Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Snowy Affair

Do you love snow?

Do you love sports?

Do you love adventure and are not afraid to fall and break a nail (or maybe other things)?

If you answer "yes" to the above questions, you would probably enjoy what I did with a bunch of friends here.

A friend of mine had been wanting to go snow shoeing for quite some time and suggested that we pick a Saturday to do that in the nearby Jura mountains. She organized a group of six of us to do it in the Saint Cergue resort, which is about 30 minutes by car from Geneva. You can also take a small train from Nyon.

Off we went at 9am, loaded with sandwiches, fruits, juice and chocolates (that's right-food is always important!). We had to rent the snow shoes for 15 Swiss Francs (for the whole day) at a store in the village and then drove up to La Givrine, the starting point of the adventure. Our goal was to walk all the way up to a yurt where they were serving cheese fondue and other types of Swiss food.



It was so, so cold!!! When we started off, it was -15 degrees! I could feel that my fingers, toes and nose were all getting frozen! In such situations, you really need a lot of movement so that you don't really feel that cold. Our small group walked with our snow shoes, which I think look like ducks' beaks, and headed off in the direction of the yurt. In between, us girls got a bit hungry and we made two stops for fruits and croissants. Although the sky wasn't so clear, we could see the sun peaking through, and it gradually started to show itself in its entirety. That made it easier for us to walk and the cold didn't bother us so much anymore. After about 1hr 20mins, with a few snowball fights in between, we finally reached the yurt.



I really liked the yurt. It gave the area a Central Asian vibe. We were lucky to find a free spot inside, and were told that everything would be self-service. I didn't want to have cheese fondue, so I opted for a vegetable soup and a croute au fromage which is toasted bread baked with swiss cheese. As the yurt had opened only recently, I didn't find the organization to be very good, and we were left confused as to what was self-service and what wasn't. Those who chose to have the cheese fondue were told that they should make it from scratch at the table. That was so fun. We were provided with grated cheese, and we dumped it in the pot that was slowly heating up. It took a while for the cheese to melt, and we had to keep stirring it. An interesting tip provided by our Swiss friend was that you have to stir the cheese in the way you write "8". That's the way the Swiss do it, and you have to listen to the pros!

It was good fun eating in the yurt-definitely a unique experience. We finished off our cheesy meal with some nice chocolates and then headed back the same way to Saint Cergue.

Although I am not a fan of snow and winter sports (I am the type who enjoys looking at snow while being indoors), I must admit I had a lot of fun. Adventure. Check. Good food. Check. Great company. Check. What more could one ask for?!

I got home and went directly to bed. I needed some good ol' afternoon siesta!

If you do come to Switzerland and want to try another sport besides skiing, this is it! Do check the website though for other fun things to try, like Nordic skiing!

2 comments:

Yeti said...

I like snow and even more fresh snow... Hmmmm...

Sriram said...

That's a lot of cheese you have there !!! Where is the mouse ;-) Enjoy the snow and see you soon...

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