Sledding in the Swiss Alps!

Yesterday…

My study abroad program organized an optional day trip – skiing/sledding on the Alps in Switzerland! I went hiking and sledding with about 20 other people, while around 10 others (who already had some experience!) opted to ski or snowboard. There was something amazing to do there for everyone!

It was an early morning and a 3 hour bus ride to Grindelwald, a town in the midst of the Alps….

Grindelwald

Once we arrived, those of us who were sledding took another 30 min bus ride up one of the mountains. From there, we continued up with a hike for about an hour! It was a good workout, and we got pretty hot despite the snow and altitude!

uphill.

Both hiking up and sledding back down were filled with the most amazing views….
the swiss alps.sun and snow.

It was unreal! And after sledding back down the hiking route, we got to keep sledding for most of the rest of the way down the mountain…. a 5 mile course!

downhill.

This place is home to the longest sledding route in Europe, and it was the most snow I’d ever seen in my life!

And! I found a little bit of Atlanta in Switzerland….

atlanta in switzerland.

: )

It was a great weekend! Sledding in the Swiss Alps was one of the most fun things ever, and everybody had a blast! : D

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53 Responses to “Sledding in the Swiss Alps!”

  1. Now THAT looks like fun.

    Thanks for the vicarious escape. Of course, if I had gone IRL, I undoubtedly would have come home with broken bones…
    ;)

  2. What beautiful pictures! Sledding in the Alps sounds just my speed…never tried skiing! ;) Sledding is more than fun enough. Thanks for the post!

  3. great photos!! I really miss Switzerland

  4. nice work…youve made me entirely regret not going abroad…looks like really tough work ;)

  5. I love these pictures! I haven’t been to the Alps (though have been to Switzerland). It reminds me of Leavenworth Washington, a Bavarian themed town in the Cascade Mountains.

  6. looks amazing out in that mountain and it doesnt even look cold up there. never been skiing but i do like snowboarding. looks like a lot of fun

  7. Looks amazing! I’ve been to lucerne and I really miss the place!

  8. That looks like SO MUCH FUN! ;)

  9. Wow!! What a great abroad experience…I can’t imagine sledding for five miles straight! You must have had a blast! Great post and pictures :)

  10. 5 miles of sledding? That sounds like such a blast. Gorgeous views. I went to Switzerland when I was 8, but my memory is a bit fuzzy about all of the places I saw. I wish I had been able to sled then!

  11. Great post and pics. Congrats on FP

  12. I went sking and sledding in Grindelwald back in mid 1990′s. I rode the old train. The sledding is awesome! At the time, I was vegtarian. One of the hotels that I ate at one night (name forgotten and my stuff is in storage)didn’t have naything vegetarian on the menu. But the chef was very pleasant and acommodating and prepared an excellent plate of yumminess.
    I spent two weeks train hopping the country. It was the best time ever and every one was so kind and helpful.

  13. That sledding route sounds amazing and looks like much fun!!! Lucky you… sledding there is Switzerland… I’m sitting in miserable rain in London….

  14. Those photos are breath-taking. I’m sure it was even more in person! What an opportunity. I’m currently studying abroad in Jerusalem, Israel and this makes me miss the snow! All we get here is rain in the winter :D
    http://streetsandstripes.blogspot.com/

  15. Beautiful place Switzerland is! I spent NYE 2010 in Bern. It was fabulous. Your pics bring back great memories. Thanks for sharing.

  16. So I was just logging in on the wordpress home page and what do I see but this post featured under travel! you’re like, famous!

  17. So jealous! Studying abroad is the BEST! I was abroad last year and miss it every day. Take it all in. Great photos!

  18. Kate!! You are Freshly Pressed! So now that autograph in my 8th grade yearbook is probably worth, like, twelve grand, right? ;)

  19. Stunning pictures! Looks like a wonderful trip. Thank you so much for sharing. Congrats of FP!

  20. Wow I am completely jealous I would love to go sledding in the Alps.

  21. That looks and seems awesome! I can’t ski or snowboard, sledding is such a great alternative for having some good fun out in the snow on the mountains and on the Swiss Alps it must have made it that much more fun! Congrats on the FP!

