Here you will find the latest media releases and exciting stories about Air Zermatt.
At the weekend, Air Zermatt was called to an extraordinary rescue operation in the creek of the Furggletscher glacier. A skier broke through the snow cover into a raging glacier stream and was dragged along for several metres. Thanks to the well-rehearsed rescue crew, the victim was rescued and survived the accident.
It’s now official: the Air Zermatt pop-up store at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt will open its doors for another year.
Philippe Imboden is leaving Air Zermatt at the end of April after over 30 years. Now approaching 60, Imboden has worked in almost every department at Air Zermatt and knows the company inside and out. Before his departure, he looks back with a smile and a heavy heart at the highs and low of his time spent at the heliport in Zermatt.
Air Zermatt flew a total of 36 rescue missions over the Easter period from Good Friday to Easter Monday. That's a lot, but nothing unusual for the Easter season. Most of the rescuers were called to ski accidents, but also to crevasse rescues.
Air Zermatt flew its thousandth rescue since the beginning of 2022 on Wednesday, April 13. This is the first time in the history of the Upper Valais-based helicopter company that the 1000 mark has been reached so early in the year. This means that since the beginning of the year, Air Zermatt's rescue crews have been called out to people in distress an average of around ten times a day. That is a record.
The second edition of Alpha Zulu magazine is coming out in early April. Alpha and zulu are the first and last letters of the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, and they also happen to be the symbol and abbreviation of Air Zermatt. The magazine provides an A-to-Z account of life in the air, from the spectacular to the ordinary.
The fresh snow on the first weekend in April attracted numerous winter sports enthusiasts to the mountains on Monday. But danger lurks beneath the snow cover. Within a few hours, Air Zermatt was called to three glacier crevasse accidents on Monday. In addition, rope teams in the Monte Rosa region were surprised by icy cold. Intensive hours for the rescuers in the Upper Valais.
Even though spring is beckoning at the bottom of the valley, winter sports enthusiasts in the Upper Valais ski destinations are still enjoying the benefits of the winter season. Air Zermatt was called to a total of 23 rescues this weekend. Most of them were ski accidents, but there were also crevasse rescues.
Organized by the Emergency Schulungszentrum AG Zofingen, prospective paramedics from all over Switzerland met in Saas Fee last weekend to deepen their medical knowledge together. Air Zermatt was also represented to introduce them to the topics of air and mountain rescue as well as medical first aid.
Because of the nice weather and the schoolholidays in most of the countrys, a multiple of people spend the last week in Zermatt. Due to the well-filled slopes, Air Zermatt was called to 123 missions. Wintersport accidents where the reason for most of the rescues.