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Heavy snowfall traps 13,000 in Swiss ski resort

10 January 2018

The Swiss Alpine resort of Zermatt airlifted guests by helicopter on Tuesday after heavy snow and a power cut stranded thousands of visitors. An estimated 13,000 people were stuck after snow closed mountain lifts, ski runs, walking paths and train services to the village. With the onset of the wintery weather, avalanche danger in the rugged region of Wallis is now rated as "very great", the highest level.