On July 16th, 2017; I found myself in Zermatt, Switzerland and had the opportunity to take a gondola to the Matterhorn Paradise Ski Resort. This would give me a number of amazing views of the world-famous Matterhorn.
The Matterhorn’s instantly recognizable pyramidal peak sits slightly off-center and betrays the way it is made.
The peak is where four ridges meet. Between the hollows of these aretes, successive piles of snow and ice have accumulated to form glaciers—-cracking the rocks and scooping out rounded basins, known as cirques. The rocks that form the mountain were folded and thrust high into the air about 50 million years ago by earth movements that were the result of the African continent smashing into Europe.