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Poster: A snowHead
Tue 10-03-20 20:22
Replies: 661
@twoodwar, Glad to hear that you managed to get to the Étoile and were able to check out that the fish soup is still up to standard. Hope you enjoy the rest of the week despite only having the Zermatt restaurants to fall back on
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Fri 21-02-20 12:42
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62 is indeed the black run down from Furi. Over the last few years, my “children” have bought me a First Tracks ticket as a “thank you” for their holiday. You get to go up in the old cable car from Furi to Trockener Steg with the beer barrels and then out onto the piste before the lifts open. You have to be quick to get two runs in (I only manage one!) and then get breakfast in the hut canteen at Kleine Matterhorn. 62 in those conditions is an absolute pleasure but I’ve given up using it at the end of the day. The run is under a slope that avalanches easily - you can see the evidence clearly as you pass over in the bubble up from Furi - so I’m always amazed at the people who duck under the ropes when the run is closed. The White Hare is my husband’s favourite run. Happy days!
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Tue 18-02-20 21:03
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@Russeh, I think the risk is much over-hyped but it does give a frisson of excitement the first few times you cross over. We even took our passports. In many seasons of skiing Zermatt and Cervinia, we have never been stranded. Hope this is not “famous last words”! As JohnMo says, watch out for the messages at the lift stations. I think it is as Skiwi222 says, they don’t open the link if they think the weather is going to deteriorate during the day. We have been over in Cervinia and have scurried back when the “last lift” time has changed but there was plenty of time to pop back over.
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Mon 17-02-20 19:51
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@caughtanedge, If the link from Zermatt is closed, the Cervinia lifts show as closed on the Zermatt website/app. @twoodwar, Hope the good weather lasts to the following week
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Wed 12-02-20 22:37
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@caughtanedge, It looks like very similar to the reply that I was sent. I did bridle at the “customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal” as it seemed to me that, if they really mean that, it is easy to achieve - keep both the “high-quality” webcams and the old webcams and don’t turn the old ones off. Ah well - we’ve made our viewpoint clear and hopefully they will leave the old cams on. In the meantime, I lurk at Findeln and the bahnhofplatz anticipating my next visit and do enjoy the panoramas of the new webcams.
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Fri 7-02-20 18:30
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Well, I emailed Zermatt Tourism about the loss of the much-loved webcams and had a very courteous reply but the bottom line was still “the computer says no”. Here is the gist of the reply: “All "old" webcams (with the exception of Gornergrat, Riffelberg and the Italian cams) were removed from the site. The reason for this is, that we wanted a uniform look and the removed cams no longer met our quality requirements.”. More worryingly the reply says “It is a question of time until these webcams are turned off. But in the meantime you can still find the desired pictures.”. Harrumph!
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Thu 6-02-20 19:34
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@twoodwar, A man after my own heart (or stomach!). I will be having calves liver tomorrow but sadly in Wimbledon not Findlerhof. I might once have eaten to ski but now ski to eat. All good! @caughtanedge, Keep at it. I will remind them about the Findeln camera in the hope they respond to customer demand. I know so many people that like looking at the Findeln webcam and the bahnhofplatz cam showing the Christmas tree in due season and the general comings and goings.
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Wed 5-02-20 20:39
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@JohnMo, All singing and dancing the webcams might be but, unless I’ve missed it and would be delighted to be told I have, the webcam from Findeln is missing. That was my favourite webcam in the Alps and, from a November to April, I have been a daily visitor for years. Watching the snow layers on the roof of the hut and thinking about my next meal at the restaurant has kept me going between holidays. The good news is I’ve found the webcam on Bergfex. Fingers crossed Bergfex keep the feed.
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Tue 28-01-20 1:28
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@Raptor23, well,I’m not at that stage yet but, yes, my thoughts are I could walk up from Plan Maison. There’s a walking path - you quite often see people walking up to lunch there. Just planning ahead.
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Mon 27-01-20 20:49
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@JohnMo, sounds realistic. Sadly, the lift on Stockhorn is no longer of any interest to me and I’m just hoping I can keep skiing long enough to try out the Rothorn replacement! Still, looking on the bright side, the new Testa Grigia lift will enable me to get to Chalet Etoile when the time has come to hang up my skis! The list pass price might be eye watering but at least Zermatt is investing in new and improved infrastructure unlike Chamonix, my other favourite ski resort .....hope I haven’t started an argument.
