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New ticket is a hit with mountain bikers

New ticket is a hit with mountain bikers

23/03/2021

In addition to the Zermatt Bike Pass, a new Bike Pass Light is now available for the summer. This entitles holders to unlimited cable car rides on the Zermatt-Sunnegga-Blauherd, Zermatt-Furi-Schwarzsee and Zermatt-Furi-Riffelberg routes. If that’s not enough, the Zermatt Bike Pass enables you to ride up to Schwarzsee and the Rothorn, and up to the Gornergrat – subject to booking and an additional fee at certain times.

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Zermatt Bergbahnen transports guests to the sunrise at Stellisee lake

Zermatt Bergbahnen transports guests to the sunrise at Stellisee lake

22/03/2021

When the first of the sun’s rays touches the majestic mountain peaks, bathing the panorama in soft light, there’s no better place to witness it than on the banks of Stellisee lake, where the Matterhorn is reflected in the smooth surface of the water. In July and August, Zermatt Bergbahnen will be offering dawn rides to Blauherd and back. The package includes the journey there and back, plus breakfast in Restaurant Fluhalp. From Blauherd station, it’s a 45-minute hike to Stellisee lake, where you can admire nature’s show and then enjoy a sumptuous breakfast including local specialities in Restaurant Fluhalp.

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Switzerland’s first autonomous gondola lift opens in Zermatt

26/01/2021

Zermatt Bergbahnen AG has granted visitors, locals and even itself an early Christmas present. On 19 December 2020, the new ten-person Kumme gondola lift went into operation. This latest highlight in the Matterhorn ski paradise features a smart design and state-of-the-art technology.

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124 km of open pistes from 3 January 2021

124 km of open pistes from 3 January 2021

01/01/2021

On Saturday 2 January 2021, the Eisfluh (no 5), Kumme (no 14) abd Tufternkumme (no 15) pistes will open. On Sunday 3 January 2021, the Obere National (no 8) piste will also open. Snow sports enthusiasts will have a total of 124 kilometres of newly-opened pistes to choose from.

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Zermatt partners with Ikon Pass

104 km of open pistes from 19 December 2020

18/12/2020

On Saturday 19 December 2020, the White Hare (no 28), Untere National (no 1), Howette (no 3), Tuftern (no 9), Gifthittli (no 35) and Blatten (no 50) pistes will open, as well as two more magic carpets in the Wolli Park. Snow sports enthusiasts will have a total of 104 kilometres of newly-opened pistes to choose from.

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85 km of open pistes from 15 December 2020

85 km of open pistes from 15 December 2020

15/12/2020

On Tuesday 15 December 2020, the Riffelalp (no 39), Landtunnel (no 41) und Schweigmatten (no 42) and Stafelalp (no 52) pistes will open. Snow sports enthusiasts will have a total of 85 kilometres of newly-opened pistes to choose from.

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77 km of open pistes from 12 December 2020

77 km of open pistes from 12 December 2020

10/12/2020

On Saturday 12 December 2020, the Grünsee (no 26), Brunnjeschbord (no 4), Skiweg (no 61) and Weisse Perle (no 51) pistes to Furi will open, as well as two magic carpets in the Wolli Park. Snow sports enthusiasts will have a total of 77 kilometres of newly-opened pistes to choose from.

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Ski area expansion on 5 December 2020

Ski area expansion on 5 December 2020

01/12/2020

On Saturday 5 December 2020, the ski facilities in Rothorn and Gornergrat will open, in addition to the cable cars in the Matterhorn glacier paradise that are already open. Pistes 6, 7, 11, 19, 29 and 36 will be accessible, expanding the ski area to 62 kilometres of pistes. Due to cantonal COVID-19 measures, restaurants remain closed until 13 December 2020, but six mountain restaurants are offering a takeaway service during this period.

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Neue offene Pisten im Matterhorn ski paradise

25/11/2020

Ab Freitag, 27. November 2020 sind neu 40 Pistenkilometer im Matterhorn ski paradise befahrbar. Die Pisten 63, 64, 65, 66 und 70 von Trockener Steg bis Furgg werden zum Wochenende hin geöffnet. Der Betrieb des Testa-Skilifts wird zudem um eine Woche verlängert.

Start of the season postponed

Start of the season postponed

16/11/2020

The warm weather in November makes technical snowmaking on the slopes difficult. For this reason, the start of the season for the Rothorn and Gornergrat areas has been postponed by one week to 5 December 2020. The Matterhorn glacier paradise area is open.

