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In Switzerland there are more than 70 peaks higher than 4000 meters above sea level, 55 of which are fully in Swiss territory and 19 on the border with Italy.

The highest peak of Switzerland Dufour, de 4634 meters, in the Monte Rosa massif, on the border with Italy.

The highest mountain entirely on Swiss territory is the Dom of 4545 meters, between Zermatt and Saas Fee.

The best known is probably the top Swiss Matterhorn (Cervino, 4,478 meters), south of Zermatt.

The group consists of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps is considered one of the most fascinating mountain areas of Europe.

 

Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt is a beautiful Swiss village on Mount Rosa, at the foot of the Matterhorn . And ‘it is lying in the bottom of the Mattertal Valley and you arrive only by train; in village works only electric vehicles. And ‘one of the few ski resorts without a car.

Attention to the environment that is also seen in the approach unusual for lifts (ISO 14001) and energy in self-sufficiency of the top restaurants, given by photovoltaic and solar panel systems.

Zermatt is one with Italian Valtournenche and Breuil Cervinia in the district Matterhorn Ski Paradise, with 350 km of slopes. Very spectacular and the descent from the Klein Matterhorn extremely long (almost 3900 m) to the country through the glacier of Plateau Rosa.

The facilities are very modern, but there are still signs of the tradition like the little train from the village of Zermatt reaches 3200 meters Gornergrad between incomparable scenery, tracks, tunnels and walls of snow.

Another example of modernity is the underground funicular to the ski area Sonnegga. Upon arrival of the Klein Matterhorn cable car you can visit the Ice Palace, a series of caves dug at 15 m depth in the glacier.

Lifestyle

The most beautiful cities to visit in winter

 

For those who love to travel it is important to determine which is the best time of year to visit some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Among the many European capitals to guarantee the beautiful scenery and architecture breathtaking there are some that in winter take on a charm and atmosphere than in other times of the year is difficult to live. Here are some little advice to choose the most beautiful cities to visit in the winter.

Innsbruck
Capital of North Tyrol and the federal state of Tyrol, Innsbruck boasts some of the most beautiful winter events in the world including the Festival der Träume, the New Year in the mountains, the World Music Festival, New Orleans Festival and the many Christmas markets , so sought after and visited by tourists. Among the many architectural wonders that houses Innsbruck, are to report the imperial palace, originally considered as a residence of the counts of Tyrol, the theater Tiroler Landestheater, the botanical garden and the Alpine Zoo. The inevitable visit to the Golden Roof: a symbol of the city, is the balcony of a residential palace of Maximilian I built by Niklas Türing the Elder, characterized by a roof covered with gilded copper tiles and railings richly sculpted by Gregor Türing.

Monaco
Although its international reputation is often linked to events like the Oktoberfest, the city of Monaco is one of the top destinations for winter holidays. Always animated by happiness of the many tourists that are walking through the streets of the city, Monaco offers the opportunity to visit some really interesting historical buildings such as the Frauenkirche, the Cathedral of Our Lady, which is one of the most famous buildings of the city center. Among other splendors of Monaco is due to visit the Residenz, the palace was the residence of the dukes and kings of Bavaria, the National Theatre, the Nymphenburg Palace, the summer residence of the Wittelsbach, and Marienplatz, the center of the city which is named by the Mariensäule, the baroque column of the Virgin that stands in the square.

Oslo
Norway’s capital has some really unique features that distinguish it from all other European cities. In addition to being the place where each year is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Oslo is one of those goals that in winter it can be dyed spectacular tones that make a stay in its borders, entering of law in the list of the most beautiful cities to visit in the winter. The name of the capital is often associated with ski jumping in Holmenkollen, the oldest ski jump on skis in the world. Skiing and ice skating are the two sports most appreciated by tourists in the spectacular snow can enjoy a holiday of relaxation and fun. Among the major attractions of the city with the Oslo Opera House, Akershus Fortress, the Munch Museum and the National Gallery.

Fashion, Gstaad, Lifestyle

Casiraghi and Borromeo families of fairytale weddings

Formal as her sisters, Lavinia and Isabella, majestic as the grandmother of him, Grace Kelly, or fairytale like Andrea and Tatiana. To be inspired Beatrice for yes to Pierre?

Double ceremony, one in the Principality of Monaco, his house Pierre Casiraghi, one of the Borromean Islands, owned by the family of her, Beatrice Borromeo. Double, triple, quadruple feast. Result, a caravan of high society guests that will be at stake from the French Riviera to the shores of Lake Maggiore for two challenging weekend of parties and receptions from Saturday, July 25.

The marriage of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo does speak for days. Inevitable: their families have given membership in the last 30 years, gossip, gossip columns and above all a rich sequence of fairytale weddings. In particular those of the sisters Borromeno.

