Matterhorn Alpine Crossing - Step by step to the finish line
The winter break on the construction sites of the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II is over and construction operations have already resumed in February. In a first phase, the construction sites on the Klein Matterhorn, Testa Griggia and the material depot on Laghi Cime Bianche were cleared of ice and snow. Strong winds during the winter months led to drifts and snow accumulations several metres high.
Anton Lauber - head of the construction department at Zermatt Bergbahnen - has had some office-heavy months and is happy to be out and about on the construction sites again. The construction of the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II is entering the next round. The weather and conditions at almost 4,000 metres are unpredictable and will continue to play a decisive role. "Fortunately, we cannot influence the weather, that is and remains in the power of nature," says Lauber. Nevertheless, he is confident that the new Matterhorn Glacier Ride II from the Klein Matterhorn down to Testa Griggia will be operational in spring 2023.
The next phase: Shoring the electromechanical cableway technology
The gradually warmer temperatures are ideal for tackling the remaining concrete work. For this, it should be as dry and mild as possible so that the concrete can harden. In addition, the cableway support structures are being assembled and the electromechanics installed in cooperation with Leitner. During this phase, the construction team will reach its maximum size with around 70 people.
Further 3 phases planned until opening
In a further phase, the valley and mountain stations are to be almost completed by autumn 2022. This also includes the enclosure of the stations. The implementation of the photovoltaic system is also planned here. Around 45 panels will be mounted on the façade of the top station. The most spectacular part - the cable pull - has now been scheduled for winter 22/23, as there is less activity on the glacier during this time and thus the effort for securing work can be reduced. In the final phase, the cabins will then be installed and the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II will be ready for final approval by the Federal Office of Transport.