The town of Zermatt is located in the canton of Valais (Switzerland) at 1620 meters above sea level. Its fame is linked to the fact of being at the foot of the Matterhorn or Matterhorn, without any doubt the best known mountain in the Alps.
The Matterhorn Ski Paradise is one of the most impressive ski areas in the world and one of the only two places where it is possible to ski 365 days a year. The domain consists of six interconnected areas: Rothorn Paradise (3103 m), Gornergrat (3089 m), Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (Klein Matterhorn) (3883 m) and Schwarzsee Paradise (2583 m) on the Swiss side, to which Breuil-Cervinia and Valtournenche are joined on the Italian side. All together they represent a skiable domain of 313 kilometers of marked trails and 38 kilometers of ski itineraries, with a vertical descent of 2260 meters and a track that reaches 22 kilometers in length.
On the Zermatt website, we can find three proposals (skiers with sportsmanship, enthusiasts and families), according to your skiing level and expectations, to enjoy a perfect skiing day in Zermatt.
The first one, for the most demanding skiers, offers us the possibility to anticipate the start time of our ski day. Every Monday and Thursday from December 16, 2019 to April 16, 2020 we can book our “First Tracks” pass. For an additional 42 CHF to our ski pass, we can enjoy immaculate slopes for ourselves. The day starts at 7.40 am at the Matterhorn Express departure station. In Trockener Steg the track control and rescue team will be waiting for us to welcome us and accompany us on our first descent. In addition to skiing, from 9.30 am until 11 am we can enjoy a rich breakfast buffet at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise restaurant.
But if you want to know the complete domain, book one day to make one of the most attractive proposals in the Alps: the Matterhorn Ski Safari. In a single day you can travel the entire ski area without repeating a single track or ski lift, accumulating a total descent of 12,500 meters on your legs.
You start in the Rothorn. The route continues through Riffelberg, Theodulgletscher in Trockener Steg and the Matterhorn glacier area. From there we will continue to Breuil-Cervinia and Testa Grigia. In the afternoon the road back to Zermatt will take us through Stafelalp.
All you have to do is decide between two categories: silver or gold. The difference: with the Matterhorn Gold ski safari, the accumulated slope counter trips up to 12,500 meters, leaves the Swiss territory and accumulates an additional 2,000 meters on the slopes on the Italian side.
We advise you to use the ski safari function in the Skiguide application of Zermatt to keep track of the lifts and trains you have used.