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Zermatt Snow Report for 21 Feb 2018

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Zermatt Snow Report for 21 Feb 2018

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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 21 Feb 2018. 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: 21 Feb 2018

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Most recent snowfallon 18 Feb 2018
Fresh snow depth:21 cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
350
150
TopNew Snow at Top: –
Good pisteOn piste Excellent
PowderOff piste Varied
Resort runsResort runsHard packed

Resort Ski Report:22 out of 52 Lifts open.

Zermatt Snow Conditions:Lower slopes good, excellent up high

Reported Weather Conditions:Sun, Light clouds dotting the sky, Temperature: -6°C

Eyeball snow report
  1. eyeball reporterSnow Forecast User Report: Cloudless skies over Saas Fee. Calm. Feeling cold here today. No fresh snow. Every lift is open. The pistes are in excellent condition. Off-piste has powder snow conditions!
  
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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)
Thu Fri Sat

(1619m — 3820m)

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0 km away

Zermatt webcam
350
150

Excellent

Varied
21 cm
4 days ago
164
43
46
heavy snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2720 m
900m 1100m 1500m

(1524m — 3480m)

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12 km away

Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche webcam
380
75

Excellent

Varied
2 cm
7 days ago
106
27
28
moderate snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2502 m
950m 1100m 1500m

(1300m — 3000m)

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17 km away

Macugnaga webcam
275
135

Excellent
Crud
3 cm
7 days ago
93
39
30
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2150 m
900m 1000m 1450m

(1566m — 2896m)

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17 km away

Zinal webcam
316
135

Excellent
Best up high
21 cm
9 days ago
46
12
13
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2231 m
900m 1150m 1650m

(1800m — 3600m)

snow report yesterday

18 km away

Saas Fee webcam
460
120

Excellent
Best up high
10 cm
4 days ago
73
21
19
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2700 m
900m 1100m 1550m

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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