Zermatt is home to arguably the most iconic mountain views in the world, the Matterhorn. The resort itself is a glitzy and glamorous affair with a real cosmopolitan feel. It is one of the few resorts that manages to combine high altitude skiing and a pretty resort village. The skiing is excellent and wide ranging thanks to its links to Cervinia and Valtourneche. The resort is also lively, with a wide range of bars, shops and restaurants. The latter being a real plus point to the resort, Zermatt is arguably the top destination for skiers looking for world class food both off and on the hill.
The resort is car free which means guests must expect some walking. There is a good electro-bus transit system (think a bus sized milk float with seats) which is free with the lift pass and a good way to keep walking to a minimum. There are also readily available electro-taxis although these can be quite expensive. On your way up to resort, whether you are driving or coming on a coach transfer service, you will stop in Taesch. A small village below Zermatt from where you jump on the train up to Zermatt itself. This is actually a lovely train ride through the mountains and takes about 15 minutes; it breaks the journey up well and certainly doesn’t feel like an inconvenience.
The resort is split into 3 main areas, the town centre, Petit Village and Winkelmatten. Due to the lack of cars, making sure you get the right location is quite important. Petit Village does have quite a few chalets and hotels and it is a bit of a walk from there to the town centre. The town centre itself is where the Sunnegga gondola and Gorgnergrat cog railway depart from as well as housing the majority of the shops, bars and restaurants. Winkelmatten is roughly 15 minutes walk from the centre but in terms of ski access it is the best of the 3. The Matterhorn Express gondola departs from here and the main piste into the village runs to Winkelmatten too.
Zermatt is one of a very few resorts that took our breath away, it has so much going for it. The skiing is incredible, the village centre is gorgeous and the après-ski is fantastic. Zermatt isn’t cheap but we think it’s one of the resorts that every keen winter sports enthusiast has to visit.