“Stranded” in Zermatt, Switzerland

“13,000 Tourists Stranded in a Swiss Ski Resort for 2 Days” “Tourists airlifted out of Swiss ski resort of Zermatt” These are the headlines we woke up to in Zermatt, Switzerland last week, along with emails and Facebook messages from friends asking if we were okay. We had to laugh… yes, we were ‘stranded’ in a…

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Zermatt, one of our all-time favorites

The last stop on our Ski Europe adventure was Zermatt, Switzerland. Zermatt has been one of our all-time favorite places in both summer and fall; our first winter visit only deepened our love of this place. Dominated by the gracefully curved pyramid of the Matterhorn rising in its background, Zermatt has unsurpassed natural beauty combined with a charming, welcoming,…

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Moiry hut

The Cabane de Moiry is an old traditional hut resting at 9200 feet with a spacious, warm, contemporary add-on highlighted by two full walls of floor-to-ceiling windows looking directly onto the Moiry Glacier… the most dramatic hut setting we have visited yet, and the facilities, service and food were just fantastic (not to mention the 4-person room we had all…

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cabane Prafleuri to Arolla… ahhhh…

We hightailed it out of Prafleuri early and were treated to a lovely morning hike along the Dixence reservoir (after climbing up to Col des Roux). This milky-green lake is part of an amazing hydro project capturing water from 35 glaciers across the Valais region (including from below the Matterhorn), all pumped underground to this reservoir, where the large drop…

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The Haute Route

The Haute Route, (or the High Route or Mountaineers’ Route) is the name given to a route (with several variations) undertaken on foot or by ski touring between Chamonix, France and Zermatt, Switzerland. We are doing (more or less) what is commonly known as the “Verbier Variation”, though we skipped Verbier. Since we had just finished the TMB in Chamonix…

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