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After a busy period of end-of year activities, and even busier start-of-year preparations, many people often feel lacking in energy at this time of the year, unable to spring into life as the warmer weather arrives.

It’s at this point that you need to consider taking some time out for yourself, leaving your busy life and “to do” list behind. So what better idea than to head on a local mountain retreat where you can literally “drop into your body”, move, stretch, explore nature and the natural environment, and most importantly relax and unwind?

Tanya Perret is a mountain guide and Yoga teacher with her own small business called Live Breath Hike, which offers just that: weekend retreats for anyone living within a few hours of the Vallée Brevon in France.  Since Geneva is only an hour’s drive from this region, her retreats are ideally located for anyone here wishing to recharge their batteries and experience some time out.

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Lausanne HC vs HC Lugano, Friday 24 February, 2017 at 19h45

On Friday 24 February, ice hockey fans in Lausanne will have the chance to see their favorite club play its last game of the regular season before "the playoffs" commence.  Currently in 4th position in the NLA (National League A), Lausanne HC is clearly hoping for a big win so "the boys in red" can begin the playoff season in the best possible position.

So, whether you are new to the game and miss being a part of “live” sports action, or you are a long-time supporter of this iconic team, this is a wonderful opportunity to spend a great night out with friends, colleagues or family.

Whatever your reason, don't miss out on the chance to witness Vaud’s premier sports and entertainment club in action!  When the team plays at home, the Malley Ice Rink, which sells out for most games, literally vibrates with the emotion and excitement of the cheering fans.

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A new ice rink has just opened at the summit of the Salève Téléphérique, 85 years after a similar ice rink was first installed at the exit to the cable car, at an altitude of 1100m.

Measuring 150m2, the ice rink will open to both clients of the cable car (téléphérique) as well as those who have taken alternative routes up the mountain, although the price to hire skates will vary: cable car ticket holders will pay just €3/hour to hire ice skates, whilst non-ticket holders will pay €9. Local residents living at the summit of the Salève at Monnetier-Mornex may also benefit from the preferential rate on presentation of a proof of residency.

Please note that, for reasons of maintenance and safety, only ice skates belonging to the téléphérique will be allowed on the ice rink – the ice rink is made using a synthetic material, which will only support certain types of skates.

Ice skates can be hired from size 26 (equivalent to a child of about 5 years old).

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Olympic Museum and Maison du Sport International, 26-27 January, 2017

An impressive line-up of internationally-acclaimed experts has been scheduled to speak at the Inside Game Coaching Conference, taking place in Lausanne on 26 and 27 January 2017.

Now in its second edition, Inside Game is a 2-day interactive conference and workshop for coaches of young athletes that focuses on the emotional and psychological aspects of coaching.  The goal of Inside Game is to help coaches be better leaders and role models for young athletes, by giving them the knowledge, expertise, understanding and know-how to motivate, interact, talk with, and positively influence young athletes in a way that will improve performance, confidence and motivation.

The event provides an opportunity for coaches of all levels and from all sports to learn, share and improve their coaching techniques and styles among a network of coaches from around the world.

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If you're stuck for something to do on a cold or rainy day, the Ville de Genève has just published an 80-page online, downloadable color brochure outlining, in English, each of the main exhibitions taking place in Geneva from January to June 2017.

Covering all the major museums and cultural centers in Geneva, the guide is divided into 6 main categories of interest including: Art and History; World Arts and Cultures; International Geneva; Literature; Nature, Science and Technology; and Art Centres and Exhibition Spaces.

For each of the exhibitions listed, the brochure also includes entry prices (where applicable, most are free), and useful information on how to access the venues via public transport. Contact details and website addresses are also helpful for those who require further details.

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of the Natural History Museum in Malagnou and 200 years since the creation of the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the number and range of exhibitions on offer will undoubtedly have increased compared to previous years. So there should be plenty of choice for the whole family!