Situated at the southern end of Switzerland, along the border of Italy, Zermatt is enclosed between incredibly steep mountains and dominated by a quiver of peaks that tower above 14,000 feet. The village was “discovered” by British mountaineers in the mid-nineteenth century, but its roots go far deeper. Roman coins found on the Theodul Pass (the gap between Zermatt and Cervinia) indicate that the area was once an access route to Gaul and Helvetia between 200 and 400 B.C. Imagine, a ski resort that is over 2000 years old!
Today, the streets are lined with elegant restaurants and grand hotels and the resort is continually regarded as a world-class destination for winter sports. Favored by its southern exposure, sheltered from the wind and generously endowed with snow, Zermatt enjoys some of the most spectacular skiing and boarding in the Alps. The variety of terrain is tremendous with a network of lifts serving trails that rise over 12,000 feet. This combination of three inter-connected ski areas offers wide open slopes for beginners while the more advanced can enjoy the challenge of the internationally known expert runs. You can even cross the border and ski to Italy for lunch!