Eric and Penny Kendall, Fall-Line’s very own Valais locals, have been to check Zermatt’s new top lift – the CHF60 million Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
A contrast to the adjacent pack-em-in Klein Matterhorn cable car, the 25 cabins are fitted with heated seats and can transport up to 2000 passengers an hour (each carries 28).
The 4km journey from Trockener Steg to the 3883m Klein Matterhorn summit takes nine minutes. The lift, which should knock Zermatt’s last bottleneck on the head, is the resort’s most expensive single infrastructure project and the world’s highest 3S (three-cable system) cableway.
Read more about it in our upcoming Backcountry issue – on the shelves from 21 December.
Meanwhile take a look at Penny’s pictures…
Trockener Steg base station
The cabins each seat 28 on heated seats
The 3S system can operate in high winds
Solar panels help power the lift
Serious engineering works
Phase two involves a similar 3S lift from the Italian side