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Zermatt Trail Map
The village of Zermatt is sizeable and bustling, while there are technically no cars, there are a plethora of electric shuttles, taxis and buses transporting skiers, workers and visitors. In this magnificent region, you are surrounded by 29 peaks towering over 13,000' but the Matterhorn wins the prize as most photographed.
Zermatt is host to over 120 hotels, from five star full-service ski hotels to family friendly condo style apartments and chalets. Après ski and evening fun include warm drinks by the fire, sledding and horse drawn sleigh rides and delicious dinners of French, Swiss and German specialties. Here the language is Swiss German, but most everyone also speaks French, many speak English, and a few Italian. Signage includes all four, but trails signs are limited (just numbers and sticks along the side of the prepared slopes), so be sure to keep a trail map on you at all times.
Zermatt's ski tradition is legendary, dating back to 1928 off the original Gornergrat train, and officially as a ski resort in 1942. The legendary Matterhorn looms large above town, making for that perfect family photo, but that is not where the skiing takes place. Your kids will love riding the Gorngergrat ski train - a half hour ride up to the 9,267' peak where there is a summit hotel, restaurant and observatory for star gazing. On your long run down, you can stop at Zermatt's Igloo village, how cool is that? We don't suggest you spend the night there, stay in town at a warm family friendly ski hotel instead, like the four star Hotel Alex.
As the Matterhorn dominates the sky line, you can tell your children the legends of the 450 hikers that have died trying to hike the steep jagged peak, there is even a cemetery of Matterhorn hikers. You can dine on Swiss cheese fondue at the Whymperstube, named for the first successful hiker in 1865.
The ski slopes of Zermatt are long and lifts are open from early to late. Zermatt boasts the longest ski season in the Alps from late November to the start of May - with glacier skiing through summer. Christmas and Easter ski holidays in Zermatt are very popular with families, there is plenty of ski terrain and lifts to handle the peak season, although trails and ski schools can be busy.
Zermatt Ski Stats: 12,791' Summit, Vertical drop: 7,477', 53 Lifts, Prepared Trails/Pistes: 153 miles, glacier skiing and more terrain interconnected to Cervinia, Italy. Hire a guide/bergfuherer to explore 1,000s of acres of off-piste terrain.
Travel to Zermatt: Fly into Zurich or Geneva, take a Train to Visp then the final scenic hour plus train to Zermatt on the St Bernard Express.
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