TRANSFER TIME (approx): Geneva 3 hours 30 mins
LIFT PASS (2010/11): Adult £240 (local)
Child £123 (local)
PISTE FACTS: Longest Run: 17km
The Matterhorn provides a stunning backdrop to this brilliant resort. Zermatt has 183km of piste, and also links up to Cervinia in Italy (included in the area lift pass), making the area pretty huge!!
There are an abundance of runs to choose from, split over three areas. There are some blue beginner runs but the resort is probably more suited to intermediate and advanced abilities. Lots of wide reds for cruising and some awesome blacks if you want it a bit steeper. A particular favourite of ours when we visited last year was the black run from Furgg lift station down to Furi.
Zermatt also has a good terrain park for the freestyle minded, and a well maintained half pipe. In terms of off piste, there are vast areas to be explored here, and in neighbouring Cervinia. Bring your hiking gear and there are many many possibilities. Fork out for heli-skiing and the possibilities become just about endless!!
Overall, this is a great, high altitude resort offering an awesome selection of terrain. You will find everything from wide open pistes for cruising, to tree runs, to testing blacks, to brilliant off piste, to terrain parks and a half pipe - what more could you possibly ask for?!
The village of Zermatt is very lively and has a great selection of restaurants and bars to keep you occupied in the evening. There is everything from pizzarias to bars serving oysters and champagne. There are also many shops, an ice skating rink, indoor tennis and a cinema.