Our weather forecast & skiing tips

This is our weekly weather forecast and skiing tips for Zermatt, Switzerland. We share this forecast and tips with all our chalet guests on arrival day.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c March 17th, 2019

You have chosen a great week to come skiing in Zermatt, we have had 80cm of fresh snowfall on Friday and the pistes are in superb condition.

Monday will still be a bit unsettled, but bright in the main. There might be quite strong winds at altitude, especially in the morning, leading to possible high lift closures.

As of Tuesday we will have a stable anticyclonic system with blue skies and sunshine all the way through to the end of the week.

Temperatures will be start off cold and wintery on Monday and Tuesday, around -12° 3,000m, then rising steadily to around 0° by Friday.

Skiing Tips

The pistes have powdery / grippy snow at higher altitudes, but are harder at lower ones.

If you are on the Rothorn sector, the wonderful red Kumme run (N°14) is great and relatively quiet.

Around Gornergrat the White Hare red from Hohtalli to Gant (N° 28) is beautiful and traffic free. Also here the yellow Mittelritz (N° 30) is superb with soft snow and small moguls.

And the Rote Nase /Triftji sector has outstanding snow. The yellow runs here are steep, however you can choose the size of the bumps: there is always one edge of the piste which is quite smooth. But only ski all these yellows< in good visibility!

Below Trockener Steg, N° 67 (Garten Buckelpiste) has much softer snow than the main Garten run down to Furgg.

Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds which are getting icy now, so taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c March 10th, 2019

You have chosen a good time to come skiing in Zermatt, the pistes have been refreshed with with a fresh snowfall today and there will be more snow ahead.

However new snow also means clouds and the week ahead is looking very unsettled, so my forecast below is subject to change!

Monday will be cloudy, snowy and cold with strong winds resulting in extensive lift closures, so no need to rush in the morning and do look at the links at the bottom of this email before setting out.Tuesday and Wednesday will be the best days of the week, with bright or sunny conditions. Temperatures will be wintery, between -5° and -10° at 3,000m. The best days to go to Cervinia.Thursday we are due a weather front with clouds and snow, clearing Friday, but that’s too far ahead for accuracy.

Skiing Tips

The pistes have powdery / grippy snow at higher altitudes, but are harder / icier at lower ones.  If you are on the Rothorn sector, the wonderful red Kumme run (N°14) is great and relatively quiet.Around Gornergrat the White Hare red from Hohtalli to Gant (N° 28) is beautiful and traffic free. Also here the yellow Mittelritz (N° 30) is superb with soft snow and small moguls.And the Rote Nase /Triftji sector has outstanding snow. The yellow runs here are steep, however you can choose the size of the bumps: there is always one edge of the piste which is quite smooth. But only ski all these yellows in good visibility! Below Trockener Steg,  N° 67 (Garten Buckelpiste) has much softer snow than the main Garten run down to Furgg.When the weather is bad, it is best to ski within the tree-line as far as possible, so all runs below Schwarzsee, below Riffelberg, below Breitboden, and below Sunnegga are good choices, even if they often start above the tree-line.

N.B. Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds which are getting icy now,  so taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c March 03rd, 2019

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, the snow has been refreshed with a 15cm snowfall on Friday and just about all pistes are open. However the weather pattern is unstable for the coming week so my forecast below is subject to change!

Monday will start off sunny, clouding over in the afternoon. Winds will be very strong at altitude, leading to numerous lift closures, so do look at the links at the bottom of this email before setting out.

Tuesday and Wednesday should be sunny, but still quite windy.

Thursday we are due a weather front, however the Foehn wind might keep it at bay until late afternoon, when the clouds could break through.

the best days for Cervinia are likely to be Tuesday (wind permitting) and Friday.

Temperatures will be on the colder side, varying at 3,000m between -5° and -10°. The colder days will be Tuesday and Friday.

Skiing Tips

The pistes have powdery / grippy snow at higher altitudes, but are harder / icier at lower ones.

