Saturday, July 29, 2017

Vail Resorts Commits To Zero Net Operating Footprint By 2030

Vail Resorts announced that the Company will aggressively pursue a comprehensive sustainability commitment, called "Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint". This ambitious undertaking, announced to employees at a companywide event today, commits to zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to landfill by 2030 and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat.
"Everything we do at Vail Resorts is driven by the spectacular natural surroundings where our employees, guests, and communities live, work and play. The environment is our business, and we have a special obligation to protect it", said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. "As a growing global company so deeply connected to the outdoors, we are making a commitment to address our most pressing global environmental challenge and protect our local communities and natural resources. Through improved business practices, capital investment and continued innovation and environmental stewardship, we are setting a goal of achieving a zero net operating footprint by 2030. With our ‘Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint’, Vail Resorts is both doing the right thing for the environment and for our business".
"It’s the leadership of companies like Vail Resorts that recognize that this is good business and good for the environment that will truly make a difference in the world", said Carl Pope, co-author of Climate of Hope and former head of the Sierra Club. "We will combat climate change through commitments such as this and others from cities, municipalities, and companies across the country".
Inspired by Whistler Blackcomb’s environmental commitment, the Company intends to go beyond setting a partial emissions reduction target by executing on a more expansive and ambitious plan. "Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint" comprises three pillars: emissions, waste, and forests and habitats, with a thoughtful approach to each that was developed in consultation with leading sustainability experts in the industry.

Friday, July 28, 2017

30 Days To Go To UTMB 2017

The UTMB® is a trail-running event for trail-runners from all over the world. Each year, the elite of the trail-running world find themselves in Chamonix to participate in one of the event's 5 races.
To participate or assist with the UTMB®, is to vibrate to the rhythm of the trail-running planet and to share an extraordinary festival at the heart of a territory which has been mobilised for the occasion. 2 000 volunteers from 15 different countries, 19 French, Italian and Swiss communes within the Mont-Blanc country all working for the success of the event and supporting the UTMB® runners. 16 000 supporters who are coming to encourage their nearest and dearest and more than 50 000 spectators who will visit the salon and participate in the animations in all the villages of the Mont-Blanc country.

UTMB® 2017 - We are waiting for you! por UltraTrailMontBlanc

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

200 Days To Go Until PyeongChang 2018

200 days until the kick-off. In 200 days PyeongChang will host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.The Games’ opening on 9 February 2018 will bring to an end the 101-day Olympic Torch Relay, which will kick off on 1 November and cover the length and breadth of the country, giving as many people as possible the chance to be part of the Olympic celebrations.
A special “G-200 Fireworks Festival was held on 22 July in Chuncheon, the capital of Gangwon Province, with more than 200,000 onlookers, including dignitaries, athletes, the media, local residents and visitors to the area highly enjoying the entertainment! While fireworks lit up the sky with multi-colored stars, the Chuncheon Children’s Choir and a host of other activities, including a dance performance by the Gangwon Provincial Dance Company, amazed the public throughout the evening. Speed skaters Kim Chul-min, an Olympic silver medallist, and Kim Bo-reum, the world record holder in the 3000m and 5000m, gave congratulatory messages to the delighted crowd.
The firework festival will now be a legacy celebration to be held each year in the province to engage the nation and retain the Olympic spirit that is building ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the Games on 9 February. "After years of planning and preparation, we are now just 200 days away from the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games. We are putting the final touches on what will be the biggest Winter Games ever", said Lee Hee-beom, President of the Organising Committee. "It will also be a Winter Games that will open up new horizons for the Gangwon Province as a tourist destination, and Asia as a winter sports hub for us all to enjoy for many years to come. Now is the time to share the passion and plan your Olympic journey with us. We are ready to showcase the best of winter sports and welcome the world class athletes that will come to PyeongChang to go for gold".

