Zermatt Snow Report, 16 Mar 2010

Zermatt by NightWe had 9cm of snow yesterday and now the snow depths are 142cm at the top of the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and 17cm in resort.

85% of the runs are open at present. Strong winds at high altitude have closed some of the higher runs such as the popular blues at Furggsattel and the Theodul glacier. The vast majority of the lower runs are open.

51/55 lifts are open today with the only closed runs being the three short runs at the top of Plateau Rosa and the cable car to the top of the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Although this cable car is closed it is still possible to go to Cervinia via the two T-bars up to Testa Grigia.

Another recent top up of snow has kept the snow on the pistes in excellent condition particularly at medium and high altitude.  At the very bottom of the runs at village level the snow is just starting to be a little softer at the end of the day, but is still in a state that most resorts would die for in the middle of March!

Tuesday has started cloudy but it is forecast to clear and give bright sunshine in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday are both expected to bright with some sunshine at times.  The current high winds are due to moderate this afternoon and only light winds are expected for the next few days – good news for the links over to Cervinia.  Temperatures are just starting to creep above zero in resort yet reassuringly colder on the slopes (a maximum temperature of -3C on Thursday morning and a minimum of -10C on Tuesday night at the mid station).