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The Swiss Alps are one of the many popular destinations in Switzerland, particularly for athletic persons like mountaineers and trekkers. The scenic view of the mountain ranges greets climbers and adventure seekers’ sight. In this site, even beginners can enjoy the scenic view of the Alps by walking and mountain climbing.

Both the walking trails and nature trails in Switzerland allow walkers of different levels of capability, whether they are amateur walkers on their first tour or experienced walkers with trekking and climbing skills, to enjoy the Alpine scenery of Switzerland while on walking tours in the country. The Jura Mountains in the Northwestern region of Switzerland, has rolling meadows where walking tours are pleasant and enjoyable. Meanwhile, the Bernese Alps is known for its high peaks including the Finsteraarhorn, the Schreckhorn and the Eiger. Apart from these towering peaks, the Bernese Oberland has clearly laid out walking trails along gentler slopes and valleys so walkers can see views of the majestic mountains while traveling on their walking trails. Moreover, the Pennine Alps to the South of the Rhone Valley, has many glaciers and spectacular snow-capped peaks alongside walking trails. In complete contrast are the wooded mountains of the Canton Ticino because this region is not snowbound and has moderate weather conditions, allowing walkers to enjoy sunny walks along the lakes and tree-covered hills of the Canton Ticino along the border with Italy.

Facilities are available to tourist enjoying their walking tours in Switzerland. The vaialability of such services aim to help tourists cross rivers, streams, inaccessible mountains, and other natural barriers including gondolas, chair-lifts, and cable-cars. Also accommodations on the high Alps are available in various kinds of Alpine huts including Hütte, refuge, rifugio, cabane or capanna, which offer dormitory living and meals for weary, but nevertheless happy travelers after a long day’s walk in Switzerland.

Walking trails are clearly marked and are maintained to ensure the safety of walkers, thus yellow markers or signposts placed at regular intervals indicate landmarks and scenic destinations and viewpoints. On these paths, most often than not, the time taken to walk to the destination is also mentioned and many of these signposts will have a white plate on which the altitude and name of the scenic viewpoint are written.

The two kinds of walking trails are as follows: The Wanderweg or chemin de randonnée pédestre, or sentiero escursionistico is a gentle path for a climber of the beginner’s level. Meanwhile, the Bergweg, or chemin de montagne, or sentiero di montagna is a tougher climb and may include rough terrain. The latter trail may be a path that is not used very frequently, thus red and white pointers on the yellow signpost indicate this tougher path.

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Founded in 1938, the National Ski Patrol and its membership have been responsible for providing winter emergency care, rescue, and safety education to the skiing public for over 70 years.

Prerequisites of becoming a patroller include a strong desire to help others, provide emergency care, promote ski safety, and a willingness to work hard.

Candidates are required to pass the Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) course, a Professional CPR w/AED certification, a ski/snowboard proficiency test and pay annual dues.

 Members will be able to:

Learn Outdoor Emergency Care

Improve their current skiing or snowboarding skills – working with our instructors

Meet new friends – 60 + members

Become part of a “Different Breed” of people

The National Ski Patrol (NSP) is a 26,500 member association striving to be the premier provider of outstanding education programs and services benefitting the individual member and the global outdoor recreation community. NSP’s mission is to provide quality focused education and training in Snowsport safety, Outdoor Emergency Care®, and transportation services.

Swiss Valley Ski Patrol is a not-for-profit organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3), and donations and expenses to them are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  Please consult your tax professional for advice on your tax position.

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When Jim Wiseman Purchased what is now Swiss Valley back in 1968 the entire operation consisted of an old farmhouse and seven rope tows. The day before opening of his inaugural ski season, five of the seven rope tows were condemned. What humble beginnings.

Wiseman persevered, and today Swiss Valley is within an hour’s drive of over one million people. Swiss Valley entices folks to come ski from all over southern Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, with 11 runs, a 225 vertical foot peak (Highest in Southwest Michigan) and seven lifts, including 2 quads and one triple.

Swiss Valley History Timeline:

• Began as Little Switzerland in 1960

• Originally built by Dagmar and Louie Danley.

• James Wiseman purchased the area in 1968 and has owned and operated Swiss Valley for the past 49 years.

• We started in 1968 with 122 pair of rental skis and we presently have 2000 pair of rental skis and over 500 snowboards.

• In 1968 we had 7 rope tows, no snow making and only one lodge for services.

• In 1978 & 1979 we operated earth movers 24 hours a day during the two summer seasons to move 1.5 million cubic yards of dirt to build our area to 225 vertical feet, and increase our longest of 11 runs to 1800 feet.
Swiss Valley Present:

• We now have 4 rope tows, 2 quads and one triple chairlift providing an uphill capacity of 9,800 skiers per hour.

• In 1997 we added the terrain park, which offers tabletops, high spines, grind rails and pyramids for skiers, snowboarders and twin tippers who want to perfect their stunts. In 2007  we added an additional “starter” terrain park in response to request for easy, fun , low surface features that are great for learning to jib, ride and bonk.

• Night Skiing is available every night on 100% of the area.

• Snow Farming guarantees skiing! – All we need is cold weather. We have a tremendous snowmaking capacity, with the ability to turn over 2000 gallons of water per minute into snow. Given temperatures in the low teens, with the operation of our snowmaking guns for 30 hours, and using 3.3. Million gallons of water we are able to have 100% of our runs open without the gift of snow from Mother Nature.

• Ski & Board Shop offers a full line of equipment, apparel and trained service personnel.

• Several different facilities include a National Ski Patrol Building, Cafeteria, The Chalet and a Fireside Lounge for restaurant dining, live music and relaxing.

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