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Zermatt Snow Report for 16 Nov 2018

Ski Switzerland

Zermatt Snow Report for 16 Nov 2018

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 Nov 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: 16 Nov 2018

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Most recent snowfallon 10 Nov 2018
Fresh snow depth:- cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
TopNew Snow at Top: –
Good pisteOn pistePacked
PowderOff piste-
Resort runsResort runsclosed

Resort Ski Report:17 out of 53 Lifts open. 25 of 322 km of pistes open.

Eyeball snow report
  1. Unnamed (1)Element Ski School Getting colder and colder. We might not have much snow on the horizon but it’s going to be FREEZING. Snow canons will be firing... #verbier
*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
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)
Fri Sat Sun

(1619m — 3820m)

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0 km away

Zermatt webcam
Packed 6 days ago
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 2720 m
2150m 1350m 1150m

(1800m — 3600m)

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18 km away

Saas Fee webcam
Packed 9 days ago
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2700 m
2350m 1400m 1250m

(1670m — 2400m)

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19 km away

on 3 May
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2035 m
2350m 1350m 1250m

(1621m — 2891m)

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22 km away

16 days ago
snow showers
Mid station 2256 m
2550m 1550m 1400m

(1212m — 2970m)

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23 km away

partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2091 m
2100m 1300m 1100m

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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