Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mikaela Shiffrin and Anna Fenninger Tie in World Cup Opening GS in Sölden


The 2014/15 Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup opened today on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden (Tirol, Austria) and the home team put on an outstanding show for the crowd of more than 13,000 as the Austrians placed two ladies on the giant slalom podium, and three in the top four, including co-winner Anna Fenninger.
Only USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin spoiled the Austrian party as she made up time on the lower half of the course and managed to tie Fenninger for the victory. The duo finished in 2:39:85. Eva-Maria Brem (Austria) finished 0.27 off the pace in third place, followed closely by teammate Kathrin Zettel 0.02 behind.
"It was already an amazing season last year and to start the season like this is a dream", said Fenninger. "I was nervous at the start, but I tried to focus on my run and I’m glad to be able to come away with the win". After the first run, Fenninger was 0.09 seconds behind Shiffrin, clocking a time of 1:17:93.
It was Fenninger’s fifth straight Giant Slalom win as she picked up right where she left off last season after winning the last four Giant Slalom World Cup races and claiming the giant slalom and overall title. But Shiffrin showed today that expanding her focus from her stronghold of Slalom has paid off in the off season with the co-victory, her first-ever in the Giant Slalom.
"I have wanted this so badly for so long, but I’m not sure this one counts as Anna is making it very difficult for me to win my first GS alone", said a happy Shiffrin after the race.
The weather Gods were smiling on Sölden this weekend as the skiers enjoyed much better than expected conditions after the Austrian resort got a strong snowfall in the middle of the week followed by 36 hours of clear weather to prepare the course. While conditions were bumpy for the skiers, it could have been far worse as just one week ago much of the glacier was looking brown instead of white.

Friday, October 24, 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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vail Resorts Launches Initiative to Make Skiing and Snowboarding More Accessible to Women


Despite making up over half the population of the United States, women only make up 40 percent of alpine skiers and only 32 percent of snowboarders according to participation data from SnowSports Industries America (SIA). Today, Vail Resorts, the world’s leading mountain resort operator, announced a new company initiative to increase women’s participation in skiing and snowboarding.
"Vail Resorts’ mission is to provide an experience of a lifetime. We can only do this by understanding and meeting the needs of our guests. There is clearly an opportunity to understand what our women guests need to increase their participation in snow sports", said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. "We want to make the ski experience more accessible to all women, and then empower them to make time for themselves to have the ski experience they desire".
Over the course of the 2013-14 ski season, Vail Resorts conducted research with female guests, at resorts and online, to better understand the barriers to the ski experience for women. Common themes included being overwhelmed by the process and having their hands full managing the experience for the other members of their group/family.
"We are listening to the voice of our guests", said Lynch. "We had intimate conversations with women from all over the U.S., Mexico and Brazil, and we’re customizing programs to meet their needs".
The women surveyed expressed some trepidation around ski school – feelings of being overwhelmed by the logistics of the experience, being out of place either socially or by ability level, and needing to justify the cost for lessons for themselves. Comments included:
"A ski class where I felt comfortable would affect my decision a ton. I’d be pumped to learn with others like me", said a woman from Menomonee Falls, Wis.
A woman from Dallas, added, "All-female adult classes would really encourage me to take more lessons. I would LOVE that".
The women also commented on their desire to either have ski lessons that better accommodated getting their children into their lessons, or lessons which included their children.
"It would be nice if there were two offerings to fit all women’s situations – jump into a lesson that started as soon as the slopes open OR select a lesson that started around 9:30 or 10:00 so you could get the kids on their way", said a Stillwell, Kan., mother of four.
"I want to spend time with my kids, it's the primary reason we choose to go on vacations", said a Palm Bay, Fla., mother of three.
The other common theme, specifically from the international participants, was the desire to have someone who could plan the vacation for them and act as an in-resort "concierge", setting up all the details the women either didn’t know about or didn’t have time to address.

These comments led the Vail Resorts to create a number of new programs and products, available for the 2014-15 winter ski and ride season.

  • Vail Resorts’ Ski & Ride Schools will offer the Women’s Ultimate 4, a lesson for women where they can join fellow women and a female coach to learn or brush up on skiing in a small-group setting, from the foundation-building basics of a “first-timer” class (open to all), to navigating the easiest greens, to sharing tactics and camaraderie on mountain green and blue runs. Women’s Ultimate 4 lessons will be offered at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, Park City and Canyons in Utah, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe.
  • Select resort Ski & Ride Schools will also offer four-hour lessons for women, providing ample time for the drop-off and pick-up times of their kids’ lessons, as well as “Mommy & Me” lessons, where instructors spend time with the mother and the child, reviewing what the child is working on and providing tips on how to continue to develop the child’s skills.
  • The comments also spurred Vail Resorts to create Prima, a personalized concierge service to assist with every aspect of the vacation experience for the company’s most loyal Brazilian guests of Vail and Beaver Creek.
"This is just the beginning for the Women In Skiing initiative for Vail Resorts", said Lynch. "We plan on continuing to invest significantly in this important segment of our guests".

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).

Epic TV: A La Française Ep. 2. When Was the Last Time You Saw This Much Un-Skied Powder?

French Skiing. French Riders. No Baguettes. This is a journey into the entire French ski scene brought to you by some of the best French riders on the planet. Ride with ze crew as they travel throughout the Alps and the Pyrenees, dropping, jibbing, freeriding and sessioning some of the best spots in France. Vive le freeski, vive les montagnes - this is A French Winter.



Welcome to Les Sybelles, a vast ski area tucked away in the southeast corner of France. It's not quite as well known as some other areas but the advantage of relative anonymity is that it still has plenty of untouched powder. Don't take our word for it, though: feast your eyes on the expansive fields of completely virgin pow that form the backdrop of this video. If you didn't know anything about skiing you would think that it was normal to have the entire untracked side of a mountain at the disposal of you and your closest friends. For Alexandre Giraud, Fabrice Dompnier, and Jérôme Chanal maybe it is, but something tells us they aren't giving up the coordinates of their favorite haunts to just anyone. They did mention that they filmed around Le Corbier, Fontcouverte-la-Toussuire, and St Sorlin d'Arves, but after that you're on your own.

Epic TV: A La Française Ep. 1. When Locals Show You Where to Freeride Ski, They Don't Disappoint

French Skiing. French Riders. No Baguettes. This is a journey into the entire French ski scene brought to you by some of the best French riders on the planet. Ride with ze crew as they travel throughout the Alps and the Pyrenees, dropping, jibbing, freeriding and sessioning some of the best spots in France. Vive le freeski, vive les montagnes - this is A French Winter.



Amazing landscapes, fresh and untracked powder and lines that will blow your mind - that's what happens when a local shows you where to go. Freeride skiers Aymeric Cloerec, Bertrand Clair and Guillaume Harleaux were looking for good snow conditions early in the winter, so they decided to head to the only place with snow - the Pyrénées - and its famous "Pic du Midi" at the Grand Tourmalet. They met with Manu Bonniot, a local rider, and discovered a huge backyard for incredible and breathtaking freeride skiing in an unforgettable landscape. The snow was perfect, the sun shining and the riders at the top of their game - and so ensued three perfect days of at the Top of the Pyrénées! Thanks to all the staff of the Grand Tourmalet - Pic du Midi for their welcome!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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.

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.