The 8,000-medal man
He coordinates 250 ski instructors. His ski school chalks up over 200,000 hours of lessons each winter. Whenever a problem arises, he is quickly on hand to sort it out. His reward is seeing the smiles on the faces of 8,000 happy children, each of whom he presents personally with a medal. Noldi Heiz is the head of Switzerland’s largest ski school.
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Ice age in the Albula valley
The skateline created for skaters every winter in Surava is three kilometres long. The unique attraction is the result of coincidence and the almost boundless enthusiasm of the local club.
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The horse-drawn carriage driver from the wild valley
He speaks the horses’ language, but never sees himself as a horse whisperer. Werner “Wohli” Wohlwend is a coachman, businessman and family man. His heart belongs to the horses. He's got over 50 of them on his farm so that the horse-drawn bus in the Roseg Valley can stick to its timetable. He knows each and every horse by name.
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Travelling with the wind
When 80 balloons soar against a backdrop of snow-covered Alpine peaks, it must be the balloon festival. This is the small Vaud village of Château-d’Oex’s claim to fame. Dreams come true here. A maiden balloon flight and a round-the-world flight all in one – as in the case of Swiss aviation pioneer Bertrand Piccard.
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Skiing and sheep to relieve stress
As a hotel manager in Zermatt, Paul-Marc Julen is continuing the work of his predecessors. The family tradition includes breeding the Blacknose sheep that originated here. Whenever possible, the hotelier takes his boys onto the pistes at the foot of the Matterhorn to carve some speedy turns.
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Queen of the skies
Olympic silver at 18, gold at the X Games at 19: Mathilde Gremaud is a high flyer on the freestyle ski scene, notching up win after win. She heads back to her home region of La Gruyère to rest and recharge her batteries ahead of these victories.
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