Saturday, July 2, 2016

Aspen Snowmass. Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit. Ep. 3 Sharpen Your Senses

Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit, a four episode video series released on October 2015, evokes the Aspen Idea, a philosophy of ‘mind, body, spirit’ brought to Aspen in the 1940s by Walter Paepcke and his wife Elizabeth. Following in the footsteps of last season’s Mind Body Spirit video series,
Rejuvenate focuses on four remarkable locals: Amanda Boxtel, Chris Klug, Mark Pinter, and Pete McBride. Watch as they find solace and meaning on the mountains of Aspen Snowmass.

 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Aspen Snowmass. Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit. Ep. 2 Claim Your Moment

Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit, a four episode video series released on October 2015, evokes the Aspen Idea, a philosophy of ‘mind, body, spirit’ brought to Aspen in the 1940s by Walter Paepcke and his wife Elizabeth. Following in the footsteps of last season’s Mind Body Spirit video series,
Rejuvenate focuses on four remarkable locals: Amanda Boxtel, Chris Klug, Mark Pinter, and Pete McBride. Watch as they find solace and meaning on the mountains of Aspen Snowmass.

 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Aspen Snowmass. Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit. Ep. 1 Wander Your Realm

Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit, a four episode video series released on October 2015, evokes the Aspen Idea, a philosophy of ‘mind, body, spirit’ brought to Aspen in the 1940s by Walter Paepcke and his wife Elizabeth. Following in the footsteps of last season’s Mind Body Spirit video series,
Rejuvenate focuses on four remarkable locals: Amanda Boxtel, Chris Klug, Mark Pinter, and Pete McBride. Watch as they find solace and meaning on the mountains of Aspen Snowmass.

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz


St. Moritz, will host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2017. In preparation for next season's Championships, St.Moritz organised the World Cup Finals and tested several settings. The event was a success.
The 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz are scheduled from February 6-19. The event is expected to showcase athletes from over 70 nations, along with an onsite media and broadcast entourage of approximately 1,500 members. An international television audience approaching 750 million people will watch the two weeks of racing and festivities.
The Alpine World Ski Championships is the most important event in alpine ski racing and are held every two years. For Engadiners St. Moritz 2017 is already the fifth major event of its kind.
St Moritz has hosted the Championships on four previous occasions since first staging them in 1934. After two Olympic Winter Games – the only ones ever held in Switzerland – and four Alpine World Ski Championships (1934, 1948, 1974 and 2003), St. Moritz is looking to run in 2017 the World Ski Championships for a fifth time – a feat that knows no equal elsewhere in the world, and which but serves to confirm the Engadiners' standing at the forefront of international winter tourism.



St. Moritz is more than just a holiday resort. It was also the birthplace of Alpine winter holidays in 1864. Nevertheless, St. Moritz first became famous thanks to its mineral springs, which were discovered 3,000 years ago and established the town as a summer spa resort early on.
St. Moritz, lies on the south side of the Alps, in the Upper Engadine Valley, at an elevation of 1,856 m, boasts plenty of sunny days. It was exactly this sun that was legally protected as the emblem of St. Moritz in 1930. St. Moritz was often ahead of the times - for example, the first electric light went on at Christmastime in 1878, the first golf tournament in the Alps took place here, in 1889 and one of the first ski lifts in Switzerland began running in 1935.

St Moritz is Switzerland's most famous exclusive winter resort: glitzy, expensive, and fashionable. Few ski destinations can claim even one five-star hotel, but this sunny Swiss lakeside resort boasts five, including the all-suites Carlton, located in Tsar Nicolai II’s former vacation house. St. Moritz Dorf in the hillside over the lake includes Via Serlas’s jet-set shooping "luxury mile", with boutiques like Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Chanel or jewelleries like Bucherer, Cartier or Chopard. St. Moritz Bad, at the lake’s foot, hides local gems among its shops, restaurants and hotels.
The valley offers nine ski areas accessed with a single ski pass. Several of them are connected by lifts; the rest are connected by bus. The Engadine Ski Paradise: St. Moritz-Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza are synonymous with breathtaking and unforgettable skiing experiences. 60 modern transportation facilities open up on 350 km of snow covered runs at altitudes from 1,800 to 3,300 metres above sea level of slopes in nine different skiing areas with 37 mountain restaurants.

