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Where even experts fear to tread

By Robert Pimm

Financial Times, October 22 2004

The Valluga II cable car above St. Anton is one of those boxy, old-fashioned affairs that sways from one mountain peak to another across a gulf of nothingness. At the entrance is a sign showing a pair of skis, crossed out. Next to it, to avoid any confusion, the words: NO SKIS.

“What’s that?” I ask Willi, a fellow skier with whom I am about to enter the six-person cabin.

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The descent from the Valluga II looks nothing like this – Photo Robert Pimm

“It’s OK,” he says. “It means no skis unless you have a guide.”

For skiers who have mastered the basics, the benefits of skiing with a guide are not always clear-cut. (more…)

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