Summer fun in the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Summer skiing in Zermatt

3883 m
highest summer ski area in Europe
snow park

The summer is here and the sun is high in the sky – but up on the Theodul Glacier above Zermatt the conditions are wintry and still suitable for skiing, snowboarding and freestyling up to midday. So: rise and shine!

Europe’s highest and biggest summer ski resort has up to 21 km of pistes available. And freestyle fans needn’t feel left out as the Zermatt Summer Snow Park is one of the highest freestyle arenas in the Alps and one of the region’s best snow parks.

adventure world Testa Grigia

SnowXperience Plateau Rosa

Those seeking fun in the snow in summer temperatures can experience the glacier up close in the SnowXperience Plateau Rosa adventure world right next to the Testa Grigia station. The SnowXperience is one of the highlights on the route of the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing and is easy to reach in summer with the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II.

The beginners' area with conveyor belt offers the perfect opportunity to try out snow sports equipment for the first time. All equipment, including a guide, can be hired in the basement of the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II valley station, from CHF 79 per person. All around, you can marvel at the breathtaking panorama or cross the border between Italy and Switzerland at 3,480 metres above sea level.


Summer skiing at its finest

Summer skiing in Zermatt is a high-altitude treat

  • There is nothing ordinary about skiing in the summer, even less so up on the glacier. It really is a special experience. 

If you ski in the summer you can make more of the day 

  • One aspect of summer skiing: the early morning hours are the best. Around midday it's time to head back to the village. This means there’s plenty of time left for a host of other activities in the afternoon. So how about a ski and hike or ski and bike day?

Summer skiing allows teams to prepare for the winter season

  • Top Thleten aus aller Welt (bis zu 22 Nationen) nutzen die Chance, sich im höchstgelegen Sommerskigebiet Europas, sich für die alpinen Wettkämpfe im Winter vorzubereiten und fit zu bleiben. So kann es sehr gut sein, dass ein bekanntes Gesicht mit in der Gondel sitzt. 

Snowpark Zermatt 

  • With its high-altitude setting, creatively designed lines, fantastic views and café, the Snowpark Zermatt attracts freestylers from all across the world. It’s well worth a visit. 

First SnowXperience Plateau Rosa 

  • A beginners’ park for your first experience of skiing or an exhilarating snow tube descent.  Not only is the park right on the Italian border, it can also be reached without getting your feet wet, thanks to the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II.


More Highlights

A breathtaking glacier landscape with a view of several four-thousand-metre peaks can be seen on the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing.  | © Gabriel Perren

Matterhorn Alpine Crossing 

When a vision becomes reality: the year-round connection between Zermatt and Italy is now complete. Surrounded by a breathtaking Alpine panorama around the Matterhorn, the new route offers thrills, luxury and the highest levels of comfort.
highest alpine crossing

Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening

The Gran Becca run is set in a unique natural landscape. The finish line is on the Italian side of the border on Lake Cime Bianche, but the start is above Zermatt at an altitude of 3800 metres, making the Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening the highest downhill race in the Ski World Cup.
Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening
A woman skis and in the background is the Matterhorn | © Michael Portmann

Matterhorn Testcenter 

With the Matterhorn Test Centre, Zermatt Bergbahnen underscores its passion and support for winter sports. The Zermatt ski test offers a premium selection of equipment right beside perfectly groomed pistes.
Skitest Zermatt