1st April 2023
– Cervinia and Zermatt Linked Throughout the Year
– Dates Unveiled for Opening Speed Races of 2023/24
– Chamonix Ski Area Extends Its Ski Season
– Impact of Climate Change on the Mountains…LIVE & UPDATED
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Saturday 1st April
Cervinia and Zermatt Linked Throughout the Year
On July 1st 2023 the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II will open and create the highest continuous Alpine crossing by cable car.
It will link the peak Matterhorn Glacier Paradise with Testa Grigia in Italy.
Following the opening of the Matterhorn Glacier Ride I in the autumn of 2018, the completion of the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II will see the two resorts joined by a continuous link.
The cabins cover the 1.6 km stretch over the Theodul glacier in suspension with no pylons needed.
There is a 363-metre difference in altitude.
PlanetSKI has passed by many times during the construction phase:
And while we are in the area, the dates have been revealed for the opening ski speed races of next season:
Chamonix Ski Area Extends Its Ski Season
The Brévent ski area is to extend its winter opening by one week with a partial opening of the facilities and slopes.
It was originally due to close on April 16th but now goes through to April 23rd.
Ski lifts open:
- Planpraz gondola
- Parsa chairlift
- Altitude 2000 ski lift
- Funi 2000
- Combe des Vioz
- Green 2000
- Back to Planpraz
It will open at 8:50am and close at 5:00pm.
There will be a special daily rate for the lift pass.
Impact of Climate Change on the Mountains
The BBC has taken a long look at the issue as the permafrost melts and rockfalls become increasingly common.
Permafrost is soil and rocky material that stays frozen continuously and normally lies beneath an “active layer” that melts and freezes depending on the season.
As the frozen “glue” that helps hold the rock faces of the Alps together begins to thaw, mountaineers face a growing risk of sudden rockfall.
It has implications beyond the climbing community as in the European Alps, more and more of the permafrost is thawing each year – and it is threatening the very mountains it is found in.
There were incidents of unexpected rockfalls in the Alps and Dolomites last summer as we reported at the time:
The BBC reports extensively from Chamonix in France.
See here for the full article on the BBC website.
It is a long but worthwhile and interesting reading in our view.
This article was originally published by Planetski.eu. Read the original article here.