• BLOG
  • Sertigtal-Loipe in Davos – Classic Crazy Cross-Country Skiing Challenge

    Perfect tracks are made to be skied, right? On my second day in Davos last week, I got this crazy – yet very familiar to me – idea to go ski the Sertigtal-loipe. From Davos Platz (1540m) to Sertic Sand (1859m). Classic style, the more demanding one on uphills and the only one allowed on this specific track.

    Please note, on that day I had already skied up to Alpe Novai from Klosters (more of that later). Of which the first about 8km is uphill. During which trip I also missed a free spot in the restaurant Garfiun and was further on living on Coop lunch and puhti-shots… Oh yes, it was a crazy idea then. Too much sun maybe?

    But when in Davos, you do as much as awesome things as possible and perfect tracks are made to be skied. And since I had the gear on and the weather was perfect and the train back from Kloster to Davos stopped conveniently in Davos Platz (the perfect starting point for the sertigtal-track) and there was still 5h to even the earliest of dinners, I decided why not.

    In the end, I have to say I should have considered further how the during the day very sunny track in the Sertig valley going with the name Sertig-Loipe, with a slight incline almost all the way from Davos Platz (1540m ) to Sertig Sand (1859m), would be in shadow in the afternoon. Meaning freezing tracks and not the best grip for not the best skis (sponsors, you may contact me by email;).

    Nevertheless, I made it and now I am more than happy I made it. According to my Strava, 21.9km and 516km elevation gain, with max elevation 1872m. Maybe it wasn’t so bad idea to not consider it further after all. Like my marathon idea, kind of… Best when not thought of too much beforehand, yet just enough to consider it safe and yourself capable of doing it without harm. And then just doing it.

    Glad I made it, especially because it was one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful cross-country skiing tracks I’ve ever skied on. First up from Davos Platz to the Sertig valley itself. In the valley, the track then follows first the wild Sertigbach stream and then the Felabach stream, continuing all the time with the slight incline past Sertig Mühle and numerous remote Walser settlements, before reaching the highest point of the track (1864m), cute Sertic Church in the pics (built in 1699) and finally Sertig Sand (1859m) with restaurant Walserhuus and Post Auto bus stop for the ones not into skiing all the way back as well.

    Sertigtal-Loipe Davos Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Sertig-Selfie 2019 Tiina Kivelä

    Sertig Sand Davos Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Sertigtal Loipe Davos Tiina Kivelä Creative

     

    Extra tip: when reaching the end of the track in Sertic Sand (cute and remote village with majestic Mittaghorn, Plattenfluh and Hoch Ducan in the back) take the post auto back to Davos Platz.

    You can also ski down the same track you came up on, but. Since long downhills with classic skis aren’t the most enjoyable activities of many – especially on a bit too icy afternoon tracks in the shadow – I highly recommend the Post Auto (= bus),  which runs regularly between Davos Platz and Sertig Sand. At the end of the uphill, you may even wait for it in the Walserhuus restaurant, eating and drinking well after earning it all on this excellent track.


    Where: Sertigtal-Loipe, Graubünden, Switzerland

  • BLOG
  • Abnormal Lapland Life

    Tiina Kivelä

    Hello. It’s me. I was wondering if after all these days you’d be wondering why I haven’t answered your emails. Sorry for that. I guess I should explain a bit. Tiina Kivelä

    I’ve been home (the original one) and busy. Not busy in the normal urban way though. My current location (and physical state) couldn’t be more far from the urban than it is (or well it could, but not much). Here in the periphery I’ve been busy reconsidering my life and the way I react to this world. I’ve been busy keeping myself away from the normal life, which lately hasn’t been as lovely as I’d hope it would be. It hasn’t paid back my efforts as I’ve expected it to do and generally speaking the world hasn’t really made any sense (as I’d hope it would). Therefore I have simply ignored the messages (and your emails) from the normal life. Reading the excerpts has been enough; I haven’t wanted to waste my energy on roads which doesn’t lead anywhere. And literally, I’ve been busy commuting these tracks. At least these ones lead somewhere; today to waffles and sauna.

    I have gone to the forest.

    It’s the best time of the year in Lapland and my private luxury resort has offered me an excellent opportunity to escape the normal life; your messages, refusals and exhausting unpredictability. Nevertheless I don’t know how exactly I should describe this current state – active mindfulness? Keeping myself busy while staying away from busy? Or just wellness? Nevertheless, I’m doing ok. Getting stronger, building stamina and endurance, and just staying alive as best as I can. Reading, watching and listening, getting inspired  knitting, learning, eating, sleeping, laughing, skiing etc. Thinking if I should set a goal for my training… A competition? A mountain?

    And silencing that little voice (I do feel sorry for not answering those emails) by sending you these digital postcards. I’m thinking of you, no matter what.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Take care!

    *Quote: Knut Hamsun

  • FINLAND
  • February Blues In Eastern Lapland

    girl from the north country

    Postcard from Eastern Lapland. Nordic skiing and fluffy snow.

    girl from the north country

    Tiina Kivelä Cross-Country Skiing

    I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

     

    Quote © Lewis Carroll


    Where: Kemijärvi, Lapland, Finland