The shot above is a pano taken by The Kid with my iPhone, which isn’t good for much else here in Switzerland. (Click here or on the shot to see the original, including larger sizes.) On the left is the Matterhorn, which may be the most impressive mountain on Earth. It’s hard to imagine more glorious ski slopes than those surrounding Zermatt, all of which either face the Matterhorn or occupy its flanks.
Skiing was good on the upper runs, but icy on the lower ones. The four inches of fresh powder yesterday, plus fresh artificial snow in places, was a big help. But the heavy rains on Christmas day are still preserved in a layer of ice.
Near the end of the day, the kid and I took a wrong turn and had to navigate our way down runs that were a bit advanced, at least for me. (I’m an intermediate skier at best.) I fell more times than I bothered to count, though not on the steepest sections. I think I just wore out. So we’re taking a day or two off from skiing and doing less strenuous things.
Tags: Cervino, Gornergrat, Matterhorn, snow, switzerland, vacation, Valais, Wallis, white, winter, Zermatt
On a foggy night in the middle of a 10-week backpacking trip through Europe when I was 25, my brother and I found our way up to Zermatt on an old cog railway and then by foot to the town’s youth hostel. The streets seemed to be those of a quaint but unexceptional European town. We bedded down in one of the hostel’s dorms, and when we were awakened by the next morning’s clear sunlit sky, we discovered the stunning Matterhorn perfectly framed by our bedroom’s window. Spectacular!
As a Francophile, I like Chamonix – Mt Blanc. The cable cars up, then across the glacier and then down the Italian side are awesome. (And, that coming from a guy who doesn’t really like cable cars) LOL
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