Nostalgic Horse Pack Train on the Mountain

14/08/2014

On 20 August 2014, there will be much to marvel at near the foot of the Matterhorn. Fifteen horses will pull a pack train to transport 10 nearly three-ton paving tiles towards the Hörnlihütte. Visitors are welcome to watch this nostalgic form of transportation.

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Looking for the Base Camp Matterhorn

13/08/2014

For the time being, the Swatch Store in the centre of Zermatt is a viewing platform for curious visitors: Through a telescope, they can look for the Base Camp Matterhorn, which will be open until mid-September. And the watch Swatch Matterhorn is available exclusively in Zermatt.

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Zermatt Festival: Beginning with a Bang

12/08/2014

No less than the world-famous conductor Sir Neville Marriner will open the Festival with a concert with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie under his baton on Friday, 5 September 2014. An unparalleled treat.

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Hörnli Hut: The Former SAC Hut Disappears

11/08/2014

A piece of the local tradition is disappearing as part of the renovation work on the Hörnli Hut or Hörnlihütte. The old SAC hut will be dismantled on 20 August 2014 and a helicopter landing pad will take its place.

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“Flying as a Matter of Life and Death”

08/08/2014

The Zermatt helicopter pilot Gerold Biner has published a book about his work around Zermatt and in the Himalayas. The book shows the world of mountain rescue between the Matterhorn and Mount Everest. The book presentation in Zermatt takes place on 30 August 2014.

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Bilanz Rating: Zermatt’s hotels are top-grade

28/07/2014

Regular guests return to Zermatt again and again because they appreciate its premium hotels which have been among the world’s top class for years. This has been confirmed by numerous ratings which are being published every year. The latest rating of the Swiss business magazine Bilanz examines the secret of their success: “Ultimate Alpine experience” (Riffelalp Resort), “Interplay with its environment” (Cervo) and “Home away from home with a human touch” (Coeur des Alpes).

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Once in a lifetime: Peak Week Matterhorn

23/07/2014

Some events are once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Involving the ascent of the Matterhorn, the most famous mountain of the Alps, the Peak Week Package could be just such an adventure. But there is more …

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Swatch gives prizes to summiteers

22/07/2014

19 July 2014 saw the official inauguration of the the Base Camp Matterhorn on Hirli (2,880 m). The weather resistance of the “Temporary Alpine Shelters”  was immediately put to the test. Braving strong winds, the Camp at the foot of the Matterhorn  provided comfortable accommodation to its first overnight guests.

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Golf weekend at the foot of the Matterhorn

21/07/2014

On the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 26 / 27 July 2014, Zermatt and Täsch/Randa will host two unusual golf tournaments. The famous Scottish-style Eagle Cup will take place on the Alpine meadows of the Gornergrat and the PUYS on Sunday will be held on the golf course.

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Zermatt: Swiss National Day with street festival

18/07/2014

Celebrating the Swiss National Day in Zermatt is a very special experience. Festive tables and benches in the centre of the Matterhorn village attract locals and visitors alike.

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The ‘king of tours’ celebrates its 20th anniversary

17/07/2014

On 1 August, a group of hikers will embark on the anniversary “Tour du Monte Rosa”. For the 20th time this year, guests are invited to take part. A commemorative plaque will be inaugurated at the Monte Moro Pass to mark the occasion.

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Base Camp Matterhorn open until 15 september 2014

15/07/2014

Until the 15th September 2014, Alpinists can stay the night at the Base Camp Matterhorn on Hirli (2,880 m) at the foot of the Matterhorn. The camp consists of 25 tent-shaped shelters accommodating 2 persons each.

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Zermatt: One-year countdown to 2015

14/07/2014

On Monday, 14 July at 1.40 p.m., seven pyro salutes will commemorate an event that had a long-lasting effect on the village of Zermatt: the first ascent of the Matterhorn. The countdown clock by Tissot is now counting the days until the 150th anniversary day.

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New: Cinema lounge at the Matterhorn glacier paradise

24/06/2014

The highest cinema in Europe is being established at the Matterhorn glacier paradise, at an altitude of 3,883 m. The side tunnel inside the Klein Matterhorn mountain will serve as cinema lounge.

