🇨🇭 The original list I made was random, subjective and is maybe a bit offensive to anyone who actually knows the place. It was created as a fun game to see my ‘before and after perspective’ of a trip! You can find it here: Swiss Stereotypes List
On my list, Stereotype No.3 was that the Swiss can ski.
This is something weird many people had told me before my trip and I was curious to find out the truth.
I visited two mountainous areas where ski was permitted and I was surprised that it was not packed, but I must admit there where many tourists there. However, the majority of the skiers were locals. You walk around towns close to resorts and you see people casually carrying their equipment in the street! It seemed weird to me.
The country as a whole is not cold. It just happens to have many mountains where generally speaking, it gets cold! But it’s easy to take kids on excursions up there to teach them how to ski, or for a family weekend up the mountains to practice.
Sports and physical activity is promoted from an early age and that makes the Swiss fairly sport oriented in relation to most countries in the world. Ski is something that most of the population does not come in contact very often, because most people live close to the cities…which are away from the ski resorts. They also tend to avoid them due to the tourists.
BUT, that doesn’t mean that they don’t learn how to ski!
Think of the sport/hobby that was promoted to you at school or by your parents. You might have liked or hated it, you might have been good or bad at it. It all comes down to the person’s individual preferences. One of the reasons the specific sport/s was promoted to you, is because it was easily accessible in your country.
So, yes most Swiss might learn how to ski, but that doesn’t make them good at it or happy to practice it. I have had most people tell me that they like it, but I didn’t interview the whole country!
P.S. While I was there, I was so overwhelmed by the view that I didn’t think to ask for more information from locals. Sorry-not-sorry!
⚫ This opinion is based on my experience of an eleven-day trip to Switzerland and the people I happen to have met there so as an ‘outsider’ I can’t know for sure if the above is valid.
I went. I explored. Your turn! xx