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Zermatt Snow Report for 16 Dec 2017

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Zermatt Snow Report for 16 Dec 2017

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Our Snow Report for Zermatt brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Zermatt snow report shown below was updated on 16 Dec 2017. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Zermatt.

Zermatt Snow Report Issued: 16 Dec 2017

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Most recent snowfallon 14 Dec 2017
Fresh snow depth:5cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
100
20
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-piste Excellent
PowderOff piste Powder
Resort runsResort runsGood

Resort Ski Report:21 out of 52 Lifts open.

Zermatt Snow Conditions:Lower slopes good, excellent up high

Reported Weather Conditions:Changeable, Cloudy this morning, clearing later, Temperature: -12°C

Eyeball snow report
  1. eyeball reporterRoddy Willis SNOWING
  2. eyeball reporterAnonymous Report: Snowing at a moderate rate at Haute Nendaz.
  3. eyeball reporterMember Report: There are snow showers in Zermatt. Light winds here. Very cold. There is a dusting of fresh snow. Lifts are all open. The snow on the pistes is packed Variable snow conditions off-piste
  4. eyeball reporterAnonymous Report: There is heavy snow falling at Verbier.
  
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*User Snow Reports: these can only be submitted by registered users. If you would like to submit user snow reports, or become a resort manager to make more in-depth updates to this resort's information, please contact us.

Snow Reports for Nearby Resorts

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 3 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Sat Sun Mon

(1619m — 3820m)

snow report today

0 km away

Zermatt webcam
100
20

Excellent

Powder
5 cm
2 days ago
25
1
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 2720 m
350m 250m 700m

(1524m — 3480m)

snow report today

12 km away

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
125
70
Powder
Fresh
35 cm
yesterday
20
1
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 2502 m
400m 350m 750m

(1300m — 3000m)

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17 km away

Macugnaga webcam
25
5
×
Closed

Varied
10 cm
6 days ago
9
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2150 m
500m 400m 850m

(1566m — 2896m)

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17 km away

Zinal webcam
90
40

Good

Powder
8 cm
6 days ago
18
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 2231 m
350m 300m 700m

(1800m — 3600m)

snow report today

18 km away

Saas Fee webcam
145
35

Fresh

Powder
20 cm
yesterday
13
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2700 m
450m 350m 700m

Notes on the Zermatt Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Zermatt. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Zermatt piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Zermatt snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Zermatt, the Zermatt weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Zermatt weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Zermatt, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Zermatt. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Zermatt snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Zermatt snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Zermatt snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Zermatt snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Zermatt, study the Zermatt piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Zermatt snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Zermatt on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Zermatt (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Zermatt Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Zermatt snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.

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