Alert: police seeking black Audi after Crans-Montana holdup

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Valais issued an alert within minutes of a holdup by four men of a jewelry store in Crans-Montana, where a large sum was stolen. Four people entered the shop and held up an employee with a firearm and a taser at 17:35 Wednesday evening 10 April. They fled in […]

Old is beautiful, and Swiss wines are no exception

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss, for those who don’t know it yet, are very good at whipping up extraordinary gastronomic feasts. Switzerland has 100 Michelin starred restaurants in 2013, one of the highest per capita ratings in the world, and it has local wines that can hold their own at such meals. It’s not surprising, […]

Swiss winter sports and weekend weather, 1-3 March 2013 (update)

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What’s on in Switzerland GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Bye-bye winter blues, hello warmer weather and sunshine, with plenty of snow still on the slopes! The weekend promises to be great for doing just about anything outdoors. And now that March has arrived, the season is starting for the big spring consumer fairs, Habitat et Jardins in […]

Skiers alert: high avalanche warnings, unstable weather

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Winter sports fans beware, the avalanche risk is now at 4 out of 5, “very high”, in a large area from around Verbier to east of Crans-Montana. Changeable weather, with sudden temperature drops and snow expected today, with high winds in some areas, are part of the picture. Warmer temperatures the past […]

Weather update, Christmas travel forecast

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Extra trains, expect road delays for Switzerland for next 2 weeks GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sitting in deep, deep snow at 1,000 metres in the Swiss Alps, with more of it bucketing down, it is hard to take Tuesday morning’s weather forecast seriously. We still have one week until Christmas, folks, and MeteoSwiss says 18 December […]

Lens gets green light for 250-student int’l school in Valais

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The village of Lens, near Crans-Montana in canton Valais, has been given the go-ahead to open an international school for at least 250 students that will cost CHF50 million and eventually accept students from ages 6 to 17. The secondary school will be built once the primary school is operating. Four-fifths of […]

Cold showers for weekend fun as temps dip, snow forecast

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you’re heading outdoors this weekend, take along warm clothes! Temperatures in the mountains are expected to dip to negatives at 2,000 metres and snow could fall as low as 1,000 metres, highly unusual in late August, early September. MeteoSwiss says we can expect rain off and on all weekend, with clearer […]

Russian-owned resort near Crans-Montana wins 1 of opposition battles

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Environmental groups lose effort to block one area, in federal court GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A lawsuit brought by environmental groups against part of the planned CHF650 million Village Royal resort project was rejected 3 July, with the decision announced this week by the Swiss Federal Tribunal. It declared the appeal against 9 building authorizations in […]

Valais resort project to move ahead, unaffected by second homes vote

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The CHF650 million Village Royal luxury resort project planned for Aminona, next to Crans-Montana in canton Valais, will go ahead as planned, the commune of Mollens said in a statement Monday. It noted that the project’s future is unaffected by Switzerland’s weekend vote against the construction of new second homes because it […]

Highlights from this week’s news

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A rundown of some of this week’s news highlights: Nestlé charged with lack of protection, death of former worker Charges were filed against Vevey-based multinational Nestlé in Zug by a Colombian trade union and a human rights group for not adequately protecting a former employee, Luciano Romero, who was murdered in Colombia […]