The Matterhorn

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Tom and I left Ulm on December 23 for a small ski trip but what awaited us was more than we had hoped for.  The train ride through southern Germany was snowy but it wasn’t until we hit Switzerland that the land started to change and tall peaks were in sight.  Once upon the Glacier Express we started climbed and winding through the Swiss Alps.  Our faces were glued to the windows having never seen such wonderful landscapes.

Arriving in Zermatt was stress free and cold!  There are no private cars allowed within the town limits so all hotels have a small electric wagon that transports people around the city.  It made complete sense as we climbed up a narrow, snowy road to get to Hotel Romantica.
The Matterhorn
  Hotel Romantica is a family run business so it was cozy and quiet.  Tom and I had an extra surprise waiting for us at the hotel, which was the perfect start to our stay in Zermatt.  Thanks Mike and Abby!

After settling in we ventured into the small valley town and up to the ski resort.  That is when we encounter some of the old Zermatt architecture (scary!) and saw the beast that hung over the town.  The Matterhorn was breathtaking and huge.  It is 4,478 meters above sea level and comes to a lovely point.  As Tom and I skied the following days, the horn provided us with a constant point of reference.  Even at night when all was dark except for the town lights you could feel the horn hovering overhead.  It was cool!

The skiing was ideal so I will just let the pictures do the talking!  The coolest thing about the resort was that even if you got completely lost all you had to do was ski downhill.  All the ski runs end merging together and dumping you right into town (except of course if you skied over the other side and into Italy, then you were in trouble!).  Literally we skied down the trail and ended up at an elevator that lowered us onto the road!

Although we missed our families and Christmas traditions we felt very luck to have had the opportunity to experience Zermatt!

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The Zermatt Bear
The Zermatt Bear
The Matterhorn
The Matterhorn
Hotel Romantica
Hotel Romantica
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
The town
The town
The view from our hotel window.
The view from our hotel window.
Some skiing and the horn in the di…
Some skiing and the horn in the d…
Go Tommy Go!
Go Tommy Go!
In town.
In town.
Tom and the Matterhorn (can you te…
Tom and the Matterhorn (can you t…
Our hotel wagon.
Our hotel wagon.
Riding the Glacier Express to Zerm…
Riding the Glacier Express to Zer…
Our Christmas surprise from Mike a…
Our Christmas surprise from Mike …
Old Zermatt architecture!
Old Zermatt architecture!
Me
Me
One of the lodges to stop and eat,…
One of the lodges to stop and eat…
Our hotel is in that valley!
Our hotel is in that valley!
Tom
Tom
Tom again!
Tom again!
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