Sweden, Travel

Mountains + Waffles // Annual Ski Holiday

Hellooo! I just got back from a lovely ski holiday in Sweden and wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the trip. Being that it was below freezing most days, I didn’t want to have my hands out of my mittens too often and only got a handful of pictures. I am totally okay with that though because sometimes it is nice to have a technology break!

Nicolas’s family has a tradition of spending a week in Sälen every February, and I have been fortunate enough to come along the past three trips! You can see my post from last year here. 🙂 I had no idea how to ski a few years ago, and I was SO terrified. I was never great at sports and genuinely hate the cold. However, Nicolas was so incredibly patient and taught me everything I needed to know. Now I am quite confident on the slopes and enjoy skiing a lot. I even went down the red slopes this year! (I still can’t believe it.)

One of my FAVORITE parts of the trip is (no surprise here) the food. I love love love rewarding myself with a cup of hot cocoa . . .

or a steaming bowl of Hungarian goulash (which is completely different than American goulash!) . . .

but my heart will always belong to these waffles!!! I look forward to them every year. Warm and fresh and topped with powdered sugar, marmalade, ice cream, whipped cream, and a little bit of mint. HEAVEN.

It might not sound like anything special, but I have never had a waffle as good as this one!

There are also countless restaurants with beautiful, snowy views. We enjoyed eating out two of the evenings. For the remaining nights, we enjoyed lots of yummy dinners in the cabin. (Nicolas’s mom is a great cook!)

I just want to say that it is so important to try something at least ONCE before dismissing it (even if you are terrified.) I am so thankful that Nicolas gave me the push I needed to give skiing a chance. I am much more capable than I ever give myself credit for. I never once thought I could succeed at ANY type of sport or physical activity, but here I am skiing in the beautiful mountains of Sweden and loving it! Apologies for getting a bit emotional and inspirational, but just keep my scenario in mind the next time you are feeling discouraged and scared to try something new. 🙂

Have a lovely weekend, and thanks for stopping by Breakfast at Madison’s!




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  • Reply Katie February 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Hello! This post makes me very jealous as I would love to go skiing, but just never had the chance. We have always opted for holidays full of Sun. Your pictures of your food makes me insanely hungry – maybe you could try recreate those waffles?

    Katie xx

    • Reply Madison Marie February 25, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      Hi, Katie! Oh I LOVE a sunny holiday, too. Brilliant idea with recreating the waffles! I was thinking the same but was a little scared to give it a go. I really want to! 🙂

  • Reply Billie Jo February 23, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Only you could look that lovely after a day of skiing !
    And I am with your friend Katie…
    Maybe you could recreate the waffles??
    Love you!

    • Reply Madison Marie February 25, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Hahaha you are too kind! We really should try! Love you more. 🙂

  • Reply mamasmercantile February 23, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Those waffles look amazing. I haven’t been skiing in years but used to take the girls when they were young, your post brought back some lovely memories so I thank you for that.

    • Reply Madison Marie February 25, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      Awe, glad you could reminisce a bit! Thanks for reading! <3

  • Reply Martha Ellen February 24, 2018 at 2:24 am

    Good for you, Madison! I learned to ski as an adult as well and it takes a lot of courage. I learned when my kids were young. Although I haven’t been in years I have great memories. Your photos are gorgeous. And the waffles look scrumptious! ♥

    • Reply Madison Marie February 25, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      I appreciate that so much, Martha! It was truly so difficult to learn as an adult. I wish I could’ve learned as a child when I wasn’t so afraid! Haha

  • Reply Dominika February 24, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    I would so eat it and cocoa! I was skiing last time in 2010 I think so I would need some help if I tried skiing now. I’m glad you are now more confident and you even went for the red slopes. Go for it girl!! xx

    • Reply Madison Marie February 25, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Ahh thanks so much, girl! <3

  • Reply Kirsten February 24, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    So proud of you Madison❤️You are so brave and can’t believe you already this year passed me in such a high speed on the slopes!!!⛷⛷

    • Reply Madison Marie February 25, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you sooo much! Couldn’t have done it without you. 🙂

  • Reply Danielle Alexa February 24, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    I would love to go skiing, it is one of my dream holidays!

    Danielle xx

    • Reply Madison Marie February 25, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      I would highly recommend it! I hope you get to try it someday. 🙂

  • Reply Michele February 25, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I loved this post, it makes me want to ski sooo bad! It looks like you had a wonderful time!

    ps: your food pics always make me hungry!


    • Reply Madison Marie February 25, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you so much!!! And sorry for making you hungry – it was the same for me when I wrote the post! Hehe

  • Reply Stephanie February 27, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Mmmm… those waffles look and sound amazing! I can see why you enjoy them so much 🙂

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post and what a delight to learn you now enjoy skiing thanks to your dear Nicolas. I agree with your mom, only you could look that lovely after a day of skiing {{smiles}}

    I live in Colorado so my dad had me on skis when I was 5. Then I turned 13 and decided I needed to try snowboarding. I love both and enjoy hitting the slopes at Vail and Beaver Creek when I can. Oh, what fun it would be to enjoy the snow in Sweden!

    Hugs to you! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

    • Reply Madison Marie March 1, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Thank you so much, Stephanie! I am so glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂 You are too kind! Wow, it must be great to live so close to so many great skiing areas. Snowboarding looks sooo difficult, too. That is amazing!

  • Reply Madeline February 27, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Those waffles look great! And skiing is fun!! I often tell my kids “You can do hard things!” But this post was a great reminder that I can do hard things too!!

    • Reply Madison Marie March 1, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Awe, your comment made me smile! Thanks, Madeline. Yes you can! 🙂

  • Reply Danielle March 2, 2018 at 1:49 am

    I love this so much!! My husband taught me to ski when I was 19 and I was terrified. After the fear wore off (mostly of the height…and speed….: ) I realized I actually was pretty good and enjoyed it! I agree that sometimes you just have to push yourself and wonderful things can happen! But I have to admit, as much as I loved skiing, I think I loved the hot cocoa at the bottom of the mountain more! It’s the best!! Oh and those waffles….please recreate them! OMG they look so good!!! So glad you had fun! Those views are pretty spectacular!

    • Reply Madison Marie March 2, 2018 at 10:51 am

      Oh my goodness, that sounds JUST like me and Nicolas! Haha we are so alike. 🙂 I am going to try to recreate the waffles someday! Thanks! <3

  • Reply Jenny March 4, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    This looks like such a lovely ski holiday! I always go for a hot chocolate whenever the weather is cold, it’s just a must! The waffles look absolutely insane as well. I’ve always wanted to try skiing, but I’ve never pushed myself into it because I know how bad my balance is. I think I’m going to have to take inspiration from you and try going for a ski class some day!

    Jenny x


    • Reply Madison Marie March 6, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      Yes, hot chocolate is a necessity when it is cold! And oh my gosh, I have horrible balance, so don’t let that hold you back. 🙂

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