Thinking of an epic skiing holiday next year but you're not sure where to go?
The European Alps offer some magnificent views of truly spectacular mountains, amazing skiing and snow sports opportunities as well as the chance to indulge yourself in the culture offered.
This week Zermatt is top of our list and we'll tell you exactly why you should consider this stunning Swiss resort for your next snowy getaway!
Our Top Reasons to Visit Zermatt
It's the Highest Ski Resort in Europe
As a premier destination for skiers, snowboarders and fans of high altitude sports, Zermatt has the prize of 365 days of snow due to its high altitude. Visitors from all over the world come to enjoy the incredible skiing opportunities available and not many resorts can offer that year round experience. You can even ski from Zermatt into Cervinia in Italy for lunch and be back to Switzerland for dinner!
The icon of the Swiss Alps and one of the most photographed mountains in the world, it's not hard to tell why the Matterhorn is so loved by all in Zermatt.
Standing guard over 3 countries - France, Italy and Switzerland- the grand rock face is an amazing sight to behold.
Obviously the Matterhorn is the centrepiece to the beautiful resort but don't think the rest of the scenery is anything less as the views are truly magnificent all year round.
Zermatt is a picturesque, 'chocolate box' resort and the strict building laws have maintained the traditionally Swiss feeling to the area as well as the architecture. Zermatt is also home to 94 natural water springs, trickling through the town and carving their way through the landscape over the years.
The village of Zermatt, in keeping with their environmentally friendly views, is a car free resort. This makes strolling through the streets and admiring your surroundings a lot less stressful. Horse drawn carriages were the main mode of transport until only 40 years ago.
The people of Zermatt take their food and cooking very seriously and the quality can be seen through out the resort. Michelin star restaurants can be found on most streets and need to be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
Eating chocolate, cheese fondue and sipping wine is all part of the experience!
The Non-Skiing Activities
If you're looking to relax and take a break from the slopes for the day, there are still plenty of things to do to keep yourself occupied.Numerous bars, restaurants and cafes situate the area if you're after some fine dining opportunities. Horse drawn carriages can take you for trips around the village for a unique take on the scenery and the world's highest clay pigeon shooting range can be found here too!
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Take a cable car to altitudes of 3,883m and see the highest cable car station in Europe as well as the best views of the highest mountains in Italy, France & Switzerland.
Here you can see 360 degrees from the viewing platform at the highest glacier palace in Europe. The ski area on Theodul Glacier is open 365 days a year and you can take in the sights of the ice sculptures, crevasses and slides in the ice tunnels.
This tranquil site features moving reminders of climbers who have tragically lost their lives in the mountains surrounding Zermatt.
This gorgeous walk is one of the most popular hikes to do in Switzerland. The 5-Seenweg Walk or the Five Lakes Walk takes you past the wonderful lakes of Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grunsee, Moosjisee & Leisee which offer amazing scenic views and reflections of those exceptional mountains.
A natural beauty featuring greenish rock surfaces that are over 220 million years old. At only a 15 minute walk from the Zermatt resort, the Gorner Gorge should be seen to be believed. The most impressive sights are in mid-September between 3pm and 4pm and the wooden walkways will lead you through the incredible rock face safely.
The Chalets & Hotels
The traditional Swiss architecture combined with contemporary interior design are the main features of the chalets and hotels that reside in Zermatt, allowing you to keep warm and cosy whilst enjoying those amazing views and keeping close to the slopes.
Our experienced and knowledgeable luxury ski chalet experts are here to help you choose your ideal snowy retreat.
Contact them today:
+44 (0)1244 62 99 63