Legendary ski race captures imagination Friday, 15 January, 2010 Put a 1,000-metre drop along a 4.5 kilometre ski run with competitors swishing past in a blur. Add a sparkling dramatic alpine backdrop, screaming fans and what have you got? The Lauberhorn Downhill, of course—that’s skiing’s equivalent to Wimbledon. Vincent Landon reports from Wengen, in the canton of Bern:
The Traveller: Snowboarding heaven Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 We’re back in Graubünden with Celeste Duvoisin at the Laax Flims Falera resort which is famous for being at the forefront of the snowboarding revolution:
Authorities cracking down on reckless skiing Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 The bodies of three skiers who went missing in the Bernese Oberland Sunday were found by rescuers yesterday. Four others, including a rescue doctor, also died. It’s the latest of several incidents that are casting a light on the riskiness of back country skiing when the risk of avalanche is high, and Valais police are warning they’ll pursue off-piste skiers who cause avalanches that block ski runs. WRS’s Jordan Davis has more:
Cold days, hot nights: 25 top après-ski spots Thursday, 24 December, 2009 If you’re among the lucky folks who’ve beaten the winter weather to make it to the Swiss slopes this holiday season, your ski vacation just got better. We’ve selected the 25 best après-ski hotspots across Switzerland. Now all you have to do is decide which one to try first…
Ski industry focuses on new technologies for warming slopes Monday, 31 August, 2009 Ski lifts, snow makers and sleds are not exactly what’s on most people’s minds in late August—unless you went to Swissalpina last week, the mountain technologies trade show held every two years in Martigny in canton Valais. Lucas Chambers has this report:
Snowshoeing hazards mount with popularity Sunday, 18 January, 2009 More and more snowshoers are taking to the mountains. The sport is accessible to young and old, and allows people to experience nature up close during the winter months. But more snowshoers are also being killed in avalanches, and disrupting delicate alpine ecosystems. Yet, this can be avoided with the help of a certified mountain guide. WRS video journalist Amy Wong strapped on a pair of snowshoes and went trekking through the Alps.
Skiers at risk on busy slopes Thursday, 8 January, 2009 The number of serious accidents on ski resorts is high this year, with good early snowfall attracting large numbers to the slopes. How can skiers and snowboarders stay safe on Switzerland’s resorts? Nicki Chadwick spoke to Arthur Clivaz, director of Crans-Montana installations.
Ticino ski resorts face closure Thursday, 23 October, 2008 The ski season looks like it could be over even before it has begun for two small ski resorts in canton Ticino. The cantonal parliament has rejected emergency funding of almost CHF1 million to keep Bosco Gurin and Cari running this winter. It follows the publication of a report last month which says winter sports are not profitable in Ticino. Vincent Landon reports:
Bargain ski resort banks on change of fortune Friday, 28 March, 2008 One year ago, the ski resort of Erner Galen in the canton of Valais went on the market for the symbolic price of one Swiss franc. It boasts four lifts and 19 kilometres of slopes. In stepped British buyer Summerleaze, which specialises in gravel, waste and renewable energy, but decided to branch out into the snow business. The company has now outlined its ambitious plans to save the resort from financial ruin and prevent the death of a mountain village. World Radio Switzerland’s Vincent Landon has more.
Zermatt strives to stay on the upslope Tuesday, 18 March, 2008 Zermatt is famed as a ski resort and as a tourist destination. As the highest ski resort in the Alps, it has one of the longest seasons and reliable snow. Its local mountain, the Matterhorn, gives it an international trademark, which many competitors would die for. But even a successful resort like Zermatt cannot afford to rest on its laurels in the face of global competition. World Radio Switzerland’s Vincent Landon has more.
Lenzerheide pumps millions into making snow Monday, 25 February, 2008 Climate change is forcing many Swiss ski resorts to invest heavily in snow-making equipment. It’s a huge and expensive operation. In Switzerland, covering a single kilometre of slope with man-made snow requires an investment of roughly CHF1 million. The resort of Lenzerheide in canton Graubünden is investing CHF35 million to double its snow-making capacity so that it can provide sufficient snow cover for 60 per cent of its slopes. WRS’s Vincent Landon visited Lenzerheide.
Ski lift for sale Friday, 11 January, 2008 If you love skiing and have CHF850,000 to spare, there’s still time to snap up your own ski resort, less than an hour from Zurich. The family owned Oberholz-Farner lifts went on the market late last year. Vincent Landon has more.
Swiss ski team winning again Wednesday, 19 December, 2007 Skiing is not only a major tourist attraction for Switzerland– it is also a sense of national pride. And the country’s ski team is on the rebound after a couple of rough years. World Radio Switzerland’s Alex Helmick reports.
Geneva has downtown ski slope covered Thursday, 6 December, 2007 Skiing addicts in Geneva were able to get their fix during their lunch break yesterday, thanks to an artificial piste created in the old town. And authorities aren’t letting the warm weather get them down, Catherine Allen reports.
Let it snow Thursday, 29 November, 2007 When people think Switzerland, they think mountains. And when tourists come to ski the Swiss Alps, they expect snow. Lots of snow.