This winter in Leysin has been like a Will Ferrell movie: Not exactly fabulous, but a few moments of absolute greatness. Until Christmas, there was practically no snow down in the village and only man-made snow at the top of the mountain. (We were still mountain biking up until November 27th!)
On December 27th, we were finally able to break out pawpaw’s “blizzerator” (a super-duper snow broom scraper contraption for the car) which he got us for Christmas.
On New Year’s Day, we took a snowy hike up to Prafandaz with some friends and enjoyed a gigantic croûte (Swiss specialty with ham, cheese, fried egg and cream piled on slices of toasted bread). YUM.
Mid-January we took a trip with some good friends to Saas Fee and Saas Grund, Switzerland. This was my first time snowboarding outside of Leysin so I was a bit nervous! It snowed overnight and the following morning greeted us with loads of fresh powder. Even though the visibility was quite bad and everything was white with no distinction between the sky and the snow, it was still fabulous snowboarding. Powder is just so forgiving for a beginner. You might as well be falling into a pile of goose down feathers! We ate lunch on the mountain and headed back to Leysin late that afternoon.
At the end of January, Ullr (the Noris God of Snow) finally appeared. He blessed us with roughly 5 feet of fresh powder in 4 days! The snowboarding was fabulous and I finally felt like all of those bruised knees and teary eyes from the two year-long learning process had been made worthwhile! [And a huge thank-you to Kelley for being so patient on all of those days where I whined, complained, cried and cursed at my snowboard. 🙂 ] The snow was so great on this day that we barely stopped to take a picture… I actually only have 2! This was also the first day that they opened the far-side (Solepraz) of the ski resort and we were definitely the first ones to ride it! I’ll remember this particular day forever… nothing like the feeling of floating in powder!
The following day, we remembered the GoPro, and Kelley got a little footage of me riding. My form is a not very good but the main thing is that I’m staying UP!
Falling in waist-deep fluffy snow is NOT easy to get out of… I was quite tired at this point so I decided to take a rest…
The weeks following that epic snow may as well have been Spring. It was 45 degrees, I was sunbathing at lunch and we even dusted off our mountain bikes for a ride down in the valley in mid-February!
On a Friday night, we joined a few of our coworkers for some fondue and night-sledding in Diablerets. (For full details, visit their site.) We rode the ski lift to the top of the mountain, enjoyed some fondue and wine and then strapped on our head lamps and sledded all the back down to the village. So much fun!
Here’s to hoping for a few more wintery days before Spring comes along!
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