Crap Masegn to Crap Sogn Gion Winter Walk

On the first full day, we took the lifts and gondolas from Laax, 1100m, up to the Restaurant and Picnic zone at Vorab. At 2570, this is one of the highest points you can access as a hiker. This was probably one of the few times that I wished I had skis or a snowboard because I wanted to go to the top of the Vorab Glacier, at 3018 metres, but couldn’t because it is only accessed by a ski lift. This means you need skis or a board on your feet to ride the lift and to be able to get back to the restaurant.

Vorab Lift Station ©Gregory Goldston

Vorab Lift Station ©Gregory Goldston

Still, I consoled myself with a coffee, a large slice of cake and a big bar of chocolate.

Amanda at Vorab Restaurant ©Gregory Goldston

Amanda at Vorab Restaurant ©Gregory Goldston

It was awesome up there. The scenery was stunning. You could see for miles and it was literally like being on top of the world. We were above a lot of the lower mountain peaks and it was quite a surreal experience. Although there were a lot of people enjoying winter sports, there was a sense of stillness, calm and being at peace with the whole world.

The gondolas up to Vorab Restaurant ©Gregory Goldston

The gondolas up to Vorab Restaurant ©Gregory Goldston

Although it had snowed overnight the first night, so we woke up to a magical, fairytale Winter Wonderland, the sun was now out and it was surprisingly warm.

I loved the height and found myself taking really deep breaths. As I did so, it felt like my whole body was cleansing. I felt so energized. I am definitely a Mountain Girl at heart.

At the time we were still relatively unfit, so we decided to do a fairly short walk today to ease ourselves into walking in the snow.

Amanda at Crap Masegne ©Gregory Goldston

Amanda at Crap Masegn ©Gregory Goldston

We took the lifts back down to Crap Masegn, one of the other stations, located at 2477m and decided to walk from there down to the main station of Crap Sogn Gion, 2228. It did not look very far and our logic was that it was all downhill. The distance is measured at 3km (about 2.miles).

Walking down from Crap Masegn ©Gregory Goldston

Walking down from Crap Masegn ©Gregory Goldston

Although it is mostly downhill, there are quite a few places where the path drops quite steeply and rises again. The path was wide, well-trodden and easy to follow. It is actually the width of a road, as when found when we did the same walk in the Summer. I am glad we walked downhill as I think walking uphill in the snow might have been quite hard going for both of us.

We ambled along, stopping to take photographs and taking in the beautiful scenery. The sun was shining and reflecting on the glistening, white snow to create some magical light effects.

One great use of the soft snow from the verges is a Snowball Fight! Ready, Aim, Fire! Hmm, Guess who came off worst in that one!

Snowball Fight ©Gregory Goldston

Snowball Fight ©Gregory Goldston

It still took us a good couple of hours of gentle meandering to get back to Crap Sogn Gion for a welcome pot of tea before returning to the hotel. Although we had not really walked a great distance, we were glad to get in the spa in the Signina Hotel and allow the well-placed jets of water to gently soothe all the muscles in our bodies.

There is also a fabulous sauna for really letting go of any muscle tension, and in, true Continental style, is a clothes-free zone.

If “Glamping” is a term for Luxury Camping, I wonder what the word would be for Luxury Walking?

Amanda

 

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