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Zermatt (and Cervinia) 2018/19

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How much is the Cervinia extension for one day?
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I know the Cervinia website has all the prices for the tickets they sell. Guess Zermatt's will too.

Enjoy
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Apologies if already asked, but I also asked the Zermatt tourist office and they weren't very clear, and the website wasn't 100% clear either.

We're think of coming for the Easter week (20th-27th April). I know that Sunnega and Gornegrat ski areas close on the 23rd, but will the slopes of the Klein Matterhorn area and the links to Cervinia in theory remain open for the rest of the week (weather & snow permitting , etc, etc)?

I appreciate lower slopes will probably be closed due to lack of cover, so the question is more regarding the lifts and links.
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25cm new snow over the weekend. Bluebird calm today. Wow. Zermatt really is special snowHead
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A shame it's a faff to upload photos on here as there are some little rippers from today. Of fresh tracks on Stockhorn just after the Rote Nase cable car opened for example.
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@hd, not a faff, if the pics are on your PC, just click the "Post Image" button at the bottom of the page, simples......
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hd wrote:
How much is the Cervinia extension for one day?


Probably too late but it is around 50CHF
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@KenX, it is a colossal faff from a mobile device
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Whitters wrote:
Apologies if already asked, but I also asked the Zermatt tourist office and they weren't very clear, and the website wasn't 100% clear either.

We're think of coming for the Easter week (20th-27th April). I know that Sunnega and Gornegrat ski areas close on the 23rd, but will the slopes of the Klein Matterhorn area and the links to Cervinia in theory remain open for the rest of the week (weather & snow permitting , etc, etc)?

I appreciate lower slopes will probably be closed due to lack of cover, so the question is more regarding the lifts and links.


Yes. Klein Matterhorn slopes will be open (not Schwarzsee) as will the links to Cervinia and the upper Italian slopes at least. The Italian side is south facing and so can be slushy lower down. That said I went touring down into Italy that time last year and it was fantastic down to a really low level.
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Looking like a decent amount due to fall this weekend. Sunday night and Monday as it currently sets up.
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Hi all,

Looking at maybe getting out to either Zermatt or Cervinia in mid March. May sound like a silly question but how are the pistes heading back into the resorts at this time?

Also, is there a very different feel or any real differences between staying on the Swiss side to the Italian side i.e. prices etc?
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Im about to find out, as in Zermatt from March 9th. Normally there early Feb. Zermatt more expensive than Cervinia, but a lot better as a resort. Johnmo may gove you a decent answer but I would be suprised if they were not ok. They are only 'a' roads to get home though!
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Fridge03 wrote:
Hi all,

Looking at maybe getting out to either Zermatt or Cervinia in mid March. May sound like a silly question but how are the pistes heading back into the resorts at this time?

Also, is there a very different feel or any real differences between staying on the Swiss side to the Italian side i.e. prices etc?


Mid-March should be fine. The area is very high and so the snow tends to keep in good condition even if temperatures are above normal. Zermatt is mainly north facing so it gets even more protection.

Do you know the resort?

Zermatt’s home runs are not great to be honest. They are rather functional: their main purpose is to persuade you to stop off at one of the many bars/restaurants along the way for après ski (a very worthy aim obviously). There are only three – all reds (I’ll ignore the itineraries). There are pistes 2 and 1 down from Patrullarve. 2 is OK if rather boring. 1 starts off really nice, through the trees, but then turns as boring as 2 with the added twist of the “wall of death” – a short, narrow and incredibly steep section that really should be black (but they want to build chalets along there so won’t classify it as black). If you are a good skier it is no problem if empty (or, unlikely, only being skied by other good skiers). However, if it is busy it will have loads of beginner/intermediate skiers lying on it in various states of distress. Trying to get around them (they keep moving!) can be tricky. I have considered using them as moguls and going over them but I fear that might be frowned upon. Piste 50 down from Furi is rather boring as well (although I use it quite a lot because I like stopping off at the Hennu Stall for my après). It also is quite narrow and in busy times can get rather hard packed and icy – but that should not be too bad in mid-March.

