Cervinia - Zermatt and Monterosa to be Linked
If, like us, you are a fan of the ski areas of Zermatt-Cervinia and Monterosa, you will be as delighted as we were to hear that there are plans afoot to link the two, creating a huge Italo-Swiss ski area, encompassing approximately 530km of pistes!
This is particularly great news for the Monterosa ski area, one of our favourite Italian resorts, and perennially popular with our school ski groups. Zermatt and Cervinia have long been linked, and the Alplinks project, a cooperation between the Italians and the Swiss, will consist of the construction of one 8km lift system, creating the world’s third largest ski area.
There is some concern over the potential impact on the environment. However, the project manager, Enrico Ceriani, claims that there were several suggestions for linking these ski areas and that this project posed the least threat to the environment and is also the least expensive option.
The plant used will be the modern 3S Cable Car system, which is able to carry 30 people in each car and consumes less energy compared to other systems of a similar capacity. The project is expected to cost €65m and will receive finance from the EU, although it will need to be approved by the locals via referendum before it can proceed.
Whilst the realisation of this project is still some years off, provided the project planners can prove to locals that the environmental impact will be minimal and that the benefits to the local economy (and ski enthusiasts) far outweigh this, it should offers visitors to the area even more diverse skiing.