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ZERMATT WINTER
2018-2019

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The Station of Superlatives

Just when it seemed like we had to get used to brown winters, the 2017-2018 winter
season proved us wrong. Snow still knows how to fall in great, generous quantities,
to the extent that it can still cut stations like Zermatt off from the rest of the world.
And in that precious moment of isolation only the falling snowflakes matter.
Time is of no importance as the roar of the outside world is silenced beneath a thick,
white glaze that spills like a flood in every direction, as far as the eye can see.

Last winter was extraordinary, and while we can only hope for more of the same this winter,
Zermatt does not seem to be worried. Its high altitude shields it from the risks
of late snow or early melting. The mountain resort is surrounded by a multitude
of Alpine peaks, including 38 that are over 4,000 m, which dip and flow into one another
to create an almost otherworldly tapestry- the very incarnation of timeless Switzerland.
Here, far above the damp, lonely valleys is where the magic happens.

The ambiance in this exceptional Alpine setting reflects many past achievements.
Zermatt is not just a (gorgeous) postcard village to be savored from a beautiful balcony
lounge chair. It has a long, storied past pieced together by many individuals, from adventurers to farmers, who have had their feet on the ground and their eyes on the mountains for centuries. Every local family here has at least one guide, renowned skier, alpinist, rescue worker, or distinguished athlete amongst their ranks. In some cases they become all-stars,
like Andreas Steindl and his all-consuming love for the Matterhorn, racking up achievements with as much modesty as vigor, all in the name of that “intense feeling of being alive.”

Many of these families are the same ones working together to define the future
of the village with insightful (and classically Swiss) moderation. Their goal is to preserve Zermatt and its unique car-free atmosphere, maintaining its cherished position
on the outskirts of society while also ensuring the village takes its rightful place
amongst the luxuries and zeal of the future. Many of these families are also the ones
who made the recent inauguration of the Klein Matterhorn T3 tramway possible –
it’s the highest elevation tramway of its kind (3,883 m), bringing Zermatt ever closer to Italy. Today, the Matter Valley is much more than an accidental cul-de-sac on
one’s journey- Zermatt has become a destination (the destination) in of itself.

Christian Bugnon
Publisher & Editor-in-chief

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The majestic Alps and the ultimate ski experience loom ahead and, under the snow-covered rooftops, time stands still.

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ZERMATT WINTER
2017-2018

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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.

Christian Bugnon
Editor-in-chief

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The majestic Alps and the ultimate ski experience loom ahead and, under the snow-covered rooftops, time stands still.

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