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Zermatt

Skiing at the Matterhorn Glacier ParadiseSome of the most thrilling skiing on the world, highest altitude runs and the most stunning scenery can be found in the upper Valais of the Zermatt Matterhorn region. Zermatt is the famed village of 500 year old farm buildings mingled with the ultra-sophisticated resort hotels and dominated by the spectacular Matterhorn. Reached via the Gotthard-Matterhorn Railway from Visp, the carless village of Zermatt with its elegant shopping, world class restaurants, vibrant nightlife sits in the midst of three linked ski areas, reaching all the way to Italian Cervinia. The Glacier Paradise ski area which surrounds the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa range offers year round skiing with fabulous unrivaled scenery, with all areas easily reached by a network of rail and aerial cable gondolas and lifts and one of the largest glaciers in Europe.

For beginners the wide-open runs of the Sunnegga and Trokenersteg provide the ideal terrain for practicing skills, while the slopes of the Gornergrat, reached by the Gornergrat-Matterhorn cog rail is quite manageable after a few lessons from the expert ski school. Zermatt is a real intermediate skiers dream with a tremendous variety of runs available, including scenic descents through trees and long red trail runs. Take the cable tram to the Rothorn where a red run can take you all the way back down to Zermatt. For the advanced, the black diamond runs offer a tremendous challenge with fantastic off-piste skiing and guaranteed snow. Try one of Europe's longest and most difficult mogul slopes, the Trifti. Other highlights include the gun-barrel Tiefbach descent and the Schwarzsee, Stockhorn. Zermatt provides a lively after ski nightlife with a wide range of cafés and bars from Elsie's place, The Hexen Bar, the Village, Brown Cow and the Pink Elephant for live jazz.

Saas Fee

Ski School Swiss AlpsSaas Fee has been called the 'Pearl of the Alps', in the midst of the southern Alps magnificent glaciers, reached by bus from the Visp rail station or from the Stalden-Saas station on the Matterhorn Gotthardbahn railway, between Visp and Zermatt. This traditional, picturesque traffic free Swiss alpine village offers first class conditions and beautiful views with a mixture of traditional and modern hotels, a good après ski atmosphere and a variety of restaurants, offering everything from fondue to pizza.

Saas Fee has excellent skiing for beginners with large ‘nursery’ areas near the village for kids and an excellent ski school. For intermediate skier there are wide groomed sunny slopes. The Langfluh provides more challenging runs with long cruising opportunities for the advanced skier and the top of the Felskinn offers some excellent powder skiing and steep and mogul runs. There is a lively nightlife at Nesti's ski bar and Black Bull Bar and a Sports Center for indoor sports, with a sauna and steam room. The 'Eispavillion' in Saas Fee is the largest ice pavillion in the world, with the highest altitude revolving restaurant. There is a free bus around the village and local sites.

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