Zermatt did not become famous for its ski slopes, but rather for the unique atmosphere it offers to its guests. For those accustomed to luxurious resorts, Zermatt can be a huge surprise. No ostentation, no pomp, the resort located at the end of a long valley is rather an invitation to a dialogue with nature. It is the first mountain settlement where cars were not accepted, which means that visitors arrive by train and they are taken to their hotels by the traditional sleighs pulled by horses, or, on a more modern note, by electric cars.
The ski slopes are divided into several sectors, some of them interconnected. There is also an underground cable way, which facilitates transport from the beginner ski slopes to the intermediary and advanced ones. Zermatt is not all about skiing. Itís also worth taking a trip along the old Gornergrat railway, which will take you to endless fields of snow, or, if you are not particularly adventurous, you can admire the incredible view from the safety of your hotel roomís balcony.
The most fascinating and challenging sector is the one called Schwarzsee - Trockner Steg - Klein Matterhorn. The cable car that reaches the top offers a complete 360 degree view, of which the famous Matterhorn peak is just one part. Zermatt also has some non-standard slopes, so all in all it is a place that lures you to stay on the snow as much as possible, regardless of what you are doing (exercising your descents or even improving your photographic techniques).
One of the greatest attractions of the resort, especially for the fans of skiing, is the access to the Rosa Plateau, where you can ski more than 1400 m, down to Cervinia in Italy. Skiing in the Alps, in two different countries as part of the same experience, is without any doubt the best gift a true fan of skiing can get.