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Zermatt Is the Holy Grail of Ski Towns, With Some of Europe's Best Alpine Skiing

by Matador Creators May 22, 2023

Ski enthusiasts might have tackled mountains from Vermont to Colorado, but you haven’t really reached the pinnacle of this winter sport until you’ve skied the Swiss Alps. Zermatt, Switzerland, is known as one of the best skiing destinations in the world, with stunning mountain vistas and quality powder.

The most obvious reason that people flock to Zermatt is for its incredible terrain. With over 217 miles of slopes, there’s something for all skill levels here. The slopes are divided into three main areas: Gornergrat, Schwarzsee/Rothorn, and Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Each area offers a unique experience with trails ranging from wide open groomers to narrow tree runs and steep chutes. Plus, with more than 30 lifts connecting all of these areas, you can explore the entire mountain easily and efficiently.


Facing the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland (IG 📹: @meirr)

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When you’re not busy carving up the slopes, take some time to appreciate the views from one of Zermatt’s many viewpoints or mountain restaurants. You’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views of some of Switzerland’s highest peaks, including Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn itself – an iconic symbol of both Switzerland and winter sports. You can also get an amazing view of the town below, sitting between these two iconic mountains.

As everyone knows, the best part about skiing isn’t even skiing. t’s apres-ski — and Zermatt has some of the best apres-ski scenes in Europe. For those looking for a wild night out on the town, there are plenty of bars and clubs offering DJ sets and live music until late into the night. If you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing, there are also plenty of more relaxed bars offering local craft beer or Swiss wine, plus cozy lounges where you can sit back and relax by a roaring fire.

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