Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts about snow

  • This photograph is available to buy as a framed print in my Redbubble gallery.

  • Diemtigen Valley from the air

    Aerial sequences of the quiet and peaceful Diemtigal Valley in Switzerland.

  • I love the alpine Susten Pass road and the mountain scenery there, particularly the area around the Steingletscher glacier and nearby hotel. It’s been a long time since I’ve visited in spring – before the upper reaches of the road have been cleared of snow – so Jo and I took a drive and walked…

  • Grindelwald, Switzerland

    The best time to visit the mountain villages near our home is between the tourist seasons, when many hotels are closed and the valleys, cable cars and mountain cableways are much quieter. We drove up to Grindelwald shortly before Christmas, to visit the mountain restaurant at Schreckfeld, where deep snow and temperatures as low as…

  • It had been a beautifully sunny start to the day, but by the time we’d driven up to Grindelwald, the clouds had taken over and the temperature had plummeted. We had to use a plastic loyalty card to scrape the ice from the inside of the cable car window, and the fondue at the mountain…

  • Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp

    Time-lapse video of the cable-car ride from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp in Swiss canton Bern.

  • Brienzergrat, Switzerland

    A testing and rewarding hike from the peat moorland of Lombachalp to two summits on the vertiginous Brienzergrat ridge.

  • I was half an hour early for an appointment at the Spiez council offices this morning, so I went for a brief stroll through the woods to the top of the vineyards while I was waiting. It was so peaceful, with fresh powdered snow slipping silently from the trees and only two or three other people there…

  • Views from home across the lake to the Niederhorn on a winter Sunday.

  • Schilttal, Switzerland

    A hair-raising sledge run – our first of this season – in the awe-inspiring Schilttal valley above Mürren.

  • Before the proper snow arrived at the start of this year’s winter season, we visited Zermatt and visited the famous, much-photographed view of the Matterhorn from Riffelsee.

  • Dense, grey fog on the lakes in the Bernese Oberland means that it’s best to head for the surrounding hills and mountains to get above the cloud and into the sunshine. We took a drive up a road we’d never used before – an unrestricted, toll-free one for a change – and ended up high…

  • A picturesque hike on the way to the Faulhorn, from Grindelwald First in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland.

  • Gries Pass

    Attempting to get away from baking temperatures, we headed for the mountains and a hike across summer snow fields to the Gries glacier.

  • Solothurn, Switzerland

    Historic towns in Switzerland make the Christmas period especially magical for the photographer. In particular during the “blue hour”, between sunset and darkness.

  • An old haunt, which I first visited in very similar conditions in the mid 1990s. This weather and this landscape were where I first began trying to take “proper” landscape photos using a Mamiya C330 on loan from a friend and mentor. I used to drive around the English Lake District fairly aimlessly, looking for…

  • Frau Holle

    There are many unusual phrases which crop up from time to time when you live in a country where the national language is predominantly foreign. In the German language, there are a great number of phrases or unfamiliar references, from the slightly coarse to the bizarre. One such reference comes around at this time of…

  • And so it begins

    Just as summer arrived in the Bernese Oberland late this year, so the first snow fall has arrived early. But that’s OK: the sun is shining and it looks beautiful.

  • The alpine passes in early or late season offer a reminder to the untamed nature of the mountains.

  • Local lake shipping company BLS now runs a daily ship service in the winter months.