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Adelboden the third most popular ski area in Switzerland

Adelboden the third most popular ski area in Switzerland

The picturesque – and little-known – Swiss ski resort of Adelboden opened for the winter season over the weekend, with six inches of snow falling last week to make sure conditions were perfect for the first day's skiing.

A warm welcome home! Experience Verbier in the heart of an original rustic refuge

A warm welcome home! Experience Verbier in the heart of an original rustic refuge

VIP SKI likes to think outside the box. Its holidays are always guaranteed to be original and so it is proud to announce that its latest offering is one of the most quirky to date – an intriguing blend of location location and old-world charm, nestled high in the snow-capped peaks of exclusive Swiss jewel Verbier.

Regularly enjoy hitting the slopes? Then you’ve made it!

Regularly enjoy hitting the slopes? Then you’ve made it!

If you’re a keen skier who takes annual ski holidays then you’ve ‘made it’ according to a recent survey. Annual ski holidays came in at number six in the checklist of 50 signs You’ve Made It, along with shopping at Waitrose and having golf and tennis club membership.

Gstaad launches new Alpine Experiences for winter

Gstaad launches new Alpine Experiences for winter

This winter season in the Swiss resort of Gstaad is shaping up to be an exhilarating one. With brand new adrenaline-packed experiences, an extended ski pass and a new Winter easyaccess card that is more affordable than ever, Gstaad has never been more exciting and accessible.

What’s new in the Jungfrau this winter

What’s new in the Jungfrau this winter

The Jungfrau region has always been accessible for a weekend ski break with easy rail links from Zurich and Geneva but this winter season it’s become even quicker to reach the mountains with new flights routes into Bern-Belp airport.

What’s new in Verbier

What’s new in Verbier

The classic Swiss ski resort has undergone a transformation ahead of the 2014-2015 winter season. With everything from hotels to restaurants having gone under the knife, there’s never been a better time to head out this firm favourite.

Leaf peeping in Switzerland: Closer than New England

Leaf peeping in Switzerland: Closer than New England

New England may have made a business out of its autumn foliage – there are websites and tour operators dedicated to watching the trees turn golden hues – but it's a long way for Europeans to go to simply admire leaves, which is why it's good to know it's not essential to cross the Atlantic to enjoy this annual phenomenon.

Celebrate summer the Chedi Andermatt way

Celebrate summer the Chedi Andermatt way

‘The hills are alive’ in Andermatt this summer. Lush, mountainous backdrops, foaming waterfalls and hauntingly still lakes offer the perfect setting to satisfy the intrepid explorer, hiker and cyclist, and at its epicentre is the The Chedi Andermatt.

The Chedi Andermatt launches The Glacier Express Experience

The Chedi Andermatt launches The Glacier Express Experience

The Chedi Andermatt has launched a new package in partnership with The Glacier Express and the Mont Cervin Palace Hotel in Zermatt.

The Swiss chalet holiday is not over

The Swiss chalet holiday is not over

Recently Swiss laws were changed and working conditions for overseas workers in Switzerland were enhanced. This has seen a majority exit of the mass market British chalet tour operators from the Swiss slopes.

Ice picks at the ready - Let's get climbing

Ice picks at the ready - Let's get climbing

If the closest your lips have been to ice is in a G&T, it's probably time you got off your bar stool... Ice climbing is fast growing in popularity - there's even an ice wall in London's Covent Garden! - and Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina is making it easy for you to get started by offering an ice-climbing package for beginners and families this winter.

Rest and re-energise at Le Richemond

Rest and re-energise at Le Richemond

Overlooking Lake Geneva, Dorchester Collection’s Le Richemond is the ultimate place to indulge in the invigorating outdoors Swiss lifestyle. Le Richemond offers the chance to rest and re-energise whilst ensuring guests are able to make the most of their time in Geneva and experience an unparalleled level of luxury in order to return home fully renewed.

New Lake Constance cycle path - perfect for first time holiday on two-wheels

New Lake Constance cycle path - perfect for first time holiday on two-wheels

2014 is certain to be the year when our love affair with the bike notches up a gear. With the Tour de France Grand Départ starting in Yorkshire, the public’s renewed enthusiasm for cycling is set to continue.

Feel the grass under your feet, see the autumn colour in the trees

Feel the grass under your feet, see the autumn colour in the trees

This autumn, the Engadine valley is introducing several new walking trails through the autumn leaves where hiking shoes are not obligatory.

Par & Spa in The Golf Centre of The Alps

Par & Spa in The Golf Centre of The Alps

This summer, a golfing holiday to the world-famous Kulm Hotel St. Moritz is all the more appealing thanks to the opening of the £8-million Kulm Spa St. Moritz, where golfers can indulge themselves with a personal training session designed specifically for golfers, a signature Alpine herb stamp massage to ease tired muscles after a challenging round of golf or a long soak in the outdoor hot tub with panoramic Alpine views.