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Zermatters is expanding its service – becoming events specialists with Zermatters Events. From June 2022, Zermatters will also go live in the MICE sector, covering meetings, incentives, conventions and events.Details
Summer is coming closer – and so is the chance to achieve your sporting goals. Where better to train than in Zermatt, surrounded by a unique mountain world? Whether on foot, jogging, relaxing or on a bike – the Zermatt – Matterhorn destination offers perfect training for everyone!Details
The new ZERMATTERS Nordic Center opened its doors to the public in the Täsch terminal on 20 December 2021.Details
Das Wochenende mit dem dritten Adventsonntag steht vor der Tür und wir informieren gerne über weitere Pistenöffnungen im Skigebiet ab kommendem Samstag:
Somit ist ab Samstag, 11. Dezember 2021 die erste Talabfahrt bis ins Dorf befahrbar. Bereits gestern am 08. Dezember 2021 konnte die Anlage Patrullarve sowie die Piste Nr. 4 Brunnjeschbord geöffnet werden.
Zermatt – Matterhorn is reporting live from the destination on December 8, 2021.
Our digital Winter Opening launches the winter season 2021/22 with exciting and personal insights from Zermatt – the "Home of Winter". Reports will cover a range of issues, with interviews providing informative insights behind the scenes of the destination Zermatt – Matterhorn.Details
Ab Samstag, 27. November 2021 wird im Matterhorn ski paradise die Sesselbahn Gifthittli mit der Piste 36 Gornergrat öffnen. Dieses Gebiet ist mit dem Riffelberg-Express oder der Gornergrat Bahn erreichbar. Zudem wird die Piste 64 Garten neu befahrbar sein.
Auf der italienischen Seite werden zur gleichen Zeit die Piste 26 Rocce Nere 1 sowie die beiden Lifte Lago Goillet und Pancheron öffnen.
Am Samstag, 20. November 2021 gehen weitere Skipisten im höchsten Skigebiet der Alpen auf. Total werden rund 58 Kilometer Pisten im Matterhorn Ski Paradise geöffnet sein.Details
From Saturday 13th of November 2021, pistes No. 81 Fiererpiste, No. 66 Theodulsee, No. 65 Rennstrecke and No. 63 Sandiger Boden will be open in the ski area. Thus, from Saturday, 39 kilometers of pistes will be accessible in the international ski area.
On Saturday 6 november 2021, the ski pistes in Matterhorn Ski Paradise are already open up to 32 kilometers. Pistes «Plan Maison» (6), «Fornet» (6.0) and «Bontadini» (6.00) will be accessible.
The ski test on the Theodul glacier in Zermatt is among the most beautiful experiences in the high alpine region. In October 2021, the modern and spacious Matterhorn Testcenter will open its doors, offering guests the opportunity to test the latest ski models in a unique setting. A ski-in & ski-out experience in a class of its own!Details
Spring 2022 will mark the big reveal: the Family Destination Zermatt - Matterhorn will open the first part of the new Wolli Adventure Trail. An extraordinary mountain playground will be created along the lower high-altitude trail, over a length of more than two kilometres.Details
As part of the 100% Women Peak Challenge, more than 400 female mountaineers have climbed all 48 of Switzerland's four-thousand-metre peaks since 8 March 2021 – in all-female rope teams!Details
The second section of the Zermatt Culture Trail opened last Saturday, 19 June 2021. The section was opened to the public following a celebration ceremony and blessing by priest Stefan Roth.Details
Together with Swiss yoga teacher Adeline Fossard, the SchlossHotel in Zermatt has developed two new yoga retreats. The weekend or weekly packages include accommodation and other services, with two daily yoga sessions in small groups of up to 10 people. The sessions take place in the hotel's new yoga facility or in the open air, against the backdrop of the Zermatt mountain panorama – with the opportunity to have your picture taken by photographer Fred Vaudroz. The programme also features group hikes and dinners, with additional options on the one-week programme for workshops on improving basic yoga postures or creating an individual training session.
