When the Winter weather decides to give you the cold-shoulder, and the snow begins to fall, sometimes there’s no other option than to grab your sleigh and make a day of it with some alternative activities!
If watching seasoned vacationers gracefully weaving their way through the slopes while you’re catapulting down the mountain doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, then why not slide into something different with these lesser known winter activities the next time you pay a visit to a snowy Switzerland?
Go on, hang up your skis and dust off your sense of adventure. A holiday is a perfect excuse to try something different, so why not consider..
Ah the toboggan, an old-timey pastime of children throughout the ages. Or is it? In Les Diablerets, the Morerod family are changing the way people view the humble sled.
You might recall a bright red plastic version if you ever used one as a child, but these are nowhere to be seen here.
In fact, along the Col-de-la-Croix the Morerod family don’t just make wooden toboggans, they make the best toboggans.
These are the self-proclaimed “Rolls Royce” of sleds, only 10-15 lovingly crafted kits are produced each year by hand in the family workshop. These sleds are made to feel more like a go-kart and they handle the corners spectacularly!
The sled run nearby is actually a road in the summertime, but once the icy blanket of winter descends onto the asphalt the sleds take over!
This run is seven kilometres long and winds down through the valley from Les Diablerets to the village below
There are various tracks you can choose from all around Switzerland in alpine towns such as Engelberg, Lucerne, and Grindelwald.
But we forgot to mention the most exciting part…
A NIGHT RIDE!
That’s right, strap on your head torch and put on every layer of clothing in your suitcase. You can ride these tobogganing tracks in the dead of night for a thrill like no other.
But don’t fret, there are plenty of runs that operate during the day as well for a truly glorious sightseeing experience in the mountains.
Let’s face it, you can’t go to Switzerland without trying some of their iconically delicious food!
Before you set out on your icy adventure make sure you stock up on hearty winter treats like gruyere fondue and a generous serving of Rosti.
If sledding isn’t your thing you may want to simply explore the tastes of Switzerland that come to the surface in winter. This is when Swiss food really shines as it’s based on hearty fare that would keep alpine workers full of energy. Plus, it’s also delicious.
IS SHOPPING A SPORT?
If you want to keep your feet firmly on the ground, why not visit a Swiss watch shop?
After all, they did invent them. Or perhaps you’d like to invest in a Swiss Army Knife? Make sure you get a green coloured one – they are only available in Swiss shops. And if nothing else, make sure you invest in (and then eat!) as much Swiss chocolate as possible.
Find some fantastic experiences at myswitzerland.com/winter for your winter trip to help you get planning!