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: Matterhorn Ski Paradise
: Elizabeth B
: April 2006
: Was slowly making my way across the alps to the EOSB. Spent 4 days in Zermatt.
: Zermatt is in the Valais region of Switzerland. I drove there (you have to leave your car in Tasch and get the train up to Zermatt), but the easiest way to transfer from an airport is by the train.
: The lifts are all modern on the Swiss side, but Cervinia has numerous lifts that could do with an upgrade. Zermatt have introduced a chondola for this season, where gondolas alternate with chairs on the same cable.
: Zermatt has surprisingly few black runs for an advanced resort. It has a glacier up at Klein Matterhorn, and you can ski into Italy.
: The snow was great high up, and okay lower down. The runs to resort were just about open, but were far too busy for the amount of snow.
: Zermatt has quite a lot of "ski routes" that are marked on the piste map, and avalance controlled, but not pistes. There is also heliskiing available around Zermatt.
: For a car-free resort, Zermatt has an awful lot of traffic! It is a superb place, that is dominated by the Matterhorn. Everywhere you go it dominates the skyline. The village is a mix of traditional alpine and more modern, but has a good balance of stuff.
: On the mountains, eat on the Swiss side...they have proper toilets!! The restaurant at Sunnegga was very nice with a good view (but then they all have good views!)
: I stayed in Tasch at the Best Western
. This included free parking, and I got a very nice double room. The hotel has it's own bakery, so breakfast was nice!! It also has a whirlpool/sauna, and free wireless snowHeads. Tasch isn't the most exciting place, but when you buy your lift pass, you can get a rail pass that allows you to make unlimited journeys to Zermatt, so you can go back up of an evening.
: The hotel cost CHF 77 per night b&b.
: Zermatt should be on everyone's "must do" list. The skiing is superb, and the scenery is something that you can't get anywhere else in the world.
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