In 1819, the village was almost totally destroyed by the blast from a huge avalanche that fell nearby. Lane, F.W. The Elements Rage (David & Charles 1966), p. 83
In 1991, a portion of the village was flooded following a large rockslide from a cliff above the town.
The village is popular for tourists wishing to visit the area, as it is reachable by car and rail, and has a campsite which offers a taxi service to Zermatt, a car-free town. The train-line, known as the Glacier Express also connects to Zermatt offering visitors many ways to access the town.