Snowboarder dies in Zermatt

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 31-year-old Dutch man lost his life Sunday 31 March in an accident in Zermatt. He was snowboarding off-piste and at 15:00 he was found at the bottom of a cliff by other freeriders, according to local paper Le Nouvelliste. He was taken to Chuv university hospitals in Lausanne in critical condition, […]

The age of reason on the slopes is NOT from 26-45

Foreign non-residents lax when it comes to safety gear BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss Safety Council’s latest figures for the use of safety equipment on the country’s ski slopes and off-piste show good use up to age 17, then a dip after age 25 until age 46, when skiers and snowboarders suddenly put on their […]

Swiss weekend snow and winter sports report, 3-5 February


Pack your thermal underwear! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – We’re heading for the slopes shortly, so this will be short and sweet: a great weekend of skiing and snowboarding is out that for those who are ready to brave the cold. Weather forecast, avalanche conditions, snow depth From now until Tuesday: sunny skies with icy temperatures. Everywhere. […]

Swiss weekend weather and winter sports, 1-5 December

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Brought to you earlier than expected! Lifts opening, safety, weather, cars, new radio Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Our first real winter sports bulletin at GenevaLunch was scheduled for Friday 3 December, but the skies opened, the snow fell, the lift operators cheered, and we’ve decided to offer this to you earlier than planned. […]

Nobs quits snowboarding, cites lack of funds


Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – An Olympic bronze medal in Vancouver in 2010 and the world vice-champion title last year, plus three career world championships to her name have not been enough to ensure Switzerland’s Olivia Nobs enough financial security so the snowboard top athlete can continue to perform this year. The 28-year-old snowboarder’s surprise announcement […]

Skiers warm up as first layers of Swiss snow arrive

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Click on images to view larger Geneva / Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Snow began to make a serious appearance in the Swiss Alps and the Jura mountains over the weekend, leaving the first layers that are needed for a good skiing base. Jura skiers were already out Saturday and Sunday 20-21 November, at La Faucille. […]

Russian junior team snowboarder dies in Saas Fee training

Sion, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A 14-year-old girl died in hospital after sustaining head injuries from an accident during training as part of the Russian junior snowboard team Friday morning 3 September. She was wearing a helmet and protective gear but apparently slipped while crossboarding and she landed on her head. She had trained on the […]

International sports, extreme snow: Chamonix-Mont Blanc Freeride ok for 31 January


Chamonix, France (GenevaLunch) – The Freeride World Tour’s second event has been confirmed for Sunday 31 January in Chamonix, with snow conditions considered “excellent”. The Tour, in its third year, has four major events plus 17 qualifying events during the winter. The season kicked off last week in Russia and after Chamonix the riders move […]

Swiss weekend snow and winter sports report, 25 January

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The state of the AI en route to the mountains, glorious Jura snow Weekend walk and circus special in Nyon, Swiss skiers and boarders Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – It’s January, so expect a mix of  Spring moments and sudden snow showers on the lakefront but pure winter goodness in the mountains this weekend. Wednesday it […]

Foreign tourists’ share of Swiss winter sports injuries down


Foreigners’ injuries falling, as part of whole for Swiss winter sports, avalanches biggest killers Click on images to view larger Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Foreign tourists are gradually becoming a smaller group among the total of those injured in winter sports in Switzerland, new statistics show. BPA, the Swiss safety board, Monday 11 January issued […]