This post is long over due because, to be honest, I just couldn`t find the words to sum up my weekend in the beautiful yet freezing town of Zermatt. Over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of November, I had the opportunity to spend a weekend there which of course I was excited about. Winter is just about in full swing over here in Switzerland and that obviously only means one thing: SNOW!
At first, I could not wait until the first snow had fallen because coming from South Africa, I had never seen snow before. Now, I am still fascinated by it but I just feel that it gets ridiculously cold sometimes.
Zermatt is almost completely surrounded by the high mountains of the Swiss Alps which means its almost always colder here than anywhere else. During the day, it was about 0° C and at night, somewhere around -2° C. It was snowing non stop which was fun at first because the snow ball fights could just not stop, but if you`re walking around at night, it`s freezing! Zermatt is notoriously known as a mountaineering and ski resort of the Swiss Alps and it attracts thousands of tourists per year because of the intense ski slopes.
On our final day in Zermatt, we had the opportunity to go up to the top of the Klein Matterhorn which is where we had one of the most beautiful views of the Matterhorn (for those of you who don`t know, the Matterhorn is the mountain on the box of Toblerone Chocolate.) At the top, it was about -15°C which is where we all started freezing.
The beautiful thing about skiing in Zermatt is that the high altitude results in consistent ski conditions throughout the year. If you`re a sports fanatic or even just in love with travelling, as I am, Zermatt is definitely a destination that should be on your list.