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Switzerland, Graubünden: Skiing & Scenery (Days 3 & 4)

Skiing From Lenzerheide To Arosa

 

A Very Changing Weather

After an evening skiing until 11 pm, this morning the alarm clock is a beat too “harsh”! Back with my instructor on Lenzerheide‘s slopes in the direction of Arosa … if the weather allows us! I really like in Switzerland the bus stops at ski lifts scattered in nature! Everything is thought for skiing, the mountain is a real lifestyle!

I begin the crossing by the discovery of the T-bar tow! It is for two persons and you have to place a T-shaped bar under the buttocks. You don’t sit, but legs are slightly bent and skis must remain parallel. Pretty impressive, but very nice too! And you really can enjoy the beautiful scenery!

On arrival, we are in front of with this small structure (photo 1 below), where a friendly man checks our ski pass. Then we take this track surrounded by giant pines (2) which leads us to more difficult tracks. Later, we are supposed to take a cable car to cross the pass that allows to reach Arosa.

Too much wind, the cable car is temporarily closed: we have to wait in a restaurant of altitude (3) … in vain. The weather gets worse and we have to go down back to the foot of the slopes. We will have lunch with the rest of our small group! The issue, we are at the top of the slopes for experienced skiers (when I am a beginner!). Imagine the incline and worse, I’m tired! Finally (!) we arrive at the restaurant and I order a salad (4).

The hope: the weather improves and this time we go up with different cable cars to be sure to be able to cross the pass for Arosa. At the top, the weather changes again between blue skies, clouds and violent wind (photos above and below).

 

 

Arosa, Here We Are!

Awesome Views In Late Afternoon

I took the cable car with two British friends, to get down to the Arosa station. While the other three decided to arrive in ski and snowboard. Once all together, we head to the hotel, where our luggage (transported by taxi) await us. Great organization and  panoramic view from my room (the last two photos below).

On the picture montage: 1, selfie in the kitsch corridors of the Sunstar Alpine Hotel, before a very lively dinner where we laughed a lot! 2, the next morning, fantastic view of the Alps from Mount Weisshorn. 3, Mural painting of the Weisshorngipfelrestaurant. And 4. On the train to Zurich airport.

Buure Z’Morga At Mount Weisshorn

Woke Up At Dawn

We take the first cable car at 8:20 am for a delicious Buure Z’Morga (huge “farmer breakfast”) in the panoramic restaurant Weisshorngipfelrestaurant at 2653 meters above sea level! We are the first customers in the nice minimalist interior design. The brunch is excellent with local specialties (including cheeses and breads). The view of the Alps at dawn is breathtaking (photos above and below)! 

  

 

Back To Zurich By Train

 

It snows

Yes it is, as every time I leave a ski resort (like a magical ritual, lol)! After a quick stop at the hotel to change us and retrieve our luggage, we take the famous red train from Arosa to Chur. Then another kind of trains from Chur to Zurich airport. The mood is contemplative, gorgeous landscapes! Bye bye intimate Graubünden, I will be back!

 

 

 

 

Photos & Vidéos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

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Graubünden FerienFerienregion Lenzerheide, Arosa TourismSWISSSwiss Travel System (STS)Switzerland TourismBiathlon Arena Lenzerheide, SnowNights

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Many thanks to the Graubünden Ferien, Lenzerhaide, Arosa, Switzerland Tourism, SWISS and Swiss Travel System (STS) for this beautiful invitation. As always, these are my opinions.

Switzerland, Graubünden: Biathlon & Night skiing (Day 2)

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

The Biathlon Arena Lanzerheide

Okay, today the weather is not good. But this second day in Grisons is one of the most exciting of the last months! This morning, our small team is going to try a new activity: biathlon at the Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide. As always, I don’t think too much before. Guess what? I have no specific idea about the program! I imagined a very physical cross-country session, plus something, but what exactly? Nope!

According to the definition of Wikipedia: “The biathlon, from the Latin bi,” two “, and the Greek athlon (ἆθλον) “combat, struggle”, is a competition combining two disciplines. By tradition, when we talk about biathlon, we talk about the combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting”.

Quickly we forget Nordic skiing and concentrate on the sporting shooting, partly due to the fact that it is snowing and also to avoid disturbing the Swiss national team training. I’ve never done sporting shooting! After a theoretical initiation given by a famous trainer, we are all aligned, lying on the snow, facing our respective targets. And it’s great, despite the cold and bad weather!

 

Above: Photo 1, I try to aim one of the small targets facing me. To shoot when you are stand up is much more difficult than laid on the ground. It is not easy to remain perfectly still, to aim well, arm and reach the target. Very quickly the arms shake! Photo 2, the training air seen from the cafe of the Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide.  

Below: Photo 1, the biathlon rifle. Photo 2, the targets with the bullet impacts. When l am not stand up, I can reach the small targets without problem. But standing it is very disappointing! The small targets are the inner darker circles in the the big black circles. Photo 3, While training: one of the athletes of the Swiss national team.

