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It's Not All Work

Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | 12:58 PM ET

Yeah, right.

Actually, the working sessions and panels are better attended than any conference I've ever seen.

But there are also officially sanctioned "leisure activities"—and we're not just talking about the late-night parties. Here are a few of my faves from the official guidebook (and I swear I'm not kidding):

Cheese Fondue Cooking Course: "Learn how to make Switzerland's favourite cheese specialty under the expert guidance of the 'cheese master'." (A cheese master, I suppose, cuts the cheese?)

Audi Safe Driving Course: "Under the supervision of experienced instructors, in Audi cars, learn to master critical situations such as braking, hazard avoidance, overtaking, braking on a corner or skid correction," (This course is apparently in high demand. I would love to see who takes it!)

Avalanche Research: an "entertaining" tour of the Swiss Federal Institute of Snow and Avalanche Research. (You say "avalanche", I think "entertaining"!)

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