Imagine being stranded on the Matterhorn—50 mile per hour winds, night approaching, and your partner has a broken leg. Anywhere else, your chances might be pretty rough. But you’re in Zermatt, home to one of the best search and rescue crews in the world. These guys are the elite.
“The Horn,” a new six-part series from Outside TV+, premiering April 8, follows Air Zermatt as they undertake daring missions to aid lost, stranded, and injured skiers, climbers, and trekkers who made bad decisions or just got unlucky. The personnel for the Air Zermatt team do some 40 helicopter missions every. single. day.
This region of the Alps has such robust mountain-travel infrastructure that outdoorsmen and women of all stripes can easily get themselves in over their heads. Using helicopters to access hard-to-reach places, the men and women of Air Zermatt launch incredible rescues, frequently putting themselves in harm’s way to help.