Summer skiing in Zermatt
28th July 2011 | Konstantinos Valtadoros, Zermatt
A PlanetSKI reporter who lives in Greece has turned his back on the beach and headed to the Swiss Alps instead. He’s gone for snow rather than sand. Read here about summer skiing in The Alps.
To be honest, I have never done it before. I was kind of suspicious when we decided to travel around Alps for two weeks in the summer and ignore the usual stereotypes that want us Greeks to flow as a river to the beaches those days.
In Greece the words of “summer skiing” makes you look like an idiot. Some could not understand you; others don’t believe that there is snow somewhere in Europe.
But who cares?
I have to admit it, that Zermatt is an expensive place.
But even I was trying for days, I couldnt found any other con for this place. The village is beautiful, the locals are friendly, the scenery is breathtaking, and the snow is always superb. Even in the Summer.
Hard, packed, cold snow, groomed perfectly, makes you believe that its not Summer but Winter. The lifts during summer are open from 6.30 am, but the perfect time for skiing is around 8.00 am until 11.30 am. These hours the snow is not so hard (as early in the morning) but also not se wet and heavy as after midday (its mid-summer, don’t forget it).
Except that, I could hardly count 50 persons around the slopes and the lifts the days we were in Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
Mostly, members of National Ski Teams, and few leisure skiers, or better snow freaks that prefer to go for skiing (or snowboarding) than lying on a beach.
As I mentioned, we have never been for summer skiing before, so I am not able to compare those days with previous years, but yes, it was a perfect situation: temperatures a little below zero, glorious sunny days, pretty good snow conditions, few people, empty slopes, and a beautiful village waiting for you, around 2.000m below you.
What else can somebody ask for on summer holidays?
Probably nothing, otherwise you wouldn’t read this web-site.
The last day, when we enter the small train to go down to the car park in Taesch, a question came to my mind: can somebody fall in love with a village?
Well, yes. A big “YES”. But only, if we talk about Zermatt.
And here is a video shot by Konstantinos; perhaps a bit long but you get the picture of what it is like
For a review of skiing in Greece, yes there are several resorts, see this earlier feature from Konstantinos Valtadores. Interesting stuff!
And for PlanetSKI video from Les 2 Alpes about what there is to do in a ski resort in the summer then see this related story.
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