The PyeongChang 2018 Games, which will take place from 9-25 February 2018, will be the third to be staged in Asia, and the first ever in the Republic of Korea, following Nagano (JPN) in 1998 and Sapporo (JPN) in 1972.
The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee’s (POCOG’s) ‘New Horizons’ vision aims to expand winter sports in Asia and transform the local Gangwon province into a new winter sports and tourism destination.
From a logistical point of view, the concept for the 2018 Winter Games is one of the most compact ever seen.The vision for PyeongChang is based on a compact geographical area, split between a coastal and a mountain cluster.
The coastal cluster, centred around the town of Gangneung on the Republic of Korea’s eastern seaboard, will provide the setting for the events on ice (speed skating, figure skating, short track, ice hockey and curling), with the main Olympic Village complex and mountain cluster (comprising the skiing and snowboarding courses and the bobsleighluge and skeleton track) located only a 30 minute car journey away.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Red Bull X-Alps 2017 Highlights

Here are the highlights from the Red Bull X-Alps 2017:

Christian Maurer (SUI1) won the Red Bull X-Alps 2017 in 10 days 23 hours 23 minutes 18 seconds. He spent 96.8 hours hiking and covered a total distance of 535.3km on foot. He spent 45 hours in the air and covered 1,736.2km flying. The straight-line distance of the course was 1,138km, but the total distance covered by Maurer was 2,271.5km.
Benoit Outters (FRA4) was the only other pilot to reach the final Turnpoint at Peille in the allotted time. He made it in 11 days 1 hour 12 minutes. He spent 131.8 hours hiking and covered 768.9km on foot. He spent 37.5 hours in the air and covered 1,340.6km. The total distance covered by Outters was 2,109.5km.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Saas-Fee Ski Season Opening Weekend 2017

On July 15 and 16, the Free Republic of Holidays Saas-Fee opens its summer ski resort featuring 20 km of expertly groomed slopes and one of the best summer Freestyle Parks in Europe.
Skiing in Saas-Fee in summer is an amazing experience and not just because of the pleasant temperatures and the glacier pistes. You might also spot national and international
sports teams training at the summer skiing area.

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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Red Bull X-Alps 2017 Race Report: Days 11 - 12

Christian Maurer Wins The Red Bull X-Alps 2017 And Makes It Five In A Row

Christian Maurer (SUI, picture attached) has won the Red Bull X-Alps 2017, the world’s toughest adventure race, for the fifth consecutive time. He arrived Turnpoint 7 a little after 11 am this morning, amid the cheers of die-hard fans who had gathered to welcome his arrival. With his arms aloft, he conquered the final few metres to the Turnpoint sign where the clock officially stops, after setting off from Salzburg just over 11 days and 23 hours ago.
He said: "I felt a lot of pressure this time. To win the first time was important. It was not so important with the others. But this time it was even more important to do well, so there was a lot of pressure. It's a great thing to win, but it's an adventure first and foremost, not a competition (...) It started badly. And with the wind, rain and thunderstorms, I've never faced such bad weather in the Red Bull X-Alps before. That made it much harder to plan. I'm happy to be here. For my knees, it's good to be over. They never had to work so hard. This is the first time I've hiked over 500km, normally it's more like 300km".
As is tradition, Maurer’s race is not over until he makes the ceremonial – and untimed – flight to Rocquebrune, which will take place after 7pm due to city regulations that restrict the flights to set times of the day.
Race director Christoph Weber said: "It’s an outstanding achievement. Tell me another athlete who’s dominated his sport for eight years like Maurer has. This year was also a much more punishing course and the weather made it harder for him. He excels in the air, but had to hike much of the last 200km, so it was not easy for him at all".
Maurer won the 2009 edition and was so quick he beat the organisers to Monaco. He subsequently won in 2011, 2013 and 2015. His success is all the more extraordinary since he started the race with a nasty cold that prevented him from competing in the one-day Leatherman Prologue.
In this race, he has covered a total distance of 2,268Km, of which 1,736km were flown in the air and 531km were hiked on the ground.

