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Zermatt Snow Conditions - Current and Past

Past Seasons Snow History:

1 May 2017

The last weekend of the season proved to be one of the very best! We (and everyone left in resort) tracked glorious fresh powder all day long on Saturday and Sunday. After two days of glorious sun, it snowed again today and the tree skiing on Schwarzwee was fabulous. Here are a few images from the weekend:

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 230cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 181cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 30cm
New snowfall: 28cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 661cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: +3°
Number of runs open: 45
Number of km: 129
29 April 2017

A still from the Riffelberg webcam on the morning of April 29th:

Snowbase at 3,500m: 235cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 181cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 30cm
New snowfall: 25-80cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 596cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -5.0°
Number of runs open: 45
Number of km: 129
28 April 2017

It continued to snow all day yesterday, right down to village level where we have 25cm fo fresh snow, and 80cm on the top slopes.

Zermatt village street on Friday April 28th

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 235cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 181cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 30cm
New snowfall: 25-80cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 596cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -4°
Number of runs open: 45
Number of km: 129
26 April 2017

Snowfall alert: 50cm of fresh snow at Testa Grigia, 22cm at Schwarzsee. Snowfall is set to continue until Friday, with the sun coming out on Saturday and Sunday. The last weekend of the season promises to be epic!

Snowbase at 3,500m: 235cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 156cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 0cm
New snowfall: 22-50cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 570cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m:
Number of runs open: 45
Number of km: 129
23 April 2017

The third week of April saw winter temperatures return, but with glorious blue skies and sun. Snow conditions also returned to great winter grippy hard pack on the upper slopes, and soft spring snow down below. There was as ever some great off-piste to be found even though there had been no fresh snow for a while. Have a look at the video.

Playing in the Schwarzsee trees on April 23d

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 190cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 150cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 5cm
New snowfall: -
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 564cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m:
Number of runs open: 100
Number of km: 250
17 April 2017

The week leading up to Easter was perfect, with glorious sun and blue skies. The snow was excellent too, off-piste there was a good mix of preserved powder and easy spring corn. All resort runs were open, and the piste conditions were winter packed powder between 3,800 and 2,500m, with smooth spring snow below. The photos below were taken between April 10-15 in the Triftji Back Bowls where we found some soft powder and smooth spring snow. The videos are here.

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 190cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 159cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 5cm
New snowfall: 6cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 564cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: +8°
Number of runs open: 109
Number of km: 273
3 April 2017

35cm of fresh powder snow everywhere, and up to 70cm on the high slopes such as Triftji! The result of a big snowfall on Sunday, and with the sun coming out today, it was one of the best days of the season:

Gornergrat Webcam on April 3d 2017

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 235cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 197cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 8cm
New snowfall: 35 - 70cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 552cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -3°
Number of runs open: 114
Number of km: 299
26 March 2017

The biggest single snowfall of the season so far: 40cm at the top, 15cm at the base! 99cm have fallen over the last 3 day. Total snowfall so far this season: 508cm. Have a look at the videos here.

Two skiers under the Matterhorn on March 26th

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 235cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 200cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 15cm
New snowfall: 40cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 508cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: +3°
Number of runs open: 115
Number of km: 306
25 March 2017

It has snowed for two nights in a row, the skies clearing on each subsequent day, giving us really good powder skiing conditions:

Moutain Exposure guest Preben Prebensen finding an untouched bowl

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 175cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 169cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 10cm
New snowfall: 55cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 460cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: +4°
Number of runs open: 115
Number of km: 306
19 March 2017

After a very sunny week, we had a bit of rain in the village yesterday, and 4cm of fresh snow on the slopes. Today is glorious again with great heli-skiing and beautiful uncrowded pistes:

 

Heli-Ski tracks on the Tete de Valpelline plateau and the Matterhorn

 

The lovely blue run coming down from Rothorn

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 160cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 159cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 10cm
New snowfall: 4cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 446cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: +5°
Number of runs open: 115
Number of km: 306
15 March 2017

We are in the middle of the perfect ski week, with continually blue skies and very good snow conditions. The Stockhorn - Triftji freeride slopes opened this week, as did the long Kumme run. As is usual in Zermatt, you can easily find fresh powder to track even a week after the last snowfall. Here is the evidence, an MX guest ripping it down near Gornergrat:

Snowbase at 3,500m: 195cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 175cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 20cm
New snowfall: 0cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 442cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m:
Number of runs open: 115
Number of km: 306
10 March 2017

A second great powder day this week. Although it had rained up to 2,400m yesterday, it also snowed, and we had great powder for most of each run we did on the Stockhorn / Triftji freeride area. The bottom run outs were just a little heavy. We did 5 runs of 1,000 vertical metres each before lunch. Do also have a look at the video here.

Snowbase at 3,500m: 195cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 175cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 20cm
New snowfall: 34cm - total 154cm in 9 days
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 442cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: +3°
Number of runs open: 109
Number of km: 282
8 March 2017

Today was the best powder day of the season so far, with bottomless floaty snow!!! And as is typical in Zermatt, we got fresh tracks and virgin powder fields all day long. Have a look at today's video.

James from our bookings team ripping it between Hohtalli and Gant

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 220cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 171cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 38cm
New snowfall: Total 120cm in 7 days
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 401cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -3°
Number of runs open: 109
Number of km: 282
7 March 2017

120cm of fresh snow has fallen over the last 7 days at 3,500m, and 49cm at village level.

A Zermatt street next to the Mountain Exposure Office on March 7th 2017

 

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 220cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 171cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 38cm
New snowfall: 31cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 401cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -3°
Number of runs open: 109
Number of km: 282
5 March 2017

There was a wonderful double low pressure system on the Alps yesterday which gave us 45cm of new powder snow on the top slopes near Italy, and 30cm lower down:

Zermatt is just under the two 'L's

The result is that today most of us skipped Sunday lunch, there were just too many off-piste courses:

The north face of the Matterhorn and the Hirli slopes

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 205cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 143cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 15cm
New snowfall: 45-30cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 366cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -4°
Number of runs open: 109
Number of km: 282
3 March 2017

The last snowfall totalled 30cm on the top slopes, the weather then cleared yesterday afternoon and today Friday was a beautiful sunny day and our Matterhorn was resplendent:

Matterhorn with fresh snow on March 3d 2017
Riffelalp webcam shot of the Matterhorn clad in a fresh mantle of white snow March 3d 2017

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 160cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 138cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 15cm
New snowfall: 30cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 138cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m:
Number of runs open: 109
Number of km: 282
1 March 2017

It snowed all day yesterday Tuesday February 28th, and this snowfall is set to continue until tomorrow Wednesday March 2nd. Currently there are 15cm of fresh snow at Gornergrat, with high winds closing many of the upper lifts, do check in for an update tomorrow.

Snowbase at 3,500m: 150cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 134cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 8cm
New snowfall: 15cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 342cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -4°
Number of runs open: 50%
Number of km: 103
19 February 2017

The Half-Term school holiday week just gone was absolutely perfect, with stable high-pressure weather conditions giving us constant sunshine and blue skies. Everyone from small kids to grand-parents had a great time, with grippy and crisp winter snow followed by al fresco lunches in the warm sun. And Zermatt being Zermatt, if you knew where to look, there were still some fresh powder tracks to be had off-piste:

Fresh powder on Hohtalli in Zermatt during Half-Term school holidays
Zermatt's Hohtälli - Gant freeride area
Zermatt Gant Hohtälli Freeride Ski Area Fresh Deep Powder
One week after the last snowfall!

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 180cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 130cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 15cm
New snowfall: -
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 326cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: +2°
Number of runs open: 109
Number of km: 282
11 February 2017

This week was truly amazing, with three great powder days, the best was yesterday (Saturday) with 30-40cm of bottomless snow over on the Italian side. The off-piste was still very good on Hohtälli, but due to the weather closing in on Friday it had snowed on the southern flank of the mountain so that is where we headed. The high wind had hardened the snow on the Swiss Matterhorn side, while on the Italian side it was fluffy perfection. The advantage of being able to access both sides of the Alps. We have posted a few videos on Vimeo.

