Across the Alps without snow sports equipment, from Zermatt in Switzerland past the Matterhorn to Breuil-Cervinia in Italy: this has been possible since July 1st. Since Saturday, visitors have been able to use the new and last cable car section of the entire route. The "Matterhorn Zermatt Bahnen" announced that this was the highest continuous crossing of the Alps by cable car. However, visitors have to change trains several times between the different cable cars.
28 passengers fit into each cabin on the new route. It hovers 1.6 kilometers over the Theodul Glacier in four minutes. Masts were not necessary given the height difference of 363 meters.
From Zermatt-Dorf you go via the Trockener Steg station to the highest mountain station in Europe, the Klein Matterhorn at 3,821 metres. The new cable car then takes you down to the Testa Grigia valley station on the Italian border and from there to the Italian winter sports resort of Cervinia in the Aosta Valley.
Pleasure has its price: after a special offer on the opening weekend, the total return trip from Zermatt to Cervinia in summer costs 240 francs (almost 250 euros). The one-way trip takes around one and a half hours.
The German and Italian-speaking ski region is primarily targeting international guests. Accordingly, new mountain connections usually have English names: The new cable car is called Matterhorn Glacier Ride ll - in German: Matterhorn Glacier Ride Two. Ride one has been taking guests from Trockener Steg to the Klein Matterhorn since 2018. From there, only the descent with ski equipment to Italy was previously possible. Zermatt itself is at a good 1,600 meters, Cervinia at around 2,000 meters.
Zermatt Bergbahnen on the prices project