Night Location: Wengen, Switzerland
Song of the Day: Ding Dong Merrily on High - Celtic Woman
Mumisode of the Day: The "Oh mercy" count reached new heights today at an altitude of 2979m. The precipitous drop underneath the cable car and the rocking motion of the cable car left Mum with little else to say but, "Oh mercy."
This morning David left early in order to make the most of the powder snow. Unfortunately for him and for Gemma, the ski shed belonging to our hotel had been locked with his snow-board on the inside. The front door of the hotel also locks behind you, and David found himself locked out in the cold. He had to make an urgent call to Gemma (Amber's phone is switched off in the lining of her suitcase and she sleeps soundly), to come and let him in. After much searching, a phone number for the owner was located and the snowboard retrieved. David then had to sprint up the icy hill to catch the snow train. Gemma went in to Amber's room to tell her about this episode. She slammed the door and made it over to Amber's head, but Amber did not wake up. Gemma decided to retreat at this point.
For the rest of us, today consisted of a trip up the Schilthorn, famous for being the set of the 007 film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service. At breakfast we noticed a patch of blue sky, our first in the past two days, and decided to risk a whiteout and make the trek to the top. The trip to the top consisted of three trains and two cable cars. We particularly enjoyed the tiny wooden snow train that we had been watching from the other side of the valley in Wengen. It was quite clear, and we could see the form of some of the mountains that had been shrouded in cloud for the past three days.
The cable car was a very unique experience. Sixty people can fit inside the car that ascends rather quickly up, and then a little more up. The distance to the ground below is just frightening and the rocking movement made by people shifting or the car passing the tower is even worse. We think that had the day been really clear it would have been even more scary as you could truly appreciate how high up you were. The white snow below made this a lot less scary. After all, snow is soft! All was worth it when we reached the top and entered the revolving restaurant. Unfortunately, however, the clouds had gathered and therefore we could only catch glimpses of the surrounding mountains as we went past. Still pretty cool to be eating in a restaurant where James Bond did. This makes our second Bond site for the trip.
Amber and Dad had a snow fight on the terrace that ended with Amber hiding in the gift shop to protect herself from Dad's wrath. The descent was even more exciting with the addition of a third cable car that dropped over the side of a cliff. We were all pleased when we reached the bottom.
From here we made our way to Grindewald to meet up with David, where Amber picked up her watch that she is very pleased with. David had had a fantastic day, particularly when he entered the 'Closed' sections in order to snow board through the fresh powder snow. He demonstrated to us how to 'skate' on the train platform and instantly became our hero as he did not fall over once! This was reinforced when he boarded down the hill on the snow-covered road to our hotel. Amber took photos which encouraged him to attempt to jump the fence into an untouched powder covered park so as to demonstrate what snow boarding through powder looked like. Unfortunately, as he was attempting to roll over the fence with his board attached, he got somewhat stuck and therefore his manoeuvre looked more like a cartwheel than a smooth move. An hilarious end to an eventful day.