Monday, 24 September, 2018

'Air bridge' for tourists resumes in snowbound Swiss town

There are currently'around 13,000 tourists at Zermatt' while the station website warned that'arrivals and departures are not possible at the moment There are currently'around 13,000 tourists at Zermatt' while the station website warned that'arrivals and departures are not possible at the moment
Orlando Vargas | 13 January, 2018, 06:33

Officials in Zermatt had initially said that the first train to the nearby village of Tasch would leave at 11:15 am (1015 GMT), but later announced that the resumption of service had been pushed back.

Villages across Switzerland, France and Italy have all been affected.

Airlifts were continuing at the mountain resort, where road and rail links to the mountain resort had been cut off for two days due to the extreme weather.

Local officials said no lives were ever in danger and the situation was calm, with cafes open and many streets walkable.

Fresh snowfall Monday created an avalanche hazard leaving roughly 13,000 tourists stranded in Zermatt, Switzerland, for the second day in a row Tuesday.

"It is not possible to do downhill or cross country, but that's ok".

Ms Imesch added: "There is nothing to panic about, everything is fine".

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More than 13,000 people were trapped without electricity in the upmarket Swiss ski resort last night.

French forecasters labelled recent falls as the worst in 30 years with up to 6ft of snow being dumped in 36 hours in parts of Savoie.

French meteorologists say such conditions have not been seen since 1978. It advised people to follow instructions and stay at home so as not to hamper the ongoing clean-up operation. British skier, John Bromell, age 39, from Willingham by Stow near Lincoln, went missing on Sunday at the Tignes ski resort in France Alps.

Helicopters flew for about two hours on Tuesday afternoon, she said.

The heavy snowfall has caused casualties across the region.

Another Russian tourist named Elena told Business FM that Cervinia resembles moles' tunnels.

"Numerous large and, in many cases, very large natural dry avalanches are to be expected as a outcome of fresh snow and strong wind", a statement from the Swiss Federal Institute of Forest, Snow and Landscape Research said.

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