But with such a legacy to those who will really inspire Pierre and Bea for their wedding? Formal style in homage to the label of the Grimaldi Palace, where civil weddings are celebrated and sober Cavagnetu (picnic in the garden in Monegasque dialect) or Renaissance splendor under the coat of arms with three balls of the Borromeo? To these we should also styled Casiraghi: Carolina has given to his children one coops life certainly high, but low profile. From the choice of them grew up in Provence, far from the Palace.

Not to upset anyone the two young men have decided to double the party.
The former model, now a journalist, nephew of Marta Marzotto is the fifth and last child of Charles Borromeo, the last patriarch of one of the most historic and important families of the north: three sisters females, Lavinia, Isabella and Matilde and a son, Carlo. Four countesses tall, blond, thin and chilly-looking that made important marriages, then the sources of inspiration and advice to Beatrice certainly not lacking even if, on closer inspection, the marriages of his sisters Borromeo they all look alike.

Lavinia (now 38 years) inaugurated the trend by marrying John Elkann, then vice president of Fiat, September 4, 2004: religious ceremony on Isola Madre, receipt in the Hanging Gardens of Isola Bella. All the world of high finance Italian was invited. Berlusconi, then prime minister, arrived by helicopter with Gianni Letta. She had a real princess dress by Valentino with veil family (ça va sant say) and tiara grandmother. The witnesses were the brothers Beatrice and Charles, father of brothers only because Lavinia, Isabella and Matilde, Carlo Borromeo had them with Marion Zota, Bea and Charles with Paola Marzotto, daughter Marta, who blondes and ethereal Borromeo they love like a real grandmother and that, like a real grandmother, she oversaw suille good choices double of all four.

Wedding photocopy, a year later, those of Isabella, the eldest, with the tankers Ugo Brachetti Peretti: ivory gown by Valentino, veil family. Only after the ceremony on Isola Bella celebrated the Rocca d’Angera (also owned by the family). And at the Rocca materializes, July 30, the receipt grandest wedding of Pierre and Beatrice: the Rock, it will be closed to the public from July 30 to August 2.

The last Borromeo to get married in white Valentino, among the stone statues on Isola Bella was Matilde, in June 2011, his wife went to Antonius Von Furstenberg, prince of the royal family of Germany. Only variant script Borromeo, the bride was very pregnant.

The only one to come out of the male choir Carlo, penultimate in succession: hippe chic ceremony in Pantelleria, in a field overlooking the sea at sunset, with seating on hay and white shawls. Bucolic his yes to socialite Marta Ferri (daughter of photographer Fabrizio and Barbara Frua de Angeli) in July 2012.

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For the Italian part of the festivities is to be expected therefore that the script somehow happen again equal to the sisters, given the choice of celebrating the rite on the lake, but perhaps Isolino di San Giovanni, more secluded location than the majestic Island Beautiful.

weddings-grimaldi Certainly, the part of Monaco’s wedding will be the most simple: everything except the evening party at Jimmy’z, will take place in the Palace closed, as was the case for the parents of Pierre, Carolina and Stefano Casiraghi and Andrea and Tatiana Santo Domingo. One can be sure, perhaps, the marriage to which that of Pierre and Bea will resemble less, at least as atmosphere, to Uncle Albert Charlene Wittstock: cast too, too many royal families invited, bride too rigid.

Beatrice, you know, is quite another kind. Maybe more like the sister Tatiana Santo Domingo, that the yes with Andrea Casiraghi is presented in civil saldali thong Palace. And then he wanted a second episode, religious, indeed, enchanted, under the snow in Gstaad, hooded in a Valentino dress, in cascades of flowers and crystals. Chic, but not easy.

Even Pierre, despite being the son of a Grimaldi, during his childhood he spent much time in the countryside of Provence rather than the Rocher. He and the Borromeo, basically mean part of the jet set, but with the royal families have little to disappear. And then it was not just Beatrice to have declared in an interview: “The aristocracy is just crap anachronistic”?

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Chamonix, Courmayeur, Fashion, Lifestyle

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, bib distribution also in Courmayeur

Courmayeur – The negotiations were conducted by the local authority and not by the association VDA Trailers that will no longer part of the organizational logistics. Provided about 500 athletes from 25 in Courmayeur Tuesday and Thursday, August 27, 2015.
At the foot of Mont Blanc trail it is not just a sport: it is a world of passion and hard work, a microcosm of thousands of fans who come together every summer in Courmayeur, one of the world capitals of extreme racing in the mountains. From 26 to 30 August, the Alpine resort welcomes runners engaged in ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, now in its 13th edition. An extraordinary challenge which runs along a ring that allows you to turn around the roof of Europe, including Italy, France and Switzerland, to discover an endless variety of landscapes, huts and mountain pastures, lakes and glaciers.

Courmayeur will be the heart of the great adventure, welcoming athletes, fans and companions with a big party that will be geared to different events. The first New this year are the bib distribution of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (170 km and 10 000 m of elevation gain) of Courmayeur Champex Chamonix (101 km and 6100 m of elevation gain) and TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie – 119 km and 7250 m of elevation gain), to be held this year at the Forum Sports Center in Courmayeur, as well as in Chamonix.