Aspen Snowmass. Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit. Official Trailer

Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit, a four episode video series released on October 2015, evokes the Aspen Idea, a philosophy of ‘mind, body, spirit’ brought to Aspen in the 1940s by Walter Paepcke and his wife Elizabeth. Following in the footsteps of last season’s Mind Body Spirit video series,
Rejuvenate focuses on four remarkable locals: Amanda Boxtel, Chris Klug, Mark Pinter, and Pete McBride. Watch as they find solace and meaning on the mountains of Aspen Snowmass.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

North America's Biggest Operators in the Ski Business (8): Aspen Skiing Company


Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk - as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass.
Aspen Skiing Company is located in Aspen, Colorado, in the heart of the glorious Elk Mountain Range.
Originally a miningtown, Aspen began attracting recreational skiers after the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York create an interest in alpine skiing in the United States.
The first attempt at developing a resort at Aspen came in 1936, when three men (T.J. Flynn, Ted Ryan, and Billy Fiske) formed the Highland Bavarian Corporation.In 1938, a former member of the 10th Mountain Division, Friedl Pfeifer, banded together with industrialist Walter Paepcke and his wife Elizabeth to make the town and its mountain a destination for those seeking renewal of their mind, body and spirit. As Walter once said, "Aspen had fishing, climbing, skiing. Aspen had so much to add to leisure, to the renewal of the inner spirit. It was the perfect setting for music, art, education…all the things that make life worth living".
In 1945, Walter Paepcke began acquiring land and met with the original founder of Aspen’s ski club and school, which he was looking to acquire. A deal was struck and in January 1946, the Aspen Skiing Corporation was incorporated.
In 1958 Friedl Pfeifer opens Buttermilk Mountain. Whip Jones opens Highlands. William Janss, a former ski racer and land developer, becomes interested in Snowmass and purchases the majority of the land at its base.
In 1963 Aspen Skiing Corporation purchases Buttermilk Mountain from Friedl Pfeifer.
In 1967 Snowmass-at-Aspen, just 12 miles from Aspen, officially opens December 17 as a joint venture of Aspen Skiing Corporation and the Janss Corporation.
In the 1970s and 1980s there were further changes in the ski industry. Most significant, skiers were beginning to shun small, basic ski areas for those that provided the largest number of trails, the most and fastest lifts, and the best facilities. Aspen Skiing Corporation, like other ski resort companies, would respond by providing additional services and constructing more luxurious accommodations. The ballooning cost of running a ski resort was reflected in the price of a lift ticket, which at Aspen Mountain jumped from $13.00 in the mid-1970s to $52.00 in 1995.
In 1978 the company was purchased by Twentieth Century Fox. Two years later, in June 1981, businessman Marvin Davis bought Twentieth Century Fox, and in the process he changed the status of Aspen Skiing Corporation from a public to a private company. He also changed its name to Aspen Skiing Company.
This arrangement did not last long, as In September 1981 Aspen Skiing Company and other Twentieth Century Fox subsidiaries, including Pebble Beach, were transfered to a separate venture, 50 percent of which was acquired by Urban Investment and Development (a subsidiary itself of Aetna Life Insurance). The corporate shuffling continued in December 1983, when Urban Investment sold its 50 percent share to a management company headed by Davis, and then in July 1985, when Twentieth Century Fox sold its share to Bell Mountain Partnership, Ltd., owned by the Crown family of Chicago. Eight years later, in April 1993, Davis's management company sold its interest to the Crown family, which finally became the sole owner of Aspen Skiing Company. That same year, Aspen Skiing Company purchases Aspen Highlands to create a single four-mountain resort.
In 2008 Aspen Snowmass is named one of the top ten "Best Places to Work", by Outside magazine, an honor it continues to receive to this day.
On November 2014, Aspen Skiing Company announced an internal reorganization with the realignment of several departments and a new reporting structure. The changes are designed to enhance the guest experience through operational efficiencies, improve the collaborative environment for current employees, and allow the company to maintain focus and keep up with the pace of the changing business environment.
Aspen Snowmass was selected by the International Ski Federation for the March 15-19, 2017 races that will bring both the men’s and women’s tour to Aspen. The 2017 World Cup Finals will be the first outside Europe since 1997 and the return of men’s World Cup in Aspen for first time since 2001.
World Cup ski racing has a storied history in Aspen as the mountain not only held its first sanctioned ski race in 1939, but also hosted the first World Championships outside of Europe in 1950 and has been a regular stop on the men’s and ladies’ FIS Ski World Cup circuit since its inception. Next year’s event not only denotes the homecoming of March World Cup ski racing in Aspen since 1994, but also commemorates the FIS Ski World Cup’s 50th anniversary season.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Official Mascots For Pyeongchang 2018

