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Zermatt (and Cervinia) 2016/17

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Thanks for the update@JohnMo, let's see what the week holds ...
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Forecast for next 4 days looks horrendous - heavy precipitation with the FL at around the 2,200 mark Sad Sad Sad

What areas should we stick to assuming that most lifts are open (if winds stay relatively moderate as the current runs suggest)?
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Looks fine to me

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Does anyone know a good boot fitter In Cervinia? I'm in new boots I've had one sitting with some grinding but I know I'm still in need of a bit of tweaking next week
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There seems to be a load of snow forecast for the next few days. Anyone think it's worth a short trip sometime next week (staying in Cervinia)? Had previously ruled out a late trip this year as didn't want to bother with warmth and slush again after the last few weeks, but maybe things are looking up now? I'd be strictly on-piste on this trip.
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We're off for to Zermatt on monday for one last trip this season, any ideas how the coniditons are at the moment? I've been watching the weather forecast and it seems like there should be some fresh snow and fingers crossed some colder weather. How are the runs? Is the snow that was forecast actually arriving? I'm super excited but if it's slush and ice maybe need to lower my expectations!
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We've been here since Wednesday - link to Cervinia shut since then due to strong winds. No snow in Zermatt itself, first time I've seen it so bare at this time of year. Snow soft below 2,800M and slushy as you drop below 2,200 (red 41 and the black 62 were not in great shape this AM). Rain in the town last night meant about 15CMs of fresh (not powder / a bit heavy) at the top of the Furggsattel chair. Nice fresh tracks to be had first thing, it became pretty chopped up by midday. Plenty of runs still in very good shape though.
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Hmm that's not amazing but ok! I'm sure we can find some nice bits and fingers crossed then that it improves a bit over the weekend. Thanks for your reply Smile
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@mollymoo, by the looks of it the link to Cervinia might be open tomorrow. Forecast is only for light winds next week, you'll be fine.
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Hmm that's not amazing but ok! I'm sure we can find some nice bits and fingers crossed then that it improves a bit over the weekend. Thanks for your reply Smile

Be careful. Avy bulletin saaying considerate, wet snow and warm weather coming
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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 ...
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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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Thanks very much - I think we came down the 69 a couple of years ago ... seem to remember a ropey section below the Matterhorn.
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Staying in Cervinia this weekend. Worth getting the international pass based on current conditions or staying locally?
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I wouldn't unless you've never been to Zermatt TBH - came back (from Zermatt) on Sunday night. Saturday night's snow came too late for us. We had a reasonable time but I can't remember a year when the snow coverage was as poor as last week at this time of the season. Some pistes were great, others OK and some very soft and bumpy by as early as 11 - I always find that the snow on the Zermatt side (talking about pistes) is inferior to what you get over in Italy - scrapy with a very hard base that gets moved about and chopped up easily.
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Hey folks,

Heading out next week and trying to decide which board to bring, is it nice and soft late morning or does the ice last longer?

Going to Cervinia side Wink

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@Aviatork, not sure what boards you own but I would definitely go for whichever one is more snappy on the turn, there were a lot of soft stashes, bumps and moguls in Zermatt last week ... my Salomon Asassin (which is amazing at fast piste carving including on hard pack) was a bit out of place. Having said that, the Cervinia runs are less steep, hold snow much better etc so a good piste carving board will do the job.
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@franga, thanks! I have the rocker vs camber dilemma, Burton process flying V or a Jones aviator. The former is way more fun but a bag of s**t on ice, I was there earlier in the year and whilst it was spring like it stayed pretty rock hard all day higher up which suited the jones. First world problems!

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I'm out in cervinia now. Up the top snow is great on piste. Off piste not very nice breakable crust only very small patches of nice powder and dotted between nasty crust. Down the bottom is icy till about 11ish.
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@Mother hucker, good info!
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Got back from Zermatt after a short break last night (well...2am after a 3 hour delay at the tunnel Confused ). First two days, windy and links to Cervinia shut as was the skiing on the Matterhorn GP. Some good skiing above mid station though around Rothorn and Gornergrat. Then woke yesterday to snow in the village. First gondola up to Matterhorn GP and we had a blast until 11.30. Snowing lightly, and about a foot or more of fresh stuff to play in off the side. Pretty good down to Furgg, soggy below that, great off Furgsattel chair. The links were open to Cervinia. We had to come off the mountain to head home at 11.30, but frankly my legs had had enough!
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Summer time in Cervinia these last few days, saw 20 degrees on the temp display yesterday afternoon at the gondola down town.

Pistes still good above plan maison, down below very slushy but good fun.

Apparently runs 3 and 5 may close this week as the forecast is set to be similar into the future.

Didn't go over the Swiss side.
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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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