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Poster: A snowHead
Mon 20-11-17 15:15
Replies: 101
So from what I may be missing out on quantity of pistes (flying out Saturday), certainly not with regards to verticle descent, 2000m at the end of November is not to be sniffed at. Most Swiss side pistes (with the probable exception of the runs into town -you are not missing much) are due to open on Saturday and snow has been such that they should do so. If you are on the Italian side the connecting lift will be open (subject to wind of course). What actually will be open in Cervinia I have no idea (Valtournenche is not due to open until 1 December) I find their website and social media harder to follow.
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Mon 20-11-17 14:44
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Another bit of good news. Early opening from tomorrow (Tuesday 21 November) of pistes coming down from Schwarzsee. Red piste 51 is opening. That runs west from the top of Schwarzsee and then does the long flattish run down to Furi. Rather nice and interesting that the snow is in good condition as far down as Furi at 1867m. Usually nothing opens up lower than that until Xmas week. Also opening is red piste 61 that runs from Schwarzsee down to Furgg. Not quite so exciting. It starts off nice but that doesn’t last and it quickly becomes little more than a track to get you down to the lift station. A little later in the season it is more useful as an access point to some quite nice easy off piste terrain.
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Sun 19-11-17 14:22
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(BTW I see it's snowing in Zermatt just now) Just looking at the radar history to see what happened. The ensembles had predicted bit of snow for today. There was a band of precipitation coming south east across the top of Switzerland. But more of the lower tail dragged across and Zermatt in reality got a good bit. Not a game changer but really nice to see. Looking at the mountain webcams (which are the only ones that count- nobody skis in Zermatt!) it is all very pleasing. It even made it down to Cervinia – they posted a great video on their Facebook page this morning.
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Sat 18-11-17 12:31
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How much does an electro tax from centre to Matterhorn Express (or visa versa) cost? By “Centre” do you mean the train station? I don’t use the taxis very often. I think from memory from the train station square down to the Matterhorn Paradise lift is CHF13. However there is also a shuttle bus which is free if you have a ski lift pass.
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Fri 17-11-17 16:05
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Rosti and Sausage from the Riffleberg self service set me back something in the order of £25 last time I ventured inside....the joys of the GBP to CHF exchange rate. Our priorities when skiing are first lift and then off the mountain within 30 mins of the last lift....and we still get time for a slap up meal at Zum See. Aye. It is a good advert for the packed lunch - or at least making it over to Italy to eat. My favourite self-service is not any of the lift stations but the hut down at Furgg (which I guess is close to two lift stations but strictly is not a lift station restaurant.
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Thu 16-11-17 23:07
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I have noticed that several people mentioned the quality of the food and overall dining experience as a big plus. That leads me to believe that a lot of people have different priorities than I do when it comes to skiing (and also probably deeper pockets) :P I always pack lunch and snacks when I ski. My “children” do the same when they go out without my wife and me. Unless I am with friends and we are having a treat the most I will do is grab something easy from one of the self services. It is a lot cheaper over on the Italian side mind.
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Thu 16-11-17 13:03
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I'm off to Zermatt in a month's time. Never heard of this problem with snow before - hopefully it won't be an issue - seems to me that it has a better snow record than most resorts. Don't worry. Zermatt has an excellent snow record. It benefits in that it tends to pick up on snow from whichever direction it comes, including some great dumps from the south that makes Cervinia so good. Sadly it is impossible to have a sensible discussion about relative snowfalls because it immediately gets hijacked by some who want to slag off a particular resort or region for reasons best known to themselves. Best just to keep an eye on what is there and what might be coming. It has been a great start which means everything is opening on time or even early. Temperatures have been low so snowmaking has been pumping away which means the pistes will be perfect for those who prefer pistes (which those of us who prefer off have to remember is the vast majority of skiers). There is no snow in the pipeline for the next week. After that there are definite possibilities but it is too far out to be confident.
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Wed 15-11-17 15:44
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Many thanks. Incidentally, I am a sort of middling intermediate who prefers to pootle along looking at the scenery rather than facing a challenge. Red 69, under the Matterhorn, looks like my kind of run - but just how challenging is the short steep bit three quarters of the way along? I prefer off piste but I am very happy doing pistes as well. Piste 69 is fantastic. However they seem reluctant to open it. Unlike the Stockhorn itineraries that I’ve been discussing it is not so obvious why. You start on glacier but the crevasses are managed well on that glacier. And as it is very high Alpine you come down over rock. But that is the same for all of the pistes round there. Lots of people ski it in any case but strictly they are doing it off piste and until it is officially opened there are no markers. As regards difficulty. On a clear day with good snow you’ll be fine. But do the other reds round there first (eg 66 and then 70). 66 is easiest then 70 then 69 so you can gauge whether you can move up from one to the other.