The famous Zermatt Blacknose sheep spend their summers in the mountain pastures. From July to September, they will also be on the Gornergrat. From 1 July 2021, it’s easy to find the animals, as their neck collars are fitted with a GPS tracker. The package is called “Meet the Sheep.” Guests can track the sheep’s signal on www.gornergrat.ch/sheep, follow the route and meet the sheep in the mountains. The animals are accompanied by the shepherdess Deborah, who provides fascinating information about the sheep breed from the Upper Valais from Tuesday to Sunday between 13:30 and 15:00 hrs. Guided walks to the Blacknose sheep with background information take place every Wednesday and Saturday. Saturdays also include feeding the sheep and an aperitif at the Riffelhaus 1853 on Riffelberg.
As part of its 2021 summer and autumn campaign "In the footsteps of Lucy Walker", the Zermatt – Matterhorn destination is launching a new cultural initiative. A series of information points will provide historical and cultural information about Lucy Walker via the Matterhorn app in a multimedia format. They will focus on information about famous female mountaineers and historical issues around the role of women in mountain villages, with details of legends and customs related to local women. By launching the infopoints throughout the village in July, Zermatt Tourism is creating a service that can be used 365 days a year, regardless of the availability of village guides.
Musician Werner Erb is offering new alphorn workshops in the tennis hall of the Alex Hotel in Zermatt from summer 2021.The 1.5-hour courses are aimed at anyone who wants check out this iconic traditional Swiss instrument up close and have a go at playing it. The workshops take place from July to October on eight Fridays and Saturdays. As well as alphorns, wurzelhorns and Büchel (a related instrument resembling a trumpet) are also available to try. With replaceable mouthpieces and disinfectant sprays, all hygiene aspects are covered too.
The Zermatt region has more historic buildings than almost any other. The “Alts Zermatt” association hopes to draw attention to these cultural treasures by linking them on a five-stage cultural trail. The first stage from Zermatt to Zmutt has already been open for almost two years. On 19 June 2021, the second stage will be opened - “Zmutt, oldest hamlet in Switzerland”. The name reveals the location for the new route, comprising 14 stopping points and a total of 13 historic houses - the oldest of which dates back to the 13th century. Information boards provide fascinating facts about the history and cultural background of the buildings and the hamlet. This stage also includes an exhibition in a barn. The project is supported by the Zermatt municipality, the Zermatt Civic Community’s cultural and social foundation, the Cantonal Department of Monument Preservation and Zermatt Tourism.
Outdoor provider Zermatters has put together new summer activities for children and adults from beginner to advanced level. These include trail running, Alpine tours and children’s sports.Details
The famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt through beautiful Alpine landscapes can now be completed as part of a seven-day e-bike tour with an e-Alps guide. Participants can look forward to stunning views, exciting trails and charming accommodation. There is also a shorter route from Sion to Zermatt that only takes three days by e-bike.
The hut wardens of the Ze Seewjinu Mountain Lodge and Monte Rosa Hut are now offering the four-day “Monte Rosa Trek” – a circular hike in the Matter Valley on several high-altitude trails, past beautiful mountain lakes and across the imposing Gorner Glacier. The trek can be booked for stays from the middle of July for CHF 298 and includes three nights with half-board and herbal tea, plus crampons for the glacier crossing to the Monte Rosa Hut. A mountain guide can also be booked. Guests can look forward to stunning panoramic views and enjoying the beauty of nature as well as fascinating stories from the experienced hut wardens, who are also avid mountain climbers.
On Saturday 2 January 2021, the Eisfluh (no 5), Kumme (no 14) abd Tufternkumme (no 15) pistes will open. On Sunday 3 January 2021, the Obere National (no 8) piste will also open. Snow sports enthusiasts will have a total of 124 kilometres of newly-opened pistes to choose from.
On Saturday 19 December 2020, the White Hare (no 28), Untere National (no 1), Howette (no 3), Tuftern (no 9), Gifthittli (no 35) and Blatten (no 50) pistes will open, as well as two more magic carpets in the Wolli Park. Snow sports enthusiasts will have a total of 104 kilometres of newly-opened pistes to choose from.
