For many years I have frequented the famous Farinet Lounge bar in Verbier to celebrate the New Year. The balcony terrace looks over Verbier's Place Centrale where the whole of Verbier gather to see in the New Year. It is something that has to be experienced. Somewhere between 20-30,000 people fill every inch of street in every direction. DJs play music and crowds cheer as the fireworks are let off all over the town.
The place Central was electric. Champagne was spraying into the air in every direction, rockets were amazingly being let off left right and centre within the crowd, people were climbing the lamp posts, and the constant roar of cheering and very happy lively people got your heart thumping.
The Farinet Lounge Bar is a very good place to be at New Year as you are slightly elevated above the crowds and have cover for when it gets cold. Many a celebrity is spotted in there joining in with the buzzing atmosphere.
However, this year I decided to do something different, something that I’ve wanted to do for years, but as I didn’t want to miss out I didn’t in the past. I drove up high to Sonalon and with my head torch on I walked up towards Marlenaz where it was elevated and dark enough to get the most spectacular view of the snowy village, lights and fireworks from above.
My parents had bought me a camera shaped hip flask for Christmas. So I filled this with some good red wine. A nice drink combined with the warmest ski kit I own, I was cozy and content camping out with two cameras on tripods; one filming the midnight explosion of colours in the sky, and the other to shoot stills of the vivid pyrotechnics
It was amazing how the sound carried. Way up there on the mountain I could hear the crowds from down below in the village. And the fireworks! They were just amazing from up above. I don’t regret missing out on the midnight kisses this year. I still made it down for a late night drink and a wee tipple with friends. And I saw something that few did.
Happy New Year everyone!