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Alpine Crossing Opening Spring 2023

The delayed completion of the incredible engineering feat that will see a fast and comfortable lift connection between Switzerland’s Zermatt and Italy’s Cervinia, via the Klein Matterhorn and one of the highest lift-accessed points in Europe, is due to open in spring 2023.

It is: “the realization of a dream born over 80 years ago,” a statement from the region’s lift company claims.

It’s unclear if this will still be within the ski season, although as both villages offer access to the glacier skiing on the Klein Matterhorn for much of the year anyway this may be a moot point.

Completion of the 105m Swiss Francs project has been delayed by the pandemic and related issues.

The Matterhorn Alpine Crossing comprises the Matterhorn Glacier Ride lift up from Zermatt which opened in autumn 2018 and the new Matterhorn Glacier Ride II which will link Klein Matterhorn with Testa Grigia in Italy.  The two lifts take only 13 minutes to make the crossing with large cabins each cable of holding up to 28 people.

The Matterhorn Glacier Ride II covers a 1.6 km stretch over the Theodul glacier with no support towers and a distance of up to 363-metres from the ground. Another special feature of the mountain station is that the two independently operating facilities can be connected with rails that allow cabins to be swapped between the two cableway systems.

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 ((11,345 feet) will finally close the gap between Italy and Switzerland.

As soon as the Klein Matterhorn to Testa Grigia section becomes operational, passengers arriving at Testa Grigia will be able to change directly onto the new 3S cableway to the Klein Matterhorn. The path connecting the stations is, “just a few steps” the lift company reports, noting it also has wheelchair access. The same applies to stations along the whole stretch between Breuil-Cervinia and Zermatt as at Testa Grigia.

5 Comments
  1. Issam Adra

    6th January 2023 8:15 am

    Wawwww ; can’t wait

  2. Mauri

    7th January 2023 9:12 am

    Was this additional infrastructure really necessary (?!)
    It was already possible to ski down to Trockener Steg and come back or to go to Kelin Matterhon…
    I have been going many times from Testa Grigia up to the glacier with skins and it is a light excercise which helps getting acclimatized,
    in the end we all come to the mountains to excercise… many have freeride gear, so going a bit uphill is actually fun.
    The fewer cable cars, the better the landscape. The more infrastructure, the less attractive the place becomes.

  3. Mauri

    7th January 2023 9:35 am

    Like this article says:
    “Turning the Alps into an Industrial Playground”
    https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/alps-new-matterhorn-gondola-plans-draws-criticism-a-1231087.html

    With more infrastructure, the place becomes less attractive.

  4. Mauri

    7th January 2023 9:45 am

    re-reading the comment I think it can be misunderstood.

    I just wanted to share the article:

    https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/alps-new-matterhorn-gondola-plans-draws-criticism-a-1231087.html
    which says / is titled:
    “Turning the Alps into an Industrial Playground”

    And the comment “With more infrastructure, the place becomes less attractive”, is my comment :).
    Sorry for the confusion.

  5. Piotor

    7th January 2023 4:08 pm

    can’t wait to experience

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