If you ask me, neither. I have tried Alpine skiing on a bunny hill and the blue piste but didn’t have much success. I always felt like I was falling off the mountain and just to show you how awful I am at skiing, I sometimes ended up at the bottom of one slope with not enough speed only to find myself climbing back up to the next. Crazy! I did, however, found cross-country skiing more enjoyable. Yeap, I like my sport hard, sweating and working my muscles while criss-crossing through the forest until the next stop.
What I’ve been dying to try though is snowboarding. I skateboarded a lot as a child so I’m sure that after the initial phase of bruising my bum from the first few days of falling on my behind, all who tried snowboarding told me this so there must be some truth to it, snowboarding might be for me. Well, it’s just a thought. Plus, I’ve heard the boots are 1,000 times more comfortable than ski boots. Gosh, those things are painful!
I wanted to learn snowboarding on our last ski vacation in Zermatt. But it turned out to be just a holiday for our four-year-old daughter. I was stuck in our hotel room working, except for the occasional walk around town to take pictures, and my husband had to fly off somewhere for a business meeting. Our daughter though, had a blast. She went to the official Swiss Ski and Snowboard School, which offer five or three full-day group courses in several languages to children as young as four years old.
Our daughter joined the five-day Snowli group for four to five years old and absolutely enjoyed it. All her instructors were qualified to teach kids, were locals and extremely friendly. In addition, compared to other ski schools in Zermatt, the Swiss Ski and Snowboard School had its own children’s train that brought the kids to Riffelberg (and waited there) and exclusive use of the spacious Snowli village with magic carpets, children’s lifts and, get ready, an AMAZING view of the Matterhorn. I wouldn’t mind learning there myself. On the last day, the Snowli group kids also had a ski race where everybody was a winner, received a medal and a report card indicating their level.
We’re proud to say that our daughter can now officially ski in the blue piste and is way better than I am.
Lunch was included in our little skier’s program but we had to separately rent the skis and ski boots in one of the dozen ski shops in town. We also brought her own ski sunglasses, helmet and, of course, ski suit. If you’re not skiing or snowboarding (or working like I was), you can watch your kids inside the Riffelberg restaurant or hike around the area. It’s beautiful!
Until my next post … take care!