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Fri 24-01-20 15:34
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The Ventina - very Italian, great food and reasonable prices. It’s in a lovely sunny position at the junction of piste 35 and 36. We always stop for a bombardino (Italian egg-nog - trust me, tasted better than it sounds) when over from Zermatt. Avoid the toilets however ...........
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Mon 25-11-19 19:36
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Can second DCG’s recommendation for Romantik Hotel Julen and can add Chez Max and Sonnmatten (in Winkelmatten). A fun option is Hotel Silvana at Furri. You catch the lift up and can either walk or toboggan back. We also had a good meal at the Matthiol Hotel last year. They have glass/plastic igloos in the garden which you can hire which was a bit different. The disadvantage is that the hotel is out on the Moosweg to the north of the village so is a reasonable walk from the centre of Zermatt. Unfortunately, we can’t be out for Christmas this year but I think if we were we would probably go to Sonnmatten. Where ever you choose I’m sure you’ll have a great time. Merry Xmas!
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Sat 15-06-19 20:30
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Skied there in May - loads of snow but no idea how quickly it disappears. We had guides armed with rifles and at various points on the route people on snowmobiles appeared, again armed with rifles. Quite a surreal experience but thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and can recommend it.
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Sun 24-03-19 14:31
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@bendiddley, I’ve got a pair of Gordini mittens. Have had them for years and love them in cold, windy conditions. I’ve washed them successfully using Nikwax down wash exactly as GlasgowCyclops suggests. The washing doesn’t seem to have affected the snow proofing or breathability.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 23-02-19 12:37
Replies: 350
I can add to the restaurants :-D . Findlerhof is in the same cluster of restaurants as Chez Vrony and Adler Hitta and is excellent with stunning views down the valley. A level down from the likes of Chez Vrony but still with excellent food and views is Fluhalp which is particularly good fun when the band is playing. On the Kleine Matterhorn side, Zum See (my personal favourite) and Blatten (also good for more gentile apres than Hennu Stall) are worth trying. Simi in the dip at Furi is also good with a sheltered terrace that is a sun trap in the Spring. More modestly priced restaurants on that side include Restaurant Furi, Farmerhaus at Furi and the big self-service at Trockener Steg. There is usually a very lively apres scene at the restaurant at Schwarzsee but we have had some indifferent food there so tend to only go for a drink in the setting sun. We use the Kleine Matterhorn side for getting our ski legs back. There are plenty of straightforward reds and, for the more adventurous, the Swarzsee trees and itineraries if open. If your less experienced skier can manage T-bars, the Trockener Steg drags give access to very easy, long cruising blues and the run from the top of the Kleine Matterhorn is within the compass of most early intermediates I would think. Usual caveats apply about depending on conditions. I guess the top of the Kleine Matterhorn in a blizzard with wind scoured icy pistes is not great fun. Similarly, the run past Stafelalp can be a delight passing under the Matterhorn but can be thoroughly unpleasant when icy. We tend to eat in most evenings but can recommend Sparky’s at the more moderate end of the price bracket, Sonnmatten and Chez Max some where in the middle price bracket. There are plenty of places to spend much more. I’m not sure I have ever had a poor meal in Zermatt just ones that are more or less pricey! Hope you have a great stay.
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Fri 22-02-19 16:40
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@JohnMo, I didn’t mind the T-bar and it kept the area very quiet. The two runs down from the top of the T-bar were two of my favourite runs in the resort and one of those has been remodelled to fit in the new lift. And yes, the access to the new lift is pretty grim. There were bodies all over the place when we did it at Christmas. I guess the main advantage is making access to Furi easier after a lunch at Stafelalp. Sitting on the deck there in the sun with the Matterhorn behind and watching the ski tourers coming through is one of my favourite pastimes in the Spring. Maybe I’m just getting stuck in my ways! I do miss the old lift at the top of the Rothorn even if it always seemed to whack me in the knees as it came round (OK, I’m not that tall) and, although the plans for the replacement look exciting, it would appear that it is going to be some years before it is built assuming that permission is obtained. However, I think that the Zermatt lift company does a great job and is prepared to invest to improve the lift system. Piste maintenance is also excellent. The cost of the lift ticket is eye-watering but you probably do get better value for money than some resorts (Chamonix comes to mind).
