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 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.