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January 2020 advice

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Hello - I'm in Australia and last time in Europe skied two weeks in March, and found conditions fine. Next year I have two weeks in January planned, either starting 11 January or 18 January. My preference is to ski later in January, but the two weeks from 11 Jan fits best for work.

Currently I have planned 18 - 25th in Les Menuires, then 25 - 1 Feb in Zermatt. If that was pushed forward a week (11-18th in Les Menuires, 18-25 in Zermatt) would I likely see much difference in conditions? Coming from so far, and this being a far from annual trip, I want to get the most out of it. I have read that some parts of Zermatt don't open till ~end of January. Will everything in the 3V be open week beginning 11 Jan?

All advice gratefully accepted.
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this year, end of JAN, 3V was fully open, stayed in Les Menuires, however lower slopes had signs of thin snow layer and you actually could see dark gravel/soil under very thin layer of snow/ice at places, where most brake.
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Zermatt is rocky.

So, later is better.
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There is one part of Zermatt - Rote Nase - that doesn't open until later, on account (I think) of needing greater snow cover. You can see the lift schedule here https://www.matterhornparadise.ch/en/Current-news/Timetable .
This gives access to a few great unpisted itinerary runs. Well worth it if you are into that sort of thing, but it's a small element of the whole resort.
That area would be open if you opted for the later trip but closed the week before.
The same applies to a drag lift on the glacier, but that's no big deal.
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Thanks for all your advice. Looks like the later trip is probably it, although it's going to cost me a few hundred euros extra for various reasons.

DCG wrote:
There is one part of Zermatt - Rote Nase - that doesn't open until later, on account (I think) of needing greater snow cover. You can see the lift schedule here https://www.matterhornparadise.ch/en/Current-news/Timetable .


That was exactly what i was thinking about DCG.
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Both will be fine...no need to push it later if it saves you money. January can mean big storms and lift closures for high winds, which it more likely to affect Zermatt. However, it’s impossible to predict when those storms are likely to happen. I was in the 3V (just down the road from Menuires) for all bar a week of Jan, and we had an excellent time. Piste skiing fine from NY, and then snow. I really can’t recall significant bare patches.
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rdk wrote:
Thanks for all your advice. Looks like the later trip is probably it, although it's going to cost me a few hundred euros extra for various reasons.

DCG wrote:
There is one part of Zermatt - Rote Nase - that doesn't open until later, on account (I think) of needing greater snow cover. You can see the lift schedule here https://www.matterhornparadise.ch/en/Current-news/Timetable .


That was exactly what i was thinking about DCG.


Rote Nasa is an itinerary area. That is, it is off piste so ungroomed. But it is marked and is controlled so it is safer than pure off piste (but still more hazardous than on piste). If you like off piste skiing then you ought to do the later week when Rote Nasa is open. It is, in my opinion, the best skiing area in Zermatt and Cervinia. However if you are 100% on piste it doesn’t make much difference.

Rote Nasa is in a bowl from a recently departed glacier. So it is rather rocky, including a lot of loose rocks, and needs more snow cover than other areas. Hence the later opening.
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I have booked the week 25 Jan to 1 Feb for Zermatt, with the previous week in Les Menuires. I'm surprised about the reasonable cost of some of the hotels in Zermatt, especially for a solo traveller.
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rdk wrote:
I have booked the week 25 Jan to 1 Feb for Zermatt, with the previous week in Les Menuires. I'm surprised about the reasonable cost of some of the hotels in Zermatt, especially for a solo traveller.


Even Zermatt has a quiet time post Xmas/New Year and before European half terms. You have probably chosen the best possible week from that point of view.
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@rdk, great choice of areas and weeks.

I’m also surprised you’ve found reasonably priced hotels in Zermatt for a solo traveller, even though off peak season. Would you mind telling which website (or other source) you found them on please?

If you need detailed info on either 3V or Zermatt/Cervinia I’m sure SnowHeads will respond.
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