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Thu 21-02-19 20:25
Replies: 350
@KenX, I know you know Zermatt really well. Will be interested to hear what you think about the changes since you lived there. For me, the new lift to Kleine Matterhorn is a big plus but think the Hörnli side has not been improved with the new lift. If you hanker after a reminder of the old lift (even I at 5’ 3 used to bump my head) up to Sunnega from Gant then they have one at the Firefly opposite Sparky’s.The new chair is definitely an improvement. We think we met Hannah when we were last at Findlerhof. Hope her perks include free meals! Have a great stay.
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Mon 18-02-19 16:41
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@twoodwar, My confident “forecast” made at Christmas that Zermatt/Cervinia would be epic in March is coming back to haunt me. We’ve had to abandon our planned March trip as our builders have decided to turn up early but I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you. Lunch in Findlerhof is worth the walk if necessary but so much better to ski.
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Mon 11-02-19 16:48
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I’ve always fancied trying heli-skiing from the Cervinia side but this is not what I had in mind!
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Mon 31-12-18 14:52
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@iainm, That sounds more like it otherwise people like me would just remove the mat! There definitely is a mat covering the glass panel on the crystal floor cabins when the cabin is being used for “ordinary” passengers presumably protecting both the glass floor and the extra revenue stream. When I did lift a corner of the mat the floor did look reasonably clear and the view was great so a fully clear panel must be quite impressive. I’ve no idea how much the full experience costs but it could be worth it - maybe once. The cabins are identifiable by a crystal encrusted mountain design. People hung back from the first cabin when they saw the crystal one coming through so that they could get on it. If someone on here does try the full experience, let us know. To be fair, the ordinary ride is something special.
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Mon 31-12-18 13:06
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Town and pistes very busy but a beautiful bluebird day. The top lifts to a Kleine Matterhorn and Furgstattel have been closed by wind so the link over to Cervia is shown as closed at the moment. Everything is is open but busy. @caughtanedge, the new lift is absolutley fine for skiers and boarders. I have been on several full lifts and it is comfortable and a huge improvement on the old cable car. I’ve not really queued for the lift which has been great. Given the capacity of the new system, it must be aimed at skiers/boarders as well as non-skiers. You just sit down holding your skis or board and there is plenty of room. The lifts I’ve been on have had a mixture of skiers, boarders and soght-seers and it had been no problem at all. I think you can pay even more(!) to go through a dedicated turnstile and ride in one of the lifts with the transperant floors. This must be aimed at the non-skiers. As far as I can work out (I have not paid the premium myself!) the floor mat is removed so you can look down. Maybe you get bejewelled slippers to wear as a souvenir and so ski boots don’t mark the floor - just a thought. Otherwise, the special cars just roll through and you get on as normal. I think there are only four of them. I have been on one and lifted up the mat and looked down - quite a view.
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Sun 30-12-18 21:40
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@sbooker, For the Zermatt side, I look at www.meteocentrale.ch. If you search on “Zermatt” it gives you a click through link for a forecast for “Kleines Matterhorn” including wind speed. There is also a link to “Plan Rosa” which will give an indication of the wind speed at the top of the lifts from Cervinia over to Zermatt. Having just had a look at the site, the forecast for the next few days is very windy. It is only a forecast so could be wrong but it doesn’t look very encouraging.
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Sun 30-12-18 17:17
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@Kj82, I think the Cervinia website was updated during the morning to say the mid and lower lifts were open so don’t be too depressed, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for skiers on that side. I can’t answer your question about Cervinia winds but the winds that closed the Zermatt Matterhorn high lifts were North/North West and over 100 Kms per hour according to Meteocentrale. We had a quiet day but the children skied Gornergrat first thing then gave up because of the lift queues, skied down to Furi (OK but icy according to them) and up to Trockner Steg, skied down via the Swartzsee trees which they said were OK and down to Zermatt.
