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  • Some Skiing & Skier’s Dinner In Ski Lodge Engelberg

    Spannort Tiina Kivelä Photography

    It’s been an interesting winter in Swiss Alps. Or may I say bad, very bad.

    Not just for the poor conditions for cool fluffy powder turns, long scenic langlauf  tours and the pics (after all, I wanted to shoot more skiing and pretty snowy landscapes more than ever this winter) . It also makes me sad how bad this is in general for the environment, for the lifestyle we many so much love, and the livelihoods of these cute little villages in the heart of the marvellous Alps.

    Also the February, normally the last proper winter month in the Swiss Alps, hasn’t been this year even close to this excellence in Davos year ago (or maybe in Graubünden it’s been, who knows).

    Luckily there has been few good ski days, enough snow and cold days for few powder turns and even once the 11km talloipe open for good sunny (and full moon) skating style xc skiing. And more than else it makes me happy that the ski towns like Engelberg have so much good stuff to offer even on a bad winter (which is gonna be the norm in the future I am afraid).

    There are good cafés and bars to hang in, bakeries to buy excellent bread and other daily carbs, shops selling exactly what one needs (though not much extra, for which one is happy for the sustainable webshops especially), the Kloster Engelberg (celebrating it’s 900 year birthday in 2020!) and the restaurants.

    And while my heart (and tummy) always have a special place for the authentic mountain restaurants, ski huts and even the local Sporting Park pizza (who knows, knows), the Skier’s Dinner in Brasserie Konrad (Ski Lodge Engelberg) always deserves a extra mention when speaking of Engelberg restaurants. Especially on a week like this.

    It was a rainy warm evening this Monday, following way too warm (for February) xc skiing loops. But the food and athmosphere in the dinner (this time set up for locals) really made one feel that after all, it’s very good with just some excellent Swiss wine and three course menu close to perfection, enjoyed around big table with some good friends and lovers. Laughing and living.

    And of course, talking of this winter…

    Brunni Engelberg Freeskiing

    Brunni Engelberg Vapaalasku

    Ski Lodge Engelberg

     


    Where:

    Gross & Chli Spannort

     skiing Brunni (Brunnibahn)

    cross-country skiing schanzenloipe (Sporting Park)

    Skier’s Dinner Brasserie Konrad, Ski Lodge (during main ski season every night)

    Engelberg, 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.