Hiking in the snow?
Well if you have not figured it out yet from my last post, I am not the “hiker” that some people are, but I am slow and steady. I will get to my destination, it just takes me a bit longer. Whitney, on the other hand, is in fine physical form and has hiking down to a science. She told me that she has been hiking since she was a little girl with her parents. I guess have a few years to catch up with her.
We took the cable car up to Maennlichen. This was quick and fun. Click on this link to read about the cable car and its hours.
You get a discount with the Swiss Rail pass… get one! We got lucky and bought our ticket and caught the next car up! So much fun. I know many people do this a lot, but when you come from the land of cars, trucks and so much flat land, taking a cable car turns you into a little child even for a few minutes.
We decided to take the Panoramaweg trail. The snow just made it like icing on a cake. This hike started from Männlichen. As you can see the snow with the sun shining was just awesome! We hiked from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg and took the train back to Wengen. The views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau and Silberhorn were incredible. It should have taken about an hour and a half, but I am slow and steady so more like two hours. Anyhow, I stopped to take pictures along the way and had to walk slowly in some spots due to melting snow.
We were dressed for the occasion and ready to go! Let’s talk about the dressing part.
- Wear the right shoes for Pete’s sake!
- Plan for weather change on a dime
- Check the weather before you leave and expect it to change (did I just mention weather change)?
- The mountains have a mind of their own and they do what they want!
- Don’t put yourself in danger for that “selfie”
- Detach from social media for a while and just enjoy what you are doing, embracing nature
This might look like a big hike, but in the world of hikes, nope. Not even. I was on this trail with little children that looked as young as 3 years old. It was awesome to see mom and dad or one of each hiking with their kids. What a beautiful treasure to share with your children.
I hope you enjoyed the hike, the snow, and the fun. Switzerland is an amazing country and I can’t believe it was just the “icing” on the cake that we touched.
As always, comments or corrections are appreciated!
Bis bald wieder!