Skier’s Box of Chocolates


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Ski trips are a gamble. You can map out every detail from lodging to ski terrain, but Mother Nature has the last say. Will you have sun or snow, wind, powder or warm spring conditions – or all of the above? It’s like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get. I am skiing in Switzerland in an unusual high pressure system, giving us glorious sunshine, 40F, with midwinter skiing at the high alpine summits and soft spring snow at the base. I packed too many handwarmers and not enough sunscreen.

Meanwhile, I see Snow Storm Vulcan veering up the East coast about to dump another wintry mix on New England and potentially two plus feet of powder in central Vermont and Northern Maine.

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Impressive that the Weather Channel has blazed through their alphabetic names to V by mid-March. Might we exceed 26 snow storms this season? That would be a skiers’ delight for sure, setting up excellent conditions for the remainder of the ski season in New England.

Here in Switzerland, we have skied amazingly long scenic descents, off a 9,000’ glacier at Gstaad, to adventurous drops from the James Bond famous Piz Gloria at Schilthorn in The Jungfrau, even skied the Lauberhorn Downhill where Bode Miller won Gold in 2012 and the slalom course in Wengen where Ted Ligety seized Super Combined Gold this January. Skiing off the 10,000’ Titlis Glacier in Engelberg today was epic.

That’s my box of chocolates, the Swiss kind, fondue too. Tomorrow I hope to be able to return home in the middle of a snowstorm, and not have too much snow in my driveway – funny, kind of.

If you haven’t gotten your box of chocolates this month, you may need to skip work for powder flu later this week.

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See you on the slopes. Photos of Gstaad and Engleberg Switzerland by Greg Burke

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