We are under a southerly weather system which typically brings a lot of snow to Zermatt, and this is certainly the case this week. Yet more snow fell all of last night, with the snow line around 2,000m. So far Gornergrat has had 205cm of fresh snow this year, as has the Plateau Rosa. The snow base for the coming season keeps building up, while the skiing conditions should be very enjoyable once the Foehn wind dies down.
It has snowed a little more and the skiing is already very good. The forecast is for more snow during the coming week, clearing on Friday and sunny over next weekend. The perfect opportunity for some mellow early season turns…
Zermatt has gone straight from summer to winter. Last Friday was a balmy late Indian summer day, the next day it started snowing and now, one week later, we have had a total of 133cm of fresh snow at Gornergrat, 72cm at Furi and 70cm in Cervinia. The Italian slopes are now open as well as the high slopes on the Swiss Matterhorn side. Snow conditions are powder above 3,000m; cold / squeaky down to 2,500m, and humid below that. It’s a great start to the 2018-19 winter season with a perfect snow base to hold and maintain future snowfalls and lovely early season skiing conditions right now.
The summer ski area on the glacier at the top of the Matterhorn Express is open every day, as is the link to Italy (for skiers only). Skiing is open from 08:00 to 13:00, the last ascent for skiers from the village is at 11:20 (12:20 from August 20th onward). In summer the snow conditions are similar to spring skiing, which means hard slopes early in the morning and slush in the afternoon. Between 10:00 and 12:00 the snow is lovely spring corn
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.
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!
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.
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).