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.
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.
From 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.