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Uninvited Act of Nature Threatens Davos Festivities: Attendees Escape Harrowing Experience Barely Intact

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As you may have heard, last week brought the annual World Economic Forum to Davos Switzerland. Besides one very important economist attending several very important meetings, this year felt a bit dull compared to previous ones, wherein the groundwork for major deals was laid, love-children conceived. 2012, it seemed, was the year nothing really noteworthy or "big" happened. OR SO WE THOUGHT. Then this bombshell dropped. And everything changed. Because the truth was out.

Chauffeured black Audis, armored limousines and a fleet of shuttle vans crunched to a halt in the streets of Davos as a record number of financiers, corporate bosses and politicians struggled to navigate through five feet of Swiss Alpine snow last week, the second-most in 66 years.

My god. What must that have been like?

More than 2,600 participants of the 42nd World Economic Forum, 1,000 journalists and 13,000 residents forged their way through narrow roads that resembled St. Moritz’s natural-ice bobsled run.


The traffic looked more like that in the Lincoln Tunnel, which links New York and New Jersey.

OKAY STOP. I have actual chills, on my spine, right now. But please, continue. It's hard but we need to hear it.

Congestion was so heavy a taxi took almost 40 minutes the night of Jan. 26 to get from the conference’s Congress Centre to the Morosani Posthotel, where Coca-Cola Co. (KO) was holding a reception, a distance of 1.3 kilometers (0.8 miles) or about an 18-minute walk.

This must be what it's like living in a third world country.

At about 8 p.m. on Jan. 25, a diner at Da Damiano restaurant, across from the Congress Centre, was told a taxi wouldn’t be available for at least 90 minutes.

Outrageous and, frankly, inconceivable. Just tell me the conditions didn't mess with anyone's plans to wear totally appropriate footwear while visiting a city in the Swiss Alps, in January.

Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit slipped in front of the Belvedere at about 8 p.m. on Jan. 26 and was caught by a bodyguard as she tried to make her way through the snow in four-inch heels.

Okay, heard enough. Someone needs to be held accountable.

“In Boston, this would be illegal,” Peter Diamond, the Nobel laureate economist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said as he walked along the Promenade, whose sidewalks were covered with as much as 6 inches of ice.

That's right. Lawyer the fuck up, snow. We'll see your asses in court.

Davos Choked by Audis Stuck in Heavy Snow