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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (65)

My friend Lauren B skiing down a cattrack on the Cervinia side of the ski area. She and her boyfriend Tom were in Zermatt at the same time and met me for a day of skiing in Italy.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (66)

The Matterhorn, or Mount Cervinia as it is known in Italy, from Italy.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (67)

Lauren and Tom checking out the ski area.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (69)

What's so funny? Is my fly open again?


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (70)

Mt. Cervinia again. It sure looks different on this side versus the Swiss side.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (71)

Lauren checking out an abandoned top station on that peak above us. Looking at the topo maps, I don't have a clue how skiers or hikers got down. Maybe that's why it's abandoned.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (72)

The happy couple and Mt. Cervinia.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (73)

Yours truly, looking suave and tan for the Italian girls. Ladies!


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (76)

Holy cow! I'm hot! I'm dressed for Alaska! Just giving you shit Tom. All the lift lines were like this: ski right up and hop on. No lift pass checkers either, just the electronic pass checkers on the left. Made things easy.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski Stitch (4)


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (77)

The snowguns of winter waiting, just waiting.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (78)

Some of terrain we were skiing on the Cervinia side. No, not the huge cliffs above but the flatter stuff up front.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (80)

The conditions were real sloppy down where we were in the picture, but up high it was still harder than the back of God's head.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (81)

You sure didn't want to wander too far off the piste: lota rocks and hidden stuff. But look at the piste: hardly anyone on it so you could go rocket fast.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (82)

Wide open skiing.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (84)

Tom smirking, Lauren licking. I don't think she remembers this photo. Hee, hee.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski Stitch (5)


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (85)


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (87)


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (90)

One of the many mountain restaurants on the Cervinia side.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (91)


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (94)

The Cervinia side was much more open and had more skiable areas than the Swiss Zermatt side.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (95)

Great views.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (99)

Old church near the restaurant where we had lunch.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (102)


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (105)

Not many of the chairs were full. Also, those larger structures in the background were old tram/gondola stations but the Italian never bothered to tear them down. In Switzerland, that shit would have been gone the year it wasn't being used. Big difference in cultures.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (107)

Lauren catching the photo bug at lunch.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (108)

Tom tolerating the sun. I think he was a bit concerned about being burned. Behind us on the left were some of the local federal border police. They got kinda drunk at lunch.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (110)

Looking at the mountains above Cervinia from the lunch spot. This lunch was pretty cheap (about 30 bucks with wine) but damn, was it good.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (111)

Turns out that old church was not being used as a church but as a racing gate storage shed.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (114)

The bell still worked. Tom rang it pretty hard.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (119)

Barely able to move, let alone ski, post lunch.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (121)


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (126)

I think we were the only people riding this chair. The operators started it up when we showed up. It got pretty high above the ground at one point. Thank God for the safety bar.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (129)

Never got tired of the scenery.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (132)

Mt. Cervinia.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (138)

Most amount of people saw one one run all day.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (145)


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (146)

Mt. Cervinia does not look like the Matterhorn from this side at all.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (148)

Americans would kill for mountains like these.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (151)

I think I overdressed for the day.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (153)

Not much to look at but if you can tell from the photo, there are only three tracks on that groomed slope. Three. Tom, Lauren, and I put them there. At 2:00 in the afternoon in perfect corn. Unbelievable.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (158)

Lauren and Tom and the majesty and power of der mountaains.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (160)

Tom and Mt. Cervinia.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (164)

Der happy couple und der Mt. Cervinia. Yah, it's beauutiful.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (166)

Snowcones!


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (167)

Cool old barn next to ski run with Mt. Cervinia in background.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (170)

Lauren getting her camera scene together.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (172)

Barn was really clean. It had to be used in the summer.


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Europe trip 4-17 - zermatt day four d3 ski 001 (174)

Kinda an artsy photo.


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