The Swiss Federal Government Council held a meeting on 13th March 2020 and has decided, among a series of measures aimed at minimizing the spread of the coronavirus, to shut down all Swiss ski resorts. Here are the latest news:
– Last day of operation of mountain railways: Friday, 13th March 2020.
– The Gornergrat Bahn will cease operations from Saturday, 14th March to probably 26th April 2020. Only the return transport of guests from the Gornergrat to Zermatt will be ensured.
– Accommodations (hotels, apartments and other accommodations) must ensure that there are no more than 50 persons (guests and staff) in a room*.
– Restaurants must ensure that there are no more than 50 persons (guests and staff) in a room.
– All bars are closed from now.
– Events with more than 50 persons are not allowed.
– The traffic routes to and from Zermatt and within Zermatt will remain open.
– No special measures apply to residents and second homeowners.
– No supply shortfall.
– Medical care is ensured.
– The Zermatt Unplugged is cancelled. More information
– The Patrouille des Glaciers is cancelled. More information
* So while the skiing is not possible any more, Zermatt is still open and Mountain Exposure continue to operate as normal.
Alternatives to skiing
The following alternative programme is available to guests, despite the closure of all cable cars and mountain railways:
– Winter hiking on the open paths
– Snowshoe tours on the open trails
– Heliskiing off-piste
– Cross-country skiing
– Ski tours off-piste
– Guided tours from ZERMATTERS
– Offers in the village
The closure of the cable cars also means the closure of the ski runs. The following guidelines are in accordance with SKUS (Swiss Commission for Accident Prevention on Snow Sports Slopes):
– The ski runs are also closed outside the operating hours of the transport facilities.
– It is forbidden to use slopes and ski runs that are closed.