Gornergrat Classics

No trip to Zermatt, summer or winter, can be complete without a trip up to Gornergrat on the Gornergrat railway. And today was the perfect day for it: almost Spring-like temperatures and blue skies with the occasional fleck of harmless white cloud.

I took the train to the top station – Gornergrat – and spent much of the morning skiing the area between Gornergrat and Riffelberg (two stops lower down the track). Charlotte met me for lunch at Riffelberg and sat outside afterwards, soaking up the sun, while I continued skiing eventually working my way back to the top of the Rothorn and skiing the 4,800ft descent to Zermatt down Kumme/TufternKumme without a pause – slight case of leg-burn as a consequence.

Over 100 images shot on the D7000 today, a learning exercise principally. I make no apology for posting the classic shots of the Gornergrat area – and it’s that iconic mountain that is always the backdrop – you just can’t escape it! Do click on any image to see a higher quality version, it really is worth it.

THE shot from the top station at Gornergrat first.

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Head down one of the many pistes from there and the train provides a foreground to the inevitable Matterhorn, up high or lower down as the railway coasts into Riffelberg.

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Finally what could be better as a place to soak up the sun than the extensive views from Riffelberg’s terraces.

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Tomorrow I’m off to Italy – skiing down the other side of the frontier ridge to Cervinia.

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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'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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11 Responses to Gornergrat Classics

  1. Wonderful shots Andy – I am quite envious!

  2. Mark says:

    All stunning Andy, second to last is cool.

  3. Len Saltiel says:

    These are amazing Andy. I love that first one. It give great scale to the size of the mountain.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Len. The beauty of this mountain is that good old mother nature somehow managed to conjure up the space for this mountain to show itself off without any close-by competition.

  4. seekraz says:

    Very much looks like a toy train set, Andy, especially that first image…and it’s so beautiful, too…. Wonderful shot.

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