Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Glance Back at Sölden 2013 FIS Ski World Cup


Next weekend (25-26 October) Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again hosts the ultimate FIS Ski World Cup Races. As every year, the Women's Giant Slalom opens the new World Cup season.
On Saturday the FIS World Cup opens with the Women’s Giant Slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden. The FIS Women's and Men's Alpine Ski World Cup is held for the 21st time in the Tyrolean ski resort.

Switzerland’s Lara Gut had a perfect start to the 2013/14 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season on the Rettenbach Glacier claiming the top spot on the podium after beating the field by a 0,84 margin. It was near-perfect conditions on the glacier for the race with blue skies and a firm slope after a good overnight freeze.
It was the first Giant Slalom win for the 22-year-old Swiss and the first-ever podium for her at the season-opening Sölden Race. Gut laid down the best time in the first run with 0,77 advantage. In the second run, Gut built on her lead an ultimately finished ahead of Austria’s Katherin Zettel by 0,84 seconds. Finishing in third place was Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg 1.28 seconds off the winning pace.



Ted Ligety picked up the 2013/14 FIS Audi World Cup season right where he left off last season with a victory in today’s Giant Slalom Race at the Season Opener in Sölden. Ligety came out ahead of Alex Pinturault (FRA) by 0.79 seconds. Rounding out the podium was Austria's Marcel Hirscher, who finished 1.02 seconds off the pace. It was the third straight victory for Ligety at the Sölden Season Opener.
It was Ligety’s ninth-straight podium finish in giant slalom and his 31st career giant slalom podium. He is now tied with Italian superstar Alberto Tomba for Giant Slalom podiums, ranking fourth among all skiers.

Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2014-2015

It's finally time to get excited for five months packed with action on snow, the new 2014/15 World Cup season is less than a week away!


Soelden (AUT)
October 25th Giant Slalom / Ladies
October 26th Giant Slalom / Men

Levi (FIN)
November 15th Slalom / Ladies
November 16 th Slalom / Men

Lake Louise (CAN)
November 29th Downhill / Men
November 30th Super G / Men

Aspen (USA)
November 29th Giant Slalom / Ladies
November 30th Slalom / Ladies

Lake Louise (CAN)
December 5th Downhill / Ladies
December 6th Downhill / Ladies
December 7th Super G / Ladies

Beaver Creek (USA)
December 5th Downhill / Men
December 6th Super G / Men
December 7th Giant Slalom / Men

Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 13th Giant Slalom / Men
December 14th Slalom / Men

Courchevel (FRA)
December 13th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 14th Slalom / Ladies

Val Gardena / Groeden (ITA)
December 19th Super G / Men
December 20 th Downhill / Men

Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 20th Downhill / Ladies
December 21st Super G / Ladies

Alta Badia (ITA)
December 21st Giant Slalom / Men

Madonna di Campiglio (ITA)
December 22nd Night Slalom / Men

Semmering (AUT)
December 28th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 29th Slalom / Ladies

Santa Caterina (ITA)
December 28th Downhill / Men

Muenchen (GER)
January 1st City Event / Ladies & Men

Zagreb / Sljeme (CRO)
January 4th Slalom / Ladies
January 6th Slalom / Men

Bad Kleinkirchheim (AUT)
January 10th Downhill / Ladies
January 11th Super G / Ladies

Adelboden (SUI)
January 10th Giant Slalom / Men
January 11th Slalom / Men

Flachau (AUT)
January 13th Slalom / Ladies

Wengen (SUI)
January 16th Downhill / Alpine Combined / Men
January 17th Downhill / Men
January18th Slalom / Men

Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA)
January 17th Downhill / Ladies
January 18th Super G / Ladies

Kitzbuehel (AUT)
January 23rd Super G / Alpine Combined / Men
January 24th Downhill / Men
January 25th Slalom / Men

