Skiing, what an unusual experience in summer.
Zermatt and Saas-Fee will offer you the largest summer snow sports area in Europe. Both totalise about 40 kilometres of slopes depending on the snow conditions.
Attracive snow parks are also available on both site with a superpipe, halfpipe,
with kikkers, jumps and rails. A real delight for snowboarders and freeskiers.
You will be able to see some national and international ski teams for a training session.
Summer ski area are continuously improved as for proof Zermatt Bergbahnen and our former Swiss Ski Champion Pirmin Zubbriggen, which owned and managed a 4* hotel in Saas Almagell, inaugurated the Furggsattel chairlift in 2003 (the longest on an Alpine glacier).
Go skiing the morning for best snow conditions and before the snow will
become too slushy = time for après-ski… so head to the chill zone with music and couches, perfect place to relax.
Fondest memory: A Superb Swiss Sunny Snowy Beach on The Alps...
The Matterhorn is the emblem of Zermatt and its shape could have inspired our Swiss chocolate master for the creation of the Toblerone.
Although different versions exist of where the unique shape of Toblerone originated from, I find this one the more tatsy ;-)
More info on Choco paradise
Fondest memory: Just taste it...
Thanks to these webcams, you will be able to observe the Matterhorn under all the angles…
Useful if you want to know the current weather conditions. I particularly appreciate to use it in winter for snow conditions (or waiting queue length at the ski lifts) and decide if I will ski there at the next week-end.
The Rothorn webcam is a good indicator with the snow level on the outdoor bar roof, but take in count the wind possibility…
So just take a live virtual tour around the Matterhorn and its surroundings. Watch out Big Brother is watching you ;-)
Fondest memory: The Matterhorn and surroundings...
Around Zermatt you could admire many 4000m peaks. If you go to the Gornergrat you will discover the highest Swiss peak:
la Pointe Dufour (Dufourspitze) with its 4'634m which is part of the Monte Rosa.
At its base, two glaciers, the Grenzgletscher and Gornesgletcher, are joining to offer you an impressive view on this iced sea. Where you could guess on its surface some tiny alpinists conquering these surroundings peaks...
Favorite thing: There is no real easy way to get your skis and yourself to the train station without walking in your ski boots...keep this in mind or arrange for a cab to pick you up if you have to carry skis for kids.
If you want to contact your mates to tell them to look at you on a webcam (just to torment them whilst they're in the office!) there is a good clear one at Kirchplatz. It only takes a shot every 5 minutes but seems predictable (on the hour then every 5 minutes from then).
Take a look at http://bergbahnen.zermatt.ch/d/web-cam/zermatt.html
Favorite thing: It’s worth noting that the Matterhorn clouds over pretty quickly. It seemed crystal clear when we set off on our trip but within an hour or so little of it was visible even though we had great views of the surrounding mountains. We got some nice shots from the Monte Rosa aspect of the Matterhorn. You will need to take walking boots and pick a totally clear and still day. Allow plenty of time.
Favorite thing: The Schwarzsee cable-car takes you up high to nearly the foot of the Matterhorn. There is a pretty little lake here of the same name (means Black Lake). This was the only reflection pic I got from our visit in 2003 so I have to include it - a tiny chapel by the lake is reflected in the clear water. The Chapel of the Holy Mary of the Snow was built by three grateful Italian climbers who, whilst fearing for their lives in a terrible storm at Schwarzsee, pledged to erect a chapel to the Lord if they survived.
Fondest memory: More glorious mountain scenery from Schwarzsee to enjoy. It was also the start of a beautiful hike down to Stafealp across the other side of the valley to Zmutt and back down to Zermatt - beautiful views of the Nordwand side of the Matterhorn on this hike - where most of the pics from the "Matterhorn Collection" came from
Favorite thing: The entrance to our Hotel was one of the most interesting I have come across. You enter at the side of the mountain, walk down this long passage untill you get to the lift that will take you up to the hotel
One of the things I loved most, was the feeling that I was sitting on the edge of the world up here at Gornergrat.
From this photo you don't get a good impresson of it, but far below me there is just more and more snow, rocks and mountains, which seem to go down forever.
Gornergrat is further up the mountain quite some way from Zermatt, and is the last stopping point for the train. There's just one more stop before you are at the very top of the Matterhorn, but that has to be taken by cablecar, and being afraid of heights, I was more than happy to linger at Gornergrat a while and enjoy walking around on the snow (only my 3rd ever time in the snow, and the other twice in Australia weren't huge falls or huge mountains)
Fondest memory: One of my fondest Swiss memories - playing in the snow up at Gornergrat, and wearing short sleeved t-shirts! I had never imagined how this could be possible and the snow not melt until this point.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, sampling the local beer is definite must.
What do the locals drink, what beer is most popular, which beer is hardest to find, does it come in a half pint glass just like grandma used to drink…or better still, a full pint glass like I drink??? These are all good questions that need to be answered...
Afternoon drinking on a warm day in Switzerland requires a good weisse beer, and in Zermatt that weisse beer is Schneider Weisse, a most refreshing brew.
So, order a round of Schneider Weisse and take a seat outside the Postli Pub on Bahnhofstrasse to watch all the beautiful Swiss girls go by while you sip your beer…If you are lucky, you may even get to see the goat herd come through town on their way back from the pasture. And if you haven’t gotten lucky with little Swiss Miss, perhaps you can convince one of the goats to go back to the room with you…
Favorite thing: The mountains surrounding Zermatt are very rugged! As you walk near this kind be careful as there are probably goats or antelope way up high that knock small stones and sometimes big ones down as they walk around!! It happened to me and luckily I heard the stones coming and ducked behind some boulders for protection.
Favorite thing: On one of my longer hikes the sun set very fast and I wasn't prepared for it! At this point I'm about half way on the trail back to town and the sun is setting as it was late afternoon. My last 1½ hours of the hike were done in the night without any flashlight or moonlight to see by! You can see in the picture it is already getting darker in town as the sun goes behind the mountains.