The Frontier Ridge

Since Winter shows few signs of lessening its grip, I’ve opted to return to a wintry scene for today’s post. So today we are back on the ski slopes high above Zermatt with a couple of B&W images of what is called ‘The Frontier Ridge’. The Frontier between the Swiss-Italian border that follows the ridgeline linking all the summits in the first image.

Click either image to see a higher quality enlargement.

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From left to right the mountains are: Liskamm (looking diminutive, as furthest away in this wide angle shot but actually a huge mountain with a dangerously corniced 5Km ridge linking its two summits), Castor, Pollux and finally the impressive bulk of the Breithorn that itself has three distinct summits (Roccia Nera, Central and West summits) and has a 2.5Km north wall facing the camera. All these summits are over 4,000M in height.

The second image takes a closer view of the Central summit of the Breithorn and to its right the much smaller Klein Matterhorn (3,883M) – the angular projection on the right side of the thimble shaped summit cone is the cable car housing for the highest lift in the Zermatt ski area.

IMG_4098_BWCropFrom the high point of Klein Matterhorn it’s possible to ski in one long continuous run right down to Zermatt – a vertical drop of over 7,000ft. Skiable in under half an hour if you choose not to stop along the way!

The rim lighting along the ridge is accentuated by spindrift being blown off the ridge by high wind at altitude.

Two news items for all of you, and particularly regular readers of this Blog:

Firstly, you will now see the RSS feed icon in the Rt sidebar to enable you to keep in touch with new posts. The e-mail option remains of course for those who prefer that.

Secondly, do not miss my next post in two day’s time. Join me for a ski run down The Vallee Blanche – the greatest off-piste ski run in the Alps. Plenty of images from a spectacular high mountain environment.

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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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22 Responses to The Frontier Ridge

  1. Len Saltiel says:

    Great images Andy. Like the way you used the sun in them.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Len. I find shooting into the sun a little easier in a snow-covered environment: the brightness in the foreground acts as a giant reflector helping to reduce the contrast to more manageable levels.

  2. No signs of spring in Toronto yet either. Beautiful images Andy.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Love those sunbursts, and paired with that glorious snowy ridge? Amazing.

  4. theaterwiz says:

    Great work, nice job with the sun and the flares, they add a nice touch

  5. oneowner says:

    Today is the first day of Spring but it looks (and feels) like the middle of Winter here in NY. Excellent images and I can’t wait for the ski run.

  6. Well, this post was great Andy, but already overshadowed by the anticipation of your Vallee Blanche post – looking forward to it 🙂

  7. seekraz says:

    Very nice, Andy…I like the B&W…and the bright sun adds a lot to the images.

  8. This is really fascinating, Andy! I am so much looking forward to the next post you mention, I can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in store for us!

  9. janina says:

    If I were a skier….looks like great cross-country skiing country too. Love that sunburst in the first shot!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Janina. There are several long classic cross-country trails down valley from Zermatt. But above Zermatt it is ski touring and on-piste skiing territory. Loads of it with the option to ski over the border into Cervinia, Italy too.

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