Barbegazi are mythical creatures from Swiss mythology. They are a kind of dwarf with a long beard and enormous feet. They travel in the mountains by skiing with their massive feet, or using them as snowshoes. They sleep the summer months away in caves and tunnels and do not come out until the first snowfall. The word barbegazi comes from the French barbe-glacée, meaning "frozen beard". They are rarely sighted by humans, but sometimes help shepherds round up lost sheep.