On Tuesday 15 December 2020, the Riffelalp (no 39), Landtunnel (no 41) und Schweigmatten (no 42) and Stafelalp (no 52) pistes will open. Snow sports enthusiasts will have a total of 85 kilometres of newly-opened pistes to choose from.
On Saturday 12 December 2020, the Grünsee (no 26), Brunnjeschbord (no 4), Skiweg (no 61) and Weisse Perle (no 51) pistes to Furi will open, as well as two magic carpets in the Wolli Park. Snow sports enthusiasts will have a total of 77 kilometres of newly-opened pistes to choose from.
On Saturday 5 December 2020, the ski facilities in Rothorn and Gornergrat will open, in addition to the cable cars in the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise that are already open. Pistes 6, 7, 11, 19, 29 and 36 will be accessible, expanding the ski area to 62 kilometres of pistes. Due to cantonal COVID-19 measures, restaurants remain closed until 13 December 2020, but six mountain restaurants are offering a takeaway service during this period.
Ab Freitag, 27. November 2020 sind neu 40 Pistenkilometer im Matterhorn Ski Paradise befahrbar. Die Pisten 63, 64, 65, 66 und 70 von Trockener Steg bis Furgg werden zum Wochenende hin geöffnet. Der Betrieb des Testa-Skilifts wird zudem um eine Woche verlängert.
Outdoor experience providers Zermatters have responded to changing visitor requirements and created some new, innovative products. These include an avalanche course – training comprises two modules delivered over three days, resulting in the Swiss Mountain Training I and II certificates. The new products also include guided cross-country skiing, carving lessons on the pistes and ski tour taster courses for anyone who has not done a ski tour before. A fixed weekly programme enables individuals to take part in group courses.
The rather outdated “Rothorn Photopoint” and “Trockener Steg Photopoint” have been upgraded. As previously, you can trigger the camera using your ski pass and then download the photo from www.skiline.cc. The new photopoints have a contemporary look and are easy to operate thanks to the user-friendly screen.
Together with their Italian neighbours, Valtournenche, Zermatt is planning to co-host men’s and women's downhill races. For the first time in the history of the World Cup, a race will take place over a national border. The route is special for several reasons, including the fact that it will be the longest, highest downhill in the World Cup.Details
From 11 May 2020, restaurants, bars, shops, museums and sports facilities in Switzerland are allowed to be open again. However, strict conditions with protection concepts apply. Cable cars, camping sites and entertainment and leisure facilities will remain closed.
During this year’s Traillove Festival in Zermatt, an E-Bike Enduro Race will take place for the first time in Switzerland.Details
On Saturday 22 November 2019, more facilities and pistes were opened to skiers. This means that a total of 138 kilometres of pistes are open from the weekend in the Matterhorn ski paradise.
Skiers can now use the Furggsattel glacier lift to access up to 23 km of pistes in the Matterhorn Ski Paradise. More perfectly groomed pistes will be gradually added until all 360 km of pistes in the ski area are open by 30 November 2019.
The Stoked Kids Club is now located in Schweigmatten, right outside Restaurant Alm. It's a child-friendly area for the snow sports school, enabling them to help children make rapid progress on a safe, easily accessible site using a conveyor belt as well as the latest learning and teaching aids. Parents can watch their children from the road or from the restaurant terrace. It’s only a ten-minute gondola ride from the Matterhorn glacier paradise valley station to the children’s area. All Stoked children's groups will continue to meet at 08:50 hrs at the valley station.
It's one of the most popular places in the village for Matterhorn photos – the Kirchbrücke bridge. Over the summer months in 2019, a new viewing platform has been built, offering more space so that guests and traffic can pass each other more easily. There is also a new lift from Uferweg up to the viewing platform.
In October 2019, "Atelier-Eigenwerk" will open in Täsch. Owner Fränzi Tscherrig will run painting courses for children and adults, where you can learn about the creative techniques behind abstract painting. There will be day and weekly courses, private lessons can be booked in advance and there will also be an open painting workshop.
