Zermatt, Switzerland – video & images from a good friend of mine, Richard

Zermatt in Summer
Hiking and mountain climbing
Zermatt has many opportunities for hiking. There are numerous well-marked footpaths and walks (400 km in all) which will take you through pine-scented mountain forests, to the shores of calm Alpine lakes and to the ice-blue glaciers. Mountain railways make it easy to reach the high altitude rambling areas. There are many mountain cabins and restaurants ready to offer a warm welcome and a leisurely rest.
Alpine tourism was the beginning of Zermatt’s development. Situated at the foot of the Matterhorn and surrounded by 38 fourthousend-meter high mountains, Zermatt has always been the beloved goal for mountain climbers from all over the world. The Zermatt Alpine Center organizes training sessions, day tours, glacier walks every day, while for longer tours there are 80 state-registered mountain guides available for our guests.
Summer skiing
Summer skiing is possible too, on the everlasting glacial snow at the foot of the Matterhorn, between 2900 and 3900 meters a.s.l. in the superb mountain scenery of Zermatt. A snowy expanse free from crowds, with 6 ski-lifts, 1 chair-lift and 21 km of well-marked and safe pistes, among them a downhill run of 7 km with a 999 m difference in altitude.

The Matterhorn Golf Club’s golf course at Randa-Täsch is located on the valley floor between the two villages of Randa and Täsch at 1400 m. above sea-level and very close to the international resort of Zermatt. The golf course has been laid out on two separate pieces of land on either side of the River Vispa. The course is almost level and easy to walk around. A former area of marsh has been transformed into a lake which will contain an unique island green. The Scottish golf course architect John Chilver-Stainer planned the 21-hectare golf course to blend in with the natural landscape.

Mountain railways
18 cableways and ski-lifts in summer
1 cog-railway Gornergrat with 18 railcars
1 underground cable railway (Zermatt-Sunnegga)
9 aerial cableways
Highest cable car in Europe: Klein Matterhorn, 12743 ft. / 3820 m.
Lift to the top (12943 ft. / 3880 m.), Glacier cave
2 gondola ski-lifts
Summerski: 4 ski-lifts, 1 chair-lift
The following images were shot last weekend.

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