Today, Berharg, the run from the top of the Gummi chair to the Tschuggen lift, opened for the first time this season. It was a welcome return for this little used piste.

When the Idle Skiers sat down to breakfast this morning, it was still cloudy and snowing here in the lower part of the village. By the time I made it to the cable car, the sky was clearing a little. At Mannlichen, the sun had returned.

Mannlichen early in the day

After yesterday’s great skiing, it was another day of the same ilk. The pistes were as good as possible, squeaking under the skis in the continued cold weather. There were few people to enjoy the day. The ski schools were absent completely.

In the village, all shops but the supermarkets and the baker are closed. This week would see normally the slow dismantling of the infrastructure for the Lauberhorn and people arriving for the Inferno in Murren. Instead, the streets are empty of people.

A great ski day, eerily quiet though it was, brought 10,413 vertical metres in 22 lift rides and 56 kilometres travelled.

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