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By Mary Burnham (all photos copyright)
The well-heeled of the world play on Switzerland’s slopes all winter, leaving summer and fall for the outdoor adventurer to enjoy off-season rates and scenery unparalleled anywhere in the world.
Picture-book snow-capped mountains are the backdrop for glacier trekking, canyoneering, hiking and rafting. There's the history and culture of the oldest democracy in the world (founded in 1291), top-notch lodging, and clean, on-time rail service just steps away from trailheads. All this created one of our all-time favorite adventures.
But a successful and safe trip relies so much on the people, from helpful tourism folks like young Angela Nussbaum in St. Moritz, to Bernard Stucky, the 60-year-old mountain guide who held my hand when I hesitated jumping a bottomless crevasse.
Everyone impressed us with their generosity, fitness, and their ability to speak three, four - even five languages!
Hope you enjoy this photo story and the others (see left column). For more info, please visit Switzerland Tourism.