Sunday, October 7, 2018

Our Choices Define Us. Choose To Be Unleashed



Millions of years of geological change create a unique type of wisdom. We invite you to imagine mountain life from the perspective of the mountain itself. This is the story of how nature’s unlimited potential attracted generations of adventurers to Whistler Blackcomb and unleashed a community in a mountain playground.

Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Our Choices Define Us. Choose To Be Tough As Nails




For professional skier Stan Rey the risk of injury is a part of every day on the mountain. But when his sister Olivia was left paralyzed by a car accident he had no choice but to reconsider his actions. This is the story of Olivia Rey's fight to get back on the mountain and how she inspired everyone around her.

Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Our Choices Define Us. Choose To Be Awakened




First Nations snowboarder Chelsie McCutcheon let her passion for the mountains guide most of her life. This is the story of how Chelsie’s dedication to her sport evolved and sparked a deeper connection to nature and new ways to share it, though shamanic yoga, mountain biking, and guidance in her mountain community.

Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Our Choices Define Us. Choose To Be A Community



As a mother raising snowboard prodigy sons in a mountain town, Anastasia Chomlack faces a unique set of challenges and fears for her boys. But when Anastasia faced cancer, she encountered an entirely new type of fear. This is the story of a family that discovered the strength of a close-knit community.

Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Our Choices Define Us. Choose To Be Unchangeable




Three best friends defined their lives in the years they spent skiing at Whistler Blackcomb together. This is the story of an unexpected reunion that brought them back to their old stomping grounds and reminded them of a time when they truly were living the dream.

Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Our Choices Define Us. Choose To Be Bold



When professional photographer Dan Carr unexpectedly deferred a year from an engineering program, he chose to spend a fateful winter in the mountains. This is the story of how Dan’s choice to break away from a path that seemed predetermined led to an entirely new life in the mountains.

Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Calendar Freeride World Tour 2019



Winter is most certainly on its way with the announcement of The Freeride World Tour 2019 calendar
As autumn begins to quickly spread through the high mountains, the moment to announce the FWT19 calendar has finally arrived. In 2019, FWT athletes will return to five of the most challenging and pristine freeride venues the globe has to offer.
50 of the world’s best Freeriders in four categories – ski men, ski women, snowboard men, and snowboard women – will face-off in big mountain arenas spanning across three continents for their chance to be Freeride World Champion. Following the fourth stop in Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra only riders holding enough points will have the opportunity to compete in the final stop in Verbier, Switzerland in March.
With an incredible lineup of riders already confirmed - from hungry rookies, hard-charging veterans and legendary wildcards such as Tanner Hall (USA) and Victor De Le Rue (FRA) - the FWT19 is shaping up to be an epic show.

1. FREERIDE WORLD TOUR HAKUBA
Date: January 19-26, 2019; Location: Hakuba, Japan
2. FREERIDE WORLD TOUR KICKING HORSE
Date: February 2-8, 2019; Location: Kicking Horse, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

3. FREERIDE WORLD TOUR FIEBERBRUNN KITZBÜHELER ALPEN
Date: February 22-28, 2019; Location: Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, Austria
4. FREERIDE WORLD TOUR VALLNORD ARCALIS - ANDORRA
Date: March 2-8, 2019; Location: Vallnord Arcalis, Andorra

5. XTREME VERBIER
Date: March 23-31, 2019; Location: Verbier, Switzerland

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Annual Meetings of the FIS Technical Committees Took Place Last Week in Zurich


From September 25 to 29, 2018, the Technical Committees of the FIS met at the Hilton Hotel in Zurich to work on the final details for the 2018/2019 winter season.
The Organizing Committees of the upcoming World Championships in Åre and the World Cup Finals in Soldeu took the opportunity to present their latest improvements and raise the anticipation for those major events.
The meeting week kicked off with both the Ladies’ and Men’s Coaches Working Groups.
Besides the highlight of the season, World Championships in Åre Sweden, the start field reduction and parallel rules harmonization were the most anticipated subjects.
In the World Cup meeting held on Friday 28th September 2018, the discussions were more strategic and tried to offer the best possible framework for the World Cup to grow. Even though the TV figures presented are not alarming, it was agreed that steps need to be taken to improve the World Cup product.
One improvement relies on the discussion held in the World Cup meeting to define a strategy for the reduction of the start fields. Especially on the men’s side, the high number of participants in a World Cup race (average of 75 athletes in SL!) became a problem to offer an interesting and compact product for TV and to ensure an appropriate and high-quality course setting for second runs. At the last meetings in spring, the big nations made a step in that direction by accepting to cut into their quota to have a maximum of seven athletes per nation. Everyone needs to join the movement for the benefit of sport and further steps need to be made to ensure that the World Cup remains the highest league in alpine skiing. The aim is to better showcase the big stars of our sport on TV. An unofficial proposal was made by Chairman Niklas Carlsson, that would progressively reduce the quota to the Top 30 nations. No final decision has been made, but all the committee member have been invited to discuss this in winter and come up with a concrete proposal at the spring meetings in Dubrovnik.
On the World Cup level, the most important rule change is the harmonization of the individual parallel event rules. In the past, the PGS held in Alta Badia since 2015 and the PSL tested for the first time last year in Courchevel had a different qualification system and slightly different rules. In spring, the FIS Council accepted to include the individual parallel as a discipline at the World Championships from Cortina 2021 on. So it became urgent to harmonize the different formats and to establish the parallel as a discipline on the World Cup Tour.
The review of standards also seeks to facilitate public understanding and better promote that discipline. The rules were revised at the Alpine World Cup meeting on Friday, October 27 and a harmonization proposal was made that could be implemented on all FIS levels in the winter 2019/20.
With those meetings, the frame has been set for another great World Cup season. In less than 30 days, the best giant slalom athletes of the world will meet in Sölden to start the winter 2018/19, that will lead them to the World Championships in Åre (SWE) and all the way to the World Cup Finals in Soldeu (AND).


