Bryan Adams, Easter bunnies and a broken arm!
Posted by Vanessa Fisher 4th April 2012
Sitting in the warm sunshine, under the magnificent Eiger, with a glass of wine, bubbling cheese raclettes and Bryan Adams strumming along in the background I contemplated the season here in Wengen.
From December through till the middle of February regular snowstorms dropped more snow on Wengen, as with many resorts across the Western Alps, than it has had for years. Now, at the beginning of April, after a glorious March, the pistes are still in great shape.
Yesterday I skied the famous Lauberhorn World Cup downhill run from the top at the little 'Start Bar' all the way down to Mary's Bar' at Innerwengen on near perfect snow. Yes it was soft in places but the cover was fantastic.
The resort is a little busier this week with a few more families arriving for the Easter week. They love their Easter bunnies here. Large papier mâché type bunny figures appear at every doorway and peeping out of chalet balconies, much like the father Christmas figures did in December. Even the doctors surgery had life size chickens laying plastic eggs in reception and child size bunnies ready to cheer up passing children.
Our experiment to rent a place for the season has worked. We've been out all the school holidays and managed to get a few rentals to help with costs in between. I've missed the variety of visiting different resorts with the children but they've loved meeting the same people, the familiarity of the same runs and lifts and running down to the same bakery every morning for fresh croissants.
Hen party at the Bryan Adams concert.
My eldest son's broken arm has added to the challenge of skiing with three children, hence a visit to the Easter bunnies at the doctor's surgery this week, but if there's anywhere to be with an injury, it's here in Wengen. The season-end concert at Kleine Scheidegg with Kim Wilde and Bryan Adams was great fun. Kids happily playing in the snow and adults singing along and chilling in the warm spring sunshine.
Roll on next winter (and a mended arm!).
About the author
Vanessa Fisher has worked in the ski industry for over 15 years. She runs a number of freelance PR projects including working for the gorgeous Lake Annecy Ski Resorts region of France and in the Italian Dolomites, for Dolomite Mountains Ltd. Vanessa worked with the Ski Club of Great Britain as a PR for almost 15 years gaining a wealth of experience and unrivalled contacts in the winter sports industry. Vanessa has travelled extensively throughout the Alps and North America and spent a season, 1996-7 living, skiing and travelling, with her now husband, in and around Banff in Alberta, Canada. She has three young children and is loving seeing them get their own confidence on skis; this winter 2012-13 season spending most of their school holidays in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland. Vanessa has two amateur ski races planned this winter, the Inferno in Murren in January 2013 and the Ski Solutions Make A Wish Foundation event in Champoluc in the Aosta Valley in Italy in March 2013.
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