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Poster: A snowHead
Thu 21-09-17 10:52
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Cheers @Run28, the webcam at Trockener Steg is showing a nice smattering of white stuff and the lower glacier below Furgsattel is looking bright white now. Most encouragingly the artificial snow has been blasting away and the piste bashers are working at creating that link between the lower glacier and the lift station at Trockener Steg. Barring a disaster there should be no problem with the Furgsattel lift opening up on the 16 October due date. Until then of course the summer skiing up on the Klein Matterhorn glacier is still going and should be benefiting from the recent snow.
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Wed 12-04-17 8:23
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I am a bit surprised if you can't upgrade a Cervinia pass for one day. You can certainly upgrade a Zermatt pass when going over to Cervinia for the day. But a one day upgrade is not that different in price to a one day pass. If you are likely to go over more than one day you are definitely better off gettting an international pass from the start. This is a personal view but if you are there for a week I would certainly get an international pass.
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Sun 9-04-17 11:27
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Yep. I am with this. We always have a family holiday when the three adult kids and their partners come out. The last few years it has been Xmas/New Year. That is great but the snow hasn't been superb and the short days are not so good. Next year with Easter being early they are all coming out then. April skiing is just lovely.
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Sun 9-04-17 9:57
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Just leaving from the Swiss side today after a few days here for Zermatt Unplugged: Paolo Nuttini, Jess Glynne and K T Tunstall all excellent; Michael Bolton awful; some good Swiss artists at various locations around town, some mediocre; Ronnie Scott's house band at the Gandegghütte teetering on the edge of the glacier valley great as always. I didn't ski as each day I went walking with the Mrs. However when I walked over pistes the high north facing ones still seemed very good (and a mate who did ski confirmed the same). They will still be open even after the main closure in two weeks time. The lower south facing runs and the home runs are still open but it is a minor miracle that they are. I will be back out at the end of. May when the pistes on the Furgg glacier will still be open (they close for the peak summer leaving the pistes on the high glacier at Klein Matterhorn). Still plenty of skiing left in them mountains. It had been a fun piste season and intermittently good off piste. But I am already snowdancing for a return of big snow next season.
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Sat 25-03-17 11:37
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Stinker of a morning (and day I would guess). Extremely high winds - currently in the Matterhorn Express being swung from side to side like there's no tomorrow. Long lunch / early finish (if we ever get started). As a side note does anyone know why the 69 has been closed for the last couple of years (in March at least)? Thought it ended at the mid station of the gondola - no evidence of that ... Just needs a lot of snow (like the 55, which has also not opened, that runs down from Schwarzsee and joins up with the 69 before Furgg) and there has not been sufficient. 69 has opened in reasonably recent years but it seems an age since 55 was open. A lot of people use the route of the 69 as an off piste run. We did so in the last week of January but boy was there a lot of rock.
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Sun 19-03-17 21:01
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By Thursday we were skiing a lot of soft stuff in the Valais 4 valleys so we thought we’d pop round to my place to do Zermatt on Friday as Zermatt is generally that bit higher. Great choice. We stuck to Klein Matterhorn and Schwarzsee (i.e. Higher and more North facing). They were in really good condition. The itineraries and off piste were too worn out and crusty unless you found mogul fields (which we did). By mid morning and a bit of softening up they were wonderful. However the whole day we stayed above 2000m and any minor venture lower made us realise that was the right choice. Yesterday back in the 4 valleys we watched the rugby at 1500m with one eye on the torrential rain. So depressing (rain and rugby). However this morning we went high and there was wonderful fresh snow so I would think high Zermatt would be the same. I popped back round to my place in Täsch to drop my gear off before heading to Geneva airport (where I am now). The rain had decimated what snow there was in Täsch (also at 1500m) but that wouldn't dent my optimism about high conditions.
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Wed 15-03-17 18:11
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Are you still out @JohnMo? How are the pistes holding up? Still out in Valais. But I am round the corner at a mate's at Nendaz (part of 4 valleys with Verbier). The conditions in the two places tend to be fairly comparable. Superb piste conditions up high. And the famous Tortin itinerary run was in excellent condition this afternoon. However get below about 2000m and it turns into a slush fest. We foolishly skied down to 1500m. One of our mates is not that good a skier. He does snowplough turns. Doing snowplough turns in slush is not recommended. He flipped and has smashed his shoulder. He is now on a flight back to U.K. tomorrow. We are anaesthetising him with alcohol this evening. We are thinking of heading to mine over in Zermatt (Täsch) for the weekend as there is more higher stuff.
