Category Archives: Skiing – Zermatt

From the ground looking up

Two days ago we looked down from a chair lift in Flying Uphill. Today we look up at the chairs and their riders as they fly overhead. It’s an opportunity to see the chairs and the views in a single … Continue reading

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Old Zermatt

Until the mid 19th century Zermatt was a poor rural village whose inhabitants earned a scarce living working the land. Visitors were rare. Then the Alps were discovered by intrepid explorers and the upper classes, and one by one the … Continue reading

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The High Point

The high point of a trip to Zermatt, physically and visually, summer or winter, is a cable car trip to the top of Klein Matterhorn (3883m or 12,740ft). In Summer this is the starting point for climbs of the Breithorn, … Continue reading

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Corduroy

If you get up early enough and are one of the first skiers to hit the pistes in the morning you will find the snow in pristine condition. It resembles corduroy, the surface discreetly corrugated. The snow is grippy and … Continue reading

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The Sunegga Funicular Railway

The Swiss have a long and formidable history of tunneling. Two examples: the railway to the Jungfraujoch (opened in 1912) tunnels its way through the North face of the Eiger. The 21-mile Lötschberg Base Tunnel between Bern and Visp (opened … Continue reading

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Castor and Pollux

The skis have been returned to the ski shop, the suitcase is half packed. Another holiday is coming to an end. What a superb week – six days of Spring skiing under blue skies. Something to cherish, because we will … Continue reading

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White Hare from the Sky

Today, I left the Nikon behind to do some serious skiing. Covered 8,000 vertical metres of skiing on another beautiful day, although the sky was becoming veiled with high cirrus cloud as the day progressed. So, images were captured at … Continue reading

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Seen from a Chair

I was riding uphill on a chair lift watching the shadows. And then I saw this.

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The Italian View

The classic view of the Matterhorn is the one seen from Zermatt. That is indisputably the iconic view. Today I skied over into Italy and down towards Cervinia on another fantastic blue-sky day. The Matterhorn looks very different from Italy. … Continue reading

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On the Piste

A perfect day  – blue sky from dawn to dusk. Spent the day with my dSLR round my neck, secured to my chest with the chest straps of my slim-line rucsac. Skiing with dSLR ready for use means skiing at … Continue reading

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