Day 1: Skiing at Zermatt


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The Trip

This would be a long day of skiing as we were all jet lagged from the trip.  But the bight light from the sun would not let us sleep.  We got up and headed to the slopes.  The air was crystal clear early in the day.  It was not until our return to the hotel that evening that we heard from the locals that days like this are few and far between.  The bartender told us that some folks come to Zermatt to see the Matterhorn for many years and never actually see it due to the clouds.  The mountain is tall enough to cause its own weather.

The Photos

The shots below are reduced from the output size of the digital camera to 700 pixels wide.

On the cog railway car, coming into town the night before.

The view out our hotel window, looking east.

Our hotel is just left of center - the Hotel Perrin.  This photo was taken outside the lift tunnel.

Main street in Zermatt.

The Matterhorn from an intermediate lodge.

Gondola to the top.

Matterhorn from the top of the gondola.  Zermatt is below.

Local color for the tourists.

Kathleen is all bundled up for the cold.

A refreshment stand.  Note the palm trees.

Gornergrat Glacier south of Zermatt.  Note the crevasses at the top of the glacier.

A photo stop with dog.

Clouds are starting to build around the 'horn.

Kathleen, Lois and Bob.

Something is headed our way.

Now the peak is nearly obscured.

A view toward the glacier again, the weather is building fast. You can clearly see the crevasses.

Kathleen with building weather in the background.

Preparing for the cog railroad to home.

The Zermatt Valley.   Town visible in the center of the frame.

It was an awesome day of skiing.  While I think that for just skiing, the U.S. is better.  But for overall ambiance, Zermatt is way better.

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