New Igloo Village theme is Underwater World


In November, a new Igloo Village will be created in Zermatt at Rotenboden with a restaurant, outdoor bar, overnight accommodations, Whirlpool and the best view of the Matterhorn. This year, it will be exotic: ice artists will create a snow palace featuring animals of the underwater world out of snow and ice.

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A creative snow-building team of ten people is ready: They will make the new Igloo Village at Rotenboden in Zermatt beginning 11 November 2019. 2,000 tons of snow is used to make the igloos. An amazing amount if one considers that this would fill 2 km of railway cars with snow.

Balloon technology

The igloo builders form the snow into igloos with so-called balloon technology. On balloons with an 8-metre circumference snow is blown and shaped into snow huts. As soon as the basic forms stand, the artistic team takes over to lend the Igloo Village its unique appearance.

This year, the theme of the Zermatt Igloo Village is “Underwater World.” Jaimie Haselton, an American igloo artist with over 10-years of experience, is part of the artistic team.

Opening mid-December

On 19 December 2019, everything is ready. After 2,000 hours of work, the Zermatt Igloo Village opens its gates to visitors. Whether at the outdoor bar, over fondue, in the Whirlpool or for an overnight stay – the Zermatt Igloo Village is a great attraction with many visitors each year. This has much to do with the sunny and wind-protected location and the clear view of the sugar-coated Matterhorn. The bar will even open on 14 December 2019.

There are six igloo villages in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Zermatt has the most ancient and it is here, where the Igloo Village opens its gates the soonest.