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Photography by Walter Bibikow / JAI / Aurora Photos


Valais, Switzerland

The famed Matterhorn looms within view of the Swiss-German ski village of Zermatt. Its 14,690-ft. peak stands alone; like a dare from the horizon, it calls every ambitious Alpine mountaineer to abandon the cozy, warmly lit chalets of Zermatt to begin the climb up its treacherous facade. Perhaps save that challenge for a summer day and instead hit the tamer slopes of this popular ski location. Skiing, you will still feel the Matterhorn’s presence; the town of Zermatt has implemented a no combustion-engine car policy to guarantee that pollution will never obscure your view of the mountain’s imposing profile.

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