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SWISS ALPS


Above: Kleine Scheidegg is a major starting and stopping point for skiers and all outdoor adventurers as restaurants and bars are located at the stops to allow skiers to eat without having to leave the slopes. Top Right: Skiers ride the lift up to Kleine Scheidegg. Bottom Right: At the Kleine Scheidegg station, Viktor, age 5, Alec, age 9, and Monique Bressele from Belgium grab their ski gear. | Photos by Kim Bissell


“They wear helmets, and snow is, generally, fairly soft to


land on,” Bladon said. “And, you know, when they’re young, they’re quite close to the ground.” Zimmerli said he sees few people in his shop who are still


in the learning stages of skiing. He estimated that around 10 percent are beginners. He said the intimidating mountains should not discourage those new to the sport, though. ‘I think it’s for everybody,” Zimmerli said. “The main thing


is to start on a very easy slope. Feel how the ski turns. Feel how the snow is and all that. And when you’re ready, just go on the more difficult slopes.”


Rubi said he encourages his ski school students to forget


about the location of their skiing, whether it be the Alps or the United States. He said skiing more difficult slopes is not necessarily any more gratifying than skiing slopes for beginners. “It’s not where you ski,” Rubi said. “It’s how you ski and


with whom you are skiing. That’s the experience.” Rubi said that one of the advantages of the Jungfrau region


is the long ski season. The season starts in December and ends around April. Most of the clientele come from Switzerland, England, Holland, Italy and Germany, with only a few visitors from the United States, Rubi said. For Bladon, the friendly atmosphere and the pristine skiing


keeps her family coming back. She said that the slopes and lifts are always being improved. “We try to come out every year if we can, just to keep the


momentum going,” Bladon said. “We’ve only ever come out for a week or ten days at a time, but we’ll oſt en come to Mürren.”


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