Zermatt: A Direct Flight to Pow

By Alicja Lei, Helly Hansen. Photos by Chris Christie.

It seemed as though Ullr played hopscotch right over BC this winter and left many of us, including HH Ambassador Matt Elliott, hungry for powder.

Unwilling to go the season without a few face shots, Matt and photographer Chris Christie packed their bags and jumped on a plane in hot pursuit of finding the magic touch of our beloved Norse god.

Touch down Zermatt.

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Lo and behold, sunshine, blue skies, and an abundance of white, fluffy, glorious snow.

Matt Elliott: “Being at such a massive resort is humbling. We have skied 3 days at Zermatt and barely scratched the surface. This place has so much terrain, glaciers, lines. cliffs, jumps, long powder runs….We have spent a few days up on the Testa Grigia side of the Resort.  You have to ride this 1/2 hr T-bar and you end up at 3439m and look right down into an Italian town called Cervinia. There’s a whole other resort that connects with the Swiss side that we didn’t even make it to. There was just too much easy accessible pow and fun right in front of us.


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We also checked out the Gornergrat side. You take a train all the way up to 3090m. It’s crazy. This side was really cool. Lots of lines that could be ski’d. Unfortunately the avy danger and snow levels were not permitting most lines to be skied. But always fun to think about it and stare.


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Tomorrow is a travel day as we are off to Chamonix. It’s suppose to dump there over the next 4 days…”