ALPINE X TAKES FLIGHT

Text helvet magazine / Photo © Zermatt Bergbahnen
Date of publication Winter 2020-2021

The Alpine X Crossing is preparing for its inauguration in Autumn 2021 and the challenge is staggering: despite the current global health crisis, the goal is to build the first-ever continuous cableway connection over the Alps, from Zermatt (CH) to Cervina (Italy). The connection is made at a pre-existing station that connects Valais and the Klein Matterhorn (3,899 m), which opened in 1979 and which welcomed the Matterhorn Glacier Ride in 2018, the world’s highest tri-cable gondola lift. Ever since, engineers have been working to build the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II (without using any pylons for 1.7 km!). This new cableway will connect the Klein Matterhorn and Testa Grigia (3,480 m) and will allow travellers to then descend to Breuil-Cervinia (2,050 m) using Italian lifts.

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