Heavy snow leaves thousands of tourists stranded at Swiss ski resort

The snow has blocked all roads and the train leading to the resort in the southern Swiss canton of Valais which was also hit by some power outages head of the station Janine Imesch said

Heavy snow leaves thousands of tourists stranded at Swiss ski resort

While getting snowed in at a ski resort may not sound so bad, authorities banned skiing and hiking because of a severe threat of avalanches, reports NBC News.

"After being cut off for nearly two days, Zermatt can now be accessed by train again", the local tourism office said.

Excavators had been hard at work around a tunnel between Zermatt and Taesch, which lies about six kilometres (3.7) miles away and serves as a gateway to the Matterhorn region.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the so-called air bridge could transport about 100 people an hour, conditions permitting.

With the trains still blocked, large queues had built up at the resort's helipad, officials said.

Area roads were closed Monday morning and train services were canceled Monday night.

Further to the north, snow and high winds prompted the cancellation of Tuesday's first men's World Cup downhill training run in Wengen, in the canton of Bern, organizers said.

The heavy snowfall has caused casualties across the region.

One skier was killed and another injured during an avalanche in the French Pyrenees.

A man removes snow from his vehicle at the Sestriere skiing resort, in the Italian Alps.

British snowboarder John Bromell, of Lincolnshire, is still missing after he was last seen heading to the slopes in the French ski resort of Tignes on Sunday. Fortunately, the 29 people staying there were able to escape without injury by fleeing through the garage.

The local police could not be immediately reached for comment.

In the town of Visp, about 30 kilometers down the valley from the Swiss resort, 20 people were evacuated from their homes after a mud- and snowslide sent debris into a portion of the village, Swiss broadcaster SRG reported on Tuesday.

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