• Bern
  • Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

    Tiina Kivelä

    This Swiss life. It’s soon been almost a year already. And still going strong.

    Spring has arrived, but as sometimes it snows in April, the cold winds and snow came back during Easter, and this weekend warrior doesn’t put the skis away yet. Or maybe I did last weekend, after a sunny day skiing down Schilthorn with the best people. Nevertheless, the running shoes and bike are already out for the spring, and evenings are spent running along rivers and to the lakes, and biking to nearby villages like Lauterbrunnen (have I already said how awesome it’s that this fairy village is less than an hour bike ride away?).

    At this point, it’quite pointless to point out (not many posts the past months…) that the official winter season (it’s called spring skiing now) was an intensive rollercoaster of feelings and work and weekend adventures. Eat, drink, sleep, work, ski, repeat. Days, weeks and months passed, and mostly it was the simple survival mode which kept me going. And even though many stories were born, only a few of them were written down, and some never realised; because I always thought (wrongly) that I’d have time later on…

    DREAM TOUR OF THE SEASON

    I’ve even forgotten to publish these pics from an awesome trip in February; from a tour which I thought was just the beginning. But then the life and incredibly warm spring happened and this might have been the last big tour of the season. Nevertheless, it was awesome and something to tell to the future grandchildren (disclaimer: these winter trips weren’t “how I met your father”, but quite close still...)

    That day, we stayed up until the lifts closed, and boot packed the extra meters to get the best seats for sunset. After some tea and chocolate and hesitation, we skied down in the dark, only light coming from our headlamps and stars. Then down in the valley, we were the last customers at Busstop, and had the most chilled after ski ever, just two skiers, a beer, a silhouette of the magnificent Eiger, a fire and the stars above. A dream tour, definitely.

    And yes I know how romantic this sounds. I don’t normally do cute, but oh boy Switzerland, mountains and some people have made me quite a romantic this past year.

    Tiina Kivelä

    LIFE IS LIKE A ROLLERCOASTER

    After that weekend, weeks went like a roller coaster ride though. But finally the storm has calmed and there’s even time for free writing and reflecting on what has really happened and what have I learned. In an example, I’ve realised that it’s better to feel the fear and do it anyway, rather than settle on something which does not feel good enough.

    The days like this have felt good. I’ve been scared. My heart has been beating. But I’ve felt good, especially afterwards. It’s like with travelling and running; you think you can’t make it until you make it, and many times you even realise that you can go even further. Maybe one day I climb that Eiger even. Or Mönch. Or at least Jungfrau, which I see from my window (lucky girl). After all, I’ve also been to Verbier (about which and other trips some other time).

    You may fall, but you may also fly. As you never know what would have really happened, if you’d chosen differently.

    2017 Tiina Kivelä

    * Where: semi-secret spot above the Oberjoch lift, Skigebiet Grindelwald-First 

  • BLOG
  • 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