Tourists and locals already ski on 95% of the slopes. It is therefore possible to benefit from these existing pistes and only very minor adjustments need to be made. The upper part on the Swiss side is a glacier ski area that is already open all year round. In summer, almost all the ski teams in the world have been training here for years.
Due to the altitude, there is great certainty of snow. Two thirds of the race course are on glacier, which has the advantage that there is enough natural snow. The glacier is not irrigated. Artificial snow is produced as needed only for the lower third of the course - and this by an existing system and from 100% meltwater.
Infrastructure on the slope: Next to the track there is no forest, no rocks and no slopes - so we have large fall areas and there is no need for fixed installed poles. We will rely mainly on B-nets and mattresses for safety. Everything will be set up and taken down again after the races. The intervention in nature is therefore small compared to other races.
No new runway has to be built for the races, but the existing ones are used. Zermatt Bergbahnen have also undertaken to dismantle one of the lifts, thereby reducing the impact on the landscape in the long term.
Hotels / Catering
The existing hotel and restaurant infrastructure in Zermatt and Cervinia can accommodate the World Cup race without any problems. At the end of October / beginning of November, the occupancy rate is significantly lower, so that there is sufficient capacity to accommodate and feed the ski teams, sponsors, media representatives and spectators. No construction measures are needed.
All this leads to the fact that after the races no installations remain, which are not already used for the tourism. Thus, this project meets high standards in terms of sustainability.