Les Diablerets in the Swiss Alps – Photo Diary

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As I mentioned, recently I spent a week in the village of Les Diablerets, tucked away in the Swiss Alps at 1160m. There was no time for skiing unfortunately as it was a work trip, but in the evenings I went for a few walks in the woods, and on the last afternoon I went up to the glacier with some friends. When I arrived the forests were quite green, the paths were icy, and the snow levels in the village were not as high as the previous years – it was a snow-poor winter all round in  Europe this year. However on about day two or three it started snowing…and snowing…and snowing…the mountain disappeared in mist, and soon the forest and village were transformed into a winter wonderland. Following that was another day of snow, and then the sun came out and we were able to experience the village and the mountains with sunshine and deep blue skies, perfect for a visit to the glacier at 3000m. It was great to experience the area in all types of weather. Without further ado, here are some photos from my visit.

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First glimpse of the mountains on the train from Lausanne to Aigle.

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The scenery was green at first on the mountain train from Aigle to Les Diablerets. In the valley are many vineyards and wine tours are popular in summer.

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The wooden chalets of Les Diablerets, a village and ski resort.

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A conference venue tucked in the mountains. Last time the snow was 1m high, this year when we arrived there was not so much.

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So close to the ski slopes, but no time to ski. We’ll have to go back for a holiday.

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Off for an icy walk at the end of the day.

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Hotels in the mountains.

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A river rushes through the town.

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Green woods and icy path – a few days later it would look completely different.

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Many wooden chalets

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There are many options for outdoor activities in the area: hiking trails, snow shoe walking, cross-country skiing (when there is snow)…

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Little houses in the woods

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A river runs through it

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In the woods

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Some little waterfalls

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And back to the village

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Before it gets dark

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Another walk the next day

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Then it starts snowing, the mountains disappear in the mist.

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And snowing…

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And snowing

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Time for a walk in the snow

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The forest looks different now…

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The path by the river is no longer icy…

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Everything is newly coated

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Including the houses

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So much snow

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Everything is beautiful

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The next day the sun comes out

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With all the snow, the dogsled races can start

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Young dogs are brought along to see how it works, although they do not run yet

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The park looks interesting in winter

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Another walk in the woods

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I’d love to spend some time in a house in the woods

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Amazing how the roof can take the weight of all that snow.

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It’s quiet around, but some people are practising with their dogs in the snowy fields nearby.

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The last day dawns with sunny skies

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I’ll miss these snowy forests

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And the river…

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And the mountains

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After the last seminars we head into town to catch the bus to the cable car

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Off to Glacier 3000!

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Here is the glacier

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We are surrounded by snowy mountains

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The bridge on top is a little scary, but the views are worth it

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From here you can see Mont Blanc, and also the Matterhorn. It’s 360 degree mountain views.

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Back across the bridge

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To get down to the glacier you have to go on the ski chair lift

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On top you can ski

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The snow is deep

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Trails in the snow

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Back up on the chair lift

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Time to take the two cable cars back down. First to the one peak…

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Can you see the skiers, skiing off piste?

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It’s a long way back down…

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Very long…

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Getting closer…

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Almost back, you can see the road back to Les Diablerets.

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Waiting for the ski bus

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Back to Les Diablerets, and almost time to leave

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At the train station. Goodbye, Les Diablerets.

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