Sunday, June 17, 2018

FIS Alpine Skiing: A Glance Back at the 2017-2018 Winter Season. Mikaela Shiffrin & Marcel Hirscher Grabs the Overall Globe

Marcel Hirscher and Mikaela Shiffrin were the biggest globe winners this season, collecting five titles between the two of them.


1st Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 1773
2nd Wendy Holdener (SUI) 1168
3rd Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) 977


1st Marcel Hirscher (AUT) 1620 
2nd Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) 1285
3rd  Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) 886

For the second time in her career, Mikaela Shiffrin claimed the Overall World Cup title. The American mathematically clinched her Overall crystal at the Ofterschwang Giant Slalom on March 9th. This season she claimed her fifth slalom globe.

Mikaela Shiffin was Born in Vail, Colorado, on March 13, 1995.

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Starts: 6
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Podiums 4
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Victories: 3

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 5
Olympic Winter Games Medals 3
Olympic Winter Games Victories (1st in Slalom in Sochi 2014, 1st in Giant Slalom in PyeongChang 2018)

FIS World Cup Starts: 131
FIS World Cup Podiums: 62
FIS World Cup Victories: 43 

Marcel Hirscher wrote alpine skiing history by winning the Overall globe for the seventh time in a row. No one ever achieved this feat. Incredibly solid and constant in the tech disciplines and in a great shape throughout the whole season, the Austrian impressed and became the greatest World Cup skier ever.
Marcel Hirscher has enjoyed his best ever alpine skiing season after he finally added Olympic Winter Games gold medals to the successful defense of his FIS World Cup Overall, giant slalom, and slalom titles.
The Austrian's season looked in danger after a preseason ankle injury, however, he recovered brilliantly to win an incredible 15 races out of the 24 in which he started.
The Austrian mathematically clinched her Overall crystal at the Kranjska Gora Slalom on March 4th.
Marcel Hirscher collected his fifth career slalom and GS globes.

Born in Annaberg-Lungötz, Salzburg, on March 2, 1989. Hirscher made his World Cup debut in March 2007.

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Starts: 12
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Podiums: 7
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Victories: 4

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 7
Olympic Winter Games Medals: 3
Olympic Winter Games Victories 2 (1st in Alpine Combined and Giant Slalom in PyeongChang 2018)

FIS World Cup Starts: 223
FIS World Cup Podiums: 123. On January 7th, 2017 Hirscher achieved his 100th podium from 191 starts (a ratio of 52.3%) with a 2nd place finish in the Giant slalom in Adelboden.
FIS World Cup Victories: 58

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) takes place every 5th of June and is the UN's most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.
World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, resulting from discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment. Two years later, in 1974 the first WED was held with the theme "Only One Earth".
Since its beginning in 1974, World Environment Day has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on urgent issues from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. Millions of people have taken part over the years, helping drive change in our consumption habits as well as in national and international environmental policy. 
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution.

"Beat Plastic Pollution", the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. Chosen by this year’s host, India, the theme of World Environment Day 2018 invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health.
While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences. Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute. Every year we use up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags. In total, 50 percent of the plastic we use is single use.
Nearly one-third of the plastic packaging we use escapes collection systems, which means that it ends up clogging our city streets and polluting our natural environment. Every year, up to 13 million tons of plastic leak into our oceans, where it smothers coral reefs and threatens vulnerable marine wildlife. The plastic that ends up in the oceans can circle the Earth four times in a single year, and it can persist for up to 1,000 years before it fully disintegrates.
Plastic also makes its way into our water supply – and thus into our bodies. What harm does that cause? Scientists still aren’t sure, but plastics contain a number of chemicals, many of which are toxic or disrupt hormones. Plastics can also serve as a magnet for other pollutants, including dioxins, metals, and pesticides.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Vail Resorts To Acquire Okemo Mountain, Mount Sunapee, Crested Butte Mountain and Stevens Pass Resort

