Call it Easter or spring, but celebrate: it’s a Swiss long holiday weekend!

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Weather outlook for 29 March-1 April: some are calling it an April Fool’s joke Don’t forget to change your clocks GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – First, the weather, mostly lousy, with occasional sunshine and unseasonably low temperatures. Throughout Switzerland, from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April, the weather forecast is for rain or snow every day, […]

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 […]

Verbier hot spot for Britain’s young royals: Harry gets a girl

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – British gossip and celebrity writers are full of Harry news today, Prince Harry, that is, the latest member of the royal family to have found love, it appears. Harry is skiing in Verbier and reports are flying around that he has been spotted kissing – on the slopes, no less! – Cressida […]

Update 2: two Nendaz-Verbier avalanches Wednesday kill 1, leave 2 critical

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A series of avalanches Wednesday on the south side of the Rhone in canton Valais have left one person dead and two in critical condition, with four others have lesser injuries. The first avalanche occurred at 10:40 Wednesday 13 February at Bec des Etagnes between Mont-Fort and lac de Cleuson. A group […]

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 […]

Swiss weather and winter sports weekend 1-3 February 2013

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Plenty of snow up in those hills! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss and French resorts say the season is going well, with plenty of snow on the slopes, and more on the way. The first February weekend, with slightly longer days, promises to be a cocktail of rain and cold bise winds around Lake Geneva and […]

Verbier skier, 77, dies after crash landing

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 77-year-old Serbian man whose  home was The Netherlands died Saturday afternoon while skiing in Verbier. He was skiing near the restaurant Au Mayen in the Mayentzet area at 14:15 when he headed left around the restaurant in order to rejoin the ski trail below it. He suddenly found himself on a […]

Swiss weekend winter sports and weather: 25-27 January

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What’s on in Geneva and elsewhere: busy weekend of balloons, art, and of course skiing! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Winter activities are gearing up around Switzerland, after the holidays and pause that follows them. This weekend offers plenty of opportunities for entertainment. You might want to get in the wintry mood Friday by heading for Bastions […]

Nendaz-Verbier off-piste skier dies following avalanche

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23-year-old Swedish woman had airbag and DVA GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 23-year-old skier, a Swedish woman and one of a group of four people freeriding between Nendaz and Verbier Wednesday morning 19 December, died in hospital in Sion after being caught by an avalanche. The accident occurred at 11:00 Wednesday, a perfect off-piste day by […]

Weekend avalanches catch Swiss off-piste enthusiasts (update)

Dutch skier dies in Wengen Saturday GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 39-year-old Dutch skier died Saturday in Wengen while skiing off-piste, say Bern police. He and a friend left the Eiger glacier stop to ski down Kleine Scheidegg on an ungroomed piste when they lost sight of each other. The second skier waited in vain for […]