Vision becomes reality
Clouds Clouds Clouds

Opening 2023

The Premiium Experience from Zermatt to Cervinia

A long-cherished vision becomes reality: a connection between Zermatt and the Italian resort of Cervinia, unbroken and operational throughout the year, thanks to the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing. From the spring of 2023, the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II will be the final piece of the puzzle, as the highest continuous Alpine crossing by cable car is completed. The modern cableway will link the peak Matterhorn Glacier Paradise with the Snow Xperience Plateau Rosa in Italy. Following the opening of the Matterhorn Glacier Ride I in the autumn of 2018, the completion of the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II will see the two resorts joined by a continuous link, the realization of a dream born over 80 years ago.

Matterhorn Glacier Ride II

The Last Piece of the Puzzle to Success

In spring 2023, the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II will go into operation. This will open up the last section of the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing and travellers will be able to descend from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise down to Snow Xperience Plateau Rosa without snow sports equipment. The cabins cover the 1.6 km stretch over the Theodul glacier in suspension, as no masts are needed for the 363-metre difference in altitude. The project of superlatives brings pure deceleration with a view of the breathtaking mountain world.

The Mountain Station

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

As with the first stage of the cableway project, the design of the station extension in the direction of Plateau Rosa will further develop the concept of crystalline forms, the idea being to blend the appearance of the station with that of the rock wall of the Klein Matterhorn. The shell of the hall will be made from timber, just like the existing station building. The wooden construction not only serves to enhance the stability of the mountain station, it will also give the building a warm and attractive appearance.

Another special feature of the mountain station is that two independently operating facilities can be connected with rails that allow cabins to be swapped between the two cableway systems.

The Valley Station

Snow Xperience Plateau Rosa

The valley station of the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing is being built directly on the Italian border, but still entirely on Swiss territory. This station at 3'458 metres will finally close the gap between Italy and Switzerland. As with the other cableway stations, the Plateau Rosa valley station will have a timber construction, giving it a warm and modern appearance. The "Snow Xperience Plateau Rosa" world of experience is being created all around.

As soon as the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise to Testa Grigia section becomes operational, passengers arriving at Plateau Rosa will be able to change directly onto the new 3S cableway to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. The path connecting the stations is just a few paces. It also has wheelchair access. The same applies to stations along the whole stretch between Breuil-Cervinia and Zermatt as at Plateau Rosa.

Facts and Figures

Comparison of the two 3S Cableways

The major project to build an Alpine Crossing entered its second phase in April 2019. After the successful start-up of the Matterhorn Glacier Ride l in the autumn of 2018, the section between the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Plateau Rosa is the only missing link in the cableway connection between Breuil-Cervinia and Zermatt. In future, a 3S cableway similar in construction to the Matterhorn Glacier Ride l will complete the link. The planned cost of construction is about 45 million Swiss francs. The new connection will make it possible to travel from Cervinia to Zermatt for the first time without getting your boots wet. If everything goes according to plan, the first passengers will cross the Alps by cableway in the spring of 2023, with the Matterhorn constantly in sight.

Facts Matterhorn glacier ride i matterhorn glacier ride ii
VALLEY STATION 2,923 m (Trockener Steg)  3,458 m (Plateau Rosa)
MOUNTAIN STATION 3,821 m (Matterhorn Glacier Paradise) 3,821 m (Matterhorn Glacier Paradise)
CABLE CAR MANUFACTURER LEITNER LEITNER
ELEVATION GAIN 900 m 363 m
CARRYING CAPACITY 2'000 passengers/hour 1'300 passengers/hour
SPEED 7.5 m/s 7.5 m/s
JOURNEY TIME 9 min 4 min
NUMBER OF CABINS 25 10
"CRYSTAL RIDE" CABINS 4 2
PASSENGERS / CABIN 28 28
DRIVE SYSTEM LEITNER DirectDrive LEITNER DirectDrive
CABIN DESIGN Pininfarina Pininfarina
CONSTRUCTION COSTS 60 million swiss francs 45 million swiss francs
OPENING 2018 2023

More information about the

Matterhorn Alpine Crossing

NEWS ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION

In the construction blog, the current state of progress, behind-the-scenes stories, and the challenges on Europe's highest construction site are presented.

Construction blog

ZERMATT AND VISIONS

Zermatt has always been a place of vision and pioneering spirit. “Visionary ideas have a long tradition here,” says Franz Julen, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Zermatt Bergbahnen AG. “Without vision Zermatt would not be what it is today: one of the best-positioned and most successful tourist destinations in the world.” The Matterhorn Glacier Ride I and Matterhorn Glacier Ride II carry this tradition forward. Expectations of the new cableway connection between Zermatt and Cervinia are high: “We believe it will provide even greater added value for our ski resort and enhance the appeal of the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise peak for excursions,” Franz Julen affirms.

PEAK MATTERHORN GLACIER PARADISE

ACROSS THE ALPS FROM MILAN TO ZERMATT

For travellers in Europe, the Matterhorn Alpine Crossing opens up new route planning options. From the airport in Milan you could take the train and bus through the idyllic Aosta Valley in the direction of Breuil-Cervinia, where the spectacular cableway journey across the Alps starts. At the very top of the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, at 3883 metres above sea level, a unique view of 38 four-thousanders opens up. The two lifts, Matterhorn Glacier Ride I (the highest 3S cableway in the world) and Matterhorn-Express, take travellers on to Zermatt. The area is famous for sporting activities such as hiking, mountain biking and skiing, and offers a wide range of opportunities for eating out and shopping.

EXPERIENCES IN AND AROUND ZERMATT

SKIERS NOT CARS ON THE THEODUL PASS

The Theodul Pass lies at an altitude of 3295 metres and forms part of the border between Italy and Switzerland. For centuries, the pass was an important transport and trading route between Zermatt and Breuil-Cervinia. Its significance began to change with the rise in popularity of skiing: it became probably the most travelled pass in the Alps – not by cars but by skiers.

SUMMER SKI IN ZERMATT

ARCHIVE: MATTERHORN GLACIER RIDE I

Since November 2018, the world’s highest, most advanced 3S cableway carries passengers to the Klein Matterhorn. The new lift combines cutting-edge technology with top-class design. This enhances ride comfort, makes the cableway more stable, minimizes essential maintenance work and increases the service life of the individual components – an outstanding technical achievement. Learn more about the construction of the first 3S cableway in Zermatt, which started operating in 2018, in the archive.

THE ARCHIVE

MEDIA CORNER

The media corner contains information on the two 3S cableways- Matterhorn Glacier Ride I & II. From the highest construction site in Europe and the challenges, to the principle of the 3S cableways, to the construction blogs and clips about the construction sites.

MEDIA CORNER