Shutdowns and disruptions
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Rothorn calbe car - ground movements around foundations
Last summer, the cable car Blauherd - Rothorn had to be closed for safety reasons due to changes in the terrain in the area of tower 1. During the summer of 2018, the foundation was stabilised that safe winter operation could be guaranteed. In the coming summer season, mechanical devices must now be mounted on tower 2 and the tower feet must be adapted accordingly. Since this is a large-area subsidence in the existing bedrock, which causes the entire south-west area of the Unterrothorn to move approx. 1 cm to the north-west per year, shifts in the terrain must also be expected in the future. Sliding chassis, a kind of rail system, is mounted on the 4 support feet to compensate for the movements of the support feet in three dimensions. Thanks to this system, future movements can be counteracted quickly and easily, thus avoiding longer closures of the cable car. This work is expected to continue throughout the summer. The Rothorn area will be fully accessible again by the 19/20 winter season.
Last update on May 2019
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