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Moonlight skiing in the Alps


By  Unsigned,   Thursday, 21 February 2008

Snow sport enthusiasts in the Alps have been enjoying the chance to ski by the light of the moon.

A full moon and clear skies has meant that skiers have been able to strap on their skis and take to the slopes during the night or in the early morning, according to the Ski Club of Great Britain.

Resorts do not generally encourage people to go skiing at night because there are no rescue patrols and snow groomers are usually on the slopes in preparation for the next day.

One skier told the Ski Club: "We were rewarded with spectacular views of Verbier twinkling away down in the valley and great panoramas across the mountaintops.

"We had bought head torches but they were not needed as the full moon illuminated the white snow and so visibility was not a problem at all."

Verbier comprises four areas - Verbier, La Tzoumaz/Savoleyres, Bruson and Mount Fort - and passes can be bought for each area or for the whole resort.