Vail Resorts announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Triple Peaks, LLC, the parent company of Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. The Company will purchase Triple Peaks, LLC from the Mueller family for a purchase price of $82 million, subject to certain adjustments. At closing, Triple Peaks will pay $155 million to pay off the leases that all three resorts have with Ski Resort Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Oz Real Estate, with funds provided by Vail Resorts.
As part of a separate transaction, Vail Resorts will also purchase  in Washington from Ski Resort Holdings, LLC, who was advised on the sale by Houlihan Lokey, for a total purchase price of $67 million, subject to certain adjustments. Both transactions are subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
"Together, the acquisitions of Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Crested Butte, and Stevens Pass will significantly enhance the Vail Resorts’ network of resort experiences, adding even more variety and choice for all of our pass holders and guests. Okemo and Mount Sunapee are terrific complements to Stowe in the Northeast, as is Crested Butte to our four Colorado resorts, and Stevens Pass for our Whistler Blackcomb and Seattle guests", said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. "Additionally, each of these resorts will individually offer guests from around the world entirely new and distinctive experiences in extraordinary locations from coast to coast".
"We know our guests and employees will benefit from Vail Resorts’ outstanding track record of resort and community investment, environmental stewardship, and employee development", said Tim Mueller, president of Triple Peaks, LLC. "We care deeply about the legacy of these resorts, and have absolute confidence in Vail Resorts to celebrate what makes them so special, while also providing long-term stability for the communities".
"Triple Peaks, LLC and the Mueller family and Karl Kapuscinski, the tenant and operator of Stevens Pass Resort, have been outstanding operators of these resorts and we have valued our association with them", said Steven Orbuch, founder, and president of Oz Real Estate. "We are excited about the opportunities that these transactions create for Vail Resorts and its guests while providing a beneficial outcome for our investors". 
On March 14, Vail Resorts announced that Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado, Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont and Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire will join the industry-leading Epic Pass in the 2018-19 winter season, bringing the total to 64 mountain resorts in 11 states and provinces and eight countries for skiers and snowboarders.
When the transactions close, the 2018-19 Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Epic Australia Pass, and Epic Military Pass will include unlimited and unrestricted access to all four resorts, with seven and four unrestricted days for the Epic 7 Day and Epic 4 Day passes, respectively. Whistler Blackcomb Edge Cardholders will be able to use any of their U.S. days at Stevens Pass, subject to the restrictions on each card. "We are thrilled that the Epic Pass and our other season pass products will now provide our pass holders around the world with even more variety and unique experiences to choose from", said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.

Vail Resorts is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 11 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe in Vermont; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Calendar Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2018-2019

This is the calendar for the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2018-2019.

Sölden (AUT)
October 27th Giant Slalom / Ladies
October 28th Giant Slalom / Men

Levi (FIN)
November 17th Slalom / Ladies
November 18th Slalom / Men

Killington (USA)
November 24th Giant Slalom / Ladies
November 25th Slalom / Ladies

Lake Louise (CAN)
November 24th Downhill / Men
November 25th Super G / Men

Lake Louise (CAN)
November 30th Downhill / Ladies
December 1st Downhill / Ladies
December 2nd Super G / Ladies

Beaver Creek (USA)
November 30th Super G / Men
December 1st Downhill / Men
December 2nd Giant Slalom / Men

St. Moritz (SUI)
December 8th Super G/ Ladies
December 9th Parallel Slalom/ Ladies
December 9th Slalom/ Ladies 

Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 8th Giant Slalom / Men
December 9th Slalom / Men

Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 14thAlpine Combined / Ladies
December 15th Downhill / Ladies
December 16th Super G / Ladies

Val Gardena / Groeden (ITA)
December 14th Super G / Men
December 15th Downhill / Men

Alta Badia (ITA)
December 16th Giant Slalom / Men
December 17th Parallel Giant Slalom / Men

Courchevel (FRA)
December 21stth Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 22nd Slalom / Ladies

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

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

Bormio (ITA)
December 28th Downhill / Men
December 29th Super-G / Men

Oslo (NOR)
January 1st Ladies’ City Event
January 1st Men’s City Event

Zagreb / Sljeme (CRO)
January 5th Slalom / Ladies

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

Flachau (AUT)
January 8th Slalom / Ladies

Adelboden (SUI)
January 12th Giant Slalom / Men
January 13th Slalom / Men

St. Anton (AUT)
January 12th Downhill / Ladies
January 13th Super G / Ladies

Kronplatz (ITA)
January 15th Giant Slalom / Ladies

Wengen (SUI)
January 18th Alpine Combined / Men
January 19th Downhill / Men
January 20th Slalom / Men

Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA)
January 19th Downhill / Ladies
January 20th Super G / Ladies

Kitzbuehel (AUT)
January 25th Super G / Men
January 26th Downhill / Men
January 27th Slalom / Men

Garmisch Partenkirchen  (GER)
January 26th Downhill / Ladies
January 27th Super-G / Ladies

Schladming (AUT)
January 29th Slalom / Men

Maribor (SLO)
February 1st Giant Slalom / Ladies
February 2nd  Slalom / Ladies

February 2nd  Downhill / Men
February 3th Giant Slalom / Men

Are (SWE)
FIS Alpine World Ski Championship 2019
February 5-17

Stockholm (SWE)
February 19th Ladies’ City Event
February 19th Men’s City Event

Crans Montana (SUI)
February 23rd Downhill / Ladies
February 24th Alpine Combined / Ladies

