Verbier-Skiing, Sledding, Snow and Crazy Swiss!
Trip Start Oct 18, 2006
93Trip End Oct 19, 2007
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I spent Christmas and New Years there, and it would have had to have been the most eventful New Years l have ever had! Fireworks went of for days before hand, day and night and l cant count the number of times l nearly stepped on one or was nearly hit by the shooting rockets! I will never forget eating dinner with the girls and sitting with our chairs lined up by the window watching the display take place right above our chalet! And of course having my first White Noel....a dream come true!
Verbier has been my slice of paradise
Verbier has allowed me to see a side of life and people l never have really seen before...the rich and famous, movie stars, royalty the list goes on! James Blunt now lives there and l passed Hugh Grant on the street...if that gives you an idea of the place! Verbier is beautiful...especially the old town which is only a 5 minute walk down the valley from the main township...but it makes you feel as though you have walked into another century. The chalets here are over 100 years old and the old town has numerous working farms and vege patches scattered among its narrow walkways. You feel like you will suddenly bump into Heidi or her grumpy grandfather at any moment as you walk through its tiny street!
I am learning to Ski in Verbier....l only just graduated from the bunny slope! But the other sport lam learning and loving up here is tobogganing. Back home we have tiny toboggan runs, here they have a whole 7km run dedicated to only toboggans....its the most fun l have had in years!!! And the views are sensational! The only problem was that l had had done my neck in skiing the day before Sarah (an aupair friend) and myself went down the run. But l must admit l didn't care how much pain l felt...l was having too much fun! We went down the run three times screaming and laughing the whole way down....l was laughing so much at one stage when l hit a mound of snow and it went flying into my open mouth!
My other memorable sledding experiences include sledding for the first time down the bunny slope with Jaz at a snails pace, and of course how will l ever forget the most terrifying yet thrilling night of my life...night sledding! It was Laurence's (my employers) birthday and we caught a ski do (like a jet ski but for the snow) up to a remote Chalet Auburge in the middle of nowhere in the Alps. The ride was magical as you zoomed up the Alp watching the lights of Verbier twinkle below. And the dinner was amazing...my first fondue experience, amazing whine and tiramusi cake! Parfait! And then came the unforgettable part---sledding back down the Alp in the pitch dark with only a cliff face and rocky ledge keeping me from sledding to my death! It was terrifying...and as l was going so slowly compared to the rest of the family zooming to their death..l was left with no light to guide my way down the mountain
Other highlights and unforgettable moments in Verbier include frequenting the Mont Fort Pub (too many memories there...though l wont miss the icy hill you have to climb to get there and the funny Swedish DJ who only plays music he is in the mood for) spending New Years day sliding down the main street of Verbier and walking through a blizzard, the unforgettable nights at the farm club where you end up covered in 1000CF champagne and where what happens there stays there! And of course Apres ski at the Fahrenheit and secret knocks and doorways at the Casbah and simply sitting on the Chalet balcony watching the majestic Swiss Vallais Alps! Fitting 5 Aupairs into my studio one night was also a unforgettable memory, entertaining ourselves playing French Cluedo and perfecting making Fondue in a saucepan!
Ohh yes so many memories are in Verbier...some which will stay only in Verbier....as you can hear l have fallen in love with Verbier and have tried to capture every angle and memory in my photos as lam pretty sure l will never be able to afford to return as a guest here- it is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world. So enjoy- l know l did!