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Hillary Clinton hits slopes after talk

Dressed in a blue ski suit, Hillary Rodham Clinton took to Switzerland's famed ski slopes Tuesday before winding up a brief visit to the Alps.

Lift operators who spoke on condition of anonymity said the American first lady, surrounded by security guards, took at least two runs down the slopes.She appeared to ski well, although she stuck to the intermediate "blue" slopes, they said. Clinton rode the Parsenn Bahn cogwheel railway next to her hotel in Davos and then a gondola car for the excursion.

Hillary Clinton, who arrived in Switzerland on Saturday, appealed to a global gathering of business and government leaders Monday evening to pay more attention to the needs of women and children.

Swiss and U.S. officials have kept her well away from reporters during her visit, and she has ignored shouted questions about Clinton's problems with sexual allegations in the United States.

Hillary Clinton has been staying in the most secure hotel in Davos, the luxury Seehof, where guests can enter unobserved through an underground garage.

Many government officials and corporate leaders who attend the annual get-together use the opportunity to ski at Davos, which lies in a mountain valley 5,120 feet above sea level.