Zermatt’s Matterhorn Glacier Paradise network of mountain lifts connects the Valais resort with the highest cable car station in Europe (3,883 metres above sea level). During the 45-minute journey by gondola then cable car, which transports you across glacial crevasses, you can listen to commentary about the engineering work, as well as take photos of famous summits such as the Matterhorn and Weisshorn – there are 38 four-thousanders in the area.
The Matterhorn is one Switzerland's most iconic mountains, with it's steep slopes and triangular shape representing the power of nature. But even with its imposing form, there are some willing to risk their lives to conquer the mountain.
Harrowing footage shot by professional skier Nicolas Falquet shows him precariously navigating along the Matterhorn's high altitude cliff edge in order to find a spot to ski down from.
Nicolas Falquet au Sommet du Cervin! :) / Nicolas Falquet on the Top of the Matterhorn! :)Bonjour à tous! Si le cœur vous en dit, nous vous invitons à venir liker la page! Vous êtes les bienvenus! Posted by I Love Switzerland！ on Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Although the mountain is 4,478 metres tall, it's not clear how high the skier is in the video. We're betting that for most people, the video itself enough to induce vertigo.
38-years-old Frenchman Falquet has been shooting ski videos for past 10 years, with this one clip becoming an online hit, garnering nearly 400,000 views on YouTube and nearly three million views on Facebook.
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