Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Winter Resorts Full With Travelers

With a portrait like this from Grindelwald during the winter festival of 2005, who wouldn't want to hit the slopes of Switzerland.

Switzerland is reporting a better than expected season thus far for the winter resorts. With a hefty reported snow fall in Switzerland, resort managers say great snow conditions and an improved economy have contributed to bringing tourists back on the slopes. Many of the ski resorts were operating at or near capacity over the new years holiday. Of course, the man made stuff has helped the ski hills too.

The good news is some of the resorts in the Bernese Oberland which have really had bad years previously have reported the best snowfall in nearly a decade. Resorts including Grindelwald, Gstaad, Wengen and Adelboden say they were nearly all booked out. Adelboden will host the World Ski Cup this weekend actually, so I'm sure there won't be a lack of people.

I've been to Gstaad and one reason why we did not stay there was because of the lack of snow at the time. Gstaad reported to have a quarter more skiers tackling the slopes and 58 of its 62 slopes open.

This certainly must be great news for many skiers and snowboarders. I just wish that good fortune happened while I was there and wanting to hit the slopes. Oh well, there's still the future to look forward to.

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