2015 Travel moment: Skiing Gstaad

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Early one morning last winter we took the train to Gstaad. It was cold and dark. The train was quiet, but full. It would be a three-hour ride and I was lugging 10 pounds of ski equipment.

I wasn’t excited. I was cranky.

But as the train chugged higher into the mountains, the world became whiter with snow. Modern buildings gave way to wooden ski chalets and green meadows to a winter wonderland. Deer looked up to watch the train speed by. Snow mice scurried across the tracks.

It was as if we had boarded the Polar Express for adults.

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If you’ve ever flipped through a Vanity Fair or seen Slim Aarons’ photographs, you know Gstaad has a reputation as a playground for the rich and famous. Though we are neither, we had to see what all the hype was about. (Turns out, a ski pass at Gstaad is surprisingly less expensive than those at most U.S. mountains!) We’re headed back this winter. Here’s hoping you are in a winter wonderland today…but for now, a few links:

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