Friday, April 16, 2010

Where is Spring?

So spring is suppose to be here, but I am not sure where it is. It's still a little chilly and rainy here. The silver lining is that the skiing in Tahoe is pretty sweet, which reminds me of my recent ski trip to Switzerland, a must do for all skiers.

The trip began in Ports Du Soleil, the largest ski resort in Europe boasting lifts connecting 12 mountains. Yes, that's TWELVE. We skied from Switzerland to France mostly off piste. It was incredible. The mountains in Switzerland are vast and stellar. Skiing out of bounds is the norm so peeps (a beacon, not the marshmellow candy) are a must.

We stayed at this quaint, very swiss hotel that had the most scrumptious chocolate cake.

We hopped the train to Verbier, where all the Brits go. It’s very swank, but in an understated sort of way. We stayed at a gorgeous condo at the base within walking distance of town and the lifts.

The best part is that ski tickets are half the price in Europe than here, which is mind boggling because the skiing is twice as good. I don’t think we ever skiied a groomer once while we were there.

Lastly, we hit Super Saint Bernard, which was by far the most epic spot to ski. It’s one gondola ride to the top. There is no bombing there so you ski at your own risk with your peeps on, shovel and probe in your backpack. The skiing here is powder all day long. One run takes 45 minutes, so probably a good idea to get in shape before you go. This resort was like those old east coast resorts back in the 70’s- nothing but an A-frame with soup and bread- in this case sausage and pretzels. There is no lodging here so we stayed in Martigney which is a great spot to access a ton of ski resorts. We had the most amazing meal at La Vache Qui Vole. Very Swiss/French, amazing ambiance, incredible wine selection and of course amazing chocolate cake.

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