The ski lift to the Matterhorn

Your Complete Ski and Snowboard Zermatt Guide

Hey, snow enthusiasts! Ready to conquer the powdery slopes of Zermatt, Switzerland? I’m here to guide you through an unforgettable adventure in this ski and snowboard Zermatt guide — complete with all the juicy details on passes, rentals, and some insider tips to enhance your experience.

Let’s hit the slopes, shall we?

The essentials: Lifts and Passes

Zermatt is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders, offering a vast network of slopes with the majestic Matterhorn as your backdrop. But before you hit the slopes, let’s talk logistics.

Ski Pass Perks

With the Zermatt ski pass, get ready to experience up to 200 kilometers of pure joy on the slopes in areas like Sunnegga-Rothorn, Gornergrat, and Schwarzsee-Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. 

And here’s a tip – for those who crave more, the International ski pass is your golden key. It unlocks an additional 160 kilometers of pistes in the Italian ski resorts of Breuil-Cervinia and Valtournenche. Imagine skiing across borders! 

For the latest pricing, head over to Matterhorn Paradise. Prices start at around CHF 83.00 (USD 90) for a day pass and CHF 97.00 (USD 105) for the international slopes.

ski and snowboard Zermatt guide

Essential Gear: Renting Made Easy

No gear? No problem! We rented our equipment from FLEXRENT Snow Sports Rental for about USD 125 per day. This included everything we needed: boots, skis/snowboard, jacket, pants, and ski poles. Check them out here: FLEXRENT. In case you opt for a break during your multi-day gear rental, FLEXRENT Snow Sports Rental provides reimbursement for the day you don’t use the equipment.

First Time on the Slopes?

If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, Zermatt is a great place to learn. The instructors are top-notch, and the beginner slopes are perfect for finding your footing.

Plus, there’s nothing like learning with the Matterhorn in the background! Sunnegga-Blauherd is an area for beginners with blue ski runs and access to Wolli’s Beginners Park. 

The Zermatt Matterhorn App: Your Digital Companion

This is a game-changer – download the Zermatt Matterhorn app on your phone. It’s your digital guide to live updates on weather forecasts, live webcam pictures, and open ski lifts and cables.

Plus, you can purchase tickets for experiences and activities right from the app.

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Beyond the Slopes: Unwind and Indulge

After a day of thrills, Zermatt has some fantastic spots for you to kick back and relax.

Outdoor Bar at Trockener Steg

Take the Matterhorn Express up to the Outdoor Bar at Trockener Steg. Imagine sipping a drink in lounge chairs, surrounded by snow, with the Matterhorn in full view. And you’ve got to try their amazing mac and cheese – it’s a treat!

A group photo in front of the Matterhorn in Zermatt.

Hennu Stall Apres-Ski Bar: Party or Chill

Looking for a chill evening or a lively night? Hennu Stall Apres-Ski Bar is your go-to spot.

Located on the lower part of the Furi-Zermatt slope, this spot buzzes with energy, offering a perfect setting to unwind with a drink while grooving to lively music, often accompanied by a live DJ.

You can reach it by a 30-minute walk from Zermatt or ski down from Furi after a 15-minute gondola ride. It’s perfect for unwinding or dancing the night away.

Extra Tips for the Savvy Skier

  • Ski Pass with Shuttle Train: Staying outside Zermatt? Opt for the ski pass that includes the shuttle train. It covers your daily return trip on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn from Täsch or Randa. Super convenient!
  • IKON Pass: Holding the IKON pass allows you entry to the slopes of Zermatt, however, it does not include access to the International slopes in Italy.
  • Beginners: This pass provides entry to the Sunnegga-Blauherd beginners’ area, which includes Wolli’s Beginners Park.
  • The Ultimate Ski Adventure: With the vast expanse of slopes available, every day can be a new adventure. Whether you’re in Zermatt or crossing over to Italy, the experiences are endless.

Wrapping Up Your Adventure

There you have it – your ultimate ski and snowboard Zermatt guide. Whether carving down the slopes or enjoying a leisurely drink with the Matterhorn in sight, Zermatt offers a winter escapade like no other.

Zermatt ski guide

For more travel stories, tips, and guides, stay tuned on Aqua Apple. I’m always excited to share my adventures and help you make the most of yours. Let’s hit the slopes together!

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