Adelboden – Switzerland

Spring Break 2002

Our original plan was to go on a roadtrip-ski safari to Utah and Colorado for a spring break vacation but things changed (as they always do) and all of a sudden we found ourselves in the Swiss Alps...

01. Tom received a letter in the mail from the Handwerkshammer gallery in Koblenz, Germany notifying him that five of his ceramic pieces were accepted for an exhibition in September but they wanted to receive the artwork by the beginning of April. We realized that it would cost just as much to ship the five pieces as it was to bring it ourselves on a plane... so we bought a plane ticket to Germany. In a week, we were on a plane bound for Frankfurt. We lugged two fragile trunks carrying the ceramics, one big luggage and our skiis.

01. Getting there and arriving in Koblenz, Germany

02. After dropping off the artwork (not literally...), we hopped on a train the next day bound for Switzerland to visit Tom's sister Dee and brother-in-law Urs in the town of Adelboden where we would vacation the rest of our stay in ski heaven. Dee and Urs were married in this cute ski town and live here part of the year.

02. The town of Adelboden and then some...

03. We stayed in their home which they share with his brother Peter and his family. It's a 300 year old farm house that was recently restored. They've kept the outside intact and rebuilt the inside and also built an addition.

03. The Keller’s Swiss chalet

04. Next door to the house where we stayed was a living farmhouse owned by the Danser family. They invited us over and showed us how they tend to their barnyard animals. In the barn were some milking cows, baby cows, pigs, chickens and their chicks. Oliver the grandson would help Fritz clean the barn and feed the animals twice everyday. Lots of work. Rosie, Tom's god-daughter, came along with us and was a farmhand for a few hours. We didn't speak any Swiss-German and they didn't speak English but they welcomed us to observe their daily duties in the barn.

04. The next door neighbor's farm

05. Now that we got a taste of the town and the food and the farm, it was time to do some skiing - our main purpose of this trip. The nearest ski lift to the house was only a minute walk and I'm not exaggerating... We headed to Tshenten Alp the first day. It's pratically right in their backyard. Peter, Urs' brother was generous enough to give us lifts tickets for two days during our stay. That was really nice. We also tried another nearby 'hill' - Silleren Alp. That was a bigger mountain and had a lot more lifts and people. Everyone skiis really fast and everyone was really good. I guess it was no surprise because in this country, they get on skiis as soon as they can walk. We were fortunate enough to watch Rosie and Katharine (twin daughters of Dee and Urs) race with other kids down the slopes. Unfortunatey on our second day of skiing, my bindings broke. Ughhhh! You can imagine my disappointment... What a big bummer for me after lugging those skiis all the way there. It couldn't be repaired there so I had to rent some heavy, stiff telemark skiis that I don't think I ever got used to... but I was glad I had two good legs to ski on. Tom was fluttering on the slopes with his Arc Angels skiis. You had to peel him off the mountain at the end of the day - he was having a really good time - time well deserved.

05. Time to ski on the famous Swiss Alps...

06. Everyday we had the humbling view of the mountains in front of us. Even more special when we can hear the church bells ringing throughout the valley. Even more more special than that was to be able to see the fullmoon rise above it. Now that was pretty special...

06. The view... ohhhhhhh the view...