13,000 Tourists Stranded in a Swiss Ski Resort for 2 Days


“This was not a disaster by any stretch of the imagination,” Ms. McDonnell, a medical herbalist, who lives in London with her family, said of being stranded. The airlift, she said, was a voluntary service for tourists, and cost 70 Swiss francs (a little more than the same amount in dollars), per person.

“It’s just Mother Nature doing her thing,” she said by phone on Wednesday from a train heading to Geneva. Her weeklong stay in Zermatt, prolonged by one day, was beautiful, she said, despite the weather.

“Even if you can’t ski, there is always something to do, like eating fondue or chocolate in the village,” she said.

As the weather cleared on Wednesday morning, social media users shared photos of the sharp peak of the Matterhorn. Towering 14,692 feet, it is often called “the mountain of mountains,” and was finally visible again against an almost blue sky.

Most of the lifts and slopes remained closed because of dangerous weather conditions at high altitude. But those that were open were still popular with tourists. Tatiana Kostina, 35, from Moscow, had headed for the mountain on Wednesday morning.

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