Quite possibly one of the prettiest ski resorts in the Alps, Zermatt shelters below its crown jewel – The Matterhorn.
Existing in its own little world, the village is car-free, but not traffic-free – electric buggies operating either as hotel shuttles or as public taxis zip around the streets making getting anywhere very convenient.
The views are breathtaking and the cable car trip up to Klein Matterhorn opens up vast panoramas, as well as close-up glacier views – a must. The ski area combines quantity with quality, providing 394km of piste to explore, a freestyle area, a Heli-skiing option and access to Italy via the Matterhorn glacier.
There is much luxury accommodation to choose from, both chalets and hotels. Chalet Grace, with its breathtaking views of the Matterhorn is one of our favourites, along with The Hotel Mont Cervin – glamorous and central.
Out of its 111 restaurants, Myoko is worth a visit with its fusion of Swiss and Japanese delicacies. Loved by many is also Restaurant Du Pont – unpretentiously placed at the top of the main street, offering delicious roesti and good wine! Up the mountain, the self-service areas by the Sunegga lift and at Riffelberg are inexpensive and offer good, hearty food.
Zermatt is not the best resort for novices, however there are good ski schools around such as Summit and European Snowsports. There are good hotel nurseries with plenty of facilities to keep them occupied. Although on the pricey side, you get what you pay for.