After 20 minutes on a series of gondolas, we arrived at the top of Rothorn peak and walked over to our take off point. My friend, Hera, turned to her guide and said, "Uhhh, I didn't realize I would have to run off of a cliff!"
"It's more like walking off of a hill," he replied soothingly. He wasn't just being cheeky. After the initial shock of getting airborne (it was a hill leading down to a cliff, to be fair), the rest of the flight was incredibly peaceful.
Our guides gave us a few roller-coaster-like spins (after asking permission of course) to compliment the tranquility of floating through the air, while the slow descent allowed us plenty of time to enjoy our view of the Swiss Alps.
As novice snow-boarders, we needed extra activities like this to allow some rest for our snow-beaten bums, but even if you are an expert skier/snowboarder, make sure to take out some time away from the slopes to enjoy the breath-taking view from above. The Matterhorn's entrancing anatomy is all the more compelling from this angle.