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Wed 15-11-17 15:37
Replies: 101
@JohnMo, I also enjoy those itineraries from Stockhorn but was disappointed one year when they were closed in mid January (despite good snow) as the cable car to Rote Nase wasn't scheduled to start running until after 15th Jan. It rarely would be open before then. Last year was really bad - it was late Feb before it opened!! Very bad for the area: there are people who come from late Jan on with the main aim of skiing the itineraries and the Stockhorn ones are the best.
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Wed 15-11-17 15:10
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Thanks. Being a bear of little brain, I would be grateful if you could explain why the white "Mittel" line for the snow seems to be bottom of all the relevant coloured lines, rather than somewhere in the middle, as it is for temperature. I don’t know how they calculate das Mittel. This thread below is very good for explaining the ensembles generally: http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=14852
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Wed 15-11-17 13:23
Replies: 101
Yes re the white line (Mittel). But the various runs are still showing such large variations that you can't have any confidence in what might be coming. The best you can say is that there is very unlikely to be anything other than a flutter of snow for the next week and then after that there "might" be snow
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Wed 15-11-17 10:10
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For example the most iconic of the itineraries (on Stockhorn) don't even plan to open up until late January (it is rocky up there) and can be later in a poor year. Is it because its rocky there or because its glaciated and needs time for the crevasses to be filled in? It is because it is rocky. It needs a decent build up to get it sufficiently covered. They tend to be fairly conservative in when they open the Stockhorn itineraries. Sometimes they'll let you over there earlier with a guide as there are some ways down that have fewer large rocks as long as you know your way. Even when it is open you need to be careful. However for me it is the best "run" (it is not a piste) there is: over 1300m (4300 feet) of vertical drop down ungroomed snow.
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Tue 14-11-17 18:04
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Nice early season bonus: from tomorrow (Wednesday 15th) they are opening the pistes from Trockener Steg down to Furgg (64 and 66). Other areas still scheduled to open Saturday 25th).
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Mon 13-11-17 16:05
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@altaski8, I can understand that. There will be people going off piste in December. As you don’t know the area, the best I can say is don’t go anywhere where you are making fresh tracks. Zermatt and Cervinia are rocky, particularly up top and the top areas are glaciers and so have crevasses, which might be covered with snow bridges so you won’t necessarily see them. If any of the itineraries (the yellow routes on the piste map) are open you’ll enjoy them. But there is a risk none might be open if the snow stops – there weren’t any open in December last year for example. There are places people tend to get some reasonable side pisting. For example the Gornergrat (strictly Gifthittli) area down to Riffelberg. That tends not to be too rocky, is not a glacier and there are loads of people around. Also even without the Stockhorn area opening a lot of people ski off piste down from Hohtälli to Gant. Personally, much as I love that area once the itineraries open, I don’t (unless with a guide). It is fairly rocky and you really ought not to do it unless with a group – if you fall and hurt yourself there might not be anybody to find you! Coming down from Furggsattel lift loads of people ski off piste on skiers’ right (even though it is on a glacier) and quite a few climb up to the peak to skiers’ left of the lift station and come down there – but that area does tend to get more crevasses. Personally I’ve never done it without a guide. Also even if itineraries 67 and 68 are not open, you’ll see a lot doing it – but it is rocky. On the Cervinia side there is a lot of stuff either side of the high pistes that is really nice and tends not to get as skied out – Cervinia seems to attract a higher proportion of piste only skiers. I hope you have a good time but please stay safe.
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Mon 13-11-17 14:31
Replies: 101
@altaski8, oops you answered while i was typing! If you can afford a guide I would do that if you want to go off piste in December.
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Mon 13-11-17 14:29
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@altaski8, when are you booked up? Even early season there can be some great off piste to be had but you really need to hire a guide (which comes at a cost obviously). Zermatt has great easily accessible off piste and itineraries but they are best enjoyed from late January onwards. For example the most iconic of the itineraries (on Stockhorn) don't even plan to open up until late January (it is rocky up there) and can be later in a poor year.
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Mon 13-11-17 13:03
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@mitcva, That is interesting about Ackersand. I didn’t know that. As a regular (OK, addicted) radar watcher I am not too surprised. Ackersand is located in the lower Matter valley near Stalden (where the valley splits into two to go to either Saas-Fee or Zermatt. It is very sheltered. Plus any precipitation coming from a northerly direction runs straight up the valley until it hits the massive wall of the Swiss-Italian border (and therefore hopefully dumping on Zermatt). Anything coming from a southerly direction (if it has made it over the border) runs even more easily down to the Rhône valley at Visp. Very little comes from a “pure” East or West direction so there is always an inclination to run up or down the valley. As I say I observe this on the radar.. But I can also watch it happening in real life from our apartment in Täsch (I am more interesting than that makes me sound – honest).
