My company has sent me to Switzerland to do some work on a machine. So far I have mostly just seen the factory where the machine is and a bit of local sightseeing in the small town where I live, so not very much to write about.
Now that it is weekend however, I took the chance to go skiing. I took an early morning train from my little town near Basel to Engelberg. There i dropped my bags at the hotel, a pretty shoddy military barracks style of dormitory hostel, then went to rent some equipment.
Everything ready, i headed to the top via a series of cable cars, one if which was rotating to give everyone a good view. This must be one of the higher ski resort top stations in the alps and the view from there was magnificent. They even had a little glacier walking path on a kind of rope bridge.
Having marveled at the view for a moment i took my board and headed out. It felt really good to be skiing again after a year of tropical weather; what made it even better was that i found some untouched powder, right off the track. I was fortunate enough to even find a whole mountain top covered in fluffy white goodness. The hike up was rather arduous, but the ride on virgin snow was well worth it,
I didn’t have it in me to hike up once more, instead spent the rest of the day exploring other parts of the system, hunting for, and finding plenty of powder.
Now to spend the night in this cheap-o hostel and tomorrow, hopefully, more powder.