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    Engelberg Talloipe Langlauf

    Here and there I have now heard nordic skiing (or cross-country skiing or langlauf or hiihto) is the coolest winter sport. Even many of the cooler than cool free skier stars are doing it!

    And in general as an endurance sport, nordic skiing is even cooler than trailrunning and triathlon, which kinda try too much to be cool and popular (sorry, I guess I just aren’t old enough). And which can be done and for which one can train almost anywhere on the planet, almost any time of the year.

    Different is nordic skiing, which requires cold, snow, prepared tracks (especially the skating version) and good profiles for those tracks. Not too flat, not too steep hilly and definitely not too urban. And luckily this poor winter again, from time to time, one has been able to find all this in Engelberg too, making it kind of ok place to live and visit (just less than 2h from Zürich, wink wink) for nordic skier as well.

    And of course, in good and bad, nordic skiing requires skills and endurance. Although that is best learned and gained by doing it. So hop of to the tracks, if you have any close by. (But take a technique course first, if you aren’t born nordic with compulsory nordic skiing classes at school.)

    The cool Maloja clothing and Kästle skis (btw, did you know Kästle is making Nordic skis again, and they look pretty nice, which is not default in nordic ski design, unfortunately) are obligatory, as well as company. Gang shreds suit nordic skiing too, but for me this works best as active meditation and time in nature with me, myself and I.

    Eh and after nordic skiing, sauna is almost compulsory. So don’t forget it before the traditional aprés beers and well deserved raclette. Your muscles will thank you.

    (Psst. From Engelberg  I have found a decent enough Finnish sauna with reasonable price in Titlis Resort and for a bit more extra sauna and spa you may find in Eienwäldli, a bit out of the town by the talloipe in these pics).

    Talloipe Engelberg Langlauf

    Talloipe Engelberg Nordic Skiing

    Engelberg Talloipe Langlauf


    Where: Talloipe, Engelberg Switzerland (current conditions & langlaufinfo here)

  • Nordic Skiing
  • Skiing Is Great

    Engelberg November 2019

    Eat ski (both alpine and nordic) work sleep repeat.

    Greetings from Engelberg. Winter is on. Skiing is great. After ski’s explosive. Sharks are nasty. Nordic skiing’s the best. Skis are old and slow. Girls are young and fast.

    Bye!

    Engelberg Alpine Skiing

    Engelberg Alpine Skiing

    Engelberg Alpine Skiing

    Nordi Skiing Engelberg

    Tiina Kivelä Skiing

     


    Where: Engelberg, 6390 Switzerland

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  • Engelbergertal In November

    One of my favourite books – Moominvalley in November * – includes a nice description of autumn/early winter mood. Which goes especially well with this November. And my own mood and hustling.

    Currently it’s windy – even a bit stormy (föhnsturm) – in the Engelbergertal (Engelberg valley). And I sit here writing, season’s first mug of glühwein in my hand. Before this, I have fixed a new job for the season. Secured few important things and supplies for the winter and the tiny home (Ikea mainly).

    Bought the first bottle of glühwein and other supplies for christmas bakings and parties. Created two new websites and planned some challenges and purely fun things for the ski season.  And studied german,  details of which I like not to talk so much of (because it’s hard).

    With the new snow, it looks like the mountains too have waken up from their summer hibernation to do something. And I have a feeling I am not the only one who wants to get it all done now – kind of a “working holiday” is the style for many this month – to be all set when the best conditions are here and the time to rock properly.

    (In Swiss destinations, many firms have the habit of holding the doors closed for betriebsferien, for few weeks or whole month in November (and something similar in spring). For some, it’s pure holiday, but for most it seems to be the time to do all the things one doesn’t have time for during the busy seasons, and to make sure all is set for the famous winter season in the Swiss Alps. Therefore, even though many doors keep closed this month, it’s lots of cling and clang going on in Engelbergertal as well. )

    Engelberg November 2019

    Engelberg Schwand 2019

    Engelberg Saint

    The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It’s a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you’ve got in as many supplies as you can. It’s nice to gather together everything you possess as close to you as possible, to store up your warmth and your thoughts and burrow yourself into a deep hole inside, a core of safety where you can defend what is important and precious and your very own. Then the cold and the storms and the darkness can do their worst. They can grope their way up the walls looking for a way in, but they won’t find one, everything is shut, and you sit inside, laughing in your warmth and your solitude, for you have had foresight.
    Tove Jansson, Moominvalley in November

    And when all my preparations are done, I will get into my biggest project of the season: Learning to ski. (And the German, but again let’s not talk much about that.). Because for once, I have enough flexible schedule for winter, many ski lifts just few minutes walk/bike from home, and (the best!) big challenging mountains, around which I wanna get more comfortable playing in many ways.

    It will be lots of technique, strength, skills and confidence to be learned and gained. (And many km’s on the Nordic skiing tracks as well, to keep it balanced and to comfort me that at least I know something well.)

    And I couldn’t be more happy to have this playground for it, the enough challenging, inclusive and inspiring.

    But first, one more mug of glühwein and ski service.


     

    Where: Engelberg, 6390 Switzerland

    * If you don’t know about Moominvalley and Tove Jansson, and especially the early cartoons and Moominvalley books, it’s time you google and find out.