Zermatt & Cervinia Plan for Longest Downhill Race on World Cup Circuit
The event would see a start on the Klein Matterhorn in Switzerland and end 5km later in the Italian resort of Cervinia.
It would have a vertical descent of more than 1,000m.
The leader of the project, Franz Julen from Zermatt, has told the NZZ Swiss newspaper it would not conflict with or challenge Switzerland’s traditional men’s downhill run at Wengen in January.
“These are hundreds of meters of glacier – you have to set up safety nets, secure the slopes, secure the crevasses,” said Franz Julen of the proposed new route.
“But you don’t have to make any major structural changes or cut down trees – that’s pure winter scenery.”
A new lift is currently being built linking Cervinia directly to the top of the Klein Matterhorn.
Lift construction in Cervinia
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