We hop on the Gornergrat railway one June day for a ride that will take us 9,000-feet high in the Swiss Alps. The shadow of the Matterhorn looms overhead as we curve past mountain lakes and flowery meadows. Then the trees slip silently away and snow rises alongside the tracks. A trip that began in springtime ends amidst a wintery panorama of Alpine peaks. We disembark and stagger into a world that is entirely, mesmerizingly white – a blinding mix of snow and sunshine for as far as we can see. Later, we take the train back below the tree line, to where it’s spring again. Then we get off and hike the rest of the way down to Zermatt, past pine trees and wildflowers, thinking all the while about a world that dissolved into white.
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