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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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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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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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A ski holiday is always a lottery. You book the holiday weeks if not months ahead and hope. Hope that there will be a good depth of snow, up high and at resort level. Hope that the sun will shine … Continue reading

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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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On the way up

A cold night last night, a ski holiday booked, and my mind is starting to tune into the delights of skiing. Riding up hill on a Chair Lift to start the next run down provides a grandstand view of the … 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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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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