Zermatt is one of the world’s most popular ski destinations. Quite rightly too as it boasts over 360km of varied terrain, a snow sure status and enough mountain cafes and lounges to suit everyone’s tastes.
However, there is some controversy when it comes to snowboarding: Is Zermatt really a resort snowboarders can enjoy?
I say “Yes”!
Here’s why, if you prefer to have both feet strapped in, you should be visiting Zermatt this winter.
For beginners Zermatt has a fantastic learning area, the Wolli Park offers multiple magic carpet lifts that lead to mellow slopes for your first slide, as well as slopes of varying steepness that allow a gradual progression for learning to snowboard.
Zermatt’s beginner area also has a ‘snowboarder only’ carpet – a rare find in the alps – designed perfectly for snowboarders to gain there first steps of balance before venturing out to the rest of the mountain.
Once ready, branching out of the beginner area could not be easier. Zermatt offers the ideal pistes for those wishing to progress their turns. In the Gornergrat area, off the Gifthittli chairlift, there are a variety of wide-open blue runs, providing the perfect pitch to help build confidence and flow.
For intermediates who have found their feet and are ready to explore more terrain, Sunnegga is the best place to be. This area is home to some of the most incredible red runs for any rider, Patrullarve and Tuftern are examples of runs with a variety of pitches allowing you to throw out all different types of turns.
From Sunnegga, avoid the lifts by riding all the way back to town on the home run, chill out on the Cervo terrace and enjoy a cold beer.
If you have the ability to ride all the pistes that Zermatt has to offer you don’t have to stop there.
Zermatt’s areas are also connected to the Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche resorts. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to ride to Italy for the day. Cervinia offers even more wide open pistes to rip up and soak in the fantastic scenery around you. Be sure to stop for an Italian lunch at any of the amazing mountain restaurants before making your way back to the Swiss side!
Advanced riders really have access to one of the best playgrounds Europe has to offer. Beyond the pistes Zermatt delivers with an incredible variety of steep, bumpy and variable terrain found on yellow itinerary runs – that offer off piste riding in a marked area – all over the resort.
Get kitted up and you can enjoy amazing off piste riding through the trees as well as wide open areas. If you want to escape the crowds even further, hike up and ride untouched powder in challenging and rewarding terrain.
If you want to hit the park, then look no further than Snowpark Zermatt. Throughout the season our awesome terrain park has features suitable for everyone whether you’re just starting out or you’re at the top of your freestyle game.
With the insane back drop of the Matterhorn and a range of boxes, rails, table tops and more there is no better place to challenge your freestyle skills.
So, from side slipping in the Wolli Park to long wide open pistes, itinerary runs across the mountain, laps at Snowpark Zermatt and all the way to uncharted, seldom touched powder fields what more could you want from your Snowboard holiday?
The option to ride two countries in one day? Epic scenery everywhere you turn? Or to eat and drink in some of the best restaurants in Europe?
Zermatt has all of this and is exactly why it should be at the top of your list to visit this winter. Don’t just take our word for it, come and check us out for your snowboarding holiday this winter.