There are lots of little things to complain about with Zermatt. If there weren’t, it would be perfect. Winter sports resorts simply don’t come any better. What sums the resort up for me is eating the splendid fish soup at Cafe Etoile on the Cervinia side, under the Matterhorn on a sunny spring lunchtime, after a run down from the Breithorn.

For the most up-to-date information on the resort, visit my page in my full database here: Zermatt

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Quattre Vallées

Brash, a bit nouveau, perhaps over-rated… you can’t dismiss Verbier, Switzerland’s answer to the big ski circuses of France is a post-war invention, but the resort is nonetheless surprisingly attractive and the skiing and snowboarding is BIG. The off-piste and marked trails are demanding, but there is something here for everyone although I don’t think it is a great place for beginners or early intermediates. Nendaz and Veysonnaz are better for families, Verbier for party animals.

Latest updated information is at 4 Vallées.

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Portes du Soleil

Huge, rambling ski area that crosses over into France and features the famous Swiss Wall. Champery is probably the most convenient of the resorts for accessing most of the circuit, but purpose-built Champoussin and Morgins have the advantage of having runs back down to the resort.

Full details on the resort can be found at my database of Swiss Winter Resorts under the entry for Champéry.

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