A new life at 67.Can a woman start all over again?

It snowed here last night,and this morning there is four centimeters of light snow on the last of the summer roses.

This is when we definitely know Autumn has gone and it is time for the thoughts of the Swiss in a certain age bracket to be centred on one thing, Winter Sport.

This love of snow starts at an early age. Babies who can barely sit in a push chair are parcelled on to a “Davoser”and to their usual delight pulled through the snow masses . Later they get to slide down the next hills on them .

Midday meals will be late or burnt at the weekend because Mum and Dad have to watch the televised ski races,at least until all the top placed Austrians are down.

Children will be given skis for Christmas with the idea if they can walk they can ski.

Newspapers will be full of pictures and articles on the Ski Stars, and answers to why our neighbours won again.

At weekends roads to the mountains will have traffic jams miles long,and in January the mass exodus will begin with the two week school sports holiday,which depending on where you live goes on till March.

Mountain sport is an expensive business,especially with growing children. Nothing fits from one season to another,and skis and boots have to be continually exchanged.

In large families the” hand-me-down ” principle works. Most areas organise Sport Banks where you can bring unwanted clothes and equipment and usually find bargains for the coming winter.

Schools organise Ski Camps in the mountains for children who can’t for some reason have winter holidays with their parents. There is hardly a Swiss child that cannot ski,or at least snow board.

In the south of England we hardly had snow in Winter,and if we did there was total chaos everywhere so I grew up with the idea it was just nice to have at Christmas.

Then I settled down in Switzerland.

My attitude to snow had to change, and I soon saw that you can’t beat them so you had better join them.

I will keep you posted on how I suffered .


Comments on: "Snow and Sports in Switzerland" (7)

  1. I love snow. As a New Englander I suppose I had better. Not a lot of snow, mind you, but just enough to give everything that Christmasy look.

    Nice post!


  2. Ah, I miss it. Two days ago we had double diget temperatures over hear and I can’t wait for the first snow.

    Thanks for that nice travel back in memory. And I hope all children appreciate the financial burden their parents carry to get them skiing every winter.

  3. Hi smith,
    I love to look at it too,but if only it didn’t have to come so cold.

  4. Hi Spaz,
    Paying for clothes and equipment wouldn’t be so bad,but it’s the Schnipo with ketchup that ruin you.
    It was minus 25C in St Moritz yesterday,don’t wish for that.

  5. The snows are getting less and less here in England. I miss it. I’m jealous.

  6. Hi Anthony,
    No need to be jealous.Looking at it is one thing,living with it something else. Although we are only 600meters up,we are continually clearing masses of snow from path and driveway in Winter before we can go anywhere.Our house is on a hill which tends to make life rather exciting too,you are never quite sure whether you will make it up or down.

  7. What’s up?. Thanks for the info. I’ve been digging around for info, but i think i’m getting lost!. Google lead me here – good for you i guess! Keep up the good work. I will be coming back over here in a few days to see if there is any more info.

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