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Tue 14-03-17 18:05
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Itinerary 30 open now as well. That is the one that comes off the red run 28 coming down from Hohtälli to Gant. So basically the same mountain face as the Stockhorn itineraries. North facing and high so should be in decent condition (I am round at Verbier at the moment so can't confirm).
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Sun 12-03-17 17:47
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Yes! Yes! Yes! The Stockhorn itinerary sector opened up today. I was so lucky. I am only stopping over at my Täsch apartment for two nights between two other places. I wasn't even sure I'd ski. But one look out of the window at the clearing clouds and the appearance of blue this morning and I was off. I thought I'd have a look over at Cervinia and Valtournenche to see how they were as there is a good chance I won't be back over this season. The answer is: Cervinia good except very low down; Valtournenche not so good although in a perverted way I enjoyed skiing the slushfest into town. After that I was at Trockener Steg for a quick soup and to my astonishment saw Stockhorn was open! It certainly hadn't been open when I came up in the morning and it has not been open all season. Unfortunately it was now gone two and Trockener Steg to Stockhorn is quite a hike. I had to get skis back on and across the sectors as fast as possible. But boy was it worth it. The only lift open is the Hohtälli to Rote Nasa cable car but that is fine by me. There were only four of us in it - obviously people are not that aware it is open. The snow was not powder but it was deep and lots of it. I came down the whole way with a smile on my face - not disturbed even by finding a shallow covered rock which catapulted me forward into the snow. It is really weird, none of the other itineraries are open. Stockhorn is usually the last but even it "should" be open late January. It just has been that sort of season. For completeness I should note that it looks like the Kumme to Tufteren piste is going to be open tomorrow (might even have been open today). That is the final piste.
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Fri 3-03-17 19:08
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Since there does not seem to be a Saas Fee thread I will report here, assuming that Saas Fee-ers will look at the nearest neighbour (like I do). No shortage of snow though...I don't know if Saas Fee has been getting a micro climate effect that Zermat has missed, but everythig is well endowed with snow. You’d need someone who has been to both places in the last few weeks to comment. What is “good” is so subjective. I keep meaning to pop round to Saas Fee but ridiculously never have done so. When I have a car it would not be a bad journey, although it is a bit of a bind by public transport. As the crow flies a lot of the Saas Fee area is closer to me here in Täsch than the southern Zermatt area (and much closer than Cervinia and Valtournenche which I can easily access by lifts). Unfortunately the crows refuse to give me a lift. It could be that Saas Fee has had it better this year. Snow storms can get stuck in a valley or pass over or never reach a valley, regardless of what is happening in the next valley along. However, the Saas valley and the Matter valley join at Stalden. Driving up the Visp valley to Stalden earlier this week it was noticeable how little snow there was compared to most years (even the last couple which weren’t classic years). I think a lot of the whinging on this thread (to a large extent by me!) is because a lot of Snowheads go to Zermatt for the intineraries. For anyone beyond an intermediate it is what makes the area. But there has not been enough snow to open up the intineraries. I don’t think Saas Fee is so big on itineraries? For someone who was coming to Zermatt for the pistes I think they’d think things were great. Certainly the crowds are still getting pulled in. It was ridiculously busy today.
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Fri 3-03-17 15:22
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@JohnMo, Roads will be fine no. No problem from Switz to Lech. Thanks for the reassurance. I am going to set off early as there seems to be a good storm coming up from the South on Saturday morning. I'd like to get up to Austria ahead of it.
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Thu 2-03-17 17:59
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Hmm, I am all in favour of Winter returning. I would prefer it not to be Saturday though. I am driving up from Zermatt to Lech to spend a week there. I prefer driving on tarmac. Snow is for skiing on.
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Thu 2-03-17 17:56
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Two nights of snowing have improved things. I actually spent the whole day just going up and down the chairlift between Riffelberg up to Gifthitlli (just below Gornergrat). I hadn't intended to but those wide open spaces away from the pistes up there were covered in fresh stuff and needed to be tracked out under the gorgeous blue sky. It is a tough job but someone has to do it. Days with family and friends are always best (today I was on my own) but putting that to one side I would say that was my most enjoyable day's skiing this season.
