Carve your Own Path – Skiing in Switzerland

Skiing trips can be huge amounts of fun. If you are familiar with life on the piste, you already know what I mean. There are panoramic views to rival anywhere in the world. There are beautiful towns and villages to visit. And most of all, there is great skiing to be done.

Some of the most popular areas in Switzerland to go skiing are listed below. It is up to you to find the one that most appeals to your sense adventure!

Grindelwald: This is one of the resorts that mistakes itself for a real city as opposed to an artificial tourist attraction. It provides a good amount of restaurants, bars, discos, and, sadly, traffic. There is a broad range of Swiss Ski Hotels here — it is nowhere near as elitist as some other resorts. A lot of skiers use it as their base camp for hardy trips to the slopes of First, Männlichen, and Kleine Scheidegg. From Grindelwald, the ski resorts of Wengen and Mürren are reachable via the cog railway and cable car.

Gstaad/Saanenland: Gstaad is the jewel in the crown of the larger ski region of Saanenland. It is on the western border of the Bernese Oberland. Although you can find some less expensive lodgings if you’re lucky, don’t take it for granted. International playboys come here to see and be seen. There is loads to do off the slopes, for example, music festivals, shops, and people-watching. The region’s architecture is incredibly alpine. The interior decor ranges from baronial and woodsy in the really expensive hotels to a bit kitschy in cheaper places. Opportunities for great skiing are widespread. The slopes are quite manageable compared to the rest in Switzerland. Skiing is great here for beginners and those of intermediate ability.

 

Matterhorn  != Toblerone

Ist nicht die Toblerone Seite des Matterhorns 😉 Das GebŠude ist das Hotel Weisshorn. Von einem Italiener 1882 erbaut, in der Hoffnung das eine Bergbahn erstellt wird. Die Bergbahn wurde gebaut, nur nicht zum Hotel Weisshorn, gehšrte ja einem zugezogenen 😉 Somit ist das Hotel und Restaurant nur zu Fuss, 1,5h Wanderung, erreichbar. Die Zimmer sind auf Monate ausgebucht! GepŠck- und evtl. Personentransport werden in Absprache erfŸllt. Folgende Bilder: eins, zwei, drei wurden auf der Wanderung zum Hotel geschossen.

Photo from Flickr

Verbier: This is the most exclusive ski resort in French-speaking Switzerland. It has a carefree attitude and a fun-filled atmosphere. Its restaurants provide some of the most creative food in the region; others go in for simple alpine meals for big appetites. If you don’t speak French, it won’t be a barrier — many of the resort’s bars and clubs cater to Brits. (Throughout the town, English-style pubs compete cheerfully with French cafes.) Verbier sits at the centre of a sprawling network of cable cars. They connect you to the relatively small resorts like Veysonnaz and La Tzoumaz. The resort is favored by world-class athletes for the difficulty of many of its slopes.

Zermatt: Zermatt occupies a high-altitude area at the base of Switzerland’s highest mountain. That mountain is the Matterhorn. Much of the resort’s charm comes from its strict building codes. You will rarely see a modern-looking building in Zermatt — and there is almost no traffic. Access from the valley below is via the cog railway only. It has been known for over a century as a real party town. Zermatt has long been the place where the beer-drinking and revelry continues into the early morning hours. The skiing is superb.

If you have never considered Switzerland as a ski destination for you, it could be time to change your mind!

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Oregon’s Highest Peak – Mt. Hood

HOOD, OREGON: Last week in Oregon was a blessing for us, I mean weather-wise. After few weeks of gloominess and cloudiness and fogginess, I was eagerly waiting for a bright and sunny day to go out with my family and have some outdoor fun. And finally there it was. It was kind of an instant decision to head towards Mt. Hood last Sunday. But hey, it’s February and you can’t let a gorgeous day get away like that.

Driving towards Mt. Hood

Driving towards Mt. Hood

The girls were excited about playing in the snow, my husband was excited to just get out of the house, and I was excited to put my new lens at work. Mt. Hood was THE place. We got ready, packed some sandwiches, filled up the car, and off to the highest peak in Oregon.

Yep, with more than 11,000 feet in elevation, Mt. Hood is the highest peak in Oregon and you don’t have to be that lucky to see its crowned and pointed peak from any corner of Portland and surroundings. That’s a gift we Oregonians enjoy everywhere we go, a glimpse of Mt. Hood from here and there. This is where the locals and tourists go for skiing, tobogganing, camping, hiking, and any other outdoor fun or winter sports.

View of Mt. Jefferon from Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood in Oregon

View of Mt. Jefferson from Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood in Oregon

Mt. Hood is about little more than 2 hours of drive from Portland. Enjoy the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway on your way. Make sure to check out this must-see site of nature when in Oregon, you won’t regret it.

Once you are there, explore different sites, like Timberline Lodge and Government Camp. We were at Timberline Lodge this time. This is a major ski area, winter sports center, and a very popular tourist destination in summer or winter.

Mt. Hood and its guests

Mt. Hood and its guests

The lodge here, Timberline Lodge, was built in the late 1930s and is a National Historic Landmark. You can rent or buy sports/winter gears, stay overnight and have nice meals all under this roof.

Another glimpse of Mt. Jefferson in the distance, view from Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood

Another glimpse of Mt. Jefferson in the distance, view from Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood

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