Date(s) - 03/18/2017 - 03/25/2017
Zermatt is a scenic, car-free village with one of the most lively resorts in the Alps. Zermatt offers a great Apres scene, dozens of restaurants, pubs and legendary history for every visitor. Home to the most Iconic mountain in the alps, the Matterhorn.
Zermatt offers one of the world’s biggest lift interlinked ski areas with more than 70 lifts and 156 miles of trails. Ski everything from wide-open trails to glacier backcountry runs. Heli Skiing drops are optional for guests.
Your trip is prepared by our team of local professional guides with generations of knowledge to show you the best the area has to offer. Over the week ski two countries and local hidden gems.
A true Switzerland culinary experience. Enjoy continental breakfast buffets with local cheeses, breads, pastries, fruit and more. A Welcome and Farewell group dinner at select restaurants to celebrate the trip. Each day guests can have lunch at the resort, in town or at one of the many mountain huts around Zermatt and Italy.
Experience some of the best accommodations with our exclusive Swiss hotel partners. Options to stay in the heart of town in modern lively hotels, Cozy-Swiss traditional hotels or up on the slopes with the most majestic views of the Matterhorn.
Our guides will search out the best snow conditions for the day with many hidden gems and 3 main areas to access with heights ranging from 10,000′ to 12,500′. A snow sure location with alternative resorts nearby where our local guides know the best routes to find powder.
Day 1 – Arrival Day
Fly into Zurich International Airport (ZRH) by 1pm where the group will be there to transport you. In some cases you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport by 1pm. The LGA team is happy to assist you with booking a hotel room before or after your trip. If you would like to book a hotel room yourself, we suggest using Booking.com to find a nearby hotel.
Le Grand Adventure Tours welcomes you to Switzerland! Upon landing at Zurich International Airport (ZRH) you will have a private transfer to your hotel in Zermatt. Inspiring views along the way of the Swiss Alps and other ski resorts await you. Once in the valley your first glimpses of the Glaciers and the Matterhorn will have you anxiously waiting to ski the next day. Our hotel overlooks the historic town of Zermatt and the world famous Matterhorn mountain. This will be your home for the next week to explore this truly amazing area. Tonight is your time to relax by the hotel fire, explore the town, and enjoy a fresh cooked meal from a local chef at our Welcome dinner. Enjoy the Swiss ski culture and immerse into European life.
If rentals are needed, we can arrange snow equipment for the week through local shops. If you wish to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let us know in advance so we can coordinate your rental. It is advised that you try to arrive with enough time on the arrival day to be fitted. Please advise the LGA Team before the trip if you will need gear.
Hotel: Hotel La Couronne
Included Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2 – 7
Once in the car free town of Zermatt, we are at the base of the ski area and one of the most picturesque valleys in the Alps. Each day we will experience skiing different zones that surround the Swiss and Italian border. The group will explore some of the surrounding backcountry options and lift accessed areas like the Stockhorn. Situated near the famous peaks of the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa arena, Zermatt is one of the oldest ski resorts in Switzerland. Over the course of the week you will have the opportunity to ski the historic valleys of this region, ski into Italy through various routes, explore the surrounding backcountry terrain and if conditions permit, we can add in an optional day on the heli with Air Zermatt to get close to the glaciers.
Every day the group will enjoy healthy local Swiss Breakfasts at the hotel with daily departures to ski between 8:00AM-8:30AM. Over the course of 6 days our local LGA guides will take you deep into the heart of the Alps and across multiple valleys. On the first day the group will acclimate to the surroundings and terrain with runs on the Rothorn, Stockhorn and surrounding piste areas. One run in Zermatt is 16 miles long if you have the legs for it! Early runs are used to assess skiing ability and go over key fundamentals for safe and effective travel in the high mountains as well as making sure everyone’s gear is ready for the week. Our guides will prepare everyone to be confident and comfortable with the week’s upcoming locations. Daily ski destinations are decided upon with consideration to safety, weather, and snow conditions. Once everyone is up to speed it will be time to start exploring the region. Throughout the week the group will be skiing the Zermatt ski area, Cervinia Italy, the surrounding backcountry zones and the endless skiing possibilities around this skiing mecca. Each ski area we visit provides a wide range of trails and off-piste options.
Enjoy a train from Zermatt along the Swiss mountain side to the top of the Gornergrat at just over 10,000 feet with incredible views of the Monte Rosa area. The tram to the Top of the Klein Matterhorn is not only an engineering marvel but provides access to Italy. The journey climbs to 12,700 feet with some of the most magnificent views of the Alps. The highest mountain lift in Europe!
Each day we will enjoy lunch at Swiss mountain huts, small villages and of course some pizza in Italy. Lunch on the mountain is followed by an afternoon skiing some of the best terrain in the Swiss Alps. Experience non stop skiing and riding through untracked powder with views of the Matterhorn. At the end of the day let us show you the beautiful town of Zermatt and enjoy the lively après scene. If conditions permit we will try one of the local favorite winter sports-sledging (tobogganing.) After a long day skiing and exploring everyone has access to the saunas at the hotel to conclude your day. Relax in one of the most picturesque villages in the world.
There will be a group Welcome Dinner to kick off the week and a Farewell Dinner on the last day to celebrate. Each day offers you the choice of many great on-mountain and village restaurants. Be sure to make time for an evening stroll through Zermatt’s old town area or check out the Alpine Museum to learn the history of the Matterhorn. Relax at the Hotel La Couronne situated in the center of town overlooking the river and stunning views of the Alps. The Couronne has some of the best views in town of the Matterhorn! The hotel features a full restaurant and bar, ski room with heated boot dryers and complimentary wireless internet. It also has a ski shop, restaurant and lounge area for all guests making this a great place to spend a week skiing Zermatt.
Hotel: Hotel La Couronne
Included Meals: Breakfasts | Farewell Dinner
Day 8 – Departure Day
Relax and take in the beautiful mountain scenery one more time on this final morning. We will say our goodbyes over breakfast and laugh over the great memories we shared during the trip. There is nothing like a ski trip to Zermatt and we are sure it will leave you wanting to come back for more. Transportation will take you back to Zurich where you can spend an extra night exploring the city or begin your journey home. Please make sure to book all return flights for the later part of the afternoon.
Included Meals: Breakfast
NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour may be altered to adjust for weather and conditions. Our guides will plan the tour around the conditions to make sure you have the best trip possible.