Originally Posted by NewYorkSkier
I think I'll be heading over to Zermatt which I believe is in the Swiss alps next may around the 8th. Has anyone ever skied there? If so how are the conditions that time of year?
My wife and I visited Zermatt last September. It's a wonderful village and I can't imagine how you could help but have a great time.
You should probably check with the tourist office
to find out what skiing is likely to be open. It might be that the summer-skiing area on the Klein Matterhorn
is the only lift-served skiing available. If that's the case, you would be skiing groomed runs on a glacier. If that's all that's open, you might only have the opportunity to ski intermediate-to-advanced type terrain.
You get to the skiing area via a gondola and a couple of trams and then use surface lifts (T-bars) on the glacier itself. I skied it last September in a cloud bank with horrible visibility but I still had a great time.
We stayed at the City Hotel
, which is a 3-star bed and breakfast about a block and a half from the main "downtown" area of Zermatt. It was very quiet, the rooms were spacious and comfortable and our large balcony had a knockout view of the Matterhorn. Our hotel was in the mid-priced range at, I think, about $140/night US. The owner, Christoph Petrig, is also a mountain guide for both climbing and skiing. He speaks English very well and might be a great resource in helping you plan your trip.
Zermatt is a fun (but expensive) town and the hiking and scenery are incredible. One day I'll go there in the winter for the skiing.
Here's a photo from one of the T-bars on the Klein Matterhorn ski area. The ice part of that glacier is out of bounds.
There are beautiful hikes everywhere:
If you go, make sure you go to the Zumsee restaurant for either lunch or dinner. Here's a nice, low-calorie lunch:
And of course, there's the Matterhorn:
And here's a shot of the City Hotel: