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Zermatt Snow Conditions - Current and Past

Past Seasons Snow History:

5 February 2018

This is continuing to be one of the best seasons ever, there is so much snow that the heliskiing has already begun one month earlier than usual. Since our last report, it has snowed another 150cm, bringing total snowfall at 2,900m (Gornergrat) to 770cm so far this season.

The Cherillon helicopter drop on the Italian side
Traversing to the next pitch
Bottomless Bliss

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 415cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 320cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 137cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 730cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -5°C
Number of km: 320
14 January 2018

There was a lot of fabulous skiing over the last few days after all that snowfall. Both piste and off-piste conditions were perfect, as was the weather.

   

      

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 350cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 240cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 150cm
New snowfall: -
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 422cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -3°C
Number of km: 263
10 January 2018

It has been the biggest snowfall in a decade! 170cm of fresh snow over the last 3 days. Zermatt was cut off for 48 hours, but everything is open again. Conditions are simply amazing!

The Winkelmatten district in Zermatt on January 9th

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 360cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 243cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 160cm
New snowfall: 170cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 422cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -1°
31 December 2017

It truly is the best start to the season ever. We have had two snowfalls, yesterday's bringing more than 50cm at the village level:

The Old Mill House Grindstone
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Snowbase at 3,500m: 145cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 106cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 75cm
New snowfall: 55cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 156cm
Number of runs open: 103
Number of km: 263
18 December 2017

Yet more snow! We had a good snowfall of 35cm on December 15th, and another one of 20cm today. Temperatures are very cold, which is keeping the snow in excellent condition.

The Leisee beginner's area aerial shot
The Tuftern run and hut

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 100cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 100cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 43cm
New snowfall: 55 - 30cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 169cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -8°
Number of runs open: 95
Number of km: 243
12 December 2017

There has been a huge snowfall over the weekend, with 80cm on the Cervinia side and 40cm on the Zermatt side, which means that the snow heights in Italy have caught up with those in Switzerland. The skiing link to Cervinia is now open, as are all the resort runs on both sides of the Matterhorn.

Snowbase at 3,500m: 110cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 100cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 34cm
New snowfall: 80-40cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 138cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -8°
Number of runs open: 34
Number of km: 116
5 December 2017

The Furi-Zermatt resort run opened last weekend, giving a total vertical of 2,263m, from the Klein Matterhorn all the way back down to the Zermatt village. We had 50 people coming for our first December weekend party, the sun was shining all three days, the snow excellent, and we all went to three of our favourite mountain restaurants: Vrony's, Zum See and Findlerhof. A proper Zermatt start to the season!

The party continues at Gornergrat
The north face of the Matterhorn

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 135cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 66cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 20cm
New snowfall: 4cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 88cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -10°
Number of runs open: 25
Number of km: 70
26 November 2017

A big snowfall of 30cm yesterday on the Plateau Rosa (link toward Italy), and about 10cm lower down. All three areas on the Zermatt side are now open: Sunnegga-Rothorn, Gornergrat and the Matterhorn Paradise area; whilst on the Italian side several more lifts are now open. Temperatures are very cold and wintery.

Snowbase at 3,500m: 130cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 65cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 17cm
New snowfall: 30-10cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 80cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -7°
Number of runs open: 24
Number of km: 66
22 November 2017

As of yesterday the White Pearl run from Schwarzsee to Furi has opened, raising the total number of kilometers to 41 and the total vertical to 2,016m (Starting from Klein Matterhorn at 3,883m and finishing in Furi at 1,867m).

Matterhorn view of the peak from the sky above Zermatt
Shot of the Matterhorn's peak from the Italian side taken yesterday on the
Milan Malpensa to London flight. You can also see Zermatt nestling in valley beyond.
Close up of the Matterhorn's peak in the setting sunlight

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 130cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 60cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 20cm
New snowfall: -
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 80cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: +2°
Number of runs open: 16
Number of km: 41
20 November 2017

There was another good snowfall on Sunday, totalling 11cm on the slopes. The conditions are excellent, with grippy powdery snow on all pistes, a real pleasure to carve on.

The Sandiger Boden run from Trockener Steg to Furgg on November 20th

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 130cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 60cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 20cm
New snowfall: 11cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 80cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -3°C
Number of runs open: 13
Number of km: 33
14 November 2017

We had another good snowfall on Sunday, with cold temperatures at all altitudes keeping things fresh. The Klein Matterhorn cable-car has reopened after maintenance, and the pistes down to Furgg are now also open, giving us a vertical of 1,450m, and 33km of runs.

Off-Piste on the Furggsattel Glacier November 13th
Snowbase at 3,500m: 130cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 40cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 20cm
New snowfall: 10-20cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 67cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -7°
Number of runs open: 13
Number of km: 33
9 November 2017

There was a dusting of new snow yesterday and today the skies cleared to reveal perfect winter conditions. Your humble servant went up to see for himself, and found fluffy fresh powder snow to track. What a start to the season! The pistes are in great shape too with lovely grippy winter powder. And they're empty. November skiing is a dream, only possible in Zermatt.

November 9th: The Matterhorn and the Furggsattel Ski Run
November 9th: Skiing down toward Trockener Steg
November 9tt: Fresh Powder Ski Tracks in Zermatt

Have a look at this video shot on the slope you can see above.

Snowbase at 3,500m: 110cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 31cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 16cm
New snowfall: 10cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 49cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -2°C
Number of runs open: 8
Number of km: 18
7 November 2017

More snow fell yesterday, resulting in the glorious conditions which you can see in the webcam images below, all taken today Tuesday November 7th:

Snowbase at 3,500m: 110cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 35cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 18cm
New snowfall: 9cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 44cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -5°C
Number of runs open: 8
Number of km: 18
6 November 2017

This first weekend of November gave us the first significant snowfall of the season, with 35cm at the top and 3cm in the village.

Webcam shot of Findeln and Franz & Heidi's Findlerhof restaurant

 

Snowbase at 3,500m: 126cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 28cm
Snowbase at 1,800m: 11cm
New snowfall: 35cm
Total snowfall this season at 2,900m: 35cm
Avg temperature at 1,800m: -3°C
Number of runs open: 8
Number of km: 18
30 October 2017
Zermatt ski slopes October 2017
Klein Matterhorn webcam on October 30th 2017 of The Plateau Rosa 1 and 2 ski lifts and runs

 

The ski area now has 18km of runs, and has been extended down to Trockener Steg, with the opening of the Furggsattel Chairlift and the Theodul T-Bar and their associated pistes, which means that you can ski back to the top of the Matterhorn Express. The link to Cervinia is now also continuously open. The cold nights have enabled snow making to begin lower down, which is creating a good base for the next snowfall to settle upon. This use of man-made snow as a foundation is one of the key ways of ensuring that the pistes will remain in good conditions all the way through to the end of the season.

Snowbase at 3,500m: 100cm
Snowbase at 2,900m: 7cm
Number of runs open: 8
Number of km: 18