The Matterhorn Ski Paradise is a popular ski destination for holiday makers from around the world. It is made up of 3 main resorts, Zermatt in Switzerland, Cervinia and Valtournenche in Italy. There is about 350km of pisted skiing available in the area. To access all of the skiing you need the full area international lift pass. The height of the pistes in the area goes from 1542m up to 3820m with the highest pistes to be found on Zermatt glacier. The fact that the Matterhorn ski Paradise has a glaciers is what makes the area so snow secure. The period of time that the area is open from winter to spring is one of the longest in Europe! The skiing is great for all abilities of skiers from beginners to expert which is another reason that ski holidays in the Matterhorn ski paradise are so popular.
Of the 3 resorts that make up the area, Zermatt is the most well known. People come from all over the world to sample the delights that Zermatt has to offer. It is a stunningly beautiful ski resorts and the skiing on offer is some of the best in the world. The resort is full of Swiss character and it has a lovely classic alpine feel too it. There are really strict building regulation and you will not find any big ugly town blogs in Zermatt like you do in other ski resorts. Zermatt is also situated underneath the awe inspiring Matterhorn peak which just adds to the experience of skiing in the area as a whole.
Cervinia and Zermatt are very different. However, you can still access the full ski area no matter which side you are staying on. Cervinia is located at over 2000m and offers great snow security even on the lower slopes. This coupled with the access to the Zermatt glacier makes Cervinia a great destination for your holiday is you are worry about snow levels. The village is not as pretty as Zermatt but it is often a lot cheaper to stay in Cervinia and whilst you are there you will be paying in Euros rather than Swiss Francs. It is even slightly cheaper to purchase your lift pass in Cervinia that it is in Zermatt. But be careful as you you can't get on to the lifts in Zermatt in the morning if you don't have a lift pass that was purchased in Zermatt!
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There is a good level of beginner skiing in both Zermatt and Cervinia. You can access the nursery slopes right from the centre of Cervinia and there are some slightly more challenging runs to move onto towards the end of your stay. On the Zermatt side children who are beginner will take there lessons in the Sunnegga Paradise area. Here you will find Wolli Park which has rope tows and magic carpets for the children to get on and off the lifts with ease. Adult beginners will head to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise area which is more tailored towards adult learning.
Intermediate skiers will love both Cervinia and Zermatt. There are 108 blue and red runs listed on the piste map in the Mattterhorn Ski Paradise which are ideal for intermediates. There are loads of different routes down from the top of the glacier which intermediates can take to get all the way back down into Cervinia, Valtournenche and Zermatt. if you are staying in Zermatt then definitely make the trip over to Cervinia. If you are staying Cervinia then it is definitely worth making the trip over to Zermatt and over to the other side of the village to the Sunnegga Paradise. Similarly, if you are staying in Zeramtt then the long decent down to Valtourneche from the top of the glacier is a must.
There is loads of advanced skiing on the Swiss side of the area, with loads of off piste to be found. On top of this there are also some brilliant off piste routes on the Italian side which are great for advanced skiers as well. Loads of the off piste action is easy to access so no need for hiking. The Matterhorn Ski Paradise is perfect for advanced skiers but you will definitely want to purchase the full lift pass to make sure that you make the most of the area.
Snowboarders on holiday in the Matterhorn Ski Paradise will be all over the off piste action that can be found on the Italian and the Swiss side. However, if off piste is not your thing and you would prefer to spend your time in the snowpark then you will not be disappointed by the 'Gravity Park' in Zermatt. Over in Italy the snow park in Cervinia is the highest in Europe (2800m) and so it stays open right into the late season weeks.
Zermatt is the liveliest resort for apres ski in the Matterhorn Ski Paradise. The après ski in Zermatt ranges from chilled eateries and cafes packed out lively apres bars. There is something for everybody. in the area. There are about 50 bars in Zermatt but the liveliest bars for apres ski are Olympia or Henna Stall. After dinner it is then onto one of the many late night nightclubs and discos that you will find in Zermatt. Like Zermatt, Cervinia also has lots of bars but the après ski scene is not as lively. However, if you are budget minded the prices for food and drink are cheaper in Cervinia than they are in Zermatt.
In Zermatt helicopter trips around the Matterhorn can be booked through Air Zermatt and heli skiing is also on offer. The Matterhorn museum is well worth a visit and and there is loads of snow shoeing and winter walking to be done as well. You can also do ice climbing and indoor climbing in Zermatt, as well as curling and iced skating.
In Cervinia snow mobile excursions can be booked and kids will love the snowtubbing. The is also a natural ice rink and public swimming pool with sauna.