Ski Holidays to Zermatt

High on any skier's Top 10 list of world ski resorts

Even without its iconic Matterhorn, Zermatt would surely be one of the world’s top ski resorts. It has an excellent ski area at high-altitude, and the breath taking views of Europe’s most famous peak add an unbeatable and unique crowning glory. The village is car-free apart from electric cars and horse-drawn carriages. Just off the bustling Bahnhofstrasse you'll find quaint little streets, elegant boutiques, cosy bars and mouth-watering chocolate shops.

Skiing and Snowboarding in Zermatt

With direct access to the slopes in either direction from the village centre - you'll be on the mountain in no time! Travel via cable car, funicular or the famous Gornergrat mountain railway, which takes you on a spectacular ride up to 3089 metres, where you'll have the best views of the Gorner glacier. To reach the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, take the final stage of the 3S Gondola to Europe's highest mountain station at Klein Matterhorn 3883 metres. From the top, you can choose to ski over to Zermatt’s Italian neighbour, Cervinia, for the day on the International lift pass. If you're up for a challenge take on the Matterhorn Ski Safari - attempt to cover 10,000 – 12,000 metres of altitude without skiing the same slope or taking the same lift twice.

The new Matterhorn Alpine Crossing, opening in 2023, completes the continuous cable car link between Switzerland and Italy making it possible for non-skiers to travel between the two countries, as well as skiers in the winter.

Where to stay in Zermatt

We offer a variety of hotels and apartments in Zermatt in excellent locations in the village, with convenient access to the slopes, making it extremely easy to get onto this world-renowned ski area. With a choice of half board and self catered options you'll have the opportunity to enjoy some

Bars and restaurants in Zermatt 

Zermatt is known for its excellent and plentiful mountain restaurants such as ‘Chez Vrony’ in the Sunnegga area, and for its lively and varied après-ski and nightlife. 

What's included in an Inghams holiday to Zermatt

Flights, transfers and accommodation based on self catering, bed and breakfast, half board. Optional add ons include equipment hire, lift pass and tuition, please see the 'Ski extras' tab below for more information on these.

Added value

Free child helmet when booking skis and boots

Free Child Lift Passes up to 8 yrs

Free Child Skis & boots when 2 adults pre-book

Ski hotels in Zermatt

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A popular choice with Inghams guests, the Butterfly offers a good standard of accommodation and cuisine, a friendly atmosphere and enjoys a quiet yet central location with quick access to the skiing. Available on either Bed & Breakfast or Half Board.

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Le Mirabeau Hotel & Spa, Exterior

A favourite amongst Inghams guests, the Mirabeau is a popular hotel in a prime location, just 2 minutes’ walk from the Gornergrat railway. Available on either bed & breakfast or half board.

Save £100pp when you pre-book your ski pass and lift hire/carriage.

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The Schönegg is a popular and beautifully furnished superior chalet-style hotel on a half board basis, enjoying superb panoramic views from its elevated position. The Sunnegga lift is 3 minutes' walk away and guests can ski back to the hotel, weather permitting. 

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Hotel Alex Zermatt Switzerland Hotel Exterior

One of Zermatt’s leading hotels, the unique Hotel Alex enjoys a superb central location and is beautifully furnished throughout, combining the modern and traditional for a luxurious ‘boutique’ feel. Available on a half board basis.

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Hotel National Zermatt Winter Exterior (2)

The National’s moto: Pure Swissness, ambience, service, culinary offerings and its overall setting - every last detail adds to your ideal alpine experience. Awarded friendliest hotel in Zermatt for outstanding service. Available on a half board basis.

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Naco Winter

The Aparthotel Naco has all the perks of a hotel with the flexibility of being on a bed and breakfast basis. With a kitchenette in each room and spacious bedrooms, the Aparthotel Naco is a great option in Zermatt. The apartments have an impressive wellness area with heated indoor pool, sauna and steam bath.

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Excelref

A family run hotel located between Zermatt's many shops and restaurants and the Gornergratbahn. The Hotel Excelsior is a firm favourite in Zermatt, with guests returning year after year for the great service and incredible views of the Matterhorn. Offered on either bed and breakfast, or half board.

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross country

Beginners skiing in Zermatt

Zermatt is perfect for families and beginners as there are three main ‘Learning Zones’ which often have 'slow pistes' nearby. A popular spot is the Sunnegga area, home to ‘Wolli’s Park’ a sunny and sheltered ski area served by five magic carpet. 

Intermediates skiing in Zermatt

The long and diverse runs in all areas make Zermatt a heaven for intermediates. With a range of blue and red runs, the Sunnegga area is the greatest place to start developing your skills. Have your camera ready for the amazing views as you head up to the Gornegrat area for wide and gentle blue runs and a variety of red slopes. Test out your skills on The White Hare slope, which includes open areas, rollers, and short traverses.