This season, winter sports enthusiasts young and old can look forward to a fun, action-packed new descent. A funslope has been created in Snowpark Zermatt which has lots to offer both novice and advanced skiers. It is possible to ride on tunnels, hills, little jumps, massive banked curves and all kinds of obstacles on this creative course.
From 19 December 2019, for the first time it will be possible to toboggan down the Alps’ highest toboggan run - from Rotenboden to Riffelberg - on a Snooc. The Snooc is the latest generation of toboggan, where you sit on one ski. The product has a lightweight construction and is easy to use. The ski on the snow ensures a good grip and the seat guarantees a comfortable position. Take the Gornergrat railway from Zermatt to Rotenboden, where the thrilling 1.5 km descent to Rifffelberg starts. Snoocs can be hired from Rotenboden station, in the same way as a conventional toboggan.
The village of Randa and its many hamlets can look back on a long history. There is a new treasure hunt through the idyllic mountain village; it is about four kilometres long and takes around one-and-a-half hours. Clues on the treasure map help you to find the answers. There is one last puzzle waiting for you at the end of the adventure to help you find the treasure. Cost: CHF 5 for each treasure hunt and family. More treasure maps are available from the Randa tourism office.
Zermatt will das Matterhorn nicht sperren. Der Zauberer Lionel Dellberg schlägt daher vor: Das Matterhorn muss ganz weg.Details
In Zermatt, you can now go fat biking at night. The fat bike ride takes around two-and-a-half hours riding on snowy trails in the dark. Bright lights on the bike enable you to ride safely. This is the only place in Switzerland to offer this type of fat biking. You cycle gradually uphill before speeding back down to Zermatt. The ride is available on a set day from December to the middle of March, and may be available daily on request. Costing CHF 120 per person for more than three people, it includes all equipment.
In summer 2019, Zermatt – Matterhorn will offer visitors a second treasure hunt in the village. This is aimed at families with children over 5 years old. A treasure map will lead children to eight stations where they answer questions. An example of one of the questions: "You are currently standing on a bridge. What is it made of?" The answers will give children a code that they can use to open the lock on the treasure chest in the tourism office. The route is 6 km long and takes approx. 2 hours. The other treasure hunt in the destination ("Wolli’s Treasure Hunt") will continue.
The biking paradise of Zermatt has lots of news to announce, including eight new bike trails to add to the existing thirteen, some of which have also been changed slightly. This means bikers can now indulge their cycling passion on 220 km of trails, which have new signposts at the trail intersections (e.g. Riffelalp). From summer 2019, the 21 bike trails will be divided into the following three categories: Flow trails (2), Enduro routes (6) and tour routes (13). The difference is that flow trails and Enduro routes go mainly downhill, unlike tour routes. Enduro routes are also natural, whereas flow trails are man-made.
There will be a new photo scavenger hunt in summer 2019. If you would like to take part, you can register online. You will see ten different images on your smartphone, in the wrong order. During the hike you need to find and sort the objects in the images. There are two routes: one goes along the Matterhorn Trail from Schwarzsee to Zermatt, the other goes from Sunnegga via Findeln to Zermatt. If you succeed in putting the images into the correct order, you will receive a winner’s certificate and automatically be entered into the main prize draw.
Since the new Matterhorn glacier ride (the highest 3S cable car in the world) was opened in autumn 2018, the peak of the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is even more accessible. The Klein Matterhorn can now be reached 365 days a year. When the Matterhorn glacier ride is being serviced (3-19 June 2019), the aerial tramway will be in operation.
In Zermatt, you can now go fat biking at night. The three-hour fatbike tour takes you over snowy paths in the darkness. Bright lights on the bike enable you to ride safely, cycling steadily uphill before speeding back down to Zermatt. This is the only place in Switzerland to offer this type of fat biking. The tour is available every Thursday from December to the middle of March, and may be available daily on request. Costing CHF 120 per person for more than three people, it includes all equipment.
From 1 June 2019, the Forest Fun Park offers the fun, active Moon Trees game. In this game, teams need to work together to become Moon Trees heroes. Each player does what they’re best at. So a climber climbs, a runner runs and a clever person thinks. This outdoor teambuilding is ideal for companies, families and other groups.
