Scenes from the Alps


Caution lumberjacks

You have to love Swiss skiing. While on-piste, the ski patrollers ensure

A pretty typical Swiss scene

that each skier is fully safe. Even trees in the middle of the pistes are padded. Each run is lined on either side with painted poles. Once off the piste, however, the signs disappear. You wouldn’t want to wander too far off the piste in a white out.

4 Wheel Drive may be required

You might fall off a cliff, or you could end up in a mogul field with twenty-foot troughs or, even worse, you could even encounter a lumberjack.

And the dangers don’t end once back in the parking lot. The roads around here are windy and the drivers are aggressive. Sometimes they might even be a tad bit over-confident.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if John and I simply never leave. This place is just a little too good to be true.

6 responses »

  1. When I was in Europe for a few years there was a saying about German, Austrian, and Swiss drivers concerning their agressivness; “Defensive driving for them is not letting the other guy pass”. Sounds like that still holds true today. Having said that however, if you have a good high performance car, driving over there is a hoot.

    • Thanks Linda. It took me a moment to understand the sign. It was posted at the top of the ski area where there are no trees in sight. I might have to do a post with photos of all the crazy signs I’ve seen here. Either that or make a collage for my fridge.

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