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Zermatt - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Skiing in Zermatt
Zermatt - Ski Resort in Swiss Alps - 394km of Piste (1620m to 3900m)
Regarded by most as Switzerland's top ski resort and by many as the world's best. Picturesque, car free with spectacular views of the Matterhorn. Large glacier for Summer skiing, lift links to Breuil Cervinia and Valtournenche in Italy, world's second biggest lift-served vertical drop.
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Zermatt Ski Facts
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|41||Red Pistes (109km)|
|12||Blue Pistes (29km)|
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The Swiss ski resort of Zermatt is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Switzerland and has direct access to 394km of downhill skiing, with 59 individual pistes, served by 40 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Zermatt is able to augment natural snow, with 350 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 40 Ski Lifts of Zermatt are able to uplift 75,180 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Zermatt are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Zermatt
Zermatt offers some of the best skiing in the world and one of the world's biggest lift inter-linked ski areas with more than 70 lifts, including an underground funicular railway, together offering an uplift capacity in excess of 50,000 skiers per hour. The ski area is in three sections, one of which is shared with Cervinia and Valtournenche over the border in Italy.
Although the resort has a deserved reputation, like Chamonix , as a serious mountain sports mecca, the choice is so vast that there is plenty on offer for skiers and snowboarders from beginner level up. The gentlest slopes are found on the Gornegrat 's slopes, whilst intermediates and experts will find something to entertain them on Sunnegga, especially the long Triftji black run for the latter. Key routes back down to Zermatt have snow making and the high altitude means snow down to resort level is the norm.
A haven for wintersports connoiseurs, almost 50 different special ski programs are on offer on fixed dates (contact the Tourist Board for more information). These include skiing with language courses, skiing with classical music and gastronomic specialities, skiing with indoor golf or even with dance classes. For full-time skiers there are special courses in powder as well as hard packed snow and the option of taking the 'Haute Route' ski mountaineering and back country ski routes with guides to other classic resorts such as Chamonix and Saas Fee. Heliskiing is also very popular around the resort with a huge range of options for serious skiers with guides.
Snowboarding in Zermatt
Increasingly recognised as one of the world's top snowboarding destinations in the way that it already is for skiers, the resort's terrain offers plenty to keep even the most experienced boarder happy.
Created facilities include The Gravity Park on the glacier (one of the very few in the world normally open every day of the year) which has an incredible 200m superpipe, large and small kickers, big rails, a wall ride, curved twin rails, kicked box, double kicked rainbow and s rail, c rail and straight rails.
Zermatt's three snowboarding schools are one of the easiest ways to get to know the best parts of the mountain for Boarders.
Zermatt Aprés Ski
Zermatt is able to offer some of the most sophisticated night life in the Alps, as well as some of the liveliest.
Straight after the lifts close Hennu Stall on the lower part of the Furi descent (Schwarzee - Klein Matterhorn ski area) is usually lively. There's a big bar and terrace, sometimes live music and gluhwein, beer and shots a plenty. It can also be reached on foot from the village. The Olympia Stubl on the route down from Sunegga has live bands every day and a good terrace.
The Papperla pub in the village can be reached by ski if the snow is good enough. It has a lively atmosphere, DJs and a huge drinks selection.
The Hotel Post with its various bars, discos and dance club is most popular spot in town and an institution in its own right. Known as the 'Postli' to the locals, there's Papa Caesar's wine, whisky and cocktails bar, the Brown Cow snack bar and pub, The Pink live music bar, the Broken Bar (disco) and the Village Dance Club - so this one place has more nightlife that the total combined in many other ski resorts!
Other options are the Pollux discothèque which has two bars and is open to 4am and the Grampis Pub on three floors.
The Vernissage Bar and cinema was built and decorated by Heinz Julen, Zermatt's most famous artist and includes a lounge bar on the upper floor and a cinema on the lower where parties and concerts take place.
Folklore and live music are performed at Dancing Simi. There's also a cinema in Zermatt along with more than 40 public bars and nine night spots for dancing through to 3.30am closing.
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