Friday, December 28, 2007

Alpine Ski World Cup continues in Bormio with the Downhill

Men's Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in Bormio with the Downhill. The skiing area of Bormio, with more than 50 kilometres of slopes and 14 skilifts with a capacity of 14.000 persons/hour come up to most skiers expectations. The slope "Stelvio" is the perfect venue for the annual men's downhill race. By unanimous opinion, alongside Kitzbuhel, this is absolutely the most spectacular and technically difficult course. The “Stelvio”, which is almost 3,230 metres long with a 986-metre difference in altitude and a maximum gradient of 60%, is a notoriously unforgiving track and is the only one where the finish area can clearly be seen from the starting gate. Bormio hosted the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1985 and 2005, as well as the World Cup Finals in 1995 and 2000.
Skipasses are available for the skiarea “4 Valli” –free bus service-, which are valid for the area Bormio, S. Colombano (Oga and Valdidentro) and Santa Caterina. The skiing-mountain San Colombano hosts the slopes of the Valdidentro, which are in a very sunny position and connect to the Valdisotto (Oga). Offering a great panoramic alpine view, these sunny slopes invite to enjoy and ski. San Colombano offers 30 kilometres of slopes and 10 skilifts. Santa Caterina's slopes are exposed to the north, thanks to that fact skiers will find ideal snow conditions the whole winter season. 40 kilometres of slopes are to be reached by 7 skilifts.
Bormio lies at the top of the Valtellina Valley formed by the Adda River. The Valtellina ski area is a component of five large skiing areas with 400 kilometres of pistes and 140 ski lifts: Alta Valtellina, Tirano, Sondrio and Valmalenco, Morbegno and Valchiavenna.
Bormio with nearly two thousand years of history, has well established itself as tourist resort for more than a century. It is situated at an altitude of 1225 metres, right in the heart of the Italian Alps in the region Lombardy and has 4100 inhabitants. At the feet of the Stelvio Pass and the Ortler-Cevedale mountain range, Bormio is close to the Swiss border. It is surrounded by a limestone mountain-range with the main peak "Reit", which is 3075 metres high. The historical centre of Bormio is one of the most important of the whole province as well as one of the best preserved ones in the Alps.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in Austria

Ladies Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in Austria. The pleasant town of Lienz -the cultural, social and business centre of East Tirol- hosts two races, a Giant Slalom on December 28 and a Slalom on December 29.
Lienz is a small ski resort (40 kilometres and 12 lifts) with two different areas operated by the Lienzer Bergbahnen Company. The Zettersfeld ski area constitutes a sort of sun terrace with a magnificent view of the Lienz Dolomites and offers pistes for skiers, snowboarders, families with kids and beginners. The Hochstein ski area with its fabulous downhills (7 km long), including the demanding world cup course, is for expert and advanced skiers. From the top station at 2,000 metres above sea level you can ski down straight into the ski stadium in town. In 1969 the women’s world cup took place for the first time on the Hochstein course and returned after a lengthy break in 1997. Since then Lienz has alternated on a two-year basis with Semmering as the venue for women’s world cup Giant Slalom and Slalom races.
Lienz is a sports town, as the various mega events that are staged here annually prove, from the Dolomitenlauf to the Dolomitenmann, from running competitions to cycle races.
The Lienz Dolomites holiday region’s in East Tirol is a winter ski paradise for those who want to combine sport with a unique setting of natural beauty. A place where the highest peaks of the Hohe Tauern meet the steepest rock faces of the Dolomites.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Saas-Fee, the Pearl of the Alps, a quality resort

Quality is increasingly becoming the key competitive tool in Tourism. More and more often, guests and customers are opting for those products and services that allow them to be sure of receiving high quality and value for money.
Saas-Fee joined the “Quality Label for Swiss Tourism” to meet the guests expectations. The programme is supported by all major Swiss tourism associations. Its purpose is to encourage establishments to enhance and safeguard the quality of service in Switzerland. In the establishments that have reached the Quality Label for Swiss Tourism, as a guest, you have the assurance that the staff and management are continuously giving serious thought to quality. They are striving to make you feel good and comfortable.
The Quality label is awarded to businesses, hotels, holiday apartments, restaurants and other businesses which come into contact with visitors in Saas-Fee.
Saas-Fee Tourismus was awarded the new Valais Excellence label in December 2004. The award was created to promote the creation of Integrated Management Systems (environment, quality, safety, finances and human resources).
Also, Saas-Fee Tourismus was awarded with the level III of the Quality Label for Swiss Tourism. The Level III award is given to those companies and providers who have compiled and successfully implemented a comprehensive and internationally recognised Quality Management System (QMS) like ISO 9001.

Saas-Fee, the Pearl of the Alps, a sustainable resort

Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saastal, one of the most scenically beautiful and diverse valleys in the Valais and in the Alps. This car-free village lies on a high plateau 1800 metres above sea level, nestling amongst the icy dome of the Allalinhorn and the rocky group of the Mischabel chain. Their typical old Valais wooden houses create the perfect setting for winter holidays, deserving of its name “Pearl of the Alps”. Saas-Fee has some of the most restrictive building and zoning regulations in Switzerland. All buildings must have a gabled roof and at least one third of the facade of the building must be built of wood. The typical Valais style of Chalet can be maintained with these measures.
The foundation for creating a resort conscious of the environment and of quality was laid in 1951, when the community made the decision to keep the village car-free. The absence of cars in Saas-Fee contributes considerably to the relaxed holiday atmosphere and romantic character of the village where there is no stress from traffic. Guests benefit from the peace and quiet, the good quality of the air and the freedom of movement in the streets. 10 years ago, car-free resorts in Switzerland which care about a high quality of service and the environment joined forces to form the Society of Car-free Swiss Resorts. The Society (GAST in short) is a network of several car-free Swiss touristy communities (Bettmeralp, Braunwald, Riederalp, Rigi, Saas-Fee, Stoos, Wengen-Mürren and Zermatt) that promotes car-free recreation and holiday experiences in alpine resorts. The resorts commit themselves to nine decided quality criteria, which are checked regularly.
Saas-Fee committed itself to the Alliance in the Alps project as a pilot community in 1996. The Alliance in the Alps community network initiated in collaboration with CIPRA (Commission Internationale pour la Protection des Alpes) is an association comprising over 250 communities located throughout the Alpine region, from France to Slovenia. The member communities have come together in support of the goals of the Alpine Convention for sustainable development in the Alps. To this end they work in close contact with the resident populations to improve the ecological, social and economic situation in their communities.
Saas-Fee was awarded the status of Energy Town in June 2002. The label represents the introduction of actual quality control concerning communal energy policies and is awarded to towns and communities which -in proportion to the possibilities at their disposal- go to exceptional lengths to implement energy and traffic policies in their community.
Saas-Fee was the first resort in Switzerland to introduce fees for refuse bags in 1994. By means of this fee, residents are called upon to sort refuse exactly and to produce less refuse in general. Household refuse may only be disposed of in the official bags which carry a fee.

The Vanoise Express out of service for the Season

The Vanoise Express cable car, linking the Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La plagne areas is actually not in service because of "anomalies" in the cables of the two lines. Compagnie des Alpes announced the decision last friday, following a consultation between the operator and departamental inspection authorities. The necessary detailed diagnosis and repairs could not be done before the end of the skiing season.
The cable-car link, with double-decker cars carrying 200 people, is the world's largest (1830 metres) with a transport capacity of 2,000 persons per hour, and takes 4 minutes to link the two ski zones. Built by Poma and operated by the Compagnie des Alpes, the Vanoise Express cost over 15 million Euros and was officially opened in December 2003.
The Paradiski, linked by the Vanoise Express, is a ski-area offering uninterrupted skiing in between the areas of Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne. Paradiski offers 425 km of pistes, with 152 green/blue (beginner) runs, 79 red (intermediate) runs and 22 black (expert) runs. No Paradiski pass can be sold for the 2007/2008 Winter Season.

