A complete success: That was the fifth edition of Zermatt Unplugged (17.-21.4.2012). 17,000 visitors experienced outstanding concerts, danced until the early hours of the morning and were often not sure whether to believe their eyes or not: nowhere else can you get so close to the stars, and nowhere else can they act as casually and relaxed as in a small village in the Valais mountains, in Zermatt.
Zermatt has a champion once again: Yannic Lerjen successfully defended his title, at the beginning of April 2012, putting up a fantastic performance to take the championship title in the overall ranking on the Swisscom Freeski Tour.
The Patrouille des Glaciers, the toughest mountain races in the world, will take place from 25th to 28th April 2012. The start is in Zermatt, and the race continues to Verbier via Arolla. The overall height difference amounts to around 12,000 metres. New feature: the progress of the alpine ski race can be followed with the help of an app for smart phones.
The Matterhorn, local name “Hore”, is in motion. In 2003, rockslides from the Hörnligrat ridge attracted international attention. The Matterhorn has long been under scientific observation. Scientists state that rockslides have always been a possibility and are keeping an eye on the mountain of mountains in order to understand the mechanisms at work.
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.
For the first time, the Zermatt Festival is bringing a premiere performance to the Matterhorn with “Der Bergmensch” from the New York based composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder. The festival, featuring many musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, takes place from the 31st August to the 16th September 2012.
Zermatt is car-free. But, of course, this doesn’t stop the participants in the Best of the Alps Classic Rally from driving up the Matter valley. The rally runs up to Täsch, near Zermatt, which is the end of the first stage. The rally will cross the Alps from the 24th to the 30th June 2012.
Zermatt Unplugged, the music festival with stars and newcomers, is now bringing an additional new attraction to Zermatt for the first time, with a new location at Sunnegga – on the mountain, with a view of the mountain of mountains: See and hear music at 2,288 metres above sea level, while watching the sun go down over the Matterhorn.