Winter is gone, and the spring rain wakes the world liven up. I have started missing the passed winter and am looking forward to the next, while getting ready for a sultry summer at the same time. My friend just sent me a message several days ago telling me that she just went to a snow blanketed place named 新潟Niigata-ken in Japan last weekend, which reminds me of the white snow wonderland of Mt. Titlis in Switzerland.
Switzerland is one of my top 5 favourite countries – I love her icy land, love her purity, love her placidity, love her unpolluted pristine air, and love her people. One of the reasons why people like visiting Switzerland is because there is a wonderland for skiing devotees due to her proud natural resource – snow covered mountains. Whether you ski or not, the stunning high elevation mountains are something you can’t miss out on when you are there.
I visited Mt. Titlis in the wintertime a couple of years ago; it was extremely nippy just around -20°C outdoors and that was the most snow I had ever seen in my life. I was amazed by the scenery the moment I touched down – only two colours make up the whole of wonderland – white and blue. And what’s left? Yes, red – the Switzerland flag. If you’re living in any top world city, like Hong Kong, London, New York or Tokyo, you will fall in love with nature and be proved that Nature’s artwork is invariably infinitely more spectacular than any manmade architectures.
[ Mount Titlis (3,238 m) is a mountain in the Urner Alps of Switzerland. Titlis is located between the municipalities of Engelberg on the north and Gadmen on the south. The summit lies west of the Grassen, where the borders between the cantons of Obwalden, Nidwalden and Berne converge. ] – Wiki
[ Titlis is the highest mountain in the portion of the Urner Alps north of the Susten Pass. This part of the range is located between the valleys of the Hasli (west) and the Reuss (east), thus separating the waters feeding the basins of the Aar and Reuss respectively. On the north side the valley of Engelberg (Engelbergertal) is drained by the Engelberger Aa, a tributary of the Reuss. The valley is located southwards from Lake Lucerne. ] – Wiki
[ In earlier times, Titlis was known under the names Wendenstock or Nollen. The Reissend Nollen and the Wendenstöcke are the nearest western neighbours to the mountain, slightly lower than Titlis, but with sharp rugged peaks. In a document of 1435 the mountain is called Tuttelsberg (Tutilos mountain), referencing to a man named Tutilos, who was probably a local farmer. The name, from Tutilos Berg, became Titlisberg and later Titlis.] -Wiki
The temperature in Titlis is minus almost for the whole year, with the average high temperature of around -4.9 °C; and the average low temperature at about -10.4°C. To be more precise, in the cold days from November to April, the temperature is approximately -9 °C for the average high and -15°C for the average low whereas in the comparative “warm” days starting from May to Oct the temperatures are around 0°C and -5°C, respectively.
[ Mount Titlis is famous as the site of the world’s first revolving cable car. The cable car system connects Engelberg to the summit of Klein Titlis (3,028 m) through the three stages of Gerschnialp (1,262 m), Trübsee (1,796 m) and Stand (2,428 m). The last part of cable car way leads above the glacier. At Klein Titlis, it is possible to visit an illuminated glacier cave from an entrance within the cable-car station, which also includes shops and restaurants.] –Wiki
Sure, skiing is The must when you are in Mount Titlis whether or not you can ski. Dressing yourself up in full ski clothing, you will immediately get into the feeling of flying like an eagle in the clear blue skies and white land in Engelberg, you can’t even believe you’re still on earth! – Yes! The world is amazing, that’s why travelling is one of the most important things I have to keep doing in my life. Other than skiing, there are plenty of activities you can do when you’re visiting Mt. Titlis, such as sledding, winter hiking etc.
Snow and glacier are disappearing rapidly from our earth due to global warming, so you’d better plan a trip there as soon as possible, just before everything is gone. But please also remember to be prepared before you get there and enjoy the experience when you are there. Most importantly, stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy your trip!