Foggy day in Zermatt

21st March 2010, by Dave Watts

Dave finds a signpost

Dave finds a signpost

I arrived in Zermatt on Saturday after a fabulous SnowJet flight from Stansted to Sion. There were no check-in queues at Stansted – we just walked straight up to a vacant check-in desk. And at Sion, our luggage was with us in 10 minutes of arrival and we caught a free bus to the train station 30 minutes after the plane landed. What fabulous service compared with big-name airlines such as BA, easyJet and Ryanair. And Sion is only 2 hours by train from Zermatt (compared with 4 hours from Geneva).

That was the good news. The bad news was that low pressure had arrived and we awoke on Sunday to rain in the village (1620m) and very cloudy skies. Up at Sunnegga (2290m) it was thankfully snowing and we skied below the treeline in decent visibility. But above the treeline, it was grim, with a white-out zone most of the way up to 3000m – mainly just cloud and fog and no serious snow. We were forced to retreat for a long lunch in one of Zermatt’s numerous mountain restaurants; this time not a rustic hut but the table-service restaurant in the Kulm hotel at Gornergrat (3090m) – excellent rösti with cheese, ham and egg and Dôle wine.

The forecast for Monday is slightly better, with sunshine promised for Tuesday and Wednesday. Roll on midweek!

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