Ratings: Zermatt-Matterhorn among top destinations


According to the ski region rating by Snow-Online.de, Zermatt-Matterhorn is among the top ten ski areas for professionals. Moreover, the destination was ranked among the top five ski regions worldwide by the Live in a Lux luxury travel portal.

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According to a test series carried out by the winter sport portal Snow-Online.de, the Zermatt-Matterhorn destination is among the top ten ski regions for professionals. In the course of the tests, Alpine ski regions were put under the microscope to identify areas suitable for experienced winter sport enthusiasts.

Paradise for pros

Zermatt-Matterhorn excels with a wide range of snow sport activities: “Never a dull moment”, says the news item released on the subject of the tanking. It also highlights Zermatt’s Ski-Safari which allows skiers to cover between 10,000 and 12,500 metres of altitude, depending on the route, without using the same lift or piste twice. Two further highlights that ensure the destination’s place among the top ten ski regions for professionals are Europe‘s longest ski run and Zermatt’s challenging freeride routes.

Steep slopes for experts

Professionals are partial to steep slopes, something the Zermatt-Matterhorn destination does not lack in: the steepest parts of Piste 59, situated on the Cervinia side of the Matterhorn ski paradise directly beneath the Matterhorn, have a gradient of 65 per cent.

Test method

The ski regions were assessed in a total of 14 different categories. The maximum number of achievable points is 100. The results of all previous tests in the “Activities for experts” and “Freeride activities” categories were used to determine the top regions for pros.

Overview of top ten ski regions for professionals

Ski Arlberg (AT) 90 points: 340 km, CHF 58
Zermatt (CH) 90 points: 360 km, CHF 86
Engadin St. Moritz (CH) 89 points: 350 km, CHF 73
Gröden (I) 89 points: 175 km, CHF 58
Alta Badia (I) 86 points: 130 km, CHF 57
Jungfrau Region (CH) 83 points: 214 km, CHF 133*
Laax (CH) 83 points: 235 km, CHF 73
Saas-Fee (CH) 83 points: 100 km, CHF 70
Disentis 3000 (CH) 77 points: 60 km, CHF 53
Cortina d’Ampezzo (I) 77 points: 120 km, CHF 58

The prices stands for a one-day pass - adults.
* Exception: The price for the Jungfrau Region is for a two-day pass.

Top ski region with top luxury hotels

Live in a Lux has ranked Zermatt-Matterhorn among the top five ski regions worldwide. In addition, the luxury travel portal has nominated The Omnia and Hotel Matterhorn Focus best luxury hotels in Zermatt. The other destinations in the top 5 are Whistler Blackcomb (CAN), Kitzbühel (AUT), Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA) and Aspen (USA).

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