Zermatt Sports & Outdoors

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    Skiing/Snowboarding around The Matterhorn

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Snow paradise

    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).

    ***Sunegga-Rothorn area
    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!!!

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    Hiking The Alps...

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Riffelsee Hiking

    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...

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    Climb "The Matterhorn"...

    by Tripack Written Sep 9, 2004

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    Ready for the top???

    Valais is a superb playground for the alpinism. On a total of 82 tops exceeding the altitude of 4' 000m on the whole of the Alps, more the half (41 summits) are in Valais!

    Equipment: Crampons, climbing harness and helmet (technical equipment can be rented in any sports shop) climbing boots with a profile rubber sole suitable for use with crampons,
    rucksack with a capacity of approx. 30 lt., warm weather-proof clothes, gloves, hat, headlamp, sunglasses, sun cream, a small amount of high-energy food (glucose, dried fruit, chocolate) and a thermos flask (tea is available at the hut) or other suitable flask with a capacity of 1 litre.

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    La Patrouille des Glaciers

    by Tripack Updated Sep 18, 2005

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    Zermatt start point for the PDG 2006
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    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.

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    Golf at the summit

    by Tripack Updated Jul 6, 2005

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    Nice Green...

    Recently open in summer 2004, this parkland alpine golf of 9 holes (Par 36, 2.9 km long) has been designed by the golf specialist architect John Chilver-Stainer on a 21 hectares playground in respect with the nature.

    Its location is between Randa and Tasch at 1’400m along the both side of the local river Vispa. Driving range, putting green, restaurant, changing rooms and showers are available on site.

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    Hiking around Zermatt

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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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!

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    Break the ice...

    by Tripack Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ice lovers on duty...

    For ice lover...

    Why not to discover the curling, the ice hockey, ice-skating.

    Where: Sportarena Obere Matten

    When:
    Summer (Apr - Sep): 08.00 - 21 00
    Winter (Oct - Mar): 10.00 - 19.30

    Congratulation to our 2005 Figure Skating World Champion: Stéphane Lambiel

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    Ski the Alps

    by Skigirl Updated Jan 25, 2003

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    Alpine skiiers

    Snow skiing in Zermatt is well worth the trip to the top. The runs are all day long adventures skiing down the alps and stopping at the many alpine chalet restaurants along the way. The scenery is beautiful and the snow abundant. Dress warm because when the sun is not out a cold chill catches up with you.

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    Beginners skiing

    by sierralyndon Written Feb 3, 2003

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    Matterhorn from Riffelberg Skifield

    So I decided to give skiing a go to see why everyone raves about it. I must say it was a painful and humbling experience, especially for one who has no sense of balance and is slightly afraid of heights!

    There are 3 big ski schools in Zermatt which all looked like they offered the same services. I am not trying to do a promotional thing for anyone, just want to share my experience. We went to the Swiss Ski and Snowboard School. They were extremely efficient and friendly at the office when we went there to confirm our booking done over the telephone two weeks before hand. Additionally, my husband did his shoulder in on the first day of the course... and they refunded him the fees in full no questions asked and no forms to fill - they just handed us the money after we showed them our receipt and told them what happened.

    I continued the course with a bunch of other beginners, and I was the worst! But the instructor was really patient and good (he was close to 60 I think but a tough old man, so no worries about the macho ski instructor thing going on there...). More than anything, you need someone to "force" you into trying something that you don't think you are able to do. They're good that way... knowing your limits and abilities better than you do.

    We started on a 3 day course, and then decided to add on later because it was just so much fun. During the week, they took us to different ski fields. (Stick close to the instructors because some learners actually got off at the wrong stop).

    Proud to say that I managed to ski down a blue run with the instructor on my third day! If I can do it, then anyone can, trust me.

    Equipment: This is basic info for beginners - advanced people please move on because the info here could be embarrassing!

    We rented our equipment from Slalom Sports (again, am not promoting them, I'm sure other sports shops have excellent service as well). The staff were knowledgeable, professional and friendly. During the week, we must have gone back about 4 times to change boots, return skis, re-rent them, etc. and they couldn't have been happier to help. Their prices were reasonable and we didn't need to "persuade" them to consider re-rentals as add-on days, etc. as you may do in some other ski resorts who are out to make money.

    I rented the wrong size boots not knowing how tight they were supposed to be. I could hardly walk in them, but people kept saying that "they've got to be tight". Hurt really bad the first day. Then got them changed at the shop to one size larger - slightly better - but still hurt like crazy on the slopes. Third day, changed boot model altogether (no more of that modern buckley boots, but went with some really old-fashioned ones) and they were perfect! So perfect in fact that we bought them off the shop for CHF30 at the end of our trip!! Who cares if they were ugly, they were comfy and will be good for the next couple of seasons as I get better at skiing!

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    TAMDEM PARAGLIDING

    by pcg821 Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    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.
    EMAIL; info@alpine-adventures-zermatt.com
    Mobile: +41 (0)796436808

    Equipment: hiking boots ,no sneakers.gloves,jacket with zipper pockets you can't drop anything.video or still camera,sunglasses

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    Mountain biking in Zermatt

    by iammon Written Apr 12, 2008

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    Makes it easy to bike with such a view!

    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.

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    Non skiers can also enjoy the mountains

    by bianchis Written Jan 27, 2008

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    Furi - Matterhorn wherever you go
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    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.

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    Winter Sports

    by Dyesebel Written Feb 21, 2008

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    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.

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    Hiking

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 29, 2004

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    I'm not so into sports, so can't be of much help here, but I must say, this would be a beautiful spot to hike, and there are plenty of people taking advantage of it.
    Even without being a hiker, I really enjoyed our walks in the sunshine, as each time we changed trains there was usually some waiting time.

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    Best Value for the Matterhorn

    by mortin21 Updated Aug 21, 2006

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    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.

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