Friday, 29 January 2016

Activities on offer this winter season in Zermatt

Activities on offer this winter season in Zermatt

For those of you who know Zermatt, you will already appreciate a lot of what it has to offer. The charm of the traditional Swiss chocolate box village, with an abundance of gourmet restaurants; coupled with arguably one of the greatest ski areas in the world, surrounded by the 38 four thousand meter peaks. However, even if you have been coming to Zermatt for years, there is always something new to try and experience.

“First Track” – For those serious about their riding, and fans of the early hours

As a skier or boarder, there is arguably no better sensation than riding an area of untouched, fresh snow. As ski resorts become busier and busier, that experience can be harder to come across. The team at Zermatt Bergbahnen appreciate this, and have offered a solution to fulfill your desires!

“First Track” gives you exclusive enjoyment of the sun’s early rays and virgin pistes within the Matterhorn ski paradise, allowing you to carve the first tracks in the snow before the day’s skiing officially starts. The descent is followed by a hearty buffet-style breakfast at the restaurant Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.

“First Track” is available every Wednesday and Friday throughout the skiing season, and departs at 0740 from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise lift station. Prices are as follows. Adults CHF 42.00; Children 9-16 yrs CHF 33.50; and Children under 9 yrs CHF 16.50. (must have a valid ski pass)

Moonlight Descents – Great for a romantic evening or unique skiing and culinary experience

So you have now experienced being the earliest skiers on the slopes with “First Track” – now is the chance to go to the other end of the scale, and be the last riders on the mountain. Moonlight descents occur only when there is a full moon (two evenings every month), but if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Zermatt for a full moon, this is certainly not to be missed!

Dress up warm, as you’ll be heading into the snow-covered, magical mountain world of the Rothorn. Enjoy a Traditional Swiss Fondue in the cosy Restaurant Rothorn and prepare yourself for the thrill that awaits. The moonlight is so bright that visibility is almost as clear as day time, with the light even casting your shadow on the slopes!

Moonlight descents meet at the Sunnegga lift station at 1845. Prices are as follows. Adults CHF 60.00; Children 9-16 yrs CHF 48.00; and Children under 9 yrs go free.

Tobogganing – The number one recommendation for families

Spent the day on the slopes but still looking for more from the mountains? Tobogganing is a great way to round off the afternoon, enjoy some of the greatest views Zermatt has to offer, and access parts of the mountains inaccessible by skiing.

Head up the lifts as the skiers and boarders are coming down, for a quaint and unique experience of the mountains. Great routes coming down from Sunnegga as well as Furi, passing traditional hamlets and a range of mountain restaurants as you go. Tobogganing is a great activity for young and old alike, and brings the family together regardless of their abilities or fears on the slopes!

Toboggans can be hired in most of the sports shops throughout Zermatt. Trips are every Tuesday and Thursday, and meet at 1930 at either the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise lift station or Sunnegga lift station. Prices are as follows. Adults CHF 11.00; Children 9-16 yrs CHF 5.50; and Children under 9 yrs go free.

Air Zermatt – One for the thrill seekers

Air Zermatt has been operating in the region since 1968, and has built up their reputation known for reliability and speed. Predominantly as a mountain rescue and material transport service, Air Zermatt also offer tourist flights for the thrill seekers.

If skiing or boarding alone is not enough of an adrenaline rush, heliskiing has to be given a try! Fulfilling two wishes at the same time, experience a helicopter ride surrounded by 4000m peaks, passing the Matterhorn and landing on one of the high altitude landing sites. Then comes the descent down virgin slopes, through the stunning high alpine glacial landscape – always safely under the watchful eye of a local mountain guide.

For those who fancy the great views and thrill of a helicopter ride, but aren’t comfortable with the extreme skiing that follows, sightseeing flights are also available. More information on offers and prices are available at

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