With Mountain Festival 2017 fast approaching, we reached out to past attendees to learn more about their unique experiences. Second-time Mountain Festival participant business consultant, Christian Arets, relocated to Switzerland to pursue his love of snowboarding, skiing and photography. For him, Mountain Festival was a place to meet like-minded people.
Hi Christian, we heard that you have a head for heights! Can you tell us a bit about your passion for sports?
This winter I started paragliding - I particularly love the way it allows you to interact with the mountains and how the sport combines well with my other passions such as skiing, hiking and listening to music.
How did you find out about Mountain Festival and what inspired you to go?
Being based in Wengen, a ski town above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, I found out through friends, although the real pull was a schedule packed with great activities. I was really impressed with the variety on offer and the quality of the trainers, leaders and speakers.
What preparations did you make for the weekend and how did you train? Were there any essential items you brought with you?
I’m lucky to live in a mountain town as it gives me the opportunity to indulge in outdoor activities on a regular basis. My experience at last year’s Mountain Festival brought me in contact with outdoorsy, motivated and active people that trained once or twice a week. But if you're worried, don't be. A basic level of fitness will suffice.
What was the best activity and workshop you went on?
I really enjoyed the night activities. The evening hike, presentations and speeches (particularly Simone Moro’s) were great. The workshop on photography was probably the one I enjoyed the most.
What challenges did you face?
There weren't any particular challenges for me as the festival was really well organised. I’m familiar with the Lauterbrunnen Valley area as well.
Can you describe any memorable smells, tastes, touches and feelings from the weekend?
The sight of outdoor fireplaces mixed with light rain provided some perfect photo opportunities. There were also some unforgettable conversations that took place around campfires as we shared some delicious food and alcohol.
What advice would you give to someone interested in attending this year?
Mountain Festival provides an ideal platform to discover one of the most beautiful places on earth. The region is stunning and provides spectacular views of world famous mountain peaks, waterfalls and glaciers.
Describe your experience in less than 5 words.
Come experience the magic wonderland!