Skip to Content

Leisurely and Ambitious Skiing

In Zermatt / Cervinia, there are pistes and unprepared areas for all kinds of tastes. If, in the far future, Saas-Fee would
be connected, there would be no comparable skiing area any more. Yet already, Zermatt is world class and is hugely attractive for both leisurely piste skiing and passionate free riding. On request, we also offer courses for ambitious race skiing. In summers, the full-year skiing area is a sought-after training ground for current and future world champions.
A mecca for autograph hunters, you might think. But in Zermatt, this is nothing exceptional: Living with skiing VIPs is everyday life. Much more remarkable are the sporty ambitions of many tourists. Those who come to Zermatt are not
here merely to see and be seen.

Moguls Ecstasy

 

Special Offers

Don’t forget our special offers: ranging from Personal Guiding, Snow 'n' Eat, Champaign Powder, Racing, Wild 'n' Crazy to the adventure game "Where is the Yeti?", which we adapt to age and group structure. The latter is a playful way to gain knowledge about and experience with security techniques in open high alpine terrain. Attention to the dangers of nature and exact observation go hand in hand with a unique fun factor.

We can also arrange helicopter skiing: for example to Monte Rosa (at about 4200 metres above sea level), to one of the highest mountains in Europe (Dufourspitze 4634m), or to other exciting places with optimally qualified mountain guides.

Adventure Special Links

 

Adventure Kids Academy

„You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.“ That’s not true: it’s almost never too late to learn skiing. There are also elderly persons that go snowboarding. But when is it too early? – One cannot measure that either. The rule of thumb goes that from the age of 4 years, a child will become more and more independent. But every child is different. This is a big challenge, as we limit our Kids Academy groups to 6 children each, so that we can attend to every single one of them. Sometimes, they are overwhelmed and want to stay at home on the second day already and some others meanwhile are disappointed that on the first day there was no free place for them. That’s why we advise parents to examine thoroughly, whether their child is ready. For some children, it’s better to enjoy Zermatt Children’s Paradise instead of already venturing onto the slopes. We recommend to start with the Kids Academy by the age of 6 years.

Children's paradise Zermatt

 

Adventure Teen Academy

Long live puberty! – A time for adventure, with Adventure: excess energies are searching for challenges. Teens want to prove themselves. Adventure provides the space for initiations by testing borders and sets limits at the same time. We look after your brave boys and girls, so nothing happens and they come home in the evenings exhausted and happy. We venture into deep powder snow, onto mogul pistes, into the halfpipe and racing, we arrange adventure games (see “Where is the Yeti?”) or we give a taste of snowboarding. To put it into a nutshell: the week will be over in no time and know-how about alpine sports will be gained as well.

Adventure Special Links

 

In the spirit of Native Americans

Being a Swiss snowsport school, Adventure Zermatt fulfils the high standards of technique and methodology of Swiss Snowsports, our umbrella organization of ski schools – and yet, we have our individual style. We bring the universal spirit of America’s natives to Zermatt. Nature is local and at the same time gate to space without borders. That’s why we create the term alpine Indians and refer with our school to the eagle, the king of the winds that flies over the limit of the horizon.

Our small groups of a maximum of six children are named after once proud clans of American natives, whose age-old history have come to a sad end. But we want to honour them at least posthumously and spread their message of respect for nature far from their country. Therefore, our youngest guests are called Hopi, the medium group Navajos and the advanced Apaches. Thus, we don’t only teach your child — mostly from an urban home — skiing and snowboarding, but we also sensitize it for nature. We practice team skills and respect for others. We sharpen its senses and its knowledge of risks in the mountains playfully Sun and snow dances make this happy experience perfect. At the end of the week, each young Hopi receives a real raven feather (ravens are said to be very intelligent), the brave Navajos are decorated with falcon feathers (falcon hunting is a high art and the bird is said to be as swift as an arrow), the clever mountain foxes of the Apaches receive a feather of the king of the winds and Alps an eagle feather. These valuable feathers come from living birds and close falconeers. Such rituals of small magic want to inspire our guests and children to an imagination close to nature — as a counterweight to the world of digital game consoles.

Wild eyesFalconeria Locarno

"Because the honesty, calmness and temperament of nature are usable, the element nature is transformed into culture. At peace with itself, living in nature produces new values. – The spirit of nature has its own impact, its own message, its visual message to the world." (from "Mesteños – Mustangs and Indians", Flor Garduño / Fredy Weisser, Zurich 1994)

So here some Native American images for inspiration – Reproduction courtesy of Northern American Native Museum NONAM in Zürich. See also Events & Kultur.

Camp tents of a family of Assiniboin-Dakota, prairie natives in Montana and Alberta / Canada
(from: Karl Bodmer, A Swiss Artist in America 1809 –1893, Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich 2009)

 

Artefacts of the Mandan (North Dakota), with calumet and snow boots (same source).

 

From a speech of the sioux chief Black Elk:
„Spirits of the World, he will appear, you may behold him! – An eagle for the eagle nation will appear!“

 

1. Tahltan (Yukon), eagle on ceremonial robe, felt with mother-of-pearl buttons (same source) 2. «Wakussase» – Musquake Native American (Karl Bodmer) 3. Blackfoot: chin piece of a harness

 

1. Inuit: child’s moccasins made of seal fur 2. Hopi: Katsinas, figurines
3. Dakota: girl’s dress made of deer leather with glass pearls (Photos: Sarah Suter Wyss, Zurich)