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Arlberg Kandahar Rennen in St. Anton am Arlberg

Ladies Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup moves to St. Anton am Arlberg for the World Cup Downhill and the Super Combination. St. Anton am Arlberg is a Ski Paradise and has enjoyed a world-famous reputation for decades. Tourism on the Arlberg dates back to the 19th century, but it was not until the advent of Alpine skiing that the region acquired the outstanding reputation it still enjoys today as a winter sports centre. Hannes Schneider was one of the foremost figures in the early days of skiing and starred in the films directed by Arnold Fanck which did a great deal to popularize the Arlberg.
The Arlberg skiing region includes more than 80 cablecars and ski lifts, 260 km of groomed pistes and 184 km of deep-snow runs, offering unlimited possibilities (varied terrain for experts and adventurous intermediates). For those who want fun and relaxation off the slopes, facilities include a network of cross-country ski trails covering almost 40 km, a fun park, an illuminated toboggan run, ice rinks for skating and curling, as well as the ARLBERG-well.com centre with its indoor pool, sauna and steam baths.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Alta Badia hosts the Men´s Giant Slalom and Slalom Events

Today the Men's Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup moves to Alta Badia in the Südtirol. The Giant Slalom along the Gran Risa slope in La Villa/Alta Badia is according to the ski world cup insiders among the most challenging of the whole ski world cup circuit (448 metres of altitude difference, 1,255 metres of length and 53% of maximum inclination). The Slalom race takes place tomorrow morning.
La Villa is the most central of the villages in the Alta Badia, located at the foot of the Gardenazza and the Piz La Villa, dominated by “Ciastel Colz”. Alta Badia offers 130 kilometres of pistes served by 51 lifts and a modern well-planned artificial snow system. Due to its central position in the Dolomites' skiing area Alta Badia is the ideal starting point for some of the best ski tours in the alpine area.
You can find a wide offer of Mountain Restaurants in alpine Tyrolean-style. Regular visitors to the valley especially enjoy ladin dishes such as canederli (bread and speck dumplings), barley soup or "Kaiserschmarren" (a sweet pancake eaten with cranberries).
The resort is lift linked to the Sella Ronda sector of the Dolomiti Superski pass. The Sella Ronda is probably the world’s third largest lift-linked ski area with over 500km of lift linked ski runs. The Dolomiti Superski pass is one of the world’s largest lift pass areas with over 1200km of maintained piste served by nearly 500 lifts on one ticket.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Construction completed at all Whistler-based Vancouver 2010 competition venues

Vancouver 2010 meet the commitment to reach the completion of construction on all three Whistler Olympic and Paralympic competition venues (Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park and Whistler Creekside), two years before the 2010 Winter Games begin and on budget. A workforce of 2,500 men and women was recruited from British Columbia and across Canada to help build the Whistler venues that will host 46 Olympic medal events and 62 Paralympic medal events. During the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler Olympic Park will host the biathlon, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined and ski jumping events; The Whistler Sliding Centre will host bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events; Whistler Creekside will host the alpine skiing events.
Whistler Creekside has been operational since the beginning of the 2007-08 ski season; Whistler Olympic Park is operational and will host its first sport competition, and open for public access, tomorrow, December 15th; detailed fit-out and testing at The Whistler Sliding Centre will continue over the next few months.
Funded equally by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, the venues offer all Canadians a legacy of high performance and recreational use, both before – and long after – the 2010 Winter Games.
Source: VANOC. December 14, 2007. Vancouver, BC.VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Val Gardena-Gröden and St. Moritz hosts the Alpine Ski World this Weekend

Tomorrow Val Gardena-Gröden host the Men's Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. The World Cup Super-G race takes place in the northern Italian resort on Friday before the downhill on Saturday.
The Val Gardena and the magnificent three villages of Ortisei, S. Cristina and Selva Gardena, surrounded by the scenario of the Dolomites, offer a paradise of opportunities for ski with 175 km of pistes, 85% of which has snowmaking cover, accessible by 83 lifts.
The resort is lift linked to the Sella Ronda sector of the Dolomiti Superski pass. The Sella Ronda is probably the world’s third largest lift-linked ski area with over 500km of lift linked ski runs. The Dolomiti Superski pass is one of the world’s largest lift pass areas with over 1200km of maintained piste served by nearly 500 lifts on one ticket.
Since Saturday St. Moritz host the Ladies Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. Two speed events take place in the Swiss Resort: Downhill and Super G.
St. Moritz lies on the south side of the Alps, in the Engadine Valley. St Moritz is Switzerland's most famous exclusive winter resort: glitzy, expensive, and fashionable. 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.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Ischgl (2)


Despues de una nueva noche y una mañana de precipitaciones de nieve, hoy hemos vuelto a disfrutar de un increible día de esquí. Fundamentalmente nos hemos movido por la zona oeste de la estación en las pistas negras y rojas y el itinerario número 39, a las que se accede utilizando los telesillas Höllspitzbahn, Gampenbahn y Palinkopfbahn. La nieve estaba increible con una temperatura de -7º y un timido sol que poco a poco fue prevaleciendo sobre las nubes. Las condiciones eran perfectas para abrir huellas en la nieve, sin olvidar tomar aliento y pasar un buen rato bebiendo una cerveza en la terraza del bar Höllboden donde siempre hay un ambiente impresionante.
Para finalizar el día una Pizza en el Restaurante Barafalla supuso el broche de oro a una jornada que por desgracia es la última de nuestra estancia en Ischgl. Para aquellos que quieran prolongar los días y las noches encontraran una oferta interminable de bares, pubs y discotecas.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Alpine World Cup returns to Europe

Tomorrow the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup returns to Europe in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria for the Men’s Giant Slalom and Slalom races.
Bad Kleinkirchheim, the Carinthian town in the Nock Mountains. The spectacular Austrian Valley offers a combination of long, wide and well-prepared pistes backed up by a modern snowmaking system (605 snowmaking machines) and a skiing area of 103 kilometres served by 26 lifts many of them really modern. From the slopes you can enjoy the marvellous scenery of the Nockberg Mountains and the National Park Nockberge.
Bad Kleinkirchheim is the first holiday resort in Austria to be awarded with a certificate from the “Alpine Wellness International Ltd.”. You can find a large number of wellness orientated hotels near to the thermal spas of St. Kathrein and the Römerbad (Roman bath).

Galtür


Hoy nos hemos trasladado hasta Galtür una estación situada al final del Valle de Paznaun gestionada por la empresa Bergbahnen Silvretta Galtür.
Galtür cuenta con 40 kilómetros de pistas. 4 kilómetros de pistas azules, 24 kilómetros de pistas rojas, 12 kilómetros de pistas negras y 3 kilómetros de Itinerarios permiten catalogar esta pequeña estación del Tirol como una buena opción para esquiadores de nivel medio alto que quieran huir de las aglomeraciones de otras zonas de esquí con renombre internacional.
Pero los gestores de este enclave turístico quieren ofrecer a los visitantes algo mas que un lugar para esquiar por lo que han realizado un enorme esfuerzo en poner a su disposición una variada programación de actividades para todos los públicos. Esa intención queda reflejada en una nueva marca el Silvapark y en nuevos equipamientos como el centro cultural y deportivo.
En 1999 la localidad fue golpeada por la tragedia. El 23 de febrero de ese año, una terrible avalancha, la peor ocurrida en los Alpes en los ultimos 40 años, cobrándose la vida de 31 personas. Tres frentes atlanticos acumularon hasta cuatro metros de nieve polvo con una baja densidad (entre 50 y 70 kg/m3) sobre una base de nieve transformada por unos dias previos de altas temperaturas seguidos de un descenso brusco de las mismas. Alrededor de las 4 de la tarde, una avalancha de nieve polvo se desencadenó alcanzando una velocidad de 290 kilómetros por hora. En su desplazamiento montaña abajo las 170 toneladas de nieve en movimiento aumentaron hasta las 300.000. En apenas 50 segundos el frente de 100 metros de altura alcanzó la villa destrozando siete modernos edificios y sepultando a 57 personas.
Como resultado de aquel desastre se ha desarrollado un sistema de protección contra avalanchas enormemente complejo que incluye diversos muros de protección. El más importante de ellos con una longitud de 345 metros y una altura de 19 metros integra el Alpinarium de Gältur, creado por el arquitecto Fritz Falch. Un elemento que incluye un moderno espacio expositivo, con salas para la celebración de seminarios, rocodromo y cafetería. En la actualidad se puede contemplar la exposición "The wall - Life in the mountains" acerca de las diferentes estrategias de supervivencia que adoptan animales, plantas y hombres para sobrevir en las montañas alpinas.

