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Most certainly winter brings a lot of snow and ice to Zermatt, which makes walking around kind of troublesome. First of all, it has some pretty steep roads, with signs showing the angles and saying "be careful" in German. With all of that ice it can get pretty slippery. I couldn't tell you how many times we fell going up or down steps and on those steep streets, where you can slide for quite a distance before stopping!
Written Feb 7, 2004
Even though Zermatt is supposed to be a car free town, there are many electricty-powered taxis and vans zipping around. Watch out for these!! They come quite fast on those small roads, so watch out for them and look behind you. Especially if you are a new skiier like me, unaccustomed to walking around in those damn ski boots with half a tonne of skis on your shoulders!
Written Feb 16, 2003
If you're hiking or skiing when the conditions for an avalanche are present be aware of you surroundings!! These snow fences are designed to help to keep the snow pack in place but I certainly saw plenty of mountain sides with a big pile of trees at the bottom that were deposited there from an avalanche!
Written Jan 31, 2003
Mountain weather can be unpredictable - even in the height of summer snow can fall. This was the town of Zermatt seen from our hotel roof sun terrase ....and the month ...it was AUGUST. More snow pics in the travelogue!
So be prepared take clothes for all types of weather!
Updated Sep 8, 2002
On most of the hikes that I went on I saw signs like this one marking the way. But I would be a good idea to have a map of the area for more extensive hikes.
Written Jan 31, 2003
Strange weather patterns Aug 2002.....could have been worse though so many place in Europe had floods this week. So I consider myself blessed to have a summer and a winter holiday in one week.
Written Sep 8, 2002
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