Thun to the Sulzfluh, Switzerland


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | January 8, 2014      

The travels of Herr and Frau WildSnow. A few days ago we parked our road show in Thun, Switzerland to cover nearby Fritschi. The idea, check out items such as an interesting little ski binding called Vipec (more coming, lots to write about.) As we did a lot of driving today we’ll stick with travelog.

tower

We arrive in Thun as evening sets. Our room overlooks the town square and ancient tower that was used as a prison until the mid 1990's.


We were delighted to stay in Thun, a historic village (they all are, really) with Berner Oberland above, catching our attention with such names as Eiger. I considered running up the North Face of the Eiger but my ice tools were dull, so we settled for a few walks around Thun.

An early morning strolll along the river Aar.

An early morning stroll along the clear glacial waters of the river Aar.

The Berner Oberland across the Thurnersee.

Views of the Berner Oberland.

Charming to see old mixed with new

Charming to see old mixed with new, this fountain and Roman wall was across the street from the new garage where we parked our car.

A popular delicacy

'Every Wednesday, fresh horse and foal's liver.' We enjoy sampling local dishes but have not been brave enough to dine here. Apparently the majority of horse meat comes from the U.S.

We then enjoyed the drive through alpine Switzerland to Berghaus Sulzfluh, a century+ old alpine lodge near the border with Austria. We’ll stay here for four nights. The snowpack isn’t Sud Tirol or Colorado, but I so love the alpine ambiance as everyone from families to hard-core “speedup” ski tourers show up to enjoy the alpine — and a beer.

Lou skis up to the hut as alpenglow alights Sulzfluh (peak to the left).

Lou skis up the valley as alpenglow alights Sulzfluh (peak to the left).

End of a day's travels, short tour to Sulzfluh Berghaus.

End of a day's travels, short tour to Sulzfluh Berghaus.


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11 Responses to “Thun to the Sulzfluh, Switzerland”

  1. Rodney January 8th, 2014 1:07 pm

    Excited to see you folks in an area so well! We spend what time we can in Klosters – just up the road

  2. cs January 8th, 2014 2:47 pm

    Darn, you think you coulda’ found a file in town to sharpen those tools 🙂

  3. Jost January 9th, 2014 2:17 am

    Welcome to our country! I guess, you know the meaning of “Sulzfluh”? Corn snow mountain…
    According to the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF there is only 40% of the long lasting average snow coverage at the region of St. Antönien. You should come back 22./23. February for more snow and the legendary ski touring race “Sulzfluh Derby” with Le Mans downhill start at the top of the Sulzfluh…

  4. Joe John January 9th, 2014 10:16 am

    Ahh the Thunnersee area in awesome Switzerland. I would recommend one of the hot oil or cheese fondues after your factory tour. En gutta

  5. Billy January 9th, 2014 12:03 pm

    I know everyone’s job has positives and negatives, but your job seem unfairly slanted toward the positive side.

  6. Lou Dawson January 9th, 2014 2:20 pm

    My personal motto as a writer: “keep the myth alive!”

  7. Jason Gregg January 10th, 2014 1:42 am

    I don’t want to kill the myth, but rode mtb up to 1100m yesterday about 25 miles west of you to the Heidi Hutte and it was t-shirts and shorts weather. Get thee to the Engaidin if at all possible, suggesting Val Fex as a perfect luxo-touring base. Once in your life gotta be worth a few nights up there.

  8. Jason Gregg January 10th, 2014 1:50 am

    Ursula is dying to stay longer, Hotel Fex is CHF 120 a night double zimmer cuz it’s low season rest of Jan. If we can meet down there for 3-4 days of ski touring I’d be willing to change our return flights…dinners on me!

  9. Jason Gregg January 10th, 2014 3:18 am

    Email me if you think there’s any chance you’d be into this. I’m ready to head home myself but another week in Europe wouldn’t kill me either.

  10. Frame January 10th, 2014 4:45 am

    Horse is good. Similar taste to beef and quite lean.

  11. Skian January 14th, 2014 6:57 pm

    A friend of mine lives there, he invented Ptex that stuff on the bottom…Great guy, awesome music collection.

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