Shutdowns and disrptions
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Rohorn calbe car - ground movements around foundations
The Blauherd-Rothorn cable car had to be taken out of service on 30 March 2018 because of ground movements around tower 1. The tower was built on permafrost soil, which is gradually thawing out because of the warmer temperatures. This is making the tower’s foundations unstable. As a result of these ground movements, we are unable to ensure safe operation of the Blauherd-Rothorn cable car at present. Geologists, civil engineers and specialists from the cableway construction company are currently working out possible measures to restore the lift. Various ways of tackling the repair work have already been put forward. Whichever scenario is selected, comprehensive construction work will be necessary and the Blauherd-Rothorn lift will not be operating summer services in 2018.
The planned mountain cart attraction on the Rothorn to Blauherd stretch will be available instead on the descent from Blauherd to Sunnegga.
Last update on May 2018
Kumme cairlift - snow masses take their toll
On 9 January 2018 the valley station of the Kumme three-seater chairlift was almost completely destroyed by an avalanche
The avalanche began on the western ridge of Unterrothorn and thundered down onto Tufternchumme where it swept away the valley station of the Kumme three-seater chairlift.
The masterplan and the approved zone planning put forward by the municipality of Zermatt include a new cableway from Tufternkehr (2120 metres) via Tufternkumme to Unterrothorn as a replacement for the wrecked chairlift. The new installation will connect Tufternkumme, Tuftern and the Unterrothorn slopes. The Board of Directors of Zermatt Bergbahnen AG has decided to undertake the necessary evaluation as part of a preliminary project for the lift. However, in view of the planning procedures involved, it is not expected that the project will go ahead until 2020 at the earliest.
Last updated on May 2018
Stockhorn skiing area - surface lifts in the balance
The two tow lifts in the Stockhorn skiing area have been badly damaged by rockfalls over the years. Furthermore, the shrinking glacier fields have exposed steep rocky steps along the track of the lift, making it impossible to use. Here too, glacier towers have become unstable because of the melting ice fields. As a result of these natural changes, operation of the lifts had to be temporarily halted. In view of the persistent danger of rock falls in the area and continuing retreat of the ice fields, a solution would be to replace the two surface lifts with a cableway. Planning work on the construction of this new lift has already begun. The two surface lifts will remain closed until further notice because the Hohtälli-Rote Nase cable car offers an alternative means of reaching Stockhorn.
Further information to follow.
Last updated on May 2018