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Peaks, Prowess And Pleasure In A Swiss Ski Resort by Andraz
Locals knew to stay away
from its tempting massif and dared not venture past the tree and vegetation
lines-they only climbed this far to herd their livestock. In mid-July of
1865, however, Edward Whymper scaled the summit, but several of his team
members were killed during the descent.
It took another 60 years
before Matterhorn - or more exactly Zermatt,
Switzerland - started seeing the influx of visitors, namely who arrived
for a ski holiday in the anecdotal European retreat.
| It was on the one
hand for the far and few between who could endure the traveling time to
get to Zermatt, but it was on the other for those who could front the expense
of such a traveling endeavor. You see, the rich got it all to themselves.
Today, of course, with the world becoming a smaller place and the distributions
of funds more evenly spread out, Zermatt sees more than its fair-share
of all-class guests.
So, you ask, what is Zermatt
like? Nearly ninety-nine percent of all the establishments-restaurants,
pubs, discos, hotels-and all the houses-apartments, chateaux, and villas-are
the same height, by city mandate. Transportation is either on foot, by
horse (carriages) or electric taxis. No one is allowed to have a car here,
so the town is always crisp, quiet, clean and pleasantly perfect. The town
proper houses less than 6,000 people. During a holiday day, though, Zermatt
(Swiss ski resort) can mushroom to over 25,000 people. With 200 km of ski
trails and slopes, mind you, Zermatt can handle three to four times this.
Zermatt has three main ski
areas. Each is said to be roughly towering more than 3,000-meters, facing
north. All three, moreover, offer fresh powder during the ski season. Apparently,
there's near thirty mountains all penetrating the 4,000-meter mark.
Generally, the slopes in
this part of the Alps (and all over Europe for that matter) close quite
early because of less day time.
|Zermatt, conversely, stays
open until 4 o'clock and sometimes 6 0'clock, depending on the season.
Plus, as long as global warming microwaves the planet, Zermatt's Swiss
ski resort's season is for all intents and purpose open seven months a
year-that's from November till May-all skiing, all fun, all fresh, all
the time! During the summer, Zermatt has nine full time ski lifts open,
gating way to over 25 km of downgrades to help you fine-tune your aptness.
Skiers of all levels, abilities,
shapes and sizes can find their latitude in this altitude. That is to say,
there's something for everyone in Zermatt Swiss ski resort. It's easy to
remember Zermatt's ski quarters with the acronym KiSSinG-as you'll be KiSSinG
the snow if you ski out of your limits! KiSSinG stands for Klein Matterhorn,
Schwarzsee, Sunnegga and Gornergrat ski areas (the i, i, n stand for nothing).
If you're a neophyte, then
be prepared for long and perhaps steeper than usual runs. If you're transitional-in
between beginner and advanced-then Zermatt resorts probably offers the
longest and best practice runs the world over.
If you're advanced, try
the National Gant, the Triftji or the Aroleid on for size. These hint-of-danger
will bump and grind you all the way down with plenty of deep snow. Make
sure you know what you're doing before calling yourself advanced. Local
guides and instructors can keep you within your safe within your limits.
/ Featured Hotels in Zermatt
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HOTELS & SKI LODGES IN ZERMATT, SWISS ALPS, SWITZERLAND
browsing hotels & ski resorts in Zermatt and surrounding areas
Swiss Q Hotel, Zermatt
Welcome to hotel Alpenroyal.
Enjoy your most beautiful vacation ever. We offer fantastic views and relaxation.
Comfort of the kind you'll really appreciate. Our hotel with a very quiet
situation and beautiful view to the Matterhorn is right at the end of the
ski-run from the Rothorn area. With an elevator you are in only 5 minutes
at the Sunnegga valley station and at the bus stop, in 7 minutes at the
Gornergrat station. Enjoy the sauna and steambath or the indoor pool and
whirlpool with view to the Matterhorn. Are you after ambiance with style,
outstanding cuisine and wines, time pleasantly spent with people you like,
or do you simply want to enjoy the sun below the mighty Matterhorn.