MX director Donald Scott testing the conditions just before Half-Term week
a.k.a. the Gourmet Ski Guide has no time for lunch for once...
Bon appétit, there are tracks to be had!

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 190cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 134cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 20cm
New snowfall: 30cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 326cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -2°
Number of runs open: 109
Number of km: 282
9 February 2017

Another great powder day, with the Hohtälli (Stockhorn) free-ride area being skiable for the first time this season.

MX friend Jacques disappearing down his private bowl near Schwarzsee

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 160cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 134cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 20cm
New snowfall: 18cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 322cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -5.0°
Number of runs open: 100
Number of km: 250
6 February 2017

A glorious Zermatt powder ski day on the Hornli slopes under the Matterhorn:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 160cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 133cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 20cm
New snowfall: 25cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 314cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -3°
Number of runs open: 100
Number of km: 250
5 February 2017

A significant snowfall last night and continuing today, cumulating in a week's total of 55cm on the top slopes. And the village of Zermatt has taken on a fresh white mantle as you can see in the webcam still below:

Snowbase at 3,500m: 155cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 120cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 20cm
New snowfall: 35cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 280cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m:
Number of runs open: 102
Number of km: 268
1 February 2017

It has snowed over the last two days a total of 20cm. Although it then rained at village level, on the slopes the conditions were excellent with fresh powder everywhere. The image below is taken from run #71 (Theodulgletscher):

And here are a couple of webcam stills from February 1st of Gornergrat and Riffelberg:

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 140cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 121cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 10cm
New snowfall: 20cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 271cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: +4°
Number of runs open: 102
Number of km: 268
18 January 2017

Still good powder to be had, as the young Mountain Exposure client found below

Snowbase at 3,500m: 125cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 116cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 18cm
New snowfall: 0cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 246cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -10°
Number of runs open: 100
Number of km: 258
16 January 2017

There was a significant snowfall from Thursday to Saturday last week, with 18cm in the village and 35cm on the Plateau Rosa. Zermatt now has snowy white streets and the snow conditions on piste are refreshed. Off-piste is still limited though.Temperatures plummeted yesterday to -20° at 3,000m and will remain cold for most of the coming week.

Snowbase at 3,500m: 125cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 116cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 18cm
New snowfall: 18-35cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 246cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -8°
Number of runs open: 100
Number of km: 258
31 December 2016

We have had a beautiful week of high pressure weather with clear skies and sunshine. The skiing conditions on piste are still good, especially above 2,200m and on the Italian side. Below this the snow is man-made and somewhat harder. These are typical Christmas week conditions with not much off-piste; however unlike many resorts Zermatt is blessed with a reasonable amount of snow so the majority of runs are open as you can see from the map below.

Snowbase at 3,500m: 150cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 85cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 10cm
New snowfall: 2cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 200cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: 0-4°
Number of runs open: 100
Number of km: 258
21 December 2016

It has snowed a lot on the Italian side over the last two days, with a total of 40cm of fresh snow. Conditions in Cervinia and Valtournenche are outstanding, as they are also around the Klein Matterhorn and Furggsattel on the Swiss side. Below 2,200m there is no fresh snow, but due to the outstanding snowmaking systems in Zermatt, both resort runs are open as are a good number of challenging blacks and reds. With over 250km of open runs we are making the most of what mother nature has provided.

Ski slopes near Testa Grigia on December 22nd 2016

Snowbase at 3,500m: 200cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 87cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 10cm
New snowfall: 40cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 198cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -2°
Number of runs open: 96
Number of km: 251
11 December 2016


The number of open runs has increased again, with the resort run from Furi back to Zermatt now also open, giving a total of 210km of pistes. Although there is no snow forecast for the week ahead, piste conditions are very good with dry winter snow everywhere and beautiful blue skies and glowing sunshine. Eary season skiing at its best.

