Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Zermatt Report: Firm, Fast, and Fun

Steven Agar | | Trip ReportTrip Report
The danger is real! Credit: SnowBrains

The weather today was much more favorable, sunshine and blue skies, although the temperature had dropped a little. After yesterday’s restricted openings, today we were able to take the cable car to the top—Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at 12,740-feet.

There were three t-bars running up there, serving what was essentially one run split into three—left side, right side, and down the middle.

The snow first thing was firm, but super fun corduroy for ripping down. The runs were fairly short, but steep and wide enough for carving out some big GS turns and pushing some snow about.

Lots of training camps. Credit: SnowBrains

Like yesterday there were lots of training camps for racers and instructors taking place on the mountain.

The terrain here is immense; the views stunning. I can’t imagine this place in the middle of winter, covered in snow, and fully open. Skiing from the top down to the base is a quad-burning 7,500-vertical foot run.

We made ten awsome runs today, including a couple of four mile long runs from the top of the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise to the Trockener Steg at 3,000-feet vertical each. The snow stayed firm, fast, and fun all day, despite the sun baking it.

I chose Winter Park, CO, as my main mountain in the US because I like moguls. However, these long, steep groomers are super fun. We’re having a blast!

Credit: SnowBrains
Credit: SnowBrains
Credit: SnowBrains
Credit: SnowBrains
Credit: SnowBrains

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