Winter at last

February 17, 2015

Winter at last

Shortly before Christmas there was still no sign of snow. It was a real shame but at least it meant that we could visit the family and enjoy the festive period without thinking about skiing all the time. Then, just after Christmas, with the weather maps all showing flakes of snow, it was time to head back to Switzerland. We could hardly wait to get home.

Dreaming of a winter wonderland

Back home, and it wasn’t long before we were packing the car with our skiing gear and heading out “on the road again” to visit some friends in the mountains of Graubünden. On the way there it snowed continuously and in our mind’s eye we imagined a winter wonderland with a metre of fresh powder and brilliant sunshine…

Hitting the piste

Next morning the winter wonderland gave us the snow we’d been longing for. The sun was still hiding behind the clouds but it was still snowing, which was good – you can never have enough snow. Time to get out and hit the piste! It was the first time we’d been on skis this winter and we really enjoyed getting back into it. Even the fact that not all the runs were open couldn’t spoil our good mood.

Worth a few scratches

We spent the last evening of 2014 together with our friends. We all agreed that there is something to be said for celebrating New Year’s Eve with some close friends, by a cosy open fire, far away from the big city.

The weather experts had not promised too much, either, and the first day of the new year brought clear blue skies and warm sunshine. The snow was perfect, the avalanche risk low and after the poor visibility of the previous few days the slopes were still untracked – perfect conditions for freeriding.

Together with our friends we spent the whole glorious day tearing up the pistes. The snow cover was a bit thin in places and we picked up the odd scratch and ding but it was definitely worth it.

Susanne Spoelmink

Susanne Spoelmink

“It’s a brilliant feeling paddling along on the water and seeing the natural world from a different perspective.”

Born in Bonn, Germany, Susanne practically grew up in a kayak and has travelled half the world with her boat. Nowadays the former national canoe team member’s preferred activity is wild water canoeing.

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