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Judging from the reactions on our Facebook page, many of our guests and visitors had clearly grown very fond of the Sunnegga Funicular. Some may even have shed the odd tear or two. The new set of carriages is to go into service on June 15th 2013 with a new self-service loading option for bikes and luggage.

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Zermatt Summit – this is a congress for Business Leaders who are committed to working for a better world. The theme of this year’s event from 20 to 21 June 2013 in Zermatt: ‘‘Building a partnership of winners“. Those interested can still register advantageously until 19 April.

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The Matterhorn Ultraks Skitouring races are taking place for the first time on 20 April 2013. Over 900 racers have already registered for this challenging test. Latecomers can still register by Monday 8 April.

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Zermatt stands for 365 days of fun in the snow. Spring skiing in particular is very popular with sun worshippers and lovers of fine food: perfect snow conditions, longer sunny days and numerous gourmet restaurants along the pistes – the perfect combination. So what about the opening hours of the various ski areas?

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Zermatt stands for sports on snow 365 days a year. In spring, snow lovers find ski trails flooded with sun, comfortable mountain restaurants with hours under Nature’s solarium on the terrace, and the main attractions every spring: spring skiing during Easter and the music festival Zermatt Unplugged.

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In Zermatt, there's tradition at nearly every turn. The Hotel Riffelberg (2,600 m) has sat enthroned over the village on the Gornergrat since 1855. Old traditions are surfacing again here in the form of painted portraits of famous Zermatt mountain guides.

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Black-faced sheep characterise Zermatt’s mountain pastures during the summer and are a frequent sight throughout the Upper Valais. The traditional ram market was recently held in Visp and awarded prizes to the finest rams. The Zermatt rams did well. Two of them can be admired in their barn in Zermatt until they are summered.

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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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Insiders know: many of the bands that appear in Zermatt Unplugged are on the brink of a definite breakthrough. The group ‘Hecht“ was already featured in the 2012 edition of Zermatt Unplugged, and will also set the mood in April 2013 – with dialect texts and Indie pop rhythms. Now they have bagged the Swiss Music Award for Best Talent.

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Marlon Roudette is set to delight fans yet again with his sensitive songs at the Zermatt Unplugged Festival. He will be performing at the Vernissage on Saturday, 13 April 2013. This music festival of a special kind also has other soundscapes to offer.

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