Zermatt, with its wind-protected southern location, embraces three skiing areas. It enjoys superb snow conditions and the longest skiing season in the Alps. The 394km (244 miles) of ski runs include slopes ranging from the simplest to the most challenging. Easy access is provided by an extensive network of 74 transport facilities with high-capacity cable-ways, mountain railways and ski-lifts (including Cervinia, Italy) capable of transporting up to 75,180 passengers an hour. This white wonderland and the magic of the Matterhorn combine to create endless opportunities for a vast variety of arrangements. Last, but not least, the exiting nightlife can be complemented by a visit to the Casino.
Waterway dangers! The rivers and streams in Zermatt, T?sch and Randa can rise suddenly when water is released at the dams. For this reason, never go into a waterway or stay in the banks. Heed the warning signs.
Rivers below the dams, water reservoirs and hydroelectric plants can be dangerous. Water is regularly discharged and released, especially in summer, which causes high water and floods the islets, gravel banks and shores very quickly. These water discharges are necessary for technical reasons.
Discharges help remove mud and sediment from the water basins and sand traps to prevent silting. Releasing water is done to get rid of excess water from glacier runoff and heavy rainfall.
-HEED THE WARNING SIGNS
Pedestrians, children, fishers and canoeists are urgently asked not to stay in the riverbed. The risk of being carried away by a strong current is great. This risk is even greater in the gorges. Warning signs clearly indicate where this danger is present. In addition, the owners and operators of the hydroelectric plants as well as the community officials and the tourist office also post information about this frequently.
To make pedestrians aware of these dangers, announcements and reports are regularly published and broadcast in regional media (newspapers and radio). Furthermore, students work on site to warn pedestrians.
-WATCHING AND PROTECTING WILDLIFE
Zermatt, T?sch and Randa together have one of the largest wildlife areas in Switzerland. Here ibex, mountain goats, deer and stags, fox, hares and ptarmigan live. High above, eagles soar. All of them need protection. In general, the rule for protecting the wildlife is not to leave the hiking trails or ski pistes.
The rules for visitors going into the areas where there is Alpine wildlife are clearly defined. In the fragile areas of the mountain landscape, wild animals and birds live in a delicate balance with nature. Human beings are visitors. They should adjust to the world of the wild animals.
Rules of conduct towards wildlife
Quiet zones for wild animals in Switzerland with a detailed map for Zermatt, T?sch and Randa.
-WILD PROTECTION AREAS
Wild protection areas with legal restricted access areas between Zermatt and T?sch, right side of the valley (mid-December to the end of April)
Various quiet zones for wild animals (recommended) on the communal territory of Zermatt (mid-December to the end of April)