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Prix Bienvenue: award-winning Zermatt hotels

17/06/2014

In 2014, Switzerland Tourism once again awarded prizes to the 100 most welcoming hotels in Switzerland. Zermatt is represented on a grand scale with 13 award-winning hotels.

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New fixed ropes installed on the Matterhorn

12/06/2014

Like every year, Zermatt’s mountain guides have attached new fixed ropes in the upper section of the Matterhorn. The safe ascent from the ‘Matterhorn Base Camp’ is now guaranteed, just in time for the summer season.

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O runners meet in Zermatt

11/06/2014

The Swiss Orienteering Week, SOW, will take place in Zermatt from 19 to 26 July. Runners can compete in different races throughout the week.

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Sunset dinner at the Matterhorn glacier paradise

10/06/2014

Romantic experience at the Matterhorn glacier paradise (3,883 m) which is served by Europe‘s highest mountain railway station. The sunset dinner will take place every second Saturday throughout the summer 2014.

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Guided tour to the cuddly sheep

06/06/2014

The Julen family owns 300 black-nosed sheep – the largest herd in the area. Throughout the summer 2014, visitors can go on a guided tour of the sheep-run.

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Hotel of the year: Mountain Boutique Hotel Cervo

02/06/2014

Both the SonntagsZeitung and Karl Wild‘s book on Switzerland’s top 150 hotels “Die 150 besten Hotels der Schweiz”, 2014/2015 edition, have just published the latest hotel rankings. Once again, Zermatt’s hotels have a prominent position, with Hotel Cervo actually winning the title of “Hotel of the year”.

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News about Zermatt’s hotels and restaurants

26/05/2014

Zermatt is famous for its excellent hotel and restaurant landscape. For the 2014 summer season, many establishments have invested in well-designed infrastructures and optimised service.

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Zermatt Summit: “The courage to dare”

23/05/2014

The fifth Zermatt Summit is all about “the courage to dare”. Until 10 June 2014, early bookers benefit from a rebate.

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Zermatt’s restaurants receive top online ratings

22/05/2014

Zermatt is the Alpine gourmet village par excellence. Quite a number of TripAdvisor‘s 2014 certificates of excellence went to restaurants in the Matterhorn village, placing Zermatt third after Zurich and Geneva in Swiss comparison.

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Gourmet Ticket Gornergrat: Culinary delights

20/05/2014

Between 21 June and 31 August 2014, food aficionados will get their money’s worth on Gornergrat. The Gourmet Ticket includes various stations on the mountain that invite visitors to eat and drink.

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Zermatt: Marvellous new hiking books

19/05/2014

That Zermatt is always exciting is a common theme in the books written about it. New publications include two hiking guides and a book on development aid in Nepal which was written in collaboration with Zermatt‘s Alpine Rescue Center.

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Zermatt – five-star hiking destination

16/05/2014

The alpensicht.com web platform has awarded the Zermatt hiking region five stars in its spring 2014 rating. Special praise was given for the signposted hiking trails and cycle tracks.

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TripAdvisor: Zermatt‘s hotels among the best in Switzerland

15/05/2014

Zermatt‘s hoteliers prove once again that they are top hosts. According to the latest TripAdvisor rating, 9 of the 25 best Swiss hotels are located in Zermatt.

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Patrouille des Glaciers: Record number of participants starting in Zermatt

02/05/2014

This year, the Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG) has attracted record numbers of participants. Most of the 5,400 competitors will start in Zermatt, while some have opted for the shorter course beginning in Arolla. The two departure days in Zermatt had been posedponed by 24 hours each.

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Zermatt in spring: Lovely sun, perfect snow, long days

08/04/2014

Zermatt in spring is just amazing: long days full of sun and fun in perfect snow! Sunny terraces at Zermatt’s legendary mountain restaurants invite you to relax and enjoy some good food.

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TripAdvisor: Zermatt is the favourite destination in Switzerland

07/04/2014

In the recent Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014, Zermatt came in top among Swiss destinations and 19th among European destinations. In addition, Zermatt is the only Swiss resort that made it into the top 20.

