17 March 2020 from Danielle in Latest news

A reader of Swiss magazine 20min.ch came across a bizarre scene last Monday. He was ski touring with a group of friends in Elsigen-Metsch when all of a sudden, an airplane landed on the ski slope!

Ski slope landing strip

As with the rest of the Alps, Switzerland has closed the lifts in all its ski resorts. Upon witnessing the airplane suddenly land in the middle of the slope, the reader, who is a ski instructor and out of work since Saturday, managed to record the scene on his telephone. The airplane landed, stopped and started up again, and repeated this pattern a couple of times. It's likely he was learning and needed a place to practise.
Watch the full video here

100% legal

You may be wondering if this is legal - in actual fact, yes it is. This is an official mountain runway, and it's not the only one. In Switzerland you'll find 12 such runways, most of which are located on glaciers. Looks like it's a good thing ski season is over?

Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!