Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vail Resorts Strengthens Commitment to Sustainability with Launch of EpicPromise


This Saturday, thousands of Vail Resorts, Inc. employees will gather to complete 13 trail, habitat or school restoration projects across the U.S. and in Jamaica to commemorate Vail Resorts’ newly launched EpicPromise, a new brand platform designed to engage resort guests and residents of the communities where it operates in one of the company’s core values, "Do good".

Over the last five years, Vail Resorts has consistently demonstrated a commitment to sustainability through environmental and community support, including:

• Over $7 million in contributions to more than 235 non-profit partners annually
• Energy reduction of 10 percent and a pledge to reduce another 10 percent by 2020
• More than $3.5 million raised through Vail Resorts’ guest donation program to sustain forest health*
• A leadership role in the restoration of the Hayman Fire area located on the Front Range of Colorado which improved the water source for 75 percent of Coloradoans
• Donate 20,000 company-sponsored volunteer hours annually

EpicPromise will highlight this already strong commitment and expand it to engage the millions of guests the company hosts each year as stewards of the natural environment and local communities.
"The mission of our business is to provide experiences of a lifetime in the great outdoors", said Rob Katz, chairman and CEO for Vail Resorts. "We have a special responsibility to preserve and protect the iconic landscapes which frame our mountain resorts, and help strengthen our local communities. We have implemented many sustainable practices at our company for years, and now we have the opportunity to inspire others to follow our lead. EpicPromise is how we will work together to create a more promising future for generations to come".
Capitalizing on Vail Resorts’ Epic brand, EpicPromise will become an integrated part of the guest experience from its dedicated website, EpicPromise.com, to Ski and Ride School, to on-mountain educational signage. Through these actions, Vail Resorts hopes to inspire every guest to identify a personal sustainability commitment and take action.
"The launch of EpicPromise is just the first step as we look forward to implementing new programs and efforts in the coming months that build on our sustainability leadership", said Beth Ganz, vice-president of public affairs and sustainability. "From our commitment to sustainable operations to inspiring our guests to make their own impact, we want to be a company known for taking action".


Vail Resorts is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).

Friday, September 12, 2014

Park City Mountain Resort is Now Epic

Vail Resorts announced that with the Company’s acquisition of Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) in Park City, Utah, the iconic mountain resort now joins the Epic Pass, expanding the collection of legendary mountains offered on the industry-leading season pass to 22 resorts and more than 32,000 acres of the best skiing and riding in the world.
"Park City Mountain Resort is one of the most iconic mountain resorts in the world and as the newest addition to the Vail Resorts collection of world-class mountains, it’s now epic. We’re thrilled to be able to offer unlimited skiing and riding at Park City Mountain Resort on the Epic Pass for the 2014-15 winter season", said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. "We continue to provide even greater value and variety in skiing and riding with the Epic Pass and significantly invest in the guest experience at our mountain resorts, including new chairlifts, on-mountain dining options and innovative snowmaking expansions for the coming winter".
The 2014-15 Epic Pass features unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Furthermore, Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to extend their skiing and riding adventures globally with up to five consecutive free days (when booking in-resort lodging) at the renowned mountain resorts of Les 3 Vallées, France (Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle) and Verbier, Switzerland, and five consecutive free days at Niseko United, Japan. Vail Resorts is offering the industry’s best-selling season pass at $749 for adults and $389 for children (ages 5-12), but these prices are only guaranteed for a limited time.

Vail Resorts is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vail Resorts Acquires Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah