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Tignes inaugurates World's Largest and Highest Open-top Aerial Tramway


Tignes just inaugurated its new aerial tramway, the largest and highest tramway in the world.
Located at an altitude of 3,032 meters on the Grande Motte Glacier at the gateway to the Vanoise National Park, the new Tignes aerial tramway belongs to a new generation of equipment. Its two open-top cabins will offer passengers a unique 360-degree view of one of the most beautiful panoramas of the French Alps with views of Mont Blanc, the Cime de Bellecôte and the Aiguille de la Grande Sassière (3,747 m).
This exceptional new aerial tramway was designed to withstand the weather at an altitude of over 3,000 m, blending in perfectly with its surroundings and offering passengers a unique view of the incredible natural setting. It was designed in Switzerland by Garaventa AG and is equipped with state-of-the-art comfort and safety technologies. It will first open to skiers this winter once the ski area itself is opened. Due to extreme temperatures and heavy snowfall in winter at over 3,000 m, both open-top cabins will be open to the public in May.
Financed by the Société des téléphériques de Grande Motte (STGM)—the company operating the Tignes ski area—this new aerial tramway is part of a global investment project called ALTITUDE EXPERIENCES, reaching a EUR 17 million budget. Created as part of a partnership between STGM and the Vanoise National Park, ALTITUDE EXPERIENCES is a "Unique, Fun & Educational" route that will start at the Tignes funicular station at 2,100 m and will reach the Grande Motte Glacier at 3,032 m altitude. ALTITUDE EXPERIENCES will open to the public in May 2019. It will be accessible to the general public, including people with disabilities. Between an elevation 3,032 and 3,456 meters, visitors will be able to enjoy the spectacular views from various altitudes as they feel like they are flying through mid-air. In addition, educational materials in various shapes and forms will provide information on this exceptional environment and ecosystem.

Technical Characteristics
  • Dual-rope aerial tramway with two open-top cabins
  • Bottom station altitude: 3,034 meters
  • Top station altitude: 3456 meters
  • Transport capacity: 1,000 people/hour (in each direction)
  • Total number of carriers: 2 (open-top cabins)
  • Capacity of each cabin: 100 people
  • Capacity of each open-top deck 20 people
  • Travel time: 5 minutes 
  • Line length: 1,996 meters
  • Altitude rise: 421 meters
  • Max. operating speed: 10 m/s
Tignes is located in the valley of Tarentaise, in the department of Savoy, in the Rhône-Alpes region, in the southeast of France.
The Tignes ski resort comprises 5 locations; Val Claret, Tignes le Lac, Le Lavachet, Tignes Les Boisses, and Tignes-les-Brévières. The first three are very close to each other and are located at 2100 meters. Les Boisses and Les Brevieres are located in the lower part of the valley, above and below respectively the large dam built in 1952 and which buried under its waters the old town of Tignes.
The ski area of Tignes - Val d'Isère is one of the most beautiful and largest ski areas in the Alps. 300 kilometers of ski slopes suitable for all levels, from beginners to experts (green, blue, red, black and "Naturide", safe off-piste itineraries not groomed). Tignes - Val d'Isère has a modern network of 78 ski lifts.
The ski domain known as Espace Killy owes its name to Jean-Claude Killy, former Alpine ski runner who dominated the world circuit in the late sixties, winning two World Cup titles in 1967 and 1968. It was also a triple Olympic champion, winning the three alpine events at the 1968 Winter Olympics. The Espace Killy extends from the Pisaillas Glacier over the Col de l'Iseran in Val d'Isère to the Grande Motte glacier above Val Claret in Tignes. The domain has a vertical drop of 1906 meters. Its highest point is found at the top of the Grande Motte cable car at 3456 m. From this point, we can descend skiing to the village of Tignes Les Brévières at 1550 m.
The glacier area remains open in summer and autumn to practice skiing with 20kms of ski slopes located between 3456 and 3000 meters.