New evidence from international ski consultant Laurent Vanat shows that Zermatt invests more than any other resort in Switzerland in its lift infrastructure.
His survey of Swiss resorts shows that Zermatt has invested CHF335m over the last 10 years.
Merger of lift companies improved cash flow
Markus Hasler, director of the Zermatt Bergbahnen explained this by noting the merger in 2002 of the previous four companies that used to run the lifts:
“The merger gave us a cash flow of 25-30m and a level that we simply couldn’t invest at before.”
More than twice spent on new lifts than Verbier
The graphic below shows how Zermatt compares to other resorts in the Valais region of Switzerland.
Zermatt’s spend of CHF335m is more than double the CHF151m spent by Verbier – another reason why Zermatt is better than Verbier. Neighbouring Saas Fee spent only CHF78m on new lifts in the same period.
Only Verbier installed more lifts than Zermatt’s 10 new lifts over the same time period, although they evidently cost less for each lift.
Zermatt also invested more than the resorts of Eastern Switzerland such as St Moritz and the Jungfrau area, providing even more evidence that Zermatt is the best ski resort in Switzerland.