What about the skibum50plus in Wengen

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Now we have been in Wengen in a little more than two months with Alpine skiing almost every day. How does the body react and what are the major differences between being on a week’s skiing holiday and to work at a ski resort where skiing is of course an important part of life regardless of what you are working with? We start by talking about our vision a story that can be told over and over again. We were on ski holiday in Wengen in 2015, a year dedicated to skiing where we visited five ski resorts in the winter. In the dining room on the hotel Schönegg we juggled thoughts and questions about our experiences.

The first was the big difference in terms of ages of people you met on the ski slopes in Switzerland over Sweden. It may at first glance fool to believe that this phenomenon has to do with an older crowd chooses to go to Switzerland, which is both right and wrong. It is rather a combination of the older people who come to maturity have higher demands on the quality and experience and have a better understanding of the fact that you get what you pay for. The second is that sports in the alp districts are not limited by age.

Back home in Sweden, we look at aging in a completely different way that many times restricts both our activity when it comes to outdoor activities and sports, but also professional. Then, of course, plays into the traditions and the Alpine tradition goes in a more distinct way from generation to generation in these alpine areas. Skiing is a part off life simply. But some visible changes in Sweden can be seen. When it comes to career, it has become easier for such 50 year olds to get work or dare to change jobs. Health is also more in focus and when it comes to life on the slopes the Stenmark generation breaks pattern by continuing there practice, develop their skiing even when they crossed 50 years of age.

skibum50plus yes name fell on our lips during this dinner at Schönegg, when I was 49 and my partner 53. We first decided that we wanted to invest a year just to go skiing one season and blog about our experiences, we wanted to ski bum something we never done during our youth. Were we too old was also a question we asked ourselves but quickly agreed that age is more a feeling than a limiting fact. To the extent that the body naturally has different conditions than before, it is about adapting to the task. We started our project and skibum50plus name is the name of us. Soon people contacted us and thought the idea was appealing and was wondering if they could participate in our ski experiences. Then the skibum50plus Exclusive Club was born, we have put together offers to members and where are meeting up and take care of the members on location.

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The ski resort we chose for many reasons was Wengen, Switzerland with its solid alpine history, where the first rules for alpine racing was developed in the late 1920s. The resort is snow safe, traffic-free and the Alps best skiing according to several statements from the ski athletes, including Swedish. Many of those working in Wengen with the Alpine tourism activity has for generations deep knowledge of skiing, the maintenance of the slopes, equipment and experience of alpine skiing as organizers and participants in the world’s most famous racing contexts, the Lauberhorn Rennen which is an institution of the alpine world. Here the food is high quality, here you can stay right in the village and quickly get up to the skiing unlike many other ski resorts. Wengen is quiet and pleasant and offer worthy apres ski in the classical sense where the subsequent dinner is the key to give tomorrow’s skiing the time it deserves in these wonderful slopes.

How have our bodies been affected by this intense skiing. Yes the life we ​​are living here is simple in a little staff room at one of our partners Sunstar Alpine Hotel, directly next to the gondola that takes you directly up to the skiing. In the room we live mostly of noodles that we prepare with the help of our kettle. We have a refrigerator which we fill with lettuce, Swiss cheese and salami. We also have food stamps that allows us to eat with the hotel’s staff canteen. Mostly we fall asleep in our bed after exhausting but great skiing. Pain in the joints, muscles and spines are commonplace but has started to slow now and exchanged to more trained bodies. Among the highlights is when we have guests, it’s great to get to know new people but also to see other people’s joy in meeting like-minded.

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Mera snö! – More snow in Wengen

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I dag blev det ingen skidåkning. Dåliga siktförhållanden på berget och utanför fönstret faller snön, härligt! Då blev det en innedag med fantastiskt goda nudlar till lunch. Det är så här vi lever nu primitivt men gemytligt mellan varven. Lauberhornrennen rycker närmare, i går såg vi de välkända norska jackorna med Telenor loggan utanför Coop, världscupsbyn är rest och funktionärsjackor syns överallt på bygatan. Nu skall vi gå och boka klassisk massage på Victoria Lauberhorn spa några meter härifrån.

