Ep. 4: Exploring a new sport: XC Ski and Winter Swimming in an Ice Cold Lake in Switzerland

Jeff Grant XC Ski Ice Swim

Join me as I XC Ski to an icy cold lake, swim, and ski back! This is Episode 4 of my Vlog: Adventures with Jeff Grant.

In today’s episode, I chase down a micro-adventure I’ve had my eyes on for over a year. It’s difficult to get the timing right for this one, as it requires an area that simultaneously has good XC ski conditions and a lake that isn’t yet frozen. I found that today in the Swiss village of Einsiedeln and bring you along for the experience. The water temp is just under 1C (33F), with an air temp of -2C / 28F. The lake is the Sihlsee.


Swim: https://www.strava.com/activities/207…

Strava Ski 1: https://www.strava.com/activities/207…

Strava Ski 2: https://www.strava.com/activities/207…

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Be careful with your cold water challenges

This goes without saying, but please be super careful with any cold water adventures you’re inspired to take on. I have a lot of experience in this domain and after 20+ years of ultra endurance sports, I know my body very well. That said, I also take steps to mitigate risk, including the gear I use, safety gear I have on hand, informing others, and locating myself in riskier swims near people on shore.

Have a great day!


Jeff Grant is the author of Flow State Runner: Activate a Powerful Inner Coach’s Voice, Hill Running: Survive & ThriveRun Faster: Unlock Your Speed in 8 Weeks, Running Heavy, and UltraRunning: Ultimate Guide. Based in Switzerland, Jeff is a coach and writer who specializes in mental coaching, peak performance, and transformation. He is also a Co-Founder of BridgeX Teams LLC, a global virtual team building company. Jeff’s popular newsletter is a digest containing inspirational and instructional resources, including his latest content. See recent issues and subscribe for free here. Refer to Jeff’s bio for more information, and please check out Jeff’s Coach & Author page on Facebook.