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Trapped! Avalanche strands skiers in Swiss resort of Zermatt

By Travelmail Reporter

 

Last updated at 10:48 AM on 6th January 2012

 

Just a month ago there were fears that not enough snow would fall in European ski resorts this winter.

 

But now the popular Swiss resort of Zermatt has seen so much of the white stuff that it has caused an avalanche and trapped holidaymakers in the town.

 

A deluge of snow has covered the train track and roads leading to the resort, leaving skiers trapped until it can be cleared.

 

And continuing poor weather means not even helicopters can take off, a spokesperson from the tourist board said.

 

Belinda Hadden, 53, said she and her friends had missed their flight home to London yesterday afternoon and believed other Britons would be similarly stuck.

 

She said: 'I had no idea until I went to the train station and was told there was no way I was getting out. There are worse places to be trapped, but it is a bit worrying that we are properly stuck.

 

'There hasn't been snow like this since 1999, there's been a metre alone today.'

  

She said she believed the avalanche had taken place yesterday at around 1.30pm local time.

 

The spokeswoman for Zermatt Tourism said rail staff had been unable to dig out the train tracks, but were currently assessing the situation to see if it can be resolved today.

 

The village is at an altitude of 1,620m (5,310ft) and first became famous in 1865 when British mountaineer Edward Whymper used it as a base to climb the Matterhorn.

 

Zermatt is now one of the best known resorts in Switzerland, with most visitors reaching it by cog railway train from nearby Tasch.

 

So as to prevent air pollution, the entire village is a combustion engine car-free zone, with only electric vehicles allowed to be used by local businesses.

 

There is also a heliport, but that too has been closed because of the avalanche.

  

Trapped! Avalanche strands skiers in Swiss resort of Zermatt

 

Just a month ago there were fears that not enough snow would fall in European ski resorts this winter.

 

But now the popular Swiss resort of Zermatt has seen so much of the white stuff that it has caused an avalanche and trapped holidaymakers in the town.

 

A deluge of snow has covered the train track and roads leading to the resort, leaving skiers trapped until it can be cleared.

Zermatt, under the Matterhorn

 

Tapped: Holidaymakers in the village of Zermatt, can't leave due to an avalanche

 

And continuing poor weather means not even helicopters can take off, a spokesperson from the tourist board said.

 

Belinda Hadden, 53, said she and her friends had missed their flight home to London yesterday afternoon and believed other Britons would be similarly stuck.

 

She said: 'I had no idea until I went to the train station and was told there was no way I was getting out. There are worse places to be trapped, but it is a bit worrying that we are properly stuck.

 

'There hasn't been snow like this since 1999, there's been a metre alone today.'

 

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She said she believed the avalanche had taken place yesterday at around 1.30pm local time.

 

The spokeswoman for Zermatt Tourism said rail staff had been unable to dig out the train tracks, but were currently assessing the situation to see if it can be resolved today.

 

The village is at an altitude of 1,620m (5,310ft) and first became famous in 1865 when British mountaineer Edward Whymper used it as a base to climb the Matterhorn.

 

Zermatt is now one of the best known resorts in Switzerland, with most visitors reaching it by cog railway train from nearby Tasch.

 

So as to prevent air pollution, the entire village is a combustion engine car-free zone, with only electric vehicles allowed to be used by local businesses.

 

There is also a heliport, but that too has been closed because of the avalanche.

 

Trapped! Avalanche strands skiers in Swiss resort of Zermatt

 

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Last updated at 10:48 AM on 6th January 2012

 

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Just a month ago there were fears that not enough snow would fall in European ski resorts this winter.

 

But now the popular Swiss resort of Zermatt has seen so much of the white stuff that it has caused an avalanche and trapped holidaymakers in the town.

 

A deluge of snow has covered the train track and roads leading to the resort, leaving skiers trapped until it can be cleared.

Zermatt, under the Matterhorn

 

Tapped: Holidaymakers in the village of Zermatt, can't leave due to an avalanche

 

And continuing poor weather means not even helicopters can take off, a spokesperson from the tourist board said.

 

Belinda Hadden, 53, said she and her friends had missed their flight home to London yesterday afternoon and believed other Britons would be similarly stuck.

 

She said: 'I had no idea until I went to the train station and was told there was no way I was getting out. There are worse places to be trapped, but it is a bit worrying that we are properly stuck.

 

'There hasn't been snow like this since 1999, there's been a metre alone today.'

 

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She said she believed the avalanche had taken place yesterday at around 1.30pm local time.

 

The spokeswoman for Zermatt Tourism said rail staff had been unable to dig out the train tracks, but were currently assessing the situation to see if it can be resolved today.

 

The village is at an altitude of 1,620m (5,310ft) and first became famous in 1865 when British mountaineer Edward Whymper used it as a base to climb the Matterhorn.

 

Zermatt is now one of the best known resorts in Switzerland, with most visitors reaching it by cog railway train from nearby Tasch.

 

So as to prevent air pollution, the entire village is a combustion engine car-free zone, with only electric vehicles allowed to be used by local businesses.

 

There is also a heliport, but that too has been closed because of the avalanche.

 

Trapped! Avalanche strands skiers in Swiss resort of Zermatt

 

Last updated at 10:48 AM on 6th January 2012

Just a month ago there were fears that not enough snow would fall in European ski resorts this winter.

 

But now the popular Swiss resort of Zermatt has seen so much of the white stuff that it has caused an avalanche and trapped holidaymakers in the town.

 

A deluge of snow has covered the train track and roads leading to the resort, leaving skiers trapped until it can be cleared.

 

And continuing poor weather means not even helicopters can take off, a spokesperson from the tourist board said.

 

Belinda Hadden, 53, said she and her friends had missed their flight home to London yesterday afternoon and believed other Britons would be similarly stuck.

 

She said: 'I had no idea until I went to the train station and was told there was no way I was getting out. There are worse places to be trapped, but it is a bit worrying that we are properly stuck.

 

'There hasn't been snow like this since 1999, there's been a metre alone today.'

 

She said she believed the avalanche had taken place yesterday at around 1.30pm local time.

 

The spokeswoman for Zermatt Tourism said rail staff had been unable to dig out the train tracks, but were currently assessing the situation to see if it can be resolved today.

 

The village is at an altitude of 1,620m (5,310ft) and first became famous in 1865 when British mountaineer Edward Whymper used it as a base to climb the Matterhorn.

 

Zermatt is now one of the best known resorts in Switzerland, with most visitors reaching it by cog railway train from nearby Tasch.

 

So as to prevent air pollution, the entire village is a combustion engine car-free zone, with only electric vehicles allowed to be used by local businesses.

 

There is also a heliport, but that too has been closed because of the avalanche.

   

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