22.02.2015 - 25.02.2015 15 °F
33 hours. 4 planes. 2 trains. 2 buses. Finally made it to Verbier, Switzerland! We had dinner at a local restaurant called Restaurant. Real original. Being in Switzerland and the menu being entirely in French, we asked the waiter what the best local dish was in an attempt to embrace the culture. He recommended the Fondue, which Callie was clearly very excited about.
We were pleased with the waiter's choice, until we found out that it cost 50 francs for melted cheese and bread. Welcome to Switzerland, the most expensive country on God's green earth. After traveling for so long, sleep was much needed upon arrival. We clocked about 12 hours before we were able to take in the breathtaking view from our hotel.
Callie, Clint Crow and myself hit the slopes early on Monday. We skied all morning and stopped for lunch at a restaurant on top of the mountain with one of the best views on the entire mountain. Too bad it was a whiteout! It did make for great powder skiing though. Crow recommended the escargot as an appetizer, which was delicious. Then we had a couple of beers and pizzas before we finished off our afternoon on the mountain.
That night we had another Swiss dish called Raclette, which was another form of melted cheese with bread. I'm convinced those are the only two foods that the Swiss can make. Once again, victims of not being able to read the menu or understand our waiter's thick French accent. Nonetheless, it was still a tasty meal.
Callie decided not to ski on Tuesday so I skied all day with Clint and his 7 roommates, who were all seasoned ski instructors. They could shred the gnarly pow pow like I've never seen before, busting backflips and 360's like it was all in a day's work-- which it literally had been for the past 13 weeks. The heavy powder snow, the quality of the Swiss Alps and my squad of professional skiers made for some of the best skiing and the most fun I've ever had.
We finished the day at the local happy hour spot, Pub Mont Fort, where we met up with Callie and rehashed all of the great moments from our time on the mountain that day. After HH, Crow informed us that Tuesday is the night that all of the Verbier staff go out since everyone has the day off on Wednesday. The bars close at 2am and the clubs close at 4am in Switzerland. We had a shuttle leaving Verbier at 6:30 am to take us to the Geneva Airport for our flight to Prague the next day. Not wanting to miss out on anything during our short time in Switzerland and to continue hanging out with our new friends, our only option was--- an ALL NIGHTER. Following the lead of the locals, we drank Carlsberg and Jägerbombs at the bar until 2, danced our faces off at the club until 4, late night sandwich shop at 0430(clutch), bags packed by 0545, and were waiting on our shuttle by 0615 just in time to see the sun come up!
So long Switzerland, hello Prague!