Gerwetsch Couloir

One of Zermatts classics and a great place to practice steeper turns and ice anchors.

Short but with a rewarding exit on the right snow conditions.

During some seasons the wind can work its magic and completely fill the narrower section, making it skiable from the top without having to abseil.

The couloir is only about 150m long but once you exit you find a nice and mellow run filled with pillows and cool little drops.

It is probably also one of the most photographed lines in Zermatt but I think the best angle is yet to be found.

In terms of riding Samuel Anthamatten has set the bar pretty high when he put up this amazing top to bottom run back in 2014.

Nice one Sam , we wish we have been there too

Bosentrift Couloirs

Bosentrift Couloirs

Some nice couloirs facing north east into Taschalp.

Here a view in late spring.

They can also be approached by Tuftern Kumme on the west ridge. The view is great but the terrain proved to be quite tricky with long rocky slabs underneath the snow making things a bit slippery.

As always the views in Zermatt are the best 🙂

Here a view of the west side of Bösentrift in winter.

Hard work bootpacking up some light and deep powder snow.

To reach the entrance we ended up abseiling 10 meters of slaby terrain we didn’t feel comfortable down climbing. The surprise factor of entering a couloir from the other side feels quite exciting.

The couloir rides very well and there was plenty of space for some deep powder turns.

Edelweiss Couloir

Rarely in good conditions. When it works it is an amazing ride.
You are standing right above Zermatt with a 600m drop below you. It starts with an exciting narrow steep section that gradually mellows out towards the valley.

Here Gama bootpacking just before reaching the top on a very good day.

It goes well on vert snowshoes for snowboarders but bootpacking might turn tricky on the steeper sections with grassy ground and some people prefer going around on flatter terrain.