Cervinia’s home runs are nicer – and more obviously work as a continuation of the upper pistes. However, Cervinia is mainly south facing and so if the temperatures are high (certainly a possibility in mid-March) they can get slushy notwithstanding the resort height.

Ironically the least glamorous part, Valtournenche, has the nicest home run (1 – the Italian numbering is separate from the Swiss numbering). There are a couple of steep sections that make it a proper red. It is also going relatively low at the bottom (1,500m) so again if there are high temperatures there is a risk of smooth hard pack or slush. It does descend through the trees so does get some protection from that.

As for the differences between the two resorts: chalk and cheese. Zermatt is a “destination” visit even for non-skiers. It is a traditional Alpine village that (generally) has been sympathetically expanded and is full of excellent bars/restaurants/shops. However, it is very expensive. Cervinia is not a bad place but serves much more as simply a ski base. However, it is a lot better value. Valtournenche is more basic and better value again but is quite cut off from everywhere else and I wouldn’t recommend staying there unless economy was by a large margin your most important criterion.
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Fridge03 wrote:
Hi all,

Looking at maybe getting out to either Zermatt or Cervinia in mid March. May sound like a silly question but how are the pistes heading back into the resorts at this time?

Also, is there a very different feel or any real differences between staying on the Swiss side to the Italian side i.e. prices etc?


Mid-March should be fine. The area is very high and so the snow tends to keep in good condition even if temperatures are above normal. Zermatt is mainly north facing so it gets even more protection.

Do you know the resort?

Zermatt’s home runs are not great to be honest. They are rather functional: their main purpose is to persuade you to stop off at one of the many bars/restaurants along the way for après ski (a very worthy aim obviously). There are only three – all reds (I’ll ignore the itineraries). There are pistes 2 and 1 down from Patrullarve. 2 is OK if rather boring. 1 starts off really nice, through the trees, but then turns as boring as 2 with the added twist of the “wall of death” – a short, narrow and incredibly steep section that really should be black (but they want to build chalets along there so won’t classify it as black). If you are a good skier it is no problem if empty (or, unlikely, only being skied by other good skiers). However, if it is busy it will have loads of beginner/intermediate skiers lying on it in various states of distress. Trying to get around them (they keep moving!) can be tricky. I have considered using them as moguls and going over them but I fear that might be frowned upon. Piste 50 down from Furi is rather boring as well (although I use it quite a lot because I like stopping off at the Hennu Stall for my après). It also is quite narrow and in busy times can get rather hard packed and icy – but that should not be too bad in mid-March.

Cervinia’s home runs are nicer – and more obviously work as a continuation of the upper pistes. However, Cervinia is mainly south facing and so if the temperatures are high (certainly a possibility in mid-March) they can get slushy notwithstanding the resort height.

Ironically the least glamorous part, Valtournenche, has the nicest home run (1 – the Italian numbering is separate from the Swiss numbering). There are a couple of steep sections that make it a proper red. It is also going relatively low at the bottom (1,500m) so again if there are high temperatures there is a risk of smooth hard pack or slush. It does descend through the trees so does get some protection from that.

As for the differences between the two resorts: chalk and cheese. Zermatt is a “destination” visit even for non-skiers. It is a traditional Alpine village that (generally) has been sympathetically expanded and is full of excellent bars/restaurants/shops. However, it is very expensive. Cervinia is not a bad place but serves much more as simply a ski base. However, it is a lot better value. Valtournenche is more basic and better value again but is quite cut off from everywhere else and I wouldn’t recommend staying there unless economy was by a large margin your most important criterion.


That's awesome info. Thank you!
We will tackle most things and would rather ski down at the end of the day rather than download, even if the run is a bit of a mare....

Never been before so just trying to decide where to base ourselves. Head says Zermatt due to the north facing and the "alpine village" feel that we love but.....we are dead keen to sample to Italian side to skiing including the cheaper prices and food. We are still toying with the Dolomites as well but I think it'll probably be either Zermatt or Cervinia this time. We had kind of already ruled out Valtourneche as even though the prices look really good, I was a bit put off by the reliance on the one lift to get up the mountain....