Vail Resorts today announced that the Company has acquired Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) from Powdr Corp. for $182.5 million in cash, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. The acquisition includes all of the assets of Greater Park City Company (GPCC), the land used for ski terrain at the resort held by Ian Cumming, and certain base parking lands owned by Powdr Development Corp., which have approved zoning for approximately 687,000 square feet of residential and commercial development. The acquisition does not include the Gorgoza tubing operation, located approximately 10 miles from the resort, which will be retained by Powdr Corp.
With the acquisition, all aspects of the previously disclosed litigation with respect to PCMR have been settled and this dispute will no longer pose any future threat to disrupt the operation of the resort.
"First and foremost, we are very pleased to bring a permanent end to this dispute and provide assurance to the guests and employees of PCMR, and to everyone in the Park City community, that they no longer have to worry about any disruption to the operation of the Resort. This has been a difficult period for everyone involved and I commend John Cumming and Powdr Corp. for helping to find a solution to this situation", said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.
"Park City Mountain Resort is one of the most spectacular mountain resorts and iconic brands in the ski industry and I am proud to have the resort become a part of Vail Resorts. The acquisition will allow us to immediately bring Park City Mountain Resort onto the Epic Pass, which will now offer skiers from across the country and around the world access to 22 resorts, including Canyons in Park City, Utah; Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe. We look forward to working collaboratively with the entire Park City community, as well as city and county officials, as we chart the future for the resort, including how we can best bring the Canyons and Park City ski experiences together to create the largest mountain resort in the United States", he added.
Blaise Carrig, president of Vail Resorts, will act as interim chief operating officer for the resort.
"We understand that this acquisition represents a change for all of the employees of PCMR and I look forward to working with everyone on the PCMR team as we develop a vision for the future of the resort", said Carrig.
Mountain operations of PCMR and Canyons will remain separate for the 2014-2015 ski season.
Park City Mountain Resort offers terrain for every type of skier and snowboarder, from perfectly manicured groomers to powder-filled bowls and some of the industry’s most progressive terrain parks and half pipes. Located in the heart of historic Park City, Utah–one of the country’s greatest ski towns–PCMR was named the fifth best resort in North America by readers of SKI Magazine in 2014. The mountain resort’s 16 lifts serve 114 runs, nine powder-filled bowls, four terrain parks and two half pipes. The mountain also offers many summer adventures including one of the world’s longest alpine slides, a nearly 4,000-foot long alpine coaster, zip lines and more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails. Together with Canyons, the combined resort will offer over 7,000 acres of skiing and will be the largest ski resort in the United States.

Vail Resorts is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).

Friday, September 5, 2014

150 Days To Go To Vail-Beaver Creek 2015


The 2014/15 World Cup season is quickly approaching and after a long and busy summer, in just over 50 days the best skiers in the world will be in Soelden (AUT) competing for the first titles of the winter.
This season, there will be some titles that will bring athletes and fans some additional excitement - from February 2nd-15th 2015 Vail Beaver Creek will be hosting 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships and today marks 150 days to go until the Opening Ceremony!

The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek are scheduled from February 2-15. The event is expected to showcase athletes from over 70 nations, along with an onsite media and broadcast entourage of approximately 1,500 members. An international television audience approaching 750 million people will watch the two weeks of racing and festivities.
Vail Resorts, the leading mountain resort operator in the United States, operate the mountain resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek in Colorado.

The tradition of alpine ski racing has been interwoven throughout Vail and Beaver Creek’s history since Vail Mountain opened to the world in 1962. Founded by a ski racer, Vail hosted its first racing event, a U.S. Ski Team training camp, one week after opening.
Since 1983, the Vail Valley has played host to numerous annual World Cup races, including the 1994 and 1997 World Cup Finals. This number has been increased by the ability to hold competitions when other resorts have been forced to cancel their races as the Vail Valley has traditionally come to the aid of the FIS by picking up races from Aspen, Whistler, Park City and Val d’Isere, France.
The 1989 and 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships firmly established the Vail Valley as "the ski racing capital of North America", generating worldwide awareness for Vail and Beaver Creek. As a result of the 1989 Championships, Vail Associates’ international skier visits jumped from 3-4% to 12% for the winter of 1989-90, while the 1999 Championships generated the largest crowd in U.S. ski racing history and the coming out party for one of the world’s premier downhill courses, paving the way for Vail and Beaver Creek’s successful bid to host the 2015 World Championships.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

James Blunt To Open 2014-2015 Winter Season in Ischgl


Megastar James Blunt is to open the winter season in Ischgl on 29 November 2014. He will present his latest album Moon Landing at the world-famous Top of the Mountain Concert – entry to which is free with a valid ski pass!