From summer 2019, Täsch will have a new bike trail. The newly marked trail starts from the village of Täsch and leads along the banks of the Matter Vispa around the Schalisee. The Schalisee is the perfect place to relax; guests can cool off in the lake or enjoy a refreshing drink from the snack bar. The route back takes you through the old village centre of Täsch where you can see typical Valais barns and granges. Length: 4.3 km, ascent and descent: 48 m.
Set to become the operator of the existing water ski lift at Schalisee lake in Täsch from June 2019, the Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort is launching a new "Schali Lago" leisure and gastronomy offering. The cuisine at Schalisee lake is receiving a make-over, Cervo-style: the famous CERVO fries with truffle oil and Parmesan – not to mention salads, drinks and music – await visitors to accompany the wakeboarding and water skiing.
The Kirchbrücke is the perfect place from which to take a photo of the Matterhorn. This viewing point is now being widened to make it easier for guests and traffic to accommodate each other. A lift will also be installed in addition to the stairs. The new, wider bridge is scheduled to open on 7 September 2019. Due to the construction work, the photo point will not be accessible during summer 2019. There are alternative viewing points on the community centre terrace, on Riedweg and at Zen Stecken.
In December 2018, Zermatt Tourismus and Zermatt Bergbahnen AG launched the Matterhorn app, with a wide range of features. These include a news feed, webcams, an events calendar, a live piste map, weather info and a ticket shop with a 5% discount on all tickets for guests. There is also a map with a filter function showing the closest restaurants, shops and other facilities. Other functions such as online restaurant reservations in the destination are being planned.
In time for the start of winter, the Zermatt pop and folk bank Wintershome has released a video clip of their new song, "White Lines", acting as ambassadors for the new Zermatt ski season.Details
Record on the Matterhorn: Zermatter Andreas Steindl and Italian Francois Cazzanelli succeeded in climbing all four ridges of the Matterhorn in 16 hours and 4 minutes. They were the first to do this since Hans Kammerlander (ITA) and Diego Wellig (CH), who achieved the same feat in 1992 in 23.5 hours.Details
The Valais mountain guide and alpinist Andreas Steindl has set a new record on the Matterhorn. It took him 3 hours, 59 minutes and 52 seconds to climb from Kirchplatz in Zermatt to the summit of the Matterhorn and back.Details
After three years of planning and construction, the Sunnegga-Trail will open in Zermatt on 16 September 2018, setting new records for both its overall length and flow quality.Details
Holders of a season or annual pass for the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG do not only enjoy the pistes at the highest ski area in Europe but they also can ski at a reduced price in the Jungfrau Ski Region, in California’s Squaw Valley Resort and in the New Zealand ski resort, Mt. Ruapehu.Details
Thrills above the precipice. That is the experience – pure adventure – on the new suspension bridge for walkers near Randa. It is the connection between Grächen and Zermatt along the Europaweg at a dizzying height. The two-day tour offers views and distant a background with the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and the Bernese Alps. The bridge is open from Saturday, 29 July, at 11 am.Details
Zermatt is a paradise for climbers. But it does not always have to be the north face of a four thousand-metre peak. The traditional climbing routes have been cleared and cleaned on the Riffelhorn in the Gornerflüe region.Details
The Täsch mountain guide and expedition leader Klaus Tscherrig stood atop the summit of Mount Everest (8,820 m) with Sherpa and two of his long-time guests on 27 May 2017. This means that he had completed the "Seven Summits".Details
Knowing more means living more. This also holds true for one’s knowledge about flowers along the side of a hiking path. The Flower app from Pro Natura Aargau has been available for downloading for a few days now. The app explains the exciting flora in the surrounding area – in Zermatt and throughout all of Switzerland.Details
Helicopter round trips can be exciting. In Zermatt they are simply spectacular. The helicopter pilot and mountain guide, Simon Anthamatten, flies around the Matterhorn in 360° mode for the video community.Details
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