The Skiing Area I

Three different parts and an option for Italy

ZermattThe skiing area of Zermatt splits into three parts with very different characteristics. The different parts are: The area above Trockener Steg is dedicated to skiing in summertime as it covers the Theodul-Glacier. And like most of these areas it is rather boaring. If you have once taken all the pictures you can take at an altitude of 3880 m, you can stop going there. In certain places the glacier is so flat that you are condemned to walk if you have to face head winds.

Parts: Rothorn (Sunnegga) - Gornergrat (Hohtälli, Stockhorn) - Klein Matterhorn/Schwarzsee
Source of graphics: OSM data. Lifts, slopes and helicopter flight from GPS recording.

For too long a time, between the skiing areas of Klein Matterhorn and Rothorn/Stockhorn there was a connection but in one direction. Aiming towards the glacier is easily done following the downhill slopes towards Furi. From Klein Matterhorn towards Stockhorn you had to run down to Zermatt to catch the train to Gornergrat or Sunnegga. Today the cabins from Furri to Riffelberg take you the other way round. If not for Momatt and Tiefbach the slope from Furgg to Furi is the most interesting run of the Matterhorn area, anyway. So you are well advised to start at Klein Matterhorn in the very morning changing towards Riffelberg before noon.
Sometimes Zermatt adds the length of the italian slopes to the total amount of slope kilometers. However, skiing the runs of Breuil-Cervina costs extra fees. This is not only unfair - it is absolutely not necessary. Although the Trois Vallées offer three fold the length of slopes, Zermatt has qualities that compensate for many of the missing kilometers - some call it flair.