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Everybody knows the picture: Zermatt at the top of the Mattertal Valley and behind it, the distinctive rock of the Matterhorn. The remote mountain village in the farthest corner of Valais is world-famous because of this unique backdrop.

Zermatt owes its reputation as a unique winter sports area to its wonderful and extensive ski runs, vis-à-vis and at the foot of the lordly 4,000-metre peak.

On 14 July 1865, there was hardly a distance between triumph and tragedy on the Matterhorn: For the first time, the Englishman Edward Whymper reached the summit together with six companions. But climbing down, four members of his team died before his face. With the sensation of the first conquering of the unique mountain, as well as with the terrible news the name of Zermatt spread throughout the world – and attracted tourists to come into the remote valley in Valais.

Already 27 years before the disaster on the mountain, the surgeon Josef Lauber had opened a modest guesthouse with just three beds, in order to accommodate the first sporadic guests. Mostly natural scientists and mountaineers came from the south across the Theodul Pass or through the narrow Mattertal Valley. They wanted to crest the surrounding mountains and this was a surprise for the villagers. 

Ski lifts
Ski tow: 11
Chairlifts: 24
Cable-cars: 10
Cable cars: 8
Cable railways: 1
Magic carpets: 10
In total: 64 Ski lifts
Ski runs
easy
75 km
medium
220 km
difficult
65 km
Freeride
38.5 km
Open ski runs: 14 km
Open lifts: 16
Lit up ski runs: 0 km
Sea level
1620 - 3883m
Skiing season
Start of the season
24/11/2012
End of the season
21/04/2012
Snowboard
1 Fun park
-2 Halfpipe
-3 Jumps
-0 Boxes
-0 Rails
Apres-Ski
56 Ski lodges and restaurants
22 Après-ski bars
Other
Number of chilren's parks: 2
Ski rental
Descent and closure of the lifts
Prices
Adults
Day ticket: n.A.
5 days: n.A.
Children
Day ticket: n.A.
5 days: n.A.
Seniors
Day ticket: n.A.
5 days: n.A.