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Wed 1-03-17 18:33
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Nice to have some fresh snow under the skis today. However it was more boot dust than powder. Once pushed into mounds there were some really icy patches around. It seemed fairly busy. I think the fact that everything higher than Trockener Steg was closed due to wind contributed to that. Add in the poor light and it made for some interesting dynamics. It is snowing at the moment. Every little helps. But a few large dumps would help even more. Everyone has commented on the poor off piste. I came down run 28 from Hohtälli to Gant and stopped at the top of (the not yet open) itinerary 30 to have a look. It actually looked in good shape and if I was with an off piste guide I'd love to go down there. However I am fairly anal about not going real off piste (including closed runs) on my own - my solo off piste tends to be side piste stuff. As I was standing there a solo skier set off. It wasn't even though he was that great a skier (I don't think I am myself - but I am better than he was!). After about 100 metres you are out of view to anyone else. If anything happens to you, you are a goner. I suppose you might be seen from the Gant to Hohtälli lift but that is not a great basis for setting off skiing.
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Tue 28-02-17 16:57
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Did it snow today as anticipated? The webcams do not make it seem so. I arrive on Monday. It seems as if every storm coming from the west this season has evaded Zermatt. Very unfortunate. Got to my apartment in Täsch about an hour ago. It is snowing really lightly. Looking up the valley to Zermatt it is all cloud so there may be a bit more snow falling on the mountain. There is also a system coming in from the west in a couple of hours that might be more useful. The stuff earlier today mainly passed north of here. It really is depressing looking around. We are just under 1500m so you wouldn’t expect mega snow even if the mountains were in tremendous shape. However there is almost as much green/brown ground as there is white. The langlaufoipe (cross country) skiing route which runs round here and down the valley to Randa is unusable at a time when it should be at its best. As you say the storms this year have not been kind to us. We are high and fairly central. That means we tend to do well out of big storms coming from the west, east or south (or less likely the north). This season not only has there not been a lot of storms in the European Alps but more to the point (from my observation of the radar rather than any scientific knowledge on my part) they seem to have been fairly broken up so most of the precipitation seems to have fallen before getting to Zermatt, whichever direction it has come from. The very thing from which we benefit in most seasons (high and central) has been to our disadvantage. As everyone has said the pistes are still really good. I will be up on them tomorrow and I am sure I’ll have fun. But it will be March and not a single itinerary is yet open. That really is awful. EDIT at 17.15 (CET): Der Schnee ist hier. Ich liebe den Schnee!
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Mon 27-02-17 11:27
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For everyone heading to zermatt, hope you have a great trip. All that has been said before is accurate. Piste were great, but not enough snow for anything else. It didn't seem horribly busy, except for one day last week (Wednesday) when the link to cervinia was opened and maybe everyone wanted to make it to Italy and crammed into trockner steg. We embraced the European lunch schedule, and had great meals based on recommendations here. Chateau etoile, flualp, were standouts for us. We met some friends down in Saas Fe for a day also, that seems to be an interesting mountain to explore more. So fast pistes (hit 60 mph according to ski tracks), sunny days and long lunches, not too shabby a week. Glad you enjoyed it but such a pity it has been a poor snow year. There is more snow due this week. But again it doesn't particularly look like enough to transform things.
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Fri 24-02-17 11:14
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I second the mention of Sparky's. Very good value, by Zermatt standards. (= pricey, by most other standards) For snacks/drinks on the mountain, I thought Restaurant Chämi-Hitta was pretty good. It is on the red run from Riffelalp to Furi. Also very pretty and a great view of the Matterhorn. Yes. Great place. You can walk there as well, even in winter (although it is better if you have microspikes on as it is very definitely uphill and over slippy snow - well marked though). Over lunchtime it is definitely a restaurant so if it is busy (which it might not be now half terms are ending) they are looking for eaters rather than just drinkers.