Heading to the moon and back - James Blunt is set to ensure an out-of-this-world opening of the 2014/15 winter season in Ischgl on 29 November 2014 in the legend-ary Top of the Mountain Concert. The crowd are in for a fantastic experience as sounds from Blunt’s new Moon Landing album are heard in front of the gigantic mountain backdrop of the Silvretta Arena ski resort. From 18:00, the folk rock singer is to kick the musical highlights off on the ukulele and the piano in the centre of the resort of Ischgl as the spectacular sounds of his new hits like Postcards and Bonfire Heart herald a mega music event. Whether he will perform the world-famous ballads of You’re Beautiful and Carry me Home along with songs from his latest album is a matter keeping fans in suspense. Whatever the outcome, there is a unique experience in store – first enjoying skiing on the 238 or so kilometres of groomed ski pistes with the live concert following in the evening. A valid ski pass gives you free entry. A daily pass on the day of the concert costs 60 Euro, with a two-day ski pass available for 88 Euro per person. Those who truly can’t wait to make their mark on the snow this winter can carve their way down the pistes as early as Thursday 27 November 2014 as the new ski season opens.
The legendary Ischgl season opener is to provide spectators with world-class entertainment surrounded by ideal winter sport facilities. Skiers are to be transported this year by the new Pardatschgrat tricable gondola lift directly from the centre of the resort to the ski area in next to no time. Freeriders can meanwhile go on the hunt for new lines under the Piz Val Gronda cable car. The area was only opened in winter 2013/2014. The evening will be a time to put the skis down and celebrate the start of the season with a world-famous star.
James Blunt follows in the footsteps of a galaxy of superstars who have entertained skiers and boarders in the Austrian resort's traditional Top of the Mountain gig. Long time ago, Ischgl decided to put its entire advertising and marketing budget into staging two massive concerts a year to open and close the winter season. Elton John was the first star to feature in the Tirolean resort's now famous season closing concerts, back in 1995. Since then the resort has hosted Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Sting, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Atomic Kitten, Peter Gabriel, The Corrs, Alanis Morissette, Lionel Richie, Pink, the Scissor Sisters, the Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Elton John again, Gabriella Cilmi, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Gossip, The Killers,Roxette, Mariah Carey, The Scorpions, Deep Purple, Nickelback and Robbie Williams.

James Blunt
 

After leaving the British army, James Blunt concentrated on his musical career. In 2005 he sang his way into his fans’ hearts with his number one hit You’re Beautiful and became the first British artist in nine years to top the US charts after Elton John with Candle in the Wind (1997). From the end of November 2014 he will have another thing in common, as Elton John took the world-famous Top of the Mountain stage by storm in both 1995 and 2008. James Blunt writes his own songs and touches those who hear them with his distinctive and powerful voice. For his new songs, Blunt has opted to incorporate the ukulele to emphasise feelings of freedom and joy. Feel-good songs and heart-rending lovesick ballads meet one another for the first time and take listeners on an emotional journey. Moon Landing is the British star’s fourth studio album and one of his most personal. He deals with the death of Whitney Houston among other topics. In Germany, the album has claimed second place in the album charts.

Ischgl (1377m) is a truly Ski Paradise in Tirol (Austria) with 238 km of prepared pistes, 43 lifts and lots of interesting new features in the ski resort. The modern lifts managed by the Silvretta Seilbahn AG Company offer a high level of comfort and countless extras, such as heated seats in the Fimbabahn cable car built for the 2007/08 season. A variety of slopes and ski routes offer a opportunity for everyone, from beginners to experts looking for challenging pistes. Eleven is the name of the longest piste with approximately 11 kilometres from the top of the ski resort in Greitspitz (2,872 metres) to Ischgl village (1,400 metres).
From Ischgl you can access to the Silvretta Arena Ski Paradise, thanks to an alliance between two Companies (Silvretta Seilbahn AG and Bergbahnen Sammaun AG) and two ski resorts (Ischgl-Sammaun) from two different countries (Switzerland-Austria).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc: 1 Event - 5 Races

For this, the twelfth year, 7500 runners will take the starting line of one of the The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc races. 

On Friday 29 August 2014, at 17:30 hours a new edition of the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc will start in the Place du Triangle de l’Amitiét in the centre of Chamonix.
The Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc is one of the greatest European Mountain Trail Races. The international race takes place in one of the most incredible landscapes on the world. A breathtaking scenery of seven valleys, 71 glaciers and 400 summits like the Mont Blanc, the Dent du Géant and the rock face of the Grandes Jorasses. The athletes cover a distance of 168 km and 9,600 of positive altitude change along the famous GR TMB, within 46 hours, at an altitude ranging between 1012 m and 2537 m., crossing six passes over 2000 metres high. They will pass through 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland. The sporting and human achievement is remarkable: 168 km is the distance between Paris and Auxerre by the motorway; it is also the distance of four marathons back to back. The positive height gain is equivalent to twice the ascension of Everest from base camp.

