Ski-in. The winter season is at the door
Ski-in. The winter season is at the door.
Are you kitted out and ready to go? We’ll fetch you the stars from the sky. Experience white nights in Zermatt. We’ve collected the 2009/10 winter season hotspots for you. Ski-in.
Trockener Steg. Almost 3000 m above sea level. And it gets higher. While others are still gathering chestnuts, up here Europe’s largest summer skiing area is busy with training sessions for the international skiing elite, as well as those who are the first to have ski fun in mind this winter. The ski area between the Matterhorn glacier paradise (Klein Matterhorn) and the Schwarzsee lake, around the Theodul glacier, is the link to Italy and this year is ready to welcome guests with a gigantic increase in quality. Enjoy wide smooth pistes, the ultimate in comfort. With a new aerial gondola system and a new restaurant.
1. Hotspot Trockener Steg
The Restaurant Trockener Steg, reconstructed at a cost of CHF 12 million, reopened on 2.11.2009 under the new name of «Ice – Buffet/Bar/Pizzeria». The reconstruction, also linked to the new aerial gondola – Schwarzsee paradise-Furgg-Trockener Steg – mean you can now really roll with ease into the restaurant, where a free-flow concept has been realized in a welcoming and contemporary ambiance. The splendid terrace opens up new viewing angles – towards Zermatt village, in the direction of the Matterhorn and the Theodul glacier. New seating: 564 inside, 27 at the bar (new!), 562 outside – a total of 1153 seats. On the top floor, families will find suitable space in the Wolli area (Wolli: storybook figure). The pizzeria is located on the first floor in the building’s north wing. Attractions are rounded off by an Ice Shop «Snacks & Souvenirs» in the walk-through and entrance area on the ground floor.
Incidentally: the Matterhorn Group places priority on sustainable use and management. In ecological terms, considerable improvements were achieved in the reconstructed building with better insulation, more efficient energy management and a more environmentally-friendly energy supply. More on that under Item 4. More Info
Aerial Gondola Matterhorn-Express Schwarzsee paradise-Furgg-Trockener Steg
Simply stay in your seat. In the “level walk-in gondola”. There’s plenty of room for eight people. From the bottom station of the Matterhorn Express, you reach Trockener Steg via Furi and Schwarzsee in just 25 minutes without changing the gondola. The new aerial cableway can now transport 2800 persons per hour instead of just 800. On arrival at Trockener Steg, you can decide between straight away taking to the Theodulsee piste via the photovoltaic corridor and on to Europe’s highest-altitude aerial cableway station, or heading for the Ice Restaurant.
Incidentally: the world’s longest aerial gondola is in the Australian rain forest and is 7656 metres long. The Zermatt aerial gondola can boast a notable length of 6382 metres. We’re getting there!
And another thing: Do you remember? You reach the end of the Gandegg, Theodul glacier or Furggsattel run at the cord lift and then cling desperately to the cable – oooh, at the top at last! Well that’s now a thing of the past thanks to the new ski carpet that has made the cable redundant.
2. Snowmaker snows. Ski tests. Early run fun.
You can test the latest skis before the official start of the winter season on 28 November 2009. The Snowmaker, as yet the world’s only technical-snow system in operation that can produce snow up to a temperature of 30°C, has ensured that the region has snow as far as Trockener Steg – the spot to which the Theodul glacier snout has receded. More Info
3. White nights on the Matterhorn glacier paradise
Spend a night in Europe’s highest-altitude accommodation for alpinists and skiers, in Minergie P energy-efficiency standard at 3883 m above sea level. The facility has five rooms, each with four bunk beds. Breakfast is taken in the lounge of the restaurant in the same building. Reservations by credit card only at Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, 027 – 966 01 01 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is possible to book without reservation at the bottom station, where you also obtain a key. No evening meals but cooking facilities are available
4. Energy saving on the mountain
Technical innovations that conserve valuable resources no longer go over the heads of holidaymakers. Outstanding achievements are being accomplished in Zermatt in this very area. The Zermatt Bergbahnen AG and Matterhorn Group have once again made investments in this sector:
The Restaurant «Ice» has entered into a cooperation with the EWZ, the energy supplier for the Zermatt region. The company generates 70% of its energy from hydropower, which is obtained on the spot. The cooperation is called Energy Contracting: the EWZ takes over the energy supply, which for example leads to increased security of supply, the use of more efficient and energy-saving technology, regular maintenance and repair work on the system, as well as a reduction in primary consumption.