If you are on the Rothorn sector, the wonderful red Kumme run (N°14) is great and relatively quiet, the Paradise (n°10) yellow has nice spring snow, but only ski it in the afternoon when it has had a chance to soften.

Around Gornergrat the White Hare red from Hohtalli to Gant (N° 28) is beautiful and traffic free. Also here the yellow Mittelritz (N° 30) is superb with soft snow and small moguls – my top recommendation for this week.

And the Rote Nase /Triftji sector has outstanding snow. The yellow runs here are steep, however you can choose the size of the bumps: there is always one edge of the piste which is quite smooth.

Below Trockener Steg,  N° 67 (Garten Buckelpiste) has much softer snow than the main Garten run down to Furgg.

N.B. Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds which are getting icy now,  so taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c February 24th, 2019

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, the snow is good, almost all pistes are open, and the weather is going to be great at least until Thursday due to a stable anticyclonic system. It’s as warm as it normally is in April!

Monday and Tuesday will be sunny in the main, perhaps with some high altitude haze. Winds will be moderate at higher elevations, while temperatures will gradually rise to a very mild +4° at 3,000m.

Wednesday will be the best and warmest day of the week; Thursday should still be sunny, but windier at altitude and over in Italy. Friday currently looks like the only bad weather day of the week, with lower temperatures.

Skiing Tips

The pistes have powdery / grippy snow at higher altitudes, but are harder / icier at lower ones.

If you are on the Rothorn sector, the wonderful red Kumme run (N°14) is great and relatively quiet, the Paradise (n°10) yellow has nice spring snow, but only ski it in the afternoon when it has had a chance to soften.

Around Gornergrat the White Hare red from Hohtalli to Gant (N° 28) is beautiful. Also here the yellow Mittelritz (N° 30) is superb with soft snow and small moguls – my top recommendation for this week.

On Schwarzsee, the Momatt yellow (run N° 60) is great with soft snow, but big and steep moguls in the lower part. N° 67 (Garten Buckelpiste) has much softer snow than the main Garten run down to Furgg.

N.B. Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds which are getting icy now,  so taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c February 17th, 2019

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, the snow is good, almost all pistes are open, and the weather is going to be great all week long.

We have a stable anticyclonic system, sunny with blue skies which is forecast to last until next weekend. There might be a somewhat stronger wind at higher altitudes on Monday and Tuesday, dropping on Wednesday.

Temperatures will be fall slightly during the week, but still remain mild during the day around -5° at 3,000m and +5° at 2,000m.

Skiing Tips

The pistes have powdery / grippy snow at higher altitudes, but are harder / icier at lower ones.

If you are on the Rothorn sector, the wonderful red Kumme run (N°14) is great and relatively quiet, while around Gornergrat the White Hare red from Hohtalli to Gant (N° 28) is beautiful. Also here the yellow Mittelritz (N° 30) is superb with soft snow and small moguls. On Schwarzsee, the Momatt yellow (run N° 60) is great with soft snow, but big and steep moguls in the middle part. N° 67 (Garten Buckelpiste) has much softer snow than the main Garten run down to Furgg.

N.B. Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds which are getting icy now,  so taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c February 10th, 2019

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, the snow is abundant, almost all pistes are open, and we will have magnificent skiing weather as of Tuesday.

Monday will see the current snowfall continue, with some brighter patches if we’re lucky. Winds will be strong on both Monday and Tuesday; the higher lifts and Italy will almost certainly be closed – do check the links below before planning your day. The Sunnegga area is usually the best bet in adverse conditions.

From Tuesday to the end of the week we will have a stable anticyclonic system, sunny with blue skies, and with lighter winds as of Wednesday.

Temperatures will rise from a cold -15° at 3,000m on Monday to around -5° by Wednesday.

Skiing Tips

The pistes have great powdery / grippy snow everywhere.

The Hohtalli – Rote Nase cable-car has recently opened for season, giving access to the Triftji / Stockhorn freeride area. The Paradise yellow (i.e. double-black) bump run (N°10) is a delight. Also the wonderful red Kumme (N°14) is great, if you are on the Rothorn sector, as is the Arbzug yellow (N° 18) it leads to. The White Hare red from Hohtalli to Gant (N° 28) is beautiful.

