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Zermatt and Cervinia 2019-20

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Frustrating stuff. The snow is already starting (rain in town obviously) and the GFS runs below suggest there is going to be a fair amount. Cervinia would still be open as would the Klein Matterhorn/Furggsattel/Furgg areas. As well as some great piste fun, the lift accessed off piste and particularly the touring would be awesome.

Ah well.

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@johnmo, so when do you think you'll get back out to zermatt?
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Kj82 wrote:
@johnmo, so when do you think you'll get back out to zermatt?


God only knows. May is often a great month to be out there. Relatively quiet. Superb snow up top where a decent area is (in a normal year) still open, lovely walking lower down and often very nice weather. It is quite a few years since we did not have a trip out in May. At present, it is looking possible we might not get out there this summer at all. As soon as we safely can we will certainly be out. I’d prefer to drive than fly but it is not clear which will be available first.

The three offspring and their spouses were meant to be put with us last month before the end of the main ski season. Obviously, that didn’t happen. I had bought them weekly passes back in October as there was a discount. It was not possible to get a refund but you could move them to next season. So, I have changed them all to the week after Xmas. I am not even 100% certain that that will go ahead if we get another surge of the virus in the early winter.
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my personal opinion is that there will be skiing next year but it'll be riddled with restrictions to enforce (as best possible) social distancing. i think any month of the year is a good month to visit Zermatt ! I've driven to Zermatt before but after (i want to say Dijon) i recall the drive taking an awful long time away from the E roads.
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Kj82 wrote:
my personal opinion is that there will be skiing next year but it'll be riddled with restrictions to enforce (as best possible) social distancing. i think any month of the year is a good month to visit Zermatt ! I've driven to Zermatt before but after (i want to say Dijon) i recall the drive taking an awful long time away from the E roads.


I enjoy the drive. I have only ever done it with my wife (and sometimes others as well). So we tend to switch drivers every couple of hours or so. Leaving central London very early and taking the tunnel we get to Zermatt (Täsch) early enough to pop into the pizza restaurant for dinner and necessary alcohol.

The driving in France is good and the driving in Switzerland is good. But there is no good way to switch between the two. In summer it is fine because we just come off the French motorway system at Dole (beyond Dijon as you say) and then drive via Bescancon into Switzerland north of Lausanne. The drive over the Jura is on narrowish roads but is very pleasant. In winter, in bad weather we avoid doing that. But that means either coming into Switzerland from the North at Basel or continuing past Dijon and Dole down to the Lyon to Geneva road and heading in that way. It means staying on good motorways the whole way but is quite a bit longer.

Anyway the big news at the moment is that the Swiss border with France is opening 15 June. Now I need to find a way to get out of the UK and into France.
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Summer ski area opening up on 6 June. Great for those in Switzerland. Frustrating for those of us in the UK.
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