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I think I'll be heading over to Zermatt which I believe is in the Swiss alps next may around the 8th. Has anyone ever skied there? If so how are the conditions that time of year?
post #2 of 14
I skied there 23 years ago on the glacier in October. Skiing was quite good on the Klien Matterhorn lift.

I would imagine you could have some great Spring skiing in May!

JF
post #3 of 14
Hi NYS,
If you ask the same question on www.snowheads.com (a British ski forum) you might even get people to hook up with!
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post
I skied there 23 years ago on the glacier in October. Skiing was quite good on the Klien Matterhorn lift.

I would imagine you could have some great Spring skiing in May!

JF
I was there 24 yrs ago in late May and none of the regular slopes were open for skiing, just the glacier. The scenery is awesome and unforgettable and worth the visit no matter when.
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I think I'll be heading over to Zermatt which I believe is in the Swiss alps next may around the 8th. Has anyone ever skied there? If so how are the conditions that time of year?
Hi, NYS.

My wife and I visited Zermatt last September. It's a wonderful village and I can't imagine how you could help but have a great time.

You should probably check with the tourist office to find out what skiing is likely to be open. It might be that the summer-skiing area on the Klein Matterhorn is the only lift-served skiing available. If that's the case, you would be skiing groomed runs on a glacier. If that's all that's open, you might only have the opportunity to ski intermediate-to-advanced type terrain.

You get to the skiing area via a gondola and a couple of trams and then use surface lifts (T-bars) on the glacier itself. I skied it last September in a cloud bank with horrible visibility but I still had a great time.

We stayed at the City Hotel, which is a 3-star bed and breakfast about a block and a half from the main "downtown" area of Zermatt. It was very quiet, the rooms were spacious and comfortable and our large balcony had a knockout view of the Matterhorn. Our hotel was in the mid-priced range at, I think, about $140/night US. The owner, Christoph Petrig, is also a mountain guide for both climbing and skiing. He speaks English very well and might be a great resource in helping you plan your trip.

Zermatt is a fun (but expensive) town and the hiking and scenery are incredible. One day I'll go there in the winter for the skiing.

Here's a photo from one of the T-bars on the Klein Matterhorn ski area. The ice part of that glacier is out of bounds.




There are beautiful hikes everywhere:



If you go, make sure you go to the Zumsee restaurant for either lunch or dinner. Here's a nice, low-calorie lunch:



And of course, there's the Matterhorn:



And here's a shot of the City Hotel:

post #6 of 14
It is an awesome place, but the skiing is less than awesome - tends to be kinda flat. But, it is skiing in May...speaking of which I think I'll go this weekend.
post #7 of 14
May is a good time to go ski touring, if you do that. The lift served glacier skiing is not very steep, though I find it amazing that they can high speed six person lift on a moving glacier. You can also get single trip heli flights up onto the Monte Rosa (Hire a guide for this) for a fairly reasonable price.
The Hotel Matterhornblick is a good value, and centrally located, and the Hotel Bahnhof (My favorite) is the cheapest in town. It tends to get the touring/climbing crowd.
The lift system is very extensive (much larger than any north american resort) and the scenery is amazing. It's one of my favorite places, and I urge you to go.
post #8 of 14
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What are your guys favorite trails there? or what trails have the best views and such. I'm not really a great skier, I usually stick to blue groomers...

what's the trail marking system like? I don't want to suddenly find my way onto a double diamond because it's marked blue haha.
post #9 of 14
I was there! As the only possible thing to hit is glacier, don`t forget your nordic stuff!
post #10 of 14
Zermatt is always worth the trip. Check out the following website for more info if you have time:
http://bergbahnen.zermatt.ch/e/
And on the slopes remember that the beginner runs are marked blue, the intermediates red and the advanced to expert trails black.

Have a blast,
Ursula
post #11 of 14
On the klein you will have one one or two pistes, one red and one blue. they both are very very easy. Although the weather can often sock in, it is still hard to get off the pistes. Even the red pistes there are easier than most blues here.
post #12 of 14
Actually, looking at the website, only the trockener is open now. That is a little more interesting than the klein for skiing, although not as scenic otherwise.
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what's the trail marking system like? I don't want to suddenly find my way onto a double diamond because it's marked blue haha.
Black here is black there. So this one is easy.
Blue is red. Takes a bit getting used to.
Our green is their blue. This can get confusing!

One way to remember is just stay away from the blacks.

Don't know about the relative difficulty of Zermatt. But of the few places over there that I've been, the level of intermediate are about the same as over here.

I think the snow is drier and softer than east coast but a bit harder and wetter than the Rockies.
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Don't know about the relative difficulty of Zermatt.
Zermatt is geared toward Brits on holiday - the red runs are loooonnngggg flat cruisers.


[hijack] Looks like I might be teaching over there next winter for 3-4 weeks...still have my fingers crossed for Chamonix...
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