Zermatt for me has to be one of the greatest resorts in the world. Bare in mind this is a subjective and personal judgement, provided, of course, you are not a first time skier for me Zermatt ticks all the boxes.
The village is of course dominated by the view of the Matterhorn and the superb skiing available on Klein Matterhorn, Trockner Steig, Gornergrat and Sunnegga is enough for pretty well all of us unless you are in the Ranulph Fiennes mould. But to be honest if you are of the RF mould then Breithorn would suffice!
The restaurants provide an added bonus be that at Village and Mountain level. At the top of the tree is in my view Zum See, an easy ski through forests brings you to this cosy place slightly of the way of the wandering crowds, its seems like a place that you find only if you know about it. In January or February it is best to eat inside as cold weather tends to dominate the atmosphere. MY favourite dishes being the wonderful lamb, truffle ravioli and a delicious cream slice come to mind, all washed down with excellent Swiss wine, no wonder they do not bother to export much.
In the same category, and not far behind, Franz and Heidi, again an easy ski down from the higher slopes, and a short walk off the piste between farm buildings to this small but inviting hut. Lamb again on the menu and great home-made pasta. For me eating in these places makes the skiing experience doubly enjoyable and serves to set Zermatt on a higher plane than most resorts, expensive, YES! But if you budget for 40-60 per head including wine you will eat well and you do not have to do this everyday of your holiday but you probably will!!
CJG, welcome to the site firstly! That sums up a weeks skiing in Zermatt pretty perfectly to be honest, you always try not to eat in the nice places everyday but it happens! What a shame!
Look forward to reading your other bits!
Lets be honest, why would not you pick the fabulously picturesque Zermatt for your Winter break? It lies on the border between Italy and Switzerland, and us Crazy Canuck-Zermatters should be proud as it was British mountaineers who discovered this resort in the first place. With such awesome views of the Matterhorn towering over the small traditional town, you can not better the scenery either. It is actually not difficult to see why Zermatt has been voted the best Ski resort in the world, with its 394 km of piste, there is something for all levels, from the beginner to the expert off piste skier.
The choice of dining on the mountain is exceptional, something for all the family with over 30 restaurants featuring amazing vistas and consistently high quality food. For the non skiers amongstst us or for those who fancy an afternoon off, Zermatt offers great alternative daytime activities. These include walking trails, a health spa, a gym, an indoor pool and a cinema, as well as excellent shopping. Lastly if dropping the kids off appearances to you, then there are many choices of kids clubs, indoor play areas, art and craft clubs and of course children’s ski lessons which are all easily accessible, leaving you to explore this magical place unhindered!