In an attempt to avoid skiing one more week, I found some friends who were up for a new winter activity – snow shoeing, or racquettes, as they call it here.. (Let’s face it; I’m not over my traumatic ski lesson. And after finding out that my third cousin is in critical condition after a ski accident in Colorado, I’m even more paranoid.) Three of us had never been before, but thankfully we had one experienced show shoer in the group to guide us. We also had one banana, one apple, and one bar of chocolate between the four of us, so we were sure to survive, if we found ourselves stranded in the woods.
Thankfully, show shoeing is not difficult. You just strap on the shoes and follow the trail. In our case, we were following the pink signs featuring this very happy show shoer…
Well, I guess I should say that snow shoeing SHOULDN’T be hard. Less than five minutes into our adventure one of my snow shoes came off, and I couldn’t catch my balance, so I fell over into a mound of snow. Of course, I was laughing uncontrollably. One of the guys scrambled for his phone to take a picture of me in a heap on the ground, when I heard, “My apple exploded!” WHAT?! How does an apple explode? This was quickly followed by, “Oh no, it was my banana!” Again more insane laughter. Somehow one of our three items for survival was smashed in his pocket. What would happen if we were stranded? Instead of worrying about that, we opted for a photo documenting my fall and the banana explosion.
I will say I was not the only one to have a snow shoe fall off during the course of the day, but I was the only one to wipe out as a result.
After regaining our composure, we were off. Within a few minutes, we were climbing our first incline. Somehow I’m constantly surprised by the topography here. I keep expecting things to be flat forgetting that we’re in the Alps. I also admit that I was hoping this would be our biggest climb of the day. Let’s just say I was a wee bit surprised about what we encountered later in our hike.
The views were spectacular along the way. There was SO MUCH snow, so everything was beautiful! At many points during our trek through the woods, I felt like we were in Narnia. I don’t think I would’ve been surprised if the White Witch pulled up in her sleigh, or if a fawn or beaver would have appeared from behind a tree. See for yourself…
After 45 minutes or so, we started to climb the highest point of the day. The good news was that a restaurant was at the top waiting to serve us lunch. I had on 2-3 layers too many, so I was SWEATING.
1 hour and 20 minutes into our adventure, we made it to lunch. We were SO excited to see this little restaurant!
We took advantage of the snow shoe parking outside before going in to eat.
Lunch was delicious after that climb. AND I had the Swiss version of Macaroni & Cheese for the first time. It’s not quite Kraft Three Cheese shells or homemade southern style Mac & Cheese, but it is a good substitute.
After lunch, we had one more climb to get to the very top of the mountain before heading down the other side. Of course, we had to pose for a victory photo at the top!
According to Nike Fuelband, we climbed the equivalent of 149 floors and burned approximately 1,900 calories (which is a good thing considering our lunch). Another winter first in Switzerland with really fun friends!
I ended the evening having dinner with another American family who arrived about a month ago. They have a two-year-old and a four-year-old who had me laughing the whole night! I found out the older one is taking French classes at pre-school. I told her we would have to practice together. Her response? “I don’t have to practice. I already know it all.” Ha! If only I were as confident with my French…