My summer time garments and sandals are packed away and the nights are getting longer, however I don’t really feel unhappy in regards to the passing of summer time. I can barely look ahead to the snowflakes to fall, the lifts to open and for the possibility to get again to the mountains.
Since my first snowboarding journey with faculty on the age of 14, I’ve been completely entranced by the mountains in winter. Certain, strolling alongside a seashore at sundown or lazing by a pool have their place, however someway nothing beats the pure thrill of the mountains in winter for me.
I find it irresistible all – the chilly, recent chunk of the air as I get out of a heat taxi or bus once I arrive in a resort. The cosiness of resort lobbies and bedrooms – whether or not they’re easy and trendy or cosy and conventional, all wooden and stone with furry throws. The massive icicles hanging from roofs, the twinkling fairylights within the streets and the bursts of laughter from eating places and bars the place persons are, in regular instances, having fun with themselves after a day on the slopes – I like each second.
After which there’s the primary descent of the season – that feeling of coming house, of being the place I must be. If I’m fortunate the solar shall be out, the sky shall be blue and the snow shall be recent. However even when it’s not, I’m nonetheless blissful to be right here.
In fact, there’s extra to the mountains than snowboarding and snowboarding. I’m trying ahead to tucking in to a scorching cheese fondue or a tasty raclette by an open hearth on a chilly day, or possibly a salad of native cheeses and charcuterie with an ice-cold beer on a terrace, beneath a blazing solar.
Typically I’ll ski with associates and we’ll take time to meet up with one another’s information on the lifts in between having fun with our favorite pistes and eating places collectively. Typically I’ll ski with household, bonding over an exercise we will all take pleasure in collectively. And different instances I’m blissful to ski alone, merely having fun with the independence and adrenaline of whizzing down the slopes and revelling within the mountain surroundings.
And whereas my principal purpose for being within the mountains is to ski, at times I’ll take trip to take pleasure in them otherwise. Maybe I would snowshoe alongside a quiet valley, watching eagles soar and shy marmots scurry out of the way in which. Possibly I’ll swim in a highly-heated outside pool or loosen up in a scorching tub because the snow falls.
If I’m feeling extra adventurous, maybe I’ll take pleasure in a journey in a sledge pulled by huskies, toboggan down an enormous slope and even fly above the skiers on a paraglider.
One factor is for sure – nonetheless I spend my days and nights within the mountains in winter, it at all times feels as if I’m coming house.
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