St. Moritz hosted the 1928 Olympic Winter Games. This is a view of the area.
Vies of lower St. Moritz.
The famous Badrutt's Palace Hotel, with the Olympic runs in the background.
The Clean Energy Tour, St. Moritz
In St. Moritz we took the Clean Energy Tour. It begins on the Corviglia funicular to Piz Nair, an 11,000 ft. peak above St. Moritz. The funicular derives one third of its power from solar panels.
A close-up of the funicular cable gears.
Note the solar panels on this restaurant near the top of the mountain. The entire restaurant runs on solar power.
All of the buildings on this hillside have solar collectors built into the walls and roofs.
The funicular and all the facilities are partially fueled by solar energy.
The roof of this building is a solar collector.
After riding on the funicular, we embarked on a gondola to the peak of the mountain.
Here's an aerial view of a wind mill that generates electricity, but the wind on these mountains is not sufficient to support a large wind farm.
This was the view from the top of the mountain x 360 degrees.
At the top of the mountain, our guide, Hanspeter Danuser, a musician, assembled his alphorn and played it for us. Hanspeter founded the Clean Energy Tour.
Here's a close-up of the alphorn. Dictionary.com calls it:
alphorn \Alpenhorn \Al"pen*horn`\, Alphorn \Alp"horn`\, n. [G. Alpenhorn.] A curved wooden horn about three feet long, with a cupped mouthpiece and a bell, used by the Swiss to sound the ranz des vaches and other melodies. Its notes are open harmonics of the tube.
al·pen·horn P Pronunciation Key (lpn-hôrn) n. A curved wooden horn, sometimes as long as 6 meters (approximately 20 feet), used by herders in the Alps to call cows to pasture.
This restaurant on the mountain operates one hundred percent on solar energy.