Category Archives: Snow Sports

Skizentrum Sankt Andreasberg, Skiing for Beginners

Lower Saxony may be pretty, but I gotta say – the mountains are mere mole hills.  Moving to central Germany from Switzerland is like having your parents replace your Halloween candy with broccoli – it’s harder to enjoy the healthy stuff after feasting on a steady diet of world-class alpine sports for a year.  The good news for us is that we Continue reading Skizentrum Sankt Andreasberg, Skiing for Beginners

Glacier 3000 Peak Walk

Less than 60 kilometers as a crow flies southeast of Fribourg lies the hulk of a jagged mountain chain named after le Diable himself – les Diablerets.  The Diablerets massif consists of the highest peak, its namesake which tops out at 3,210 meters (10,531 ft), and an impressive line up of towering brothers with names like Scex Rouge Continue reading Glacier 3000 Peak Walk

Snowshoeing La Berra

While living in Oregon, Trav and I gained an appreciation for snowshoeing.  After just one trip, we appreciated what an inexpensive sport is is, accessible to most anyone.  All we had to do was either rent or purchase used snowshoes and our only subsequent out-of-pocket cost was a partial tank of gas shared with Continue reading Snowshoeing La Berra

Charmey Death Sticks

A delay in snowfall in the Alps during the 2015 winter season led to bare ground at many ski resorts in Switzerland, Italy, and France as late as December when the ski season should already have been well underway. Since Travis and I are still fairly new to Switzerland, we didn’t really know what to expect in terms of snowfall and didn’t Continue reading Charmey Death Sticks

Sledding at Moléson-sur-Gruyères

Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb towards it.

Edmund Hillary, first climber to summit Everest in 1953

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Moonlight Snowshoeing at Schwarzsee

It’s not breaking news that Switzerland is famous for its winter sports.  We finally were able to truly experience it firsthand with a snowshoeing trip to Schwarzsee.  But not during the day. Instead, we went at night during a full moon!  Our group of 18 hikers and 3 guides met at the University of Fribourg, settled up our fees, and Continue reading Moonlight Snowshoeing at Schwarzsee