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360 kilometres of perfectly prepared slopes

Matterhorn ski paradise

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Where else can you enjoy skiing and snowboarding 365 days a year but at the unique snow sports resort of Zermatt-Matterhorn? Thanks to its location astride the border between Switzerland and Italy, it buzzes with international flair. Come and enjoy Swiss hospitality coupled with Italian lifestyle and discover the Matterhorn and a host of winter activities and special offers in the Zermatt / Breuil-Cervinia ski area.

Take the lifts up to the peaks and enjoy the ski runs on endless slopes set against a spectacular Alpine backdrop. At almost 4000 metres of altitude, Matterhorn Ski Paradise is the highest winter sports area in the Alps. With its guaranteed snow conditions, the region is one of the best-developed and most expansive ski resorts anywhere in the world and has a unique range of winter activities on offer.

The essentials at a glance

Hochtälli Gondel at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Protection concept & special conditions

Zermatt - The best ski resort in the Alps in 2020

The Matterhorn Ski Paradise was once again crowned best ski resort in the Alps. After two overall wins in 2014 and 2016 and a second place in 2018, Zermatt has topped the ratings yet again in 2020. The Best Ski Resort Report is the biggest independent visitor satisfaction survey in the Alps and is conducted every two years.

Which slopes you shouldn't miss, you can see right here below...

Matterhorn ski paradise

highlights on the slopes

skiing on fresh slopes at the ski resort Zermatt

1. What are the most beautiful slopes in Zermatt?

The reason so many people love skiing in Zermatt is the breathtaking scenery. And they couldn’t be more right! These slopes are guaranteed to impress:

  • Rothorn - Sunnegga, showing the Matterhorn from its most photogenic side (pistes 11 and 7)
  • Tufternkumme, long, wide and with views of the Matterhorn at the end (piste 15)
  • Hirli area, you won’t get any closer to the Matterhorn than this (pistes 52 and 54)
two skiers in Zermatt ski resort

2. Where is the longest downhill run in the world?

The descent to the valley is the culmination of a successful day’s skiing. The pistes from Europe's highest mountain station, the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, down to the village of Zermatt combine to form a unique downhill run. At 25 kilometres, it is the longest prepared descent in the world, covering an amazing 2263-metre drop in altitude without interruption. Can you manage the entire run without taking a break?

Pistes: 85, 84, 73, 66, 65, 64, 62 and 50

Skifahrer bei Sonnenschein im Matterhorn Glacier Paradise | © Marco Schnyder

3. What are the steepest slopes in Zermatt?

Do you feel happiest on the black runs, or are you looking for a challenge? Then test your skills on the steepest slopes in the Matterhorn Ski Paradise:

  • piste 59 - Pista Nera del Cervino: maximum gradient 65%.
  • piste 8 - Obere Nationa:maximum gradient 61%
  • piste 54 - Hörnli: maximum gradient 55%.
two skiers in chairlift in Zermatt ski resort | © Marco Schnyder

4. What are the easy slopes?

Close to the beginners' ski areas there are the "slow slopes", which are clearly marked. All snow sports enthusiasts should use them in a controlled manner and keep their speed down. Ideal for leisurely skiers and beginners, so that they can enjoy the pleasure of the slopes at their own pace.

  • Rothorn area: pistes 5, 6 and 7
  • Matterhorn glacier paradise area: piste 56 
  • Gornergrat area: piste 38

FActs & Figures  

What adventures await you in zermatt?

  • The Zermatt-Matterhorn (CH) and Breuil-Cervinia (IT) ski area is the highest in the Alps. 
  • Around 360 km of pistes divided into 74 km of blue runs, 227 km of red runs, 20 km of black runs and 36 km of yellow freeride trails. 
  • The ski areas of Zermatt-Matterhorn and Breuil-Cervinia have a combined total of 54 lifts and 148 slopes.
  • There are numerous mountain restaurants and huts offering culinary delights.
  • Families are welcome - children up to 9 years of age travel free on the lifts
  • Children up to the age of 16 can ski or snowboard for free every Saturday
  • For even more thrills, there is a snow park on the Swiss side of the Matterhorn Ski Paradise with a Fun Slope and also a beginner's park on Sunnegga.
  • The highest point in the international ski area is 3'899 m above sea level and the lowest is 1620 m.
  • The maximum altitude difference is 2375 m.

Excellent mountain cuisine in the Matterhorn ski paradise

MOMENTS to savour

Culinary break at Sunnegga-Rothorn | © Pascal Gertschen

Alpine culinary delights at the side of the slope

The Matterhorn Ski Paradise is home to many gourmet restaurants and beautiful sun terraces with views of the Matterhorn, earning the Zermatt-Matterhorn resort its reputation as an Alpine hotspot for lovers of fine food. Enjoy regional delicacies of excellent quality, with many of the venues in fact being recognised with GaultMillau points. So rest assured: gastronomy at the side of the slopes is writ large in Zermatt. 

coffee and cake at the hut in the ski resort

The highest mountain restaurant in Europe

Even at almost 4000 metres above sea level there are culinary highlights to enjoy. In our self-service restaurant at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise we serve gastronomic delights with the unique Alpine panorama providing added enjoyment. Choose from an array of regional and international delicacies. Take a look at the menu – you’re sure to be impressed by our wide-ranging cuisine.

