Crime Scene Matterhorn: Trial by Tabloid TV

Visitors arriving in Zermatt this week for the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn may be surprised to find that history has been rewritten for the occasion. The most famous accident in mountaineering history, familiar through the writings … Continue reading

Who cut the rope?

  Zermatt came to the Alpine Club in Shoreditch yesterday evening to announce its plans for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn on July 14th 1865.   These will include a free day on … Continue reading

Race day at Crans Montana

It’s a typical Crans Montana morning: dazzling. The confident forecast is hard and fast racing conditions for the early starters in the Momentum City Ski Championships slalom; slush for the après midi skier and serious sunburn for those who forget … Continue reading

Skiing by night – a darkmotif

It is a small detail, rarely omitted from the story. The brothers Branger, Tobias and Johann, ski pioneers in Davos c1890, conducted their experiments under cover of darkness in order to avoid the mockery of their fellow Davonians. The Brangers’ … Continue reading

St Moritz in winter: too good to be true?

Winter sports is a competitive business, and rivalry has been a powerful spur to its development. In the early days of alpinism the arch rivals were Chamonix and Zermatt.  “The Matterhorn after all is not so fine a thing as … Continue reading