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Sun 30-12-18 11:11
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Saturday was a Cervinia day for us. A speedy ride up to Kleine Matterhorn on the new lift and the first sign of wind there for a few days. Off to Cervinia via the Ventina and the wind increased. The Ventina was in great shape but there was a fair breeze blowing across the piste. Stopped for a bombardini at the Ventina Canteen and, given the wind, decided to head across to Plan Maison and thence the Pancheron lift (far side of the resort, under the Matterhorn). The weather here was sunny and calm and the pistes off the Panchreon lift in very good condition. We spent the morning here on reasonably quiet pistes and then headed down into town for a pizza. The snow on the run down was surprisingly good with evidence of the snow making having been used to good effect. Town was very busy, sunny and warm. We decided to head back to Zermatt after a late lunch and took the cable car back to Testa Grigia. By now, the wind had really picked up and it was a bit of a battle down the piste to Trockener Steg. We went to Furi via Furg and Schwarzsee and found the pistes holding up well. Today, it is windy on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise side and in Cervinia so I’m assuming the more exposed slopes will be wind affected. Slow start for us but heading up to Gornergrat side now.
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Fri 28-12-18 17:52
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@twoodwar, some more snow would be welcome by then particularly for the lower runs which are icy now and, of course, for the itineraries. I have old bones so have been taking the lift down the last couple of days to avoid the icy runs home. I don’t bounce as well as I used to! We leave after New Year but will keep my fingers crossed for more snow. I confidently forecast March is going to be epic (just hope Noz doesn’t read my “forecast”).
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Fri 28-12-18 16:25
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We were on the first lift from the Matterhorn Base station this morning and had a great morning’s skiing before the light went flat. The pistes are excellent above Trockener Steg and holding up well down as far as Furg. The black from Furg to Furi is showing some signs of wear but was good first thing. The run from Scwartzsee to Furi was pretty mixed. The temperatures were mild with no wind and the sun and good light returned this afternoon but we were back in the apartment by then. I noticed the staff at Trockener Steg putting out extra ski racks presumably for the New Year crowds. Ah well - we’ve had a great week so can’t complain and there are the New Year fireworks and more sunny weather to look forward to. We got to travel on one of the “crystal” cars up to Kleine Matterhorn. I think you have to pay extra for the full crystal experience with the transparent floor which, given the lift pass price, is cheeky but you can just lift up the mat and peek through. Maybe they want to protect the floor from damage by ski boots. Off back to Cervinia tomorrow for bombardinis and pizza and cruising in the sun.
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Thu 27-12-18 21:55
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Another beautiful day - good snow (above about 2300 metres) in both Zermatt and Cervinia, blue skies and uncrowded pistes. Could be Spring. The avalanche management activity of the last couple of days has eased off but the risk level is still 3. The new gondola up to Kleine Matterhorn is a huge improvement over the old cable car and popping over to Cervinia to cruise the pistes is very easy with no queues at the moment.
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Wed 26-12-18 8:40
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A very merry Xmas and Happy New Year from Zermatt.There certainly was a lot of avalanche clearing activity yesterday morning. Most lift opened late but, when they opened, the skiing was terrific above about 2300 metres. Lovely snow, sunshine and uncrowded pistes on the Kleine Matterhorn side. It was so good we got no further. The runs below Sunegga were mixed. The Hornlï pistes were excellent but the runs down to the lift very icy. The forecast is for sun for the next few days so we are hoping for more of the same although the resort will get busier when the New Year visitors arrive. ,
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Sun 23-09-18 20:39
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Apparently four of the cabins have floors encrusted with Swarovski crystals and the floor slides back to reveal a clear glass floor showing the glacier below. I do confess I hope to get one of those cabins at some point but will just be glad the new lift should avoid the queue for the old cable car.
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Sun 23-09-18 19:41
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@JohnMo, Thanks for the update. Good news on the Rothorn lift - we had wondered whether or not they would be able to open it. The lift company’s website hadn’t said anything about the winter so we were concerned. Phew - lunch in Fluhalp is safe. We’re looking forward to trying the new Klein Matterhorn lift - an amazing feat of engineering. Hope you have a great season.
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Fri 25-05-18 19:44
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Watched the Giro today. The route was in Piemonte over the Colle de Finestre to Bardonecchia. The amount of snow lining the top roads was amazing. As was Froome’s Ride. Roll on 2018/2019 and hope all is well with you and yours Nozawaonsen.
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Fri 13-04-18 18:18
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@nozawaonsen, Thanks for all your inputs this year and hope that things work out well with the family illness issues. Enjoy the summer and roll on the 18/19 thread.
