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The clouds lifted

After six days of dense low-lying cloud, above which I sometimes ventured only to find myself in the middle of a cloud sandwich, the weather started to change. There were patches of sun and blue sky on the final two … Continue reading

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Limited Visibility

The two words ‘Limited Visibility’ sadly sum up my recent experience of eight days skiing in Whistler. The weather was not kind to us. Low cloud or hill fog shrouded the mountains, and it repeatedly rained in Whistler, but snowed … Continue reading

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Abundant Snow

There has been colossal snowfall across the Alps in the last few days and weeks, with resorts, including Zermatt, temporarily cut off by avalanches disrupting transport links. Avalanche protection, management and awareness has advanced dramatically in recent years and thankfully … Continue reading

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The Gornergrat Railway

Zermatt’s high points in winter are not just the preserve of the skier. Anyone can ride the Gornergrat Railway to one of the great viewing platforms in the Alps, although the cost is significant. At the top, there’s a hotel … Continue reading

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What a difference a day makes

The Red Piste ‘Fluhalp’ off the top of the Rothorn is one of my favourite runs in the Zermatt ski area. It has that indefinable combination of turns, narrows, rollers, broad sections of piste and a challenging final sustained schuss … Continue reading

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Atmospheric

Mountain landscapes are often seen at their best when the atmospherics – light, shadow,  cloud and mist – combine to tease the viewer. It’s nature’s version of a striptease. Tantalising. You wait for the full reveal but it never happens. Somewhat … Continue reading

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Revealed

Late morning on the second day’s skiing in Zermatt, the cloud cover that had oppressively shrouded the mountains started to thin and a watery sun appeared directly overhead as I reached the top lift station at Hohtalli. Was it going … Continue reading

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