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- Posted:Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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More than skiing on offer on a Swiss break
However, my experience of winter sports beyond that traditional pursuit has been somewhat limited, so I was interested in comments made by Julie Melet of Switzerland Tourism.
She explained that the country, which has a strong skiing tradition, has plenty more to offer visitors. If you're thinking of staying in hostels in Switzerland you can have a go at snowshoeing, tobogganing, paragliding, sledging, dog sledding and horse sleigh rides, among other pursuits. Sounds exactly like my idea of a good time!
And for those who feel the need to relax and unwind after a hard day's fun, where better than a Swiss hot spring, surrounded by stunning countryside? "Switzerland is one of the most picturesque countries in Europe with 54 peaks over 4,000 metres and some of the most well preserved landscapes," said Ms Melet.
But don't forget the skiing, whatever you do. Winter sports were first introduced by Britons in St Moritz in 1864 and Ms Melet highlighted popular ski areas such as the Valais and the Lake Geneva region.
Those looking for cheap travel to the area from the UK could benefit from Swiss International Air Lines' latest offering, as it is reintroducing its Manchester to Geneva route this winter.