According to tradition, the SAS starts its season with the Opening in Zermatt. Saturday's giant slalom on the challenging "Sandiger Boden" track will be the prelude to the next SAS Cups. For the first time in the history of the SAS, a Demo Contest will take place after the giant slalom.
In addition to the sporty part of the weekend, the program will also be rich in non-sporting activities. A visit of the black-nosed sheep is planned, which may appeal to the younger members of the SAS. The local hotelier and passionate shepherd Paul-Marc Julen, a former competitive skier, will give an overview of his breeding.
On Saturday afternoon, there will be the opportunity to visit Air Zermatt. Air Zermatt's air rescuers are among the best in the world and their areas of operation on the Matterhorn are among the most dangerous.
On Sunday, project manager Toni Lauber will drive the 3S cabin that was inaugurated in 2018, which climbs to the Petit Cervin from Trockenersteg. It was built under the most difficult conditions - with a construction site at an altitude of nearly 4000 meters. The project cost about 65 million francs and is considered a real pioneer achievement. Currently, the Zermatt lift company is already implementing future projects, including the link between Testa-Grigia and the Petit Cervin, linking Milan / Turin / Aosta to Cervinia and Zermatt. At the same time, investigations are underway for a connection line between Frachey and Cime Bianche Superiore. If implemented, the Zermatt/Valle d'Aosta region will become the largest ski resort in the world with more than 500 km of slopes.
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