St. Moritz (SUI)
January 24th Downhill / Ladies
January 25th Super G / Ladies

Schladming (AUT)
January 27th Night Slalom / Men

Vail / Beaver Creek (USA)
2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
February 3rd Super G / Ladies
February 4th Super G / Men
February 6th Downhill / Ladies
February 7th Downhill / Men
February 8th Downhill / Super Combined / Men
February 9th Downhill / Super Combined / Ladies
February 10th Team / Mixed
February 12th Giant Slalom / Ladies & Men (FIS)
February 13th Giant Slalom / Men
February 14th Slalom / Men (FIS) & Ladies
February 15th Slalom / Men

Saalbach (AUT)
February 21st Downhill / Men
February 22nd Super G / Men

Maribor (SLO)
February 21st Giant Slalom / Ladies
February 22nd Slalom / Ladies

Garmisch Partenkirchen (GER)
February 28th Downhill / Men
March 1st Giant Slalom / Men

Bansko (BUL)
February 28th Super G / Ladies
March 1st Alpine Combined / Super G / Ladies

Gamisch Partenkirchen (GER)
March 7th Downhill / Ladies
March 8th Super G / Ladies

Kvitfjell (NOR)
March 7th Downhill / Men
March 8th Super G / Men

Are (SWE)
March 13th Giant Slalom / Ladies
March 14th Slalom / Ladies

Kranjska Gora (SLO)
March 14th Giant Slalom / Men
March 15th Slalom / Men

Meribel (FRA)
WC Finals 2015
March 18th Downhill / Ladies & Men
March 19th Super G / Ladies & Men
March 20th Team / Mixed
March 21st Giant Slalom / Men
March 21st Slalom / Ladies
March 22nd Slalom  / Men
March 22nd Giant Slalom / Ladies

Monday, October 20, 2014

Where To Ski and Snowboard In The Alps In October ?


Austria is the leading country for October glacier skiing with the Hintertux, PitztalSölden, Kaprun's KitzsteinhornMolltal and Stubai glaciers already open and due to be joined by the Kaunertal glacier soon.
After a month with no resorts open in France, Tignes re-opened on Saturday, 4th October after a few weeks’ closure since the end of its summer ski season. It will be open until the end of April  and it will be the only French resort open until late November. Les 2 Alpes will be open from October 25th to november 2nd.
Glacier ski areas Val Senales and Passo Stelvio will be joined by more glacier ski choices in Italy at the end of October with Cervinia and Passo Tonale openings. At Val Senales 8km of slopes are open with snow depths of 30cm and at Passo Stelvio, one of several claimants to being "Europe’s biggest glacier" 20km of runs are open.
Cervinia will open the weekends of 18th-19th and 25th-26th October then every day from 1st November to 3rd May 2015.
In Switzerland , Saas-Fee (open since last July, picture attached is from 19th October) and Zermatt (always open) have their glaciers open for snow sports.
Engelberg is scheduled to open at the end of October.
The Diavolezza Glacier near St. Moritz has opened on Saturday, 18 October 2014 and the high-lying firn pistes will be opened for carving and snowboarding. Corvatsch and Corviglia will follow on 22 November and open their slopes as well for your winter fun.

The Alpine Ski World Cup Starts Next Weekend in Sölden


Next weekend (25-26 October) Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again hosts the ultimate FIS Ski World Cup Races. As every year, the Women's Giant Slalom opens the new World Cup season.
On Saturday the FIS World Cup opens with the Women’s Giant Slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden. The FIS Women's and Men's Alpine Ski World Cup is held for the 21st time in the Tyrolean ski resort.

Programme:

25.10.2014 Women's Giant Slalom
26.10.2014 Men's Giant Slalom

Starting times:

09:30 am: 1st run
12:45 pm: 2nd run

Skiworldcup Opening 2013 in numbers:

73 female racers from 17 nations
92 male racers from 23 nations
In total there are 26 nations participating
ca. 20,000 visitors including 28 fan clubs with ca. 1,200 members.
Around 1,000 people were working the steep slope.

