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17 May 2016

Monterosa Ski - the world's 2nd biggest ski area?

Author: TheAlps  /  Categories: Zermatt, Cervinia, Alagna, Champoluc, Gressoney, News  / 

Cervinia will link to Zermatt and Monterosa Ski

A plan to expand Zermatt-Cervinia ski area can make Monterosa Ski the world’s 2nd biggest ski area! „In the Snow” magazine dedicates its first article of the February issue to the very promising project in the Aosta Valley.

Nowadays, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise links the Swiss resort Zermatt and Italian Breuil-Cervinia. It is 360km of piste, but with an expanding plan and 180km extra it can be the world’s 2nd biggest ski area – 540km total!

Thanks to the newly planned, two-stage lift there could be a link to Monterosa Ski in the Aosta Valley – to Champoluc and Alagna. The Alplinks project will start in Frachey (Champoluc) and go to Cime Bianche Valley (Valtournenche/Cervinia). It means that even from Gressoney or Ayas skiers will be able to ski over to Zermatt area without having to go to Cervinia first.

It is estimated that the new lift will cost €51 million (almost £39 million) to construct, with the first stage consisting of 10-man cabins and the second stage of 35-man cabins.
That has now moved closer to realisation after Ayas – the last of the municipalities involved
in the project – voted in favour, following Valtournenche, Zermatt, Gressoney-La-Trinité and Gressoney-Saint-Jean which had already approved the plan,

informs “In the Snow”.

Although, there is still a lot of work, including looking for more financial support. It is estimated that the project could be finished within 5-6 years.

This project will be so important for the Monte Rosa area because it will transform our resorts ... with important economic consequences for the future of all the valleys that are involved,

says The Head of Tourism for Gressoney-La-Trinité, Paolo Maria Viganò.

Read more in the February issue of the “In the Snow”.

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