We left Chamonix on Monday evening and headed over to Germany, via Switzerland, to visit our friends in the very small village of Todtmoos-Au in the Black Forest.
Schwarzwälder ski-tour up the Spießhorn
On Tuesday the plan was to go for a quick ski tour up the Spießhorn…
We had asked Rebecca if we needed crampons, ice axes and harscheisen, but she just laughed. This would be a fairly easy stroll over the rambling hills of the Black Forest with some of the team taking snow shoes.
The day was beautiful and we had a wonderfully sociable time. We spent a couple of hours heading up hill before having a feast of sausage and chocolate at the summit. In the distance we could see the Swiss Alps hanging above the valley mist.
And then came the descent. Not all powder, and a few rocks on some slopes, but it was great to cruise down some easy angled slopes.
Then of course, after the ski-touring comes the cake. But not any old cake, we got the largest Schwarwälder Kirschtorte I had ever seen. We did have to share it between 14 people! But each slice was still massive!
New Year’s Eve Celebrations
After Schwarwälder Kirschtorte came preparations for New Years Eve Dinner.
Copious amounts of alcohol was consumed, schnapps and whisky exchanged, and of course fireworks were let off.
The night ended with an artistic display of sparkler waving.
Cross Country Skiing
On Wednesday we decided to have a go at cross country skiing. I’ve seen this in Cogne, and Terry and Vikki, Rachel and Richard, and Fiona have all had a go, so it was about time we tried it.
It wasn’t the easiest thing to get used to, and we had a huge laugh at the various crashes, but we quickly moved onto the black track. The trails ran through very beautiful but fairly easy ground. Up-hill and the flats were easy enough, it was the down-hills that were scary and that’s where most of the crashes happened.
A couple of hours later we made it back to the start and ordered a well earned goulash soup.
We really enjoyed our few days with great friends. Thanks to Rebecca and Mathias for being such wonderful hosts. Ski touring and cross country skiing were two great ways to view the beautiful Black Forest.