Brits taking Swiss breaks 'a long-standing tradition'

28 September 2009 21:09

Brits taking Swiss breaks 'a long-standing tradition'

The tradition of British people taking winter sports holidays to Switzerland is long-standing, it has been said.

According to Switzerland Tourism, Brits were the ones who introduced winter sports to Switzerland in the first place, in 1864 in St. Moritz.

"Activities for non-skiers are varied: snowshoeing, tobogganing, sledging, horse sleigh rides, dog sledding, hot air ballooning, paragliding, winter hiking trails," said Julie Meret, from the board.

She said that destinations popular among Brits included the Bernese Oberland and the Valais.

Before jetting off on a potentially thrill-filled break involving skiing or other similar winter sports, Brits may want to check that their holiday insurance policy and to make sure they have ski travel insurance to cover them for any medical treatment they may require in the event of a fall on the slopes.

A recent announcement from Swiss International Airlines could be of interest to Brits seeking such a holiday, as the firm revealed it will be bringing back its Manchester to Geneva flying route.

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