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Furggsattel chair lift open from 10 October 2020

09/10/2020

From Saturday 10 October 2020, skiers in the Matterhorn ski paradise will be able to access 25 kilometres of pistes. Weather permitting, the Furggsattel chair lift will start operating, and pistes 71 and 72 will open, in addition to pistes 73, 80, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87 and 88. The connecting piste from the glacier ski area to Trockener Steg will also open.

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Zermatt in coronavirus winter 2020/21: Safety and health above all

05/10/2020

The whole of Zermatt’s infrastructure is still available to guests this winter – combined with the necessary safety precautions to ensure the health of guests and employees. All the facilities and pistes will be open – and there will even be an additional cable car in operation, the Kumme gondola. Even the Zermatt Unplugged music festival will take place, albeit in a different format that's been adapted to the current situation.

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Air Zermatt renovates heliport

11/09/2020

A new visitor centre with comfortable seating plus entertainment and information facilities form the heart of the renovated Air Zermatt heliport.

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Season extension in Zermatt

19/08/2020

Zermatt prolonge la saison d’automne pour tenir compte des vacances scolaires suisses: les remontées mécaniques ainsi que de nombreux hébergements et restaurants resteront donc ouverts au moins jusqu’au 18 octobre 2020.

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Kumme gondola to open

Kumme gondola to open

17/08/2020

The 10-person Kumme gondola will open on 19 December 2020 and it will be the first gondola in Switzerland that can run without staff. Fifty-six cabins will carry 1,500 people per hour on the 3.2 km route from Tufternkehr via the middle station in Wyss Gufer to the Unterrothorn. The new facility and accompanying artificial snow system will be a fantastic addition to the winter sports facilities in the Unterrothorn area.

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“Zooom the Matterhorn” – multi-million franc project on the Gornergrat

07/08/2020

A new multimedia experience all about the Matterhorn and the incredible views of the 29 surrounding four-thousanders is coming to the Gornergrat. In summer 2021, the first visitors will be able to enjoy a multi-dimensional immersion and get up close to this beautiful natural world. The exhibition will be in the station of the former “Hohtälli” cable car.

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Zermatt’s new 1 HP taxi

04/08/2020

Alpin Cargo has been transporting packages with the help of its carriage horse, Benny, for several months. Now, passengers can hop on as well, as the logistics specialist brings carriage rides back to Zermatt.

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Gerold Biner awarded the 2020 Rünzi Prize

20/07/2020

CEO and Air Zermatt helicopter pilot Gerold Biner is this year’s recipient of the award from the “Divisionär F.K. Rünzi” foundation. This award from the Board of Trustees, presided over by Council of State Christophe Darbellay, recognizes an exceptional person who has realized their childhood dream of becoming a helicopter pilot at Air Zermatt and made their passion into a career.

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Bergbahnen ab 6. Juni wieder offen

Mountain railways open again from 6 June

27/05/2020

From 6 June, all leisure and entertainment businesses and tourist attractions may reopen. In addition to the facilities that are already open, the mountain railways, cinemas, swimming pools and camping sites will also be allowed to start the summer season.

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Teilöffnung der Zermatter Betriebe

Restaurants open again

11/05/2020

From 11 May 2020, restaurants, bars, shops, museums and sports facilities in Switzerland are allowed to be open again. However, strict conditions with protection concepts apply. Cable cars, camping sites and entertainment and leisure facilities will remain closed.

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Zermatt Bergbahnen AG is investing in the future

08/04/2020

The lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic is causing a great deal of uncertainty and reduced sales for almost every industry in Switzerland. Instead of falling into a state of shock, the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG (ZBAG) concentrates on the time “when this is all over”. Despite the difficult starting position, the Board of Directors has decided to make the major investments of around 60 million Swiss francs over the next two years as planned. The additional financing provided by the banks also contributes to this decision. As soon as the weather conditions allow and no further official decisions relating to the coronavirus prevent construction work from taking place, ZBAG will commence the task of building the new Kumme gondola lift and continue work on the Matterhorn glacier ride II 3S cableway project.

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Gornergrat Bahn - now with Wi-Fi

Gornergrat Bahn - now with Wi-Fi

02/03/2020

Gornergrat Bahn is the first Swiss rail company to provide the public with free Wi-Fi on all its trains. Simply log in to access free internet access between the car park in Täsch and the Gornergrat – on all shuttle trains and the Gornergrat Bahn.

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GGB and MGBahn in the top ten best employers

24/02/2020

Gornergrat Bahn and the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn have been named among the Top Ten Best Employers in Switzerland 2020 by the Handelszeitung and Le Temps newspapers.

