Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Hot Karl

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My first manuever after donning snowshoes for the very first time in Wildhaus (altitude 1050m) was to leap up onto a snowbank and promptly fall over sideways, into about four feet of soft snow. The process of righting myself soaked the leather palms of my lightweight cross-country ski gloves, which would have made the whole snowshoeing experience a little less fun and a little more miserable. So to get new gloves, not to mention rent poles, and get advice on the best schneeshuhwandern routes, a visit to Sport Center Wildhaus Karl Alpiger was in order.

Little did I know that the gent with the wavy brown hair and the angular cheekbones who was in the shop giving schneeshuhwandern advice to our hosts in German and bantering in English with me about gloves was none other than Karl Alpiger, two-time bronze medalist in the skiing World Chapionship downhill. He wished us well and sent us on our way, up the lift to the station at Oberdorf (altitude 1230m), where we began our journey.

Later, after our out-and-back trip that took us back to Oberdorf, a schneeshuh descent down the sledding piste into Wildhaus, and a quick Jaeger Punch in Karl's bar, we saw Karl again, pushing a snowblower around the lot, a a frosting of snow on top of his fluffy brown hair. Men want to be him, women want to change him ...


Blogger Moonbootica said...

my father recently went on a skiing trip to Switzerland as did my sister.

they love the country especially the Bernese Oberland.

I have a cousin who lives out there as well, I don't think she ever wants to move back to the UK.

Switzerland is a lovely country, in winter and in summer.

10:22 PM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

I don't think Karl needs changing! What do MK, Aussie Sarah, and Mrs. W think?

11:50 PM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

The dream of every woman, the envy of every man (or something like that).

12:46 AM  
Blogger Die Frau said...

Ahh Hot Karl, one could easily burn oneself...
I thought it might have been the Jaeger Punsch having an influence on my visual accuity, a phenomenon known as 'Jaeger Punsch goggles'. But my vision was indeed 'spot on'.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Looks good from where I'm sitting! :D No changes necessary.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Werbenmanjensen said...

What does Mrs. W think? She wouldn't kick him out of bed in the morning! :)

Kidding, Smitty, kidding!

12:12 AM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

What is this "bed" you speak of?

And why is it that this blog has only leering by women?

I'm gonna have to start posting photos of Chantelle or something.

Wait ... maybe not.

8:35 AM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

We aren't leering, we are admiring! (Who is Chantelle?)

2:13 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Chantelle--Americans just don't get it.

3:12 PM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

I think chantelle is a type of mushroom...

1:31 AM  
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