Where . . . [R517R, Zermatt], Switzerland

What . . . The Theodul Glacier connects the ski areas of Zermatt with Cervinia in Italy. It is served by the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest cable car in Europe, which takes skiers up to 3820 metres. Year-round snow is guaranteed and usually of good quality thanks to the glacier's lofty altitude. In summer 2009, for the first time, the Italian side of the Zermatt/Cervinia ski area opened, making up one of the biggest summer domains in Europe. In total there are 13 runs (20 kilometres) on the glacier, most of them red and blue, and the pistes are served by seven drag lifts. Advanced skiers can test their ability on the racing tracks and moguls. The Gravity Snowboard Park boasts a superpipe, kicker park, and rail park (open May to Nov.). Due to its extreme altitude and huge summer snow area, Zermatt very often hosts international ski (and snowboard) teams.

Ski Pass Prices . . . From CHF71 pp/pd

When to go . . . 7 a.m. to 2 p.m, May to November (glacier is open 300 days a year)

Nearby Lodging . . . Zermatt is a year-round resort with plenty of lodging for all budgets.

Getting Here . . .

Air: Zermatt is 248 kilometres from Zurich Airport; 236 kilometres from Bern.

Car: Zermatt is car-free. Private traffic is only permitted up to Täsch (5km from Zermatt), and the road between Täsch and Zermatt is also closed to public transport. Car parks are available in Täsch. Shuttle trains of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway run between Täsch and Zermatt every 20 minutes.

Public transport: Zermatt railway station has direct connections with Brig and Visp. A train to Zermatt takes 195 minutes from Zurich Airport; 130 minutes from Bern Airport.

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