Once a week for the last couple of months, I have spent helping out at Hari Sport Ski Rental shop up on Engtsligen Alp, Switzerland. Its quite a place. But words can’t really bend around it, so instead, here are some pics WITH some words!

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Engtsligen Alp is supposed to be the highest plateau of its size in Europe… a large, flat area, 2km’s above sea level which then reaches up a further kilometre to the peaks above. Breathe taking.

In the summer this is a grassy plain where cattle graze

In the summer this is a grassy plain where cattle graze

The Southern corner of the plateau is littered with large boulders

The Southern corner of the plateau is littered with large boulders

Now partially buried in snow, they are said to be the last remainin pysical evidence of the Celtic settlement of Switzerland in the 1st century BC

Now partially buried in snow, they are said to be the last remaining physical evidence of the Celtic settlement of Switzerland in the 1st century BC

I don't think I found te Celtic Standin stones, but these boulders and their setting are amazing in any event

I don’t think I found the Celtic Standing stones, but these boulders and their setting are amazing in any event

This is teh view from the boulders back towards the gondola that takes you back down to round level

This is the view from the boulders back towards the gondola that takes you back down to round level

Its incredibly peacegul nest to these bi rocks inte snow, as if you can watch the lichen growing.

Its incredibly peaceful nest to these big rocks in the snow, as if you can watch the lichen growing.

The weather changes fast and often

The weather changes fast and often

You can't see it in the picture, but that red windmill is really motoring... the wind picking up

You can’t see it in the picture, but that red windmill is really motoring… the wind picking up

These changes result in quite spectacular shifts in light and visibility

These changes result in quite spectacular shifts in light and visibility

This place is the same altitude as Johannesburg, give or take a few metres... something you have to remind yourself of when looking at this vista

This place is the same altitude as Johannesburg, give or take a few metres… something you have to remind yourself of when looking at this vista

Inside the rental shop....

Inside the rental shop….

The rental flag dances in the wind

The rental flag dances in the wind

There is also a natural ice skating rink in this igloo

There is also a natural ice skating rink in this igloo

Complete with Disco lights, 'Ring of Fire' was playing when I took this

Complete with Disco lights, ‘Ring of Fire’ was playing when I took this

The view from the Gondola Station below, looking up towards Engtsligen Alp

The view from the Gondola Station below, looking up towards Engtsligen Alp