20 gorgeous freeride descents above the most famous Swiss mountain town of them all.
Zermatt is a charming little alpine village and its huge lift system quickly whisks you to over 3800 metres. Add in reliable snow conditions and the legendary views of the Matterhorn and the town becomes one of the most appealing ski destinations in the World.
In summer the town is known for its wonderful hiking and mountaineering, but in winter it transforms into a snow sports mecca, with something for every skier, from piste skiing newbie to hardcore freerider. This guidebook is aimed more towards the latter category but there are plenty of lines in here for those who enjoy stress-free powder skiing down mellow bowls. The undoubted jewel in Zermatt's skiing crown is the Schwarztor run, and while it's not strictly a lift-accessed freeride (you have to either skin briefly or put in a tough shift of sidestepping to reach it) it's such a good and famous run that we couldn't exclude it.
At the opposite end of the scale from the big mountain seriousness of the Schwarztor you'll find some short, mellow lines in here and everything in between.
If you're still hungry for more after working your way through this lot, drop over the ridge into Cervinia and get started on these routes -