The Symbol of Alpine Skiing
Just as the Colosseum is to Rome or the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the Matterhorn is a Swiss icon. Located above Zermatt, this 14,690-meter wonder attracts hoards of visitors to see morning sunlight beam off its four faces, to ski in neighboring mountains, or even to attempt to climb the beast. The Matterhorn, however, is not for the faint hearted and has claimed the lives of over 500 people since it was first scaled in 1865—an average of 12 per year. It has also been replicated at Disneyland, California, as a roller-coaster/bobsled ride.
By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
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