I look always to take an upbeat view of skiing in Wengen. After all, as the tee shirt says, a bad day on the mountain is better than a good day in the office.
Today though, it is a struggle to think of that positive angle. The morning was grey, it was windy and just a few lifts were open. It sleeted again in the afternoon. When I caught the train early on (no cable car today), Scheidegg offered just Arven, with Bumps and Inner Wengen on the way home.
Mid morning though, Lauberhorn opened as well. The snow at the top was okay, so that is the the bright side for the day. It is not a winter paradise around here at the moment though. The whole Jungfrau region is looking sad and brown. The White Hare off piste run, under the face of the Eiger in the direction of Alpiglen, needs a new name just now.
On the way home, I took a diversion down the World Cup slalom run. It was full of moguls – to be expected I suppose – but also very narrow. The race organisers must have worked long and hard to prepare a piste at all.
It’s not in the top ten skiing days (or even the top one thousand), but a grey day in February brought 7,046 vertical metres in 25 lift rides and 39 kilometres travelled.