Hemizeus & Iremia Spa, Zermatt
The family-run Apparthotel
Hemizeus&Iremia Spa in Zermatt offers panoramic Matterhorn views, Swiss
cuisine and a new spa area. You can ski right from and to the doorstep.
You have free access to the new Iremia Spa featuring a bio sauna, a Finnish
sauna, a steam bath, a Kneipp pool, a jacuzzi and a relaxation room with
Matterhorn views. Massages and beauty treatments are available as well.
The Apparthotel Hemizeus&Iremia Spa hotel is a 20-minute walk away
from the centre of Zermatt, which is also quickly reachable by bus from
the nearby bus stop. Swiss and international cuisine is served in the traditional
restaurant or in the charming wine cellar.
Western Metropol Grand Hotel, Saas Fee, Zermatt
This impressive 4-star hotel
surrounded by the highest Swiss mountains in the glacier village of Saas-Fee
offers you first-class cuisine, cosy rooms and a spacious spa area. An
indoor pool, a jacuzzi and a massage area are at guests’ disposal. A sauna
and a steam bath are also available. Best Western Metropol Grand
Hotel provides comfortably furnished rooms with cable TV and private bathrooms.
Bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer are also offered. Guests can relax
in the Metropol Night Life bar, the Smoker's and the Whiskey Lounge. Fine
cuisine is served in the Metropol Grand Hotel’s elegant restaurant. A broad
selection of vegetarian dishes is also offered.
Offering views of the Matterhorn
mountain from its south-facing rooms with balconies, the Bellerive Superior
hotel in the centre of Zermatt also features a wellness area and free internet
access. Rooms include 32-inch (81 cm) TVs with a stereo CD/DVD system.
DVDs are available free of charge in the Hotel Bellerive Superior. The
rooms are either facing south offering Matterhorn views from the balcony,
or north with views of the Mischabel mountains. After a day of hiking or
skiing in the Matterhorn Ski Paradise, the garden or the winter garden
invite you to relax, before enjoying fine local and international cuisine
in the Avena restaurant.
Cervin Palace, Zermatt
Located in Zermatt, Switzerland.
The ski lift and resort centre are 500 metres away, and the ski slopes
are one kilometre away. Zermatt train station is situated 500 metres from
the hotel. Set in the resort centre and spread over four buildings,
the Mont Cervin Palace occupies a traditional mountain-style property with
an ornate turret-topped facade, and opens to rustic-influenced interiors.
The hotel houses a 1,700 square-metre spa offering an indoor pool, sauna,
steam room, themed showers, gym, and providing a range of massage and beauty
treatments. There is an outdoor pool with waterfalls, and a separate children's
area. The Mont Cervin Palace houses an elegant restaurant, spread over
2 rooms and characterised by wood-panelled ceilings and chandeliers.
Swiss Q Wellnesshotel Zermatt
The hotel Schweizerhof is
situated on Zermatt's main street, the Bahnhofstrasse, right in the heart
of the picturesque village. It is also in close proximity to the main train
station and within walking distance to all other major public transportation
systems (mountain railways, cablecars and skibus). 95 rooms and suites.
All of them are equipped with either shower or bath, minibar, radio, cable
television, direct-dialing telephone, safe and hair-dryer. Additional features
include a sitting area and a writing desk. Most of the rooms have a balcony
with a magnificient view of the mountains. For relaxation, we can offer
you our wellness center with its heated indoor swimming pool, solarium,
sauna, steam bath and massage facilities.
Swiss Q Hotel Zermatt
To experience the typical
Valaisan chalet style as well as perfect accommodation, this modern property
is the perfect destination for an unforgettable stay. The Walliserhof
Swiss Quality Hotel is ideally located in the heart of the village and
is just a kilometre from the train station. Guests can relish on
deliciously tempting regional and international dishes served in the warm
atmosphere of the in-house restaurant. After an exhausting day, you can
unwind at the hotel's bar with your favourite drinks. For health
enthusiasts, the hotel offers a spa, sauna, fitness centre, swimming pool,
solarium, steam bath as well as a jacuzzi to enjoy at leisure.