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Zermatt: Peaks, Prowess And Pleasure In A Swiss Ski Resort

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Zermatt: Peaks, Prowess And Pleasure In A Swiss Ski Resort   by Andraz Stalec

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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.

Zermatt Village with the Matterhorn in the Background
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Generally, the slopes in this part of the Alps (and all over Europe for that matter) close quite early because of less day time. 
Township Below Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
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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.

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Alpenroyal 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.
Apparthotel 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.
Best 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.
Hotel Bellerive, Zermatt
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.
Mont 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.
Schweizerhof 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. 
Walliserhof 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.
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