Back To The Hotel

The weather Clears Up

Light lunch and long break at the restaurant of the Hotel Schweizerhof Lenzerheide. Then we pick up our ski equipment rented at the Sportshop Pesko, located opposite the hotel. Surprising detail: an ibex seems to climb one of the store’s giant walls (pictured above).

Night Skiing

SnowNights 

You won’t see much! My smartphone has a very poor definition in low lights, sorry! I ski at night for the first time (video below)! And frankly, it’s GREAT! I loved it so much that we did twice the slopes for the beginners before we stopped at a mountain restaurant!

And I prefered skiing quiet with a monitor, because all the rest of our little team has a very good level of skiing and snowboarding. Just a tip: forget the dinner in a slope restaurant, because then going back on slopes becomes pretty problematic! Especially if you are tired (LOL)!

 

Photos & Vidéos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

Informations  

Graubünden FerienFerienregion Lenzerheide, Arosa TourismSWISSSwiss Travel System (STS)Switzerland TourismBiathlon Arena Lenzerheide, SnowNights

Related posts : DESTINATIONS & HOTEL REVIEWS

Many thanks to the Graubünden Ferien, Lenzerhaide, Arosa, Switzerland Tourism, SWISS and Swiss Travel System (STS) for this beautiful invitation. As always, these are my opinions.

Fashion & Beauty For Skiing in Switzerland

My Beauty Kit

Efficiency & Simplicity

What to pack for a ski weekend in Switzerland? Essentials in mini doses: everything has to be weight light, useful and compact. Multi function products with two goals: to moisturize and nourish in depth (picture above). 

An organic olive (or Jojoba) oil which can be used to remove make-up (face & eyes) and as a day and night care for face. I mix it with a moisturizer, the Facial emulsion of Bee Nature. And I also apply my organic olive oil after the shower as a body (and hand) oil and as a hair care! Two sample size masks for face (detox) and for eyes (decongestant and super moisturizing). An ideal sun protection: Ideal Soleil 3-en-1 taches teintes anti-taches noires SPF50 + of Vichy.

My shopping selection: to access the product, click on the image.

For hygiene: a Dove Compressed deodorant, disposables toothbrush with mini toothpastes. And as I was going to the hotel, I didn’t have to carry a face and body cleanser. I was wrong! If you have a very sensitive skin, put in a smaller container, your cleanser. I missed so much my super gentle Huile de douche Atoderm of Bioderma and a moisturizing mist to boost hydration.

The Make-up Kit

A MAC iridescent-matt blush, blush and mascara. And a mini black pencil and two brushes. My almost finished fragrance of Moderne Muse Le Rouge of Estée Lauder.

My shopping selection: to access the product, click on the image.

In My Travel Bags

By Hand

Gone are the days when I charged myself as a donkey for a short or long journey! On the picture above: here is what my unique handbag contains to get to the airport, board the plane and the arrival at the hotel. 1. I prefer a large super lightweight canvas bag, washable and easily foldable. In which I add a leather clutch (2) to tidy up the plane tickets and to go out at night.

3, While travelling, I wear my ski gloves, under ski jacket and after ski boots to lighten my carry-on. 4, Pen and notebook, like for the book : to give me good conscience, LOL! 5. Inseparable (but I managed to loose it on another trip): the charger of my smartphone! 6. A (Spa water-based) hand cream by Bee Nature with a disinfectant, lip moisturizing and of course, my addictive Estée Lauder red lipstick.

My shopping selection: to access the product, click on the image.

7, Un peigne king size, vu ma tignasse, avec élastique intégrés (LOL!). Un rouleau adhésif anti peluche, poil, duvet et autres : essentiel lorsque l’on porte des vêtements noirs! Tout doit être évident à trouver, donc moins il y en a, mieux c’est!  7, A huge comb for my huge hair (LOL!). A lint roller: a must-have when wearing black clothes! Everything has to be obvious to find, so the less is always better!

My Hold Luggage

My bag on wheels is so small, weight light and compact I could keep it in the cabin! The Osprey Ozone Convertible is my big favorite! The best luggage I’ve ever had! Simply awesome, discreet and stylish!

1, My ski jacket. Easy tip: Roll all of clothes for optimum space saving. And put a big ski sock (9) in each shoe. 2, My ski pants. 3, My fleece sweater. 4 & 5, T-shirt and tank tops. 6. A pair of dressed boots for dinners.

My shopping selection: to access the product, click on the image.

7. A ski cap. 8 & 11. Ski underwears: long sleeve top and underpants. 10. City socks. 12, Canvas bag and sunglasses. 13, Arena Bodylift Swimsuit. And 14, a pouch (which I sewed by hand!) with underwears. And I traveled with the black pants I wore every night.

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