The Swiss town of Zermatt is a gateway to incredible singletrack trails. Find out where, when and how to ride them in our latest destination guide.
Suspended among a sea of glaciers, the spectacular 3,089m Gornergrat top station makes a breathtaking start for some of Zermatt’s most technical singletrack descents. A dirt road down offers an easier option, but Gornergrat’s jewels are its challenging, steep rock gardens and tight switchbacks.
Several singletrack trails lead off from just below the summit and provide a solid test of skills on the way down to the Matterhorn reflecting Riffelsee lake. Trail options from here include the ‘Japanese Highway’ trail, a fast, sandy trail full of drifty corners that brings you to the 2,582m Riffelberg station. Several trails lead from here to Zermatt, but a good finish to your 1,600m of vertical descent from the Gornergrat is the 1.3km Moos-Trail. It’s a fun, easy-rolling flow trail that lets you relax after the hectic start to this true alpine epic.
There are few mountains as breathtaking as the famed Matterhorn. It rises high above the little Swiss town of Zermatt, providing one of the most incredible backdrops to mountain biking you could ever wish for.
With this towering peak raising the bar on the scenery front, it’s good to know that Zermatt’s dozens of amazing trails can match it in the quality. In fact, the one problem you’ll face in Zermatt is that the riding is so engaging, it’s hard to lift your head once in a while to absorb the views.
Zermatt has been hard at work developing its mountain biking options and boasts a 20-stong team of trail builders responsible for two immaculately shaped flow trails, as well as cleaning up dozens of rugged natural singletracks. The result is some of the most varied and rewarding all-mountain riding you’ll find anywhere. And if further endorsement were needed, Zermatt has its own mountain bike festival, TRAILLOVE, which takes place on September 14–18, and will host the final round of the Enduro World Series in 2019 and 2020.