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Zermatt (and Cervinia) 2017/18

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@axci, unless I am seeing your post incorrectly you only seem to have posted the “before” picture of the avalanche destroyed Kumme lift station. Here is a picture of what remains of it:

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@JohnMo, not sure if I posted incorrectly but the picture should show the same as yours. Incredible how the avalanche has ripped up the whole station and a few pylons. But it could not take out, what I suppose, is the lift anchor.
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@axci, only shows one photo
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A nice bonus today. One beneficial side effect of them opening red 15 (so that people can ski off Rothorn down past Kumme even though the Kumme lift station is destroyed) is that they have opened itinerary 18 that comes off red 15 and then rejoins at red 9 leading to Patrullarve. That is always a really quiet itinerary and gets some ridiculously deep snow. It should be great fun at present (and hopefully still will be for me when I am back out this weekend).
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Looks like a decent amount of significant snow coming down in Zermatt on the webcams.
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Everything appears to be closed, though, due to strong winds! rolling eyes
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Lower runs to Zermatt from Sunnegga, and down from Furi are the only ones open.
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LOTA wrote:
Everything appears to be closed, though, due to strong winds! rolling eyes


The avalanche risk is causing problems aw well. The train down the valley is not running again because of snow drifts and avalanche risk. Fortunately it does look like things could be calmer for the weekend
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Looks like same as yesterday in Zermatt re lifts and pistes.
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twoodwar wrote:
Looks like same as yesterday in Zermatt re lifts and pistes.


A bit better: the lift is open up to Blauherd so gives a decent amount to ski from there. And the lift is open up to Riffelberg so opens up that run down to Furi.

The trains are really suffering. No train up the mountain at all. The Zermatt to Täsch shuttle is suspended. The train down the valley from Täsch to Visp is suspended but at least they can run replacement buses.

They really need these winds to drop so they can clear the drifts and make the risky areas avalanche safe.
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Any news on Cervinia re what's open, roaks etc. I'm a week off yet so finfers crossed
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Yes, anything regarding Valtournenche and cervinia would be appreciated. I’m heading out Saturday for only four days and trying to decide if I should make alternative arrangements. We fly to Geneva on Saturday, planning to ski Sunday to Wednesday. Looks like heavy snow and high winds until at least Monday. I’d hate to go all that way for skiing only Tuesday and Wednesday at best. Any thoughts?

Thanks!
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@stevebuk,

I don’t really follow things in Cervinia as closely as Zermatt. I am driving back out Sunday (getting there Monday). It does look as though this current storm has a few days yet to run. As you say by Tuesday things look good. But there is still a lot of snow (and with it winds) to come Sunday and Monday. Those winds on the Italian side for those two days look strong but not close the whole area down sort of stuff. I doubt if the link to Switzerland will be open either day but by Monday and possibly even Sunday I’d think you’d be able to ski from the top of the area. I guess the link to Valtournenche might be closed Sunday at least as that is exposed to wind as well.

I am sorry I can’t be more help. At present it is not just the wind but the avalanche risk and the snow drifts that are making everything so difficult.
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@stevebuk, Not sure if you are hiring a car, we are.

We plan a trip over to Aosta or some of the smaller areas should cervinia be struggling to open enough lifts. Silver lining and all - you tend to find some little sweet areas if you go hunting
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No car I'm afraid.... hmm, what to do!
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stevebuk wrote:
No car I'm afraid.... hmm, what to do!


The level 3 heavy snow warning now stretches through to the end of Monday. That is for Zermatt but your side of the mountain will be getting hit as well. Lifts on the Cervinia side are open to about two thirds of the top. But it is the highest lifts that give access to the best non-beginner skiing. I'd be surprised if Sunday and Monday were much different given what is coming along. On the other hand Tuesday and Wednesday should be great - but that might not be enough consolation for you having fairly limited skiing Saturday and Sunday.
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This is a good image from Hotel Cime Bianche in Breuil-Cervinia. That is the hotel next to the pistes just up from the bottom of the main village chairlifts. They got fed up trying to clear the snow so have just dug a tunnel thought it and strung up some lights.

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