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Verbier is keeping the freeride spirit alive in the Alps. Europe has been smashed by COVID this winter, with most ski areas shut or severely restricted as the pandemic takes a tragic toll across the major alpine nations. As we reported previously, France shut skiing down totally, Italy likewise, and Austria allowed re-opening for locals only. But Switzerland left the local...
The Alps are getting hammered with snow this season, but if you want to ski Europe now most places remain closed, or at best locals only. But Not Switzerland! Their COVID measures have allowed regional governments to make the decisions on key aspects of life, including whether to open ski facilities or not. So for anyone traveling who can get there,...
V-Cableway V-Bahn Jungfrau new trail map
The CHF 470 AUD 690 million V-Cableway project is the biggest new lift development in the World. Stage one, the new gondola from Grindelwald to Mannlichen, opened December 2019. Stage 2, the amazing Eiger Express, officially opened last weekend (with public excluded), slashing ride time from Grindelwald to the Eigergletscher Station to just 15 minutes. Between them the new lifts make the...
Zermatt re-opened Saturday for summer skiing and activities almost 3 months after things had to shut down early for the winter season due to COVID-19. Summer skiing in Zermatt is a lot of fun. It was even true back in 1990s that Zermatt offered more summer vertical drop than Australia does in winter - 3000 or so vertical feet in...
Sledging in Switzerland takes the humble toboggan experience next level. Downunder it's usually left to casual snow visitors who don't want and/or can't afford to go skiing to just rent a basic plastic toboggan and go for a little slide on any patch of snow available. Or use a garbage bag. Even these spots are harder to find since...
Charging out of the start gate of the Lauberhorn Downhill race
World Cup Downhills for the Swiss are like footy grand finals for us, and they don't get any bigger, or longer than the Lauberhorn race at Wengen every January. Why not time your next, or first, Swiss snow holiday to overlap with the 91st running of this amazing race in January 2021? The Lauberhorn race is the longest World Cup...

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