Winter work on Heuboden

Wintertime doesn’t mean there is no work on the Alps. “We need to prepare for transhumance and the summer 2020”, says Annelies Tschudi, who with her husband Peter has taken over the operation on Alp Heuboden from Fritz and Anna Tschudi. The main task in early January is to move wood up to the Oberstafel where Fritz and Peter cut it. The lumber is transported to Oberstafel by helicopter. The…

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A very sad day: The Prince of Satteleggli is dead

He went up to Alp Satteleggli for an incredible 18 years, although the last two he rode in the car: Now “Prinz”, the Bernese Mountain Dog (Berner Sennenhund), is gone. On Tuesday morning he wasn’t on his favorite blanket in his winter home in Gstaad. The Reichenbachs found him outside, lifeless. It’s the loss of a long-time family member. “He was really struggling lately, and we had already agreed to…

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Over 300 people introduced to Adopt-an-Alp

The Adopt-an-Alp® program had another strong appearance: More than 300 people visited the “Invisible Dog Art Center” in Brooklyn on Tuesday, October 29 and attended the “Swiss-French Cheesy Battle”. Amongst cheeses from both countries, they got to taste “Alpkäse” and were thoroughly introduced by Caroline to the program that supports transhumance. Together with cheese expert and acclaimed author Max McCalman she also provided the visitors with samples of classics like…

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Winter is here

The animals are gone, after a short autumn winter has taken over at Alp Site, tucked in between the mighty Bernese Alps. Nadja and Simon Santschi still have a lot to do: Putting everything away for a safe winter, cleaning stables, barn, and the house. As a last event they hold the “Chästeilet” (cutting and serving the cheese) in September, in their room for weddings and other events they can…

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Homecoming of the goats

The first snow has reached Musenalp at the beginning of October. Whereas the cows have left the meadows three weeks ago it was time to go home with the goats as well. They hiked down at a brisk pace. The snow has reached the chalet on Musenalp. Even for the garden gnomes it has gotten too cold. The cows are long in their winter home. The decoration have been put…

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