Any recommendations on good places to stay? We are planning on leaving it fairly last minute to book to get a good deal (as only two of us) but happy to book sooner on a decent place. Open to all types of accommodation.
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Fridge03 wrote:
That's awesome info. Thank you!
We will tackle most things and would rather ski down at the end of the day rather than download, even if the run is a bit of a mare....

Never been before so just trying to decide where to base ourselves. Head says Zermatt due to the north facing and the "alpine village" feel that we love but.....we are dead keen to sample to Italian side to skiing including the cheaper prices and food. We are still toying with the Dolomites as well but I think it'll probably be either Zermatt or Cervinia this time. We had kind of already ruled out Valtourneche as even though the prices look really good, I was a bit put off by the reliance on the one lift to get up the mountain....

Any recommendations on good places to stay? We are planning on leaving it fairly last minute to book to get a good deal (as only two of us) but happy to book sooner on a decent place. Open to all types of accommodation.


I have an apartment down the Matter valley in Täsch so I am a bit out of the loop on hotels. If you want to make sure you can get over to Italy (relatively) easily I would look at the various hotels close to the Matterhorn Gondola Lift Station (Matterhorn Talstation). That is: the ones at the south end of town. They tend not to be quite as grand or expensive as the ones more central. However, they give you easy access to the Matterhorn lift and therefore (relatively) easy access over to Italy. They also give you easy access to the Klein Matterhorn, Schwarzsee and Gornegrat skie areas. You would not have good access to the Sunnegga ski area but you can hop on the ski bus and get on the lifts down there. You would also have a little walk into the centre but of course you'd have no ski gear when doing that so it should not a problem.

I am biased but I do think Zermatt is a much better place to stay. However eating lunch over on the Italian side is great and a big help on the wallet.
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20cm of fresh on the slopes in the last 24 hours according to the Zermatt website. Storm force winds though making any sort of skiing difficult, with all high level lifts closed.
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20cm of fresh on the slopes in the last 24 hours according to the Zermatt website. Storm force winds though making any sort of skiing difficult, with all high level lifts closed.


Today looks like a day for getting a good book and a better bottle of wine. Rest of the week should be superb though.
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Personally I prefer to ski off the chairlift but I guess this is a more interesting way to do it. This was this morning on the Cretaz chairlift from the base at Cervinia.

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This morning, due to a technical failure, the Cretaz chairlift remained firm. Given the impossibility to restart it, thanks to the timely intervention of rescuers, 27 people have been lowered with the helicopter. The intervention, lasted about an hour, ended recently. All passengers are fine. We sincerely thank all those who participated in rescue operations with great professionalism.


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Jeez - that’s not for the faint-hearted!
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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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@Fridge03, if you go to Zermatt look at the Hotel La Couronne, if they have space. the Basic room for 2 is/was around 204 CHF per night. Bed and breakfast and the best position for all the lifts of any hotel in Zermatt for me. You need a bus to any, but the stop is right outside the door. Next door but one to the Papperla for apres. Very clean, well run, and a good breakfast. Free pick up from the station too. Sorry off thread re weather, but hope this helps.
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Can anyone recommend a quality ski hire shop in Zermatt. Ideally looking for Stockli Lazer SL. Any suggestions are greatly received.
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Julen sport are good. Race focused so should have something approximating! (sorry, early post said Doraz sport, i misremembered the good guys. )
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To be honest, the quality of equipment in all the hire shops is very high, new equipment every season and pretty well maintained. Prices across the board pretty similar too. We use Flexrent opposite the Sunnegga station if that suits geographically. Many of the hotels will have an arrangement with particular hire shops offering a 10% discount to their guests so that’s worth asking about. If you are set on a particular model just email a couple of shops to see who has them, otherwise just got to nearest/where you get a discount.
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@Walkerr, agree with comments above. Stöckli skis are ubiquitous in Zermatt. So you should have no problem getting them.
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Hi, can anybody clarify this. Is the Gornergrat railway and the Matterhorn glacier paradise covered in the Normal Ski Pass?
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Hi anyone out there. How are runs to the valley holding up? Generally, are Findeln runs bearing up, as I would like to ski to lunch at Findlerhof. Not due in Zermatt till 9th March, so am hoping conditions at lower levels are not deteriorating too much. Webcam shows path down to Findlerhof with no snow. Any comments appreciated
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