Red Bull X-Alps 2017 Winner Profile: Christian Maurer

Name: Christian ("Chrigel") Maurer
Nationality: Switzerland
Date of birth: 27/27/1982
City: Interlaken
Country: Switzerland
Profession: Paraglider Pilot
Supporter: Tobias Dimmler
Glider: Skywalk X-Alps 3S
Sponsors: LOWA, TeamWork, You Count, SHV, Taktil, Dermaplast, Salewa, Skywalk, Adelboden, Bächli Bergsport, Luftikus, Saij, X-Bionic, X-Socks, Leki, Gloryfy

Red Bull X-Alps 2017 Race Report: Day 11

Here are the highlights from day 11 of the Red Bull X-Alps 2017:

After eleven days the end is finally in sight for race leader Chrigel Maurer. He landed in the Italian town Latte yesterday afternoon and was just 15km short of the Turnpoint of Peille last night. When he turns up is anyone’s guess however. He’s said to be hurting bad. He could take his time to rest and turn up in the morning. He’ll then most likely fly down into Monaco to complete his ‘victory lap’ descent in the evening.
As soon as he arrives at Peille, the countdown then begins on the rest of the chaser pack, who’ll have 24 hours to make goal before time is called on the 2017 Red Bull X-Alps. Outters who is 51km behind should safely make 2nd place, while Guschlbauer also looks in a strong position to claim his third 3rd place finish.
But who among the chaser pack will also make Monaco? The rest of the pack, made up of Stanislav Mayer, Pascal Purin, Ferdinand van Schelven and Simon Oberrauner, is clearly determined to put in one last push. Everyone who can has pulled a Ledlenser Night Pass – everyone except Nick Neynens that is, but then he’s always gone his own way this race.
Stanislav Mayer and Ferdinand van Schelven have both had outstanding races. But one of the chaser group will no longer be flying wing-to-wing with them. Today, Manuel Nübel called time on his race. He’s simply exhausted and doesn’t want to injure himself by continuing.
Meanwhile, rookie Simon Oberrauner pulled his Night Pass a day early, and has been flipflopping within the Top 10, making it as high as third for a while.
At the back, with 548km still to go, Jesse Williams and Tom de Dorlodot are currently bringing up the rear, but Mitch Riley just ahead, with Evgenii Griaznov a few kilometres up the road.
They are all currently hiking for their place in the race, and even though the Russian is leading the pack, he is the only one that doesn't have a Night Pass, and looks most likely to go.
It’s been an exhausting battle for the athletes, but the next 36 hours could be the most exciting of the race as they all put in a heroic effort to make goal. It’s going to be a long night.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Red Bull X-Alps 2017 Race Report: Day 10

Here are the highlights from day 10 of The Red Bull X-Alps 2017:

