Piste preparation

Zermatt: Let it snow!

Zermatt is playing its trump card – the Snowmaker – so that skiers and snowboarders can take to good pistes in the early days of winter as well. The snow machine produces snow regardless of temperature, even above freezing point. And so a good snow base can be laid in early autumn to ensure perfect pistes in winter.


Zermatt’s snowmakers - Let it snow!

Zermatt is all about snow sports, 365 days a year. As of the autumn and throughout the winter, up to three quarters of the ski runs and pistes can be provided with snow or lie ahead of glacier’s ground. It is a field in which Zermatt has established a pioneering body of knowledge. Raoul Biner is one of Zermatt’s two “snowmakers”. He is a professional and veteran expert on all matters relating to snow and Zermatt. In autumn, his work is crucial to the winter season.


On the slopes with Zermatt’s “hero of the night”

Snow cats drivers are the “heroes of the night”, coming out of their lairs when skiers leave the pistes just before darkness falls. An army of drivers levels the pistes throughout the whole night to prepare them for the next day’s snow sport fun.


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