First, note to self: When cross-country skiing in Appenzell, make sure you stop by in the Brauerei Locher or Getränkemarkt Ziel on your way home. For the Quöllfrisch Naturtrüb (my favourite) or the beer of the month.
I mean, there should be no Appenzell trip without Appenzell beer. Because cross-country skiing you really earn the beer. And well, it’s a beer region.
Nevertheless, this little mishap didn’t ruin my overall great cross-country season opening in Switzerland, in a perfect weather in Gonten, Appenzell. It’s 45min by train (=excellent updated train by Appenzellerbahn, power outlets and all) from St. Gallen and currently comes with heaps of snow.
Tageskarte CHF10 (day pass for the well prepared tracks) and cross-country skiing center near the Gonten railway station (Loipe-Höttli aka Waschhöttli) for changing, ski service and patio. With Säntis views and lots of sunlight (no note to self about this, remembered the sunscreen).
Where: (23km skating style), Gonten, Appenzell, Switzerland