Bansko (BUL)
February 22nd Alpine Combined / Men
February 23rd Super-G / Men
February 24th Giant Slalom / Men

Kvitfjell (NOR)
March 2nd Downhill / Men
March 3rd Super G / Men

Sochi (RUS)
March 2nd Downhill / Ladies
March 3rd Super-G / Ladies

March 8th Giant Slalom / Ladies
March 9th Slalom / Ladies

Kranjska Gora (SLO)
March 9th Giant Slalom / Men
March 10th Slalom / Men

Soldeu (AND)
March 13th Downhill / Ladies & Men
March 14th Super G / Ladies & Men
March 15th Team Event / Mixed
March 16th Giant Slalom / Men
March 16th Slalom / Ladies
March 17th Slalom  / Men
March 17th Giant Slalom / Ladies

Friday, May 18, 2018

Courchevel-Méribel To Host FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2023

Following a vote at the 51st FIS Congress in Costa Navarino (GRE), the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships were awarded to the organizers from Courchevel-Méribel (FRA). In a highly anticipated presentation on Thursday evening, the joint bid from the French resorts slighted edged out Saalbach (AUT) by a Council vote of nine to six.
Both organizers put forth first-time bids, and it is the first time since 2009 that France will host the FIS Alpine World Championships, last held in Val d’Isere. Courchevel and Méribel are Olympic sites that regularly host men’s and ladies’ Audi FIS World Cup races.
"The bid of Courchevel-Méribel was very appealing with two top-level resorts offering essentially men’s and ladies’ venues, which is sure to facilitate scheduling and logistics. The French Organizers are sure to put on an excellent show for the athletes, media, and fans", said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper of the French success.
The battle between the two venues was on a very high level, and even if tonight they are disappointed, the Austrians are already looking ahead to 2025. "Lots of work and passion went into that bid, but with Courchevel-Meribel we had a very strong contender. We are now supporting our friends from France and cross fingers for great events in Courchevel-Méribel in 2023. On our side, we are not giving up: we will be candidate for the 2025 FIS World Ski Championships and hope to bring the event to Saalbach", said Bartl Gensbichler, president of the Salzburger Ski Association.

The French Ski Federation and the linked Olympic ski resorts of Courchevel and Méribel are working together to make the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships a great sporting and cultural success that will leave a lasting legacy for all skiers.
Courchevel and Méribel’s long tradition of competitive skiing and hosting major international events has given them vast experience in welcoming spectators and VIPs. As a result, they already have the top-quality facilities and expertise needed to stage the prestigious FIS World Championships.
Easily accessible, both resorts are part of the “3 Vallées”, one of the world’s largest ski areas. They offer a wide range of accommodation, with 130,000 beds covering all budget categories. In addition to Olympic competitions, both resorts have already hosted several FIS Ski World Cups.
Courchevel Méribel 2023 will place the athletes at the heart of the event by providing two top-class international competition slopes.
Courchevel Méribel 2023’s aim is to offer the world an outstandingly friendly Event that brings together people from all horizons. As part of this concept, the organizers will provide free access to all the competitions and a great Alpine Ski Festival.
Courchevel Méribel 2023 will make its slogan, "Together for 2023", come true by showcasing the joys of skiing and the excitement of ski racing, especially to young people.
Given the need to organize an environmentally responsible event, the Courchevel Méribel 2023 Bid Committee has signed a "Charter of Environmentally Responsible Commitments for Organisers of Major Sports Events", drawn up in conjunction with the WWF.

Monday, May 14, 2018

NSAA Announces Top Ski Area Marketing Programs for 2017-2018

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) has given seven ski areas top honors for their 2017-18 marketing programs. NSAA announced the winners at its National Convention and Tradeshow being held this week in Marco Island, Fla. The awards are sponsored by Inntopia, a strategic marketing, commerce, and business intelligence firm based in Stowe, Vt.

Best Use of Mobile Technology
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, California

Best Social Media Campaign
Alyeska Resort, Alaska

Best Use of Video Marketing
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada

Best Learn to Ski & Snowboard/Bring a Friend Campaign
Killington Resort, Vermont.

Most Unique Campaign
Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Best Overall Marketing Campaign
(Under 500,000 visits)
Mount Snow, Vermont.

Best Overall Marketing Campaign
(500,000 or more visits)
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Utah
Judges for the awards were Mike Bisner, vice president sales/East for AXESS NORTH AMERICA; Ryan Davis, art director of Portland, Oregon-based branding agency Nemo Design; and Matt Neren, founder and partner of Boulder, Colorado-based Cultivator Advertising & Design.