Zermatt is well-known for its vast array of restaurants, with over 100 in total - 170 if you include the mountain restaurants too. The global tourism base means there's plenty of international options, including French, Italian, Chinese, Thai and Japanese, to go with the usual Swiss favourites.
• China Garden – With 14 Gault Milau points, this is no ordinary Chinese. The Swiss influence has resulted in an innovative menu that includes fried venison with sweet soya sauce, crispy pork with caramel, and different kinds of crispy duck.
• Saycheese!, Grand Hotel – Celebrate the wonder of cheese in this modern and intimate restaurant. Try the Zermatterhof fondue, served with Champagne and winter truffles or porcini mushrooms.
• Myoko, Mont Cervin Palace Hotel – Authentic Japanese that's popular with the locals. Choose from the huge menu of sushi, tempura and teppanyaki grills. There are set menus too, so you can sample a range.
• Schwyzer Stübli – Live music and staff in traditional dress make this a fun night out. There's a good choice of fondues, like bacon or spicy chilli, or you can build you own. There's also raclette, stews and meat dishes.
• The Omnia – Elegant and relaxed, this place is popular for special occasions. The imaginative dishes arrive looking like works of art, and there's a crackling fire to keep the mood cosy.
• Chez Vrony (Blue 6 piste) – Arguably one of the best in the Alps, this place offers impeccable hospitality and amazing food, made with love using recipes handed down for generations.
• Bontadini (top of Bontadini chairlift) – Split between the huge self-service restaurant and the glass-fronted à la carte area, so you can take your pick of Valdostana specialities and international favourites.
• Chalet Etoile (between Blue 26 and Blue 4 pistes) – Renowned for its gourmet food, this popular, family-run restaurant offers Italian cuisine with a Swedish twist, served by friendly Swedish staff.
• Fluhalp (Fluh piste) – A charming hut with live music from the house band and incredible views of the Matterhorn from the terrace.
If having an early night really isn't for you, you'll be glad to know that Zermatt is bustling with fantastic nightlife - even if you don't have a huge budget.
• The Hennu Stall – This is the most popular bar in resort, considered to be the Swiss Folie Douce, and has huge crowds, table-top dancing and, of course, a hard-to-beat atmosphere.
• Snowboat – Next to the ski bus stop, this boat-shaped building has sofas on the roof, is decorated like a yacht and serves beautifully-made cocktails made with premium spirits.
• Pink Live Music Bar – Head here for the smooth sounds of soul, funk, jazz and RnB - a unique venue in Zermatt.
• Papperla Pub – Whatever you're drinking, you'll find it in this large venue. Well established and attracting a young crowd, this Irish-style pub/party grotto with outdoor terrace always has something going on.
• The Cable Car – Zermatt's newest sports bar has loads to keep you on your toes, from darts and table football to Sky Sports and open-mic nights.
• Hang back at the top of the Hohtail cable car - Red 44 is narrow and you can get stuck in a jam.
• From the Italian side, Red 69 will take you right under the peak of the Matterhorn.
We’re all about giving you support, expertise and info before, during and after your holiday – it’s what we do. Our service includes:
- 24/7 support and assistance.
- Ski Explorer app with maps, resort info and tips as well as snow and weather reports.
- Text messages with essential information about your journey.
As there won’t be a rep based in Zermatt, we’ll meet you at the airport to give you your vouchers if you’ve pre-booked lift passes, equipment hire or tuition, and make sure you’re ready for the mountain. There won’t be any Crystal-run après events, but you can check our free Crystal Ski Explorer app for details on local events and activities. If you need any assistance, you can call the Crystal team 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
All Swiss transfers are with Swiss Rail and are unaccompanied. A 2nd class rail ticket is included. However, if you would prefer a private transfer, this can be added when booking. These are taken by car, 6-seater or minibus, depending on the number of people in your booking.
Just over the other side of the Matterhorn is the gorgeous Italian resort of Cervinia. And yes, you can ski there from Zermatt. Offering more than 150km of piste, one of the best terrain parks in Italy and, most importantly, rich Italian foods like gelato and pizza, the trip over to Italy is definitely worthwhile. You can cross the Swiss-Italian border from the Plateau Rosa or, if you're an early intermediate, via the Theodulpass. Though make sure you don't lose track of time and miss the last lifts.