  22. What a great experience and awesome view. I wish I had that much courage!

  23. The first picture of the mountains themselves is very impressive! Thanks for sharing!

  24. I like your photos. Beautiful!

  25. I visited Grindelwald and Wengen in the Lauterbrunen (sp) Valley in the summer of 2008. The mountains in the summer are still snow capped and beautiful. That is the most beautiful place I have ever laid eyes on. Glad you are enjoying it.

  26. I LOVE the Swiss Alps. Used to ski there all the time. Thanks for this post and for the beautiful pictures.

    Rita Elizabeth

  27. I really like the first pic. I used to sled as a kid and recall the long walks to and from the hill. What fabulous exercise and clean air cities had 50-years ago. As an adult I moved to the country and slid down the hill at the back of our house in winter. Thanks. Always wanted to visit the Alps in any season.

  28. I’ve been to Grindelwald in the summer, but never in winter. Sledding looks like so much fun, must go back and try this!

  29. Beautiful pictures! You were lucky to have such a sunny day in the alps! Was it scary sledding down so far? And what a surprise to discover “Atlanta” in the Alps. Now, those are the Highlands!

  30. Fun!
    I was just visiting Wengen a few weeks ago & made it down to Grindelwald as well – gorgeous region up there (my own pics on my blog as well)! I spent my time snowboarding but the sledding looked like a blast! Kinda bummed I didn’t find the time to give it a go, but as I currently live in a desert I felt obligated to give snowboarding every spare sec I had! Next time!

  31. I like the photos very much.. Wichan Jaruensook

  32. I was there YEARS ago with my boyfriend at the time- what a fun place! Thanks for posting such pretty photos and enjoy the rest of your trip :)

  33. I want to be back in the alps!
    do they have deckchairs on the slopes in Switzerland like they do in France? http://eyeswidedigital.blogspot.com

  34. All of the sudden, sledding on the tiny slope created by plows in our suburban driveway doesn’t seem as exciting, LOL.

  35. Considering the fact that I have been sledding, skiing and snowboarding on the Alps, I know how exciting and thrilling it is. I also wound up sweating like a pig by the end of the exercise, and actually had to wind up removing some of my layers and layers of warm clothes, but not my gloves, even though my hands were boiling. The ski instructor warned me that if I even tried to remove my gloves, he wouldn’t take me on again! PFFT.
    Great pictures, and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!
    Ashley, aka TheEverydayMuser
    http://www.theeverydaymuser.wordpress.com

  36. Wow! I wanna visit this place……

  37. WOW…the pictures look like they are from a postcard. So Cool! -thank you

  38. great stuff wish we had those over in beijing..

  39. Wow! Sounds beautiful!
    When we visited Grindelwald, we just ate a a little cafe. I wanted to go that place only because of its name The Harry Potter connection, you see!

  40. Pics are beautiful! Im living in Korea at the moment and was really missing the European winter and beautiful mountains. We get tonnes of snow here but it comes with sub zero temperatures that sometimes drop to -25′c brrrrr, One good thing is the winter sports, from sledding to skating to skiing, Koreans sure know how to make the most out of winter!!

    http://janetnewenham.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/snowing-faster-than-an-irishman-drinks/

  41. That is SO cool! And now on my list of things to do one day. :)
    Did you get sunburned at all?

    http://tehcatspajamas.wordpress.com/

  42. what a great experience thats awesome.
    the photos are extroardinary that must be an unforgetting site

  43. Breath-taking snaps, wow!! what a wonderful trip.
    Thanks for sharing it.

    Vanimator
    http://www.vanimator.com

  44. I love these pictures! I haven’t been to the Alps (though have been to Switzerland). It reminds me of Leavenworth Washington, a Bavarian themed town in the Cascade Mountains.

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