Zermatt sits snugly in its valley, surrounded by the most stunning array of Alpine peaks, 38 of which rise to more than 4,000m above sea level, with the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa standing the highest of all. This is more than just a landscape. It is a proclamation, an invitation and, for me personally, the early childhood memory of my first tumble and a happy wintertime ritual of parties and celebrations amid the irresistible lure of the mountains. Recollections of long snowy walks fill the mind, along with fun-packed descents of powdery slopes, crazy snowball fights, ice skating in the village centre, cable-car rides, and streets and balconies wreathed in lights, all of which are timeless moments in my life.
Whenever I am in Zermatt today, I am forever rediscovering all the most beautiful, stylish and cherished things that Switzerland has to offer, all in a matchless setting brimming with sensations, emotions and values. And when snowflakes fill the sky and shroud the roofs of the chalets, when the sound of horse-drawn carriages alone fills the air as night falls far away from the cities and their cars, I can feel the magic again, and again.
It is all of that and so much more that Helvet magazine sets out to encapsulate. Through this new name and new layout, which is more Swiss than ever, the 30° degrees magazine team aims to express its continuingly steadfast passion for the mountains in a loving and vibrant tribute to this outstanding resort, a shining star in the firmament of world climbing and skiing. In our ongoing quest for aesthetic beauty and purity, and in seeking to fuse the present with eternity, we have brought together the finest images, the finest texts and the most beautiful objects. Our destination is the soul of Zermatt and, through it, all the things that make Switzerland one of the world’s great havens.