Between the Matterhorn Express Aerial Gondola on Trockener Steg in the direction of the Matterhorn glacier paradise aerial cableway, you stroll through a corridor equipped with a photovoltaic system. This consists of 99 solar modules and has a maximum output of 21 kW. The annual production of 25,000 kWh equates to a saving of approximately 20,000 kg of CO2 per year.
Energy-efficient artificial ice rink: a new facility control system will in future reduce electricity requirements for the artificial ice rink by over 20%.
5. Wolli-Land on Sunnegga, user-friendly and without barriers
The sunny side of the ski region, the Sunnegga paradise, is perfect for our smaller guests and is easy to reach – for wheelchair users too – with the Wolli shuttle. This starts with self-operation at the Sunnegga paradise and takes you to the Wolli beginners park at the Leisee lake. The park opened last year and has become very popular. New: the toilets have now been connected.
6. Prayers in snow
A Holy Mass for skiers and friends will be held at the Leisee at 11 h on Easter Monday. An altar of snow will be created by the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG using snowcats. The priest, Stefan Roth, will welcome hobby sportsmen and women and those who can’t or don’t want to ski. The way to the altar of snow: Sunnega paradise funicular and Wolli shuttle to the Wolli beginners park at Leisee.
7. Zipfy bob
The Zipfy bob is a sporty plastic sledge with an ergonomic shape, easy and accurate to steer using a joystick at the front. The low centre of gravity, light weight of 1.8 kg and grooves on the underside prevent it tipping over.
Zipfy bobs can be hired at the Rotenboden station for CHF 15.- per day or CHF 8.- for a half- day. Guests can also hire tried and tested Ghosky sledges at the same rates.
8. Ski tours to the new Monte Rosa hut
This is the mountain hut of the future where everyone wants to go. It will reopen from 10 March to mid-May, with the summer season starting in mid-June. The hut is reached by a three-hour hike from Rotenboden, including a glacier traverse. Crampons are recommended. A ski tour with touring skis is certainly an interesting proposition during the winter season: via Stockhorn or the Matterhorn glacier paradise (Klein Matterhorn) – Schwarztor, always with downhill runs and then a climb to the hut. More Info Contact with the Brantschens, the couple who manage the hut, is best made via e-mail at: email@example.com
9. Flirt with a lovely lady – the Jungfrau
Admitted: Zermatt is quite simply THE place to ski. However, why not try the Jungfrau Region (First, Kleine Scheidegg- Männlichen and Schilthorn) for a change and suss out the snow scene there. With our skipass valid from 6 days, you can ski in the other region for a whole day. As a season-pass holder you receive a 20% reduction. Have fun when you get back!
10. Telemark Festival
Test Telemarks, party with Telemarks, take the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt on Telemarks. It’s all happening the week before and from 26.03 - 28.03.2010. During this time Zermatt goes totally Telemark, one of the most exhilarating ways of ‘coming round the mountain’. Or down it. More Info
11. More comfort at Gornergrat station
The waiting room at the Gornergrat bottom station is being transformed into a welcoming and customer-friendly departure lounge. The aim is to make waiting times less boring and offer guests an invitation to relax, gain information and perhaps have a snack.
New flooring, cladding to the pillars, a light-coloured ceiling, a new lighting concept and comfortable benches will upgrade the atmosphere in the station. The guidance and information system will make orientation easier for guests and provide the latest updates. Guests can also buy snacks and other items in the kiosk zone at the entrance.