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Zermatt, USA

Matterhorn - Riffelalp Resort Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Zermatt and the Matterhorn

Since we'd only have one full day in Zermatt, we got the peak pass for two days (just in case the day was cloudy). It would be a full day including three peaks, about 10 cablecars and multiple cogwheels and two funiculars.

Zermatt

The Matterhorn

The Zermatt area has beautiful mountain peaks, lots of cablecars, and plenty of trails to hike.

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Always start your day touring with a big breakfast.

The breakfast buffet at the Riffelalp is the best I've had around the world.

Every morning there are fresh squeezed juices.

You can even order crepes, eggs, waffles and omelets a la minute.

An example of mountain transportation passes.

If you're planning on riding more than a few cablecars, get a mountain pass.

The same as what skiers get in the winter, the summer version gives you access to all mountain transportation via a RFID.

Our day started off down to the village of Zermatt in a cloud.

Gornergrat Bahn timetable. Generally the cogwheel arrives every 30 minutes.

Timetable from Riffelalp.

Timetable.

Timetable.

Village of Zermatt.

Zermatt. All electric vehicles. Very clean air.

Cablecar lift to Klein Matterhorn.

One of the larger cablecar lifts to the peak of the Klein Matterhorn.

Looking through the cablecar on the way up to the Klein Matterhorn.

Passing by another cablecar.

View from the top - the cables lead down through the clouds.

Take an elevator to the base of the observation deck, walk up the rest of the way. It was cold up here - about -2 C.

Looking from the observation deck on top of the Klein Matterhorn.

Looking towards Zermatt.

Looking over to the Italian side.

The stairs that lead up to the observation deck.

Matterhorn. Snow capped in late September.

Pepe on top of Klein Matterhorn. 12,736 ft in altitude. It was really cold up here - but I had on layers and my new REI eVent raincoat which worked perfectly.

Taking the cablecar back down. You'll be sharing with olympic skiers and others in training.

One of the cablecar lift towers.

The village of Zermatt - basked in the Sun.

The funicular for stage one up to the Rothorn.

Stage two, cablecar up to the Rothorn.

The final stage was closed due to very high winds at the peak.

Having lunch and a beer at the Sunnegga Paradise, midway down the Rothorn.

Going up to the peak of the Gornergrat.

At the top - looking across the valley.

Gornergrat.

The observation dome at the peak.

Gornergrat station.

Gornergrat cogwheel.

Back at the Riffelalp.

The cozy fireplace at Al Bosco - the restaurant just outside of the main building at the Riffelalp.

Cheese fondue for an appetizer.

The Lodge - cozy bar with fireplace.

The wonderful fireplace - which really puts you in the alpine mood.

Postcard.

Postcard.

Map of Zermatt.

Room service menu.

End of Second Day at Riffelalp

Absinthe

It was a busy day touring - in all 3 peaks and most of the cablecars that Zermatt has to offer. The views from the peaks are spectacular. I highly recommend wearing layers of clothes. Bring a warm hat and gloves (keep them in your daypack).

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