  • 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland
  • 3 alpine regions: The 2 Savoie, The Aosta Valley andValais
  • 19 communes: Chamonix Mont-Blanc (FR), Les Houches (FR), Saint-Gervais (FR), Les Contamines-Montjoie (FR), Servoz (FR), Hauteluce (FR), Beaufort (FR), Bourg-Saint-Maurice (FR), Séez (FR), La Thuile (IT), Pré-Saint-Didier (IT), Morgex (IT), Courmayeur Mont-Blanc (IT), Orsières (CH), La Fouly et Champex-Lac, Trient (CH), Vallorcine (FR), Finhaut (CH), Salvan (CH), Martigny-Combe (CH)
  • 2300 runners (77 countries present)
  • Maximum race time: 46 hours
  • Estimated time for the first finishers is 20 hours
  • Limited to runners who have a minimum of 7 qualification points.

Created in 2006, it has become as popular as its big sister. The CCC is considered by many runners to be "the little one" nevertheless it too, constitutes one of the most difficult challenges in ultra - trail.
A semi-tour of Mont-Blanc, starting from Courmayeur with 101km, 6,100 metres of positive height gain and in semi-autonomy.
Starting in the centre of Courmayeur Friday August 29th 2014 at 9:00.
  • 1900 runners
  • Maximun race time: 26:30 hours
  • Estimated time for the first finishers is12 hours
  • Limited to runners who have a minimum 2 qualification points.
Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (TDS)

Wilder and more technical than the UTMB and the CCC, in the heart of the Aosta valley and the two Savoie, this demanding race offers a new vision of the tour of Mont Blanc and the Beaufortain country. The route will allow the discovery of the col de la Youlaz (2,661m) above Courmayeur, the "passage du Curé" or the sublime view of the massif of Mont Blanc from the col de la Gitte in the heart of Beaufortain.
A semi-tour of Mont-Blanc starting from Courmayeur with 119km, 7,250 metres of positive height gain and in semi-autonomy.
Starting from the centre of Courmayeur on Wednesday August 27th 2014 at 07:00.
  • 1600 runners
  • Maximum race time : 33 hours
  • Estimated time for the first finishers is 14 hours
  • Limited to runners who have a minimum of 2 qualification points
La Petite Trotte à Léon (PTL)

A hallucinatory and non competitive event! A "grand" tour of Mont Blanc adding high passes, often higher than 2,500 metres and with some delicate passages. If you like solitude, solidarity and total adventure, that is the reason for trying it once.
  • An event without final positions and in complete autonomy, to be realised by teams of 3 (or 2) inseparable runners.
  • The route is different each year, not way marked but simply mapped (GPS waypoints are provided).
  • Around 300km and 28,000 metres of positive height gain
  • Maximum authorized time: 141 hours
  • Start from Chamonix Monday August 25th 2014 at 17:30
  • 100 team maximum
  • Limited to teams comprising of at least 1 UTMB® finisher
A New Race: Orsières-Champex-Chamonix (OCC)

The new race launched for 2014 has seen a true success and necessitated a draw as the organisation received 2,443 registration requests for the 1,000 available places.
The race will start from Orsières located southwest of the canton in the Val d’Entremont. This valley offers unique landscapes: ultimate peaks on the eastern flanks of the Mont Blanc drawing the franco-swiss frontier, hanging glaciers on polished rocks, fiery torrents… The layout of the OCC goes through that nature, in a charming atmosphere before reaching Champex and the last part just as magical at the UTMB® or the CCC®.
Starting from Orsières on Thursday August 28th 2014 at 8:00.
  • No qualification points needed
This event is the outcome of a long life dream and a passion for Ultra-Trail®, shared by an increasing number of runners from the whole world. Its realization is possible thanks to the friendship that links the population of the French, Italian and Swiss municipalities of the pays du Mont-Blanc.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014: Zermatt and Saas-Fee are the Favourite Destinations in Switzerland