No skiing today. Bad visibility on the mountain and outside our window the snow is falling, we just love it! So this day was made for inside activities as making marvelous noodles for lunch. This is our way of living just now, cosy in a ski bum way. The Lauberhornrennen is getting closer and yesterday we saw the well known Norwegian jackets with their Telenor logos on the front. The world cup village is also in plays and we also noted a lot of volunteers walking the Dorfstrasse. Now we are going to the Victoria Lauberhorn spa to book some massage treatment a few meters from here.

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Vem vill ha snö nu/ who wants snow now

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Värmebölja i Sverige och Europa! vem tänker på snö eller alpin skidåkning nu? Vi gör det och många med oss, tro det eller ej.

Vart kan du då hitta detta vita guld?
Vi har ju valt ut Zermatt i Schweiz som vårt resmål.
Fakta Zermatt:
Högsta åkhöjd 3800möh
Fallhöjd 1000 m
Antal liftar 7 (under sommaren)
Säsong året runt.
Andra skidorter för sommarskidåkning är:

Stryn, Norge, Mount Hutt, Nya Zeeland, Saas-Fee Schweiz, Mount Hood, USA, Las Lênas, Argentina, Portillo, Chile.
Pressing heat over Sweden and Europe. Who is thinking about snow and alpine skiing now? We do and a lot of other people, believe it or not. So were to find this withe gold?
We have as we told before chosen Zermatt in Switzerland for our summer skiing.
Facts:
Highest skiing altitude 3800 meters
Highest vertical drop 1000 meters
Lifts 7 during the summer
Season all year around

Other skiing resorts with summer skiing.
Stryn in Norway, Mount Hutt, New Zeeland, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Mount Hood, USA, Las Lênas, Argentina, Portillo, Chile

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Räknar dagarna/ counting the days

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28 dagar kvar till vår road trip till Schweiz. Snart dags att förbereda både oss och utrustningen inför detta äventyr.
I morgon bär det åter upp till Edsbyn och arbetet med björnarna och vårt wild life watching ”projekt” med en större satsning under 2016 på sidan om vårt vinter och skidprojekt. Detta i det södra kärnområdet för den svenska Björnstammen.

28 days remaining to our road trip to Switzerland. Soon time for us to prepare us and the gear for the up coming adventure.
To morrow returning to the bear habitat in Edsbyn and our wildlife watching project which is a project that runs on the side of our winter and skiing project and will develop under 2016.

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Tankar på ett hotellrum/ Thougts on a hotel room

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Sitter på anrika Edsbyns hotell i Hälsingland och arbetar med våra recensioner av Wengen och Björkliden samt det index vi arbetat fram. I dag har jag avnjutit en fantastisk lunch på Edsbyns hotell med chokladmousse och grädde till efterrätt samt syltfyllda mördegskakor och gott kaffe.

Genuina svenska smaker av både husmanskost och dessert.
Det är många tankar som far i mitt och våra huvuden just nu. Personligen så är förväntningarna på mitt livs första sommarskidåkning stora även om de kantas av att vissa vill skriva ned denna företeelse som överdrivet varm och fylld av tung blöt snö och gigantiska iskristaller som en gång haft karaktären av en snöstjärna. Nu har också Malin konstaterat att vår senare vistelse i Wengen endast ligger ca 6 h från vindistriktet Champagne så nu lär detta avrunda vår spännande road trip.

Sitting at the ancient Edsbyn hotel in Hälsingland, Sweden, working with our review and index concerning Wengen and Björkliden. To day i have enjoyed a marvelous lunch at Edsbyn hotel with chocolate mousse with cream and nice cookies with jam to my coffee. Genuine Swedish flavors of domestic food and dessert. Its a lot of thoughts going through my and my partners minds right now.

Personally my expectations are indeed high considering this is my first summer skiing ever, even if peoples small talk about overwhelming temperatures, wet snow and gigantic ice crystals with a past history as a nice snow star are rising a round me. To be added to this, Malin have started to point at the fact that our final staying in Wengen is just 6 ours from the wine district Champagne in France. So i suspect this now is included in our road trip.

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