Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Adventures in Davos

I can't believe it's already been 4 days since I arrived in Davos. My ski muscles are starting to wake up, although they are voicing their displeasure. Looking forward to Kikkan's planned rest day on Friday! The clouds have arrived a bit since Monday and temps were above freezing today. It made for some slippery classic skis at times. The main valley that Davos sits in runs north-south. A number of the ski trails head up valleys to the East where colder tracks let the grip wax work and gave my arms a much needed rest.

Over the past couple of days I have been joining Kikkan on her daily workouts. The main Nordic trails cut their way through the main valley along the side of Davos. It is incredible here, like in Ramsau how the trails are such a part of the regions experience. Alpine resorts ring the town on all sides.

Today Kikkan had a 2.5 hr classic ski and at the 1.5 hr mark we head up the southern valley trail (has a much cooler name in Swiss - but I can't remember right now). After about 40 minutes of winding our way up valley between the single lane road, and a tumbling river we found ourselves at the Walsurhuus Hotel and Restaurant. Now almost 4 hrs after breakfast we could resist the opportunity to go in for a bite to eat.

A few drinks later and a full pot of cheese fondue between the two of us, we began our descent back down to Davos in flat light and slightly dulled reflexes. I am going to say right now that it was the coolest ski I have ever been on. I only wish we had taken more pictures!

To end the day we joined 10 Aussies, three Swiss, and one other American (Andy Newell) for a pre-Christmas dinner at the Australian flat. The pictures are all the story needs.

Heading back down valley. Incredible stretches of farm land bordered by mountains with perfectly groomed ski trails cutting through it all.
Hotel Walserhuus. What a sight after 2 hr and 10 minutes of skiing at 6000ft.
Kikk and I at the top of a valley that was an authentic Swiss name that I can't think of right now
Finn Marsland and Kikkan getting ready to do some accelerometer testing, for Finn's Master's in Physiology project.

The view Monday morning from our kitchen window
Early Christmas dinner crew.
Andy Newell and I taking a little break after a massive Christmas dinner care of the Australian ski team.
Wally the Wombat makes an appearance to hold up my Christmas gift....the Aussie Boxing Kangaroo flag!!!
Bobo the Davos Penguin aka Finn Marsland (Aussie Head Coach), showed up in place of Santa to hand out gifts to everyone at the table.

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