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Swiss ski instructor championships: Zermatt comes out top

07/04/2014

This weekend, Zermatt’s ski and snowboard instructors swept the board at the Swiss championships winning, among other prizes, three gold medals.

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Zermatt Unplugged: Music, snow sports and culinary delights

04/04/2014

The seventh Zermatt Unplugged, which will take place at the foot of the Matterhorn from 8 to 12 April 2014, has a lot to offer: two new stages, 54 shows in five days and a roster of international stars.

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Twitter deluge for Zermatt

20/03/2014

4,478 is both the height of the Matterhorn and the number of followers in the Zermatt-Matterhorn Twitter community. Zermatt is an active user of social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, giving Zermatt aficionados the opportunity to keep up to date with all small and big events that are taking place in and around the destination.

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Google search engine: Zermatt is once again the winner

13/03/2014

On internet searches on Google, Zermatt is the most searched locality in Switzerland. And this sequently for the third time. Observations on the Zeitgeist.

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New track at second Matterhorn Ultraks Trail event

13/03/2014

On 23 August 2014, the Matterhorn Ultraks Trail will enter its second round. Registration for the races started on Sunday, 8 December 2013. Participants and spectators will be happy to hear that a new track has been added to the competition.

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Zermatt on YouTube: A memorable experience

13/03/2014

Get a picture – watch a video! The Zermatt-Matterhorn destination presents you with a close-up of memorable adventures in Zermatt. The video includes visitors’ tales of their exploits and shows the most beautiful spots in Zermatt in winter and in summer.

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Migros Cumulus card: 40 per cent reduction on Gornergrat trip

05/03/2014

Gornergrat offers such a beautiful view over the Matterhorn that you will never forget. You have to make this trip at least once in a lifetime. The Migros offer will go on until 30th May 2014.

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Archaeology: “Theo” takes to the road

25/02/2014

The "mercenary” on show in the Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis has disappeared. Until February 2015, “Theo” will be on loan to the “Frozen Stories” exhibition in Bolzano’s “Ötzi museum” (South Tyrol, Italy).

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Ratings: Zermatt-Matterhorn among top destinations

21/02/2014

According to the ski region rating by Snow-Online.de, Zermatt-Matterhorn is among the top ten ski areas for professionals. Moreover, the destination was ranked among the top five ski regions worldwide by the Live in a Lux luxury travel portal.

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Company for the Matterhorn

14/02/2014

Zermatt’s songwriter, singer, chef and host Dan Daniell has released a new CD. The main song on the album is called “Zermatt”.

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Olympic Games in Sochi: Famous Zermatt athletes at the starting line

30/01/2014

Several natives of Zermatt will be competing at the Winter Games in Sochi. This will be Fränzi Aufdenblatten’s third time on the Olympic team while Yannic Lerjen will compete in the Freestyle Halfpipe discipline for the first time. The most famous “Zermatt native”, Vanessa Mae, will represent Thailand in the downhill slalom. Behind the scenes, experienced Zermatt mountain rescuer Bruno Jelk will be in charge of safety on the Sochi slopes.

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TripAdvisor: Zermatt‘s hotels are tops

24/01/2014

Once again, Zermatt’s hotels are top of the league. In the Traveler’s Choice 2014 ranking prepared by TripAdvisor 10 of the top 25 Swiss hotels are located in Zermatt.

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Hotel rating in the SonntagsZeitung: Zermatt is top of the league

05/12/2013

Once again, Zermatt’s hotel came out head and shoulder above the rest. The latest SonntagsZeitung ranking, published at the beginning of December 2013, places numerous Zermatt hotels in top positions.

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Zermatt and Matterhorn: big stars in the mountain world

05/12/2013

According to sightsmaps.com, the Google web portal, the Matterhorn is the most photographed mountain in the world. The ranking shows that no other mountain in the world is snapped as frequently as Zermatt’s Matterhorn.

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Glacier Express: train adventure in glistening snow

28/11/2013

Did you know that the Glacier Express also runs in winter, offering a spectacular train ride through the Alps? There is one train a day from St. Moritz to Zermatt and back.