Advanced skiing in Zermatt

The National Piste in Sunnegga, which once hosted the Swiss Championships, it remains a well-known route due to its difficult terrain and steepness. The Hirli black run in Schwarzsee is undoubtedly one of Zermatt's most challenging slopes due to its steepness. This is a great warm-up before you put yourself to the test on the tree-lined runs towards Furi.

If you are after some off piste skiing then look no further, Zermatt has a number of yellow unpisted and unpatrolled slopes. Take care when going off piste, we recommend hiring a guide to show you the highlights of the area.

Snowboarding in Zermatt 

Since the slopes are rather gentle and consistent, the ski area on the Gornergrat offers wide blue runs that are suited to beginner and intermediate snowboarders.

The slopes on the Klein Matterhorn's side are excellent for cruising, and anyone seeking to get some distance will be able to travel into Italy and back without ever taking the same run twice.

Snow Parks in Zermatt

For the freestyle enthusiasts there is the re-designed 'Gravity Park' above Trockener Steg with jumps, rails and a pipe. 

If you are heading over to Cervinia for the day test your skills at the Indianpark Snowpark where there are a number of jumps, rails and boxes for various abilities. 


Mountain facts
Area 360 km
Resort Altitude 1620m
Ski Alt. From 1620m
Ski Alt. To 3889m
Runs 75 220 63
Lifts Lifts 53
Lift Ski LockersYes
Night Skiing IncludedNo
Glaciers1
Snow Cannon Coverage70%
Off-piste OptionsYes
Things To Do

Restaurants, food and drink

With around a hundred restaurants in resort, and a further fifty dotted on the mountain side, you are spoilt for choice in Zermatt. Many of the restaurants serve traditional Swiss dishes, however you can also find pasta, pizza, grilled meats and burgers if you have overdone it with the fondue. 

Apres, bars, clubs and nightlife

Zermatt has an excellent choice of bars both on and off the mountain. Après is popular in this region of Switzerland, you can finish your day on the slopes at Hennu Stall on the valley descent from Furi-Zermatt where there is often DJs and live music. 

Once back in resort you can choose to carry on dancing the night away at Broken Bar Disco which is open till late,  or put your feet up with a glass of champagne at Elsies Bar. 

Spas and relaxation

Many of the hotels in Zermatt have spa and wellness facilities within them, available to non residences for a local fee, you can give your achy legs a break. 

Shopping

The main shopping area in Zermatt is along the Bahnhofstrasse, where you can find a number of souvenir shops, clothing stores and ski hire shops. There are also a few supermarkets dotted around. 

Zermatt Resort Activities 

VIP Gondola Ride 

Start your day in style with a private VIP gondola on the Matterhorn Glacier Express (approx. CHF100 per gondola, including a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne). The ride begins in Zermatt at the Matterhorn-Express valley station and takes you to the Trockener Steg mountain station, at an altitude of 2929 metres. 

Glacier Paradise

Step into the highest Glacier Palace in the world at an altitude of 3883m above sea level, walk through the ice tunnels and marvel at the ice sculptures created by artists each year. Take the lift to the summit to the 360° viewing platform for incredible views of Switzerland, Italy and France.

Moonlight skiing 

Have you ever wanted to ski after sundown? You have the opportunity to marvel at the mountains and ski down the deserted Rothorn piste in the moonlight. At the end of the piste, you can warm up with a mulled wine before enjoying Swiss fondue at the CERVO Mountain Resort. Available to book locally. Approx CHF 88.00 per person.

Matterhorn Museum

To learn more about the development of Zermattt and how it transformed from a village of mountain farmers to a world-famous alpine resor head to the Matterhorn Museum, otherwise known as 'Zermatlantis'. Payable locally.

Tobogganing 

Swap your skis or snowboard for a toboggan and whizz down the Rotenboden toboggan run in Gornergrat. 

Ice Skating & Curling

Enjoy the ice rink in Zermatt for a bit of after skiing fun. Sweep your way into becoming Zermatts next curling pro, or just enjoy skating under the marvellous mountains. Ice skating equipment can be hired from the nearby Intersport, curling rinks on request. Payable locally. 

Lift Pass
Lift Passes Season Child
9-15 years

Youth

16-19 years

Adult
20+ years
Local Zermatt Area 6 Days Low £213 £358 £411
High £237 £398 £460
International Area 6 Days  Low £239 £400 £462
High £266 £447 £517

Lift pass information

Free Wolli Card (lift pass) available locally for children up to 8 years when accompanied by an adult or youth with a multi day pass. Photo ID is required.

Local Zermatt Area Pass includes about 200 kilometres of pistes across the Sunnegga-Rothorn, Gornergrat and Schwarzsee-Matterhorn Glacier Paradise ski areas. Option to upgrade to include the international ski areas of Cervinia and Valtournenche in Italy is available locally for approx. +51.00 CHF. 

