“The meaning of life is love”

Bibian Mentel is dead. Her legacy lives on. On 29 March 2021, the snowboarder died after 22 years of fighting cancer. She inspired countless people with her optimism. She gave many people with disabilities new perspectives and courage. A great personality has passed away at the age of 49. Rarely have I shed so many tears while writing an article as I did with this one. Bibian Mentel moves beyond death. Me too. ...

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Genepi, the secret comfort of many a Saas Valley resident

A little story about our alpine herbal liqueur. How we make it and why we drink it. Throughout Europe’s Alpine regions, Genepi is well known. The Alpine herbal liqueur, flavoured with glacier wormwood (Artemisia glacialis), has been produced in the Alpine valleys of northern Italy, France, and Valais for centuries. In the Saas Valley, as with many other Alpine villages, it is a matter of pride and tradition for families to ...

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Rediscovering the Saas Valley’s alpine flora

The Saas Valley’s early guests were not exclusively daring mountaineers. Many came for the unique flora: the Saas Valley was an El Dorado for alpine flowers. Botanical tourism can be traced back as far as Pastor Johann Josef Imseng (1806-1869). The world of alpine flowers fascinated the people of the 19th century just as much as the mountains did. As a pioneer of tourism and enthusiastic mountain guide, Imseng took on ...

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