Skiworldcup Opening 2013 - facts and numbers:

20.000 overnight stays (Fri-Sun)
12.000 visitors on Saturday / 15.000 visitors on Sunday (new record!!!)
24 TV stations
18 radio stations
77 photographers
171 print-journalist

On Friday the FIS Forum Alpinum – the Information Session for Ski Journalists – will take place in the Freizeit Arena in Sölden. At 6:30 pm, the Krone World Cup Party will be held in the Postplatz square in Sölden village center.
Sölden is a municipality located in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria. With tourist bed nights running at over two million per year, the municipality is second only to Vienna as an Austrian tourist destination. The main village of Sölden is located at 1,368 meters above sea level. The highest peak is the Wildspitze which is at 3,768 meters the second highest mountain in Austria after the Grossglockner. Sölden is a very popular ski resort.
The first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup race of the year traditionally takes place on the slope located on the Rettenbach glacier, a high-quality icy track with the starting gate situated over 3,000 meters in altitude.
Sölden offers the marvelous BIG 3, Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts or gondolas. From November trough May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) and the modern snowmaking system (covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m) snow is guaranteed in Sölden.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Bec Des Rosses, Mountain of Legend. Trailer


Some mythical mountains helped build the reputation of the villages and valleys, in their neighborhood, most of the time through a long human and sporting history, written by men strongly willing to reach their summits. These myths, since then, ensure the growth and prosperity of these villages, that became ski resorts. Most of them arouse from the 19th century, sometimes even before.
But there is an exception in the restricted list of mythical mountains; a mountain whose legend was built much more recently, much quicker. And that legend is not due to the bravery of men who attempted the ascent. No, the summit, unlike its peers, can be reached without any major obstacle. What has contributed to its lightning reputation is linked to the exploits of a few men and women, not in the ascent, but the descent, of its breathtaking steep face.
The advent of freeride revealed its impressive north face, at the heart of the Swiss Wallis. Today, it is renowned as one of the most dreaded in the world. Within only a few years, its name has gone around the planet: The Bec des Rosses.
Extreme skiing revealed the Bec des Rosses beyond the borders of Switzerland. It now also gives the opportunity to discover others aspects of its history. Through testimonies of the elderly of the valley as well as mountain guides, among many others, this film traces the advent of a unique mountain to passionate people around the world, and uncovers unexpected events of its history.

Friday, October 17, 2014

GS in Sölden Confirmed


The Ladies' and Men's season opening Audi FIS Ski World Cup Giant Slalom races scheduled in Sölden (Tirol, Austria) on 25th-26th October 2014 are confirmed following the official snow control from today, 17th October 2014.


Sölden is a municipality located in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria. With tourist bed nights running at over two million per year, the municipality is second only to Vienna as an Austrian tourist destination. The main village of Sölden is located at 1,368 meters above sea level. The highest peak is the Wildspitze which is at 3,768 meters the second highest mountain in Austria after the Grossglockner. Sölden is a very popular ski resort.
The first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup race of the year traditionally takes place on the slope located on the Rettenbach glacier, a high-quality icy track with the starting gate situated over 3,000 meters in altitude.
Sölden offers the marvelous BIG 3, Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts or gondolas. From November trough May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) and the modern snowmaking system (covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m) snow is guaranteed in Sölden.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Saas-Fee in Summer/Fall: Glacier Skiing with the Pros


Saas-Fee is the perfect training playground for professional skiers and snowboarders. Every year National Teams and pros come to Saas-Fee to enjoy the perfect conditions of the glacier.