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Wed 22-02-17 17:13
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To try to answer your questions (I assume you have a piste map or will access one to make sense of the below): Mountain huts for drinks/snacks. The central lift stations on the three largest sectors have reasonably good buffet cafes. They are at Sunnegga, Riffelberg and Trockener Steg. The Sunnegga outside terrace is actually as nice as any mountain location. I like the restaurant at Tuftern. Only serves drinks and soup and sausage & bread or cheese & bread. Again really nice terrace. Even at Findeln, the home of the super nice restaurants there are terraces where you can sit and have a drink (including the famous Chez Vrony). At the lower lift at Furi there is also an outside bar just down from the lower of the two lift stations. Very dark in mid-winter but gets really nice as the sun gets higher in the sky. The terrace at the Blue Lounge at Blauherd is superb. We like the self-service café at Furgg. The outside area is nice and like Furi is starting to see a lot more sun than mid-winter. Outside of lunchtime you can probably get just a drink at many restaurants unless things are really busy. Stafel is extremely classy and Gandegghütte is possibly the best location you’ll ever sit and have a drink or eat. Over on the Italian side there is a wider range of “cheap and cheerful” places. Private lessons We tend to use Summit Ski School. It is a British ski school and we have always been happy with it. We have used Stoked for off piste (Summit don’t do off piste) and really like the guy who does that for them. Those who use Stoked for piste lessons always seem happy. Personally I would steer away from the main ski school (the red coats). They have some great people but their quality seems really variable. Town based eateries. We are not really foodies (and in any case we eat in on an evening most of the time). You won’t find us in the Macdonalds but nor would you find us in a Michelin Star restaurant). Our family restaurant that we always visit when one or more of the kids & partners make it out is the Restaurant du Pont for snails followed by a hearty fondue (claimed by many to be the best in Zermatt – it is certainly very good). If you just want pub food you can’t go wrong with the Brown Cow – although the English guy at Grizzlies is putting in a sterling effort as well.
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Wed 22-02-17 16:50
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Our trip this April to Tignes will be our first ski trip for six years. We have a had a visit to the MK snozone around Christmas to find our ski legs & we were fine. My wife is a junior intermediate - ok on blues & has been on one red. Would Zermatt be ok for blues & gentle reds for my wife? I guess we shall also find out in April how she takes to skiing again & hopefully she will get on some reds before the end of the week. While I love Zermatt and Cervinia and spend a lot of time out there, it is not the most obvious place to take someone who mainly wants blues. On the Swiss side there are only really two blue sections: Gornegrat/Gigthittli down to Riffelberg; and Blauherd down to Sunnegga (and even that has a chicken run to take you round the steep part). Some of the reds are not tremendously difficult but they are very definitely reds and not just tricky blues. I think you need to be OK on reds to enjoy Zermatt. Cervinia is easier - but if you are on the Swiss side getting over there is a little tricky for someone who is not comfortable on reds.
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Tue 21-02-17 12:58
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Actually, The rule is still very new No, it's not. It was in place under the "old" customs union rules as well, dating back to I am guessing 1974. I don't imagine that there were NO accidents of Swiss registered hire cars in the EU in that period? As I understand it the old rule had an 8 day "grace period". So as long as you had your Swiss registered vehicle back in Switzerland within 8 days you were OK. The new rule (or amendment to old rule) does not have such a grace period (whether by design or mistake I have no idea). The Swiss Finance Minister said last June they were trying to sort it but nothing seems to have happened. It is a bit of a mess with different car hire companies giving different messages.
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Tue 21-02-17 11:56
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@JohnMo, it really is NOT A PROBLEM!!! I appreciate it is not a practical problem at present. I guess we will only find out what the consequences really are if an EU national takes a Swiss hire car into the EU and has an accident and insurance companies get involved. The rule is still very new (last May) so has probably not been tested. Post Brexit we Brits will be in the clear again. There is a similar problem with many UK hire companies restricting how many miles you can drive on the continent with a UK vehicle (even when they allow unlimited UK mileage). I was trying to hire a car to drive to Berlin last year. The best continental mileage deal I could get would get me to within about 100 miles of Berlin! Of course if I had driven to Berlin how would anyone know that the mileage included more on the continent (as opposed to the UK) than allowed. Still i backed out and used my own car. Maybe, like with my EU registered vehicle next week, I am just anal!
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Tue 21-02-17 11:18
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I've just rung the Europcar GVA airport rental station (Swiss side) as I will be out again mid March. They say that it still isn't a problem taking a Swiss rental car into France. Are you an EU citizen? If you are then you absolutely can not lawfully take a non-EU registered hire vehicle into the EU. Non-EU citizens can. Of course like with so many things the risk of getting caught is quite low. Even if you are stopped by the police there is a reasonable chance they are not thinking of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446. But (a) generally I'd rather comply; and (b) if you do get caught you are bang to rights. I am picking up a car at Geneva (Swiss side) next Tuesday and heading into Austria a few days later. I have made them swear in blood in triplicate that they will have an EU registered car for me.