“The races are held largely in our area and we wanted to have a return and relapse more in terms of economic and hotel accommodation, which is why we struck a deal with the organizers. This solution also facilitates a lot of logistical operations for the participants, “says Ferruccio Truchet, Department of Sport of Courmayeur. About 500 competitors, in a survey conducted recently, had a preference can pick up their numbers in Courmayeur.

Negotiations conducted by the local authority and not by the association VDA Trailers (organizers of the Tor des Giants and Great Trail Courmayeur) as in the past. “It ‘a choice dictated by several factors – said Federica Cortese, Councillor for the Environment and Territory of the Municipality of Courmayeur – ranging from the budget available to the desire to broaden the base of volunteers and sports clubs, but not only , participants in the initiative. Then we want to be more present, as a municipality, from a marketing point of view: we will manage relationships with a control by us, by the region, the organization of the race and by the Mountain Trail (born in 2014 as a ‘ idea of ​​Massimo Domaine, Gigi Riz and Domaine Lorenzo, editor’s note) “.

The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 2012

The bib distribution of TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie) will be held at the Forum Sport Center Courmayeur Tuesday, August 25, from 16 hours to 20. The departure is scheduled the following day, Wednesday, August 26, at 6 am , Place Brocherel. Next, at 10 am, the start of the big news this year, in the juvenile, the #YCC, always from Place Brocherel.

As for the distribution of bibs for UTMB and CCC, the event is scheduled for Thursday, August 27 from 16 to 20. The start of the CCC is scheduled for 9 am on Friday, August 28, yet Place Brocherel while the race queen, the UTMB, will start as usual last, Triangle from Place de l’Amitie, from Chamonix Mont-Blanc, at 18, to transit in Italy between the night of Friday, August 28 and Saturday morning 29.
The first edition of #YCC – Youth Chamonix Courmayeur August 25 to 29
Too old to participate in the mini races, too young to enroll in one of UTMB races, yet the new generation of trailers has a great desire to run and be part of the celebration of the trail … and there was still a race for their part UTMB. Thus it was born the #YCC, another novelty of this year. A challenge (“Défi Sportif”) for young people aged 16 to 19 years that combines a start in Chamonix, Tuesday, Aug. 25, and a path of about 15km with 1100m of elevation gain in Courmayeur, on Wednesday 26. A Video Contest, finally, It involves the construction of a video (or slideshows) 3 minutes maximum to be broadcast on Facebook. Will be judged by a jury chosen by the award-winning and Wednesday, August 29 at 14:30 at the Jardin de l’Ange in Courmayeur.

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Chamonix, Courmayeur, Lifestyle

The first ascent of Mont Blanc, an August 8

229 years ago: The expedition was organized by a famous scientist, but to reach the summit for the first time were a doctor and a crystal-digger.
The first ascent of Mont Blanc took place 229 years ago, on Aug. 8, 1786: the first to arrive at the top were the crystal hunter Jacques Balmat and the doctor Michel Gabriel Paccard, to 18.23, and remained there for just under forty minutes, during which it carried the scientific measurements. With its 4810 meters, the Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and Europe except the Caucasus, The expedition was organized by the famous scientist Horace-Benedict de Saussure, who according to some reconstructions had even promised a reward to anyone who would go up first of Mont Blanc. De Saussure was mainly specialized in the study of glaciers, and for this many years studying the Mont Blanc massif, planning to make the measurements for yourself.

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Paccard had graduated in Turin and had already attempted the climb in 1783. Balmat instead was an expert of the mountains around Chamonix, and it was with great athleticism. They decided to organize an expedition together for convenience, although did not go over well: the idea of ​​Paccard was not to go the traditional route with which it had been attempted the ascent earlier that the Grands Mullets, but to divert first to reach the Dôme du Goûter, through the Grand Plateau, under the north face of Mont Blanc. They risked to go back, because the daughter was ill and the Balmat crystal hunter wanted to go back (he died later that day). After reaching the summit and made the measurements, Balmat and Paccard began the descent: it got dark quickly, but the two had chosen a full moon night, and were able to camp out.
The date of the first ascent of Mont Blanc coincides with the birth of mountaineering that day began the so-called “phase of conquest” of mountaineering, where one by one were climbing all the mountains of the Alps over four thousand meters high. When in 1865 Edward Whymper reached the last major peak, the Matterhorn, the nature of mountaineering was changed: if in the beginning the reasons for the climb were mostly scientific, soon he asserted the idea of ​​mountaineering as a sporting gesture. Today in the center of Chamonix a statue of Balmat showing the Mont Blanc de Saussure remembers the first ascent.

