Ever since Astrid’s first visit to the snow, while we were in Switzerland, we have vowed to take her back…… to the snow (Switzerland is also on the agenda, but that might be awhile away). Here she is in Switzerland, enjoying her first taste of snow in October 2012 at Jungfraujoch, at a mere 3466m above sea level.
As we got out of the car we verified it was snowy and very cold, but Astrid was keen to go and investigate. The staff had closed off access to the other side of the creek, where the majority of the snow was, and the snow play area was also closed. Apparently the day before some kids had broken into the snow play area and ruined their base coat of snow. That and the slightly warmer temps meant that there wasn’t much snow left where we could access. Us and a several other families with young children were wandering around looking a little disappointed.
Undeterred Astrid had a play in what little snow there was and built a tiny snowman. Soren enjoyed being rugged up and warm. He looked confused as to why he felt so warm and cosy but his face was freezing!
Just as we were thinking of heading off the staff looked a bit worried about all their potential visitors running away due to the lack of snow, they decided to open up access to the other side of the creek. Yay, more snow…….
Astrid loved running, jumping and playing in the snow. she also thought making tiny snowballs and throwing them at me and the camera was the best fun ever.
Of course it quickly turned into having to sit in the snow……. thank goodness for waterproof ski pants! Soren had his first stand in the snow, and looked like he desperately wanted to have a good crawl around in it. We didn’t think that was a good idea though (mean parents)!
There were plenty of other small children around so we had a play and built more snowmen. Other kids had come equipped with their own carrots and kindly donated some to us for use on snowmen. The small patch of snow eventually become littered with small snowmen, built by various small children (and parents).
Astrid was obviously getting a bit hungry and decided to eat the snow…… at this point we thought we had been cold for long enough and headed into the cafe to warm up and have a hot drink. The warm fire and hot chocolate made Astrid a happy girl. Soren looked on in envy and made to with demolishing several biscuits (since under no circumstances was he going to drink his bottle).
It was now lunch time and miserably cold and windy. Despite that, we had to drag Astrid away from the snow, with the promise of another snow visit in the future. Next time we might even manage some tobogganing, and hopefully slightly more snow!
Both kids managed to nap all the way home and we declared it a successful outing. It wasn’t quite the Swiss Alps, but it was quick, easy and fun, so a pretty good day out for two young kidlets.