and its impressive museum of glacial caves and even a 10-minute toboggan run (in the evening). That aside, there are plenty of shops (Zermatt is believed to be the utopia of every ski holiday shopper), bars, and restaurants that will enhance your holiday experience. As for its night-life, it certainly is vibrant with many partying options for those that want something more exciting than just sitting sedately and sipping on their cocktail or relishing their cold beer.
Truth is the views you get from several European ski resorts are amazing, however, Zermatt, sitting calmly at the foot of the iconic 4,478m Matterhorn, is in a class of its own, and provides a scenery that is simply beyond amazing. Moreover, having maintained its traditional European charm with the wonderful old buildings and the cobblestone streets, where you may occasionally see horse-drawn carriages travelling down the road, Zermatt definitely is a class above, with old-world atmosphere adding to its charm.
The mountain village of Zermatt also offers a wide array of accommodation, as it sprawls in between the Pennine Alps, featuring from 5-star hotels and self-catered chalets, to cost-effective dormitory rooms, offering fantastic views of the dramatic Matterhorn and an exquisite culinary experience. It seems that it ticks all the boxes indeed!