Saas-Fee offers ideal summer skiing and snowboarding conditions. Up on the glaciers there are 20 km of slopes to suit all levels. The Allalin Glacier is accessed via the underground funicular and is open from mid-July to late October. The glacier is particularly popular with freestylers and race teams. Swiss and international ski teams come here for their summer training sessions every year.
The snowpark has a half-pipe, kickers, rails, boxes and transitions in all shapes and sizes to suit all skill levels.
In 2012 the results of a questionnaire for "Best ski resort" with over 40‘000 guests were presented. Saas-Fee / Saastal was voted best Swiss ski Resort. Internationally it was even voted to second rank out of 55 top ski destinations in Austria, Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland. In terms of snow reliability, slope preparation and coziness, Saas-Fee/Saastal hit top status.

Summer is Over Let's Enjoy Skiing!!! (2)



In less than two weeks (25-26 October) the 2014-2015 Audi FIS Ski World Cup season is due to start with the opening race in Sölden (Tirol, Austria), but for those competing in Sölden, the new season has started as soon as the past one wrapped up in March at the Finals in Lenzerheide (SUI).
Since then, athletes and their teams have travelled the world finding the best snow conditions available in order to best prepare for the new season. Enjoy the newest Behind the Scenes video, "Another Summer" filmed in August and September in the south of Argentina.
On Saturday the FIS World Cup opens with the Women’s Giant Slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden.

In 2012, FIS and Audi embarked on a new video project called "Behind the Scenes". The idea was to create a YouTube series, which would provide fans with greater insight into what happens around the Audi FIS Ski World Cup and also follow athletes and teams in their year-round preparation.
Encouraged by last two year’s success, and 58 videos, the "Behind the Scenes" series is back, looking to revisit some of the venues while adding some new ones. Fans will be able to enjoy videos from Soelden (AUT), Levi (FIN), Val d’Isere (FRA), Courchevel (FRA), Val Gardena (ITA), Alta Badia (ITA), Munich (GER), Adelboden (SUI), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER), and other spectacular World Cup sites.
The series will feature one-of-a-kind interviews with numerous athletes and offer a unique glimpse of some of the most famous runs and resorts in Alpine Skiing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Summer is Over Let's Enjoy Skiing!!! (1)



In less than two weeks (25-26 October) the 2014-2015 Audi FIS Ski World Cup season is due to start with the opening race in Sölden (Tirol, Austria), but for those competing in Sölden, the new season has started as soon as the past one wrapped up in March at the Finals in Lenzerheide (SUI).

Skiing might be an individual sport, but behind every athlete there is a support team which takes care of all the details which allow him or her to perform at their best. Among the team, there is one person with whom athletes often develop a special bond - the guy responsible for making their skis fast, their ski technician.

In 2012, FIS and Audi embarked on a new video project called "Behind the Scenes". The idea was to create a YouTube series, which would provide fans with greater insight into what happens around the Audi FIS Ski World Cup and also follow athletes and teams in their year-round preparation.
Encouraged by last two year’s success, and 58 videos, the "Behind the Scenes" series is back, looking to revisit some of the venues while adding some new ones. Fans will be able to enjoy videos from Soelden (AUT), Levi (FIN), Val d’Isere (FRA), Courchevel (FRA), Val Gardena (ITA), Alta Badia (ITA), Munich (GER), Adelboden (SUI), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER), and other spectacular World Cup sites.
The series will feature one-of-a-kind interviews with numerous athletes and offer a unique glimpse of some of the most famous runs and resorts in Alpine Skiing.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

FFFT 14 Films (5): Tribute

The Freeski-Crew were producing ski movies for ten years now, but they never forgotten their roots. They travel the world and they're inspired by the mountain cultures around the globe. But there is this one place where they felt at home, one place that influenced us the most - the city of Innsbruck! This is a tribute to a decade of friendship, adventures and a place we all call home!


The Freeride Film Festival kicks off the 2014 tour with a big opening night in Innsbruck, Austria on November 11th. This will be the Fourth edition of the festival, which brings the best local and international freeride films to Austria, Germany and Poland.