Saturday, November 18, 2017

Salomon TV: Bearings [EAST]



East: the Blank Collective spent the winter exploring each coordinate directions of British Columbia. Here is what the eastern part of the province had to offer.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ski Utah: The Powder People Ep. 2. The Volcanoman

Meet Brad Lewis, also known as The Volcanoman for his lava photography. Brad loves photography, but, he loves skiing even more. In this video, Brad tells us what drives him to live in a cabin in the mountains and snowmobile to first tracks every day all winter long.

 

Ski Utah is the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association and has been creating brand awareness of and demand for the Utah wintersports product since its inception in 1978. Ski Utah publishes Ski Utah magazine, an annual publication which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of skiers and snowboarders annually. Ski Utah also owns and maintains SkiUtah.com with the most up-to-date snow and travel information.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting Utah's ski and snowboard industry.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association represents14 statewide ski resorts (Alta Ski Area, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head Resort, Brighton Resort, Cherry Peak, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, and Sundance).

Monday, November 13, 2017

Salomon TV: Dream Trip. Kashmir



Twenty-two year old Swede, Lovisa Rosengren, chooses Gulmarg, Kashmir as her dream trip spot with Cody Townsend and Kalen Thorien. What was supposed to be a cultural trip, turns into so much more when a 3-meter storm rolls through the resort.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Felix Neureuther Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi


The Audi FIS Ski World Cup season could also start for the men this weekend with the slalom opening in Levi, Finland. Traditionally, the winner of this race gets a reindeer and this season, the athlete that could walk away with the animal is Germany’s Felix Neureuther.
In the first run, the top 30 athletes were very tight together. From the 92 athletes at the start, the 30st finished only +1.56 behind the fastest of the run, Great Britain’s Dave Ryding. Already in this position at the slalom in Kitzbuehel last season, the British slalom whiz made a mistake in the second run and skied out, preventing his nation to score its first ever World Cup win.
This offered the 3rd spot to Sweden’s Mattias Hargin, who laid down a fantastic second run to move up from the 12th position to a podium placement. Since March 2015 Hargin didn’t climb on the podium in his main discipline slalom, so he was particularly happy with his performance at the beginning of the season in Levi.
In the second position, Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen earned his 31st World Cup podium for his comeback on the Levi Black, after skipping the race last season due to a disagreement with his federation. After a deceiving end of last season, the young Norwegian is back on the right track and ready to battle for the globe again.
Felix Neureuther was the most constant over both runs. The German was 2nd only 0.14 back in the first run and was able to keep up with the fast pace of the second, where Jean-Baptiste Grange (FRA) had the fastest time. This performance allowed Neureuther to celebrate his first victory since February 2016 and the honour to own and name a baby reindeer. He chose the nickname of his new-born daughter Matilda, the reindeer will be called “Matti”.
Marcel Hirscher, coming back from an ankle fracture mid-August, had only very few days of slalom training, but he didn’t lose this sensational feeling on the skis and was able to push hard to reach a 4th place in the first run. However, the routine was not quite there yet and he finished 17th after the second run.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Petra Vlhova Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi


Slovakia’s Petra Vhlova picked up the 2017-2018 World Cup slalom season right where she left off last March. The Aspen Finals winner turned on the jets to best American Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.10 seconds on the Levi Black slope in Finland, claiming the opening victory in the Olympic slalom year. Sitting 0.21 seconds behind Shiffrin’s leading pace after run one, Vlhova powered into the top spot with a hard charge on her second run. Switzerland’s “Sendy Wendy” Holdener also pushed her limits on the second run and was rewarded with a move onto the podium in third place.
As is a tradition in Levi, the race winner is awarded a baby reindeer which remains on a nearby farm. Vlhova followed the lead established by Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen in past seasons and named her first reindeer “Igor” after her father.
"I won the last race (in March) and it was difficult to continue so I’m really happy because it was a really tough day. Mikaela – she is always fast. But now, I am fast", said Vlhova.
Vlhova joins her countrywoman, Veronika Velez-Zuzulova, as one of only three women (Shiffrin the third) to win back-to-back slalom races since January of 2016.
It’s amazing because like I tell Mikaela, she is really strong and fast. So for me, it is the best day today", remarked Vlhova.
The 2017 Overall champion, Shiffrin, was able to move into the overall lead for the new year – currently 10 points ahead of Vhlova and 25 ahead of Holdener – after the first two races of the season.
The firm track north of the Arctic Circle held up for later bib numbers as well. Anna Swenn-Larsson of Sweden punched into seventh place from outside the top-30 at the start. Among other big movers, Stephanie Brunner of Austria skied into eighth from bib 53 and Norwegian Mina Fuerst Holtmann finished 13th from bib 51 in her World Cup slalom debut.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Saas-Fee Keeps Traveling on the Innovation Path With the WinterCARD Gold

