What a nice surprise to arrive in Switzerland and find they are having an amazing snow year too. Mid February ski conditions in April after a second great snow year in a row, according to our hotelier Martin Müller, at The Parkhotel Bellevue in the delightful Swiss village of Adelboden. Greg had checked the webcams and snow reports for Adelboden Ski Area prior to our trip, there was little news of so much snow or intel about their extraordinary conditions.
Never heard of Adelboden? Well, Bode Miller won a World Cup here in 2002 and they still love him (and Americans skiers) here.
On our first day in Switzerland, we skied midwinter snow, deep coverage at Adelboden - Lenk, with the bonus of April sunshine at 7,217’. We lunched outside at the slopeside chalet Chumi Hutte, enjoying Swiss raclette and beer, between our 27 soft snowy runs above tree line with spectacular Alps surrounding us.
Adelboden is in the heart of the Bernese Oberland Alps, a two hour train ride from Zurich. Adelboden Lenk is vast, one of the largest in Switzerland, with over 210 km of prepared slopes (that’s groomed to Europeans) served by 72 modern cable cars and lifts, plus limitless off piste stretching across several towns in five separate ski areas. Just thought you’d want to know – the Swiss Alps have plenty of snow!
Adelboden Switzerland Photo by Greg Burke, above - our hotel room deck at Parkhotel Bellevue
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.