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New anniversary look for the Glacier Express

09/12/2019

The first completely renovated 1st and 2nd class cars of the Glacier Express are set to roll out just in time for next year’s 90th anniversary celebrations. The design and technology of the cars are based on the Excellence Class, which has proved hugely popular since its launch in March 2019.

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Skiing Unlimited

138 kilometres of pistes open

28/11/2019

On Saturday 22 November 2019, more facilities and pistes were opened to skiers. This means that a total of 138 kilometres of pistes are open from the weekend in the Matterhorn ski paradise.

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Bookings in Excellence Class exceed expectations

05/11/2019

Passengers on the Glacier Express have been able to enjoy its new Excellence Class since 2019, with 4,855 experiencing the new product by the end of the summer. This translates as an occupancy rate of 55 percent – a result no one had expected. The pull of the new premium class has been accompanied by an increase in demand for the other two classes, with a complete facelift of both first and second class still to come.

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Furggsattel glacier lift

Furggsattel glacier lift open

22/10/2019

Skiers can now use the Furggsattel glacier lift to access up to 23 km of pistes in the Matterhorn ski paradise. More perfectly groomed pistes will be gradually added until all 360 km of pistes in the ski area are open by 30 November 2019.

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Best Financial Year in the History of Zermatt Bergbahnen AG

30/09/2019

At the Annual General Meeting of 27 September 2019, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG was able to look back on the best financial year in the history of the company. Thanks to a highly successful summer in 2018 and an optimum 2018/19 winter season, the record sales of the previous year increased by a further 9.3% to reach CHF 76 million in the 2018/19 financial year, with EBITDA at CHF 39.6 million (up 14.4% year on year at 52% of sales) and operational cash flow at CHF 35.6 million (46.8% of sales, up 16% on the previous year). Benchmarked against the most important indicators, Zermatt Bergbahnen ranks among the very best performers in the whole sector.

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Opening "Alpine Crossing" in autumn 2021

Opening "Alpine Crossing" in summer 2022

23/09/2019

The opening of the world’s highest 3S cableway to the Matterhorn glacier paradise in the autumn of 2018 was just the first stage in the realization of a much more far-reaching vision: the creation of a continuous cableway connection between Zermatt and Italy – the so-called "Alpine Crossing". This crossing will be made possible by the addition of another structurally similar 3S cableway (tri-cable gondola lift) between Testa Grigia and the Matterhorn glacier paradise. The first visitors should be able to make the highest crossing of the Alps in summer 2022.

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Summer opening for the Blauherd-Rothorn cable car

Summer opening for the Blauherd-Rothorn cable car

18/09/2019

After being closed for two summer seasons due to landslips, at last the Blauherd-Rothorn cable car will open again on schedule for the start of the winter season. All the repairs and construction work to the pillars have been carried out successfully. Safe operation of the cable car is therefore assured winter and summer alike.

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New ski pass product: Flex season pass

New ski pass product: Flex season pass

11/09/2019

From the 2019/20 winter season, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG will be offering its visitors a new, flexible ski pass - the Flex season pass. With this ski pass you can use the Matterhorn ski paradise five times during the winter season. The season pass, and all other Flex products, are available online.

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Zermatt partners with Ikon Pass

Zermatt partners with “Ikon Pass”

28/08/2019

The "Ikon Pass" links 41 destinations on five continents. Pass holders have access to all destinations. From winter 2019/2020, Zermatt will be the first destination in Europe to be a partner. “Ikon Pass” holders will therefore have access to the Matterhorn ski paradise for seven days, "Icon Base Pass" holders for five days.

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Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn - Art on rails

06/05/2019

Until 26 May, three Upper Valais artists will be exhibiting their work in a moving Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn train.

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5.3_Glacier Express neues Food-Konzept

Glacier Express: new food concept

01/05/2019

The catering service of the Glacier Express, Panoramic Gourmet AG, is launching a new culinary concept in the spring of 2019. This consists of various regional delicacies such as: an Alpine platter (Älplerteller) with Salzis (dry cured sausage) and Graubünden mountain cheese, traditional Valais rarebit soaked in white wine, oven-baked Graubünden capuns (chard roulades) with a little cheese on top, or, one of the classics, mince with macaroni and apple sauce. The offer is rounded off with regional wines. The aim is for guests to experience the culinary diversity of the regions they travel through on their plates.

