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Skiing on Parsenn, Davos. - (c) Destination Davos Klosters

Skiing is without doubt one of the main activities that is associated with Switzerland. The roots of ski holidays and ski racing can be traced right back to the early 20th century at some of the grand old Swiss resorts of the Bernese Oberland. Villages such as Wengen, Murren, Grindelwald and Adelboden were at the forefront of a new fascination in winter holidays by the English upper-class, with the Lunn family (Sir Henry Lunn, and then subsequently his son, Sir Arnold Lunn) having pioneered the first holidays into the Swiss mountain areas to take part in recreational skiing and then later on ski races.

Fast forward 100 years and things have certainly moved on apace in Switzerland's ski industry, with a whole host of resorts and mountain villages now fully geared up for one of Switzerland's most popular pastimes, not to mention one of its primary tourist industries.