Aspen host the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup

The Ladies Audi FIS Alpine World Cup continues in North America at Aspen, Colorado. Since Friday the historical ski village hosts the Downhill, Aspen hasn't seen a women's downhill since 1988, Super G and Slalom Races.
Last season Aspen Mountain celebrated 60 years of skiing. Aspen has emerged into international fame as a glitzy playground of the wealthy and famous. Aspen Mountain abundant precipitations of snow (average snowfall 762 cm) guarantees skiing from early November to mid April. The historical Colorado Ski Resort offers 76 trails (48% Beginner, 26% Intermediate, 26% Advanced) and a vertical drop of 996 metres surrounded by some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the country. Aspen-Snowmass four great mountains (Aspen, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk) is one of the largest ski areas in North America and one of the world's premier alpine destinations. Ski Resorts offers unparalleled nightlife and off-slope activities as well (over 100 bars and restaurants).
Aspen Skiing Company operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Ischgl


Ischgl nos ha recibido con buen tiempo y un espesor de nieve de 150 cm de calidad polvo. Estamos alojados en los Apartamentos Salner una buena opción para aquellos que busquen un buen servicio y una relación calidad-precio más que aceptable. Los apartamentos están situados en un zona tranquila a unos cinco minutos del acceso al dominio esquiable utilizando los telecabinas Pardatschgratbahn o el nuevo Fimbabahn.
El dominio esquiable esta integrado por dos estaciones, Ischgl y Samnaun, que juntas forman el Silvretta Arena una alianza entre dos compañías (Silvretta Seilbahn AG y Bergbahnen Sammaun AG) de Suiza y Austria.
235 kilómetros de pistas rodeadas de un increible paisaje y una moderna red de remontes sin colas nos permitirán disfrutar de unos perfectos días de esquí. 132 kilómetros de pistas rojas, 45 kilómetros de pistas negras y 20 kilómetros de Itinerarios y una pista de once kilómetros llamada Eleven (desde el punto más alto de la estación en Greitspitz a 2.872 metros hasta el pueblo de Ischgl situado a 1.400 metros) pondrán a prueba nuestra condición física. Las pistas 34 y 35 a las que se accede desde la silla Höllspitzbahn son increibles.
La oferta de restauración es realmente buena y moderna ofreciendo un menu potente por la módica cantidad de diez euros (dos platos, bebida y postre aparte).
Para finalizar el día y recuperarnos para la jornada siguiente os recomendamos una visita al Silvretta Center, para disfrutar de una sauna y un relajante baño en la piscina.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Ski Paradise starts the winter season in Ischgl and the Silvretta Arena


The Silvretta Arena Ski Paradise is an alliance between two Companies (Silvretta Seilbahn AG and Bergbahnen Sammaun AG) and two ski resorts (Ischgl-Sammaun) in two different countries (Switzerland-Austria) to meet the skiers’ expectations.
Ischgl 2007/2008 winter season starts in November 30 and ends in May 4. The 235 kilometres and 506 hectares of slopes are all located on north-facing slopes assuring a reliable snow cover (natural snow conditions are helped by 575 snow-machines with a total max. performance of 1050 l/sec). 31 snow cats groom the Ischgl runs every night offering perfect conditions in the morning. You can count on the best conditions throughout the winter months: Cruise through loose powder, carve down hard-packed slopes and race through corn snow in spring.
In Ischgl you can find ultramodern lift and cable-car system (3 cable cars, 2 aerial cableways, 23 chairlifts and 12 draglifts) with a transport capacity of 78,500 persons per hour ensure skiing without queues (€120 million have been invested over the last five years). The new lifts managed by the Silvretta Seilbahn AG Company offer a high level of comfort and countless extras, such as heated seats in the new cable car built for the 2007/08 season (Fimbabahn cable car, lift A3 on the map, will be open in December 15).
A variety of slopes 38 kilometres of blue/easy runs, 132 kilometres of red/intermediate runs, 45 kilometres of black/difficult runs, and 20 kilometres of ski routes offer a opportunity for everyone, from beginners to experts looking for challenging pistes. Eleven is the name of the longest piste with approximately 11 kilometres from the top of the ski resort in Greitspitz (2,872 metres) to Ischgl village (1,400 metres). One of the novelties is a separate carving slope, which you can reach via the Idjoch chairlift, offers some uncompromising carving action.
The Tyrolean skiing area’s motto is: “Relax. If you can …” meaning you can choose between a great number of winter activities (cross-country skiing, ice skating, tobogganing, winter hiking, horse-drawn sleigh rides, guided mountain tours and indoor sports) apart from the main attractions of skiing, boarding and night life.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Innsbruck’s Nordkettenbahnen is now ready to visitors

Last weekend the Hungerburg Section I of the Innsbruck’s Nordkettenbahnen entered in operation completing a unique urban-alpine funicular project named Alpine Fusion. The three sections of Innsbruck’s Nordkettenbahnen were rebuilt in just eighteen months. The combination of cable transports will transport visitors directly from the city centre (Congress) to high mountain terrain in just 20 minutes. In no other place in the world is the dividing line between an urban area and rugged mountain terrain so thin.
The journey begins at 560 metres above sea level. The spectacular appearance of the four city centre stations for the Hungerburg Section I Funicular is the work of London based award winning architect Zaha Hadid, whose firm has also designed the new bridge across the river Inn, an `S’-shaped steel construction with two 34 metre high pylons. Without doubt the architectural project sets a perfect example of the XXIst century architecture. The journey continues with the Nordkettenbahn Section II to reach Seegrube (1,905 metres) in the heart of the Nordpark Ski Area. Then the Nordkettenbahn Section III completes your ascent to the top of the mountain. The Hafelekar upper station at 2,256 metres allows you to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city of Innsbruck.
To complete an unforgettable experience you can ski downhill through the ski routes and ski runs of the Nordpark to get the base station in Hungerburg at 860 metres. Nordpark is one of the ski regions of Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck.
Funicular Technical details:
Stops: Congress Centre (Town Centre) - Löwenhaus - Alpenzoo - Hungerburg
Capacity: 1,200 persons per hour
Duration of travel: 6,8 minutes.
Length: 1,843 metres
Height difference: 288 metres

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Rihanna opened the new season in Ischgl

Yesterday, December 1st, Rihanna's concert opened the new winter season in Ischgl, Tirol, Austria. The Barbados-born star has just scooped MTV awards for best video and single of the year for Umbrella from the album Good Girl Gone Bad, which was the UK's summer song and number one in the charts for 10 weeks.
Last year, ski season in Ischgl began in party style with a Season Opening Concert headlined by the Pussycat Dolls. The popular US girl band, who received MTV music awards for the best dance video and Newcomers of 2006, played in the village square on December 2nd.
The Ischgl-Samnaun skiing area, the Silvretta Arena, is regularly voted one of the top European skiing areas. With the presence of renowned international artists the tirolean resort wants to place themself in the list of essential winter resorts.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