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The best musicians at the Verbier Festival

He made his debut in the role of pianist one of the biggest conductors (Valery Gergiev) and one of the grand singers (Thomas Quasthoff) in the role of director.
The tops of Le Grand Combin soar imperious, from their 4314 meters. Defying the scorching sun showing off a mantle of ice.
The Mont Blanc is just beyond. Behind the village, runs a belt of mountains during the winter are the delight of skiers, especially those who practice off-piste skiing. Exit from concert halls to Verbier, and the eyes are filled with these scenarios. It ‘s the strength of the nature of the place, quiet but dominant, to forge a Festival of this Swiss town that from mid-July to August 2 is the magnet for artists from triple A, of young people who then followed master classes and end up in a’ orchestra where every year thickens the Asian faces. Other thermometer of changing times: the rampant East is making center in the art world. “The young Chinese, Korean, Japanese study on average more than the Europeans. The hearings surpass them … “explain the Festival. The atmosphere is special here in Verbier, showcase of music legends but also laboratory for talent duly selected. The narrow streets that wind between fairytale chalet, hovering youth with violins, cellos, flutes, oboes, clarinets, brass instruments. These special children, grew up on bread and rigorous studies, intersect with peers mountain bikers dressed as if going to war, then you see them engaged in daring descents and acrobatic and understand the reason for so many guards. Acrobatics on two wheels, keyboards for musical instruments … the wave of adrenaline youth is unique about the Verbier Festival where the audience of stars is made of names like Esa Pekka Salonen, Leonids Kavakos, Valery Gergiev, Mischa Maisky, Gianandrea Noseda, Joyce Di Donato, Joshua Bell .. For the current edition, dominated by the figure of the Russian Daniil Trifonov, 24, pianist of the artistic temperament, musicality torrential steel sheet to make it superior to all the colleagues of the latest generations. Unique. Concert artists of this caliber are born every 50 years.

The recital Saturday night, with the 12 studies of transcendental execution of Liszt dome highlight was the official coronation and final Trifonov. The Verbier Festival, founded in 1994 by Martin T: son Engstroem, loves sparigliare cards. It so happens that a long-time director like Valery Gergiev, the current number one in Russia, director-director-head of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, in Verbier debut as a pianist in concert for three pianos by Mozart: beside him, Trifonov and Denis Matsuev, who claims to be young when he realized the talent. Undressed the role of “father-Gergiev”, he is returning to the director pure and dives into one of those scores that are part of the kit cromosimico – and it shows – as the Sixth Symphony of Tchaikovsky.

This edition, still in progress, then will go down in history for a special event. The debut as conductor of Thomas Quasthoff. Baritone of the most significant of recent times, in 2012, at the age of 52, he retired to the scenes. As a German who goes straight to the issue, he confessed: “My health does not allow me more than maintain the high standards that I always intended. I owe so much to this extraordinary profession and leave without any bitterness. On the contrary, I’m looking forward to the new challenges that will come into my life. ” Quasthoff has severe malformations to the body caused by a drug taken by the mother during gestation. His limbs, upper and lower, have been developed only in part. The strength of Le Grand Combin is compared with that of the man who in Verbier, Friday, has defied the laws of nature has reached the podium directing the St. Matthew Passion by Bach.

Public very touched by this test. The boys of the orchestra have gone beyond that gesture which for obvious reasons is lacking in precision. They explain that the human energy and the energy of the artist Quasthoff offset, and overcome, any technical problem.

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Chamonix, Courmayeur

Courmayeur Mont Blanc tunnel to the festival for the first 50 years

 

“The galleries, such as bridges, helping to negate the obstacles to encounter, mutual understanding, the exchange of cultures and cooperation between peoples. Built at a time when the countries most affected seemed to excel in competition for the conquest of interplanetary space, the Mont Blanc Tunnel is now as then as an example of the capacity ‘and will’ of men to overcome all obstacles on the way of peaceful coexistence. ” So ‘the president of the Societa’ Italian for Mont Blanc Tunnel Riccardo Sessa, today, in the day of celebration in Courmayeur (AO) 50 years after opening to traffic of the Mont Blanc Tunnel. “After 50 years of its commissioning – he said the CEO of the Company ‘Italian for Mont Blanc Tunnel Mario Battle – the Mont Blanc tunnel, while maintaining the original structural, is profoundly changed in equipment in defense of regularity ‘and traffic safety. ” On 11.6 kilometers of the tunnel, tracks each year by about 1.8 million vehicles, there are 37 shelters pressurized connected to a rescue tunnel, 156 cameras placed every 100 meters in addition to the 33 placed outside the gallery. In addition, two barriers placed at the entrances of the tunnel prevent users from access to the tunnel in case of an incident and 36 half-gates each 600 meters also allow you to block vehicles inside the tunnel. ”
“The opening of the tunnel took place on July 16 to 50 years ago – said the president of the region of Valle d’Aosta Augustus Rollandin – was certainly an important moment in our history, not only for the quality ‘and the size of the infrastructure, but also because ‘represent’ a mighty growth of the Italian-French collaboration both bilaterally and in the more ‘broader context of a Community’ European Union that was born only seven years before the entry into force of the Treaty of Rome, had among its own objectives the free movement of goods, services, labor, capital and the abolition of cartels and the development of joint policies ”

