For 150 years, Zermatt has been a key element in high-alpine experiences.For many people, mountaineering is a book with seven seals.
During his career, Pirmin Zurbriggen (45) won 40 World Cup races, four Overall World Cup Titles, four World Championships and was Olympic champion in 1988. Zurbriggen heads up the young talent department at Zermatt Ski Club and is president of the regional association Ski Valais. He lives with his wife and five children in Zermatt. In this interview, he reveals what it takes to awaken and develop a love of winter sports in children.
Water is energy and the elixir of life. In Zermatt, water is channelled from 86 springs in 12 headwaters into 1,600 homes, 175 hydrants and 23 fountains. It is 95% pure spring water, of exceptional quality and it meets the drinking water requirements set by the Swiss Food Law.
Her father was Swiss and adored the mountains. Her mother was British and taught her the island way of life. She met her first husband in 1939 at the foot of the Matterhorn. Even as a child she went rambling with her parents in the mountains around Zermatt. She is 91 years old. A cup of tea with Jackie Myers.more >>