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Matterhorn Glacier ride

After three summers of construction involving 38 companies, supported by an investment of 52 million Francs, Zermatt will open the highest 3S cable car in the world, the Matterhorn glacier ride, right on time for the 2018/2019 winter season. The ultimate in cable cars will be able to transport up to 2,000 people per hour the whole year round up to the Matterhorn glacier paradise – Europe’s highest cable car station. The comfortable cabin seats bear the signature of Pininfarina, the Ferrari and Maserati designer. A collaboration with Swarovski, the crystal company, has resulted in four Crystal Ride cabins decorated with thousands of crystals and a floor that becomes translucent three minutes into the journey, revealing the stunning glacier landscape 170 m below. Valley station altitude: 2,923 m; mountain station altitude: 3,821 m; journey time: 9 min; number of cabins: 25; passengers per cabin: 28.

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dynamic prices on the mountain lifts

Ever since the current winter season, the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, has offered variable prices for individual trips, depending on the season and capacity. Beginning in the 2018-2019 winter, the prices for ski passes will be dynamically set. Factors such as supply, demand and time of purchase are included in these calculations. Therefore, three seasons (pre-season, off-peak season and peak season) are introduced. The prices then vary up or down during the course of the season depending on capacity. The aim of the new price model for ski passes is to optimise utilisation during the winter and to attract guests during low-demand times through cheaper prices. Known discounts for children and adolescents remain. In addition, the new price system rewards early bookers and online bookers with lower prices. So, if one buys early via partner or online through the web shop, the least expensive price is ensured.

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Glacier Express excellence class

Excellence Class is the new premium carriage class on the Glacier Express, which runs from 2nd March 2019. It offers comfortable lounge seating and stunning panoramic windows and can seat a total of 20 passengers, with everyone guaranteed a window seat. The price includes access to a bar, an extensive menu and tablets for on-board entertainment. Service staff ensure that passengers have a fantastic journey and are on hand to provide stories and information about the spectacular landscape that can be seen through the panoramic windows. During the 8-hour journey between St. Moritz and Zermatt, passengers are served champagne and amuse-bouches, followed by a five-course menu with wine. Excellence Class reservations open in December 2018 on glacierexpress.ch.

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Priority boarding for the Gornergrat Bahn

Since May 2018, and new for this winter, the Gornergrat Bahn in Zermatt is offering priority boarding. Thus, passengers can reserve their seat and enjoy the best view of the Matterhorn during the train trip. The surcharge for the ticket costs CHF 10.00 for departures before noon, and then CHF 5.00 per person. Booking is done online, at the ticket office in Täsch or at the valley station in Zermatt.

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