Suzy and I boarded a train early Friday morning to Brig, then to Zermatt! The train ride to Zermatt took us very deep into the mountains, which provided spectacular views! When we arrived in Zermatt, located close to the Italian/ Swiss border, we explored the small ski town for awhile, before heading up to the ski resort on the Sunnega lift. When we got off the lift, we were greeted with breath taking views of the Matterhorn! We made our way down part of a ski trail, piste, which lead to a hiking trail. We walked the snow covered trail for a good half-hour until it ended, and hiked back. Walking on the snow, without crampons, is much more difficult than you’d think… It was probably only a mile each way, but it took us twice the time you’d need to complete it. When we got back to the beginning of the trail, we headed toward the mountain lodge/restaurant. There was a deck overlooking the Matterhorn and we grabbed a table, probably the one with the best view! Suzy bought a beer and I bought a Coke Zero…coming 10.40 CHFs or like 9 euros! (That’s highway robbery?!?!) Suzy and I just sat out on the deck for a good hour soaking in the sun and admiring the majestic mountain. When the sun began to set, we made our way back into town and boarded a 15 minute train to Randa, where our hotel was located. The hotel was very Swiss-esque and quaint, which gave the trip even more of an authentic feel!
The next morning, we got up very early and got breakfast downstairs. We managed to stash some food in our bags before heading to the train station, and catching a train to Zermatt. When we arrived, we immediately went to a ski rental shop and rented some equipment. We went up Sunnega lift and skied from 9am to 4 pm. There wasn’t a single cloud in the sky, which made for awesome views and pictures!We took a break around 1 and ate some of our stashed food from breakfast at the ski lodge that had terrific views of the Matterhorn. We did it pretty discreetly because I’m pretty sure they want you to buy something…LOL….haha! Yeah I’m not about paying 12 CHF for some fries.
After a long day of skiing, Suzy and I went into town and got dinner, half of an omelet(we ARE cheap lol) at Cafe Dupont! Kinda ironic LOL!!! Before getting our meal, a Swiss, typical looking mountain-man, with a long-beard, flannel shirt, and weathered skin from years of outdoor sun gave us both a warm potato! I was so grateful for that small potato because I was beyond starving! He said “Mude”, which in German means tired and I actually was able to understand that and respond. But then he went into a long spiel and I just smiled and nodded haha! The omelet was very good, but not enough, so before getting the train back to Randa, we stopped in the grocery store and bought more nutella and bread.
Our skis that we rented, however, were a bit too heavy. Making turns was quite difficult, so I was hesitant to release my inner ski Olympian the first day. So the second day, Suzy and I got lighter skis. These were much better…still not as good as my Dynastar ones at home, but pretty close. I found making sharp turns much easier. Suzy didn’t like either pair. Her style of skiing is a little different than mine…she make shorter S shape turns, so she relies on extremely light skis. But besides that, the day of skiing was fantastic! Again another day with no clouds! Suzy and I arrived on the mountain at 10 and left around 3.30 pm. (Between this time, I saw two different avalanches!) On the mountain, we took this trail which seemed to have no end…but eventually we came to a small train station in the middle of the woods!!! This is a stop on the Gornegrat train which leads up to a viewing platform, over 3000 meters up! We boarded the train and it took about 30 minutes to reach the top, but when it did, you had 360 degree views of Zermatt and Italy! You could see about 3 different glaciers from up there…it was too awesome! From there, we skiied down to Zermatt. The last trail we took, that lead to the bus pick-up, was about the worst trail I’ve ever been on…if you can call it a trail..It was about 6 feet wide, downhill, with patches of snow missing, moguls in the middle of it, and it was funnel shaped….I must have fallen like 3 times on this short section…I was so relieved when we finally got to the end of the ‘Trail from Hell’ and caught the bus to town. Before boarding the train to Brig, and then to Milan, we got some old-fashion looking post cards.
The trip to Zermatt was beyond amazing! We had spectacular weather, the food was great, and the skiing was awesome. I definitely will try to get back here again in my life, hopefully it will be less expensive…or I will have married a rich husband and the costs won’t matter hehe!