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“Stranded” in Zermatt, Switzerland

“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 time. Zermatt is a beautiful village tucked at the end of a box canyon in the Swiss Alps beneath […]

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Zermatt, one of our all-time favorites

The last stop on our Ski Europe adventure was Zermatt, Switzerland. Zermatt has been one of our all-time favorite places in both summer and fall; our first winter visit only deepened our love of this place. Dominated by the gracefully curved pyramid of the Matterhorn rising in its background, Zermatt has unsurpassed natural beauty combined with a charming, welcoming, and very special village. What makes it so special? First, you can’t actually drive to Zermatt (though we did once try to, in confusion, several years ago…). Zermatt is car-free (except for local electric taxis), lending to a quaint and romantic village, where walking […]

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Verbier and Engelberg in the Swiss Alps

Next up on our Ski Europe adventure…Verbier and Engelberg in the Swiss Alps. First, we drove from Les Trois Vallées to Verbier, Switzerland. We chose Verbier for a couple of reasons. 1) Like Les Trois Vallées, Verbier is covered for 5 days of skiing by Vail’s Epic Pass. 2) We had hiked in the Verbier area on the 3rd leg – the Haute Route – of our month of hiking in Switzerland in 2013, and thought it was beautiful. That also meant that there should be some trails for snowshoeing (as these are often hiking trails in the summer), and […]

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Méribel – Heart of Les 3 Vallées

Our second week in the French Alps was spent in Méribel in the heart of Les 3 Vallées. Our hotel, Alpen Ruitor, was situated in the small village of Méribel Mottaret, just up the valley from Méribel, with 3 lifts right out our back door. With 2 lift rides, we could ski Courchevel, Méribel, or Val Thorens. Every year, a group of friends, colleagues and former colleagues from Milliman meets up for a few days of skiing somewhere in the US or Canada. This year, the group fulfilled a long-time bucket list wish of taking the trip to Europe. We […]

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Les 3 Vallées – Courchevel

We spent our first week of skiing in Europe in Courchevel 1850, the main resort town of one of the three valleys in the Les 3 Vallées ski area in the French Alps. You can find it on the left-hand side of the ski run map below. Les 3 Vallées comprise the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires – Saint Martin, Val Thorens and Orelle, each with multiple villages. It is the world’s largest ski area linked together by ski runs and ski lifts, with 600 kms of interconnected slopes and 180 ski lifts. We skied a […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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