Alpine village Zinal in the Pennine Alps, Val d' Anniviers, Switzerland.

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At 1670m, Zinal is 12km south of Vissoie, at the end of the Val d’Anniviers. While Matterhorn climbers start from Zermatt, a valley to the east, climbers for five other 4000+m peaks seen from the Zermatt side, start their climbs from Zinal. This is a grand base for both summer and winter sports. The ski area is interconnected with that of Grimentz and the village has a number of hotels which also boast restaurants and bars.

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