360 kilometres of perfectly prepared slopes at the international ski area of

Matterhorn ski paradise

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Skiing and snowboarding 365 days a year – something this unique destination, straddling the border between Switzerland and Italy, pulls off with international flair. Come to Zermatt and enjoy Swiss hospitality coupled with Italian lifestyle. 

Enjoy the ski runs on endless slopes with a spectacular backdrop of mountains. At almost 4'000 metres of altitude, Matterhorn ski paradise is the highest winter sports area in the Alps. Apart from guaranteed snow conditions, the region is one of the best-developed and extensive ski resorts anywhere in the world.


Matterhorn ski paradise

Piste highlights

1. What are the most beautiful slopes in Zermatt?

The reason why you ski in Zermatt is the breathtaking panorama. And how right you are with that. On the following ski runs you will certainly get your money's worth:

  • Rothorn - Sunnegga, the chocolate side of the Matterhorn (pistes 11 and 7)
  • Tufternkumme, long, wide and at the end the Matterhorn (piste 15)
  • Hirli area, nowhere closer to the Matterhorn (pistes 52 and 54)
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2. Where is the longest downhill run in the world?

The descent to the valley is the culmination of a successful ski day. The pistes from Europe's highest mountain station, the Matterhorn glacier paradise, down to the village of Zermatt is more than just a downhill run. At 25 kilometres, it is the longest prepared downhill run in the world. No less than 2'263 metres in altitude can be mastered without interruption. Can you manage the descent without taking a break?

Pistes: 85, 84, 73, 66, 65, 64, 62 and 50

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3. What are the steepest pistes in Zermatt?

Do you feel most comfortable on the black pistes and are you looking for a challenge? Then test your skills on the steepest pistes in the Matterhorn ski paradise:

  • Piste 59 - Pista Nera del Cervino - maximum inclination 65%.
  • Piste 8 - Obere National - maximum inclination 61%
  • Piste 54 - Hörnli - maximum inclination 55%.
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FActs & Figures  

Which adventures await you in zermatt?

  • The ski area Zermatt-Matterhorn (CH) and Breuil-Cervinia (IT) is the highest ski area in the Alps. 
  • 360 km of pistes divided into 75 km of blue pistes, 220 km of red pistes, 27 km of black pistes and 38 km of yellow freeride pistes. Click here to get to the ski map.
  • The ski areas of Zermatt-Matterhorn and Breuil-Cervinia have a total of 52 lifts and 145 pistes.
  • There are numerous mountain restaurants & huts for culinary enjoyment. 
  • For even more fun, there is a snowpark on the Swiss side of the Matterhorn ski paradise with a funslope and also a beginner's park on Sunngga.
  • The highest point in the international ski area is at 3'899 m above sea level and the lowest at 1'620 m above sea level.
  • The maximum altitude difference is 2'375 m above sea level.

Off-Piste Adventures

Freeriding in Zermatt

Stand on the summit early in the morning, let your gaze wander over the untouched piste and plunge into the freeride adventure. The ultimate feeling of freedom can be found in Zermatt on 36km of marked freeride pistes. In the areas of Rothorn, Stockhorn and Schwarzsee, the absolute powder snow experience is guaranteed without exposing you to the danger of avalanches. The downhill routes are secured against all alpine dangers and thus offer even inexperienced off-piste skiers the perfect setup for learning the art of freeriding.

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Which easy and slow pistes are there in zermatt?

In the Matterhorn ski paradise there are Slow Slopes where beginners and those who like to take it easy can make their descent undisturbed, at their own pace. The slopes are specially marked and everyone using them has to make a slow and carefully controlled descent. Those failing to comply with the rules will have their ski passes withdrawn. The Slow Slopes can be found close to the nursery ski runs. They are a joint initiative of Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, the Swiss Accident Insurance Fund (Suva) and the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu).

Rothorn area
  • Piste 5 – Eisfluh
  • Piste 6 – Easy run
  • Piste 7 – Standard
Matterhorn glacier paradise area
  • Piste 56 – Kuhbodmen
Gornergrat area
  • Piste 38 – Rotenboden
Culinary treats on the pistes | © Pascal Gertschen

Matterhorn glacier paradise


The highest mountain restaurant in the world

Culinary presentation in a unique alpine panorama with extra taste! Visit our self-service restaurant in the Matterhorn glacier paradise and be inspired by our varied cuisine. Choose from regional and international delicacies such as hearty pasta dishes, spicy meat specialities and / or vegetarian / vegan creations. There is sure to be something to suit every preference.

