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Zermatt is a hikers paradise, particularly in the summer months. The surrounding hills and mountains are covered in walking trails, of differing difficulty, taking adventurers through ice and snow, across alpine meadows and through idyllic forests.
Check out the information on the website below, or pick up the "Adventure in the Mountains" booklet from the tourist office (by the train station) or your hotel. This gives you information on all the hikes in the region, advising on level of difficultly, length of hike and probable time they will take. Some hikes can only be undertaken a couple of months a year, due to snow.
Not being the athletic types (and having my mother-in-law in tow), we opted to do one of the easier hikes, from Sunnegga Paradise down to Zermatt. This is a 4km hike with a descent of 650 metres. The walk took us through alpine meadows and forests, and within 90 minutes we were back at our hotel in Zermatt. The downhill walk was more difficult than we were expecting as it was quite steep the whole time. We were a little sore the next day!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
For ice lover...
Why not to discover the curling, the ice hockey, ice-skating.
Where: Sportarena Obere Matten
Summer (Apr - Sep): 08.00 - 21 00
Winter (Oct - Mar): 10.00 - 19.30
Congratulation to our 2005 Figure Skating World Champion: Stéphane Lambiel
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Nowadays, there is hardly another activity which provides more opportunities for flexible and individual holidays and leisure than hiking, trekking and glacier traversals. Thanks to its fantastic landscape, Zermatt is a hiking region in a class of its own : numerous 4000-meter mountains, imposing glaciers, deep gorges and many km of hiking trails offer the “wanderer” (easy-going or adventurous, sportingly ambitious or nature-loving) a wonderfully wide range of experience and discovery.
Equipment: Good shoes, local trail map and all the usual stuff...
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Summer skiing is possible thanks the glacier located at the Klein Matterhorn area. Go skiing the morning to have the best snow conditions.
Winter skiing has several places around Zermatt all interconnected (except Klein Matterhorn -> Sunnega, you should take the bus).
Easily reachable by a alpine metro. Here you get the best view for The Matterhorn.
***Gornergrat - Stockhorn area
Stockhorn & Hohtalli area is for experimented skiers and a paradise for free riders. Gornergrat area have plenty of snow boulevards and easy slopes for beginners, you could also take the famous Gornegrat train with your ski pass.
***Klein Matterhorn - Schwarzsee area
You could reach the summit of The Klein Matterhorn (3'820m) by a vertiginous cable car. Be prudent at the summit you could feel a little dizzy due to the altitude or the overnight party (for me;). Schwarzsee and Trockener steg area is nice for carving session. You could also ski to Cervinia (Italy) by the Theodulpass.
One day Swiss ski pass 2005 are CHF 66 for adult, CHF 56 for youth/senior and CHF 33 for children. But you could buy cheaper pass for a longer stay.
TIP: Special Family on Zermatt skiing area, the kids under 9 y.o. get a free ski pass.
Have a great snow/ski/surf fun there!!!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
ALPINE ADVENTURES ZERMATT
A extreme sport that you can take part in no matter of your age.Tandem paragliding is fun,exciting,and you feel as free as a bird.In Zermatt the views of the Matterhorn and the areial views of Zermatt and the valley are beautiful to view,The take off area that I when to was easy to get to by cable car and 5 minute walk on gravel road to flight area.There is a weight limited but RONNIE my pilot say they can fly people up to 265 pounds.They have a few different take off area's and price is determined by the height you fly from,and they fly summer and winter but it depends on wind and weather.It's a feeling you will never forget.I did not know what to expect when we harnessed up for flight,but a few steps down the hill the glider raised up and you must keep moving forward here then within about 5 more steps we were airborne,it was amazing.This was the perfect way to end my stay in Zermatt.
They have and office in Viktoria Center opposite the Zermatt train station,but generally no one is there during the day only from 4pm-7pm.It's best to call ,your call will go to the pilot when not in the office.
Mobile: +41 (0)796436808
Equipment: hiking boots ,no sneakers.gloves,jacket with zipper pockets you can't drop anything.video or still camera,sunglasses
Updated Oct 27, 2009
Address: Viktoria Center Bahnhofplatz 6 3920 Zermatt
Phone: +41 (0)279672100
One of the nice scenic tails: Zermatt-Ried-Patrullarve-Tuftern-Sunnegga- Blauherd-Stellisee-Grindjisee-Moosjisee-Findeln-Zermatt (around 1000 height meters and app. 30 km)
This is a nice day tour with lots of scenic places to stop. Or get some additional Downhill Rothorn-Blauherd-Sunnegga. Most of the trails are nice gravel roads. Just a few places are a bit more difficult for not so used bikers. If you get tired you can almost everywhere take a cable car back. You will find a lots of Restaurants along the tracks so a cool drink is never far away. Make sure you will do stops on Stellisee. It offers great views of Matterhorn.
Equipment: On the Downhill parts you will have to wear a helmet by law. Bring a biking map as well as you are actually only allowed to bike on dedicated trails (all trails that are wider than 2 m). You can get maps at the tourist office for 2.- Fr.
Written Apr 12, 2008
Zermatt offers winter sports even in the summer season;).There are 3 popular ski areas, the Klein Matterhorn/Schwarzsee, Gornergrat, and Sunnegga/Rothorn.Not to forget,the "newly opened" Furi-Riffelberg.Winter sport fans can enjoy more than 400 kilometres ski slopes.
Written Feb 21, 2008
If you are not a skier you can still enjoy the mountains by walking up to Furi or taking the cable car from Zermatt to Furi and then walking down. Recommended for families or less sporty guests sunrise trips, horse-drawn carriages, concerts, libraries (for books and games!), cinema, art galleries, museums, exhibitions.
Along the way Matterhorn is always within sight on a clear day.
Equipment: Numerous mountain huts and restaurants offer refreshment. The mountain railways and cable cars carry you effortlessly to the higher walking routes.
Written Jan 27, 2008
When skiing Zermatt it is a lot cheaper towards the end of the season, when the snow has melted everywhere but the mountains.
Also, buy the international pass, only about $10 more and you get a lot more scenery and slopes, well worth the money. Basically, the pass allows you to ski both Switzerland and Italy through various ski lifts that take you to the other side of the mountains.
(I ended up in the Italian town at one point thinking it was Zermatt and was in for a interesting surprise.)
*You will need to present a passport to buy the international pass.
Equipment: You can find everything you need at the local ski shops. I don't know about snowboarding but the ski gear was really good and very cheap considering the area.
Updated Aug 21, 2006
This alpine challenge is hold each two years, the next The Patrol of the Glaciers (the 12nd) will be the 27-30 April 2006.
The Patrol of the Glaciers is an exceptional race during which it is a question, in a stage, of rejoining Zermatt to Verbier. This single test is characterized by its length, its raised average altitude and the profile of its route. To want to take part in it requires not only a real experiment of the high mountain as well as the control of the extreme conditions which one can face there, but also a specific and meticulous preparation moral and physical. The competitor is committed satisfying the following criteria of competence: to regularly practise excursions and races in mountain being very good skier knowledge to ski "encordé", to be well involved to be able under normal conditions to carry out the sections: Zermatt-Schöbiel in 3h15 Zermatt-Arolla in 7h15 Arolla-Riedmatten in 2h Arolla-Verbier in 8h30 This test disputes by civil or military patrols of three competitors. It is opened with male, female or mixed teams.
Updated Sep 18, 2005
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