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Zermatt and Cervinia 2020-21

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Currently if you stay in a hotel and it has a restaurant you can eat there, and several restaurants are doing takeaway (a lot of pizza options from what I could tell). Supermarkets are open. In the coming months the current Swiss plan is to have non-essential shops open from March 1st and restaurant terraces from April 1st, so if it were me I'd go the first week of April for that reason.
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RobJsy wrote:
As I am not UK-based an would be travelling from a v-low risk area it looks like I could enter without having to quarantine so have an outside chance of a ski trip to Switzerland this season.

Whilst I will deal with the moral conflict over the next few weeks (I could but should I?).....what would be the advice of those based in Zermatt - is it worth it for a late March / early April trip? Is there enough open....pistes/lifts/food (supermarkets for SC/Take-away/restaurants)? Would I be welcome?

It's an outside chance only - but worth exploring...


I am stuck in the UK and unable to get there. With the exception of the Rote Nasa lift to the Stockhorn itinerary area, all the Swiss pistes and itineraries are open. Like the rest of Italy, nothing on the Italian side of the mountain is open. Late March/ early April is a great time to be out in Zermatt. The south facing blues on Sunnegga, Findeln and Gornegrat can get slushy in the afternoon but the height and general north facing aspect means the snow generally is superb.
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JohnMo wrote:
The Stockhorn sector is not opening this year. Sad for those out there but understandable. It is a big area to keep open for a relatively small number of skiers. When you can attract foreign tourists it is the jewel in the crown for those who prefer ungroomed areas. With the current numbers it just doesn’t make sense. All other itineraries are now open.



My mountain guide friend Brian Farquharson taking the old route last week from Hohtälli to Rote Nase, there used to be a baggage lift for skis and then you walked a narrow path to where the new* Rote Nase lift station is! I remember the new lift being installed, really fast access to Triftji back when it was good Very Happy

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KenX wrote:


My mountain guide friend Brian Farquharson taking the old route last week from Hohtälli to Rote Nase, there used to be a baggage lift for skis and then you walked a narrow path to where the new* Rote Nase lift station is! I remember the new lift being installed, really fast access to Triftji back when it was good Very Happy



Wow. That is a great photo. I have been on that lift so many times but had no idea there was a path. If someone had asked me I would have said there was no possibility of getting from Hohtãlli over to Rote Nasa by foot! I must look for it next time I am on the lift.
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Interesting. After the closure of the winter season, the routes down to Furgg are kept open for a while. Then the routes down from Furggsattel to Trockener Steg. Eventually, one has to retreat to the summer ski area up on Klein Matterhorn. The winter season closure is this weekend. But next weekend they are keeping routes open from Furgg and Schwarzsee down to Furi and then, amazingly, even down to Zermatt.

If only there was some way to get out there and enjoy it.

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Not a great look for the Hennu Stall to feature on the front page of Blick. Hennu Stall is the well known apre ski bar on the slope just before Zermatt coming down from Klein Matterhorn end of the ski area.


https://www.blick.ch/schweiz/ohne-maske-ohne-abstand-hunderte-feiern-an-illegalen-apres-ski-partys-im-wallis-id16467418.html
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@johnmo, this information is extremely frustrating!
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Just had a fabulous week in Zermatt - it snowed on Monday and again on Thursday evening, so there was plenty of light, fresh powder available nearly all week, in mostly clear blue skies with a nice temperature - not too warm or cold (although up on KM it was pretty chilly and the obligatory face mask was handy to keep warm Very Happy ). It was only down in Findeln that the snow was mushy, but this was compensated by seeing loads of Marmottes come out of their winter slumbers. The runs down from Sunnegga to town were open and perfectly skiable

There were understandably relatively few people around, and only the briefest of lift queues anywhere if at all. All the kids on my daughter's ski group lessons were based in Switzerland. That said, the hotel I was in was full and apparently had been pretty much all season
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hi @whitters , were all switzerland-based?
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@Kj82, Certainly all the kids in the ski class were (could tell by the phone numbers in the whatsapp group that the instructor set up).

Nearly everyone I heard talk in the hotel or on the slopes were either speaking German or French so I'd assume were mostly Swiss. The only other English speakers we bumped into in the hotel lived in CH, but there were quite a few young English speakers on the slopes doing their BASI there and/or seemed to be seasonnaires.
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