Secret Switzerland

Unveiling the best-kept European powder stash one story at a time.
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Editor of Skiing Magazine, Jake Bogoch, is with the guys from Liberty Skis and Freeskier magazine in Switzerland, drinking beer, petting goats, learning about water, and of course, skiing some of the best snow this season has had to offer. Check out Jake's Updates here and plan your next vacation to the most hidden (and lucrative) powder stash here.

Secret Switzerland: Day 1 : The Storm and the Sheep.






Secret Switzerland: Day 2 : Mass Murderers don't inhabit the hills of Switzerland. Kind, cheese-bearing sheep-lovers do.




Secret Switzerland: Day 3 : The Secret is Revealed





Secret Switzerland: Day 4 :The second spot: Full of Swedes. That’s a good thing.





Secret Switzerland: Day 5 :The Big, Fat, Unintentional Lie: The Trailmap





Secret Switzerland: Day 6 :Secret No Longer: Disentis, Site of Two Skiing Magazine Cover Shots





Secret Switzerland: Day 7 :Italians, Iranian Arms Dealers, and Couloirs

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Eats: Swiss restaurants sometimes overemphasize potato-and-cheese fueled calorie clogging. So it’s refreshing to stumble upon a joint like Toutone in Andermatt. Toutone presents its seafood, lamb, veal, and pasta with a damn near artistic flair, while emphasizing vegetable complements. Groceries: In Switzerland, you’ll always see Co-Op and Migros grocery stores. Though they close much earlier (like 6 p.m.) than U.S. stores, these can be your best friends. They sell inexpensive wine and beer, as well as great pastries and affordable sundries. Bring your own bags.

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