In the recent Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014, Zermatt and Saas-Fee came in top among Swiss destinations. In addition, Zermatt is the only Swiss resort that made it into the top 20 among European destinations.
According to the annual ranking by TripAdvisor, the popular travel site, the Zermatt-Matterhorn destination ranks 19th among the European destinations. For the first time this year, TripAdvisor also provided a Swiss ranking with Zermatt and Saas-Fee in first and second place respectively.
For the sixth time, TripAdvisor has been awarding the annual Travellers’ Choice Awards to top destinations all over the world, based on millions of evaluations and opinions of TripAdvisor travellers.
Daniel Luggen, Director of Tourism in Zermatt, is pleased with the ranking: "Taking the feedback of our guests very seriously, we feel all the more honoured to have won several awards. The ranking shows that Zermatt is viewed as an attractive destination".
In 2012 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 cosiness, Saas-Fee / Saastal hit top status. Together with Aletsch Arena and Zermatt, 3 of the first 5 ranks are taken by valaisian destinations.
"About 70% of all ski slopes in Saas-Fee are guaranteed for snow", says Rainer Flaig, CEO of the Saas-Fee cableways. The top rank in snow security is due to the unique glacier area and the unmatched height of the area, which is offering fun in the snow up to a height of 3,600 meters altitude. Above this, Saas-Fee cableways invested strongly into the artificial snow production over the last years.
"The Travellers’ Choice Awards inspire our travellers. The award winners are must-visits", says Pia Schratzenstaller, press officer for TripAdvisor Switzerland. Referring to the new Switzerland ranking, she says: "With its idyllic mountain areas and regional cuisine, Switzerland attracts travellers who look for a relaxing holiday. This is reflected in the ranking".

Swiss Top 10

1. Zermatt
2. Saas-Fee
3. Zurich
4. Grindelwald
5. Pontresina
6. Mürren
7. Geneva
8. Arosa
9. Lucerne
10. Verbier


Monday, July 21, 2014

Base Camp Matterhorn Now Open


Zermatt has opened "Base Camp Matterhorn", a temporary campsite that can accommodate up to 50 mountaineers during the 2014 season while the Hörnlihütte hut is closed for renovations.
The Hörnlihütte (3,260 m), which will remain closed for renovation during the 2014 summer season, nestles at the foot of the Matterhorn (4,478 m). "The Base Camp Matterhorn has been set up to replace the cabin throughout the 2014 season and prevent wild camping at the foot of the Matterhorn", said Kurt Lauber, Long-standing warden of the Hörnlihütte. 
The Base Camp Matterhorn in Zermatt opened its doors and has been inaugurated on 19th July. 25 tent-like structures made from aluminium and wood have been erected on Hirli (2,880 m) at the foot of the Matterhorn.
Due to the closure of the Hörnlihütte throughout the 2014 summer season, the first pop-up hotel in the Alps was set up to provide accommodation for Matterhorn climbers close to the king of mountains. With Zermatt making preparations for the 150th anniversary of the Matterhorn’s first ascent in 2015, the Hörnlihütte is currently being renovated and will reopen its doors in July 2015. In terms of comfort and sustainability, the forward-looking conversion of the chalet will satisfy all standards applicable to modern buildings in the Alps – including sustainable energy and water supply.
The pop-up Base Camp Matterhorn was realised thanks to partners Swatch and Mammut and the municipality of Zermatt. "The installation was a great challenge", says Hörnlihütte warden and building supervisor Kurt Lauber. "The spell of winter weather with snow made our schedule tighter and tighter". But all turned out well and the Base Camp Matterhorn will be open until 15 September 2014, making it easier for Alpinists’ to access the Matterhorn. After this date, the camp will be taken down and the shelters will be up for sale.
Erected to prevent wild camping and bivouacking due to the closure of the Hörnlihütte, the Base Camp Matterhorn was conceived to protect nature and implement long-standing laws. In summer 2014, strict controls will be carried out around the Matterhorn and any contraventions of the laws will attract fines of up to CHF 5,000.


Architects: Selina Walder and Georg Nickisch
Access: from Schwarzsee cable car station(2,583 m, 297 m altitude)
Accommodation: 25 shelters
One night with half board: CHF 150 per person
Booking by telephone only: +41 27 967 22 64


14 July 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn by Zermatt mountain guides and British mountaineer Edward Whymper. Zermatt will celebrate its famous mountain and honour it with a completely refurbished Hörnlihütte, which will open its doors on the occasion of the 150th anniversary celebrations in July 2015.
Since the first ascent of the Matterhorn by British mountaineers in 1865 laid the foundation for the tourism industry in Zermatt, the Matterhorn village has invited the Queen of England to attend the week-long celebrations in July 2015. Mountain guide Anjan Truffer was personally conveying the Queen’s invitation to Buckingham Palace in London.
Livia Anne Richard gave an overview of "The Matterhorn Story", an open-air theatre play that will be performed on Riffelberg (2,560 m) in front of 700 to 800 spectators in summer 2015

