National, State and County frontiers, borders and boundaries often follow geographical features. High above Zermatt in the Valais Canton of Switzerland, the Swiss-Italian frontier follows the high ridge lines of mountain chains and one particular section is known as The Frontier Ridge.
And this is just one small part of the backdrop to skiing in Zermatt. Is there a bigger, better backdrop in the Alps? Chamonix comes close certainly, but the ski terrain in the Chamonix valley is not as well linked and to really appreciate the scenery you need to be an above average skier. The joy of Zermatt is that the scenery is available to all skiers. Today’s image is taken from the edge of an easy rolling piste from Gornergrat down to Riffelberg
It shows a five-mile stretch of the Frontier Ridge. From Left the main peaks are Liskamm, Castor, Pollux and Breithorn – all of them being 4000M peaks.
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The ski slopes are opening, the snow has arrived and in early March I will be standing on this spot gazing at this view. Now that’s a powerful cure for the Winter Blues.