Looking out from the Italian Reststop at the Mont Blanc Tunnel

Zermatt

Zermatt: Vaccina is global, feast Italy

 

Blue wins the World Championships Mountain Running long distances. The men’s team gold, silver for women, individual bronze for Puppi and Bertone.
Waving the Italian flag on the Riffelberg, the Swiss Alps, 2,585 meters above sea level. Thomas Vaccina won today the World Championships Mountain Running Long Distances of Zermatt, with a grand finale by beating the favorite Kenyan Francis Maina Ngare. The Azzurri win the world title as well, while women put his neck the silver medal team. On the day that you run in Madeira Europeans mountain running, it gets on the podium debutant Francesco Puppi, winning a bronze medal that is coupled with that of Catherine Bertone in the women’s race.

From 1116 to 2585 meters of St. Niklaus via Zermatt to Riffelberg (1,616 meters), that of Thomas Vaccina is a race of head and heart. Sixth last year in Colorado, now let vent the Kenyan Francis Maina Ngare and the American Andy Wacker, two heads of series, putting the arrow up in the decisive step of Riffelalp, and defending the gold medal final, hard ascent to Riffelberg. The bunting across the finish line in 3:01 a.m.: 51, with exactly two minutes margin on Wacker (3h03.51).

Maina instead collapses (eventually tenth), and Italy can celebrate another medal surprising: that of Francis Puppi, who arrives at 3:04 a.m.: 14. That’s not all: behind the Bulgarian Mustafa Shaban Aliosman (3:07 a.m.: 12) is in fact un’atra blue shirt, that of Massimo Mei concluding fifth in 3:07 a.m.: 55 (he was 16th in 2014), even before the Slovenian Mitja Kosovelj (3h08.54). Eighth place for the South Tyrolean Gerd Frick (3:11 a.m.: 04), twelfth for Alessandro Rambaldini (3:17 a.m.: 36): Italy can celebrate the world title team.

The women’s race brings victory for the hosts, with the party at the top of the Swiss Martina Strähl at 3:21 a.m.: 38 in front of the French Aline Camboulives at 3:29 a.m.: 45. Shipping blue celebrates yet another medal thanks Valdaostan Catherine Bertone, able to close in 3:33 a.m.: 56. Fifth and sixth place are still the preserve of the Swiss (Daniela Gassmann Bahr and Jasmin Nunige) but the seventh is hoisted Ivana Iozzia at 3:39 a.m.: 05. Tenth Francesca Iachemet (3:43 a.m.: 56), thirteenth Gloria Judges at 3:47 a.m.: 04. The second place team is not in question: Overall, Italy long distances, in this World Championship, salt five times on the podium.

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Fashion, Lifestyle, St Moritz

HISTORY OF SKIING: 150 YEARS OF WINTER TOURISM IN SWITZERLAND.

In 1864 Johannes Badrutt, owner of the guesthouse Faller St. Moritz (now the renowned Hotel Klum) gave its guests a British proposal that sounded like a provocation: come on holiday in the Engadine in winter. A proposal for those times very strange, given that the mountain was considered only a summer destination. To encourage its customers, Badrutt promised free lodging and travel reimbursed if the experience was not welcome and they found the mild and sunny climate that had promised. Thus he was born, 150 years ago, winter tourism and with it the sports related to the snow. In fact, the first alpine skiing in Swiss territory dates back to a few years ago, 15 to be precise. In 1849, Johann Josef Imseng, pastor of the Saas Valley, had to go down to help a patient. He tied two wooden boards at the feet and launched himself down the snowy slope. Here is the first descent on skis, from Saas-Fee to Saas Grund. At the turn of the ‘800 and’ 900 developed tobogganing, skating, hockey, curling, introduced by British tourists come and sports practiced by the elite. It was instead the development of skiing to make “popular” winter sports and the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, in 1928, were it a real watershed in this regard. St. Moritz, Davos, Zermatt and Gstaad were the first town to develop and become known internationally after the war, and even today are destinations elite and must of winter tourism, especially in the collective imagination as in reality. The development of the lifts and trains – icon of the Swiss Alps – did the rest. Today in Switzerland there are 1,800 ski lifts and the Swiss mountains, where 150 years ago was invented winter tourism, they are still the favorite destinations for those who love to spend their winter holidays on skis.

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We follow STEP BY STEP THE HISTORY OF SKIING AND WINTER SPORTS

1842-1843 – In Norway we organize the first race of cross-country and alpine skiing in the world among civilians. Previously confidential army.

1849 – The pastor of the Saas Valley, Johann Josef Imseng, making the first descent on skis from Saas-Fee to Saas Grund.

1864 – The challenge of Johannes Badrutt: British guests staying in St. Moritz from Christmas to Easter. Winter tourism was born.

