Western Spirit Balloon Tours and Events travel blog

First wave to fly!


More snow at our Chalet

Our Honda is sad that it is not our chasing the balloon

Ed, Richemont does have good pizza and Beer!

Crew in Gstaad

Chalet in Gstaad

Cow sculpture in town promenade in Gstaad


Jon and his new hat! What a Leo!

Tram to the top of the mountain for dinner

The Team is ready for dinner at the TOP!

Jon and Robin readying to get on the chair lift for dinner

Torches lighting our way on the mountain top.

Yes, Dena, it is sowing like crazy!

Manny our announcer having fun at dinner






It's is Monday and the first wave of balloons took off only to find themselves in the air when the snow started! Not good for the balloon or crew. Since we are in the third wave, we just watched as the snow began and decided to take a panorama train ride to Gstaad. Jon had flown to Gstaad in the balloon on our last trip here.

Gstaad is a bilingual village in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Bern in southwestern Switzerland. It is part of the municipality of Saanen and is known as a major ski resort and a popular destination amongst the high society and the international jet set. Gstaad has a population of about 3,200 and is located 3,445 feet above sea level. Famous residents have included actor sir Roger Moore, George Soros, Steve Wynn, actress/humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor, director Roman Polanski, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly. Famous regular visitors to Gstaad have included Madonna, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan and his wife Kareena Kapoor Khan, haute couture designer Valentino Garavani and writer William F. Buckley, Jr.

The festival dinner for pilots and crew on the top of the mountain was great as usual. We traveled up the mountain for 20 minutes on the enclosed tram which kept us warm and dry and then we transferred to the chair lift for the remaining 20 minutes ride up to the top. It continues to snow with 4 - 6 inches expected by noon tomorrow.

Good wine, good friends and good friends. There was a very nice band which sang all Rolling Stone songs.

Ed got involved in an indoor snow ball fight! Good thing he ran out of snow from the window ledge quickly! It could have gotten ugly real fast! We had the choice to ski, sled or return down the mountain on the Chair and Tram (in the dark about 10 pm). Ed and Carl wanted to sled down after a few glasses of wine but their wives and better judgment prevailed! Here's hoping the weather man was right and we have good weather tomorrow afternoon.

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