Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas in St. Moritz

After having spent the night in Innsbruck, Austria, checking out the Christmas markets and enjoying a well-deserved nutella crepe and some gluweine, I left the following morning on a 6 hour train journey to St. Moritz, Switzerland. The last leg of the journey from Chur to St. Moritz was spectacular. I travelled on the infamous 'Glacier Express' train which through some amazing scenery... in particular the old stone bridges which cross the wide rivers. I am spending Christmas here with a friend from Australia, Julia.

(Chur to St. Moritz by train)

Yesterday we spent the day exploring the mountain. I've got a new pair of fatty's so it's exciting to get out there and free ski. There was a fair bit of untouched powder (as there always in in Europe, even weeks after it snows because the Euro's tend to just stick to the groomed runs). 

(Powder skiing with a view above Celerina / St. Moritz)

(Christmas Eve - the infamous Palace Hotel)

Today is Christmas day and the mountain is closed due to avalanche warning. It is absolutely puking with snow, so tomorrow could be a ripper. It's meant to be bluebird and no one will have been on the mountain for over a day and a half, so it could be the powder day of the year. Fingers crossed! So I think today is a day for scrabble inside and a nice long lunch...and afternoon hot chocolate.... and dinner... 

(Julia and I impressed with the size of the snowflakes on Christmas Day)