Zermatt

All the Skiing Area in a Day (Slopes and Lifts have changed by now)

2002: My son, nearly twelve years of age, has decided to do the whole skiing area of Zermatt in just one day. In the end, we have about twenty minutes of spare time left, i.e. before the last gondola leaves for Klein Matterhorn. We realize that we have done exactly 40 miles and nearly 40000 feet in altitude. And we did almost everything very characteristic: The Nationale at Rothorn, Stockhorn, Triftji, the Matterhornpiste, Weiße Perle and the 2200 meters in altitude from Klein Matterhorn down to Zermatt. The length of the slopes were measured four years later by GPS recording. Click on the symbol to read the distances.
Matterhorn*
Left:  A foto taken by a friend when riding on the gondola from Gant upto Hohtälli.
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As a trip around Zermatt was only possible clockwise that days, the tour starts at half past eight at the Sunnegga station. We have a kind of lunch in one of the trains of the Gornergratbahn between Riffelalp and the terminus. This means 30 minutes for bread and water (and sweets) from the backpack.
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The trip covers all degrees of difficulties. So it is not made for those not familiar with mogul slopes. The trip was made by snowboard, so skiers might even extend the trip, if they can. We go at a steady speed; there is hardly any skier fast enough to overtake us - in the long run.

The Trip in detail

Lift Slope Description
Altimeter
A
Zermatt-Sunnegga  

2b Standard A to Patrullarve
950 feet
D
Patrullarve-Blauherd  

1a Nationale to Patrullarve
2065 feet
D
Patrullarve-Blauherd  

4 Tuftern to Patrullarve
2065 feet
D+F
Patrullarve-Blauherd-Rothorn

26 Schneehuhn to Kumme
1050 feet
F1
Kumme-Rothorn

22a Kumme to Kumme
1050 feet
F1
Kumme-Rothorn

27 Downhill to Kumme
1050 feet
F1
Kumme-Rothorn

23 Fluhalp to Gant
2885 feet
H4+H2
Gant-Hohtälli-Stockhorn

6a+7 Stockhorn (mogul slope) to Triftji lift
2260 feet
K3
Triftji-Rote Nase

7+7c Triftji (mogul slope) and Grieschumme to Gant
3345 feet
H4
Gant-Hohtälli

8b+9b White Hare and Balmbrunnen to Riffelalp
3510 feet
G
Gornergratbahn to Gornergrat

9g+11a,c-e Riffelhorn, Riffelbord, Riffelalp,... to Furi
4100 feet
L1
Furi-Schwarzsee

15 Weiße Perle to Furi
2360 feet
M1+R
Furi-Trockener Steg-Furggsattel

20b Matterhornpiste to Furgg
3050 feet
P
Furgg-Garten

17a Garten (mogul slope) to Furgg
1245 feet
Q+Q1
Furgg-Theodulgletscher

20a Down to Trockener Steg
330 feet
U
Trockener Steg-Klein Matterhorn

33-35+39+40 Kl. Matterhorn, Plateau Rosa, Führerpiste, Gandegg,

18+16+16a Standard, Furgg-Furi, Furi-Zermatt to Zermatt
7200 feet




38515 feet

The numbers of slopes and cable cars changed recently an are valid for the season 2001/02 only. Click her for numbers valid for the season 2004/05.