Those who know me, know that I love to be active in sports. Some might say that this is easy for a "ghost", but that is not the case at all. Maybe my muscles are not as tense as yours, but sport is mainly about having fun and feeling good, isn't it? In summer, I'm drawn to the outdoors again, and I've already discovered lots of great outdoor sports around the "Schloss" among the endless activities offered in Zermatt, which I'd like to share with you.
Dirtscooting is a great way to rush along the foot of the north face of the Matterhorn. This is an all-terrain downhill scooter that takes you quickly and safely from the mountain to the valley. The descent starts in Schwarzsee with rental packages for two or five hours, and of course a helmet is included. In principle, dirt scooters are suitable for big and small action lovers and downhill fans, but children under 12 years of age (from nine years of age) should only start from Furi. This guarantees fun for the whole family and nothing can go wrong.
You can also ride a scooter at high speed on Sunnegga. Here, however, the fast ones are called kickbikes. The fun is the same, the only difference is the thickness of the tyres and the position of the brakes. You can pick up the kickbikes and helmet at the Sunnegga-Rothorn valley station and then take the mountain railway up to Sunnegga. From there, the adventurous descent begins, during which you have to conquer 821 metres in altitude. If you need a break in between, Othmar's ski hut and the restaurants Tufteren and Ried or, at the end, the CERVO Restaurants & Bars invites you to stop for a bite to eat.
Since I have been told that moving around by standing up can sometimes be exhausting (unfortunately I can hardly understand this myself as a ghost), I have another sport full of adrenaline and adventure in mind: mountain carting. On the three-wheeled go-karts, you go 300 metres down the mountain from Blauherd (2,578 metres above sea level) to Sunnegga (2,288 metres above sea level). So hold on tight and enjoy the ride to the full! I think mountain carting is even more fun in groups, and it's great that family rates and discounts for children are also available. Mountain carts are suitable for children from the age of nine and 135 cm tall.
As you know, I love skiing and find it very difficult to stop, even in summer. So, I am overjoyed that summer skiing is also possible in my beautiful Zermatt. But you must get up early to make the most of the 21 km of dream pistes by midday. But you'll be rewarded with slopes with good grip at 3,883 metres above sea level and a breath-taking view of the Matterhorn. And for the lively freestyle fans like me, there is one of the highest freestyle spots in the Alps, the Snowpark Zermatt. In between, you can relax in the Shred Café. By the way, thanks to the perfectly groomed pistes and fast routes, it happens from time to time that you can share the gondolas with famous winter sports stars - and sometimes with me. Flying high is exhausting after all.
And last but not least, one of my constant favourites since I discovered the sport last year with Alex: biking. Whether beginner or pro, Zermatt offers great biking routes for every level. Personally, I started with a basic course at the Zermatt bike school. The Sunnegga/Rothorn area is ideal with easy trails and cosy lakes for small breaks in between. If you are looking for a bigger challenge and want to do a longer tour, the Matterhorn side (Schwarzsee) is interesting. For professionals, the Hörnlihütte and all EWS stages are ideal. If you prefer to explore areas off the well-known routes, you can also book a guide at our hotel.
Of course, there is so much more to do and discover throughout Zermatt and especially at the SchlossHotel. The yoga retreats and trail running camps will start soon. I'm sure I'll sneak in a few times there too. I look forward to seeing you!