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Mon 13-11-17 9:08
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@altaski8, There are no reliable agreed figures. Lots of websites claim Zermatt gets 750 cm of snow per year. But I would treat that number as sceptically as I’d treat those bandying around low numbers. Zermatt has a couple of things going for it. First its height means that from early on in the season until quite late any precipitation falls as snow rather than rain. Plus its height again and the fact that a high proportion of the ski are is north facing (Cervinia is south facing) means that whatever snow it gets it tends to hold onto – there is a lot less melt. Cervinia’s height tends to trump its south facing until late in the season – for example it tends to be more pleasant skiing in Cervinia in December but better skiing in Zermatt in April.
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Fri 10-11-17 14:24
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@Tartanfairy, I agree those forecasts are better. Personally I don’t tend to use any of the single predictions beyond a very short period of time. For example looking at the ensembles (on Friday lunchtime): http://old.wetterzentrale.de/pics/MS_846_ens.png you can see that there is still quite a bit of uncertainty about the next couple of days. But Sunday and even more so heading into Monday is looking very hopeful. Then it looks pretty certain to be dry for a few days. After that the various runs are giving such massively different outcomes it is hardly worth paying any attention. Any single prediction is simply picking up one of the runs so is giving no indication of the uncertainty. The other thing I pay a lot of attention to is the Meteo Swiss precipitation radar forecast (I have it on an app rather than use the website). It only goes out about 36 hours but you can see the banks of precipitation moving across Europe to hit Switzerland. It gives you a good indication of whether there is a huge bank about to dump on us or one tiny steak where the winds and the bouncing off the mountains would have to align for it all to hit any one place (e.g. Zermatt/Cervinia). As I type the radar forecast only goes out to 19.00 Saturday and shows a decent bank of precipitation coming in from the North West and hitting Geneva. Whether that bank makes it to Zermatt is anyone’s guess – the bigger bank seems to be coming after that.
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Fri 10-11-17 14:01
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Tim, I wouldn't restrict yourself to "Furi end of Zermatt". If someone is interested it wouldn't make much difference where they were in Zermatt - the connections down to the Furi end are easy. Good luck. Our "children" are in their 20s (well one is now 30 but we are all in denial about it) so I am not your target market unfortunately.
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Tue 7-11-17 14:04
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Nice video of what conditions are like at the top at present: https://www.facebook.com/WarrenSmithSkiAcademy/videos/1552011548223785/
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Wed 1-11-17 16:09
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As always take Snow Forecast with a monumental pinch of salt...but I'm keeping my eyes peeled on the webcams to see if the dump transpires! I agree re any individual forecast but the ensembles of the various runs (as loved on the weather thread on here) are starting to agree something big is on its way at the end of the weekend: http://old.wetterzentrale.de/pics/MS_846_ens.png
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Tue 31-10-17 11:24
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Actually I just had another quick look. Look at the Gornegrat and Rothorn webcams. They are at the top of the other two largest mountains on the Swiss side. They also have the snow cannons blasting away. They clearly are going to do their best to open as scheduled on the 25th. On the Italian side where you start from there is little action. However, if you look at the Plateau Rosa panorama webcam you can see the snow cannons blasting on the piste from Plateau Rosa down to Laghi Cime Bianche. However if there is no snow in the next three weeks then that would be the only one that opens. The good news is that there is some serious storm brewing up (at least on the Swiss side) for 5-6 November. That is still a few days out so could change but it is now close enough to start taking seriously.
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Tue 31-10-17 9:47
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Thanks @JohnMo, I suppose that what has concerned me a little is that I couldn’t see any signs of the snow cannons firing on the webcams. Then again, I do not know the terrain so they may be out of view. It’s reasuring to know that A reasonable % of the piste will hopefully be opened for the 25th. Still keeping my fingers crossed for a couple of chunky storms arriving before then. Keep those fingers crossed. The easiest pistes to get open for the 25th November are the ones running down from Trockener Steg to Furgg. They are the next highest and are north facing. Unfortunately the Trockner Steg webcam gives you a good view of the currently open Furggsattel pistes but it then rotates over the top of those running down to Furgg. However if you look at the Schwarzsee webcam you can look over towards Trockner Steg and see the snow cannons firing away and the pistes getting formed.
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Mon 30-10-17 19:37
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There are three “openings: the autumn one for the lower glacier (the upper glacier is open all year) - this was a couple of weeks later than the earliest possible time this year. Even now it looks a bit sad as the glacier is fine but then there is just an artificial strip to take you down to the lift station. That is skiing with bare rock either side of you. The main resort opening which is 25 November. Usually a lot is opened for this but not the runs into town. Everything else for Christmas. Going out on 25 November is a risk. But even in the last few poor years you would have been OK.
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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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