Above: the piste from Klein Matterhorn with a view over the Italian side. Below: powder snow last week.

Snowbase at 3,500m: 160cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 83cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 10cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 191
Avg temperature at 1,800m: +2
Number of runs open: 91
Number of km: 210
26 November 2016

After an entire week of signifcant snowfall at altitude, the sun has come out and all three ski areas on the Swiss side have opened: Sunnegga, Gornergrat and Matterhorn. Together with the Cervinia and Valtournenche sectors on the Italian side, this gives a total of 143km of open pistes - a truly amazing amount so early in the season. The snowline has hovered around 2,200m which means that the resort runs are currently closed. However, one can still ski back down to Furi at 1,800m altitude. Given that the top lift in Zermatt is at 3,883m, this gives you a vertical of 2,000m. Worth coming for some early skiing!

Snowbase at 3,500m: 160cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 95cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 0cm
New snowfall: 80cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 191cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: +2
Number of runs open: 22 + 30
Number of km: 143
20 November 2016

13cm more fresh snow fell last night and on the Italian side of the ski area both the Cervinia and Valtournenche sectors are open, with a total of 24 runs to enjoy. You can ski all the way down to the village of Cervinia already! Together with the 12 runs open on the Zermatt side, this is the most skiing you can get anywhere in the Alps. It is forecast to snow intensively over the next week, especially in the Matterhorn area along the border with Italy.

Snowbase at 3,500m: 200cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 48cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 20cm
New snowfall: 13cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 88cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -1.0
Number of runs open: 36
Number of km: 100
14 November 2016

Conditions are exceptional for this time of year, with a fresh snowfall at village level last night. The run down to Furgg is now open, as are several on the Italian side, giving a total of 40km of excellent powdery piste skiing.

Sunnegga Webcam November 11
Sunnegga webcam on November 14th

Trockener Steg Webcam November 14th
Trockener Steg webcam November 14

Chalet Ibron Terrace
Chalet Ibron Terrace November 14th

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 190cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 60cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 35cm
New snowfall: 10cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 86cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -1.0
Number of runs open: 14
Number of km: 40
11 November 2016

We woke up this morning to a huge snowfall, with 17cm in the village and 75cm at Testa Grigia on the border with Cervinia. Many runs will remain closed today due to large amount of snow, but as of tomorrow Saturday, when the weather is set to clear, the skiing should be amazing!

Webcam image of the Zermatt church square on Friday 11th November 2016

Snowbase at 3,500m: 210cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 60cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 21cm
New snowfall: 28 - 75cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 86cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -3°
Number of runs open: 14
Number of km: 40
6 November 2016

Latest update: It has been snowing all weekend, down to village level for the first time this season. Substantial amounts of fresh snow have fallen on both the Zermatt and Cervinia side, the biggest quantity is at Plan Maison with 35cm.

Gornergrat webcam still November 6th

The still above is from the Gornergrat train station webcam taken on November 6th, at 3,100m altitude. You can clearly see the pyramid of the Klein Matterhorn peeking from the background as the clouds lift.

Snowbase at 3,500m: 125cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 34cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 10cm
New snowfall: 20-35cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 48cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -5.0
Number of runs open: 12
Number of km: 29
28 October 2016

We had 15cm of fresh snow on the top slopes yesterday, giving lovely conditions on the runs. The webcam image below is from Klein Matterhorn. You can see the East face of the Matterhorn, the run toward Trockener Steg, and the Furggsattel Chair in the distance.

Klein Matterhorn webcam on October 28, 2016

Snowbase at 3,500m: 95cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 20cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 0cm
New snowfall: 15cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 35cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: 0.0°C
Number of runs open: 12
Number of km: 29
18 October 2016

Due to the recent snowfall, the available ski area has been extended and already there are 12 runs open giving a total of 29km and 1,000m of vertical. The winter season will start on October 29th which is also when the link to Cervinia opens.