N.B. Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds and taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c February 03rd, 2019

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, the snow is abundant, almost all pistes are open, and we will have magnificent skiing weather as of Monday.

Monday to Thursday we will have a stable anticyclonic system, sunny with light winds: the best days of the week to go to Cervinia. Temperatures will rise from -10° at 3,000m on Monday to just under 0° by Wednesday.

The end of the week from Thursday afternoon on could well bring more unsettled and colder weather, we’ll see closer to the time.

Skiing Tips

The pistes have great powdery / grippy snow everywhere.

The Hohtalli – Rote Nase cable-car has recently opened for season, giving access to the Triftji / Stockhorn freeride area. The Paradise yellow (i.e. double-black) bump run (N°10) is a delight. Also the wonderful red Kumme (N°14) is great, if you are on the Rothorn sector, as is the Arbzug yellow (N° 18) it leads to. The White Hare red from Hohtalli to Gant (N° 28) is beautiful.

N.B. Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds and taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c January 27th, 2019

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, the snow is abundant and almost all pistes are open.

The coming week will be unsettled with the weather alternating on a daily basis. It will snow tonight, but with a good chance that some of the cloud cover will lift tomorrow leading to bright interludes. Tuesday should be sunny, Wednesday cloudy and Thursday sunny again – the best day to go to Cervinia. Friday could be a mix of sun and cloud but it’s too far ahead to be accurate.

Temperatures will be cold with around -15° at 3,000m and -20° at 3,800m so do wear an extra layer!

When the weather is bad, it is best to ski within the tree-line as far as possible, so all runs below Schwarzsee, below Riffelberg, below Breitboden, and below Sunnegga are good choices, even if they often start above the tree-line.

Skiing Tips

The pistes will have great powdery snow everywhere this coming week.

The Hohtalli – Rote Nase cable-car has opened for the first time this season, giving access to the Triftji / Stockhorn freeride area. The Paradise yellow (i.e. double-black) bump run (N°10) is a delight. Also the wonderful red Kumme (N°14) is great, if you are on the Rothorn sector, as is the Arbzug yellow (N° 18) it leads to. The White Hare red from Hohtalli to Gant (N° 28) is beautiful.

N.B. Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds and taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c January 20th, 2019

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, the snow is abundant and almost all pistes are open.

Monday and Tuesday will be sunny with light winds and the best days of the week to go to Cervinia. Temperatures will be on the cold side with around -12° at 3,000m, so do wear an extra layer! Wednesday and Thursday will see a cloudy front come through, with even lower temperatures approaching -20° at Klein Matterhorn. The end of th week should see a return of the sunshine, but with cold temperatures still.

When the weather is bad, it is best to ski within the tree-line as far as possible, so all runs below Schwarzsee, below Riffelberg, below Breitboden, and below Sunnegga are good choices, even if they often start above the tree-line.

Skiing Tips

The pistes will have great powder snow everywhere this coming week.

The Hohtalli – Rote Nase cable-car has just opened for the first time this season, giving access to the Triftji / Stockhorn freeride area. The Paradise yellow (i.e. double-black) bump run (N°10) is a delight. Also the wonderful red Kumme (N°14) is great, if you are on the Rothorn sector, as is the Arbzug yellow (N° 18) it leads to. The White Hare red from Hohtalli to Gant (N° 28) is beautiful.

N.B. Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds and taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c January 13th, 2019

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, as you can see it is currently snowing and it will become sunny on Tuesday.

It will snow all night and up to Monday lunchtime. It will be brighter in the afternoon, however strong winds at altitude will blow all day which will mean that most of the higher lifts will be closed. In any case, after a big snowfall it takes the piste services quite some time to secure the slopes, so it’s not worth going up early. The perfect day for a lie-in!

Tuesday through to Thursday should be sunny and bright, with temperatures just below 0° at 3,000m.

The end of the week is uncertain at this stage, Friday might be cloudy ahead of another storm front next weekend, we will see.

