Friday, January 20, 2006

For the Avid Skier

If you like to ski (especiallly in Switzerland), maybe this will perk up a bit of interest for you.

Last weekend while P was literally slaving away putting on 3 coats of paint in the bedroom, I was slaving away on my computer. I usually keep the television on for background noise and sometimes I just happen to land on a good show every once in a while. CBC ended up having race highlights from a race I had reported about the week before from Murren area.

Well that very crazy Inferno race is happening this weekend. It's called the Inferno which is one of the most demanding and challenging races ever. For the avid skier, it would take you about 45 minutes to complete the ski run. Talk about heaven! A 45 minute ski run is just crazy. But what is even crazier is the location of the run itself. It starts at the Shilthorn and ends in Lauterbrunnen. Check out this Swiss map with some magnifying glass to see more.

For some of you who don't really know where those two villages are, I'll give it to you in meters. You start at 2970m Shilthorn and ending roughly at 800m in Lauterbrunnen. Another look at how far the run is, imagine starting at "the top of the world" and finishing roughly near some of the falls in the valley of Interlaken. Your average ski hill will be over 800m at the bottom.

If you are interested in you can see a few panoramic webcams showing all of these areas of Switzerland and a map of the area of Interlaken.

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