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French teen dies in avalanche near Verbier
Photo: Valais cantonal police

French teen dies in avalanche near Verbier

UPDATE: A 17-year-old French girl died following an avalanche that on Thursday swept five backcountry skiers down a mountainside in the Vallon d’Arby area near Verbier in the canton of Valais, police said on Friday. READ  

Leukerbad ski lift operator in dire straits
Skiers on the slopes at Torrent. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Leukerbad ski lift operator in dire straits

A ski lift operator at the mountain resort and spa town of Leukerbad in the canton of Valais is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. READ  

Swiss ski resorts offer exchange rate deals
Obersaxen ski area. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Swiss ski resorts offer exchange rate deals

Certain Swiss ski resorts are offering European tourists discount exchange rates for the euro to offset the impact of the strong franc, although some critics are not happy about the practice. READ  

Mobility group calls for return of overnight trains
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Mobility group calls for return of overnight trains

An environmental mobility association is petitioning Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and the federal Transport Minister Doris Leuthard to restore overnight trains to international destinations. READ  

German buried by St. Moritz avalanche dies
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German buried by St. Moritz avalanche dies

A 51-year-old German man who was dug out from an avalanche near Saint Moritz at the weekend died from his injuries on Monday morning in the Graubünden cantonal hospital in Chur, police said. READ  

Tourism industry reeling from soaring franc
Foreigners are side-stepping winter holidays in Switzerland due to high costs. Photo: Zermatt.ch

Tourism industry reeling from soaring franc

As Switzerland continues to grapple with the implications of a franc that is no longer tied to the euro, the Swiss tourism industry is making no bones over the immediate negative effect it will have on the sector. READ  

Zurich airport passenger count hits new record
Photo: Roger Price

Zurich airport passenger count hits new record

A record 25.5 million passengers used the Zurich airport in 2014, up 2.5 percent from the previous year, according to figures released on Wednesday. READ  

Kuoni to sell off tour operating sector
Photo: Kuoni Group

Kuoni to sell off tour operating sector

Swiss travel group Kuoni said Wednesday it was exiting the tour operating sector to focus on core activities. READ  

German cars remain most popular with Swiss
Sales of BMW, the second most popular make in Switzerland, rose almost four percent. Photo: Daniel Roland/AFP

German cars remain most popular with Swiss

Swiss residents bought slightly fewer new passenger cars in 2014, according to data released on Wednesday in a report that showed German brands remain the most popular with motorists in Switzerland. READ  

Madonna leaves her mark on Swiss holiday
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Madonna leaves her mark on Swiss holiday

Pop star Madonna made her mark in more ways than one during her recent holiday stay in the Swiss Alps. READ  

Winter’s arrival brings Swiss travel chaos
Snow hit much of Switzerland over the weekend including the city of Lausanne. Photo: OVT/L Ryser

Winter’s arrival brings Swiss travel chaos

After unseasonably mild weather in the run-up to Christmas, frigid temperatures and heavy snow hit Switzerland over the weekend causing chaos on the roads, rails and at airports. READ  

SBB moots free coffee for off-peak train users
The SBB is responding to complaints that trains are overcrowded. Photo: ZO/AvU

SBB moots free coffee for off-peak train users

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is considering options to ease train congestion next year, including incentives - such as free coffee - to travel outside rush hours. READ  

Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing
Photo: Jungfrau Railways

Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing

You don’t have to ski to enjoy Switzerland in the winter. From snowshoeing to ski-jöring, non-skiers have plenty of ways to amuse themselves in the colder months. The Local's Caroline Bishop runs down some of the options. READ  

Snow shortage worries Alpine ski resorts
Skiers at Zermatt, one of the resorts faring better because of its high altitude. Photo: Zermatt.ch

Snow shortage worries Alpine ski resorts

With a little over a week until Christmas the continued lack of snow at top Swiss and other European ski resorts has caused a flurry of worries ahead of the key holiday season. READ  

Bomb threat disrupts Zurich airport flights
Photo: Roger Price

Bomb threat disrupts Zurich airport flights

A bomb threat caused flight delays and the partial shut-down of Switzerland's main airport in Zurich on Monday before security forces gave the all-clear, reports and officials said. READ  

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