Switzerland Ski Accommodation in Zermatt, Switzerland

Description

Spectacularly situated beneath the majestic Matterhorn, Zermatt has everything to offer in the way of fantastic skiing, picturesque surroundings and a lively nightlife. On arrival by train from the village of Tasch, you will find the vibrant village centre entirely car free and with only electric taxis and horse drawn sleighs and streets packed with beautiful shops and boutiques. Zermatt's three ski areas all soar to at least 3100m (10,200ft) and boasts the highest ski lift in Europe - The Klein Matterhorn (Gobba di Rollin) at 3 820m. The ski run from this station into Zermatt is almost 14 km long and has a vertical drop of 2 200m! Zermatt is connected to the ski area of Breuil-Cervinia in Italy.


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Apres

Zermatt is perhaps one of the most iconic resorts in the Alps with some incredible skiing, first class mountain restaurants and a classic alpine atmosphere. The après ski and nightlife is as good as the skiing with great on-piste fun to be had as well as lively bars and nightclubs. After about 3pm you can stay on the sun terraces of the mountain restaurants to enjoy a few beers or a glass of wine but if you’re looking for something a little more lively then have a look at some of the best options below!

The Hennu Stall – This is the only place to come if you want some Austrian style après ski along the lines of the Moosewirt or the
Krazy Kangaroo in St Anton. The bar is located towards the end of the ‘50’ run down from the Matterhorn Express lift and is pretty close to the bottom so you don’t have far to negotiate after a few drinks! The atmosphere heats up from around 3pm with live music or a DJ to keep you entertained in the old school wooden bar. There are only 200m of piste between you and a bus back to your chalet so enjoy yourself! - http://www.hennustall.ch/

The Papperla Pub – This is the major ‘in town’ rival to the Hennu Stall and is located right in the centre of Zermatt just across from the main square. Most of the revellers here will have dropped off their skis and boots at their chalet before venturing out so there is definitely a chance of staying past 7pm! Live bands come here throughout the season so do pop in if you can as the party really get going after around 5pm. If you are looking for somewhere fairly relaxed to come later on then the Papperla is also a good idea as it is open well into the night. http://www.papperlapub.ch/willkommen.html

The Snowboat –The Snowboat is one of the more refined places to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer after a tackling the Matterhorn. The clientele are generally a bit older than those at the Hennu Stall or the Papperla so if you’re not quite ready to be dancing on tables in your ski boots then this is the place for you. Live music is generally a bit quieter to let you relax and enjoy some conversation and thy also serve some excellent cocktails! - http://www.snowboat.ch/

The Brown Cow –As you might expect from the name, The Brown Cow is a traditional pub, located in the large Hotel Post complex. The complex is in the centre of town and incorporates a number of bars and restaurants as well as a cinema and if you’re looking for a British-style pub with live music, then this is the place to come. Like most British pubs it shuts around 11pm but there are lots of other bars and nightclubs nearby if you want to push on into the small hours! http://www.hotelpost.ch/brown_cow_pub_62.html

The Vernissage –At the top of the scale when it comes to Zermatt après, the Vernissage is known for its very expensive drinks on the menu! The bar is a sight to behold as it was designed by none other than Heinz Julian – one of the most famous local designers who had a hand in many of the most spectacular chalets in Zermatt like the Zermatt Peak. This is less of a sofas and pints venue and more of a leather armchairs and cocktails or scotch kind of place. If you’re after something a little more refined, or just want to blow the budget then have a look at the Vernissage as you’re unlikely to be disappointed!
http://www.hg2zermatt.com/bars/bar/---vernissage---zermatt-mauritania

Broken Bar Disco – if you’ve made it into the Broken Bar, chances are you won’t be in great shape for skiing the following morning! The Broken Bar does exactly what it says on the tin and will leave you in need of repair. Located at the bottom of the Hotel Post complex, folks tend to end up here after one too many at the Brown Cow and having not seen daylight since they wandered in 6 hours previously! It’s great fun and everyone here is relaxed and keen for dancing, so if it looks like a whiteout the next morning why not venture in?! - http://www.hotelpost.ch/broken_bar_disco.html


Eating out

Zermatt is probably the best ski resort in the world if you’re into your food, with a number of Michelin starred restaurants, some fantastic hotels, and excellent pizzerias thanks to its proximity to Italy! Whilst eating out is quite expensive as a rule, there are some cheaper options that still deliver an excellent evening, and the mountain restaurants all do a very good value daily special. There are almost 60 restaurants to choose from and some of our favourites below:

There are two restaurants in the centre of Zermatt that have the coveted Michelin stars – the Heimberg - www.heimberg-zermatt.ch/home.html and the Capri in the Mont Cervin Palace Hotel - www.montcervinpalace.ch/dine_around.html. These are top-of-the-line restaurants with some of the best food in Switzerland so be prepared to book well in advance, especially for groups, and for the prices to be on the steep side! Both restaurants offer delicious food in a modern style so if you want to push the boat out of just treat someone special to an evening they won’t forget, then these two restaurants should be on the top of your list!

Zum See - http://zumsee.ch/ is the pick of the mountain restaurants for food with an excellent location towards the bottom of the Matterhorn in the Furi part of the ski area. Booking is essential for lunchtime sittings, especially if you want to sit out on the terrace. Another great option is the Blatten that is in the same part of the mountain and has luxurious fur blankets to keep you warm outside and let you enjoy a touch of winter sunshine!

One of the most iconic places to eat on the mountain in Zermatt is the Riffelalp hotel - www.riffelalp.com which is right up on the mountain at over 2200m and offers arguably the best views of any hotel and restaurant in the Alps. The view of the Matterhorn is beyond anything you have seen on a postcard and lunchtime on the terrace here is a real highlight! You can also eat in the restaurant at night when the mountains have an ethereal glow from the moonlight and you arrive by mountain train to a roaring fire – a real experience!