1865 – Thanks to the findings of German doctor Alexander Spengler on the air healthy high mountain, come to Davos the first guests with lung disease. The small village of farmers began to build a reputation as a destination for well-being.

1868 – Alexander Spengler and Willem Jan Holsboer based in Davos the first Kurhaus.

1870 – British Tourists based in Davos the first Skating Club of Switzerland.

1871 – Willem Jan Holsboer founded the Davos Health Association.

1872 – The British built in St. Moritz, behind the Kulm Hotel, the first toboggan run. 5 1877 – Inauguration of the first natural skating rink in Davos, still the largest in Europe.

1879 – Held the first ski competition in Germany.

1880 – First curling tournament in the Alps to St. Moritz.

1884 – Opens the track Cresta Run in St. Moritz.

1888 – In St. Moritz the first tournament of ice hockey and the first winter season in Grindelwald.

1892 – British Tourists on holiday in Davos Curling Club founded the Belvedere.

1893 – Founding of the Ski Club Glarus, the first in Switzerland.

1894 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes a ski tour between Davos and Arosa.

1895 – In St. Moritz the first structures were built for the ski jumping.

1896 – The Swiss Adolf Kind, who moved to Turin, exports skiing in Piedmont.

1898 and 1910 – Davos hosts five world championships in figure skating.

1899 – Inauguration of the Davos-Schatzalp cable car.

1900 – Opening of the sanatorium (now hotel) on Schatzalp.

1901 – born in Turin the first Italian Ski Club (followed by the one in Milan in 1902 and Genoa in 1903).

1902 – The first ski races in Zermatt.

1904 – Inauguration in St. Moritz bob run St. Moritz – Celerina.

1905 – born in Austria and in Germany the Ski Federations.

1906/1907 – Held the first horse race on the frozen lake of St. Moritz. It became the premise of the spectacular White Turf event, the only horse race in the world like that.

1909 – The hotel Lauterbrunnen remain open even in winter.

1910 – First European Championship of Hockey in Les Avants.

1911 – First Edition of the Roberts of Kandahar Cup Alpine skiing in Crans Montana.

1912 – A Muerren (Muerren-Allmendhuebel) and St. Moritz (St. Moritz – Chantarella) are built first funiculars.

1913 – A Grindelwald was founded the first club of Swiss curling.

1920 – Birth of the FIS, the Italian Federation of Skiing (Today this acronym refers to the International Ski Federation).

1922 – First slalom race in Muerren.

1924 – The first Winter Olympics in Chamonix. Among the disciplines cross-country skiing and ski jumping. 1

928 – Winter Olympics in St. Moritz and first “Inferno ski race” in Muerren. 6 

1929 – are opened to Zermatt and St. Moritz the first ski schools of Switzerland.

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1930 – First race of the Lauberhorn.

1934 – In Davos opened the first T-bar lift in the world. In St. Moritz it held the 4th edition of the World Championships in Alpine skiing.

1936 – Debut alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

1948 – Winter Olympics in St. Moritz and the 10th edition of the World Championships in Alpine skiing.

1948 – started operating the lifts of Saas-Fee.

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Tourism 5 stars Andermatt, pretty village at the foot of the Gotthard

 

Surrounded by green pastures and forests, in the background of magnificent rocky peaks, embellished with sparkling glaciers. A valley postcard paradise for nature lovers and mountain, with a “calling card” that alone is worth the trip: the daring cable car to the summit of the Gemsstock, at 2,963 meters, from where you can admire over six hundred peaks.
“Of all the places I know, is the most interesting to me”, said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, as he crossed the Ursern for the third time. The Ursern in Canton Uri, at the foot of the Gotthard Pass is one of the most impressive upland valleys in Switzerland. Andermatt, 1436 meters above sea level, the largest of the three villages in the valley, it is proposed to tourists as an ideal holiday destination in all months of the year, with all the papers in order to give an unforgettable stay. From families with children to climbers, golfers from the fans of snow at any cost, everyone can find congenial attractions and activities, thanks to excellent facilities for receiving and leisure. Despite being exactly at the intersection of two major roads – the director of the International Gottardo from north to south, and the road of the Furka and Oberalp passes from west to east – Andermatt has retained a friendly and comfortable atmosphere of the country (slightly more than a thousand inhabitants), surrounded by green pastures and forests, in the background of magnificent rocky peaks, embellished with sparkling glaciers. A valley postcard paradise for nature lovers and mountain, with a “calling card” that alone is worth the trip: the daring cable car to the summit of the Gemsstock, at 2,963 meters, from where you can admire over six hundred peaks!