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5.2 Redesign VIP-Gondel

VIP Gondola redesign

01/05/2019

The VIP Gondola, where you can sip champagne on leather seats while floating gently above the ground, has undergone a redesign.  After spending several years transporting guests from near and far between Zermatt and Trockener Steg, the time came for a new look. The details, however, will be kept under wraps until summer 2019.

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5.1_Vier Crystal ride im Umlauf

Four Crystal Ride cabins

01/05/2019

During the winter season, only groups of more than ten people were able to use the new Matterhorn glacier ride Crystal Ride cabins, but they will be open to all in summer 2019. These special cabins are studded with Swarovski crystals and also have a glass floor that changes from milkywhite to clear three minutes into the journey. This allows you to look 170 metres down through the glass floor and admire the imposing glacial landscape. A new sound system will enhance the spinetingling atmosphere.

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Glacier Express: Starting signal for the Excellence-Class

07/03/2019

The Glacier Express is launching a new premium product: Excellence Class. Lounge chairs provide superb comfort and a concierge caters to the needs of passengers.

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Alpine Crossing: Vision becomes reallity

25/02/2019

The submission in the summer of 2018 of the project to construct a cableway link via a 3S cableway made by LEITNER ropeways between the stations at Testa Grigia and Matterhorn glacier paradise (Klein Matterhorn) generated intensive discussions between Zermatt Bergbahnen AG (ZBAG) and the complainant, the Swiss Foundation for Landscape Conservation (Stiftung Landschaftsschutz Schweiz, or SL). With both sides offering constructive proposals, an agreement has been reached and work can now start on the realization of an "Alpine Crossing" between Zermatt and Cervinia (Italy).

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The world’s highest 3S cableway is officially inaugurated

29/09/2018

After around two-and-a-half years’ construction work, the "Matterhorn glacier ride" – the world’s highest 3S cableway – has finally opened as planned, and Zermatt has gained a new attraction. From the beginning of the 2018/19 winter season, passengers will be able to use the new cableway to reach the Klein Matterhorn.

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Zermatt Bergbahnen AG continues to ride a wave of success

01/10/2018

At its Annual General Meeting convened on Trockener Steg on 29 September 2018, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG is able to report another gratifying result and confirm last year’s record performance. Sales in fiscal 2017/18 totalled CHF 69.6 million, EBITDA reached CHF 34.6 million (49.7%) and operating cash flow CHF 30.7 million (44.1%). Once again, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG ranks number one for all key figures in a benchmark comparison.

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Crystal Ride: to the foot of the glacier

13/09/2018

At the beginning of the 2018/19 winter season, the world’s highest 3S cableway will start taking passengers to the Klein Matterhorn near Zermatt. The "Matterhorn glacier ride" is an unrivalled combination of technology, design and ride comfort. The four "Crystal ride" cabins are a highlight of the ultramodern cableway. The journey itself is exhilarating, but the cabins add to the thrills with an amazing view of the ground far below.

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Travel to Zermatt virtually

31/08/2018

Experience Zermatt from your home: using the new "SBB VR" app. Active users can take advantage of attractive prices.

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Only 100 days to go: Zermatt’s new cableway of superlatives is coming soon

20/06/2018

The time has come on 29 September 2018: the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG opens the new 3S Cableway from Trockener Steg to the Klein Matterhorn.

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First Train Trip to Zermatt

24/01/2018

Zermatt can be reached again by train. This means that after four days, guests can once again arrive and depart without difficulties.

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Zermatt informs about the current situation

21/01/2018

Since Saturday evening, 20th January 2018, Zermatt is no longer accessible. Due to avalanche risk, the road and the railway line between Zermatt and Täsch are closed. There is no danger for guests and locals.

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Zermatt can be accessed again

10/01/2018

After being cut off for almost two days, Zermatt can now be accessed by train again.

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A Saison Pass is Worth It

10/12/2017

Holders of a season or annual pass for the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG do not only enjoy the pistes at the highest ski area in Europe but they also can ski at a reduced price in the Jungfrau Ski Region, in California’s Squaw Valley Resort and in the New Zealand ski resort, Mt. Ruapehu.

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Zermatt Bergbahnen AG Achieves Record Result

25/09/2017

In the 2016/17 business year, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG generated an all-time record result, with sales of CHF 69.6 million and a cash flow of CHF 30.3 million. The company saw an increase in revenue both from year-round excursion tourism (+8.3%) and winter sports (+3.5%).

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Riffelberg Express now also runs in summer

23/05/2017

Mountain lifts: The Riffelberg Express now also links the Furi mountain station with the Riffelberg in July and August 2017. This means that both Matterhorn glacier paradise and the Gornergrat can be visited easily in a single day.

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