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DSC Ski Trip to Zermatt, Switzerland

February 17 - February 26, 2023

President's Week School Break - Bring the Family!

Time since departure for Zermatt from JFK:

This trip is open to all. Sign up now before it's full!

Everyone who went on the DSC trip to Zermatt loved it so much, people asked to go back - so we are returning to Zermatt!

This was an awesome trip and it sold out quickly!

Bring the family on this President's Week School Holiday Ski Trip!

When all of the slopes in the US are full with kids on school break, what better place to ski than Zermatt - the legendary mile high ski Mecca for all levels of skier at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn! Best known for its southern exposure, high snowfall levels and quintessential Swiss charm, Zermatt is an incredible ski destination, one of the top 10 in the world! Ski the three main ski areas of Rothorn, Gornergrat or Matterhorn Glacier, and then ski across the border to Cervinia, Italy for lunch.

In a first for the DSC, this trip will allow children to accompany their parents so everyone can ski together! What better way to make lasting memories than a family ski trip to Europe? The trip is also open to singles and doubles like usual.


  • Round-trip non-stop flights to Geneva on Swiss (skis fly free!) from NY/JFK
  • Deluxe motorcoach transfers, all taxes, surcharges, portage, and tips too!

Lodging + Meals

  • 7 Nights in Zermatt – home of the Matterhorn at the 4★ Hotel Ambassador with private baths, well-appointed rooms, and views of the Matterhorn. Located in the heart of Zermatt and adjacent to ski lifts (Gornergratbahn Railway Lift Station) and the train. Includes beautifully renovated indoor swimming pool with sauna and fitness-room.
  • Welcome wine + cheese reception. Full European breakfast daily and dinner each evening at the hotel.
  • Final night in Geneva (dinner not included).

Ski Pass*

  • Zermatt is now part of the Ikon Pass – no additional charge for Ikon pass holders!  If you purchase your Ikon Pass through the DSC, you will also receive a discount on this trip! For link to purchase Ikon pass, contact (5/10/22 deadline)
  • Can ski in both Switzerland and Italy, but as of now Italy is not included on Ikon pass. 
  • * Without Ikon pass you can purchase a 6-day lift pass (Adult with Italy option est. $475). 

NEW for 2023!

  • If you are a DSC member, your membership will be extended by 1 year for going on the trip! If you are not a member, you will be given a free membership! Going to Alta Badia too? Multi-trip discount!

Family Ski Vacation!

  • This trip is scheduled over the President's Week School Holiday and the DSC is allowing children to join the trip, accompanied by a parent! We have obtained both suites (1 bedroom with a pull out couch) for up to 3 people and family rooms (2 bedroom) for up to 4 people. There is a discount for the 3rd or 4th in the room.

DK and Kathe in front of Matterhorn on Number 9 trail


$3,095 per person double      $3,655 single     Land only: deduct $650


Suite with Pull out couch: Triple $2,845 per person, Double $3,345 per person
2 Bedroom Family Room: Triple: $2,945 per person, Quad: $2,695 per person


Child under 12 Discount: $189
Kids Under 9 Ski Free! (age as of the day you are skiing)

Second DSC European Trip this season: $50
Ikon Pass purchased through DSC: Full ($100/$50 first/second trip); Base ($50/$25 first/second trip)

2 Easy Payments. 
$1,200 deposit due upon registration. Balance due 9/1/2022.
Family groups - contact us if you want to discuss alternate payment schedules.

Please note these prices do not include lift tickets.
Zermatt is part of the Ikon pass. Italy is currently not included in Ikon.

We strongly recommend trip insurance covering cancellation for accident, sickness or death for you or a covered family member.
Cancel for any reason” coverage can only be purchased within 21 days of registering.  
Call Travel Insured (800-243-3174) give Alphorn Tours code #49538 or go to

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Written cancellation before 7/1/2022: $100 Fee
Written cancellation between 7/1/2022 & 11/14/2022: $600 Fee
Written cancellation after 11/15/22: No Refund

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Trip Details!

Non-Stop flight from New York/JFK to Geneva Switzerland

New York / JFK Departure

Departure: (Friday 17 Feb 2023)
  • LX23 JFK-GVA    1945 0920+1
Return: (Sunday 26 Feb 2023)
  • LX22  GVA-JFK    1145 1435

We are once again flying non-stop on Swiss Air with their famous "Skis Fly Free" policy.
Swiss Air

Boston Departure

We are unable to offer a Boston departure for this trip due to the extremely high air fare pricing from Boston. Please join us from JFK.

This trip will sell out! The hotel is much smaller than in Chamonix so we have 20 fewer slots on this trip. Be sure you are on the trip with us! 

 Apply to Join Zermatt Trip Today!

After applying, you will be notified if your request is accepted. Please remember that you must (1) Send in your first payment of $1200 per person as soon as your registration is accepted, and (2) print, complete, sign and mail in the Release and Indemnification Agreement (simplified this year!) with your first payment.

Mailing Address:
Danbury Ski Club - Zermatt Trip
PO Box 3473
Danbury, CT 06813-3473

Notes from 2020 Zermatt Ski Trip

Zermatt is only reachable by train - so no matter how you get there, you end up in Täsch where you get a 15 min train ride to Zermatt. You arrive at Zermatt Bahnhoff - the Ambassador hotel is about 100m away!

