Hotel Garni Dufour Zermatt

Riedstrasse 35, Zermatt, 3920, Switzerland
Hotel Dufour Zermatt
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Apres-ski in Zermatt

by Murattizo

Hello everyone,

I just need some tips about Zermatt. I hear so many great things and I'm planning on being there during the 1st week of March. However, I was informed that it takes forever to get to the main lifts in the morning (around 40-45 minutes)and another 40 or so minutes on the way back (in the evenings) and that there is extensive walking to be done while wearing ski boots, is this true? I also heard that it's not always easy to ski down to Cervinia (IT) due to the long lift lines.



Re: Apres-ski in Zermatt

by Roadquill

I went to Zermatt in January a few years back. I don't recall any major lines or delays in getting up the mountain to get on the slopes. It is quite a long ride from the town to the ski area, but we skied most of the way down. Granted that there was not a lot of fresh snow, we had no problem skiing to Cervinia, but we made sure we got the Cervinia ski pass when we got our main pass so we we could just get in line. Some of the walks on the lifts seemed a bit burdensome, but these were only a few lifts and it was walking up and down steps. I would go back in a heartbeat. Karl

Re: Apres-ski in Zermatt

by marbar1

I do not ski but I hike frequently in Zermatt. With regards to walking. You will originally depart from Furi to get the lift up. This is on the outskirts of Town. It is at the beginning of an area called Winkelmatten. If you stay in this area, you will have little walking to do in town. Another option is to take an electric bus. There is a free ski bus, but you need to be close to one of the stops so you are not walking to far. There is one right near the train station. The advantage of being in the middle of town is that it offers you more entertainment options. The buses do not run at night so you would need to walk into town. A lot depends on the weather in that situation. Good Luck.

Re: Apres-ski in Zermatt

by marbar1

Correction. The lift begins in Winkelmatten. There is a stop/or change at Furi on the way up to your destination. Sorry for the confusion

Re: Apres-ski in Zermatt

by agassi

Yes it takes forever to get to the top atleast 45 min and back down again , Then add the lift ques another 15 min Dont bother going

Travel Tips for Zermatt

Schwarzsee views

by sandysmith

The wonderful view from the top of the Schwarzsee - lovely views far down to the village of Zermatt and also this view across the alpine panorama of the glaciers around Zermatt.

No thats not me ...a friend of mine.

Steep Mountains


If you ski in Zermatt you have to ski over to the Cervinia Resort on the Italian side. To do this you need a sunny day with not one cloud in the sky. Then you have to be lined up at the lower cable car before it opens .
Once you are on the cable car you have to get to the top ( Theodulpass) as fast as possible ( no loitering) .Then it is down to Cervinia.

Findeln Again

by sandysmith

After the hike around the lakes we'd planned to take the sunegga funicular down ..but we still had plenty of time before the mini-bus was due to take us back to Saas Fee. So we walked through the village of Findeln where some of the best views of the Matterhorn can be had and down through the forest to the centre of Zermatt (another 1.5 hours) What a contrast to the previous year -so glad we extended our hike here. The village is so quaint and picturesque and worth a vist in itself.

Myriad of Mountain Transport

by sandysmith

If like me you enjoy riding those cable-cars and funiculars then Zermatt has no shortage of them:

Gornegratt is the mountain railway for great views over Zermatt, the Matterhorn and the many glaciers.

The Sunnegga underground funicular takes you up to some wonderful alpine walks and mountain lakes you can swim in. Here there are two further gondolas that take you to Blauherd and Rothorn. The Rothorn cable-car is one of the biggest I've ever been in - its more like a bus and has seats!

The Kleine Matterhorn - for a stunning alpine panorama, there's more to Zermatt than the Matterhorn - is a 4 stage cable-car. Furi - Furg - Schwarzsee (lovely views here) - Trockner Steg - Kleine Matterhorn. Allow an hour to get right to the top but the views are well worth it.

A pass - the Zermatt Peak Pass - is available over 3-9 days for the mountain transport and if you don't have a half fare card then its worth getting one.

The Matterhorn

by gregoryr1m

It's not exactly you could miss it but you can take a cogwheel up to higher elevation for a closer view of The Matterhorn. There is a restaurant and gift shop up there.

Warning The air is thin up there and can cause some people to become light headed.


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