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Thu 8-03-18 13:42
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@bendiddley, I’ve washed my Gordoni down mittens a couple of times (they got so smelly it was either risk washing them or throw them away) using Nikwax Down Wash and then Nikwax Down Proof. It seems to have worked. I think the down feels a little less fluffy but, with silk liners, they withstood wind and seriously low temperatures on the Kleine Matterhorn last week. I don’t wear them for “normal” skiing temperatures - too hot and I do feel the cold so they must have survived the washing.
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Sun 4-03-18 15:39
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@poppyb, Inntravel and Exodus used to do cross-country ski holidays so it might be worth looking at what they offer. Seefeld in Austria is a great place to learn to cross-country skiing. There is some downhill but the place is really well set up for cross-country with lessons and ski hire readily available. You can get by with walking kit. I use North Face polartec tights, a merino layer, a windproof gilet and a lightweight windproof top, and lightweight windproof polartec gloves. I also get to use my collection of woolly hats which have have been replaced by a helmet for downhill. Hope you enjoy!
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Fri 2-03-18 14:24
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@Run28, just back in. Moderate snow falling now but there has only been a few centimetres top up at various times during the week. Skied the Hornli sector yesterday and it was perfect. About 5cms had fallen overnight on top of the pisted pistes. The offpiste was very good. Somewhere between ankle and boot deep in places with the drifting. That sector tends to be very quiet so plenty of fresh tracks. I noticed some of the intineraries were closed this morning but they will be getting a nice top up now for when they do open. The black from Furg to Furi has been closed all week all though you do see the odd person risking it. Given the evidence of the slides down onto the piste, they are taking a chance.
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Wed 28-02-18 15:41
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Went over to Cervinia today via the Ventina. The pistes are in top condition and there is a lot of snow! We didn’t venture too far down as it started to cloud over at about midday so I can’t comment on the lower pistes but the skiing across the area above Plan Maison was a pleasure. We headed back via the Theodul Pass. The cloud was starting to flow over from Cervinia and the wind had really picked up on the Kleine Matterhorn side. As forecast, it looks like a change in the weather. The pistes on the Zermatt side down from Trockener Steg are still skiing really well with no obvious icy patches. The black from Furg to Furi was closed again. Let’s see what tomorrow brings in the way of fresh snow.
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Tue 27-02-18 17:46
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@hd, to answer your query from the Weather Forecast thread, my offpiste days are long past but the offpiste higher up looked OK. We went up in the cable car to Hohtalli and, looking across, Triftji looked in good condition. Certainly not fresh powder but not a scraped icy mess either. The intineraries are all open including one round the back into Furg that I haven’t seen open for a few years. Friends skied the trees above Furi on Sunday and said it was “mixed” - good higher up but hard lower down. I don’t know if the Schwartztor is open but I’ll look tomorrow if we go up to Kleine Matterhorn. We plan to go over to Cervinia tomorrow if the Kleine Matterhorn lift is open for skiers. I refuse to take the drags in this cold even with the promise of an Italian lunch! It was closed first thing this morning but was shown as “in preparation”. I didn’t check after that as we were skiing Rothorn and Gornergrat. I’ll give an update on the Cervinia pistes if we do go over. We had snow on Sunday and Monday (although the higher up peaks were out of the cloud for a lot of the time) but it was light and probably didn’t amount to more than a few centimetres. Enough to freshen things up. As you’ve commented, the forecast snow for the next few days varies hugely but, regardless, the skiing is in really good shape and looks set to stay that way.
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Tue 27-02-18 16:59
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@hd, I’ll post in the Zermatt thread but weather conditions have been pretty good and the pistes are in good condition. Monday would have been hard for a weather forecaster. There was moderate snow below about 2500 metres and sunshine above. You could say the forecasts were right or wrong depending on where you were skiing and which forecast you had looked at.
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Tue 27-02-18 16:17
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@hd, can’t answer your question but I can report it has been a glorious day in Zermatt. Clear blue skies, no wind (at least on the Rothorn side where we were skiing) but cold. It was - 15 at the Sunnega base station at 10.00 am. Hoping the Zermatt forecast is right for tomorrow - more sunshine.
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Wed 24-01-18 20:26
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@JohnMo, Glad that everything is opening up and you will be able to enjoy the next couple of days. Maybe even the itineraries? We’re back out for the last week of Feb and are keeping our fingers crossed that, on the law of averages, we’ll have some sunny days.
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