Bond yields are on the rocks, prices are hitting the steepest slopes and credit derivatives are at an impasse. So what better way to spend the time than to join 200 bond traders for a skiing weekend in Switzerland?

Throwing caution, and the global financial crisis, to the winds, the International Capital Market Association, the self-regulatory organisation for capital markets, is holding its annual ski weekend in the Swiss resort of Villars, “set on a sunny plateau above the Rhone Valley, with superb views over the
Vaudois Alps”.

The association has been running ski events for members for over 30 years. “A packed programme of outdoor activities and entertainment starts with the welcome drinks and dinner on Friday evening … and gets into full swing with racing on Saturday.”