Following a period of unseasonably mild weather in December, temperatures have now plunged and the first snowflakes are finally falling in the Alps. Winter tourism operators are delighted, and they are not the only ones.
In Grindelwald, globetrotter Steve Hänisch goes for a cliff walk to an observation platform, takes a train up to Europe’s highest railway station at an elevation of 3500 meters, goes skiing and samples Swiss cuisine.
The late-season avalanche hit the cross-country skiers as they walked up towards a summit. It is unclear how the snow became dislodged and swept them away.
From the valleys to the peaks - enjoy an all round view of the Berchtesgadener Land!
Ski touring forgoes ski lifts. Skiiers use special equipment to reach the summit on foot, a challenging and intense experience. The effort of the ascent is rewarded with a long, off-piste descent in deep snow.
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