As my semester abroad was approaching it’s end I decided to squeeze in one final trip. The last place on my bucket list that remained unchecked was Switzerland. Thankfully, I had a few friends who visited before and recommended seeing Interlaken, Switzerland – where the outdoor activities were plentiful. Even though I knew I would be freezing my but off I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the Swiss Alps.
WHERE WE STAYED
Our trip was a quick two night stay at one of Interlaken’s famous hostels –Balmers Hostel. This is the perfect hostel to stay in whether your flying solo or going with a group. Located right near the heart of the town, you’ll have everything you need right at you fingertips. They offer a group & private rooms, hammock rooms, a nightclub, a biergarden, and have hookups to the best Interlaken adventures and activities.
SKYDIVING THE SWISS ALPS
This may be the coolest thing I’ve ever done.
Up until that day the craziest thing I have ever done was maybe cliff diving? – maybe? Which is piece of cake compared to jumping out of a plane.
Skydiving was actually something I felt strongly about, and was extremely excited to knock off my bucket list. I never had any doubts or second thoughts during my experience, mainly due to the fact that my adreneline was at an all time high. All I can say is this was one of the most beautiful and exhilarating adventures I’ve ever been on.
I took this “leap of faith” with two of my buddies Connor & Eddie. We linked up with Skydive Switzerland and signed up for the tandem skydive excurison ( I included the video option so I could remember this forever). Skydive Switzerland had THE best staff. They were professional, informative, and funny -which helped settled the nerves before the flight.
During my skydiving experience I encountered a beautiful 15-20 minute scenic flight where I experienced a once in a lifetime view of Interlaken’s two lakes and the incredible Swiss Alps, including the infamous peaks, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Since it was early December I was able to see snow capped mountain, green valleys, and the blue sparking lakes.
On the count of three I was pushed out of the plane, a crazy thrill of a 45 second free fall -experiencing an adrenaline rush like never before- free falling at 200 KPH (120MPH)!
BEST EXPERIENCE EVER.
SNOWBOARDING THE SWISS ALPS
I used to be great at snowboarding when I was six and lived in Massachusetts. I thought maybe I’d pick it up quickly again – but I was very wrong. I’ll be honest, I spent most of my day on top of that mountain on the bunny slope, having a man from Singapore teach me how to ride straight. I took turns riding my snowboard as a sled, grabbing hot coca at the cabin, and tossing back a few drinks. It wasn’t until the last hour or so until I really got the hang of it and could snowboard downhill.
A few tips of advice for snowboarding in the Alps:
- If you plan on visiting, learn the necessary skills ahead of time so you can enjoy the ride down the mountain.
- Gear up. One of my friends opt’d out of the snow gear and layered up with a few sweaters and a windbreaker. This did not hold up well went he went missing & was found nearly hypothermic after getting lost on the trails. Pay the price for the extra gear- it’s worth it.
- If your a skilled skier or snowboarder then you should be fine on the trails. Just know that the trails on the Swiss Alps are more intense than what you would experience in the U.S mountains.