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Winter destination Zermatt wins its second sustainability award

27/11/2013

For the second consecutive time, Zermatt has been voted most sustainable winter destination in Switzerland. The ‘Verkehrsclub der Schweiz’ (VCS), the Swiss Cycling Club, presented Zermatt with the “Mobil & ökologisch” award (mobile and ecologic) for a number of reasons, chief among them the Matterhorn village’s convenient accessibility by public transport.

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Zermatt: Three restaurants with Michelin stars

20/11/2013

Zermatt is the Swiss gourmet village par excellence. Three new restaurants in Zermatt have been awarded a star and been included in the 2014 issue of the Guide Michelin Switzerland, the popular restaurant guide.

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Zermatt-Matterhorn on Twitter: over 3,250 followers

20/11/2013

Zermatt is an active user of the Twitter social media network, putting the Matterhorn village in direct contact with guests and prospective visitors. The address for anyone who would like to keep abreast of the news and events, big or small, is Zermatt @zermatt_tourism.

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Swiss Epic cycling competition comes to Zermatt in 2014

09/10/2013

Insiders have known for a long term that Zermatt is Switzerland‘s big cyclists’ paradise. Now the “Swiss Epic”, the biggest bike race, is coming to the canton of Valais for the first time and also to Zermatt. Registration for participants starts on 13th October 2013, but be warned, the number of participants is limited.

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Zermatt: Gourmet village par excellence

07/10/2013

According to the 2014 edition of the GaultMillau restaurant guide, Zermatt excels in the culinary department. This year 21 restaurants have made it into the guide – one more than in 2013. All in all, Zermatt’s village and mountain restaurants were awarded an impressive 293 points.

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Zermatt Bergbahnen AG: award for environmental scheme

18/09/2013

Zermatt Bergbahnen AG’s environmental efforts are bearing fruit: The company has received the 2013 Revegetation Award for its renaturation scheme, which mitigates the environmental impact of piste construction. Not only is Zermatt car-free, even its piste construction is carried out in harmony with nature.

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Zermatt’s Hörnlihütte: long hibernation

05/09/2013

The Hörnlihütte will close its doors on 16 September 2013. Due to conversion work, the mountain hut will stay closed until June 2015. A vista of the anniversary year 2015.

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Zermatt hotels: Once again top of the class

30/07/2013

Zermatt’s hotels are among the best in Switzerland. The top hotels in the Matterhorn village have been awarded high ratings by Switzerland’s leading business magazine Bilanz. The outperformer among the hotels is Zermatt’s Hotel Coeur des Alpes which has been awarded first place in the unique hotel category for the fourth year running.

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Destination Zermatt-Matterhorn invests in the future

07/03/2013

Long-term investments secure competitiveness – that’s the maxim that underlies the Strategy 2018 of Destination Zermatt-Matterhorn. On Wednesday 6 March 2013, the key service providers signed a corresponding action plan on the Gornergrat. The focus of the measures planned is the well-being of the guests.

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World Championships 2013: Zermatt’s ski instructors are the best

31/01/2013

Zermatt’s ski instructors are world champions. Zermatt’s contingent performed outstandingly well at the ISIA Ski Instructors World Championships in Bulgaria. Alex Taugwalder is World Champion Ski Instructor in Giant Slalom, with Demian Franzen third. Zermatt’s instructors were also top dog in the synchronised runs.

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Zermatt: once again the best downhill-skiing area in the Alps

05/12/2012

For the fourth successive time, the skiing destination Zermatt Matterhorn was voted the best skiing area in 2013 by the German ‘ski bible‘, the ADAC SkiGuide, at the end of November 2012. This was in the category “alpine skiing“. Particular praise was given for the mixture of different types of pistes.

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Zermatt: Frédéric Fischer presents elegant Valais recipes

30/11/2012

Alsace-born chef Frédéric Fischer has been cooking at the Hotel Alex for 15 years. The top chef’s cuisine is loved far and wide. And he in turn loves the cuisine of the Valais. And has just published a 300-page book of Valais recipes entitled La haute cuisine du Valais.