In December of 2016, Saas-Fee revolutionized the ski industry in Switzerland.
With more than 75,000 orders, Saas-Fee carried out the most successful crowdfunding project in Europe. Based on the principle of crowdfunding, the popular alpine resort of Saas-Fee launched, at the end of October 2016, the low-cost season passes deal.
Thanks to the successful campaign, the Saas valley generated a plus of 15 %, the largest increase in overnight stays in all of Switzerland.
From this winter season on, the range of the WinterCARD offering will include the sunny glacier ski area of Hohsaas with its 35 kilometers of slopes, at no extra charge.
After the success of the WinterCARD, Saas-Fee will set new standards in the tourism sector again. For the price of CHF 111, owners of the WinterCARD Gold receive services worth at least 1000 Francs that make their stay in Saas-Fee not only more attractive but also more cost-effective. Guests benefit from complimentary “door to door” luggage transportation, from a 50% discount on ski and snowboard rental, and from a half-price discount on overnight stays in the Saas valley.
You can find the complete listing of all offers on saas-fee.ch/wintercard where the WinterCARD Gold is available online until December 17th. 
People who do not yet have a WinterCARD can purchase, until December 17, a WinterCARD Gold as a complete package that includes the season pass and all additional offers.
The WinterCARD at a price of CHF 233 is also available.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management Starting in October 2018


A Postgraduate Programme in Mountain Destination Management presented by the University of Andorra, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the University of Wakayama, UNWTO THEMIS Foundation and Pallarsactiu, with transfer coursework from Colorado State University (CSU).
  • Format: Blended: on-line with two on-site sessions.
  • Language: English



The first edition of the Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management will take place during the 2018-2019 academic year. The Diploma is comprised of 30 European Credits and will be taught in English and mostly via distance learning through the Universitat d’Andorra’s virtual learning platform. The programme includes two on-site sessions of five days each, in Andorra and Pallars (Catalonia) respectively.
The Postgraduate Diploma is a joint initiative of UdA and Pallarsactiu in conjunction with the UNWTO.Themis Foundation and it has the support of the Andorran Ministry of Tourism. The curriculum includes content from Colorado State University, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the University of Wakayama, which will be recognized in each of these university´s corresponding programmes.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management is aimed at graduates and professionals from both the public and private tourism sectors with expertise or a direct role in the creation or implementation of strategies, management policies, planning and promotion of mountain tourism destinations.
The programme will enable them to enhance their knowledge and professional skills, develop strategies and manage sustainable and responsible mountain tourism destinations.
The application process can be completed on the UdA website until 31 May 2018.

More information: www.mountaindestinationmanagement.com
"Located in the Pyrenees, the Principality of Andorra is a top mountain destination in Europe, attracting over two million tourists and nearly eight million visitors overall from around the world each year. Like many mountain destinations, our economy and livelihood depend on our ability to provide quality tourism services, improve sustainability and remain competitive.
The objective of the Postgraduate in Mountain Destination Management is to provide students and professionals the knowledge and training they need to successfully meet the unique demands of the mountain tourism industry.
The programme’s international perspective and blended learning format ensure a uniquely diverse student body and an intellectually stimulating course of study. Furthermore, students can choose from one of two certificate programmes, the Postgraduate Certificate in Mountain Tourism Destinations Planning or the Postgraduate Certificate in Mountain Tourism Destinations Marketing. Both rigorous and practical, graduates of our programmes will be equipped with the skills and abilities to become successful and effective leaders in a rapidly evolving and growing indust
ry".

Mr. Miquel Nicolau i Vila
President of the University of Andorra

"I trust that this Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management, an initiative of the University of Andorra and the UNWTO. Themis Foundation with the support of Colorado State University, will be an invaluable tool to advance mountain tourism as an effective means to promote social, economic and environmental development in mountain destinations across the world".

Taleb Rifai
Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)2017.

Levi To Host Slalom World Cup Opening This Weekend


The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2017-2018 season continues with the Slalom opening at Levi (FIN) this coming weekend.
The World Cup Levi Slalom Opening will take place at 11th and 12th November with the following program:

Ladies' slalom - Saturday, 11.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET
Men's slalom - Sunday, 12.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET

The ladies’ race will be set by Giovanni Luca Rulfi from Italy and Alois Prenn from Switzerland.
The Men's race will be set by Daniele Simoncelli from Italy and Marko Pfeifer from Austria.

