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 skiing buzz: avalanche videos that make your heart catch (update)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Viral videos this week include two ski clips that show avalanches, one the extraordinary feat of Swatch World Cup Big Mountain competition skier Sverre Lilliequist, who led the European team in Zermatt (competition 10-15 February), where he arrives safely at the finish line. The second was posted in January, in Italy, an […]

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 […]

UBS targeted by US justice officials in Wegelin bank affair (correction)

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NY tribunal opens procedure against Switzerland’s largest bank for correspondent role Parliament: both houses’ oversight committees want to hear bank surveillance body on Libor scandal ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Legal woes with US justice authorities are not over for UBS, with new legal proceedings in New York opened Monday 28 January against the bank to investigate […]

Second skiing death in Valais in one day: Zermatt

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 57-year-old Swiss man died after falling from the top of a 50-metre ice wall while skiing off-piste Wednesday 19 December near Zermatt. The man was with a group of four, including a mountain guide when, for reasons that are unclear, he went over the edge of an ice wall in an […]

Geneva airport wins “best airport” title for snow & ski travel

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Zermatt, Mammut and Swiss also win titles GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva’s international airport is expecting snow late Wednesday 28 November, just on time to welcome its new title as “best airport” in the travel category of Ski & Snowboard magazine’s new awards for businesses with ties to the snow sports industry. The awards were given […]

Elderly man hit by cablecar in Zermatt dies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 78-year-old local man who was crossing an area closed to the public near Zermatt’s Furri cablecar in canton Valais was hit in the head by one of the cars Thursday 6 September at 13:30. Police say he died of his injuries Friday, in hospital. It’s unclear what the man was doing […]

Missing snowboarder’s body found in crevasse

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The body of a 29-year-old snowboarder who went off-piste alone near Zermatt was found Tuesday after a lengthy search that began two days earlier. Helicopters joined rescue teams of search dogs and mountain guides on the ground in the search for Jorge Mario Brenes Jaikal. He was last seen 4 July in […]

Police seek missing snowboarder near Zermatt

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Valais have issued a missing persons report for a snowboarder who was last seen heading off for the slopes, in Zermatt, 4 July, at the request of his family. Jorge Mario Brenes Jaikel was last seen in the village at a sports store where he was renting equipment. His […]

Glacier Patrol cut short by avalanche danger

Glacier Patrol: the 2012 race was cut short due to snow conditions, even though the skiers race at night when the snow is more stable (photo ©2012 Steve Fellay)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The famed Glacier Patrol, one of the world’s toughest high mountain trail ski races, has been called off at Arolla due to the instability of the snow. There have been no accidents, the Swiss Army, which organizes the race reported early Saturday, but not all information about the skiers was in yet. […]