If you want to keep costs low for lunchtime meals then try the self-service restaurants in the Sunnega area as these offer some excellent Swiss specialities from the Valais region as well as excellent pasta for fairly low prices – around CHF25 for a meal and drink which isn’t so bad in the Alps!

There are also good value options in Zermatt with standard burgers and pub grub on offer at the Brown Cow pub in the Hotel Post complex - www.hotelpost.ch/brown_cow_pub_167.html.

For those in search of a taste of Italy then the best place to go is the Klein Matterhorn pizzeria which serves the best pizzas and pasta in town. A plate of pasta is around CHF20 and pizzas are around the same or rising to around CHF25 for one with all the trimmings! - www.kleinmatterhorn-zermatt.com/



Activities

Tobogganing – this has been popular for many years and its popularity shows no signs of abating! There are a number of great runs that end up down in the town centre and attract some genuinely talented youngsters who can be found speeding down them most afternoons during the winter season. Plastic toboggans with brakes can be hired in town for a fairly nominal fee and then taken up on the ski lifts so you won’t be exhausted at the top!

Hiking – Zermatt offers over 70km of winter walking trails that can be explored throughout the winter season with the air of a map or you can opt for a guided tour if you would like to learn a little bit more about the region you’re staying in. The guides are all very experienced locals who can point out the mountain ranges and offer a unique insight into this charming area. Walking shoes and poles can be hired in town for a nominal fee, but remember to bring your rucksack for some snacks.

Snowshoeing – This method of transport has been around for hundreds of years but you can forget the old image of walking around on some tennis rackets! Modern snowshoes are surprisingly small, light and very easy to walk on. They can be hired from and number of shops in town, along with walking poles, and make light work of even the deepest snow to allow you to explore the wilderness and get away from the hustle and bustle of Zermatt town centre.

Curling and Ice Skating – Zermatt has a beautiful natural ice rink at the foot of the Matterhorn which can accommodate up to 16 curling teams and offers lessons throughout the winter for those keen to learn the sport. You can also hire ice skates to enjoy a less strenuous activity and just glide around in the beautiful surroundings.

Ice Climbing – Those wanting to experience the beautiful ice falls of the Matterhorn and its neighbouring mountains can get up close and personal by having an ice climbing lesson on some of the many faces in the area. You don’t need to be the next Edmund Hilary to have a go so if you want to try something a bit different then give the tourist office a call on +41 27 966 98 01 (they speak excellent English) and get a session booked up!

Paragliding – If you want to see the Matterhorn from a viewpoint that few have ever experienced then give paragliding a go! You don’t need to be an expert as you can enjoy a tandem flight with a professional from the Rothorn peak of over 3000m down to the town at around 1500m. These are available from just under CHF200 throughout the winter season. - http://www.alpine-adventures-zermatt.com/tandem-flights/

Cross Country skiing – Usually the preserve of the Scandinavian countries, this seemingly exhausting sport is actually more accessible than you might think. Surprisingly lightweight skis are available for hire and the cross country tracks throughout the area are all very flat and never too far from the centre of town! Getting the right technique is a little bit tricky so you can take lessons in the afternoon from local experts if you’ve never done it before.



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Childcare

Zermatt is not the best resort for children taking their first turns on skis or a board. A lot of the slopes are quite steep and benefit those who already have a good number of weeks’ experience. However if your children are budding racers then you can’t do much better than coming to Zermatt to improve their technique! The ski schools all take children from age 5 and upwards and those born in 2003 and onwards can ski for free which is a great help for larger families.

The best childcare in town is provided by the superb Kinderparadies - www.kinderparadies-zermatt.ch which is run by an English couple. It has a huge 300sqm indoor play area for children to enjoy during the day with slides and structured play areas as well as a huge outdoor play area with a real igloo to enjoy! All of the staff are fully qualified and prices start at CHF75 for a half day of care.

Another option is the Pumuckl Kids Club at the Ginabelle spa hotel – they provide all day childcare for children from just three-and-a-half years old and can also provide lunch and an evening meal if necessary. You don’t have to stay at the hotel to take advantage of this excellent service as they open it up to non-residents. More information and prices can be requested directly from info@la.ginabelle.ch

A new company in Zermatt is Kids Active - www.kidactivezermatt.com and they specialise in a combination of ski lessons and playtime. Full-day lessons can be exhausting for young children and often after lunch they just want to relax with more learning sometimes being counterproductive.

If you’re looking for activities to enjoy with your children, here are a few of our favourites:

The Zermatt ice rink is a huge, natural rink that is open throughout the season and has dedicated areas for curling, ice skating (both beginners and speed skating), ice hockey practice and even some Torville & Dean style dancing on ice! Prices are very reasonable and you can hire skates at the rink – booking isn’t normally necessary but there can be a small wait during peak weeks such as the February Half Term or New Years.

The Alpine Museum in the Mont Cervin hotel is a great option for children who are keen to learn a little bit more about their surroundings. There are some fantastic interactive displays as well as guided tours and an excellent gift shop to let everyone go home with a souvenir of their visit as well as a better understanding of how the Alps have been created.

Children who are crazy about sport can also enjoy the superb sports centre with two indoor tennis courts, a 25m swimming pool and the very popular squash courts. There is a bowling alley in the Vernissage complex which is very popular for families on the chalet hosts’ night off and also a cinema which shows all of the latest releases in English as well as French and German.


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Zermatt, Switzerland Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: -2° C
Wind: 12mph
Direction: sse
Conditions: Partly cloudy skies
New Snow
24hrs: 10cm
Snow Depth
Top: 220cm
Base: 30cm

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Ski Chalets in Zermatt

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