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Club Med’s New Val Thorens Resort


Val Thorens Sensations is located in the heart of the 3 Valleys one of Europe’s most popular and largest ski regions in the world, with 372 miles of pistes for exploring. Ski season will run from November through May at the resort.
In keeping with the youthful and contemporary feel of the ski domain, this Resort will be chic and 
informal. The concept, highlighting sport and energy, will combine intense thrills with an inviting party 
atmosphere. The architecture by Studio Arch, in harmony with the ski domain’s young, modern allure, 
and the interior design by Sophie Jacqmin, seamlessly link the latest trends to the local spirit, for an 
up-to-the-minute spin on Alpine culture.
Club Med Val Thorens will have 384 rooms from 248-square-feet and up, including 12 Deluxe Rooms, five Junior Suites and six Suites. Family rooms will be available, as well as kids clubs for young skiers.

The project amounts to an €80 million investment on the part of Club Méditerranée and 
its partners, Crédit Agricole des Savoie, SETAM (Operating company for Tarentaise Maurienne cable-cars and managing ski-lifts for Val Thorens), CEPRAL (Caisse d'Epargne Rhône Alpes subsidiary), 2 RB-1(A Private investment company) and SSP (Mixed company combining the investments of the "Conseil Générale of the department of Savoie" in the local ski-lift companies; actor of the development of the ski resorts, it is also involved in real estate. Biggest shareholder of SETAM, it is particularly interested in the development of the 3 Valleys ski domain.). One third will be financed by the  simplified stock corporation SAS Val Thorens le Cairn, and two thirds will be financed by a banking  syndicate loan. Crédit Agricole des Savoie, SETAM and Club Méditerranée hold equal shares  amounting to 22.22% of the assets of SAS Val Thorens le Cairn, whilst CEPRAL, 2 RB-I and SSP hold shares amounting to 16.67%, 11.1% and 5.56% of assets, respectively.
Club Méditerranée will operate this Resort under a renewable 12-year leasing contract.

New Paris City Stop for US visitors:
With Club Med’s new City Stop option, guests can add on a stay in Paris when headed to or coming from one of Club Med’s French ski resorts. Flights, premium hotel accommodation and airport transfers will be arranged by Club Med, freeing guests up to explore the city.

Pioneer of the upscale holiday club concept, Club Méditerranée (Club Med) is the only global holiday brand and a leader in its sector: all-inclusive, high-end, friendly and multicultural holidays for families and couples.
With resorts in 26 countries, it boasts 71 Villages on five continents as well as the cruise ship Club Med 2, with 14,000 GOs and GEs representing over 100 different nationalities. Club Med also offers "Circuits Découverte By Club Med" discovery tours and "Club Med Business" incentive programmes and conferences.
Since 2004, Club Méditerranée has been pursuing a strategy of high-end repositioning, to meet the expectations of a clientele in search of an exceptional holiday experience.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Willy Bogner Film: Skiing Hawaii

A Willy Bogner Film

From "Ski Fascination" to "Fire and Ice" to the exciting action scenes in four "James Bond" movies: As of the early 1960th Willy Bogner is a successful cinematographer, director and producer. Bogner was honored with the "Bambi" as well as the "Bavarian Film Award". The Willy Bogner Film archive consists of about 40 movies, produced in more than 50 years.
Bogner teamed up with elite downhill snow skier Chuck Patterson for this amazing video.



Willy Bogner was born in Munich in 1942. Bogner took part in the Winter Olympics in 1960 and in 1964, won several titles at the German Youth Championship at the age of 16 or even earlier, and was the very first German to win the famous "Lauberhorn ski race" at the age of 17.
Willy Bogner entered the family business in 1972 – 40 years after its foundation in 1932. He expanded the company after his father’s death in 1977 continuously to one of the most established lifestyle labels in the world.
As of the late 1960th Willy Bogner devoted himself to another new challenge: He founded the film production "Willy Bogner Film GmbH" in 1968 and is well-reputed as one of the world’s best camera men on skis until today. He worked as cinematographer, director, actor, producer and screenwriter and took part in the production of almost 40 movies. Bogner was responsible for the skiing scenes in four James Bond movies (e.g. “On Her Majesty's Secret Service“ and “The Spy, Who loved Me“) as cinematographer und director. In 1987 he was honored with the Bavarian Film Award for the most successful German sports movie "Fire and Ice".