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  • Biking In Zermatt

    Tiina Kivelä

    Biking (MTB) in Zermatt. Such wow.

    Although I still haven’t done any biking in Zermatt, I do think it’s a good idea of tell you about it. Because even though I didn’t have my bike with me last weekend in Zermatt, I did see many super happy looking bikers and awesome trails for biking (and many awesome bikes – the fever is high). And I simply came came to the conclusion that Zermatt truly lives to its reputation when it comes to MTB. The scenery and wild landscape – hello Matterhorn – makes a good base, on which more than ok infra, planning and car free village make it eventually a kind of a bikers paradise. Even for my kind of wannabe/beginner (not long though!).

    What’s really interesting in Zermatt is that almost all the roads and trails are open for both bikers and hikers. And on top of that, the village is car free, which makes it a good break for the daily urban bike commuters fighters too.

    In Zermatt, there are flowtrails and other paths only for biking and trails prohibited from bikers, but generally the rule goes that mtb riders are allowed to ride on all roads, unless a prohibition sign forbids it. Though this means – of course – that the highest level of consideration and peaceful playing is required on the paths in and around Zermatt, Täsch and Randa (=nearby villages).  Haters will hate but also, I only met considerate and friendly bikers on the paths and as a kind of multisport hustler myself I think we all fit on the same trails more than fine and destinations and trails can serve various modes of use at the same time.

    So go. It’s also the best season now. But please, really, be nice, make space and keep an eye for others. Both for people and animals.

    Biking in Zermatt – How And Where Exactly

    As I didn’t have the bike I don’t have many detailed tips for biking in Zermatt yet, sorry. But I saw and confirmed with the help of the ones who know better that the Gornergrat side and trails around Schwarzee / Schönbielhütte direction are more than nice. And if taking the Matterhorn direction from Zermatt village center, you can even have lunch or beer in the adorable (more than fine for badass bikers too) village of Zmutt on your way back.

    More information of biking in and around Zermatt in i.e. Supertrail guide in here – and hopefully by me once I get back there with a bike.  Oh and the weather this weekend, when I was free, was kind moody. Therefore, a bit grainy and moody pics. But you should get the point, I hope.

    Ps. (Guidelines for mountain biking in and around Zermatt, pdf)

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Zermatt

    How: Take the train to Zermatt (bike comes well along with the SBB bike day pass). Book your sleep in any of the hotels, cabins, huts or maybe try the same hostel where I stayed (Zermatt Youth Hostel) in Zermatt.

    Then, get a day or two’s pass for the lifts and trains in the area, and just enjoy. 

    When: Autumn.

     

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  • Season 2016/2017 – Skiing In Jungfrau Ski Region

    Tiina Kivelä

    See you in May 2017, she said on Friday,

    holding her brand new 2016/2017 season pass for Jungfrau Ski Region in her hand.*


    And what a start I got. 4 weeks after I was hiking here in T-shirt I was now skiing in knee-high powder. Not a bad start for a season, and definitely a good confirmation that the season pass for Jungfrau Ski Region is worth the money. Especially with the 50% local discount, including free local trains and busses and cable cars, and various discounts for other train rides, events and other ski resorts around the world. And with little extra the season pass can be extended to Adelboden even. Quite a nice deal, and as you can see from the pictures, awesome location for little getaway, just one hour train ride away from the current basecamp.

    Tiina Kivelä

    * The pass also includes ridiculously blurred face shot, which has already caused many laughs. Traveling incognito and keeping people happy, so to speak. Just like the stars of the old times, looking solitude in the Alps, and more precisely in places like the Hotel Bellevue Des Alpes in Kleine Scheidegg^ (“minor watershed”) mountain pass at an elevation of 2’061m. From here, it’s only one stop left, the top of Europe aka Jungfraujoch.


    Location: Kleine Scheidegg, Jungfrau Ski Region

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  • Refugitive

    Thunersee Tiina Kivelä

    Last weeks haven’t been the easiest, I have to say. From the sunny warm days like in the picture^ the life has quickly turned into much darker and colder, metaphorically and realistically speaking. I’ve been sick, I’ve had too much to do, and I’ve made few silly mistakes and experienced too many drawbacks. Also my optimistic tendency to trust people and think the best of them has led me to quite too many disappointments. Not to mention what’s generally happening around the world these days.

    But then I went to Munich and reconnected with these amazing people. Professional, honest, humble, brave and daring women & men, who kick ass and still are the most loving and lovable as they can be. They use their full potential and push others to do the same. And they do these amazing films and care about other people.

    Thank you for returning my trust to humankind.

    On the day of departure I walked in to the shop and bought these^ Patagonia Refugitive pants for future alpine skitours & adventures (found from the department “expeditions”, krhm). Bought then thinking that no matter what some people say and no matter how I fail in so many things, no matter how messed up the world generally is, skiing is something I’m good at, and in the mountains it’s always good to be. Challenging, but rewarding. And skiing is something I love doing. Especially in pants made by people who also do what they love & also care about so many things. Who always push for something better. That’s the kind of people I like and want to work for.

    And now I just can’t wait for the season to start and to put these pants to action. I still have so much to learn and I’m expecting many challenging days in the mountains. It’s already snowing in the mountain villages like Mürren nearby, and I have good friends to ski with. Winter is coming and I’m ready.

    Tiina Kivelä

    So… I’m not really sure what I’m trying to say here, except that things are probably (hopefully) gonna change soon here.

    Oh and the Munich comments. Well. Shades of Winter women kicked ass and the film & event was great, but from BMW Welt, which acted as the venue for the Worl Premiere,  it wasn’t the most impressive performance, unfortunately.  Somehow they had thogh (or well maybe the other way, haven’t really thought at all) that it would be good idea to situate the women toilets outside in containers, while men could enjoy the indoor toilets. After all, “Between” was all woman skifilm & I’ve thought BMW wants to support and speak to us women especially these days, through these sponsorships & promotions. Therefore it was kind odd of them to not pay attention to these details; opportunity lost, so to speak.

    And again no accommodation tips, unfortunately. I know, I really should do something to get back to the “I can afford living in nice hotels in nice safe areas” category. I really don’t like the fact that we had to take taxi back to the hostel because we didn’t feel safe walking around that area… And for me to feel that way, the area needs to be extra shady.

    Last, to put shortly this short October but not Octoberfest trip; great shopping (and even a little climbing & via ferrata) at Schuster & highsteerts, bretzels and coffee from main railway station & U-Bahn stations, film, cars and events (for men, krhm.) in BMW Welt, partying at Die Registratur* and not so great accommodation near Hauptbahnhof. And also one “stuck alone in non-moving metro & no idea what’s happening” moments. Luckily didn’t have time to think then about the events this year, in these European cities…

    Ps. Mom, I promise to keep on taking care of myself the best way I can.

    Between Tiina Kivelä


    Münich

    Die Registratur Müllerstraße 42, 80469 München, Saksa*

    Schuster & other good shops in & around Rosenstraße

    *Pro tip: on the way there & back, between Sendlinger Tor U-Bahn & the bar, stop at the tiny pizza slice place. Best & fastest on the go pizza I’ve ever had.