Swiss weekend weather and winter sports, 8-10 February 2013 – brrrrr!

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Be sure to take your gloves and hat when you step outside this weekend, with temperatures dipping in many areas in Switzerland. Alpine areas above 1,000 can expect highs below 0C (high of -5C in Zermatt) and lows of -10C to -15. Snow flurries are forecast Friday during the day in much […]

DNA check underway for bodies of 4 Swiss killed in air crash

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Three Swiss men and one woman who were killed Friday evening in a small plane crash in France, near the border with Switzerland, are being identified by DNA, say French police. The Pilatus PC-12 belonged to Air Sarina and was heading from Belgium to Saanen, near Gstaad, where the plane was based, […]

Swiss luxury beat: Usain Bolt basks in Lake Geneva region treats

Top brands news – Hublot, Benoit de Gorski at exclusive new address in Gstaad GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND – Swiss ultra-watches creator Hublot is making headlines this week in the Swiss luxury goods world. First, with the opening of a new boutique at one of the most exclusive postal codes in Switzerland, then by hosting of a […]

Swiss weekend ski and winter sports report, 17-19 February

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Avalanche danger growing, says federal office Dutch prince “stable” but not out of danger after Austrian avalanche GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The weekend promises every skier’s dream: fresh powder on top of an excellent base throughout the Alps and Jura, warmer weather and mostly sunny skies. There is a down side: the risk of avalanches is […]

Weekend ski and winter sports report, 28-29 January 2012

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – This report is coming to you a bit later than usual as we waited for the ski news to improve and, happily, it has, but it’s not the perfect weekend for beginners. Sunday promises occasional glimpses of sun. Yes there is snow, fresh snow, throughout much of the Alps, the depth is […]

Swiss snow and ski weekend report, 21-22 Jan 2012

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Mountain roads alert – very icy GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Snow again, and plenty of it throughout Swiss and French mountain regions. The roads were very icy Friday night and, very exceptionally, we needed chains at 800 metres, for the slippery surface rather than deep snow. Snow has been falling steadily since Friday afternoon and the […]

Swiss weekly snow and winter sports report, 7-8 January

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A quick Saturday morning update on the status of Swiss and neighbouring France resorts this weekend, following the heavy snowfalls of the past two days: Alps Major resorts now have at least some runs open, but many remain closed as crews try to prepare the pistes following more than 100cm of fresh […]

Best of the pricey baubles – what a week in Geneva!

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Going, going, gone! For CHF11.28 million, the world’s “largest known pear-shaped fancy vivid yellow diamond”, a rarity for colour at its size and a newcomer on the market, went to an individual who wishes to remain anonymous, says Sotheby’s. The diamond was the hottest item in the auction house’s semi-annual Geneva fine […]

Swiss jewelry shops hit by spate of robberies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss jewelers are being hit by a spate of armed robberies, with two people injured Friday morning in Lugano and one person in Gstaad. The thieves in Gstaad, a luxury resort in the Bernese Oberland region, tied up an employee, who was threatened with a knife, before getting away with several thousand […]

Coppet’s Menuhin Academy names Vengerov music counselor

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The International Menuhim Music Academy (IMMA), newly based in Coppet, Tuesday 23 August named Maestro Maxim Vengerov, “the greatest violinist of his generation”, its new music counselor. The IMMA was founded 30 years ago in Gstaad by Yehudi Menuhin, widely considered the finest violinist of the 20th century. It has 16 students […]