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Zermatt has been awarded "Family Destination"

21/11/2012

Zermatt is family-friendly. Today the Zermatt-Matterhorn resort was awarded the “Family Destination – Familien willkommen” quality label by the Swiss Tour Federation. Proof, if any were needed, that Zermatt’s hotels, holiday apartments, mountain railways and cableways, ski schools and restaurants offer children and their families unforgettable experiences.

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Zermatt Mountain Rescuers: Award from the FAI

22/03/2012

Helicopter pilot Daniel Aufdenblatten and mountain rescue specialist Richi Lehner were awarded yet another honorary prize on Saturday, 17th March 2012. They were honoured by the FAI at the general meeting of the Aero Club of Switzerland for their mountain rescue in Nepal.

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Youth hostels awarded the Solar Prize 2011

11/10/2011

An honour for Swiss Youth Hostels: they received the Swiss Solar Prize on the 10th October 2011. For Zermatt, this is a further milestone for sustainability. Because the Youth Hostel Zermatt was the first Swiss youth hostel with the Minergie standard.

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Bonatti route: new record on the Matterhorn North Face

30/09/2011

Zermatt mountain climbers Patrik Aufdenblatten and Michael Lerjen set a new record at the end of September when they climbed the Matterhorn North Face via the Bonatti route in 7 hours and 14 minutes.

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Zermatt: Once again the best ski area in the Alps 2012

26/09/2011

Hat trick for Zermatt: At the end of September 2011, and for the third time in succession, the ski destination Zermatt Matterhorn was declared to be the best ski area in 2012 in the “Alpine skiing” category by the German “ski bible”, the ADAC SkiGuide. The mix of varied pistes received particular praise.

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Winter destination Zermatt wins its second sustainability award

05/09/2011

For the second consecutive time, Zermatt has been voted most sustainable winter destination in Switzerland. The ‘Verkehrsclub der Schweiz’ (VCS), the Swiss Cycling Club, presented Zermatt with the “Mobil & ökologisch” award (mobile and ecologic) for a number of reasons, chief among them the Matterhorn village’s convenient accessibility by public transport.

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Racing up the Matterhorn in just under three hours

26/08/2011

The Zermatt mountain guide Andreas Steindl is the fastest. He succeeded in running from the Zollhaus in Zermatt at the end of the village to the summit of the Matterhorn in 2 hours and 57 minutes.

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The old Monte Rosa Cabin no longer exists

20/07/2011

The old Monte Rosa cabin of the SAC was blown up by the Swiss army on the 14th July 2011. A moving chapter of SAC mountain cabin history now belongs to the past.

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Helicopter pilot and mountain rescue specialist of Zermatt get Heroism Award

16/05/2011

With teamwork, knowledge and experience, Daniel Aufdenblatten and Richard Lehner from Zermatt saved the lives of three mountaineers. On Annapurna (Nepal) in spring 2010, they carried out the highest-ever mountain rescue – at 7000 metres altitude – by helicopter. In Washington DC today, they received on march 8 2011 the ‘Aviation Oscar’, the Heroism Award, for their feat.

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New Monte Rosa Hut awarded 2010 Solar Prize

03/09/2010

An SAC hut with 120 beds faces enormous challenges. At 2880 m.a.s.l. there is no water or electricity supply and connections for waste water and sewage are also lacking. Furthermore, an SAC hut is exposed to extreme weather conditions.

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2010 Solar prize for Zermatt Bergbahnen

03/09/2010

The Matterhorn glacier paradise (Klein Matterhorn) in Zermatt with its viewing platform at an altitude of 3,883 metres above sea level is the sunniest place in Switzerland. What could be more natural that to utilise this environmentally friendly energy. The solar restaurant opened by Zermatt Bergbahnen AG on the south flank of the mountain for the 2008/09 winter season produces all the electricity for heating and ventilation using the photovoltaic system built into the facade. Thanks to the optimised design, the building fulfils the requirements of the Minergie-P standard. The energy concept is a role model for the entire Alpine region and it was therefore awarded the 2010 Solar Prize for new buildings in Zurich. For Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, however, this represents just the first step on the way to intelligent utilisation of solar energy with which to operate its infrastructure.

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