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board approved the new mascot for the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 — a white tiger named "Soohorang".
Soohorang, the white tiger, now the trustworthy mascot for the Olympic Winter Games in 2018, has been long considered Korea’s guardian animal. "Sooho", meaning protection in Korean, symbolizes protection offered to the athletes, spectators and other participants in the 2018 Games. "Rang" comes from the middle letter of "Ho-rang-i", the Korean word for a "tiger", and is also the last letter
of "Jeong-seon A-ri-rang", a cherished traditional folk song of Gangwon Province, where the Games will be held.
IOC Member Gunilla Lindberg, the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, praised the mascot choice. She said, "It’s a beautiful animal, strongly associated with Korean culture. It also symbolises the close link between the Olympic Winter Games and the natural environment. I’m sure the new mascot will be very popular with Koreans and people around the world".
The mascot selection had been a closely held secret until its approval by the IOC Executive Board. PyeongChang 2018 will formally introduce the mascot at events in Seoul and PyeongChang in July, before its international debut at the 2018 PyeongChang House at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 in August.
The 1988 Seoul Games also featured a tiger mascot – “Hodori”, an orange Amur tiger who prevailed over a rabbit, a squirrel and a pair of mandarin ducks in a public competition.
Mascots have been a regular feature of the Olympic Games since the first official Olympic mascot — a dachshund — was created for the 1972 Munich Games. They serve as popular and playful ambassadors for the host nation and contribute to the festive Games atmosphere.

Bandabi, the Asiatic black bear or "ban-dal-ga-seum-gom" (the bear with a half-moon mark on the chest) symbolizes strong willpower and courage in the Korean folklore. This bear now has been selected as a friendly mascot for the Paralympic Games in 2018. "Banda" is derived from "ban-dal", the Korean word for the half-moon. "Bi" stands for celebration of the Games.

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 bobsleigh,luge and skeleton track) located only a 30 minute car journey away.

2017 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals. FIS's Inspection Commission Visit Aspen

After the FIS Congress in Cancun (MEX), where it was definitively confirmed that Aspen (USA) would host the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in March, a delegation of officials from the ladies’ and men’s tour headed to Aspen (USA) for a site visit and a technical inspection.
Together with representatives of the local organising committee and the US Ski Team, the FIS Officials (Atle Skaardal, Markus Waldner, Markus Mayr, Emmanuel Couder, Andreas Krönner, and Mike Kertesz) inspected both the on- and off-hill facilities.
"We’ll have great, exciting races here", said Atle Skaardal, FIS Chief Race Director. "We had great men’s speed races there at the time when I was still racing. In terms of technical events, we know from our experience with the ladies' tech races that Aspen has all the necessary requirements. So they will also guarantee great tech events. Some small changes have been made to the hill and start area, so we can deliver a very exciting team event in the lower section", he continued.
But the focus was not only set on the race course, other operational issues like accommodation needs and volunteer recruitment have also been discussed. "We made a final assessment of lodging needs for this event that offers as many races as a world championships but in about half the number of days", said John Rigney, Vice President of Sales & Events, Aspen Skiing Company. "We’ve done lots of work already but there’s tons to do. That will include recruiting more volunteers for the races, as we need between 300 and 400 of them", he added.
"Aspen has been a remarkable partner in a very largescale project to bring the best ski racers in the world to the USA for an end of season festival of the sport", said USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw. "It’s an important part of our initiative to increase awareness of ski racing in America".

Aspen Snowmass was selected by the International Ski Federation for the March 15-19, 2017 races that will bring both the men’s and women’s tour to Aspen. The 2017 World Cup Finals will be the first outside Europe since 1997 and the return of men’s World Cup in Aspen for first time since 2001.
World Cup ski racing has a storied history in Aspen as the mountain not only held its first sanctioned ski race in 1939, but also hosted the first World Championships outside of Europe in 1950 and has been a regular stop on the men’s and ladies’ FIS Ski World Cup circuit since its inception. Next year’s event not only denotes the homecoming of March World Cup ski racing in Aspen since 1994, but also commemorates the FIS Ski World Cup’s 50th anniversary season.
Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk - as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Every Damn Weekend, Ep. 17. Monviso. Couloir Coolidge

A web series about steep skiing and Freeride.
A dreamtime adventure among the best spots in the Alps!
Featuring: Luca Zanette, Federico Chiappino, Luca Zattoni, Francesco Salamone

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Every Damn Weekend, Ep. 16. Skiing Cervino Matterhorn East Face

A web series about steep skiing and Freeride.
A dreamtime adventure among the best spots in the Alps!
Featuring: Luca Zanette, Federico Chiappino, Luca Zattoni, Francesco Salamone