09 Jan '18, 12pm

Snow traps 13,000 tourists at Swiss Alpine resort #Zermatt

GENEVA (REUTERS) – The Swiss Alpine resort of Zermatt airlifted guests by helicopter on Tuesday (Jan 9) after heavy snow and a power cut stranded thousands of visitors. An estimated 13,000 people were stuck in Zermatt after snow closed mountain lifts, ski runs, walking paths and train services to the village. With the onset of the wintery weather, avalanche danger in the rugged region of Wallis that includes Zermatt near the Italian border is now rated as “very great”, the highest level, according to the Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research. In the town of Visp, about 30km down the valley from Zermatt, 20 people were evacuated from their homes after a mud- and snowslide sent debris into a portion of the village, Swiss broadcaster SRG reported on Tuesday. Nobody was injured. However, the tourist office said there was no reason for concern in Zermatt. Town officia...

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