In the Year of 2012, The Regional Council of Lapland awarded World Cup Levi event for its’ annual nomination for Regional Developer. The award was a great honor for the event and the recognition of creating the attractive World Cup Levi brand and promoting significantly the international visibility of Lapland.
Levi, located about 170 km north of the Polar Circle (Levi World Cup is the northmost Alpine World Cup), is one of the largest ski resorts in Finnish Lapland. Levi Fell village is actually a small holiday town, which offers a wide range of first-rate services to its guests.
The Levi fell is 531 meters above sea level. There are some 50 ski slopes in Levi and the skiing and snowboarding season is particularly long, typically lasting from mid-October to the beginning of June. Levi has been chosen the best domestic skiing resort in Finland several times.
Levi is the market leader and pioneer in Finland in Ski Resorts. In the area there are 24 000 beds, which makes possible 2,5 million overnights/year with 650 000 visitors/year.
Besides the 43 slopes and 28 ski lifts, there are 230 km's cross-country tracks and 880 km's snowmobiling routes.
More than 20,000 spectators are expected at the two races on the weekend and the organizers have put great emphasis on involving local schools and youngsters to bring them to the events.
The Levi Black competition course vertical drop is 180 meters and the steepest part of the race course has the steepness of 52 %.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Crans-Montana Joins Best of the Alps Group


For more than a quarter of a century, Best of the Alps has stood for the incomparable alpine charm and high standards of its associated destinations. These locations share an impressive tradition of tourism and range of services, as well as a combination of their own unique flair and a special attitude to life.
Belonging to this illustrious group of internationally acclaimed tourist destinations in the Alps are Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Davos, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grindelwald, Kitzbühel, Lech Zürs am Arlberg, Megève, Seefeld, St. Anton am Arlberg and St. Moritz. They are now also joined by the Valais tourist paradise Crans-Montana, bringing the Best of the Alps circle back up to 12 legendary destinations again.
"We are very pleased to welcome Crans-Montana as a new member of our marketing cooperation. With its wealth of tradition and excellent tourist infrastructure, not to mention its long-term strategic direction, it is fully in line with our philosophy", says Sammy Salm, CEO of Best of the Alps on the internationally-oriented alpine destination becoming a member.
Lying on a sunny alpine plateau overlooking the Rhone valley, with an impressive panorama from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc, Crans-Montana was already a coveted location for enthusiasts of the alpine lifestyle right from the start. In 1893, the Hotel du Parc first opened its doors, followed by the first sanatorium in the region in 1899. By the beginning of the 20th century, other hotels and health resorts were also inviting visitors to the Valais holiday paradise, whose popularity and reputation then started to steadily grow.
The opening of the highest 18-hole golf course in the world in 1908 by Sir Henry Lunn was also ahead of its time, resulting in Crans-Montana evolving into a true golfing paradise. The international elite of golfing has now been holding a rendezvous there with the former Swiss Open, now Omega European Masters, for a long time. The only Masters tournament in the Alps – a “best of” par excellence – is only one of many highlights in the summer months.
Crans-Montana is also known as a winter hotspot in the Alps. This remarkable ski resort stretches up to the Plaine Morte glacier at an altitude of 3,000 meters, where the first alpine ski race took place in 1911. The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup has also held there again this year, as it has been since 1977. Crans-Montana rounded off its expertise in winter sports by successfully hosting the World Ski Championships in 1987. It is also currently bidding for the Olympic Games as the center for alpine skiing competitions as part of the Sion 2026 candidacy. Crans-Montana is also the Swiss candidate for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, which started taking place in Switzerland again in 2025.
"A new member often brings a breath of fresh air and additional momentum into the equation. An association like ours can always benefit from this", says Peter Nagel, President of Best of the Alps, who also sees Crans-Montana’s becoming a member as a welcome asset. Broad know-how and the questioning of previous positions is a win for all members. The sustained success of Best of the Alps is ultimately based on an intensive mutual exchange of ideas, including at the operational levels of the individual destinations.
"We will shortly be contributing extraordinary impressions and stories from Crans-Montana, and are very proud to be able to contribute to the Best of the Alps’ multi-faceted array of offers and its solid reputation", says Bruno Huggler, Director of Crans-Montana Tourism & Congress.

Ski Utah: The Powderhounds

Ski Utah Bloggers Adam Fehr and Matt Baydala are the epitome of powderhounds. They have built their businesses in Park City so they can make skiing a priority. In the coming weeks, Ski Utah will be releasing videos that go deeper with these dedicated skiers.

"From September to the end of May, snow is my obsession. If snow is in the forecast I cannot sleep because I'm often watching weather models", Powderhound Matt

"You can't après-ski all night if you don't ski in the morning", Après Adam



Ski Utah is the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association and has been creating brand awareness of and demand for the Utah wintersports product since its inception in 1978. Ski Utah publishes Ski Utah magazine, an annual publication which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of skiers and snowboarders annually. Ski Utah also owns and maintains SkiUtah.com with the most up-to-date snow and travel information.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting Utah's ski and snowboard industry.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association represents14 statewide ski resorts (Alta Ski Area, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head Resort, Brighton Resort, Cherry Peak, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, and Sundance).