20 kilómetros de pistas, 365 días al año

La Pinilla y Madrid Snowzone ofrecen el primer abono de nieve indoor/outdoor conjunto de España.
La Estación de Esquí y Montaña de La Pinilla y la mayor pista cubierta de Europa y única de España, Madrid SnowZone, han llegado a un acuerdo de colaboración que, entre otros atractivos y ventajas, ofrece a esquiadores y snowboarders un abono de 365 días de nieve. Los aficionados a la nieve tienen, desde ahora, la posibilidad de esquiar y/o practicar snowboard durante los 365 días del año con un único pase de temporada.
Se podrá elegir el destino dependiendo incluso de las condiciones meteorológicas, de tal manera que si el tiempo no acompaña para la práctica de deportes de nieve outdoor, la estación de esquí cubierta única en España, Madrid SnowZone, permitirá a los deportistas seguir disfrutando de un día de nieve. Además, si se quiere disfrutar de la naturaleza en un día soleado La Pinilla ofrece el mejor producto de nieve del Sistema Central y todo el encanto del Valle de Riaza.
La Pinilla-Valle de Riaza y Madrid SnowZone conjuntamente representan la mejor opción para los amantes de la nieve y cuentan con la ventaja de estar ubicados en el mismo centro de España, a tan solo 45 minutos del Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup continues in North America

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup continues in North America at Beaver Creek and Lake Louise. Since Thursday, November 29, Beaver Creek hosts the Super Combined, Downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom Men events. During the weekend the ladies’ World Cup Tour continues in Canada. Lake Louise Village, Alberta, will host the Downhill and Super G races on Saturday-Sunday.
Located in Colorado, USA, Beaver Creek is owned and operated by Vail Resorts Management Company, one of the leading resort operators in North America. The Company owns and operates five ski resorts: Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone and Beaver Creek, located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and Heavenly, which is located on the Lake Tahoe area of California/Nevada. With abundant natural snow (average snowfall 790 cm), backed up by a modern snowmaking system (36 % of the marked runs), Beaver Creek guarantees skiing from early November to mid April. 148 trails (19% Beginner, 43% Intermediate, 38% Advanced) and a vertical drop of 1,233 metres. Reminiscent of a secluded European alpine village, Beaver Creek combines the luxury and refinement of a five-star resort with a relaxed, family atmosphere.
Located in Alberta, Canada, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America. With abundant natural snow (average snowfall 454 cm), backed up by Canada's largest snowmaking system (40% of the marked runs), Louise guarantees skiing from early November to mid May. 139 runs (25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced) and a vertical drop of 991 metres, Lake Louise offer a wide opportunities for skiers from perfectly groomed beginner runs to double black diamonds rated "the best super steeps in the country" (Ski Canada Magazine). The Canadian Ski resort is one of the best options to enjoy magnificent scenery and stunning panoramas.

Vancouver 2010 introduced to the world mascots Miga, Quatchi and Sumi

More than 800 schoolchildren from grades three to five filled the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey, BC today to witness three enchanting characters emerge from the mists of a magical West Coast setting of gigantic trees, soaring mountains and a restless ocean, to take their place in history as cherished personalities of the 2010 Winter Games. Designed by the Vancouver-based company Meomi Design, Miga, Quatchi and Sumi were inspired by local Aboriginal mythological creatures and also strongly influenced by popular culture, modern animation styles, the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, the culture and wildlife of British Columbia and Canada, and the artists’ own imagination.

Miga is a snowboarding sea bear inspired by the legends of the Pacific Northwest First Nations – tales of orca whales that transform into bears when they arrive on land. Part Spirit Bear, a rare white bear unique to BC, Miga’s outgoing spirit and high energy draw her to action and adventure.

Quatchi, a shy and gentle giant, is a sasquatch – a popular figure in local Aboriginal legends of the Pacific West Coast. Quatchi reminds us of the mystery and wonder associated with the great Canadian wilderness. Although Quatchi loves all winter sports, he’s especially fond of hockey and dreams of becoming a world-famous goalie.

Sumi is an animal spirit who wears the hat of the orca whale, flies with the wings of the mighty thunderbird and runs on the furry legs of the black bear. With a name that is derived from the Salish word ‘sumesh,’ meaning guardian spirit,’ Sumi is passionate about the environment and is a fan of all Paralympic sports.

Source: VANOC. November 27, 2007. Vancouver, BC.
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup continues in Canada

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup continues at Lake Louise and Panorama in Canada. On Saturday, Lake Louise hosts the first downhill race and on Sunday it is time for the first super-G too. At the same time, the ladies’ World Cup tour will also continue in Canada this week. Panorama Mountain Village, British Columbia, will host the Giant Slalom and Slalom races on Saturday-Sunday.
Located in Alberta, Canada, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America. With abundant natural snow (average snowfall 454 cm), backed up by Canada's largest snowmaking system (40% of the marked runs), Louise guarantees skiing from early November to mid May. 139 runs (25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced) and a vertical drop of 991 metres, Lake Louise offers wide opportunities for skiers from perfectly groomed beginner runs to double black diamonds rated "the best super steeps in the country" (Ski Canada Magazine). The Canadian Ski resort is one of the best options to enjoy magnificent scenery and stunning panoramas.

Located in the Canadian Rocky Mountain region, British Columbia, Panorama Mountain Village is owned and operated by Intrawest Corporation. With abundant natural snow (average snowfall 479 cm), backed up by a largest snowmaking system (40% of the marked runs), Panorama guarantees skiing from early November to late April. 120 runs (20% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 25% Advanced) and a vertical drop of 1,220 metres, with a long run of 5.5 km called Never Never Land in Bowl Taynton. Panorama Mountain Village offers an intimate community setting with cosy lodging; a pedestrian village with a variety of restaurants and après ski options, including the giant slope side Panorama Springs Hot Pools.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ambitious Indoor Skihouse in Iceland

The Icelandic Ski Federation, as part of its plans to develop skiing in the country, is preparing a very ambitious project known as the Ski House that would include a full-length World Cup level slalom slope indoors. The slope is planned to be built into a hill known as Úlfarsfell in the heart of the Reykjavik region. The hill allows for a vertical drop of 180 metres and a length of over 800 metres. Lift capacity is scheduled for over 4000 people every hour with variable slopes for both beginners and advanced skiers. Discussions are currently underway with the Reykjavik Municipality with opening planned in the autumn of 2010.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Reiteralm host the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom competitions scheduled in Levi (FIN) for this weekend had to be canceled due to poor snow conditions and unfavorable weather forecasts. The events have been re-scheduled at Reiteralm (AUT), with the ladies’ race taking place today, and the men’s on Sunday.
Last year, Reiteralm also stepped in to pick up races when FIS has forced to cancell the ladies’ and men’s Alpine events in St. Moritz (SUI) and Val d’Isère (FRA) scheduled for the weekend of 9th-10th December. Current conditions on Saturday morning are overcast and cold with snowshowers and 70 cm of powder snow.
The ski resort of Reiteralm is located about 45 minutes south of Salzburg and is part of the Schladming-Dachstein Holiday Region, the No. 1 winter region in all of Styria. The Schladming 4-Mountain Ski Area comprise the famous winter sports resorts of Haus im Ennstal, Schladming, Rohrmoos and Pichl/Reiteralm. The Schladming-Dachstein Region is a member of the Ski Amadé, Austria’s biggest ski alliance: one ski ticket for 5 ski regions with 860 km of slopes and 270 lifts.

