Fresh August Snow Blankets the Matterhorn – Ski Paradise in Zermatt, Switzerland & Cervinia, Italy
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Zermatt, Switzerland – The iconic Matterhorn mountain and surrounding ski area awoke to a beautiful dump of snow this morning, as fresh snow coated the area.
The dumped snow fell overnight across the Matterhorn Ski Paradise area, a unique cross-border ski resort encompassing Zermatt in Switzerland and Cervinia in Italy. Webcam footage showed accumulations of 5-10 cm (2-4 inches) of snow at the summit and ski area base, turning the whole area into a beautiful white.
While summer snowfalls do occasionally happen in the Alps, it’s still unusual in August and exciting to get snow at that time of year.
The Matterhorn Ski Paradise is set to host the first-ever cross-border FIS Alpine Ski World Cup event this autumn. A men’s downhill race will take place November 10-11 on the new “Gran Becca” course underneath the Matterhorn. A women’s downhill will follow November 18-19.
The landmark cross-border World Cup races will showcase the Matterhorn Ski Paradise’s unique offerings and accessibility between Switzerland and Italy. Since 2018, the ski area has been linked by the “Matterhorn Glacier Ride,” a cable car allowing skiers and sightseers to cross between Zermatt and Cervinia year-round.
The crowning jewel is the new “Matterhorn Alpine Crossing,” a high-tech gondola that opened this July as the highest cross-border cable car in the world. The futuristic Crystal Ride cabins offer panoramic views through glass floors and shuttle passengers over the Theodul Glacier that connects the two countries.
The gondola provides an easy connection not just for skiers, but for hikers and sightseers visiting the iconic Matterhorn peak as well. The Zermatt-Cervinia ski area is one of the highest and largest in the Alps, offering 360 km (225 miles) of groomed runs and summer skiing on its glacier.