Ski Club members enjoy European adventure

The Idaho Falls Ski Club recently completed a nine-day trip to Zermatt, Switzerland.

The club coordinates a biannual trip to Europe, with this year’s trip being led by Dave and Karin Brown.

Zermatt is mile-high ski mecca for all levels of skier. At the foot of the majestic Matterhorn, best known for its southern exposure, record snowfall levels, and quintessential Swiss charm, Zermatt is an incredible ski destination — considered by many to be one of the top 10 in the world.

The group skied the three main ski areas of Rothorn, Gornergrat and Matterhorn Glacier, with a hop over the border for lunch in Cervinia, Italy. Zermatt is only accessible by train and renowned for its “all inclusiveness” — no cars in the village; electric vehicles and horse-drawn sleighs and carriages are the only transport allowed.

The group of 34 travelers departed from Idaho Falls Regional Airport at noon Friday at noon and arrived in Geneva, Switzerland, in the early afternoon the next day. They were greeted and transported by a professional bus service to the village of Tasch, where they transferred to the train for the final leg to Zermatt.

The group headed out early the next morning for a day of skiing or sightseeing. A small group ventured to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, which is the highest point above Zermatt towering to 12,739 feet and is accessed via two gondolas and a tram. The views of the Matterhorn and the Swiss Alps were breathtaking. At the summit of the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise the group ventured into the glacier to view the inside of the glacier and the many ice sculptures within.

Our group was made up of some hardcore skiers and snowboarders, many skied six straight days, some less hardcores that mixed their skiing with sightseeing and shopping, and others who cross-country skied and enjoyed the local charm.

During the week a small group ventured off by train to nearby village of Brig. There, the group toured the Stockalper Palace built between 1658 and 1678.

Most evenings the group would join together in the hotel lobby to relax and share their stories from their day, make plans for the next day, and then on to a another evening of dining and nightlife.

Saturday came too soon, and it was time for our group to head back to Geneva for a day and evening of sightseeing and dining. Up early the next morning we were off to the airport for the journey back home. Our trip was filled with many new memories, new friends, and dreams for future adventures. The group included many local people from Idaho Falls, several from the Teton Valley, and even two from California.

With this year’s trip complete and in the books we will begin looking and planning for our next great adventure. If you have ideas for a trip please send to Dave Brown at ifsceuropetrips@gmail.com.

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