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Posted at 7:59 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Not all fun and frolic at Davos 2011

By Raju Narisetti

Davos 2011 attendees received crampons to wear on their shoes to avoid slipping on the icy sidewalks. (Photo by Raju Narisetti / Washington Post)

As Washington, D.C. and the rest of the U.S. East Coast brace for snow, North American participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos aren’t exactly escaping inclement weather. The Forum and related events, spread across many hotels in Davos, can be quite the chore even for veteran participants.

Here is one “Insider’s Guide to your Davos Experience” that was handed out to all Young Global Leaders, some 150 of them, who are a key part of the Davos Forum:

1. Carry your leather shoes in your bag, so that you can take off your winter shoes in the Congress Center

“To avoid getting frost-bite on your toes, bring your snow boots. To avoid spending long hours in your snow boots in the Congress Centre, bring your leather shoes in a bag. You’ll also be getting crampons when you register to help you with the icy sidewalks. But nevertheless be prudent when walking on the Davos streets—it can be really slippery.”

2. Be ready for security checks
“You will have to go through a full airport-style security check each time you enter the surrounding area of the Congress Centre. To avoid losing time, carry only the essential items with you.”

3. Eat and live healthy

“Davos is a marathon, not a sprint! Try to increase your intake of vegetables and fruits, drink a lot of water, and pace yourself with your evening activities.”

Snow, icy and slippery sidewalks, TSA-style security checks and overpriced hotels. Time for yet another invitation-only Davos to get underway Wednesday.

Raju Narisetti is a managing editor at The Washington Post.

By Raju Narisetti  | January 25, 2011; 7:59 PM ET
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