Living in the Swiss Alps is a genuine adventure, especially for those of us who come from warmer countries. After six semesters at Les Roches I have learnt to appreciate the beauty of the Swiss winter and its many possibilities! I am actually dazzled at how pretty it is, the fact of being outside with friends and witnessing an unexpected snowfall. It is impossible to not remain enchanted by the magic of the snowflakes that cover everything with a candid white mantel of softness. Indeed, this is the best part of the winter!
While it might be hard for some of you to adapt to the new weather, there are a few rules to survive to it and enjoy all the activities that this beautiful part of the year offers.
1. Use proper protection against cold and the wind.
Don’t forget to wear a proper winter coat and warm boots in the morning when you walk from your accommodation to the classes. You can wear the suit or the practice uniform under the coat and change directly in the lockers located in the main building. In the morning the temperature normally goes below 0 and, trust me, it is not the best thing to walk in the morning wearing only your business uniform, I personally tried it and almost freezed!
2. Try to ventilate your room even if it’s cold outside.
Bringing in new oxygen is important to keep your brain fresh and eliminate any possible bad odour from your room. Also regulate the heater smartly, you don’t want to feel like an ice cube during the night nor that you are living constantly in a sauna. The ideal is to keep the indoor temperature between 20 and 22 °C. This way you will also help the environment by avoiding unnecessary energy waste.
3. Winter is also synonymous with fun, and winter sports are the soul of the Swiss Alps, so take the opportunity to enjoy them and make the most of the experience!
However, be aware of your limitations; if you are not confident with winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding don’t throw yourself into the slopes as if you had been born with skies on, but rather take your time to learn and avoid risks. You don’t want to end up with a broken leg! The school organizes ski courses for all levels during the weekends; it can be a good way to start. Alternatively you can also practice other sports that don’t require that much technique such as snowshoeing, sledding or ice skating.
In conclusion, ENJOY it! This is going to be the time of your life.