Skiing near the Matterhorn
Explore skiing around the Matterhorn
With a summit of 4,478 metres, the Matterhorn of the Alps is one of the most iconic mountains in the world. It borders Switzerland and Italy and is surrounded by a few beautiful ski resorts, notably Zermatt, on the Swiss side. Cervinia and Valtournenche are on the Italian side and are also very respectable resorts.
History of the Matterhorn
The distinguishable shape of the Matterhorn has arguably made it the famous mountain it is today. It was first climbed in July 1865 by a group of Englishmen, four of which tragically died on the descent.
The beautiful Swiss town of Zermatt is perfect for any type of skier or snowboarder. The car-free town boasts a lively main street – Bahnhofstrasse – which has a fantastic variety of stylish shops, restaurants and bars. The stunning views of the Matterhorn can be seen almost anywhere from town. The Zermatt to Gornergrat mountain train is also an admirable feature for both skiers and non-skiers. Meanwhile, the Klein Matterhorn (little Matterhorn), another peak overlooking the Matterhorn, has a viewing platform and the highest glacier palace in the world.
The resort contain 200km of pistes for all abilities, as well as brilliant off-piste options. Unrivalled views of the Matterhorn can be seen from any slope, making the skiing even more magical. For experts, heli-skiing is an option, and the Gravity Park can be enjoyed by skilled skiers too.
Zermatt is now linked with Cervinia, adding a further 150km of runs.
Where to stay
The Chalet Mazot is located ideally; 350m from the Sunnegga ski lift, 500m from the Gornergrat lift station and 250m from the main street. Most of the bedrooms have private or en suite facilities, as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the chalet.
The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is situated in the village centre and boasts many high quality facilities, such as an indoor pool, a fitness room, a spa area, free Wi-Fi and much more.
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On the opposite side of the Matterhorn to Zermatt, the Italian town of Cervinia is a resort well suited for intermediate skiers. The small town contains a nightclub, indoor pool, supermarket and more. Mainly consisting of medium sized wooden buildings, it is a peaceful, quiet town, but does not lack character.
The skiing is mainly for intermediates; however beginners can develop their skills at the very bottom and move on to a few easy runs leading to the town.
Cervinia is a beautiful, snow sure place to ski, with the Matterhorn towering over the slopes, creating a stunning experience. There is one run which literally stretches past the base of the mountain. The runs are generally easy, but nonetheless enjoyable.
It is also easy enough to link to Zermatt, however a special pass is required to use the lifts in Switzerland. Cervinia’s runs also link down to Valtournenche.
Where to stay
The Club Med is a luxurious mountain refuge, highly recommended by UK guests. It is ideal for soaking up views and relaxing.
The Chalet Hotel Dragon has developed into a favourite for British skiers, due to its slope-side location, modern en suite bedrooms, Sky TV and Wi-Fi. It also has a popular apres-ski bar.
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The town of Valtournenche has only moderately been developed into a holiday resort, and is not as well rated as Cervinia or Zermatt. Despite this, it is still an attractive skiing area to advanced skiers because of the 40km of long, downhill runs, views of the Matterhorn and its connection to the Cervinia region.