When the weather is bad, it is best to ski within the tree-line as far as possible, so all runs below Schwarzsee, below Riffelberg, below Breitboden, and below Sunnegga are good choices, even if they often start above the tree-line.

Skiing Tips

The pistes will have great powder snow everywhere this coming week. But be aware that the avalanche danger level has gone up to 4 (out of 5) for tomorrow, which means that all off-piste should be avoided!

The Paradise yellow (i.e. double-black) bump run (N°10) is a delight. Also the wonderful red Kumme (N°14) is great, if you are on the Rothorn sector, as is the Arbzug yellow (N° 18) it leads to. The White Hare red from Hohtalli to Gant
(N° 28) is beautiful.

N.B. Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds and taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c January 06th, 2019

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, we currently have great snow and 320km of open ski runs.

Tomorrow Monday will be the best day of the week, with sunny skies and not too much wind. Do make the most of it – it will also be the best day to go to Cervinia. Temperatures will be c.1° at 2,000m and -7° at 3,000. Tuesday and Wednesday will see a weather front come through, bringing sporadic snowfall and high winds at altitude leading to probable high lift closures, especially on the Matterhorn sector. The weather should clear for Thursday, but temperatures will be much colder than the norm as of Wednesday, dropping to around -20° at 3,000m. Do wear that extra layer!

The end of the week is uncertain at this stage, Friday might be sunny while the weekend could see a snowy front; I will update you mid-week.

When the weather is bad, it is best to ski within the tree-line as far as possible, so all runs below Schwarzsee, below Riffelberg, below Breitboden, and below Sunnegga are good choices, even if they often start above the tree-line.

Skiing Tips

The slopes have great powder hard pack snow above 2,300m; it’s harder and icier below that. The resort runs are open but icy, please see the note below.

The Paradise yellow (i.e. double-black) bump run (N°10) is a delight, but it will be getting harder. Also the wonderful red Kumme (N°14) is great, if you are on the Rothorn sector, as is the Arbzug yellow (N° 18) it leads to. The White Hare red from Hohtalli to Gant (N° 28) is beautiful. On the other hand, the two yellows from Rothorn to Patrullarve (N° 16 & 17) haven’t been tracked enough to be enjoyable.

N.B. Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds and taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c December 30th, 2018

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, we currently have great snow and 310km of open ski runs.

Tomorrow Monday will start off overcast, with the sun appearing around midday leading to a clear afternoon. Tuesday will be very sunny, Wednesday unsettled, and the end of the week sunny again. However, strong northerly winds at altitude will result in probable high lift closures, especially on the Matterhorn side and Cervinia, throughout the week. Tuesday and Friday currently look like the best days to head over to Italy, but if you go on Tuesday do keep an eye on the wind and come back to the Swiss side early. If you get stuck the taxi back takes 4 1/2 hours and costs around €500.

Temperatures will be relatively mild Monday and Tuesday, just below zero at 3,000m and +2° at 2,000m. It will become significantly colder as of Wednesday, dropping to -15° at 3,000m, so do put on that extra layer.

Skiing Tips

The slopes have great powder hard pack snow above 2,300m; it’s harder and icier below that. The resort runs are open but icy, please see the note below.

Several yellow runs (double-blacks) are also open; I skied the two from Schwarzsee to Furi (N° 58 & 60) yesterday and both have big icy moguls, not for the faint hearted! The two yellows from Rothorn to Patrullarve (N° 16 & 17) might have softer snow as they are higher.

N.B. Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds and taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c December 23rd, 2018

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, we currently have great snow and 290km of open ski runs.

Tomorrow Monday will be cloudy with snowfall and strong winds and probable high lift closures. The snowfall line will be around 2,000m, with rain below that. A good morning to have a lie-in! December 25th, Christmas Day, will see the return of the sun, and there will no doubt be fresh powder snow, but the avalanche situation will be tricky off-piste, so please don’t venture off-piste without a guide. The rest of the week is set to be anti-cyclonic, with stable high pressure, blue skies and sunshine.

