The faces of a mountain

I’m in Zermatt for a week’s skiing. To avoid having my laptop confiscated by my wife(!), time spent writing posts, and viewing blogs will be limited, so posts this week will of necessity be brief. And I apologize for the fact that there will be limited time to comment on all your posts, although I will try to post ‘thanks’ on Twitter as per usual.

Day 4 on the ski slopes and the sun has graced us with a visit. The morning got off to a good start with bluish skies but slowly as the day passed the sunlight grew more and more diffused as thin mist veiled the mountains. Having experienced the vagaries of weather in the mountains many times I got out and got the images I wanted before things deteriorated too much. It’s also been darned cold: minus 16C at 3,800M this afternoon.

Today’s images are all of one mountain – the Matterhorn. Seen from Zermatt, its profile is instantly recognizable and it is this view that has made Zermatt’s fortune.

The classic Matterhorn view from Zermatt - click to enlarge

In this image, the Hornli ridge – the normal line of descent – bisects the mountain with the E face on the left and the N Face on the right.

Take the Gondola up to Trockener Steg in the heart of one of the ski areas and it is now the E Face that dominates the image, with the Hornli ridge on the Rt skyline.

The Matterhorn from Trockener Steg - click to enlarge

From there, take the aptly called Matterhorn piste that passes close to the E face and the profile of the Hornli ridge (still the Rt skyline) looks more benign and you realize it is not as improbably steep as you might have thought.

The Matterhorn from the Matterhorn Piste - click to enlarge

At the end of the piste take a gondola up to Schwarzsee and then ski down the other side to Staffelap and suddenly within the space of 40 minutes you view the N Face of the mountain and the Hornli ridge is now the Lt skyline.

The Matterhorn from Staffelalp - click to enlarge

Only skiing allows you to move around a mountain in such a short space of time and see its varied faces. What a stunning mountain this is!

Follow the links below to the other posts from this week’s ski trip to Zermatt:

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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5 Responses to The faces of a mountain

  1. imcconnell says:

    Absolutely stunning views Andy. Thanks for sharing them with us and making all so jealous!


  2. Gernot S says:

    fantastic pictures … I need to get there myself!


  3. Len Saltiel says:

    These are just stunning images Andy. Really rugged and beautiful.


  4. Dave DiCello says:

    The lighting here is just out of this world Andy, WOW! Stunning shots.


  5. Curt Fleenor says:

    Beautiful captures Andy!


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