Ikon Pass expands to Europe, adds Zermatt Switzerland to the pass

Zermatt Switzerland Ikon Pass
Zermatt! Photo credit: Zermatt

Switzerland has become the first European destination partner to join the Ikon Pass for the coming northern season. Pass holders will have access to Zermatt in Switzerland and Cervina in Italy plus more resorts.

The connected Matterhorn ski paradise spans both countries with a connected lift service that links Zermatt with Rothorn, Gornergrat, the Schwarzee-Matterhorn glacier paradise and Cervinia-Valtourneche.

At almost 4,000 metres of altitude, Matterhorn ski paradise is the highest winter sports area in the Alps. Apart from guaranteed snow conditions, the region is one of the best-developed and extensive ski resorts anywhere in the world.

Ikon Pass holders will now have seven-day access to Zermatt and the Matterhorn ski paradise network on the Ikon Pass with no blackout dates, and five-day access on the Ikon Base Pass, also with no blackout dates.

“The Matterhorn is a true icon known around the world, so we are thrilled to have Zermatt join the Ikon Pass community,” said Erik Forsell, Chief Marketing Officer for Alterra Mountain Company.

“Ikon Pass strives to continually offer pass holders unique experiences in the mountains.  Now they can experience Zermatt’s glacier skiing, traditional Swiss fondue, plus its infamous European après ski across two countries, on one pass.”

“Zermatt and Matterhorn ski paradise are pleased to be the first European destination on the Ikon Pass, and we look forward to offering our best Swiss quality and Italian lifestyle to Ikon Pass holders everywhere. We are excited to share our passion and devotion to skiing within the Ikon Pass community and its impressive destination partners across the globe,” said Sandra Zenhäusern, Director of Marketing, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG.

The Ikon Pass now offers 41 winter destinations across the Americas, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand including Thredbo, Mt Buller and NZ Ski.

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