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SWISS ALPS


indoors. Accommodations at the center can be made for groups of six or more. If you’re not feeling particularly adventurous but still want to


enjoy the mountain views, snowshoeing is an ideal serene activity. T e activity is simple, very similar to walking. Snowshoeing allows visitors to experience the delightful views of the powerful mountains at their own leisure. Snowshoes can be rented, and trails are readily available. Guided tours are also available. Snowshoeing is available throughout the Jungfrau region, but the trails in and around Mürren are arguably the best. T e payoff for the trip to Mürren: stunning views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Snowshoeing requires a little getting used to, but once the movement has been practiced, it is an easy and family-friendly way to explore the Swiss Alps. For the non-skiing thrill seekers, skydiving and paragliding are


both off ered in ski regions. Aerial views of the Swiss Alps are sure to bring images one won’t soon forget. Paragliding fl ights can be as short as 20 minutes (170 franc) or as long as daylight allows (580 franc). Flights for Paragliding Jungfrau GmbH take off from Waldspitz, Pfi ngstegg and First. For skydiving, the company Scenic Air AG off ers excursions that take off from the Reichenbach Airfi eld. T e journey may last a couple of hours and costs 395 franc. All beginners must be accompanied by an experienced host. Regardless of the interest, an adventure is sure to be found. T e


If skiing down a mountain doesn’t sound exhilarating, how


about ziplining down one? Soaring through the air at 50 mph, adventurers can spend 45 seconds racing down a mountain on a cable from First (pronounced fear-st) to Shreckfeld. T is activity may be ideal for families as four people can zipline at once. But note: riders are only allowed to zipline twice in one day. Also, the weather must be dry because the zipline won’t be open if conditions are too wet. T e minimum weight requirement is 77 pounds and the maximum is 275. T e cost of a ticket for the fl ight without a gondola ticket is 25 franc for adults and 18 franc for children up to age 15. Visitors purchasing an all-access rail and liſt pass will have the zipline included. Tobogganing is a little more exploratory, requiring a bit of


balance. Inexpensive wood, plastic or metal toboggans can be rented from local ski rental shops for 10 or 15 franc, depending on the type of toboggan rented. Mountains that have ski runs will also have toboggan runs. Toboggan runs are oſt en marked in purple, but it is important to pay attention to the signage as sledge runs sometimes cross over ski runs. Wearing ski pants can be helpful when tobogganing, as crashes will be inevitable before skills are refi ned. T e outdoor, non-skiing adventures can certainly be found in


the Jungfrau region, but adventure and excitement isn’t limited to the outdoors. Say the day is dreary and spending the day indoors sounds enticing. T e Grindelwald Sports Centre off ers curling, ice skating and hockey. An indoor rope adventure park with fi ve diff erent courses ranging from easy to intermediate to challenging is also available. All the courses relate to the mountains, idyllically enabling a family to spend the day exploring the mountains


Jungfrau region off ers a multitude of non-skiing alternatives, and the numerous rental companies can equip you with the necessary gear to hit the trail, the slopes, the sledge runs or the zip lines. Check with your hotel prior to departure to verify the weather for the day, and from there, the splendor of the Swiss Alps will unfold.


Far left top: Lounge chairs are available at almost every meeting point on the mountains so tourists can relax and enjoy the view. | Photo by Kim Bissell; Far left bottom:


Tobogganers headed down the Eiger run from Kleine Scheidegg. | Photo by Megan Smith


Top: First Flyer zipline as seen from Schreckfeld. | Photo by Kim Bissell;


Center: Tourists can enjoy a completely


different view of the Alps securely harnessed in to the First Flyer zipline. | Photo by Breanna Thackerson;


Right: Paraglider soaring above the mountains and trees in the Jungfrau. | Photo by Alison Smith


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