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Avalanche+power emergency hits Zermatt. Airlift in process. Widespread danger elsewhere

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Reports:

"13,000 stranded". The Guardian:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/09/thousands-stranded-without-electricity-in-swiss-ski-resort-of-zermatt

Reports and photos. Mail Online:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5250315/13-000-tourists-TRAPPED-Swiss-ski-resort.html

Zermatt emergency statement:
https://www.facebook.com/1402224212671822/photos/p.1935919739768918/1935919739768918/?type=3&theater
https://www.zermatt.ch/en

Other links to reports from Switzerland, Italy:
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1935675603126665&id=140224212671822

"French Alps on red alert"
https://www.thelocal.fr/20180108/french-alps-on-red-alert-as-avalanche-threat-reaches-exceptional-level
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@Davina Goldballs, all these have already been covered on the forum.
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The chaos is crazy for what is a big, but not gigantic, snowfall.

Places like Japan and Washington State get snowfalls of this size several times every year and they don't go into meltdown.
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I think you'll find the geography of Zermatt and Washington state to be significantly different. But well done, carry on.
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I suspect that DG can't remember which of his many facebook accounts he is logged into when he posts on there. Zermatt on the Lewes page... ???
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I thought the "13000 tourists trapped in Zermatt" amusing. There are 13000 tourists there - but probably 12500 of them aren't due to leave until next Saturday, so not exactly trapped!
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From the BBC report

Despite the fact that they are stranded, the tourists in Zermatt are reported to be in good spirits and the tourist office describes the atmosphere as "relaxed and comfortable".

So not exactly mass panic then
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There are worse places to be 'trapped' I guess.
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I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Alps snow strands thousands of tourists in Switzerland - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42623293
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Back in the early 90's when we were living in Zermatt, the side of the mountain fell off (about 30 million m3) just above Randa just below Zermatt and we were cut off for for several days while the military built a bypass road which is still used today! They also had to build a pontoon bridge as the landslide also blocked the river and flooded the valley from side to side! Amazingly, no-one was killed as the village is on the other side of the valley......

14_03-Randa-1
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Quote:

The chaos is crazy for what is a big, but not gigantic, snowfall.

Places like Japan and Washington State get snowfalls of this size several times every year and they don't go into meltdown.


Chaos? Meltdown? Is this the Daily Express? Still, you might be right, maybe they're not very good in Zermatt at dealing with snow, railways, avalanches, that sort of thing....
Here in the UK, we know how to cope with a 10cm dump.
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Whitegold wrote:
The chaos is crazy for what is a big, but not gigantic, snowfall.

Places like Japan and Washington State get snowfalls of this size several times every year and they don't go into meltdown.


If Washington State and Japan got snowfalls the same percentage larger than the norm then I suspect they might have similar problems you nutsack.
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I like that the Guardian fanfare that people are stuck and highlight "approaching Zermatt’s maximum capacity" almost forgetting that there isn't much risk of them exceeding capacity seeing as no one can get there.

Whitegold wrote:
The chaos is crazy for what is a big, but not gigantic, snowfall.

Places like Japan and Washington State get snowfalls of this size several times every year and they don't go into meltdown.


A) It's not chaos
B) Problems at the minute are more to do with the conditions than the amount of snow. Certainly in the Savoie there's been a bit of a freeze/thaw cycle with the freezing level much higher than normal, on the back of and before decent snowfall. Upshot is quite a lot of wet ground and unstable snow.
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An update this afternoon from SwissInfo ...

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/access-blocked_train-services-to-zermatt-remain-suspended/43812570

More links, photos, video ...

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1935675603126665&id=140224212671822
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@KenX, Can't believe you swapped Zermatt for Chantemerle Shocked
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@jellylegs, twas a long time ago and Mrs KenX (at the time, now ex KenX) wanted to return to the uk.......
Anyway, couldn't afford to retire in Zermatt!
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The popular Kumme chairlift, which serves the higher terrain of the Rothorn, has been part-destroyed by an avalanche which has taken out the bottom station ...

https://www.j2ski.com/ski-chat-forum/posts/list/0/17932/chair-lift-demolished-avalanche-zermatt.page

http://www.alpinforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=58190&start=350

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A postscript to the past week's extraordinary events ... branded "Schneechaos" by Swiss news site SRF. The words of local architect and hotelier Heinz Julen ...

https://www.srf.ch/news/panorama/schneechaos-in-zermatt-fuer-manche-wurde-das-schneechaos-zum-event

Heinz in English: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1935675603126665&id=140224212671822&comment_id=1939885352705690&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D

A very snow-loaded roof, above the resort:
https://www.weerwoord.be/m/2351226
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For the second time in 10 days, Zermatt has been experiencing storm conditions. This time the Gornergrat railway has shut down (including tomorrow Friday) due to extensive damage to the overhead power cable by fallen trees.

Avalanche risk (level 4) has caused the supply road from Täsch to Zermatt to be closed.
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