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There are 2 ski schools, with many English-speaking instructors. The instruction does not generally start until Monday, which is not very useful for guests arriving on Saturday. Ski-passes can be bought for the entire Zermatt area, for the Zermatt/Cervinia area or the Klein Matterhorn/Cervinia area. Good but expensive off-piste skiing and heli-skiing also available.

There is a good selection of shops, including a large number of high-end jewellery stores , plus designer fashion shops, lots of quality Swiss souvenirs. There is also a fair number of art galleries. Prices in this resort are pretty high.

Daytime winter activities include snowboarding, paragliding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, ice climbing, curling, ice-skating. tennis, squash, bowling, sledging, tubing and sleigh rides.

Indoor activities include tennis, swimming and golf . During the summer: hiking and mountain-biking are both very popular.

The nightlife in Zermatt is very lively, with plenty of bars, discos and restaurants.

Zermatt has reputedly has more restaurants than any ski-resort in Europe and has something to suit all tastes and pockets, from the cheap and filling fondue to more sophisticated gastronomic feasts. 38 on-slope restaurants.