We believe that this is the most comprehensive and accurate snow report for Zermatt that there is. The data are sourced from the SLF, (Swiss Avalanche Research Institute) measuring stations, and from its Cervinia counterpart. The current snow conditions are below, you can also click on the relevant years to see the what your chosen week was like in the past. And you can download our fully detailed spreadsheet of this season’s snowfall and depths.
It has snowed all over the Alps, but whereas the quantities were unmanageable in some parts of Austria, here in Zermatt we had a perfect 60cm which has refreshed all the slopes nicely. The Cervinia side had a lot of wind last week so there is no off-piste there, but on the Swiss side the conditions both on and off-piste are currently perfect. The snow is powdery all the way down to resort level.
The weather was unseasonably mild up to Christmas, but with good precipitation. It snowed several times up to Christmas day, and since then we have had perfect clear skies and sun. The snow from 3,800m to 2,300m is squeaky cold powder on piste, and c. 30cm deep powder off piste. Below that it is hard-pack with the help of snow cannons. All resort runs are open. And the miracle of Zermatt is that if you know where to look, you can still find fresh powder tracks 5 days later:
Conditions continue to be perfect, with 50cm of new snow over the last week, and more runs opening, giving us still more open runs than anywhere else in the world. It’s not too late to make a quick trip here just before or for a white Christmas day. Today we skied down to Valtournenche which you can see on the right hand photo, enjoyed pristine untracked snow, and a superb lunch at the Foyer des Guides restaurant. Try the Gattinara Riserva wine!
Since our last update 5 days ago it has snowed a total of 63cm up top, and 34cm in Zermatt village. The snowline has now come all the way down. The skiing has been limited over the last weekend due to high winds, which have kept most of the upper lifts closed on both the Swiss and Italian sides of the mountain. The wind is also the reason why the snow depth at the top – Plateau Rosa – has decreased to 190cm; however it has increased to 113cm at the Gornergrat station. All in all this has been a very welcome addition to the snow base, while the cold temperatures have allowed snow making to resume on the lower slopes. We’re all set to have all the resort runs open well before Christmas.
Since our last report, In a nutshell, we have had yet more snow and mild temperatures still. We have been skiing fresh powder continuously for the last 7 days, thanks to three substantial snowfalls since our last report. As ever, the season changes gear on the first week of December and more lifts and areas open up for skiing, giving us 218km and 84 runs so far. Down to 2,400m the snow is outstanding and deep, below that it is man-made. Zermatt is fortunate in having the biggest piste vertical of any resort; the powder skiing is currently excellent from 3,880m down to 2,400m – around 1,500 vertical metres of fresh tracks. BTW, if you would like to check our comparison to other resorts, there’s a good listing of current conditions on Skiresort.info.
Since the last big snowfall on the Swiss side, the weather warmed up for a week and the snowline hovered around 2,200m. Above this altitude the snow base is excellent, below it is thin. However, the temperatures have now dropped to freezing level, which has allowed snow making on the lower slopes to begin in earnest. Meanwhile, the Italian side has had two substantial snowfalls, with 42cm of snow in the village of Cervinia, and 225cm on the Plateau Rosa, which is in Switzerland. As of tomorrow Saturday November 24th, the Gornergrat and Matterhorn sectors on the Swiss side will open, as will Valtournenche and Cervinia down to resort level on the Italian side. With a total of 167km of open runs, this is more than anywhere else in the world right now.
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