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Valais politicians go skiing at a ridiculous price

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Instead of 1570 only 100 francs

Valais politicians go skiing at a ridiculous price

Accepting gifts is tricky for politicians. These are often associated with expectations. However, various Valais parliamentarians and members of the government use heavily discounted ski passes, while citizens pay the full price.


With the “Snowpass Limited”, politicians can travel almost anywhere in Valais for free, for example here in Leukerbad.

Skiing costs money – unless you’re a Valais politician. The winter sports areas of the mountain canton give their government members, federal parliamentarians from the canton and Valais local councils discounted or even free ski passes. The best-known corruption expert in Switzerland, law professor Mark Pieth (69), does not believe that this is legally justifiable.

On the contrary: It is “very likely” relevant under criminal law. Since the case of Geneva State Councilor Pierre Maudet (44), who, according to the court, had obtained an “undue” advantage with a luxury trip to Abu Dhabi as a gift, members of a cantonal government should be more careful.

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