In die Schweiz ski is POP !

Ski is POP (1 of 12) by Iara Vega-Linhares
Ski is POP (1 of 10) by Iara Vega-Linhares
(English version: down to the bottom)

En Suiza, cada invierno las escuelas cierran sus puertas durante una semana para literalmente enviar las familias a esquiar, son las vacaciones de la “Semana Blanca” (Semaine Blanche o Schiwoche).  Promoviendo a la vez el deporte a escala nacional y asegurando la rentabilidad de las innumerables estaciones de esquí que pueblan las dos cadenas de montaña helvéticas, la del Jura y por supuesto: los Alpes.

Ski is POP (2 of 12) by Iara Vega-Linhares
Ski is POP (2 of 10) by Iara Vega-Linhares
Los magnánimos Alpes son el destino preferido por sus pistas audaces y paisajes espectaculares, pero es caro, sobre todo en Suiza si lo comparamos a las estaciones en las vecinas Austria o Francia. Aun así, esquiar en éste país no es exclusivo de las elites, lo habrá sido cuando los británicos trajeron ese deporte a principios del siglo pasado. En las estaciones mas pequeñas y menos aparatosas de la cadena del Jura, de montañas mas bajas, esquiar es para todos. Las familias se reúnen alrededor del aprendizaje de los mas pequeños, los adultos novatos se sienten menos intimidados que en las altísimas montañas alpinas, y los precios son mas accesibles. Y a los que nadie les quita el vertigo, tienen las opciones del esquí plano o nórdico, resbalarse en trineo, caminar con raquetas, sin raquetas, con el perro o en solitario(a) con su cámara, como yo (mientras marido e hijas se deslizan en las pistas)!

Ski is POP (3 of 12) by Iara Vega-Linhares
Ski is POP (3 of 10) by Iara Vega-Linhares
Si en la ciudad, además de hacer un frio glacial está nublado, gris y el ambiente es deprimente, se sube a la montaña al encuentro del sol y de la nieve. Y cuando la nieve abunda por aquí: el esquí es incuestionablemente POP!

Disfruten las imágenes, Iara.

Ski is POP (4 of 12) by Iara Vega-Linhares
Ski is POP (4 of 10) by Iara Vega-Linhares

Ski is POP (5 of 12) by Iara Vega-Linhares
Ski is POP (5 of 10) by Iara Vega-Linhares

Ski is POP (6 of 12) by Iara Vega-Linhares
Ski is POP (6 of 10) by Iara Vega-Linhares

Ski is POP (7 of 12) by Iara Vega-Linhares
Ski is POP (7 of 10) by Iara Vega-Linhares

Ski is POP (8 of 12) by Iara Vega-Linhares
Ski is POP (8 of 10) by Iara Vega-Linhares

Ski is POP (12 of 13)
Ski is POP (9 of 10) by Iara Vega-Linhares

Ski is POP (2 of 12) by Iara Vega-Linhares
Ski is POP (10 of 10) by Iara Vega-Linhares
In Switzerland each winter schools close their doors for a week to literally send families to ski holidays, the “White Week” (Semaine Blanche o Schiwoche). While promoting the sport nationally and ensuring the profitability of the many resorts that populate the two Swiss Mountain chains, the Jura and of course: the Alps.

The magnanimous Alps are preferred for their bold tracks and spectacular scenery, but it is pretty expensive, especially in Switzerland when compared to stations in neighbouring Austria or France. Despite, skiing in this country is not exclusive for elites, it must have been when the British brought the sport early last century. In the smaller and less bulky stations of the Jura and its lower mountains, skiing is for everyone.

Families gather around the learning of the smaller, novice adults feel less intimidated than soaring alpine mountains, and the prices are more affordable. And those who nothing takes away vertigo have other options in this area: Nordic skiing, sledding slip, snowshoe, walking with the dog or alone with the camera, like me (while husband and daughters slide on tracks)!

 Whether in town, its icy cold it, cloudygray and depressing atmosphere, climbing up the mountain to meet the sun and snow is the think to doAnd when the snow abounds here: skiing is unquestionably POP!  Enjoy the photos, Iara.

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