The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 2 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 1 out of 5
  • Restaurants 5 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 5 out of 5
  • Eating out 5 out of 5
  • Apres ski 5 out of 5
  • Off-slope 4 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Zermatt only

Key facts

Resort1620 m
Slopes1620-3820 m
Lifts35
Pistes200 km
Price index165

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Zermatt

Switzerland

Zermatt Riffelberg

The upside

  • Wonderful, high, extensive slopes
  • Spectacular high mountain scenery
  • Charming but rather sprawling old village; car-free (but not traffic-free)
  • Reliable snow at altitude
  • World’s best mountain restaurants (but not for quick pit stops)
  • Nightlife to suit most tastes
  • Lots to do off the slopes
  • Linked to sunny Cervinia in Italy
  • Extensive helicopter operation

The downside

  • You may face long walks, crowded buses or pricey taxi rides
  • Far from ideal for novices
  • High prices for everything, including lift pass (one of Europe’s priciest)
  • Slow train up to Gornergrat
  • Some lift queues at peak periods
  • Annoying electric taxis and hotel vehicles detract from ambience
  • Few options to ski in bad weather; can be really windy or cold too
  • Latest user reviews

    Varied and scenic skiing on relatively challenging…

    Ed Ferrari 17 Jan 2011 

    Opening weekend (4 Dec) was sadly missing fresh snow…

    JLK2010 14 Dec 2010 

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    ResortFiler 22 Feb 2008 

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    News – 2017/18

    Work continues on the 28-seater gondola from Trockener Steg to Klein Matterhorn at 3821m which is due to open for the 2018/19 ski season. It will greatly reduce queues for the oversubscribed cable car that follows the same route.

    Meanwhile, for 2017/18 the lift company has introduced an Easy SkiCard (a points card where you pay by lifts used), an Hours Card (err, where you pay by the hours used) and priority boarding for the cog railway to Gornergrat (an extra CHF5 guarantees you a seat). And children under 9 get a free ski pass when accompanied by an adult with a multi-day pass.

    News – 2016/17

    The rickety old gondola from Gant to Blauherd was replaced by a fast six-seat chairlift with over twice the hourly carrying capacity. Not before time (the gondola was built in 1971) but replacement had been delayed because the lift company had hoped to build a new piste to a lift in the Findeln area; but that proved unviable, hence the new chair at Gant. The new lift gives a much quicker ride and has cut queues.

    Summary

    You must try Zermatt before you die. Few places can match its combination of excellent advanced and intermediate slopes, reliable snow, magnificent scenery, Alpine charm and mountain restaurants with superb food and stunning views.

    Its drawbacks are non-trivial (see ‘The downside’ on the left). But, for us and for virtually all our reporters, these pale into insignificance compared with its attractions. Editor Watts has taken countless holidays here. Enough said.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 4 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
    • Snow 4 out of 5
    • Queues 3 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
    • Expert 4 out of 5
    • Intermediate 4 out of 5
    • Beginner 2 out of 5
    • Boarder 3 out of 5
    • X-country 1 out of 5
    • Restaurants 5 out of 5
    • Schools 3 out of 5
    • Families 2 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 4 out of 5
    • Convenience 2 out of 5
    • Scenery 5 out of 5
    • Eating out 5 out of 5
    • Apres ski 5 out of 5
    • Off-slope 4 out of 5

    Key facts covers:

    • Zermatt only

    Key facts

    Resort1620 m
    Slopes1620-3820 m
    Lifts35
    Pistes200 km
    Price index165

    Linked resorts