Snowy Swiss-Italian Border
From Zermatt, a cable car takes skiers and snowboarders over the border to Cervinia, Italy, in the Aosta Valley on the backside of the Matterhorn. When conditions don't cooperate and the cable car is closed, skiers must brave what may be the world's longest T-bar ride to reach Cervinia. I make the trip just to have the pasta with lobster and fish soup at Chalet Etoile (hidden beneath the Rocce Nere chair lift). Beware of lingering too long over the complimentary post-lunch grappa. Lifts back to Switzerland stop at 3:30 and it's a long and pricey taxi ride back to Zermatt.