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Switzerland's Zermatt ski resort reopens after heavy snow and rain

The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn train was able to ease out of Zermatt station after teams cleared huge snowdrifts that built up on the tracks in after over a metre of snow fell in just 24 hours covering railways and road.

More than 13,000 visitors have been stranded in the Swiss ski resort of for the second day running after heavy snowfall.

The Foreign Office has tweeted the following warning: "Heavy snowstorm in the canton of Valais has caused the temporary suspension of the main road and rail links to and from the Zermatt area".

The Zermatt police department official said the air bridge would be provided to tourists requesting an exit by the 3-minute helicopter flight from the town at the foot of the Alpine peak down to the nearby village of Taesch.

The Zermatt tourist board on Thursday morning also said on twitter that the road between Zermatt and Tasch was now completely open, and some ski pistes and winter hiking trails are reopening. It noted a "power breakdown all over Zermatt" and called on people to "stay at home" so as not to disrupt snow clearing crews. Switzerland's avalanche institute, SLF, lowered the avalanche risk from the highest level, five, to four early on Wednesday.



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