Graydon, Esmée and I (Eli was sick so he stayed home) went with some great friends to see the Men's World Cup Slalom in Adelboden a couple of weeks ago.
|on our way over to Adelboden from Lenk|
|Ivica Kostelic with Graydon + Esmée|
|graydon, alex + harrison in adelboden|
The last time I went ski touring, it was a beautifully snowy day. We climbed the Walliser Wispile above Lauenen and skied thigh-deep powder all the way back down. Once we hit the snow covered road, we skied it, occasionally having to call out "car coming". Suddenly, our guide, Hansueli, veered off to the left and stopped. Claiming that we were at the barn of the best alpkäse (alpine cheese) in the region, he took off his skis and asked "who wants to go shopping"? ME!
Who doesn't love a shopping opportunity, especially an unexpected one that involves cheese?
|park your skis here and shop|
|a self serve, honour system -|
the fridge is full of various ages of alpkäse
My back has been very sore so I'm taking a break from skiing, but have managed to do some gentle walking and snowshoeing. Just outside the door of our chalet, there are hundreds of (marked) trails and summer roads (not cleared in the winter) to explore. A couple of the coolest things I've seen...
I never tire of seeing a Swiss woodpile - I swear to god, they are all this neat and tidy.
I came upon this colourful collection of bee houses. Bee colonies have been devastated in Switzerland and it's estimated that up to 50% of the bees here didn't survive last winter. I've been thinking a lot about bees lately and much to Jeff's disbelief, I have been threatening to become a bee keeper when we get back to Ontario. Clearview Bee Farm has a nice ring to it, no?