Thursday, November 29, 2007

Experiencing the Swiss Alps

A view of Zermatt in the Valley from the Trockner Steg Lift Station/Restaurant (2939 m)

A view of the Alps across the Swiss/Italian border from Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (3883 m)

Skiing down Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (probably 3600 m)
Zermatt, Schweiz (Switzerland)

Nothing could have prepared me for the unforgettable experience of being in the Swiss Alps. I was in the perfect small isolated town called Zermatt, which is located in a valley among the Alps along a small river. Zermatt is situated at 1620 m above sea level. I stayed here for four days and rode up and down the ski lifts for two days. The last two days of my stay, the ski lifts were closed due to rain and bad weather. Zermatt has the perfect view of the Matterhorn Mountain (4478 m), which is the major landmark of Switzerland. Zermatt is also a motor free resort, only some emergency and construction vehicles are allowed access. There is a main train that runs from the Brig station to a small station in Zermatt. The small town uses taxis that are not run by motor. The prime skiing season starts after the first week of December. There was plenty of snow as seen from the pictures in mid November. The ski lifts are only a 10 minute walk from the Zermatt train station and can take you up to the highest peaks of the mountains after several switches between lifts within 30 – 45 minutes. Beware that most of the slopes are not for beginners; I found this out the hard way. I am convinced that this is one of the most beautiful spots in Switzerland and the best place to go skiing! Check out this website if you're interested in going to Zermatt:

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