The Chalet. What’s in a word?

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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 »

Obergurl reopens for the new winter season

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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 »