Last week I had the pleasure of spending a night at the Frutt Lodge in Melchsee-Frutt. I’d been up on the mountain a couple of times this winter to go sledding but this was the first time I stayed overnight and it was totally worth it! The hotel was a cozy lodge style wellness hotel which had various delicious restaurants, a great view and a relaxing wellness area. The best part though was that when you walked out of the hotel you were directly on the sledding slope and didn’t have to walk or drive anywhere first.
The first day however wasn’t great sledding whether which is why we spent the time taking lots of fun photographs in the snow, swimming in the pool where we also took some underwater shots and flying my friend’s drone.
On the first day we also discovered a cute little restaurant which served some amazing normal and sweet potato fries covered in a heavenly cheese sauce and some crispy bacon. Dinner we spent at another of the hotel’s restaurants which are all connected by an underground tunnel so you don’t have to go out in the cold snow. In the Italien restaurant we enjoyed some fancy and creative pizza. Included in our stay was brunch the next morning which was served with a fantastic view of the sunlit snow covered mountains. These conditions were perfect to enjoy the second day racing down the mountain more times than we could count.
As mentioned before on the first day we did some impromptu photoshoots on the slopes with my snow gear which is all from Columbia.
The shoes I’m wearing are the Bangor Omni-Heat Michelin Boots in the color Elk, Rusty which I discovered are absolutely perfect for sledding. I never got cold feet throughout the whole vacation as the boots contain 200g of insulation and a thermal-heat-reflective lining. Additionally to great temperature control is the outsole which has an amazingly good grip even in really cold and snowy or icey conditions. I also think they look really cool and feel super comfy all day long as well.
The trousers I’m wearing are the Powder Keg pants in the color Punch Pink which I find are super thin for snow pants whilst still keeping my legs astoundingly warm. The reason they’re so warm is thanks to the thermal reflective lining and insulation. The fabric is also waterproof and it has inbuilt leg ventilation. Articulated knees and an internal leg gaiter also allow for maximum movability. I’m also very impressed with the stunning and sleek design as well as how comfortable they are.
Lastly I’m also wearing the Columbia OutDry Ex Eco Down Jacket which is the industry’s first high-performance waterproof breathable rainwear technology without PFCs. It also is 100% recycled and dye-free fabric. Again as with the pants this jacket is extremely lightweight and fine whilst being extremely warm thanks to the RDS certified 700 fill power goose down insulation. If you’d like to know more about this great jacket check out my lengthy post on it here.
Now let’s take a look at some of the photographs.
**Photographs by Carmen Bürgi