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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.
Zermatt, Switzerland is amazing for a bunch of reasons: the Matterhorn is always in the background, there is great skiing within minutes of the town, classic Swiss architecture, and no cars. There is a train that takes you into the town, and once there it is mostly walking to get around.
Zermatt had some of the most difficult and beautiful slopes I’ve ever skied on with breathtaking view of the Matterhorn everywhere you look, and being able to ski from Switzerland to Italy was absolutely amazing.