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The U.S. Mogul Team's Travel Guide to Zermatt, Switzerland

By Lara Carlton
October, 30 2018
The town of Zermatt, Switzerland
View of Zermatt from Edelweiss. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Olivia Giaccio)

As an athlete for U.S. Ski & Snowboard, travel is part of the job. Whether it’s for a training camp or competition, our athletes are constantly crisscrossing the globe.

For a few weeks each fall, the U.S. Moguls Team makes their home away from home in Zermatt, Switzerland, for their first pre-season on-snow training. When not skiing on the glacier, this team likes to take advantage of their surroundings and explore. We’ve compiled their favorite eats, sights, and to-dos to help inspire your next trip to this idyllic ski resort town.

Cafes

  • Homemade - “It’s so comfy and has really good soups and sandwiches, as well as a cute little shop downstairs!” Jaelin Kauf, U.S. Moguls Team athlete

  • Klein Matterhorn - Located at the top of the town by the gondola station. “This is where the coaches gather for lift delays and or closures” Matt Gnoza, U.S. Moguls Team Head Coach

Eats

  • You can’t go wrong with pizza or crepes here - Jaelin Kauf

  • Don’t miss a chocolate croissant from Fuck’s Bakery - Nessa Dziemian, U.S. Moguls Team athlete

  • A favorite snack is what they call a hot dog - it’s just a hot dog wrapped in a croissant and you can find them in most bakeries - Brad Wilson, U.S. Moguls Team athlete

  • All of the various cheese fondues and the Raclette. My favorite is the potato rösti at Du Pont - Matt Gnoza

Hikes

  • Team favorite: Via Ferrata. “This is one of the coolest adventures/hikes. You basically scale the side of the mountain. It’s scary and long but well worth it for the views!” - Jaelin Kauf

  • Edelweiss - about a 45-minute hike up from town, offers great views of Zermatt and tasty food - if you can catch it when it’s open. - Olivia Giaccio & Hunter Bailey, U.S. Moguls Team athletes

  • Hangebruckenweg Furi Suspension Bridge - you can get here by hiking or taking the gondola at the south end of Zermatt to the Furi exchange station. - Olivia Giaccio

  • Zmutt high loop - best to do this with a stop for apple strudel and coffee. - Matt Gnoza

  • 5 Lakes Hike - has the best views of the Matterhorn. - Brad Wilson