International Area Pass includes about 360 kilometres of pistes in Switzerland and Italy across the Sunnegga-Rothorn, Gornergrat, Schwarzsee-Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Cervinia and Valtournenche ski areas. The pass also includes use of all lifts and trains in the Matterhorn ski paradise (Zermatt, Breuil-Cervinia, Valtournenche) as per operating hours. 

Season dates

  • Low Season: 01 Nov - 20 Dec 24 and 05 Jan - 25 Jan 25 and 05 Apr- 30 Apr 25
  • High Season: 21 Dec 24 - 04 Jan 25 and 26Jan -04 Apr 25

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of printing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Equipment Hire
6 days Category Child
2-9 years
Youth
10-15 years
Adult
16+ years
Skis Red £34 £62 £124
Black - - £168
Skis & Boots Red £58 £97 £194
Black - - £239

White category skis & boots available for children aged 2-5 years £58.

6 days Category Youth
10-15 years
Adult
16+ years
Snowboard Red £86 £127
Snowboard & Boots Red - £194
The above equipment hire is linked with Alex, Butterfly & Excelsior Hotels.

6 days Category Child
2-6 years
Youth
7-12 years
Adult
13+ years
Skis Red £35 £60 £122
Black - - £166
Skis & Boots Red £60 £95 £186
Black - - £230

White category skis & boots available for children aged 3-6 years £60

6 days Category Youth
10-15 years
Adult
2-9 years
Snowboard Red £83 £122
Snowboard & Boots Red - £186
Equipment information

Please see here for description of hire categories.

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Tuition

Ski Tuition

Child
6 - 12 years

Adults
15+ years

All season

Low

High

5 Days  

-

£448

£637

6 Days 

£566

-

-

 

Snowboard Tuition

Child
8- 12 years

Adult 13 + years

5 Days

£347

£347

6 Days

£421

£421

Tuition information

Levels of tuition

  • Beginner: never skied before
  • Level 1: advanced beginner; can control speed, snowplough and change direction on gentle slopes 
  • Level 2: low intermediate; snowplough turns and start to ski parallel
  • Level 3: good intermediate; parallel turns 
  • Advanced: fully confident on all slopes and looking to improve technique

Season dates

  • Low season: 07th Jan - 10th Feb & 25th Feb - 23rd Mar 2024
  • High season: 17th Dec - 06 Jan, 11th Feb - 24th Feb, 24th Mar - 05th Apr 2024

Please ensure you pre-book tuition for high season dates to avoid the ski schools being fully booked.

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Travel and Transportation

All our holidays include return travel to resort either by flight or train and then the transfer to your accommodation.

Departures are on Saturdays with stays for 7 or 14 nights and flexible duration on any day departures are available with certain hotels

Private transfers and self drive options are available, call to book these. Parking (payable locally) for all cars is in Täsch.

If you have a valid lift pass you can get on the free bus which runs between the three base stations in Zermatt (Sunegga, Gornergrat or the Matterhorn Glacier Express)

Travel by Air

Flights to Geneva or Zurich

Transfer Times

  • Geneva Airport: approx 3 hrs 50 mins by coach (Sat only) or Swiss Rail with one change. With the coach transfer, the last part of the transfer is by train from Täsch to Zermatt and tickets are organised by the reps
  • Zurich Airport: approx. 3hrs 40 mins by Swiss Rail with one change

7 night holidays via Geneva have the option of coach or rail transfers. If you chose a flight that is scheduled to arrive between 09:30 and 12:00 then your transfer will be by coach. You can take a train transfer with a supplement.

Rail transfers are included with:

  • Flights scheduled to arrive before 09:30 and after 12:00 in Geneva
  • All flights to Zurich
  • Any flexible durations (so not 7 or 14 nights)

For rail transfers, your train tickets will be sent to you before departure. Our reps in resort will be in touch so you can let them know which train you are on and they will arrange the pick up from the resort railway station to your hotel. They will advise on the return trains and organise to get you to the railway station.

 

Travel by Train from the UK

We have a 7 night train option to Zermatt that can be booked online. 

This is a train via Paris and Lausanne going directly to Visp and then change for Zermatt. The reps will then organise the transfer from the railway station to your hotel.

How to Book Online

Using the holiday search at the top of this page, select “London St Pancras” on the “Departing from” drop down.

Here are the provisional timings

Saturdays 

Depart

Arrive

London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord

06:31

 09:48

Paris Gare de Lyon to Lausanne

11:56

15:37

Lausanne to Visp

15:50

17:23

Visp to Zermatt

17:41

18:51

Tickets for the metro transfer in Paris (2 stops) are provided. Our reps will organise the transfer from the railway station in Zermatt to your hotel.

Return transfer timings will be confirmed when you book.

Good to know

  • High altitude skiing 
  • Sensational skiing & superb Matterhorn views
  • Traffic-free village with great après-ski
  • Transfer by coach or rail from Geneva on Saturday and rail other days
  • Transfer by rail from Zurich 
  • Inghams rep based in resort
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