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Elevation changes, kilometres skied, lifts used

Follow your personal performance with Skiline

The Skiline app lets you track and evaluate the elevation changes and kilometres of slopes you have covered and the lifts you have used in the Matterhorn ski paradise. Register on the Skiline App for IoS or Android or at www.skiline.cc and access your days’ skiing in the form of a personal performance curve based on an elevation graph.

Ski movie

Are you ready for the ride of your life? The Swiss Ski Team will even cheer you on. Test your skills on the Swisscom Skimovie course and get it filmed automatically at the same time.

You can then access your video via the Skiline app or www.skiline.cc for free and share it with friends.
The Skimovie course is located on piste 65 (race track). Use of the Skimovie is free of charge with a valid ski pass.

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Show yourself from your best side with a breathtaking mountain landscape as backdrop. Get your souvenir photo at one of the two photopoints on the Rothorn and on Schwarzsee. Just activate the camera with the lift pass – and smile. Within seconds, you’ll find your photo on the Skiline website. Download it for free and send it to your friends by e-mail or post it on Facebook.


Protect yourself and others


Protect yourself and others

We understand the importance of making sure our visitors and employees are safe during the exceptional situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We have therefore introduced a number of precautions to ensure the lifts in Zermatt are safe to use for you and your loved ones. We advise you to observe the protective measures applicable to public transport and follow the hygiene rules issued by the Department of Health. You can find a summary of the most important protective measures here.

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Special rates for winter 2020/21

In view of the COVID-19 crisis, special conditions will apply to bookings for the 2020/2021 winter season. Under the new arrangements, events and tickets* booked through the web shop can be converted into credit notes if customers are unable to attend or use them because of COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed by the authorities.

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Snowpark Zermatt

More than 300 days a year, the Snowpark Zermatt on the Theodul Glacier is the freestyle hotspot. Whether summer or winter, you can prove your skills on the creative setups. From the beginner to the pro line you will find kickers, rails and exciting obstacles in all sizes, lengths and shapes. The youngsters can let off steam on the new Funslope. Find the best line and show what you can do.


Young and old winter sports enthusiasts can look forward to an action-packed and fun downhill run. In the Snowpark Zermatt is a Funslope located, which has a lot to offer for beginners and advanced skiers. Tunnels, hills, small jumps, rapid steep face curves and all kinds of obstacles can be skied on the creative route. So tighten your ski boots and off you go.

Wolli park for beginners, Sunnegga

Snow bunnies of all ages can practise to their hearts’ content in the Wolli park for beginners at Leisee in Sunnegga. The park is easy to reach on the self-service Leisee Shuttle. It is a sunny spot, protected from the wind, and has three magic carpets (snow conveyors), two cord lifts (beginners’ lifts) and a range of play equipment waiting to provide diversion and fun with a variety of snow sports.

Tip: Zermatt Bergbahnen AG has a special ski pass for anyone wishing to learn to ski at Wolli’s Beginners Park and on the surrounding blue runs – the Beginners ski pass.

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Europe’s highest and biggest glacier ski area

summer ski area Zermatt

Summer, sun & summer ski

You thought the mountains were taken over by hikers in the summer? Think again! In Europe’s highest and biggest glacier ski area you can ski to your heart’s content even in the summer season. In Zermatt hikers and skiers just share the mountains, it’s as simple as that. That’s because while it’s sunny and warm in the valley and on the Alpine pastures, there is still a glorious wintry scene to enjoy on the Theodul Glacier.

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Where the glacier ski area is located

Between Trockener Steg station at 2'929 metres and the Gobba di Rollin, the highest point on the Breithorn plateau at 3'899 metres, lies the summer ski area, with up to 21 kilometres of perfectly maintained pistes and conditions so good that national teams and alpine athletes from all over the world come to Zermatt for summer training.

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The Zermatt summer ski area in numbers

  • 21 kilometres of pistes
  • 14 training runs for 100 teams from 22 nations
  • 1 Snow Park
  • 68 Zermatt Bergbahnen employees
  • 4‘500 piste machine hours and 1‘000 excavator hours to prepare the pistes
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