Zermatt: A constant value in Swiss winter tourism

16/03/2013

Ski holidays in Zermatt are one of the constant values of the Swiss winter. This has been shown by an initial assessment of the winter overnight stays in Zermatt: a plus of 3 percent in February, and November to February have accumulated almost the  same level as the previous year. And, unlike other ski resorts, the winter in Zermatt lasts until the start of May.

“The Zermatt ski area continues to attract snow sport fans, even in economically difficult times“, says Daniel Luggen, Spa Director of Zermatt. Zermatt-Matterhorn has thereby been able to increase the number of overnight hotel stays in February 2012 by 3 percent compared to the previous year. The cumulative figures for the winter months from November 2011 to February 2012 are also impressive: Overnight hotel stays recoded a small minus of just under one percent for this period.

Spring with skiing, sun, top sporting events and music
The winter has also given way to spring at the foot of the Matterhorn in the meantime. But snow is still guaranteed in Zermatt. A large part of the ski slopes will remain open until the start of May 2012, until the summer ski operation gradually starts. This means snow sport for 365 days a year.
A musical highlight will be drawing people to the Matterhorn from the 17th to the 21st April 2012. The Zermatt Unplugged festival promises variety and fun while skiing, sunbathing and visiting concerts. The sporting highlight then takes place from the 25th to the 28th April. This is when the athletes of the Patrouille des Glaciers set off on the high-alpine ski touring route from Zermatt to Arolla and Verbier. Spectators welcome!

If you have any questions or would like an interview:
Daniel Luggen, Director Zermatt Tourism, Tel. 027 966 81 17, 079 337 46 52.
E-Mail: daniel.luggen@zermatt.ch

Facts:
Zermatt Unplugged (17th to 21st April 2012)
10 locations, 47 concerts, 34 of them free of charge.
www.zermatt-unplugged.ch.

Patrouille des Glaciers (25th to 28th April 2012)
4,500 participants, 1,500 teams pf three, with starts in Zermatt from 9.00 p.m. and then every hours until 1.00 a.m.
www.pdg.ch and www.zermatt.ch (News section)