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The cultural side of Les Diablerets

Mike Horn in Gabon, after completing his remarkable journey

(Keystone Archive)

Les Diablerets in canton Vaud is a veritable paradise for skiers and snowboarders. But over the next few weeks, the resort is offering a programme of cultural delicacies to warm the weary skier.

Different venues around the resort are hosting a series of classical music concerts, as part of its "music and snow festival".

On February 17, the chamber orchestra of Neuchatel is performing works by Mozart, followed by the Trio Ruggeri from Lausanne playing a selection of Brahms and Mozart on February 24. The series comes to a close with a medley of works by various composers on March 3.

On February 24, there is an evening with Mike Horn, an intrepid traveller from Chateau d'Oex who recently completed circumnavigating the equator by foot, bike and catamaran.

His motivational talk is likely to inspire his listeners to strap their skis back on and head for the slopes - Les Diablerets' claim to fame. Skiing is possible 11 months of the year, with snow conditions guaranteed by the glacier at 3000 metres above sea level.

For fine food and breathtaking views, a futuristic panoramic restaurant at the top of the glacier - designed by star architect, Mario Botta - plans to open in March.

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