With 21 percent of Zermatt’s terrain designated as “blue” and 62 percent designated as “red” or advanced Zermatt is a great place for intermediates looking to challenge themselves. In fact, a lot of the “blue” runs trends towards more difficult, so bring your “A” game on a Zermatt ski vacation.
Looking at a trail map you’ll see lots of red terrain spread out over the mountain, which is generally advanced intermediate terrain. Starting from looker’s left, i.e. if you’re facing the mountain, you’ll want to head to 10,000-plus foot Rothorn area. Here you can access several long, sustained groomers. If you head left off the chairlift you can enjoy three-mile-long Kumme/Tufternkumme, which drops skiers and snowboarders off at the Patrullarve chair. If you head right from the top of Rothorn you can enjoy an almost equally long run to the bottom of the Gant chairlift. The Gant chairlift access the Gornergrat area, which is littered with exceptional red and blue trails and offers quick runs, ideal for warming up the legs early morning.
The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise area also offers intermediates some great terrain, but getting there from the other side of the resort is a little cumbersome. You’ll have to ski back to the village and hop on a chairlift at the South end of the village, or ski to Furi and make your way up the lift to Trockener Steg. Once you’ve arrived at the near 13,000-foot summit, take in the up-close views of the Matterhorn. From here you have your pick of red runs, many of which intertwine with easier blue runs. You can ski this area of the glacier year-round most of the time, and the area offers a summer slopestyle park and halfpipe.