Alpine Adventures Zermatt, Glutz, Schneider & Giles
Paragliding in Zermatt
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.
By Maria Khalid
Paragliding in Zermatt!
Last June my partner, Damon, and I, two forty-something late-blooming recreational cyclists, were three days into a two-week cycling trip through the Swiss Alps and Italian Lakes. Because of some 'overpartaking' of the red wine in Martigny, Switzerland, we had agreed to join a few others for a paragliding adventure about 36 hours later in Zermatt. The photo above is the snowy hill we ran down to catch the air. We buckled in with our German "hosts" and at the sound of "Go! Now...!!!" we took off running towards the edge of the mountain. For 20 minutes we floated thousands of meters above the (suddenly) ant-sized town of Zermatt. Our expert guides working our chutes on the warm air currents like dough in an expert pizza maker's hands. At one point my guide started a controlled spiral, taking us almost horizontal for five or six rounds. I can still get my heart to race on command just by closing my eyes and thinking of the sensation I had as we spun towards the city below. That flight was truly the most spectacular single event of any vacation I've taken . . . ever. If you get the chance, I highly recommend it! Don’t think, just do it.
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