A lookout exceptional, with the choreographic Gurschen Glacier, which lies at the foot of a vast network of paths and trails, where make countless walks and hikes, on foot as mountain biking, with dozens of lakes, streams and waterfalls. There are also numerous opportunities for relaxing excursions to places of great beauty: the famous Gotthard Pass (2108 meters), with its museum and the historic hospice, reached by the romantic stagecoach pulled by five horses; the Oberalp Pass (2046 meters), which reach the source of the Rhine at Lake Toma; the spectacular Furka Pass, a well 2,431 meters, which in summer passes a nostalgic steam train; the horrid Schöllenenbahn, with the legendary Devil’s Bridge, the Medieval Gotthard road, and much more.images-1

At high altitude and of course in the cooler months, in a fairytale, Andermatt is transformed into a ski resort “for connoisseurs”, with descents of the highest level, and with great possibilities for off-piste skiing, or the so-called freeride. In particular, from the summit of the Gemsstock (2963 meters) down the dizzying “black run” Bernhard-Russi-Run, named after the eponymous Swiss Olympic champion in skiing, which he characterized as: “My favorite track, and one of the best of ‘Alps “. Finally, Andermatt is one of the stations of the famous Glacier Express train, with which an unusual trip from Zermatt to St. Moritz (or Davos): lightning-hour journey along through 91 tunnels and 291 bridges. The opening of the Chedi Andermatt, a luxury resort of 104 rooms, housed in a modern chalet with several restaurants (including one Japanese), indoor and outdoor pools and a large spa was the first phase of development still going on and that He sees in building new buildings, houses, five other hotels, a golf course with 18 holes to play this sport at high altitude. Throughout the summer, the Chedi, are scheduled appointments in key spiritual alpine-chic. The monaco Buddhist Loten Dahortsang holds sessions retreat of three hours a day, accompanied by vegetarian menu and afternoon tea. Package Rejuvenate in Style Yoga Retreats is available on the dates: June 15 to 19; July 20 to 24,; 24 to 28 August; September 21 to 25 from CHF 850 ​​per night for two people.

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Lifestyle

The Gut from Rossignol to Head

It reaches Vonn and Fenninger in the Austrian team

Like everything presaged, Lara Gut has left Rossignol to Head to marry. The 24 year old from Ticino, according to the official website of the Austrian company, has signed a three-year contract. The team already includes great athletes like Lindsey Vonn, Anna Fenninger, Elisabeth Görgl, Wendy Holdener and Julia Mancuso.

“It is a candidate for victories in the World Cup and for the conquest of the crystal globes. Our goal is to get these goals with her. It is strong in three disciplines: downhill, super G and giant, and get high level results even combined. Born in 1991, is the youngest of our three candidates for the general classification of the World Cup, “said the head of racing for the Head, the former skier Rainer Salzgeber.

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Lifestyle

Julia Mancuso leaves or returns?

A season with few joys (third place in Lake Louise downhill) and a lot of problems, not least the hip pain, Julia Mancuso has convinced to give up the stage of the World Cup in Garmisch and, finally, even the Finals Meribel.
A waiver that someone has interpreted as a retreat for the next 31 year old Californian … actually Julia, one of the most popular athletes of the Rose Circus, wants to continue until the Olympics in 2018, provided that the physical support, as reiterated in an interview made by the same American Federation, US Ski Team.
Why did you decide not to run the last stages?
At the moment there is no point competing. I want to fight for the podium, not only go down. I had a lot of pain and I did not feel able to push to the end
How do you feel to have missed the Finals?
I am disappointed not to have made the finals, I had a long career and I’ve never skipped, but it is fair to look bigger and find the right answers. I care, and I’ll be better next year.
How do you think it was your season?
I was happy as it had started, share the podium with my companions was fantastic and one of the highlights of my career. Every year for me is new and different. At this point of my life for the fun of skiing is fun and I feel good. So I need to stop and fix problems before returning to a place I like to ski.
What are your plans for spring and summer?
If the doctors give me the ok I plan a couple of projects on skis. At the moment I do not have a lot of pain, but it is not enough to allow me to fight at the highest level. I will heli-ski in the Gothic Mountains in Colorado and a trip to Alaska with my friend Sierra Quitiquit. Then I’ll try to figure out if there is a special method of training that I can add to my work schedule, or some medical treatment, if necessary. I want to really understand what’s the problem during the spring, in order to use the summer for training.
What will be your future in the World Cup?
I want to compete at the Olympics 2018. Also attend a couple of projects, one with Sierra Quitiquit and another with Shades of Winter (a film about freeskiing done by girls). Both a homage to the athletes and I hope they are an inspiration for future generations, so that they have the nature and follow their dreams. I am happy that my career as a skier serve in other contexts.
What will you do when you’ve finished with skiing?
I hope to be an inspiration for young people, so get out and explore the world, have fun and are really themselves. I think there is a lot of pressure on young girls because they behave in a certain way and it is important that they learn to appreciate just themselves, with determination, and cultivating their aspirations. I hope to do something where I can bring my passion and my experience with others, and help them to shine their light. I will never stop exploring. I hope to travel the world in some way and share my experiences with everyone you do not know.
Anything else you want to say to your fans?
I’ll be back next year in Cup stronger than ever. I can not wait to continue my racing career and compete in the next Olympics! Thanks for being my fans, you are an important part of what keeps me going every day.

