Skiing in Switzerland, skiing in Narnia
It's been a while, but now I'm back also in English. And this time I would like to talk about skiing in... Switzerland!
What's the first thing you think of when you hear "Switzerland"? Chocolate? Matterhorn? Skiing? Expensive? All together? In my case it's definitely skiing - I grew up watching the World Cup and skiing on those great long slopes has always been my dream. And this year it came true! Long story short, it was magical. 30 cm of fresh snow every single day, icy cold and awesome hot chocolate at least twice day. It was beautiful, wasn't it?
Maybe I should mention that I was in Vercorin - a small resort in front of better known Crans Montana. Sounds French? You are right, Vercorin is in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, but people do speak English. Lucky me, the only thing I still remember from our trip to Martinique is "My father is going to die soon". Maybe not the best way to start a conversation, right?
Speaking Portuguese is also pretty useful, as all the staff in Vercorin is from Portugal. If you ever go there, make sure you sat hi to Mario - I swear the guy smiled every single time I took the lift. Maybe it helped that we gave him some goodies from Czech republic. Beer, of course. I mean, you can also get some Portuguese "beer" in the local shops, but nobody wants to drink that, right? And while Mario was smiling, I was skiing. Almost on my own!
The skipass is also valid in 2 more resorts - Saint-Luc and Sinal. They are in cca. 3000 m altitude, so you can imagine how cold it was up there. I'll give you a hint - 2 jackets and 3 pairs of socks were not enough. However, we had a great view of Matterhorn! Not from the usual cliche angle though. 10 points if you find it! :)
And where did we live? Can you imagine a typical small, cute cottage in the middle of the slope? Well, there. You can get there either skiing or skiing and simply enjoy the silence. Or raclette - awesomely fat Swiss cheese. Or fendant, the local wine.
To sum up, I skied over 250 km in 6 days. My knees were not completely happy about it, but I loved every single minute in there! Now it's time to save up for the next year. Or not, yesterday we booked another ski trip in Italy :) However, if you have any tips about great ski resorts, or you are great in cross-country skiing and want to share tips how to get better, let me know. And stay tuned, next week I'll tell you what to do in Belgium if you only have 3 days to explore it :) Cheers!