The Matterhorn Summer Skiing Area
Skiing in Zermatt is possible year round. Lifts are always open to guarantee access to the higher slopes of the Klein Matterhorn Glacier.As snow starts melting during the spring the total ski area of the Zermatt/Cervinia domain shrinks, making skiing possible at the higher altitudes.
In its full swing, from June to the middle of September, the Zermatt summer skiing area is the highest and vastest of Europe.
Ranging from 3000 meters to nearly 3900, the area is the highest reachable via cableway.
The glacier and its pistes needs reshaping every spring, as the variation in temperature and snow precipitation, changes every year.
The standard set up for the summer consists of two main runs open for all skiers. One wide section reserved to racers (lanes 2 to 14 in the picture) and one extra slope (lanes 1 and 2) build specially for speed disciplines training. Zermatt is one of the very few glaciers with enough gradient and vertical drop to build a Super G and Downhill course.
The glacier also has a snow park featuring kickers, half pipe (if the snow levels allow), rails and boxes. Just above it, skiers can train on a full length Olympic mogul field, with 3 sets of moguls and 2 regular kickers (lanes 11 and 12 in the map).
Just outside of the picture, on the right, there are more slopes, open if the snow levels allows. These bring skiers from Testa Grigia (boarder with Italy) back to Trockner Steig, at the end of the huge glacier valley.
The ski area covers a total of 25 linear km, with up to 8 ski lifts.
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