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Zermatt - Worth the fuss & Cost?

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Smokin Joe wrote:
I always stay at the Zermatterhoff, it keeps those common types out.

In the 1950s old Mr Anarski and friends fell out of a pub and decided to go swimming in the Zermatterhoff pool. As you suggest, they threw him out.
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Zermatt struck me as the resort you'd go to on your final days/weeks of skiing, i.e. you were still just about agile enough to ski from hotel breakfast to restaurant lunch to hotel dinner, and still just about flush enough to pay the bill.
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Levi215 wrote:
For skiing alone go to Val D and put up with the idiots.


There are only idiots if you choose to go where the idiots go.
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JohnMo wrote:
Andrew911 wrote:
Our trip this April to Tignes will be our first ski trip for six years. We have a had a visit to the MK snozone around Christmas to find our ski legs & we were fine. My wife is a junior intermediate - ok on blues & has been on one red. Would Zermatt be ok for blues & gentle reds for my wife? I guess we shall also find out in April how she takes to skiing again & hopefully she will get on some reds before the end of the week.


While I love Zermatt and Cervinia and spend a lot of time out there, it is not the most obvious place to take someone who mainly wants blues. On the Swiss side there are only really two blue sections: Gornegrat/Gigthittli down to Riffelberg; and Blauherd down to Sunnegga (and even that has a chicken run to take you round the steep part). Some of the reds are not tremendously difficult but they are very definitely reds and not just tricky blues. I think you need to be OK on reds to enjoy Zermatt. Cervinia is easier - but if you are on the Swiss side getting over there is a little tricky for someone who is not comfortable on reds.


Nonsense. The whole Matterhorn segment is ideal for blue run skiers, pretty much all the pistes are easy with good pitch and always excellent snow. The Schwarzsee segment is more challenging but you have a lot of runs and space to enjoy around the Matterhorn that any competent blue run skier could enjoy, in spectaculr surroundings. Its the only area in Zermatt where I think the runs are over-classified, almost all the reds in that area should properly be classified as blues (and several reviews including where to ski and snowboard agree).
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dogwatch wrote:
Levi215 wrote:
For skiing alone go to Val D and put up with the idiots.


There are only idiots if you choose to go where the idiots go.


Hence my point to Val D'Isere they go....
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5pike wrote:
is it just me that thinks it is totally overrated?!
There are so many Zermatt fans that I don't think you can say this is true as a general rule. For a sizeable class of skiers, Zermatt is clearly heaven. But you seem to have reacted the way I did: "what's the big deal?". It makes me wary of relying on the reputation of other "top" resorts, as I seem to be looking for something different than those who love Zermatt.
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laundryman wrote:
Every skier has to go to Zermatt once in their life.


Agreed. Might be better to avoid the Zermatterhof, though, if on tight budget.
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LOVE Zermatt ! Been several times including a summer walking trip. The train ride is nice but I find that driving gives the trip a broader sense of freedom - so you can pootle through Montreaux and stop for lunch on the way etc, and see a bit more than from the train. Stop off at Lavey Les Bains for an open-air jacuzzi swim. Zermatt itself is very chocolate box and cute, the runs are great (all levels) and of course they have the spectacular Matterhorn. The food is outstanding, especially Le Gitan, and the resort is well served with high quality mountain restaurants.
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