Set to enhance its premium alpine ambiance, Zermatt has recently confirmed work to construct a cable car link between the Testa Grigia station in Cervinia and the Klein Matterhorn station in Zermatt. This crossing will make it possible to not only travel across the border from Switzerland to Italy and vice versa, but it ultimately doesn’t require skiing or hiking to access the neighbouring resort, making it a lot easier for those using wheelchairs or have limited mobility.
The project has been planned over a long period and been much disputed between Zermatt Bergbahnen AG and the Swiss Foundation for Landscape Conservation. But an agreement has now been reached in which both sides have been taken on board. It has reached a balance between new construction work and improving and conserving the appearance of natural features in this scenic mountain landscape. That way the visions of quality tourism and the respect of nature have been adapted into the construction of the lift system by removing material cableways between the Klein Matterhorn and the Cime Bianche in Italy, thereby restoring sites to its original state.
This $30 million plush and panoramic journey with a cabin feel and leather seats, lasting about an hour, will be able to transport around 2,000 people an hour. Also covering an altitude difference of over 4,000m, Zermatt’s iconic chocolate box mountain will still be at the resort’s focal point, looking out over the crossing.
The alpine crossing marks another push towards making the resort more convenient for non-skiers, following on from the completion of the 3S gondola, the world’s highest, back in Autumn 2018. 2021 is set to be the year of the opening, unlocking the gateway between the two resorts and making the Cervinia Valtournenche ski area all the more accessible as well as varied.
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