Winter… Where Are You?…

That has been the question we have been asking for the last 3 months.

This winter, snow has been little and it doesn’t stick around for more than a day at our level (about 500m above sea level). And even in the ski resorts, snow seems to have become a bit of a rare sight.

Check out the photo below of the slopes in Engelberg just before the new year. The slopes, which were snow-covered, were icy and one of them was littered with pebbles, which all made the skiing no fun at all. We gave up after lunch and decided a walk in the little town was better and was rewarded with lovely local produce from the Kloster and that pretty view of the Kloster framed by the mountain behind it.

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We waited a number of weeks and tried again in February, during the recent school Sports-holiday. We went to Lenk. We were worried on the way up to the ski place as it did look so green. That first day, we skied through wet, heavy snow, (which turned to rain towards the end of the day) but it was still better than it was in December.

Then overnight the snow arrived, in force! See that lovely snowy view which greeted us just outside our hotel room. It continued snowing through the day quite heavily, which made visibility quite poor, but it also meant skiing on fresh snow, which was quite good.

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However, the poor visibility also meant we came across at least 3 accidents on the slopes, which required medical aid, including a heli-lift. i hope those injured are on their way to full recovery.

Then, of course, on the day we leave, we were greeted with perfect ski weather; blue skies, sunshine and slopes covered with freshly fallen snow overnight. Sigh!

But check out the difference between the snow cover in the resort area and the non-existent snow along the highway, on the way home.

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Well, we hope that there is more snow now on the slopes, especially since the school is going for ski camp in 2 days!

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Ouch…Ouch… Ouch…

… that was and still is what i say to myself every time i have to walk down the stairs the whole of yesterday and today, and likely tomorrow too!

No, i didn’t hurt my foot or injury my leg…

On Saturday, we went for our first ski of the season and it always “kills” me. My muscles always protest for the next few days after that first ski, letting me know that it wasn’t fair to put them through that after a whole year of “rest”.

We went skiing at Engelberg, Titlis, on the Jochpass side of the mountain with some lovely friends. It was nice. i had not been back to this resort since before Tobias was born so it has been a while. It is a beautiful place indeed.

Unfortunately, i was too busy trying to get my “ski-legs” as well as helping Tobias to get his back so didn’t take any shots of the lovely sunny day on a beautiful snow-covered mountain.

i do have a shot of my son making a silly face on the way up in the cable car.

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My son with his silly face 😉

He was a little panicky at the beginning, saying he had forgotten how to ski. But it really didn’t take long till he was once again zooming down the hill, leaving poor mummy behind… as always… i really need to improve my skiing skills. My biggest fear is crushing into other people rather than being afraid of going down the slope. i need to develop more confidence in my stopping and avoiding skills…

Maybe next year i’ll go for lessons again…

For now, i think we are ready for our ski weeks. At least now i know i can make it down the hill, slowly but surely 😉

syc