We took 2 lifts from close to the hotel: (1) Gornegrat train to the top of Gornegrat - if you take it - sit on the right hand side. Awesome views of Matterhorn. Also (2) Sunnega Finicular - both are close to our hotel. At the Gornegrat train station (across from Bahnhoff) there is a large live map with current openings / closings. Link to lift statusGornegrat train takes you to a pile of blues and reds - ski down to Riffleburg and take the chair back up to Gornegrat. You can stop on this run at Iglu Dorf - an iglu restaurant. Make reservations for lunch fondue

Ski over to Italy – you need to go up to the top of Matterhorn Glacier Paradise to do so. It’s as 12,739 ft - so be prepared for altitude. 
You need to stop at the Plateau Rosa - Refugio des Guides - for food and drink out on the deck overlooking both Italy and Switzerland. If you ski down to Valtournenche - stop on the ski trail at Foyer des Guides for lunch!

On the #2 run from Patrullarve back to the town - there is a very cool Champagne Bar you have to stop at.

In the area of Findeln near Sunnega - you need to stop at Chez Vrony for lunch. Make reservations at both Vrony and Foyer des Guides.

Apres Ski Destinations
SnowBoat - Zermatt Yacht Club, Harry’s Bar, Papperla Pub. They have live music on different nights at these places. All are loud and rocking

Dining & Shopping: The best Fondue experience in town was “Cheese Factory” - on Bahnhoffstraße (the main drag / shopping district) down town. Up a little “off shoot alley” from the main street. At the Hotel Schweizerhof, across the street from McDonalds. Downstairs. Get the Black Truffle fondue and the Fondue with Garden herbs - they have these cool split fondue pots

There are two shops near to hotel - Denner Partner (Supermarket) and Wein- und Getränkhandel - bottle shop. Supermarkets - Denner, Migros and CoOp all have good selections of cheese, dried meats. Migros has a good liquor store in the supermarket. (as you enter the migros, there is a liquor store on the right hand side. Might not be associated with Migros, but it's right there. )
There is a Lindt Chocholate shop just down the street from the hotel as well. The store across the street from Lindt was good for shopping, as well as the store on the corner with Gornegrat lift and Bahnhof.

In bad weather - best bet to ski is Sunnega - down low.

Photos From 2020 DSC Trip to Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt 2020

Reasons to Ski Zermatt

54 Lifts, 360 km (224 miles) of Trails. 
1,608 m / 5,275 ft high in town. Top lift: 3,883 m / 12,740 ft.

Longest slope 25 km / 15.5 miles
(Matterhorn glacier paradise - Zermatt)
Black / yellow slopes 64.1 km / 17.9%
Red slopes 220 km / 61.4%
Blue slopes 74.2 km / 20.7%
  • Massive skiable vertical of 2,200m & diverse ski terrain interlinked with Cervinia in Italy.
  • Paradise for intermediate skiers & snowboarders and those who like to cruise.
  • Superb off-piste freeride terrain & high-alpine backcountry ski touring.
  • Combination of high altitude, northerly aspect & glaciers guarantee quality snow conditions.
  • Skiing is available every day of the year.
  • Fabulous, modern & efficient lift system proportionate to the lift pass price & monstrous terrain.
  • Highest lifted point in Western Europe.
  • Mountain scenery is beyond amazing.
  • One of Europe’s best après ski runs (in the Furi sector).
  • Sensational on-mountain accommodation away from the village.
  • Plenty of off-slope activities for those who don’t ski or snowboard.
  • On-mountain restaurants are some of the best in the world.
  • By Swiss standards, the nightlife is vibrant plus there are options for those that want to party hard & those that just want to sedately sip a cocktail.
  • Access to Zermatt is beautiful & easy via the train.
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Make sure you visit the Champagne Bar at the end of the day - Ski in/Ski out!

Zermatt Champagne Bar

Zermatt Champagne Bar Pour

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is a mile high ski bucket list destination at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn! Best known for its southern exposure, high snowfall levels and quintessential Swiss charm, Zermatt is an incredible ski destination, one of the top 10 in the world!

Ski the three main ski areas of Rothorn, Gornergrat or Matterhorn Glacier, and then ski across the border to Cervinia, Italy for lunch. The ski area has something for everyone, including off-piste free riding and steeps for advanced skiers.

Electric-cars and horse-drawn sleighs and carriages are the only transport allowed, making the destitation unique. In additition to the world class skiing, the nightlife, entertainment, shopping make Zermatt a ski vacation for everyone. Zermatt is the fun place to be with live music and clubs that stay open until 4 AM.  

Stay at the first-class 4-star Hotel Ambassador, offering fantastic views of Matterhorn Peak and a central location in Zermatt, near the Gornergratbahn Railway Lift Station. The hotel rooms are large for European standards and most have a balcony, mini-bar, bath, WC, TV, radio and telephone. The hotel has a dining room and bar, as well as a newly renovated indoor swimming pool with sauna and fitness-room.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: Make sure you are up to date with all travel requirements!  DSC is not responsible if you cannot pass any border crossings and/or if any testing fees are needed.