One year for winter break I decided to visit my friend and her family in Germany. Our plans for part of the time I’d be there was to stay in one of their relatives cottages in Switzerland for a week. It was the best experience ever…
I had always wanted to learn to snowboard so I was super excited. The drive there was really uneventful. I was told we would have to load our car on train to go through the mountains and I wanted to stay awake to see. Of course I fell asleep and missed it all only to wake up and realize we had arrived at the cottage. It was completely dark so I couldn’t see a thing.
The next morning I woke up and rushed outside to see nothing like I had ever seen before (pictures above). The mountains were huge and gorgeous and it only got better from there. So me and my friend got ready, and took a bus to the rental station. This was at Blatten Bei Naters. I had originally wanted to snowboard, but my friend had been skiing since she was young and convinced me to learn as well because she could teach me. I proceeded to rent a pair of skis, boots, and a helmet (very much needed).
We then rode a big enclosed gondola for about 5 minutes even further up the mountain. After we arrived at what I thought would be the top, my friend helped me put my skis on and told we had to get on several more gondolas like the one below.
Let me tell you I fell several times, sometimes getting knocked over by the gondola and stopping the whole line. It was pretty hilarious. Getting off was even worse, I would knock every one who was with me down without fail. Then finally we could ski… for everyone who doesn’t know, they rate mountains on the level of hardness by colors. Green being the easiest, blue a little harder, red is pretty advanced and black being the hardest… I think. There may be harder.
Now you know, my first time ever skiing we started on the blue mountains. I don’t think I even need to say I tumbled and slid all over the place. I mean sometimes we’d get to a slope that was I’m pretty sure a 90 degree angle and all I could do was say nope and slide down on my butt.
Its OK though because I did get drastically better.. I even did red and black mountains (still tumbling all over) on the skis. I only skied three days. For the other four days I got to rent a snowboard and learn. It was so much harder but so worth it. Granted I fell and hit my head very many times. I even broke my helmet. I slid off the side of a mountain and got lost. After taking my board off it slid probably a mile away from me into the unknown for me to try and find.
Would I change a thing? Nope! I had so much fun. I learned so many things and best of all I have hilarious stories to tell. Would I recommend learning to ski or snowboard for the first time in the Switzerland Alps? If your tough, go for it! If your not, go for it! It actually doesn’t matter. Yes its a little bit harder then learning somewhere not as high and steep, but its hard anywhere. The view you have while learning in Switzerland is absolutely unbelievable and totally worth it. Having a good teacher makes all the difference too.
One day I hope to go back to Switzerland. It really is a beautiful country!