They say you fly faster in a gaggle, where athletes can watch each other and observe the thermals more easily. But there’s one man this race who’s gone his own way and still managed to stay up front. And that’s Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1).
He’s yo-yo’d in the rankings, keeping the heart-rates of his team and supporters on edge, but since Lake Garda he’s put in a storming performance.
Yesterday was another big day for the Austrian, putting in 156.6km on the clock, flying over 120km from the Matterhorn to the edge of Turin. No one is doing these kinds of distances in the air in these conditions.
"He’s flying a blinder", says Race Organiser Ulrich Grill. "I’m really impressed. He took a very bold and difficult line across the Italian lakes. He’s flown past the gaggle and is currently third. And he seems to be having fun while doing it".
His day began with a flight that climbed up to 3,560m in the high mountains near Turnpoint 6, included 36km on foot and ended with a glide off the shoulder of Rosa dei Banchi (3,164m) to finish the day near the town of Cuorgne. He can be pleased with that, but will still need to fight hard to maintain his lead.
Just 20km to the north lie several threats Chiefly from Stanislav Mayer (CZE) - also enjoying an outstanding performance - and Austrian rookie Simon Oberaunner (AUT4).
The pair provided a thrilling spectacle as they flew south neck-and-neck but along different lines this afternoon. It looked as though Mayer had got the better of the 26-year-old Austrian by the close of play, finishing 9km ahead.
Ahead in second place, Frenchman Benoït Outters (FRA4) ploughed away along the baking hot road skirting Turin, his face showing the strain, even if his body kept up a relentless 6km/h pace. By the end of the day he’d clocked another 92km, 67km of which were on foot. When asked what he was most looking forward to in Monaco, he just said: ‘The finish’.
No doubt that’s a sentiment shared by Chrigel Maurer (SUI1), 56km ahead but still 95km from goal. He told us earlier that he reckoned he still had 12 hours of hiking before getting to a decent launch point to strike for Monaco. That puts a realistic finish time on Thursday and will most likely be his longest ever race – over 11 days.
His body is not used to this. He’s nursing a knee injury, which is not such an issue for someone who normally spends most of his time in the air, but this afternoon Maurer had to take drastic action to avoid a thunderstorm and has finished up back on the flats – just the kind of territory that aggravates the knee. It must have been an exciting ride – his Flymaster flight instrument recorded a top speed of 104km/h.
After covering 20km in 12 hours he said it had been ‘the most inefficient day’ in the history of his five Red Bull X-Alps editions. But he too had settled in for the slog. By the end of the day he’d managed to inch a total of 96km towards goal. Kilometer by kilometer, the slow march to Monaco continues.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Red Bull X-Alps 2017 Race Report: Day 9

Here are the highlights from day 9 of The Red Bull X-Alps 2017:

Everyone now is feeling the pain of this race. From Chrigel Maurer up front to Jose Ignacio Arevalo Guede at the back, every athlete is battling the blisters, bad knees, sore joints, sunburn or just plain exhaustion. Everyone except Tom de Dorlodot that is, who is raring to go after 48 hours in the sin bin.
Maurer’s got a bad knee making hiking on the flat extremely painful, as well as preventing him from using full speed bar as he can only push it with his left leg. It seems this race is too brutal even for him.
Normally that should be the green light for superhuman ultrarunner Benoït Outters, currently 70km back, to take advantage. But it turns out that he is human after all. After pulling his Ledlenser Night Pass last night he confesses to feeling ‘very tired’. He now doubts that he can catch Chrigel – although that was said before news of Chrigel’s knee became public.
Maurer is closest to Monaco with 140km to go, but if you can’t fly and walking hurts, that’s still an awful long way to go – especially on the notoriously evil switchback roads in the south of France.
"With good conditions, I might make it on Wednesday and with bad luck, Friday. I think probably Thursday", he said.
The battle for 3rd place continues. Paul Guschlbauer currently holds the bronze crown and was just 20km to the east of the Matterhorn yesterday evening. But rookie Simon Oberrauner is only 2km behind and he’s hiking through the night.
And yet the crown could still go to Purin, Nübel, Mayer or van Schelven who are all within a few kilometers of each other. Nübel at least seems to be back in the game after requiring medical treatment last night suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration after yesterday’s yomp along the flat.
Thirty one athletes began this race just over a week ago.Yesterday evening only 23 remain in the field – down to 22 tomorrow when the axeman’s chop comes down on the last man in the field – likely to be Jose Arevalo Guede, despite him pulling a Ledlenser Night Pass. He’d need to cover over 70km to stay in the game.
But the race will gain two athletes from tomorrow when Evgenii Griaznov and Pal Takats are allowed to get on the move again after their 48 hour penalties.
This has been the most brutal race in recent Red Bull X-Alps history and it shows no sign of letting up.
"We fly down, hike back up again, fly down – it’s the story of my life", said Krischa Berlinger this morning. This evening he was still 100km from Turnpoint 5, Monte Baldo. No doubt he – and every other athlete – will carry on doing a bit more hiking up and flying down before it’s over.