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The Best Alpine Adventures

Europe’s shining glory, the Alps offer a glittering range of activities. World-class resorts attract waves of skiers, epic journeys like the Haute Route lure hikers, and family-friendly attractions like amusement parks and zip-lines excite the kids.
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First Flieger, Bergstation Firstbahn, 3818 Grindelwald, Switzerland
For those seeking the thrill of paragliding at a much lower altitude, the Grindelwald ZipRider (known locally as the First Fleiger) provides the desired adrenaline rush. At 847 yards long, the zip-line hurtles visitors down the mountainside and...
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3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
While Switzerland draws seasoned skiers and professional riders with off-piste slopes and snow parks, the country also has plenty to offer beginners. In particular, Zermatt features an excellent array of ski schools, which help novices cut their...
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Col du Pillon, Route du Pillon 253, 1865 Les Diablerets, Switzerland
The vast wilderness of Glacier 3000 continues to beguile visitors year after year. While you can ski here, most take a snow cat or dog sled across the plateau, or hike to the precipices and look down on the surrounding area. Glacier 3000 is also...
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Salzburg, Austria
There’s nothing quite as magical as a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy wonderland that is the Alps in winter. For the most romantic option, head to Salzburg and take a ride through the Salzach River Valley, past snow-topped Alpine...