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Pentecost Weekend (26-28 May) in Zermatt - any Joy?

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Hey guys,

 

Do any of you people know the in and outs of Zermatt in late May?

 

I live in Zürich, and I'd like to head over with my teenage kids for the long weekend (Swiss get Monday off). Don't intend to do anything particularly epic, just work on technique, see the sky, feel the snow.  Go fast maybe. I really want to ski. Really bad. And my teenagers are game.

 

However, May-June is the absolutely dead time of year here in Switzerland. The sommer ksi areas aren't open yet. Saas Fee is closed completely, for example. In Zermatt, as far as I can tell (website and phone call with the tourism office lady, there'll be exactly two pistes open: Furgsattel (72) and Theodulgletscher (71). That's pretty thin.

 

I've never been to Zermatt before so I could use a little advice here.

 

- What are those two pistes like? Completely flat glacier stuff?

 

- I have my own kit, but I'd need to rent skiis for my daughter, skiis AND boots for my son. Is anything even open??

 

- Anything else skiish up there you'd recommend? We're good on-psite skiers but we've never done back country. Maybe we could warm up Saturday, hook up with a guide/teacher Sunday for some back country skiing? Are there even any guide OUT there in May??

 

Peace,

 

Mike

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Furgsattel and the Theodul glacier will get pretty old pretty fast.  Best bet, if you're up for it, would be a short tour with a guide.  You can do the Breithorn from the top of the Klein Matterhorn lift and then ski back down through the area to Trockner Steg, or if conditions permit, down the Unter Theodul glacier.  Check in the with Alpin Center in Zermatt to see what the options might be.  You'll have to stay pretty high at this time of year.  I have skied powder there at this time of year.

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Anyone is skiing anything interesting in Zermatt this Sunday?  I am here by myself and won't mind a ski partner.  I'd consider myself a pretty good skier (I brought a sidecountry set, so I can do relaxed pace tours as well).  PM me for contact information.


Edited by alexzn - 5/25/12 at 2:59pm
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