Programme:

Saturday, 10.11.2007 - Ladies' SL. 1st run 10:00. 2nd run 13:00
Sunday, 11.11.2007 - Men's SL. 1st run 10:00. 2nd run 13:00

Sunday, November 4, 2007

In Memoriam



Hoy 6 de noviembre se cumple el primer aniversario de la muerte de Paquito Fernández Ochoa. El 13 de febrero de 1972 en Sapporo (Japón), en su segunda participación en unos Juegos Olímpicos, Paquito ganó la medalla de oro en la prueba de Slalom imponiéndose al gran favorito, el italiano Gustav Thoeni. Como homenaje disfrutemos de las imágenes de aquella inolvidable victoria.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Esquí y Montaña 2007

Desde hoy y hasta el próximo domingo 4 de noviembre se celebra en IFEMA Madrid una nueva edición, la número XXII, de Esquí y Montaña, Feria Nacional de la Nieve, la Montaña y de sus destinos turísticos. La feria supone para todos nosotros un momento especial que nos recuerda que nos encontramos a las puertas de una nueva temporada. Este año Esquí y Montaña se celebra conjuntamente con Expotural, la Feria Nacional del Turismo Rural, los Deportes de Naturaleza y la Aventura que ha retrasado sus fechas de celebración con respecto a años anteriores. Las dos ferias fueron presentadas el pasado lunes en un acto que contó con la presencia de Mariano Gutiérrez Terrón, presidente de la Asociación Turística de Estaciones de Esquí y Montaña (ATUDEM); José Luis del Valle, presidente del Comité de Promoción de ATUDEM; Sebastián Álvaro, director del programa de TVE Al Filo de lo Imposible y José Manuel Vilanova, director de Esquí y Montaña y Expotural.
El evento, promovido por la Asociación Turística de Estaciones de Esquí y Montaña (ATUDEM), reúne en Madrid a numerosas empresas relacionadas con el turismo de nieve y montaña y cuenta una vez más con una zona de venta de material deportivo. La principal novedad de la edición de este año es el “plan renove” en productos de esquí que consiste en cambiar unos esquís o una tabla de snowboard viejos por otros nuevos por un módico precio. Además, Esquí y Montaña acogerá la Copa de España de Escalada en un espectacular rocódromo. ATUDEM presentará a los visitantes las novedades proyectadas por las principales estaciones de esquí españolas para la presente temporada.
La inauguración de la Feria ha tenido lugar a las 12:30 cuando el Ministro de Turismo de Nepal, Honorable Sr. Gurung, ha cortado la cinta en la entrada principal del pabellón número 8. Sir Edmund Hillary, el primer hombre que alcanzó la cima del Everest (8.850 metros), presidente del comité de honor no ha podido asistir a la presentación por su delicado estado de salud, pero podemos ver un mensaje de apoyo enviado desde su hogar en Nueva Zelanda.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

IVth FIS Snowboard World Cup in Saas Fee

On the 1st and 2nd November 2007 the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup in half-pipe take place in the glacier village of Saas Fee, Valais (SUI). Snowboarders compete in the Allalin Freestyle Park, one of the most incredible half pipes in the world: 130-metre long with its steep 5.5 metre high walls at an incredible height of 3300 metres above sea level surrounded by a breathtaking panorama of glaciers and majestic four-thousand-metre peaks. Current conditions on Thursday morning are sunny weather, -3ºC and 113 cm of hard pack snow.
The qualification competitions are set for today, 1st November, with the semi-finals and finals on Friday, 2nd November. Nearly 100 riders from 19 nations are scheduled to show their best tricks to impress the judges who considers the height of jumps, the degree of difficulty, the landings and the general impression of the round.
Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saastal, one of the most scenically beautiful and diverse valleys in the Valais and in the Alps. This car-free village, nestling amongst glaciers and mountains, with their typical old Valais wooden houses create the perfect setting for winter holidays, deserving of its name “Pearl of the Alps”.

30-31.10.2007 Training Days
01.11.2007 World Cup Qualification
02.11.2007 World Cup Final

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Alpine Ski World Cup starts today on the Rettenbach Glacier in Sölden, Austria

Today the FIS World Cup opens with the Women’s Giant Slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden, Tirol (AUT). The FIS Women's and Men's Alpine Ski World Cup is held for the 10th time in the Tyrolean ski resort and conditions are very good this year. The weather has cooperated with a cold front over Europe bringing snowfall last week along with excellent conditions for snow-making. “The course is looking great,” commented Hans Pieren, FIS Race Director for the men’s technical events from the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden (current weather conditions: sunny, -2º and 80cm of powder snow).
Yesterday the Frozen fire Worldcup-Party took place in the Aqua Dome Tirol Therme Längenfeld opening officially the winter season. Also the FIS Forum Alpinum – the Information Session for Ski Journalists – took place on Friday 26th October, the day before the Opening of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season 2007/08 in Sölden (AUT). It was held in the Freizeit Arena in Sölden.
Programme:
27.10.2007 Women's Giant Slalom
28.10.2007 Men's Giant Slalom
09:45 am: 1st run
12:45 pm: 2nd run

Friday, October 26, 2007

The FIS Ski Cross Country World Cup starts the season 2007/2008 in Düsseldorf

FIS Ski Cross Country World Cup starts tomorrow in Düsseldorf at the banks of the river Rhine. The snow specialists from ski dome Jever Skihalle Neuss are in charge to prepare a perfect track for FIS World Cup Cross Country and for the athletes from all over the world. The technicians need over 3000 cubic metres of snow made from 1500 cubic metres of water (the amount to fill a 50m swimming pool) to build the World Cup track. The snow is made in the ski hall. Twelve snow cannons installed under the ceiling of the snow dome produce finest fog by spraying pure drinking-water without any chemical additives through a high-pressure injector. Ice-cold air and pre–cooled water add up to superfine fog. As the air inside the ski dome has -4 degrees the fog crystallizes to finest snow on its way from the ceiling down to the ground. When the slope in the ski dome is prepared the snow has a temperature of -17 degrees. This temperature guarantees the ideal consistency of powder snow.
The snow transport to Düsseldorf’s Old Town is the most challenging organisational part to build the World Cup track. The snow, at a temperature of -10 to -14 degrees, is brought outside to be loaded on trucks. Five trucks shuttle from Thursday 25th October on the short route between Düsseldorf’s banks of the river Rhine and snow dome Neuss. The snow is delivered to snow-depots, at the lower waterfront. Covers protect the snow against rain or solar irradiation and keep in the cold. Starting on Friday the snow crawlers spread the snow equally over the whole area of the World Cup track. The completion of the slope is hand-made by slope technicians. A drainage system was developed by the technicians to avoid puddles on the World Cup track when the weather conditions are unfavourable. The underground beneath the snow is a layer of punched mats. The holes in the mats make sure that melting water drains off in case of high temperatures. Overnight from Saturday to Sunday a layer of fresh snow ensures that the track endures the extraordinary charges of the World Cup weekend.
“The snow-safety in Düsseldorf is so high that we did not have to name a snow-safe alternative venue in the contract with the International Ski Federation (FIS). Actually this is always part of the FIS event-agreement” says August Pollen, head of organisation committee FIS World Cup Cross Country Düsseldorf.
Switzerland Tourism will deliver a substantial entertainment program, including a Swiss village with skiing opportunities, a toboggan run, Guggenmusik and Alpine macaroni & cheese. On Saturday, at 20:30, the legendary World Cup Party will again take place at the Jever Skihalle Neuss, the home of all the snow on the Rhine venue.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Today at Sölden the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup 2007/2008 opens the Winter Season

The Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup takes off on October 20th and 21th with the season’s first parallel giant slaloms held on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden (AUT). The weather forecast for the weekend shows a reamarkable drop in temperatures (-12º at the glacier) with the freezing point dropping down below 1000m on Saturday and 900m on Sunday, cloudy at times and perhaps some snow showers (5cm of fresh snow fell during Friday night). Atle Skaardal, FIS Chief Race Director for the ladies’ FIS Alpine World Cup commented on Thursday: “The ongoing work and current conditions on the race course on the glacier look very promising. I am looking forward to a solid start for the season in Sölden. A good start there, as it looks like we’ll have, will help us get us well on our way to having a great season!”.

