ZermattResort Guide - Events
Zermatt Events Guide
Horu Trophy Zermatt, Curling Tournament – January
The Zermatt Horu Trophy rates as one of Switzerland's biggest open-air curling tournaments, with 76 teams competing on 19 different rinks. The setting is incredible with the Matterhorn always in view from the curling rinks; this is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. This tournament is not just about the competition but is also just as much about the social side. The organisers provide outstanding entertainment alongside the main event. The action consists of five rounds of energetic throwing, brushing and shouting commands that can be viewed from the excellent spectator areas. This is great entertainment for all the family and has a very welcoming and joyous atmosphere.
Zermatt Unplugged – April
A unique acoustic festival in the heart of the Swiss Alps. International stars, singer songwriters and newcomers celebrate good, honest and unadulterated sounds on an array of impressive stages dotted around the town. Musicians and bands including Suzanna Vega, Chris de Burgh, Alanis Morissette, Billy Idol, OneRepublic, Mando Diao, Seal, Jason Mraz and David Gray have all featured at Zermatt Unplugged. This is a great way to celebrate the end of the season and is also very family welcome. The crowds can get very big so ensure you arrive early to secure yourself a good spot!
Patrouille des Glaciers – April to May
The Patrouille des Glaciers is a legendary ski mountaineering race organized by the Swiss Army, which takes place annually. The Patrouille des Glaciers is thought to be one of the toughest team competitions in the world. The race takes competitors over 112 kilometres from Zermatt via Arolla to Verbier. This mountaineering race was established during the times of World War II, when mountain specialists of the Swiss Armed Forces searched for ways to verify their physical preparedness and technical proficiency in harsh alpine terrain. The interest to compete in the race increased steadily during the years. Now the race is incredibly popular and world renowned.
Swiss National Holiday – 1st August
Celebrations for the Swiss National Holiday are celebrated in style in Zermatt. It is celebrated in traditional style in the three separate communities (Zermatt, Täsch, Randa). This national holiday is like a mini festival with stalls, live music and multiple events. The culminating point of the celebration in Zermatt has to be the large firework display around 10 p.m. A detailed programme becomes available shortly before Swiss National Day so keep an eye on local websites for more information.
What We Like
Lunch at Chez Vrony
Sit back, relax, and let the Chez Vrony staff dazzle you while you yourself are dazzled by the mighty Matterhorn overhead, and if you have the energy after your meal then why not hang around to experience the buzzing après ski scene too?
The 'Genesis of the World' spa treatment programme at the Backstage Hotel
This original and evocative programme echoes the need to be treated through all the mediums of our being and the world around us in order to acquire true revitalisation.