Jun 15, 2018 - 11:12 PM
When the Furi - Riffelberg gondola is not working you have to return to Zermatt. If you want to feel less pressured for time, omit the Klein Matterhorn, as the Gornergrat if a perfectly good single activity for one day in Zermatt. At the top of the Gornergrat you get a good view of the Matterhorn, and also good views of the other high peaks, including Dufourspitze, the highest peak on Swiss soil.
As a bit of background, the modern additions to Zermatt's cable car network are really there to benefit skiers in the winter. Furi - Riffelberg is really only built to improve the connectivity of the ski lift network in winter. Over the years there has been a gradual reversal of the main season for Zermatt, with the ski season winning out over summer tourism. You can see this in the modern arrangement of the railway stations with automatic gates designed mainly for ease of use with a ski pass, and the fact that there used to be a cable car above Gornergrat to Stockhorn - aimed at summer tourists- but that was dismantled a few years ago and money diverted to other ski-related installations.