Paul Hammett

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Zermatt for beginner skiers

For complete beginner skiers, Zermatt is a really good place to start your skiing career.

The Wolli park at Sunnegga has several ‘moving carpets’ to help you get up gentle slopes and learn the basics. At 2200m above sea level, you sure to get good snow even late in the season. This is the kind of altitude that some resorts might consider their upper slopes!

Although it’s high, the area is south facing and catches the best of the Zermatt sunshine. Even in mid-winter, it’s not unusual to be shedding layers when you’re skiing in the Wolli park!

Top Tip

The Zermatt lift company offer a special beginner’s skipass (called the Wolli pass). This covers the Sunnegga Express and a few beginner lifts. It’s considerably cheaper than a whole area pass. Buy a Wolli pass for your first day and ask your instructor when you’ll be ready to get a whole area pass.

The easy blue slopes at Eisfluh, Findeln and Blauherd provide great terrain to progress onto when you leave the Wolli park.

The Matterhorn Express also accesses some great runs for novices. From Schwarzsee try the nice easy blue run back to the Aroleid station. From the top of the Matterhorn Express, try the Gandegg T-bar for one of the resorts easiest blue runs back to Trockener Steg.

At 2200m above sea level, you sure to get good snow even late in the season. This is the kind of altitude that some resorts might consider their upper slopes!”

Top Tip

The middle section of the Blauherd to Sunnegga slope is really steep for a blue run. Ski over to the right hand side and look for the ‘escape route’ which is far easier.

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