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Old 03.02.2020, 17:31
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Quite often, yoiu just need to go a little higher than the low lying towns and cities.



Vevey/Montrux/Lausanne can be horribly gloomy and grey, depresing and what ever else, but at Châtel-St-Denis it is glorious sunshine, blue skies and terasse time !


The differenc ein elevation is 357m at the lake, 805m in Châtel !
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Old 03.02.2020, 20:58
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Great thread! I wanted to start something similar over Christmas when we had that blanket of cloud/fog that didn't shift for a week or so. I wanted some tips for where to get up above it without too much of a trek. Uetliberg wasn't high enough and was covered in the stuff. In the end I just resorted to surfing the webcams but if anyone has any insider tips of places above 1000m in case it happens again then I'd be grateful!

What is it with the weather this year anyway?! Mild and raining, my buddy is on his ski holiday in Engelberg and sent me pics today of his kid on the beginner slope in the rain surrounded by green
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Great thread! I wanted to start something similar over Christmas when we had that blanket of cloud/fog that didn't shift for a week or so. I wanted some tips for where to get up above it without too much of a trek. Uetliberg wasn't high enough and was covered in the stuff. In the end I just resorted to surfing the webcams but if anyone has any insider tips of places above 1000m in case it happens again then I'd be grateful!

What is it with the weather this year anyway?! Mild and raining, my buddy is on his ski holiday in Engelberg and sent me pics today of his kid on the beginner slope in the rain surrounded by green

I've been told Ennenda in Canton of Glarus is absolutely fantastic, you should really go, i'm sure you'd enjoy it immensely
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8636 Wald, if the sun isn’t shining there walk up the hill towards Oberholz - Scheidegg - Farner, or Pooalp and Scheidegg. On 2 January if felt like the hick equivalent of Champs d’Elysses on a spring day and I only wanted to walk the dog...
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Thanks everyone.

This thread highlights my challenge.

.... Variability .......

When I started this thread I thought, "Okay, I have to set myself up with some ideas so I'm doing well with winter from now until lighter days in late March time change".

Then, of course, this nice weather proves my efforts are currently unfounded.

I actually find the "constant changing" (because of the alps) more of a challenge than the dark bad weather. One wouldn't fully realize or understand the impact of "constant change" until living in it.

I joke .... "when I lived in England, I just knew I could count on the weather being crap and so I could just get on with it". (i.e. doing nice things suited to crap weather). Then, there would be a decent spat of good weather for a while and you could get in that groove for a while and make the most of that.

Because it is so much more unpredictable and variable here, if there's been a spell of dark gray that starting to bring me down and then there's a glimmer of the sun coming out, I have this feeling of "Drop everything!! Forget about everything you had planned today to be productive indoors. Run out right now and go for a nice walk before it goes, enjoy the sunshine right now while you have it and before it switches." When I don't drop everything, the good weather seems to pass in a few hours.

Then, if I say "Screw it, I don't care how the weather comes and goes, I'm doing what I planned today" and this is then followed by a long period of gray that starts to wear on me, I then regret I didn't grab the sun when it came suddenly.

All this sounds like I'm obsessed, but I find if I don't have a few ideas ahead of time of how to anticipate and surf the changing weather and take advantage of whatever weather is going on, then I get more blah later when I've hit a long spell of gray.

Exposure to light, outdoors, etc actually does end up having an impact on health ... they are starting to find this out more and more.

It's funny that the Swiss have a reputation for not being open to change. However, constant changes in weather can have a big impact on people, what they are choosing to do, etc. I've found that because of weather and seasonal activities, life is constantly changing here throughout the year more than other places I've lived where climate and thereby life activities are more constant.

So any thoughts and all favorite ideas are welcome.

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Re: Help Me Love Winter and Avoid Darkness/Depression

A motivational video from Neuchâtel. A bad wnter is not a reason to not have fun https://youtu.be/fIzXc_U8aGI

I'm not that crazy, I just drove this morning to work with the roof down, -4C
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...It's funny that the Swiss have a reputation for not being open to change. However, constant changes in weather can have a big impact on people, what they are choosing to do, etc. I've found that because of weather and seasonal activities, life is constantly changing here throughout the year more than other places I've lived where climate and thereby life activities are more constant.

So any thoughts and all favorite ideas are welcome.
In my observation, many Swiss do what they want to do regardless of the weather. Skiing on Saturday because it was agreed upon 8 months ago? Yep, we're going no matter the weather. Fondue tomorrow even if it's 30 degrees? Yep, because we planned it.

Since the swings affect you so much, as mentioned above I do suggest you see a doc about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). One of the best ways to help is to have a special lamp that you place next to your bed or desk at work that generates certain wavelengths of light. Also for some people taking Vitamin D supplements helps.

Obviously weather impacts us all, some more so than others. Otherwise we wouldn't have a thread that's 225 pages long.
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..I actually find the "constant changing" (because of the alps) more of a challenge than the dark bad weather..
Last few years I had few bad winter periods, that basically goes back to not being able to do some physical activity outside in the light. Going to and back from work in the dark doesn't help neither. In other months of the year, when I feel itch, I take my running shoes and go running for an hour and everything is ok.

Swissmeteo has great application, but sadly weather forecast is still unpredictable. So my only solution for winter is that I force myself to spend few hours outside every weekend, even if that means walking on nearby hill, which I otherwise find fekin boring.
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