Grand Hotel Chandolin, 3961 Chandolin, Switzerland
Marmot King of ZermattI visited Zermatt in the off season, and the streets were mostly deserted. This offered me lots of quiet time to explore a town that is usually packed with skiers and trainloads of tourists in town to get a look at the Matterhorn (myself included). The biggest crowd I could find was a group of children surrounding a statue of marmots, the cute mountain rodent featured on a million Swiss postcards. I grabbed a picture of this marmot, standing guard in front of the towering Grand Hotel Zermatthof.