Sunday, March 18, 2018 Skiing Europe , Switzerland 2 Comments
Week 2 with ISM was the Ski Grand St. Bernard touring week… suggested as a followup to the Week 1 Ski Touring Skills class. Starting out week #2 with a clear morning and miles of visibility. We will travel down the Rhone Valley and take a right (south/southwest) to the Grand St. Bernard Pass…  our first destination. With great visibility from Le Grand Chalet in Leysin, we can just make out Mont Blanc… the white dome seen behind the saddle in the distance. At the tunnel en...
Sunday, March 18, 2018 Skiing Europe , Switzerland No comments
We recently spent 2 weeks in Switzerland with ISM – International School of Mountaineering – to learn, and practice, ski touring. Ski touring is “skiing across open country, walking uphill on skis as well as skiing downhill.” Ski touring generally involves the use of skins, which are placed underneath skis to help the skis grip, so that you can hike uphill on them. The fur-like surface of skins flattens as you move uphill, allowing your skis to glide, but it grips to k...
Sunday, January 21, 2018 Italy , Skiing Europe , Switzerland No comments
“13,000 Tourists Stranded in a Swiss Ski Resort for 2 Days” “Tourists airlifted out of Swiss ski resort of Zermatt” These are the headlines we woke up to in Zermatt, Switzerland last week, along with emails and Facebook messages from friends asking if we were okay. We had to laugh… yes, we were ‘stranded’ in a 4-star hotel, eating Swiss fondue, drinking wine, and watching the most epic snowfall we had ever been witness to in such a short period of ti...
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 Spain 2 Comments
And the hits just keep coming. Our last stop of this one-month, 50th Anniversary Extravaganza with Mom and Dad was Barcelona, Spain. It has been, and remains, one of our favorite cities. Mediterranean climate, wide boulevards, stunning architecture, tapas and Cava… what’s not to like?! We saw little to no evidence of the Catalonian Independence unrest, though it was definitely top-of-mind for people in the city. The city was hip, happening, clean, friendly and gorgeous. We hope th...
Sunday, October 08, 2017 Malta 2 Comments
This was our first visit to Malta, a country we knew little about, especially given how much there is to know! This post contains much more text that normal, as we found the rich history of Malta so fascinating. The nation of Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, specifically Tunisia and Libya. Malta’s location in the middle of the Mediterranean has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base, and a successi...