A chalet can conjure up all kinds of images. Long before they became fashionable bases for skiers, they had a very different function. The original chalets were defined as a type of building or house, native to the Alpine region in Europe. They were made of wood, with a heavy, gently sloping roof and wide,… Read more »
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They don’t call it Obergurgl for nothing! Close to the Italian border, at the far end of the Oetz Valley, Obergurgl is the highest parish in Austria, so the resort and its neighbour Hochgurgl are rarely short of snow. Ober is of course German for “upper” or “high” as in Oberland – “highlands”. (Gurgl could… Read more »
Like some deep-sea diving sphere recovered from the ocean floor in a Jules Verne novel, the slithering aluminium capsule from Professor Auguste Piccard’s hot air balloon is manhandled, in deep snow, by rescuers from the high-altitude Austrian ski village of Obergurgl (6330 ft). Passing skiers come to witness the extraordinary spectacle. It’s April 25, 1932,… Read more »
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