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'Tiny Chalet' Wonder, For An Ecological Swiss Ski Vacation

The Thyon tourism office rents innovative 'tiny houses' to ski vacationers: 56 square feet, fun and environmentally friendly. But it's not so simple.

'Tiny Chalet' Wonder, For An Ecological Swiss Ski Vacation
Caroline Stevan

THYON — The doubts begin before departure: a family weekend usually means filling up the car, but a full car represents a quarter of the total volume of a "tiny house." These micro homes, which first began to spread in the United States in 2008, mean the second pair of shoes doesn't come along, nor the xylophone, the three extra blankets and board games.

We will be among the first to test the Swiss version, a "tiny chalet" that the Valais resort of Thyon has just installed on the slopes.

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