Zermatt, Cervinia and Monterosa Ski to link

30th September 2014, by Abi Butcher

Ski resorts Zermatt, Cervinia, Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna are planning to link

Ski resorts Zermatt, Cervinia, Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna are planning to link

Zermatt, Cervinia and Monterosa Ski (encompassing Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna) are planning to link up and create one of the largest ski areas in the world.

A lift link has long been discussed between the two areas, which have between them 433km of pistes, but a project description detailing the exact transport facility, maximum capacity and project schedule is to be submitted to Italian authorities by the end of this year.

Zermatt and Cervinia have long been linked by a lift over the glacier, which during high season ferries up to 3,000 skiers and snowboarders to and from Switzerland and Italy.

The Monterosa Ski resorts of Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna have long been among our favourites and this news will plant them even more firmly on the international map. With fabulous off-piste and heli-skiing, as well as quiet slopes and lovely mountain restaurants, we love it. Specialist operator Ski 2 has taken British guests to Champoluc for 15 years, but this ski season Ski Total is moving in with an upmarket Chalethotel, and last season family specialist Esprit Ski started up in Gressoney.

Although the lift link will be on Italian ground, the project is attracting the full support of Zermatt and its lift company ZBAG.

“A ski area connection between Cervinia/Valtournenche and Monterosa Ski would result in a unique chance for Zermatt to become part of one of the world’s biggest connected ski areas,” said Martin Niederberger from ZBAG.

“Today’s number of guests can be increased and in the future, the planned connection would allow guests from Zermatt to ski beyond the boarders of the Val Aosta up until Piemont.”

Mr Niederberger added that a specific time frame for the realisation of the project “is yet to be defined”.

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