Switzerland - Verbier

In my mind Verbier is the place in Switzerland where Heidi must have been from. It is a tiny little ski village nestled in the Alps and located in the south west part of Switzerland.  People typically come to Verbier in the winter for the skiing but we came for the Paragliding and extreme moutnaing biking runs so June was the perfect month. 

Kingsley was in Verbier a little over 10 years ago to paraglide with Stu and Mike who run the paragliding school Verbier Summits and had the most wonderful time. I have heard him talk about the beauty of Verbier for years so it was very exciting to finally get a chance to see this special spot in the world. 

Our accommodation for the week was an old barn that Stu and Mike had converted into a very quaint apartment. I absolutely loved it there and only wish that we had more than just a week to explore the area. One thing that took a bit of getting used to was the fact that everything shuts down around 5-6pm in the evening. There were only a few restaurants open in the town in the evening and all grocery stores were closed.  Also absolutely nothing was open on Sundays and Mondays so I really had to preplan our meals.  Coming from Singapore, which is open 24/7, it was a bit of a shock how quiet and slow paced everything was. 

Kingsley's first flight in Verbier from Lynn Wood on Vimeo.

While Kingsley flew, I took on what I thought to be an intermediate mountain biking run.  This run somehow quickly turned into a black (advanced) run which was WAY out of my league. At one point after a pretty significant wipeout over the handle bars, the Verbier Police caught up with me to ask if I needed assistance.  My pride kept me from allowing them to bail me out and eventually I did make it back to an easier run down the mountain. I can't even count the number of times I flew over the handle bars or skidded sideways down the mountain.  I have no idea how I managed to get back to the base of the mountain scratched and bruised but without any serious injuries! I will certainly be a bit more humble and stick with the beginner runs when choosing my next mountain biking adventure but I did have fun and the scenery was just post card perfect. 

Kingsley had many amazing flights in Verbier but swooping over and landing in fields next to grazing cows with cowbells on was one of the highlights. 

Kingsley lands to the sound of cow bells from Lynn Wood on Vimeo.

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