Programme:
20 Oct: Men's Parallel Giant Slalom
21 Oct: Women's Parallel Giant Slalom

Monday, October 15, 2007

IDE’s All Weather Snowmaker for Zermatt

The financial viability of the ski resorts depends to a great extent on favourable snow conditions and the snow-reliability of its ski areas. Nowadays ski operators adopt technological measures to reduce the risks from a snow deficient winter.
Snowmaking is the most widespread strategy to extend the operating season and to secure and guarantee the revenues of the ski resorts. Zermatt Bergbahnen is the first ski resort to order a new kind of artificial snow system: the IDE’s All Weather Snowmaker.
IDE Technologies is a world leader and pioneer in water desalination, wastewater concentrators and purifiers. The snowmaking technology comes from the mining industry where it is used to cool the goldmines.
CEO Zermatt Bergbahnen Christen Baumann explains how it works: “To put it simply it works like a freezer. The temperature of the surrounding air is irrelevant. In a closed container with a diameter of 3.2m and a height of 10m, water is exposed to a vacuum without any additives. A small portion vaporizes, the remaining water freezes to snow, which is afterwards expelled at a rate of about 40 cubic metres every hour. The snow produced has the consistency of a wet spring snow”. IDE’s All Weather Snowmaker is a unique, environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient solution. The energy it requires for a year is the equivalent to that of one household.
The new snow machine, which is produced in Israel, has a delivery period of one year and costs around CHF 2 million (EUR 1.19 million). It will be put into operation at the end of September 2008 to offset the bad snow conditions of the late autumn in the glacier piste. As Daniel Loggen, Director of Zermatt Tourism, says “We want to offer our guests perfect skiing enjoyment – so the innovation has come at just the right time”.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Maxiavalanche La Pinilla

Una nutrida participación de corredores internacionales participaron este fin de semana en La Pinilla (Riaza, Segovia) en la última prueba del Campeonato de Europa de Maxiavalanche. La prueba consistió en un descenso de largo recorrido en bicicleta de montaña con salida en la estación de llegada del telesilla Mirador y final en la localidad de Riaza. El espectacular trazado, con un desnivel aproximado de 900 metros y unos 12 kilómetros de longitud, combinaba tramos de fuerte pendiente, donde los descenders alcanzaron velocidades increíbles, con tramos más técnicos que discurrían entre los bosques de pino característicos del Sistema Central.
Los entrenamientos y las mangas de clasificación tuvieron lugar el sábado 6 de octubre. Al día siguiente se celebraron las dos mangas que decidieron los ganadores de las distintas categorías y la clasificación final de la Copa de Europa de Descenso en bicicleta de montaña.
La Pinilla ha sido la única sede en todo el territorio nacional de esta prestigiosa prueba. La Maxiavalanche La Pinilla cierra el calendario de eventos deportivos del 2007 que patrocinan La Pinilla, el Ayuntamiento de Riaza y Caja Segovia.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Mountain Dynamics GPS trail maps for North America’s top ski resorts

Mountain Dynamics, the leading developer of digital GPS trail maps for ski resorts in North America, has announced that its SnowRanger GPS trail maps are now available for 64 top US and Canadian ski resorts with the release of its Northeast map set.
On November 1st 2005, Mountain Dynamics Inc. launched the availability of its first set of SnowRanger ski resort trail maps with 18 resorts in Colorado for Garmin GPSes.
Each digital map shows the resort's chairlifts, trails, lodges, terrain parks, roads and parking, tree cover and contours, and more, and can be used with any Garmin, and, since last year, Magellan eXplorist GPS that supports downloadable maps. Most importantly the GPS shows skiers or snowboarders exactly where they are on the map, where they have been, and where they are heading. SnowRanger helps the skier or snowboarder get the most out of each day, and can be a valuable aid to safety.
"It's like a car navigation system for the mountain," said Marcus Needham, Mountain Dynamics' President and CEO. "SnowRanger gives you a bird's eye view of the resort, won't shred like a paper map in the wind, and isn't affected by blinding white-outs."
SnowRanger 2007/08 version offer five sets of maps covering major ski areas in Colorado/New Mexico, California/Nevada, Utah/Wyoming, the Northeast, and the Northwest/Montana including nearly all of North America's top ski resorts such world-renowned destinations as Aspen, Deer Valley, Jackson Hole, Vail and Whistler Blackcomb.
Garmin-compatible maps are available immediately from http://www.mountaindynamics.com/
as a download, on CD-ROM, or on SD and microSD memory cards. Magellan-compatible maps are available immediately on SD card from
www.mountaindynamics.com (for Triton, CrossoverGPS™, and eXplorist™), and will be available as downloads by November 15th from http://www.magellangps.com/. SnowRanger trail map data are also available in SportsDo's Ski Resort Location Packs for GPS-enabled mobile phones, at http://www.sportsdo.net/. The program that copies the maps onto the GPS (either from CD-ROM or from a download from this site) is only available for Windows.
You can see the resort list and a preview of their GPS map on the Mountain Dynamics website.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

007 return to Switzerland to hit the slopes

Daniel Craig's bid to be the perfect 007 has forced him to hit the slopes - according to The Sun. The actor -who made his debut in Casino Royal- has been taking skiing lessons to help him prepare for the next James Bond movie, tentatively titled “Bond 22”. A source said: “For the first time since 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond will be largely snow-bound. Much of it will be filmed in the Swiss Alps. The film is in pre-production for a major ski sequence”.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service 007 triumphed with its breathtaking battles on the Alpine slopes. The team of ski experts, including Stefan Zürcher Alpine Films producer, executed the challenging downhill scenes on the ski slopes of Mürren, on the Jungfrau Region in Switzerland. The filmmakers used the Schilthorn revolving restaurant to locate Blofeld’s Piz Gloria headquarters.
James Bond 007 is a fictional British agent created in 1952 by Ian Fleming. Some of the most iconic scenes in Bond history have taken place on the mountain slopes. In The Spy Who Loved Me, Roger Moore used a Union flag parachute after skiing off a cliff, while Timothy Dalton careered down a mountain in a cello case for The Living Daylights.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Today 29th september Tignes opens the Grande Motte ski area

This weekend fresh snow has fallen to improve the start of the ski season in France on the glacier at Tignes. The Grande Motte is the highest ski area in the Espace Killy. The scenery is breathtaking with the Vanoise National Park to the south, the Grande Motte (3,656m) and Grande Casse (3,852m) to the west, the Mont Blanc (4,808m) to the north and the Grande Sassière (3,747m) to the east. The glacier ski area at 3,000 m offers in autumn 130 hectares, 20 km of pistes with 750 m of vertical drop, and a beautiful snowpark (750 m by 250 m).
From the 24th november, you can ski from top of Grande Motte glacier to Val Claret resort, that means 1,500m of vertical drop.
To hit the slopes of the Espace Killy, named after the skier and Olympic champion Jean-Claude Killy, you must wait until 1st december. Without doubt the Val d'Isere and Tignes combined skiing area is one of the most emblematic places to ski in the Alps. A modern lift network of 96 ski lifts: 2 funiculars, 4 cabin lifts, 4 cable cars, 45 chairlifts, 41 drag lifts – give access to 10,000 hectares and 300 kilometres of ski trails - 137 ski runs: 22 green, 64 blue, 35 red, 16 black - 9 slalom stadiums and 2 mogul stadiums - 2 half-pipes and 2 snow parks. The ski resort also has 331 snow canons which will ensure a bountiful supply of artificial snow for the slopes.
And to round things off nicely, you can go to Le Lagon a 5000 m² aqua centre dedicated to sport, relaxation and well-being…featuring amongst other things 2 swimming pools, 1 with waterslides, a balneotherapy area with sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, as well as fitness and exercise rooms, all with unrestricted views over Tignes lake and the Grande Motte glacier.
Tignes comprises 5 Villages; Val Claret, Tignes le Lac, and Le Lavachet close together at 2,100 metres, Tignes Les Boisses (1,850m) and Tignes-les-Brévières (1,550m).

