You will find trails with difficulty levels ranging from challenging to comfortable in the Matterhorn summer paradise. We’ve put together a list of our favourites for you.
With a total descent of 1678 metres down to Zermatt, this route is an absolute stunner. Take the funicular from Zermatt to Sunnegga, then hop in a gondola to the Blauherd station and finally take the cable car to the Rothorn terminus up at an altitude of 3103 metres. Before you start your descent take a moment to admire the spectacular view of the “chocolate box” side of the Matterhorn and then set off on the winding singletrack until you reach the next photo opportunity: the deep blue Stellisee lake, in which you will see Zermatt’s most famous landmark reflected in all its glory. The route takes you along easy mountain bike trails to Sunnegga and on through forests of gnarled Swiss pine and larch trees down into the village. Handy hint: for early risers and amateur photographers there's an early-morning lift up to the Rothorn.
Mountain bikers looking for a more relaxing ride should try the trail from Schwarzsee to Zermatt. After an enjoyable gondola ride with views over the snow-capped peaks you arrive at Schwarzsee lake at the foot of the Matterhorn. The area around the lake has everything bikers could wish for – a picture-book ride with plenty of excitement, including gravel turns with subtle drifts, tricky hairpins and high-speed flow trails. The varied alpine scenery and numerous attractions and restaurants along the route provide the perfect excuse to make a couple of stops along the way.
The Moos Trail is suitable for beginners and experts alike. The short trip on the Matterhorn Express takes you conveniently up to the hamlet of Furi and the starting point for this excellent and really comfortable mountain bike route at the Alm restaurant in the Schweig meadows. The Flow Country Trail covers an elevation change of 95 metres over only 1.3 km with an average gradient of 7.3%. See if you can get to the end of the trail without ever having to use the pedals!
An overview of all the region's bike routes can be found here.