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Tue 14-02-17 16:37
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@Redwine, I think the whether to hire a guide question comes down as much to finances and how much you want to spend a week just doing pistes. There is a decent amount of snow around so I think a guide would manage to find you some decent places to go. It just wouldn't be as good as a "normal" (whatever that is) year. I know I would still splash out if I was a visitor.
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Tue 14-02-17 11:17
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Report on my daughter in law's travel blog of their trip: http://apairofpassports.com/skiing-in-zermatt/ She is 100% a piste skier so it concentrates on that. Piste skiing has been and is great. Lift accessed off piste not so much (still not a single itinerary open). Two weeks until I am back out, my broken rib is mending so I am hoping next week brings something good.
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Sun 12-02-17 11:10
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@Redwine, My son and his wife have been out for a long weekend at our place. They drove up on snow covered roads and the photos I've seen showed lots of good stuff around. However it is the same story - enough snow (and snow making) plus cold temperatures have kept the pistes in great shape. But the itineraries need the major dumps that we just haven't had. Even piste 15 that links Kumme with Tuftern is not open. It is always the last "normal" piste to open. It too needs a decent amount of snow. I am back out in a fortnight. I really hope the itineraries are open then. But there is no snow looking likely this week.
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Tue 7-02-17 17:15
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Haven't been to Zermatt since the 80s when I was all of seven years old. Currently there are some cheap flights out of NYC to Milan. Can anyone recommend a shuttle service between Malpensa Airport and Zermatt? Thinking about a quick trip in mid March. Thanks! Malpensas is the least convenient of the three main airports that people generally use to get to Zermatt. Zürich and Geneva have train stations in the airport that take you direct to Visp where you get on the Zermatt train. We have only used Milan when we have fancied combining it with a day in Milan at the football or the opera. However if you are linking up directly you get a bus to Domodossa and there you get on the train to Visp where as mentioned you get the Zermatt train. Alternatively you could hire a car. The Simpson pass between Italy and Switzerland does get closed in snowy weather but there is a car train that continues to run.
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Mon 30-01-17 16:45
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I am not sure I would be quite so confident of getting into the restaurant (i.e. table service) part if just phoning up on the day. We phoned from the top of the mountain last Tuesday just before 12 and couldn't get a table for three. Things will get busier as February progresses. On the other hand I wouldn't worry if you have booked from Zermatt and find you can't get over. That must happen to them a reasonable amount over the course of a season.
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Sat 28-01-17 20:14
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@Brothergrimm, @JohnMo, should I even consider a guide? Is there anything good to access off the resort? Or should I consider Monte rosa? I can eat the air bnb fee and probably remain cost neutral given we are talking Switzerland. Is it that much better in champoluc? Sigh, if I wasn't so obsessed with the alps. If you were coming out tomorrow I would say it was not worth a guide for lift accessed stuff. A mate of mine round in Nendaz (part of the 4 valleys with Verbier) knows a guide very well and he took him off to a small resort on the other side of the Rhone valley where they found some good off piste. You could also find some decent stuff if you went ski touring or heliskiing. However up on the weather outlook thread things are starting to look a bit more optimistic. I will keep my skis crossed for you. I don't know about Monte Rosa. It was quite a bit better at Christmas but I am not sure it is much different now. The only two places I have skied this year are Zermatt-Cervinia and the Verbier 4 Valleys. They are pretty similar condition - 4 valleys a bit better than Zermatt but Cervinia probably best of all.
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Sat 28-01-17 11:51
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Are the weather patterns getting any better? Mid feb arrival and have been patiently and now anxiously watching day after day of dry conditions. All it takes is a week, but is that week in April? I guess I gave some flexibility and can go somewhere else from Milan, should I start considering that? There is decent hope of snow later next week. Could be enough to freshen up the pistes so they will still be good. It doesn't yet look like enough to be a gamchanger for off piste - for that you need to head off somewhere with a guide or go heliskiing (if you can afford it).