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

III Raid Teva La Pinilla

Durante los días 15 y 16 de septiembre se ha disputado la tercera edición del Raid Teva La Pinilla, prueba puntuable para el Campeonato de España de Raids. Los corredores iniciaron la prueba a los pies del Acueducto en la ciudad de Segovia, atravesando durante el fin de semana los términos municipales de Segovia, La Granja, Torrecaballeros, Turégano, Verganzones, Cantalejo, Fuente el Olmo de Fuentidueña, San Miguel de Bermuy, Carrascal del Río, Sebulcor, Las Hoces del Duratón, Sepúlveda, Barbolla, Aldeonte, Grajera, Boceguillas, Turrubuelo, Soto de Sepúlveda y Cerezo de Arriba para finalmente alcanzar la línea de meta que estaba situada en la Estación de Esquí de La Pinilla.
Los equipos participantes en la categoría Élite estaban integrados por tres personas que sin detenerse recorrieron una distancia total acumulada de más de 200 kilómetros remando, pedaleando, corriendo y patinando. Los diez mejores equipos de la Liga Española de Raids de Aventura llevaron en esta prueba un novedoso sistema de seguimiento GPS, que permitía conocer en todo momento la ubicación exacta de los mismos.
Los equipos participantes en la categoría de Aventura realizaron un recorrido menos exigente con puntos obligatorios y optativos, que les permitió decidir sus propias estrategias adaptadas a su nivel físico y técnico, para acabar dentro de los limites de tiempo marcados por la organización. En total, entre las dos categorías, se inscribieron 35 equipos de toda España.
El Buff-Coolmax, equipo ganador en la categoría Élite, integrado por Fran y Pablo López y Nuria Domínguez, invirtió un tiempo de veinticinco horas en completar el recorrido. El equipo Peña Guara 2 se proclamó vencedor en la categoría Aventura.
La entrega de premios y la ceremonia de clausura tuvieron lugar en la pista de esquí “La Cabaña” de La Pinilla, y en ella estuvieron presentes José Antonio Montejo, concejal del Ayuntamiento de Riaza, Javier Caro, director de Marketing de La Pinilla, y Laura Prado, directora de Marketing de Teva.
La prueba ha estado organizada por la Estación de Esquí y Montaña de La Pinilla y Meridiano Raid.

Monday, September 10, 2007

SKi Magazine's annual "Top 50 Resort Guide"

SKI Magazine/BOULDER, Colorado, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire. SKI Magazine's annual "Top 50 Resort Guide," the definitive ranking of North American ski resorts, names Deer Valley, Utah as the No. 1 ski resort in its October issue, on newsstands September 25.
Nearly 7,000 SKI Magazine subscribers responded to the "Top 50 Resort Guide" survey, which was conducted by an independent research firm. It is the most comprehensive and longest-running ski resort survey in the winter sports industry. Resorts are ranked in 18 categories: Overall Satisfaction, Access, Après Ski, Dining, Family Programs, Grooming, Lifts, Lodging, Off-Hill Activities, On-Mountain Food, Scenery, Service, Snow, Terrain/Challenge, Terrain/Variety, Terrain Parks, Value and Weather by SKI subscribers who have skied the resorts for the past two seasons, skiing an average of 23 days a year.
SKI Magazine (http://www.skinet.com/) is published by Mountain Sports Media, a Boulder-based division the Bonnier Corporation. The Bonnier Corporation (http://www.bonniercorp.com/) is one of the largest consumer-publishing groups in America and the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences through more than 40 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events.
The top 10 resorts according to SKI Magazine's readers:
1. Deer Valley, Utah
2. Vail, Colorado
3. Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia
4. Aspen, Colorado
5. Snowmass, Colorado
6. Park City, Utah
7. Breckenridge, Colorado
8. Beaver Creek, Colorado
9. Steamboat, Colorado
10. Sun Valley, Idaho

SKI Magazine Demographics

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Austrian skiers from Kitzbühel ski down Mount St.Elias in Alaska

After a first failed attempt in May, Austrian skiers from Kitzbühel, Axel Naglich and Peter Ressmann, have become the first to ski down Mount St. Elias (5,489 meters) in Alaska on a run of about 20 kilometres, the longest ski descent ever.
The mountain known as “The Man Eater”, one of the peaks of the St. Elias Mountains on the Yukon border -the highest coastal range in the world- is a spectacular snow-covered pyramid renowned for its dangerous icy and massive vertical relief, 50 to 60 degrees on upper slopes. A glacial stream runs all the way from the top of Mount St. Elias down into Icy Bay in the Gulf of Alaska.
In 2002, two experienced ski mountaineers, Aaron Martin and Reid Sanders, died attempting the ski descent and their remains are under the ice on a slope near the summit.
On August 9th the team left the base camp on the Haydon Shoulder (3,000 meters) at midnight and climbed, through a loose rock face in the dark to avoid rock fall, to advanced camp (4,300 meters). Next day they left the advanced camp at 7:30 a.m. ascended to the high camp at 4,700 meters preparing the final push. On August 11th Axel Naglich and Peter Ressmann reached the summit at 12:50 p.m. and then, after a 10 minutes rest, began their descent down an unexplored line to avoid the avalanche-prone slope they had ascended. It took the pair less than two hours to ski to high camp, break down camp and continue the ski down to 4,300 meters where they camped. On August 12th the pair left their camp at 2 a.m., repelling down the treacherous rock face before dawn. They arrived back at Haydon Shoulder by noon and within hours had been picked up by the Super Cub airplane, who shuttled them back to Ultima Thule Lodge.
Axel Naglich (39), an architect and extreme skier from Kitzbühel, was already the first to ski down new extreme routes on Mount Cook in New Zealand three years ago and Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus, Europe’s highest mountain, four years ago. He has won the "24 Hours of Aspen" three times and has taken part in both the Red Bull Snowthrill in Chamonix and the X Games twice.
Peter Ressmann, ski guide and ski school owner, has skied China’s 7,500-meter Muztagh Ata as well as the Himalayan giant, 8,125-meter Nanga Parbat. He joined Axel Naglich on two attempts to descend Mount Cook’s as-yet-unskied Caroline face and in 2006 successfully summited and skied 8,047-meter Broad Peak in Pakistan’s Karakoram Range.
The film of the tremendous deed, directed and produced by Gerald Salmina, will be released on December 2007.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

Yesterday, Friday 24th August 2007, at 12:00 hours the 5th Edition of the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc started in the centre of Courmayeur. The Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc is one of the greatest European Mountain Trail Races. The international race, with 2319 participants from 44 nations, takes place in one of the most incredible landscapes on the world. A breathtaking scenery of seven valleys, 71 glaciers and 400 summits like the Mont Blanc, the Dent du Géant and the rock face of the Grandes Jorasses. The athletes cover a distance of 163 km along the famous GR TMB, within 46 hours, with 8900 m of ascent, at an altitude ranging between 1012 m and 2537 m., crossing six passes over 2000 metres high. They will pass through 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland.
Alternatively, the Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix will give the 1609 participants 24 hours to cover a distance of 86 km with 4500 m ascent from the Italian heart of the Aosta valley, through Switzerland, before finishing in Chamonix.
Created in 2003 by a united party of friends lovers of cross-country racing and of the country of Mont-Blanc, les Trailers du Mont-Blanc, the race is a real challenge for the organization: 1200 volunteers maintaining 30 control and safety points for a duration of 60 hours to ensure the wellbeing of all who participate. Also, the entire length of the trail is checked and marked with about 5000 flags or signs, all of which have to be removed the days following the race. In the route there will be a total of 16 refreshment posts, some in villages and others at high mountain refuges, together with 4 reception bases at Les Chapieux, Courmayeur, Champex and Chamonix. For hours the volunteers will ensure a continual supply of hot and cold drinks, and trays of all kinds of foods (some places delight in offering their speciality – fresh cheese from the alp, homemade tart, etc.).
You can follow the two races live on the Internet site: http://live.ultratrailmb.com/. This year, the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is experimenting with a new technology to follow the athletes during the Race. Via the Goggle Earth Program you will be able to follow the leaders of the race for the final 50 kilometers (GPS tags giving out a signal every 5 minutes will be given to the first 10 men and the first 3 women in the 163 km at La Fouly, 56 km before the Finish).

