Thousands of Tourists Get Stranded at Ski Resort

They have to be airlifted out of the Swiss resort of Zermatt after 2 days
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2018 11:55 AM CST
They Came to Ski, Had to Leave in a Chopper
Tourists wait in line to be choppered out of the ski resort of Zermatt in Switzerland.   (Dominic Steinmann/Keystone via AP)

Thousands of tourists came to the Zermatt ski resort in Switzerland for a winter adventure, and that's exactly what they got. It just wasn't the one they anticipated. About 13,000 people got snowed in at the resort for two days before helicopters began airlifting them out on Tuesday, reports the Guardian. While getting snowed in at a ski resort may not sound so bad, authorities banned skiing and hiking because of a severe threat of avalanches, reports NBC News. Meanwhile, all roads and railways to the village near the Matterhorn mountain remain closed.

“Everything is normal, everything is under control,” says a resort spokesperson. And only those with a dire need to leave were taking advantage of the helicopters. The rest were "enjoying the snow, going shopping, eating, and drinking," says the spokesperson. "The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. No one can go skiing or hiking, but it’s quiet, even a little bit romantic.” (More Switzerland stories.)

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