Long descents in the evening by moonlight are a popular option at Zermatt, offered in all three of the main sectors, often with a meal in a mountain restaurant at the top before your descent. In each case you’re accompanied by ski guides and safety patrol as you make your descent. Of course the runs happen only once a month, to coincide with the full moon, so if you want to do it you need to time your stay to coincide with the full moon.
The longest possible run is down from the Klein Matterhorn, where you’ll enjoy the slightly surreal experience of an Asian themed meal at 3,883m before beginning your descent via the Trockener Steg and Furgg back to Zermatt. The mountain world of Zermatt in the light of the full moon, with only a handful of people on the piste is a truly unique and magical experience.
On the Rothorn paradise you get a more traditional fondue meal before you begin your run down, as it is on the Gornergrat, where you’ll eat at the Hotel Kulm. With that option anyone who doesn’t fancy skiing after filling their belly with heavy cheese has the option of taking the funicular railway back down.
Ice Skating Rink
Paragliding (Bachstrasse 8)
+41 (0)27 967 67 44
+41 (0)79 436 76 12
Snow Kiting (Kite Rider GmbH, Chavezweg 5, 3911 Ried-Brig)
+41 (0)78 628 59 73
Shopping in Zermatt
Zermatt buzzes all year round, allowing a thriving retail sector to develop and there are now more than 300 shops – one of the biggest selections for a ski resort in Europe, or indeed anywhere. Many people visit just to enjoy the scenery, eat well, and shop. Many of the stores are located on, or just off, the central Bahnhofstrasse.
So with such a huge selection it’s unsurprising that all holiday requirements are covered and that there are plenty more shops for browsing and gift shopping – for yourself or friends. In the former category you’ll find several chemists, newsagents, stationers, general stores, post office, a florist, photographic store and banks.
In the latter there are dozens of fashion boutiques, numerous quirky gift and souvenir shops.
Zermatt is a mountaineering centre in the summer and the geology of the resort is celebrated in two shops selling gems and minerals (Mineralienstübli Olympia, +41 (0)27 967 45 27 and Trixli's Souvenirshop, +41 (0)27 967 61 51). Or if you’re less concerned about where your gems came from, and more about their value and setting, you have eight jewellers to choose from, all equally happy to sell you a fine Swiss watch.