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Fri 27-01-17 16:22
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My son and I had a great day (lift accessed) off piste with a guide on Tuesday. I suspect the reason we had a great day is in a large part down to the fact that we are still relatively new to guided off piste so each experience feels like a real treat. We started off on the Swiss side coming down from Furggsattel heading over the glacier towards the Matterhorn and then sweeping down to Furgg. Even with my opening statement I have to admit the conditions were very poor. Most of the way down was either ice or rock! We found it a great challenge having to deal with such tricky conditions but anyone more experienced than us would have despaired. We then went over to the Italian side where conditions (at least up high) were much better. I guess it would be wrong to call it powder but at least we were skiing through deep snow. Even on that side though it didn't take long to get down to what the guide called “crème brûlée” skiing – a hard crust over softer stuff below. If nothing else it focused the mind on trying to maintain weight on both skies to prevent one ski crashing through the crust with the other stranded up top! As I said we had a great time but this is not what conditions should be like for end January. The piste conditions are still holding up well with the snow from a couple of weeks ago, the cold temperatures since then and the relatively lower crowds one gets in January. With the temperatures rising and the half term crowds not that far away things could start to go downhill (not in a good way!) if we don't get some decent dumps soon. We got back to the apartment unscathed and on a real high. However I then slipped in the shower and the X-ray shows I have broken a rib which is giving me a fair amount of pain. It goes to show how much more dangerous showering is than off piste skiing. I know which I am going to focus on in future.
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Sat 21-01-17 11:21
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@Brothergrimm, All true. But at Xmas/New Year Cervinia (and to a lesser extent Zermatt) had arguably the best snow in the Alps while Austria was generally very poor. Last couple of weeks it has flipped the other way. But by mid-March lots could have happened. It is really early to consider changing plans.
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Sat 21-01-17 8:30
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Due to arrive with a group from nyc March 6th. Have refundable hotels though and could cancel airfare and try again next year. Is it time to panic? We are the type to get bored of only piste skiing. Thanks to all that have been providing updates. Obviously anything could happen - or not happen - by then. But it would need a disaster for things not to be good by then. Last year was poor but all the itineraries were open by that time. As a rule of thumb once the itineraries are open the off piste is good.
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Fri 20-01-17 15:25
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@JohnMo, Thanks. I'm at Verbier 30-31 and Zermatt 2/1-3. Verbier seems to be in better shape. Yes. They got the better of the recent snow. It looks like Cervinia is still best mind. I don't think there is much between the current state of the pistes in Verbier and Zermatt but Verbier has its itineraries open.
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Fri 20-01-17 15:19
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How are conditions holding up? It looks lilies no significant new snow until February at earliest. :( I will post more next week when I am out there (and am popping round to a mate's in Verbier for a day so can compare). But pistes seem really good. However not a single itinerary open and off piste not great. Fortunately I like pistes - but I prefer the other stuff.
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Fri 20-01-17 10:28
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At long last they have got run 28 (White Hare) from Hohtälli down to Gant opened up.
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Thu 19-01-17 11:26
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@Brothergrimm, Thanks for that. I am flying back out on Monday. I have just hired a guide for off piste for Tuesday. He recommends we go over to the Cervinia side (which is fine for us) because the off piste is still better that side. I had thought last week's snow which helped the pistes (and the town) would have created some decent off piste as well but it appears less so. :( @chrisb, He is taking about the Swiss side.
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Fri 13-01-17 15:24
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How much snow has fallen thus far? There is a nice video from about 2 o'clock (UK time) from the Zermatt Facebook page showing a girl making a snow angel in fresh stuff in town. Looks like she is doing it in about 20cm so should be quite a bit more up on the pistes. Happy days.
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Thu 12-01-17 10:51
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I thought the heaviest snow was forecast for Friday night/Saturday am? The MeteoSwiss 44 hour radar projection (which is usually a good indicator) shows precipitation-bearing clouds sweeping in west (later west-north-west) over the northern French Alps and the Swiss Alps from late this afternoon and into tomorrow. Not a huge amount of activity projected for this morning though.
