Widest choice of ski holidays from 60+ tour operators
#1 UK Ski Travel Agency
Impartial Expert Advice
Flights
Transfers
Accommodation

150 year anniversary of the ascent of the Matterhorn

150 year anniversary of the ascent of the Matterhorn

In 2015, Zermatt, Switzerland, will be celebrating the Matterhorn, the mountain of mountains. Zermatt will mark the 150th anniversary of the first ascent by the Zermatt mountain guides; all year long, celebratory events will take place in Zermatt including an open-air theatre amongst other activities.

zermatt

The mountain’s history

Once considered too difficult to climb, the Matterhorn, standing 4,478 metres tall, has long been the fascination of many alpinists. On 14 July 1865, father and son, Peter and Peter Taugwalder and British climber Edward Whymper reached the peak of the Matterhorn. During the descent, the accompanying front four-member rope team sadly fell to their deaths.

The danger of the mountain sparked curiosity and controversy worldwide. It was so much so that the then Queen Victoria campaigned to issue a climbing-ban following the loss of Lord Francis Douglas. This only drew more attention to the mountain, with mountaineers and climbers travelling from all over the world to challenge it. Towering over the quaint village of Zermatt, the Matterhorn was regarded as the most desirable trophy for mountaineers.

Today, roughly 4,000 people attempt to climb the peak each year. Many Zermatt mountain guides are in the third, fourth or fifth generation of guides in their family, passing down their knowledge and experiences through generations. Some guides are also part of a musical group of mountain guides called Bergfühermusik Zermatt – imagine that whilst scaling down the mountain. 2015 will see the re-opening of the Hornli Hut, the starting point for a Matterhorn climb, Zermatt’s first open-air theatre will share ‘The Matterhorn Story’, and you can find out more at the Matterhorn Museum.

zermatt village

Ski Zermatt

Zermatt welcomes skiiers, snowboarders, mountaineers and history buffs alike to enjoy the majesty of the Matterhorn, the most-photographed mountain in the world. The Zermatt Alpine Centre provides mountain activities all year round.

zermatt ski

Related Stories

  • Zermatt Update

    In preparation for next season the Swiss resort of Zermatt have sent through their pre-season resort update and there's plenty to look forward too. This year there is open access to one of the resort's spas and more options to enjoy a mountainside fondue— an integral part of a Swiss skiing hol...

  • Versatility offered by ski trip to Cervinia

    Snow fans looking for some variation from their ski holiday have been pointed in the direction of Cervinia, which offers a choice between different locations.Writing for the Independent, James Hanning highlights that visitors get "two countries for the price of one" as only a couple of ski...

  • Prince William books Swiss ski holiday

    Prince William does not seem too concerned about the recession as he recently booked a Swiss ski holiday for himself and his girlfriend, Kate Middleton.The 26-year-old shunned the five-star hotel he normally stays at with his father and brother in favour of a luxury villa, complete with spa baths an...