Zermatt summer skiing holidays Skiing & snowboarding at 3,883m on the Theodul Glacier, Zermatt

Summer skiing holidays in Zermatt - the village gets very busy during the summer with the mountain climbers wanting to take on the mighty Matterhorn. But it's not just mountain climbing that attracts people to Zermatt as there are many other high adrenaline sports to indulge in including Summer skiing and snowboarding on the glacier.

Or, you can simply chill out by the hotel pools, relax in one of the many spas and soak up the atmosphere. Zermatt is also well-known for its relaxed and friendly shopping in the pedestrianised centre, along the famous Bahnhofstrasse or through the little lanes and alleys, where you are never too far away from friendly cafés and bars.

At a glance
Summer skiing
Glacier trekking
Cannyoning & rafting
500km of hiking trails
Mountain biking
Via Ferrata
Tree walking & zip-lines

Summer skiing in Zermatt

Zermatt is home to the largest and highest summer skiing area in Europe. The ski area is at 3899m and offers 21km of pistes serviced by 8 ski lifts that operate throughout the summer. The pistes on the glacier are wide and good for beginners and intermediates but there is also some steep black terrain with moguls. For boarders, the Gravity Snowboard Park is one of the best freestyle parks in Europe with a Superpipe, kicker park, rail park, and snowskate park. It is open from May to November and is a good place to chill out, listen to the music and grab a drink.

Summer mountain facts

  • Top lift: 3899m
  • Snow limit: 2939m
  • Vertical drop: 960m
  • Pistes: 21km
  • Ski Lifts: 8
  • Longest Piste: 7km
  • Summer Ski School
  • Snow park

Featured Zermatt summer holiday rentals

We have a wide selection of spring, summer and autumn holiday rental accommodation in the centre of Zermatt for all budgets and tastes including some great chalets and town centre apartments.

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Day trips

Summer holidays in Zermatt consist of long sunny days that can get surprisingly hot with temperatures often north of 30 degrees. This means you have that Mediterranean climate but being surrounded by mountains, glaciers and lakes means there is so much to see and do including the Dossen Glacier and the hanging bridge over the Gornera Gorge. Some of our other favourites include...


Take the cable car up to the Plateau Rosa area and then catch the ride down in to the beautiful Italian resort of Cervinia. Here you can go for a pic-nic by the lake or experience some local Italian cuisine in one of the many mountain restaurants or in the village.

day out to cervinia


Zermatt has over 50 mountain lakes to explore with the most popular being along the Five-Lakes Trail that includes Stellisee lake, which mirrors the Matterhorn and Leisee lake on Sunegga. Here the children can play in the water, take a ride on a raft or build a dam. It's also a great spot for a picnic or BBQ

stellisee lake with the matterhorn in the morning

Glacier Express

This is the cult train for railway fans – the route takes you from Zermatt and on to St Moritz or Davos. Travelling through some of the most of the most breath taking scenery in the Alps, passing through 91 tunnels and crossing 291 bridges that span the impressive valleys and gorges.

glacier express from zermatt to davos

Our view on summer holidays in Zermatt

Zermatt is lively, sporty and fun during the summer and is a great place to base yourself for a mountain summer holiday whether with friends or family.

Summer holiday extras

If you are looking for an airport transfer, hire ski equipment for summer skiing or rent a car for your holiday in Zermatt, we have teamed up with leading providers where you can book directly online.