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Thu 12-01-17 9:28
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@JohnMo, How difficult are the pistes to Plan Maison? My wife is a lower intermediate and we are planning lunch there. Does she have the option to ride a cable car down if too difficult? Thanks. The answer to your question is that at Plateau Rosa you can get the massive cable car (marked F on the piste map). You walk up a slight incline past the Italian restaurant (you are about 5 metres into Italy by now!) to the entrance. That will take you to Laghi Cime Bianche. From there you can ski down to Breuil Cervinia and get the lift back up from there to Plan Maison. I guess you could even get the lift from Laghi Cime Bianche to Plan Maison but I think you’ll be sick of lifts by then. I had the same issue at Xmas with my daughter in law who sounds like she is about the same level as your wife. If you don’t go down the Ventina (7, which is steep at the top) but take the route I describe above through the Theodulpass (it is very clearly signposted where you stay left for Italy) you should be OK. You come through a short narrowish flat bit. There is then an unpleasant (for a lower intermediate) 100 metre narrow stretch. It is not very steep but feels like it for a lower intermediate because of its narrowness. After that you join the main piste. Although it is red your wife should be OK. After my son and I got my daughter and law through that bit we spent the whole of the rest of the day on the blues above Plan Maison (not my most exciting skiing day but my daughter in law was happy). For the sake of 100 metres I would do this rather than take the Laghi Cime Bianche lift down.
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Wed 11-01-17 21:05
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quick question on making it to cervinia and back. Whats a good strategy time and condition wise to get to italy have lunch and make it back? only calm sunny days, with a very early start? Or do many people go over the border everyday and look at the process like a tigne/val connection (which i thought was almost like one resort if it was not for one crazy crowded lifts to get back to tigne). I think we are there during a busy feb week with lots of school breaks (including ours in boston). You can try to guess if the link is going to be closed by looking at the forecasts for the wind the day before (anything earlier than that is not reliable). Look at the Klein Matterhorn forecast on the Zermatt website and the Plateau Rosa forecast on the Cervinia website. Sun or other conditions don’t matter – it is only wind. By February the number of closed days is getting rarer. The bad news is that lots of people will be trying to make it over. The lift company are building an incredible new lift (you’ll see it as you pass through Trockener Steg). It will make things so much better. The bad news is it will not be ready until season 2018/19! By far the best way to get over at present is to take the cable car from Trockener Steg up to Klein Matterhorn. In February the queues will be large. You get up to Klein Matterhorn via the Matterhorn Express from the lift station at the south end of town. It starts at 8.30. Be there for the first lift! And by that I mean if you want to not be in too big a queue at Trockener Steg, get yourself a cup of coffee and a croissant and be there at 8.15! And if you want a toilet stop don’t go at Trockener Steg, wait until you are up at Klein Matterhorn even though it will cost you a (refundable against a café purchase) CHF2. If you don’t get up to Trockener Steg early enough to beat the queue for Klein Matterhorn, simply get to Trockener Steg and then hop on the t-bar (strictly it is two t-bars one after the other) up to Plateau Rosa. People whinge about this but it is fine all be it long (bit of a disadvantage if the weather is bad) and it does the job. Once at Plateau Rosa there are two (well three – but I’ll come to the third shortly) options. The first is to head straight down the Ventina (number 7 on the piste map). It is probably the most famous piste in the region and one you must do from top (preferably Klein Matterorn) to bottom (the village of Breuil-Cervinia) in one go at least once. I tend not to do that first thing at this time of year as it is in the shade at first – by February it will be getting the sun earlier. The second is to head back down the number 6, which will make you feel like you are skiing back into Switzerland. But stay left and you will cut through the Theodulpass and into the main Cervinia bowl (a gorgeous site laid out before you on a sunny day). The third option which I wouldn’t do on your first trip over is to take the Ventina but then stay left and ski (or pole if you lose speed!) over the flat bit to the left to get to the Valtournenche bowl. If you get over to Cervinia more than a couple of times it is worth trying this out but there is more than enough to keep you occupied in the main Cervinia bowl. Whether in the Cervinia bowl or the Valtournenche bowl it is hard to go wrong for food and booze. I would avoid the places at the Plan Maison lift complex. But everywhere else is good and much cheaper than Zermatt and it is worth just seeing where you fancy stopping. All of the Cervinia lifts have a “last time” for getting back to Zermatt (and vice versa if you are in Zermatt from Cervinia). Those times are generous but, particularly when it is busy, make sure you stick to them – there is no realistic way back after the lifts close (just check on google maps how far a taxi has to go and you’ll see why). I don't know Tignes so can't comment on the comparison. But I certainly regard Zermatt/Cervinia as one resort. I think the comparison between the two parts is one of the area's main attractions.
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