The ultimate ‘Must Do’ in Zermatt list
It would be hard to do everything Zermatt has to offer in one trip. In fact it is nigh on impossible to do everything on offer in a season, let alone a week’s holiday.
So to help you get the most out of your trip, we have put together the ultimate ‘Must Do’ in Zermatt list.
Trying to decide what to put on the list was as difficult as deciding which is our favourite ski chalet. Yet somehow we managed it by breaking it up into the best of the best.
Here are the results as decided by Ed and Suzanne of Matterhorn Chalets:
Skiing on the Matterhorn
There are two ways to tick this off your list. The first is to skirt the base of the mountain on the aptly named Matterhorn piste from the top of the Furggsattek chair. The piste is an easy red and links up with runs that take you back to the town.
The second option is to actually ski the Matterhorn. You will need to hire a guide, be an experienced mountain climber, have nerves of steel and be an accomplished skier. If you do achieve the the 2000m, 5 hours ascent then the five minute ski back down will be epic.
Take a flying tour
Famed for its iconic mountain and dramatic scenery Zermatt is a stunning place that you can never tire of looking at. Taking in the vista from a different angle is incredibly rewarding which is why we have put taking to the sky on our ultimate list.
You can achieve this by taking one of the popular helicopter tours of area where you will get to see the Swiss Alps in its full splendour as well as getting up close and personal with the Matterhorn.
Prices start at £180 per person for a 20 min flight and we can arrange this for you as part of our concierge service.
Eating on the mountain
The resort is famed for it gastronomy. There are two Michelin starred restaurants in the town and plenty of others with awards both on and off the mountain.
For us there is one mountain restaurant that you really to visit – Chez Vrony, located near the top of the Sunnegga, is a world-class mountain restaurant. The ingredients are sourced locally, their view is incredible and the menu is a mix of well executed traditional dishes and speciality menus.
When it comes to letting your hair down at après-time the Papperla Pub brings an Austrian feel to the town’s after ski scene, with live music every day and a party atmosphere to make you feel happy.
Ski all 3 in a day
There are three main mountain areas all packed with quality slopes to choose from and you should really spend time to experience them all. If you are a competent skier and, like us, enjoy a challenge then go for the triple.
The area is divided up into these three areas, Rothorn, Gornergrat, and Klein Matterhorn. Getting to the top and making your way to the bottom of all three in one day is a challenge worth ticking off your bucket list.
Visit the cemetery
Locate next to the church is a cemetery that is home to the graves and memorials of climbers, guides and others who have lost lives in the mountain. Most of the graves are those of the early pioneers that attempted to climb the Matterhorn.
The site is treated like a museum and acts as a reminder of the power of nature and the challenges of taming the mountains.
Ski to Italy
The ski area is shared with the Italian resort of Cervinia. The border is on the ridge between the resorts, but you won’t necessarily need your passport, just your lift pass. Spending the day skiing in a different country and catching a ski lift back is a boast worth having.
The skiing in Cervinia is great and almost as extensive as the Zermatt area. Like Zermatt there are some great restaurants and you may find that lunch is a bit more affordable.
If you want to tick off any of these off your bucket list you are going to need some accommodation when you arrive in Zermatt. To find out more about our luxury catered chalet, self-catering apartment or hotel please get in contact.
Contact us via our website or call us on +41 79 247 15 88 and we will be delighted to help.