Guidebook

Freeride Beneath the Matterhorn : Zermatt's King Lines

20 gorgeous freeride descents above the most famous Swiss mountain town of them all.

Description

Zermatt is a charming little alpine village and its huge lift system quickly whisks you to over 3800 metres. Add in reliable snow conditions and the legendary views of the Matterhorn and the town becomes one of the most appealing ski destinations in the World.

In summer the town is known for its wonderful hiking and mountaineering, but in winter it transforms into a snow sports mecca, with something for every skier, from piste skiing newbie to hardcore freerider. This guidebook is aimed more towards the latter category but there are plenty of lines in here for those who enjoy stress-free powder skiing down mellow bowls. The undoubted jewel in Zermatt's skiing crown is the Schwarztor run, and while it's not strictly a lift-accessed freeride (you have to either skin briefly or put in a tough shift of sidestepping to reach it) it's such a good and famous run that we couldn't exclude it.

At the opposite end of the scale from the big mountain seriousness of the Schwarztor you'll find some short, mellow lines in here and everything in between.

If you're still hungry for more after working your way through this lot, drop over the ridge into Cervinia and get started on these routes -

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/13005/10-smile-inducing-freeride-lines-in-cervinia

Furggen ridge
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Furggen ridge

Cervinia
377 m
34 °
N
98 m
1.7 km
A nice freeride line that requires a short hike but you'll be well rewarded by the breathtaking landscape
Difficult
Private
Klein Matterhorn West face
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Klein Matterhorn West face

Cervinia
436 m
39 °
W
0 m
1.4 km
A steep and playful run leading you down to the glacier below.
Difficult
Private
Schwarztor
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Schwarztor

Cervinia
2,121 m
51 °
288 m
14.3 km
An amazing mountain journey through complex glaciers with stunning views of the Matterhorn
Difficult
Private
Grieschumme 32
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Grieschumme 32

The Mischabel Range
757 m
30 °
N
4 m
3.2 km
The varied bottom section to the Triftji ski area. Boasts some great short pitches and some traverses to take you back to the main ski area.
Moderate
Private
Mittelritze 30
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Mittelritze 30

The Mischabel Range
684 m
33 °
N
0 m
2.0 km
A run for mogul-lovers with pitch after pitch of bumps to get your legs burning!
Moderate
Private
Grünsee Couloir 97
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Grünsee Couloir 97

The Mischabel Range
547 m
36 °
NW
0 m
1.8 km
A famous off piste route which is prone to avalanches (so check conditions first).
Severe
Private
Gornergrat 100
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Gornergrat 100

The Mischabel Range
660 m
39 °
NW
7 m
2.5 km
A serious route but with fantastic snow in the right conditions
Difficult
Private
Riffelberg 91
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Riffelberg 91

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
532 m
37 °
NW
10 m
1.5 km
A steep gully down the valley directly below Riffelberg
Difficult
Private
Marmotte 17
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Marmotte 17

The Mischabel Range
908 m
36 °
W
1 m
2.6 km
A short traverse through rolling terrain which leads to great skiing on a long and sustained slope.
Difficult
Private
Chamois 16
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Chamois 16

The Mischabel Range
707 m
38 °
W
0 m
1.6 km
The front of the Rothorn face which features a variety of gullies and ridges to play around on - just don't stray too far left of the poles as the aspect changes to South.
Difficult
Private
Paradise 10
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Paradise 10

The Mischabel Range
508 m
34 °
SW
0 m
1.5 km
A great bump run, with a variety of pitches and small transitions
Moderate
Private
Garten Bukelpiste 67
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Garten Bukelpiste 67

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
214 m
27 °
N
0 m
0.8 km
An easily accessible and relatively easy off-piste route with small and medium bumps and some fresh snow around on the sides!
Moderate
Private
Hörnli 99
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Hörnli 99

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
228 m
32 °
N
0 m
0.8 km
Open face pitches with the Matterhorn above you.
Difficult
Private
Schwarzsee Trees 92
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Schwarzsee Trees 92

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
316 m
42 °
N
0 m
0.9 km
A very open tree section around Stafelap
Severe
Private
Triefbach 59
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Triefbach 59

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
470 m
38 °
N
0 m
1.2 km
A short fun line taking a gully through playful terrain.
Difficult
Private
Momatt 60
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Momatt 60

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
349 m
36 °
N
0 m
0.8 km
A fun tree run with a variety of terrain to play on. You will want to do it again as soon as you have finished!
Moderate
Private
Schwarzsee to Weiss Perle
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Schwarzsee to Weiss Perle

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
623 m
34 °
NE
0 m
1.6 km
A long flowing run to start then into a steeper couloir below.
Difficult
Private
Hermetji 58
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Hermetji 58

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
437 m
33 °
NE
0 m
1.2 km
A varied and challenging off piste route, with some diverse conditions. It's sunny, treelined and quick to access
Difficult
Private
Moos 43
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Moos 43

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
224 m
28 °
N
5 m
1.6 km
A fun alternative route to the village from Blatten (50) but with some challenging steep, bumpy sections
Moderate
Private
Mittelritze
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Mittelritze

The Mischabel Range
603 m
29 °
NW
0 m
1.5 km
A long variation to the Mittelritze 30 that is fun and flowy.
Difficult
Private