Skiing Tips

The slopes have great winter powdery snow above 2,500m; it’s slightly heavier or icier below that. The resort runs are open on both the Swiss and Italian side.

When the weather is bad, it is best to ski within the tree-line as far as possible, so all runs below Schwarzsee, below Riffelberg, below Breitboden, and below Sunnegga are good choices, even if they often start above the tree-line.

N.B. Please be advised that all the pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds and taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.


Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c December 16th, 2018

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, we currently have more snow and with 232km more open runs than anywhere else in the world.

The week ahead will be a bit of a roller-coaster. Tonight and Monday morning we will see a little more snowfall, clearing by the afternoon. Tuesday is set to be the sunniest day of the week, with clear blue skies and light winds – the best day to go skiing on the Italian side. Wednesday will start sunny, but a front will move in in the afternoon, leading to a snowy Thursday. Friday should be half sunny half cloudy, but it’s far ahead and I will update you mid-week.

Temperatures will be normal for this time of year, between -5° and -10° at 3,000m, and just below 0° in the village.

Skiing Tips

The slopes have great winter powdery snow above 2,500m; it’s slightly heavier or harder below that. On the Italian side you can ski all the way down to the villages of Cervinia and Valtournenche; on the Swiss side the resort runs are closed for the time being in order to facilitate snow-making, so you will need to take the lift down from Furi and from Sunnegga.

If the weather is bad, it is best to ski within the tree-line as far as possible, so all runs below Schwarzsee, below Riffelberg, below Breitboden, and below Sunnegga are good choices, even if they often start above the tree-line.

Your Mountain Exposure weather forecast and skiing tips w/c April 2nd, 2018

You have chosen a very good time to come skiing in Zermatt, we currently have 212% more snow than the long-term average!

The week ahead will be unsettled, with a couple of westerly weather fronts coming through. Monday will in the main be a bright, good day, with a mix of sun and some scattered clouds – make the most of it. Tuesday and Wednesday will see a combination of weather fronts coming through, coupled with a southerly Foehn wind, which might keep some of the clouds at bay. There should be some good fresh snowfall during these two day. Due to the wind, some of the high lifts on the Matterhorn side might be closed, and Cervinia will most likely be cloudy throughout. Conditions will settle again as of Thursday, leading to a glorious spring-like Friday and Saturday.

Skiing Tips

All runs are in glorious condition, especially the mid and higher ones which are hard-packed or powdery. The snow on the lower runs is a bit harder. 295km of runs are open, including most of the challenging yellows. The Rothorn cable car is shut until the end of the season, due to a pylon being affected by the large snow pack we have had.

Also currently shut is the Furgg-Furi run (N° 62 – avalanche danger), you can take the short ride from Furgg up to Schwarzsee and ski down the White Pearl (N°51) instead, or the much tougher yellows (58,59,60).
This is a busy week. If the queues at Trockener Steg for the Klein Matterhorn cable-car are big, and you want to get to Cervinia, you could use the two T-bars from Trockener Steg to Testa Grigia, X1 and X2. Alternatively, you can book a helicopter to take you from Zermatt to Testa Grigia (Plateau Rosa) directly, or taking a spectacular sightseeing route around the summit of the Matterhorn (140 / 220 CHF per person, minimum 4 persons).

If the weather is bad, it is best to ski within the tree-line as far as possible, so all runs below Schwarzsee, below Riffelberg, below Breitboden, and below Sunnegga are good choices, even if they often start above the tree-line.
The three runs back to resort are open: from Furi (Blatten – N°50) and from Sunnegga/Patrullarve (N°3 and N°2).

N.B. Please be advised that all these pistes back to the village are challenging, crowded reds and taking the lift down can be a sensible option. In particular the Untere National / Howette run (N°1 then 3 on the Sunnegga side) is very tough. If you are not an expert we strongly recommend against taking it, the final section is a steep and narrow wall of black run difficulty and dangerous when crowded. The alternative N°2 then 2a (Riedweg) run is slightly easier but also has a steep section in the middle, and finishes with a long narrow path/road. If you are hesitant, you would be better off taking the Sunnegga Express back down.