As any skier knows, the experience you may have on any slope is very personal, weather dependent, and has a lot to do with timing and preferences. In spite of that, I will make a few lists, if nothing else to make you curious and share some examples of what is available out there. Please note, that my bucket list is far from complete!
Here is my first list, the list of “Good snow days” – from perfect champagne powder to that little extra something that makes you feel all warm inside just from the memory of that special ski waypoint (with links to those I unfortunately cannot show with my own pictures below):
- Valle Nevado, Chile – This is the place where I experienced one of the best days skiing I’ve ever had. Every skier deserves that powder experience at least once.
- Alyeska, the U.S. – the powder, the views, the…
- Zao onsen, Japan – once again, for the powder, and for the cool feeling of skiing among the snow covered trees looking like big snow monsters
- Beldersoy, Uzbekistan – not because of the equipments available (giggles), but because of the perfect powder combined with the outstanding hospitality, and the fact that I had the funniest conversation about Ingmar Stenmark with one of the employees. (The last part of that conversation; “So, it seems you know that I’m from Sweden!?” “Ha ha ha, everybody, this whole mountain, knows that you are from Sweden!”)
- Apussuit, Greenland – surreal place, where the landscape is simply stunning. Hard to explain the feeling when you ski from the top of a glacier towards the ocean. If you’re lucky the Northern Lights accompany you at night.
- Zermatt, Switzerland – just one of those days.
- Levi, Finland – really Cold, but also really nice! Reindeers next to the slopes too.
- Pas de la Casa, Andorra – unexpectedly good conditions.
- Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy – new snow over the night, sunshine, and non-stop skiing all day long. Not to mention the best gnocchi alla gorgonzola I’ve ever had!
- Campitello, Italy – an exciting day in Sella Ronda, including Lagazuoi’s Hidden valley with a horse transfer at the end.
8. Pas de la Casa
9. Cortina d’Ampezzo
I thought to myself the other day, isn’t it funny how music can forever become connected to a certain place! Going through some of the songs that got stuck in my head, I noticed how quite a few were also connected to funny stories, not a few in connection with serpentine roads…
This is my playlist for some of the waypoints (and the stories behind it all):
- “Cecilia” by Simon & Garfunkel
- “Fly Away” by Lenny Kravitz
- “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole
- “Popcorn” by Gershon Kingsley
- “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
- “Moves like Jagger” by Maroon 5
- “I Feel Good” by James Brown
- “Illit minillutit” by Stinne Jacobsen
- “Tu Quieres Volver” by Gipsy Kings
- In 1995 I went to Italy together with my dear friend, Joanna, and as it were I ended up in hospital – though not because of a skiing accident, but because I suffered from pulmonary embolism. I was sent to two different hospitals and was taken care of in an excellent way. During one of the ambulance rides (on winding roads at high speed) a very cute guy held my hand and sang the song “Cecilia” to me. I was in great pain, so it was a great distraction even if also somewhat surreal.
- Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly away” was the background music played by the taxi driver, Rocky, who brought us into the Moroccan desert, when Joanna and I went on a walkabout which involved everything from sleeping in the Saharan desert next to a camel to skiing in Oukaimeden at an altitude of 3200 metres (again reached on winding roads at high speed).
- “Unforgettable” is my favourite request at any Japanese karaoke bar.
- “Popcorn”: to me, this song means revisiting my childhood winter holidays in Norway. In order to reach Dalseter, one has to drive on winding roads.
- “Happy” was the preferred choice of song for the serpentine roads of Liguria when on holiday in Cinque Terre together with my boyfriend, Michael.
- During my stay in China, to work as a volunteer with pandas, I went with some friends into the city of Ya’an. I think that we were all in a state of delight mingled with terror when the driver who took us there seemed to think he was in some kind of race against time. He was equally intent on managing the sharp curves as handling the back scratcher.
- In Nikko, Japan, in company with fellow exchange students, I remember waking up and feeling in a very good mood. So, I couldn’t help but singing James Brown’s “I feel good” out loud – waking up the others to a not so fantastically good mood because of it.
- Stinne Jacobsen’s song in Greenlandic is simply the perfect match to the fantastic holiday I had in Apussuit Adventure Camp – a story well worth telling separately…
- I end this playlist with Gipsy Kings just because it reminds me of my 30th birthday, celebrated in Tokyo, together with great friends. Thanks Marleen, Mia, Jon and Örjan!
Cinque Terre, Italy
The Sahara desert, Morocco