Friday, December 28, 2007

Snowshoeing in Champsec


If you have never been to Champsec it is time to discover it now on snowshoes! They don't see the sun for 3 or 4 months so the snow is fluffy and the crystals are worth looking at. They felt like corn flakes under our 'raquettes'!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Verbier


Coco club opened and I took the partiers out on snowshoes!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Bois de Chênes


The forests of fall are so inviting! Although I am happy to go home and have a hot cup of tea infront of the fire too!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Snowshoeing in Verbier!


Verbier is an ideal place to snowshoe!
The views are magnificient and the trees are friendly spots with lots of animal tracks around! I am really lucky to have this as my back-yard. I hope you come and join me!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Fresh snow in Fionnay



Well it was one of those mornings - do we take the snowshoes or not? Of course since it had been snowing for over 10 hours you would think that we would have taken them...As it was a lazy Sunday we thought we were stronger than nature! It seems as though I have to do at least one outing like this each winter to make sure I know why I use snowshoes in the first place! Thanks for helping me guys! And I won't listen to you next time - yeah right!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Les Haudères - Lac Bleu



Another succesful Saturday fall walk! The lake was the perfect pic-nic spot and the trails were empty, except for us! We went a bit higher than expected, the path has been taken away by a landslide. But we made it back to the car just as it was getting dark (too early these days!!) and we got to see the sunset on the Dent Blanche!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Witepods at Les Giettes


Today I went and checked out a magical place to take you! In the winter you heat up your "pod" with a wood stove. Just like sleeping in an igloo, except that you have windows to check ou the view! And what a view! The spa is going to be open soon and I just can't wait to take advantage of it after a long walk in the area around the Portes du Soleil.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Shlerondes, Verbier



The first snowfall of the winter I just had to get out! I saw no one! But there were tons of animal tracks. These are squirel tracks - you don't often see them, they are so light! Amazing day! The sun was shining and the clouds were playing around down in the valley. I just love the changing seasons!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Col des Pauvres


What a fabulous morning we had walking up to the Col. Passing through the frozzzzzen valley of Nant we hiked below the majestic limestone vaudois Alpes. The sun was at the Col des Pauvres where we ate our pic-nic. We then followed the crazy ridge of colapsed mountain tops along the Pointe de Savolaires with the view of the Rhone Valley below us.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Pierre Avoi



What a day! We hiked up to the Chutte de Bisse and then up above the Marlenaz in Verbier to take advantage of the view from the Pierre Avoi. This is really a stupendous place to go, and I am always surprised how many people have not been up there!

97 kilos pumpkin


Can't wait to see how many truck loads of soup this is going to make! Yikes! If anyone is hungry, come on by! Or if you have any suggestions on how to prepare it!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Bisse d'Ayent



After starting off in gale force winds and a snow storm - we got back in the car and drove to a lower altitude for our walk! I have never seen white caps in a dam lake before... We ended up doing a superb walk between the resorts of Crans Montana and Anzère, with the sun! For all those who couldn't make it, you really missed something. And once again we saw no one until we got to the Bisse - what is it with walking in flat places with all the other sheep?!?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

La Brisolée - Fully


On Sunday we went down to Fully to savour the local tastes!
The tradition is to have wine, roasted chestnuts, cuts of dried meats, grapes and cheeses. Then we wandered around the sunny grapevines and the cute little village of Branson. Definitely was worth the food and the surroundings!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

L'Arpille



The first of the fall saturday outings was a fabulous success! We had the sun and views and plenty of time to pic-nic at the top! Yiiipeeee! And the best part was that all the other hikers in the region went on the other side of the valley. Ahhh, that is why one goes walking with me!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Dune de Pyla



This was an amazing trip, thanks to Andy MadMarmot Forrest!
I am still trying to get the sand out of everything. This Dune is unbeleivable! It is a kid's greatest dream - the biggest sand pile ever imagined! I definitely recommend this place to everyone. And don't miss out on the oysters! yum & fun!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Lac de Mauvoisin



A fabulous hike above the Mauvoisin dam, at the end of the Val de Bagnes. The lake color seemed so unreal that Nicole had to ask "have they put milk in the lake?" Ha-Ha-Ha! In Switzerland anything could be possible! Even the local police driving to check out how the local sheep are being treated at the end of the dirt road.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Combats des reines


Martigny had the cow fight in the Roman Amphitheatre. It was definitely worth going to see. The sound of the bells echos up to you as you have your raclette & fendant in the tribunes. If you feel that this is unjust for the cows, imagine what the Romans used to do here.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Corbeyères


On the way home I stopped in a little spot of heaven. I cannot wait to come snowshoeing here this winter. Not only is there this cute little place to have delicious tarts & cappucinos, but the view accross the valley to the Dents du Midi is spectacular as well as the view of lake Leman!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

petit vélan

What are you doing Saturday?

Every Saturday in October & November, starting on October 13, I am organizing walks.
Let me know if you want to join!
Special deal & places are limited!

Fall walks

Now is the time to get out and take advantage of the automnal beauties of nature.
The leaves are starting to change colors.
The animals are hiding because the hunters are out - but I know where to find them!
The air is crisp & clear - the views are amazing!
The sun is still warm.
If you are a photo amateur or like to paint this is an ideal time to join me for a walk.

Around Verbier, in the beautiful Val de Bagnes!

  • Schlerondes & La Chaux
  • Bisse du Levron
  • Ruinettes
  • Running race - tour du val de Bagnes
  • Lourtier to Grand Saint Bernard in 4 days
  • Bovernier
  • Picking blueberries

Monday, September 24, 2007

Verbier to the Mediterranean on foot!




To begin with, as soon as I finished my last Mountain Leader exam I left the front door key with the neighbors and walked from Verbier to the Mediterranean Sea! 30 days of walking! It was tougher than I expected!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Bisse du Levron - Verbier



A beautiful morning with some happy walkers from Minnesota USA.