Skiing during the day is already great fun, but skiing at dawn or in the dark of night is especially exciting.
In the Vosges Mountains, you can strap on your skis before sunrise at 6 a.m. and continue the fun until 9:45 p.m. on secured slopes. We try out these unusual options during our stay.
The calm of daybreak
At La Bresse-Hohneck, we’re far from the bustle of the overcrowded resorts. But it was still really enjoyable to get in some early morning runs at a time when most skiers have barely opened their eyes and others are only halfway through their night. To top off this divine moment, the sky puts on a show of beautiful colours.
Hit the slopes from morning to night
The weekends are short, and we don’t want to miss a moment of our skiing holiday. So, we decide to take advantage of the night-time hours at La Bresse-Hohneck. As dusk falls slowly on the mountain, we stop to admire the soft light taking over.
Ski under the stars
The resorts of Lac Blanc and Markstein also have night-time passes on certain evenings of the season. Equipment rental is available in the evening at the bottom of the ski lift.
The torchlight descent on the slopes of Gérardmer is a pure moment of merriment. We finish off this one-of-a-kind evening watching the firework display and the laser show.
From slope to slope
In the winter, skiers can take the snow shuttles for easy travel in the resorts of the Vosges Mountains. They connect the city train stations to the main resorts and also run during events like the torchlight descent.
Feels like Scandinavia
While its rare to see Aurora borealis in the Vosges Mountains, the Scandinavian way of life definitely has its place. By candlelight, cuddled up next to the chimney, we try to unlock the secrets of hygge, the Danish art of well-being and relaxation. A welcome evening of unplugging.
Walking on thin ice
We walked on water! Or, to be precise, we walked on the frozen rivers of Gérardmer. ESF organises ice-ruisseling outings, a hike through frozen streams for a different way to discover the Vosges Mountains.