Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg
Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

In Pictures: Davos Prepares for Skiers (Along With CEOs and Heads of State)

The theme at this year's World Economic Forum is “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”

Nestled in the Swiss Alps, Davos - famous as the snowy base for the annual World Economic Forum - is also the home of one of Switzerland's biggest ski resorts. This year the town will be host to some 2,500 participants from more than 100 countries as business leaders and public figures descend on the Alpine resort for the 46th WEF.

St. John's church surrounded by snow-covered residential buildings as night falls in Davos, Switzerland, on Monday, Jan. 18, 2015.

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An armed member of the Swiss police watches from the roof of the Hotel Davos.

This year’s forum will be attended by more than 2,500 participants from over 100 countries.

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Armed police watch from the roof of the Hotel Davos.

There will be over 250 sessions and workshops.

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A hotel employee uses a snow clearing machine to clear the snow from the 10th floor bar terrace at the InterContinental Hotel Davos.

Nearly 40 cultural leaders will be attending Davos this year to contribute to shaping cultural and global agendas - including Bono, Peter Gabriel and Kevin Spacey among others.

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Sunlight reflects off the dome of the InterContinental Hotel Davos.

 

 

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A hotel employee prepares bedding inside a suite at the InterContinental Hotel Davos.

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Pedestrian watch as an armored police vehicle passes Davos Dorf railway station.

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Skiers travel up the Parsenn mountain by cable car.

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Skiers take in the view from atop the Parsenn mountain.

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A bedroom inside an igloo hotel run by Iglu-Dorf on the Parsenn mountain.

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A worker rests outside an igloo hotel, operated by Iglu-Dorf.

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Bathers enjoy an outside jacuzzi spa at an igloo hotel, operated by Iglu-Dorf.

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A snow clearing tractor along the high street in Davos.

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The entrance to the Congress Center venue for the World Economic Forum.

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A police officer directs traffic approaching the Congress Center venue for the World Economic Forum.

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A pedestrian passes the security entrance to the Congress Center venue for the World Economic Forum.

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A worker places a signpost giving directions to hotels and venues for attendees.

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A sign indicating no sledging stands on a hillside overlooking snow covered commercial and residential property below.

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Snowboarders and skiers stand outside a ski gear store in Davos.

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A wooden sledge on sale in a store window in Davos.

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A train makes its way towards the town of Davos, the venue for the World Economic Forum.

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