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iglu village

The Igloo Village Experience

The unforgettable adventure in the Igloo Village of Zermatt includes more than just sleeping in an igloo. Your experience consists of a cheese fondue, a guided snowshoe trek under the starry sky, time to enjoy the hot tub and breakfast in the mountain restaurant. Our portfolio ranges from shared rooms for families, friends and groups to the Romantic Igloo, with private toilet if desired, up to the exclusive suite with private hot tub. 

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Zermatt snow park

More than 300 days a year, Zermatt Snow Park on the Theodul Glacier is a magnet for freestyle riders. Whether summer or winter, you can prove your skills on the creative setups. From the beginner to the pro line you will find kickers, rails and exciting obstacles in all shapes and sizes. The youngsters can let off steam on the new Fun Slope. Find the best line and show off your skills.

Hill slope in snow park in Zermatt ski resort
Snowpark in Zermatt
girl at the snowpark at the ski resort Zermatt


Young and old winter sports enthusiasts can look forward to an action-packed and fun-filled downhill run. At Zermatt Snow Park there is a Fun Slope with plenty to offer beginners and advanced skiers. Tunnels, hills, small jumps, high-speed vertical-face curves and all kinds of obstacles can be skied on the creatively designed trail. So tighten your ski boots and off you go.


Snow bunnies of all ages can practise to their hearts’ content in the Wolli park for beginners at Leisee in Sunnegga. The park is easy to reach on the self-service Leisee Shuttle. It is a sunny spot, protected from the wind, and has three magic carpets (snow conveyors), two cord lifts (beginners’ lifts) and a range of play equipment waiting to provide diversion and fun with a variety of snow sports.

kids skiing at the wolli park at the ski resort Zermatt
kids skiing at the Wolli Park
kid skiing at the wolli park

Tip: Zermatt Bergbahnen AG has a special ski pass for anyone wishing to learn to ski at Wolli’s Beginners Park and on the surrounding blue runs – the Beginners ski pass. Children up to the age of 9 can enjoy the ski area free of charge. Simply purchase the Wolli Card and off you go!

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Off-Piste Adventures

Freerider mit Matterhorn im Hintergrund | © Michael Portmann

Freeriding in Zermatt

Stand on the summit early in the morning, let your gaze wander over the untouched piste and plunge into the freeride adventure. The ultimate feeling of freedom can be found in Zermatt on 36 km of marked freeride trails. In the areas of Rothorn, Stockhorn and Schwarzsee, the full powder snow experience is guaranteed without exposure to the risk of avalanches. The downhill trails are secured against all alpine dangers and so offer even inexperienced off-piste skiers the perfect setting in which to learn the art of freeriding.

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Elevation changes, kilometres skied, lifts used

Follow your personal performance with Skiline

The Skiline app lets you track and evaluate the elevation changes and kilometres of slopes you have covered and the lifts you have used in the Matterhorn ski paradise. Register on the Skiline App for IoS or Android or at and access your days’ skiing in the form of a personal performance curve based on an elevation graph.

Ski movie

Are you ready for the ride of your life? The Swiss Ski Team will even cheer you on. Test your skills on the Swisscom Skimovie course and get it filmed automatically at the same time.

You can then access your video via the Skiline app or for free and share it with friends.
The Skimovie course is located on piste 65 (racetrack). Use of the Skimovie is free of charge with a valid ski pass.

Click here to watch your movie!
Photopoint at Rothorn


Show yourself from your best side with a breathtaking mountain landscape as backdrop. Get your souvenir photo at one of the two photopoints on the Rothorn and on Schwarzsee. Just activate the camera with the lift pass – and smile. Within seconds, you’ll find your photo on the Skiline website. Download it for free and send it to your friends by e-mail or post it on Facebook.


Europe’s highest and biggest glacier ski area

summer ski area Zermatt

group of four summer skiing in Zermatt

Summer, sun and summer skiing

You thought the mountains were taken over by hikers in the summer? Think again! In Europe’s highest and biggest glacier ski area you can ski to your heart’s content even in the summer season. In Zermatt hikers and skiers just share the mountains, it’s as simple as that. That’s because while it’s sunny and warm in the valley and on the Alpine pastures, there is still a glorious wintry scene to enjoy on the Theodul Glacier.

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View of the mountain panorama in Glacier Paradise from the ski slope

Where is the glacier ski area?

The summer ski area is located between Trockener Steg station at 2'929 metres and the Gobba di Rollin, the highest point on the Breithorn plateau at 3'899 metres. It has up to 21 kilometres of perfectly maintained pistes and the conditions are so good that national teams and alpine athletes from all over the world come to Zermatt for summer training.

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Fun skiing in Zermatt ski resort

The Zermatt summer ski area in numbers

  • 21 kilometres of pistes
  • 14 training runs for 100 teams from 22 nations
  • 1 Snow Park
  • 68 Zermatt Bergbahnen employees
  • 4500 piste groomer hours and 1‘000 excavator hours to prepare the pistes
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