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Gstaad, Lifestyle

WINTER VACATION

Star & skis. Madonna in Gstaad, Paris Hilton in Aspen
La Befana takes away the holidays, but the celeb are on track. The former Material Girl gets by with downhill skiing. Paris Hilton goes to the mountains with pink comforter. Gwen Stefani is granted long skiing in Mammoth Lakes. The more chic? As usual: the it girl Olivia Palermo.

Gstaad. Madonna unrecognizable in his ski suit down the slopes of Gstaad. The former Material Girl for years has been a regular in the Swiss resort, guest of a friend. With her on vacation also the daughter Lourdes with which, swear the celeb watchers, was unleashed in the dances: escorted by two bodyguards, Ms. Ciccone was seen often sway until dawn. Not the disco, of course, but in private villas with pool area used as a dance floor.

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Lifestyle, Vail

Skiing in Switzerland, a holiday in the Valais

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Complete guide for a holiday in the Valais: tips and useful information for skiing in Switzerland.
There is already an air of spring in Northern Italy and the sun each day exceeds the two-digit temperature, but there is still the desire to ski, to breathe the fresh air of the high mountains, and do not know where to go? Veraclasse.it managed to find a place that is far too simplistic to define beautiful. It ‘set in the midst of a battery of about 4,000 meters peaks in the Swiss Alps (less than 29), exactly in the area of ​​Valais, a few hours by train from Milan (245 km) and only 15 km from Sion, the capital of the region served Also from an airport. More than a resort is a ski area, which includes four valleys, all passable with skis in a carousel exciting, not only for experts, but also for families with children. The variety of tracks is something never seen before and includes 400 km, with 92 lifts, 6 trails Freeride (off piste in the security), 100 km of winter hiking trails, snowtubing, snowpark, boardercross and skating rinks. In addition to a lot of facilities for various sports activities, as well as two towers for climbing. In short, an exceptional offer, including the various Spa (Salus per Aquam), scattered in hotels, the envy to the best winter resorts of the entire alpine area.

Our tour begins in Verbier, the most famous and fashionable. A cute Alpine style hotel, the Bristol, welcomes us, a few steps from the ski lift main leading us on top of the track, from which – after a welcome drink – we go down at nightfall with torches. For those who have not ever made, is a very positive experience, get off without poles, the only torchlight. A walk more than 3 km of the track gave us a hand a ski dell’Adrenaline, one of the many schools in the area.
A normaly we thought then experts chef of the restaurant Le Caveau, with a delicious Raclette (cow’s milk cheese “crumbs” from the form just melted, accompanied with potatoes cooked in their skins and pickles). Three / four laps of-course dinner is served, watered by delicious Swiss wines. The nightlife then you spend in the most famous resort Valais, among which the Casbah, the Coco Club, the Farm Club.
Verbier has always been a favorite destination for all skiers looking for a classic skiing holiday in Switzerland, with the addition of a touch of class. In this village perched on a sunny plateau have fun skiing and après-ski is even more animated. However, what makes Verbier one of the best vacation destinations are its less known areas: the ski resort Bruson to environmentally friendly accommodation and to small villages in the region of San Bernardo. Each year the popular resort Valais hosts the long-awaited final of the Freeride World Tour between the insidious narrow passages and extremely steep slopes of the legendary north face of Bec des Rosses. Verbier also hosted in recent days the World Cup alpine skiing, with 300 athletes from 25 countries. Soon it will be too active an App so interactivity, also available offline.

Hailed Verbier, in a couple of hours on skis you get to Nendaz, another popular spot, quieter and less expensive than the last, most family. The reception of the hotel Nendaz 4 Vallées, a brand new 4 * S features not only a fabulous Spa, but also a cable car underground public that in a minute door to the lifts without having to endure grueling uphill transfers, with the boots on and skis.

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Switzerland

 

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Come to us for magnificent mountain scenery, magical snowy landscapes, countless attractions in the snow and the ultimate in winter nostalgia at our Typically Swiss Hotels. Welcome to the Swiss winter – the original winter for the past 150 years!

 

Crans Montana, Lifestyle

Gastronomy

Wine, cheese, medicinal plants : local traditions also live on in Crans-Montana

It can be white : Fendant, Johannisberg, Petite Arvine, Humagne, Amigne… It can be red : Cornalin, Pinot noir, Gamay or Garanoir… and this is not an exhaustive list. Valais produces award-winning wines, which have been recognised in lots of international competitions, wine which you can sample in Crans-Montana or even with the winemakers themselves!

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Modernity and tradition

Local produce also includes syrups and liqueurs made with fruit grown on the hillsides, cheese matured on the alpine pastures during the summer, salted produce made in nearby villages, rye bread from the local baker and medicinal plants grown close by. This is at once the paradox and wealth of Crans-Montana: the modernity of its infrastructure, the luxury that emanates, but nevertheless the strength and charm of tradition, of a region that’s rich in authenticity, as our « Guide du terroir » will show you

 

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