Friday, August 24, 2007

Des Glaciers et des Hommes. Espace Tairraz (Chamonix)

Desde el 25 de junio de 2007 y hasta el 1 de septiembre de 2008 podemos disfrutar de la Exposición Des Glaciers et des Hommes. La idea de la exposición es acercar al visitante el mundo de los glaciares desde una perspectiva científica pero también mitológica. Por un lado la creencia, vigente hasta tiempos recientes, que relacionaba la existencia de los glaciares con el Diluvio Universal. Por otro lado los últimos avances de la glaciología como disciplina científica.
La Exposición se encuentra dividida en siete zonas temáticas (Evolución del clima, los grandes ciclos climáticos, los grandes glaciares, los cambios y la memoria de los mismos, los glaciares en movimiento, los glaciares como fuerzas de la naturaleza y los posibles escenarios climáticos del futuro). La visita nos permitirá conocer el funcionamiento de los glaciares, su impacto en el paisaje, su evolución a la largo de la historia.
Resulta especialmente interesante la sección dedicada al periodo conocido como Pequeña Edad del Hielo (1600-1800), ilustrada con imágenes y relatos acerca de su incidencia en el Valle de Chamonix. Recordemos que el Mar de Hielo, el glaciar más importante de Chamonix, alcanzó su máxima extensión en 1645. Como consecuencia de ello se extendió el temor entre los habitantes de la localidad de que su avance cortaría el paso del río Arve, provocando la inundación del Valle. La respuesta de la población fue solicitar la intervención del Obispo de Ginebra para que exorcizara el glaciar y frenara su avance.
Una colección de más de 250 fotografías nos permiten contemplar los glaciares más importantes de todo el mundo: Groenlandia, Himalaya, Andes, Antartida, Alpes, Escandinavia y Alaska.
La visita finaliza con imágenes y documentos que nos muestran un planeta completamente helado en sus origenes, o el avance del hielo durante la ultima glaciación, con los glaciares extendiéndose hasta Lyon, Grenoble o Ginebra. La Exposición se completa con imágenes de satélite, proyecciones audiovisuales y documentos sobre la evolución del clima extraídos de datos obtenidos en las investigaciones realizadas en los Polos.
La visita de la Exposición es una magnifica oportunidad para aquellos que tuvieron la oportunidad de visitar la Exposición Glaciares bajo el efecto invernadero. Un viaje fotográfico en el tiempo a los hielos Alpinos que pudo verse en distintas localidades de Castilla y León gracias al esfuerzo conjunto de la Universidad SEK y la Caja de Burgos.
Espace Tairraz
Parvis Saint Michel
74400 CHAMONIX
Horario de visita: 14:00-19:00 horas todos los días
Precio de la entrada: adultos : 5 euros, niños y jóvenes 12 a 18 años : 1,50 euros

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Nissan Outdoor Games by Columbia. Interlaken, Switzerland

From 28th June to 1st July 2007, a group of athletes were in Interlaken, Switzerland for a completely unique event combining sporting competition and a video and photo festival. A multi-sports event, the Nissan Outdoor Games by Columbia feature the world’s best athletes in 5 outdoor sports disciplines: mountain-biking, kayaking, rock climbing, paragliding and BASE jumping.
The athletes arrived in Interlaken (in the heart of the Swiss alps, between the Lakes of Thun and Brienz and at the foot the famous trio of peaks, the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau) five days before the event started invited by the organizers. The competitors are grouped into six separate teams. Each athlete performed his sports. Their challenge: produce a 5 minutes movie and 20 still photos. In order to guarantee a high quality production, each team is joined by a pro photographer, a pro cameraman and a film editor of their choosing. Each team was settled into temporary canvas bivouac homes in the great outdoors and is free to roam the canton of Bern at the wheel of a NISSAN X-trail Columbia – suitably kitted out for the occasion – to produce a series of breathtaking images for inclusion in their film. Action, humor, lifestyle sequences... the script is free; it’s all game! Arriving at 18:00 on Friday 29th June 2007, each team must hand over a short film to the organizers, no more than 5 minutes in length as well as 20 photographic images captured during the course of the week.
Projected onto a giant screen located in the heart of the town of Interlaken (Oberland, Switzerland), each of the five team films was presented to the general public as well as the jury. Comprising a number of different athletes, adventurers, journalists and image specialists, the film jury carefully reviewed each submission before determining which team claimed the Best video film of the Outdoor Games 2007 and the Best photograph prize.
Team ‘EPHEMERE’ won the Golden Eiger film competition prize. Dom Daher, the photographer on the same team, was awarded the photographic prize. After 2 weeks of intense voting the winner of the online Team Films competition was Natural Outbreak.
The organizers of the event also scheduled in Interlaken several competitions during the course of the weekend for the viewing pleasure of the general public. Each athlete was compete in either judged competition or against the clock in his or her own chosen discipline.
The organizers announced the first Winter Nissan Outdoor Games by Columbia will be organized in Chamonix (France) from 14th to 17th February 2008.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Saab Salomon Mountain-X Race 2007

Saga Events, organizer since 2004 of The Raid World Championship, created on July 2007 the first Saab Salomon Mountain-X Race a major international multisports event. A contest celebrated on the Savoie Mont Blanc Region, on the French Alps. Starting in Morzine the competition reached the end at La Clusaz. The duration of the race was 5 consecutive days, involving different disciplines (mountain biking, downhill mountain bike, white-water, rope-works, canyoning, mountaineering, trail running, adventure running). 3 categories (mixed, male & female) and 29 teams from France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, USA and United Kingdom, took part on the race.
The first challenge for the teams on July 2nd under a torrential rain was a trail running event on an 8 Km course between Morzine and Les Gets. The day after, July 3rd, a strenuous X-country 48 Km mountain bike event took place. The following day the mountaineering event was cancelled. The ascent to the Domes de Miage (3,600 m) was withdrawn from the course because of heavy snowfalls. As a replacement a 10 Km trail running event was organized in Les Contamines/Montjoie at the foot of the Mont Blanc range. The teams set out again two hours later on a 14 Km, and 1,269 meters of elevation gain, trail-run from Notre Dame de la Gorge to Chapieux. On July 5th with the sun finally sunning, was the time for the white water sports -Canoeing, Hydrospeed and Kayak (slalom) stages- on the famous Isère river. In the afternoon another trail run took place. On July 6th after raced over a 13 Km trail, although the canyoning section was cancelled, the racers need to prove their rope skills. First the teams had to climb the selected rock face on a limited time of six minutes, then came a via ferrata of 4,5 Km, before a plunge into the depths of the Massif des Bauges for a short caving section in the Grotte à Carey. The last day July 7th, the 29 teams participating in the first Mountain X-Race finished with a long adventure running stage (40 Km that included a shattering 3,000 meters elevation gain) on the steep slopes of the Aravis Mountains. In La Clusaz the Saab Salomon British team integrated by Phil Davies (captain), Chris Near and Ben Bardsley sealed a memorable victory.