Just stepping outside

The weather websites which promised really poor weather today were correct entirely.  Some time overnight, a storm rolled in.  This morning, the chalet was lost in cloud and swirling snow.  Still though there was skiing to be done.  The Jungfrau Region website confirmed that some lifts were open and at 9.00am I left the chalet. I felt a little like Titus Oates, just stepping outside into a raging blizzard.

Up on the high street though, there were plenty of skiers about.  The 9.46am train to Scheidegg was standing room only.

              Wengen in the distance

At the top, it was still snowing hard and very windy, but against the odds the mountain was opening up.  By the time I had skied the Arven red, the Honegg and Eigernordwand lifts were both working.  Gummi lift had also started, so Mannlichen must have been up and running as well.

With so many people here for the half term holidays, it was a magnificent effort by the lift companies to have, I think, everything open by mid-morning.  It was never busy, once the trainloads of skiers had spread out across the mountain.  Skiing was tricky at times, but all in all, it was a good day for those who did step outside.

Heavy snow and strong winds allowed 8,047 vertical metres in 24 lift rides and 45 kilometres travelled.

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