Thursday, March 27, 2008
The Center is another perfect example of the new architectural trends we can find in St. Anton am Arlberg and in Tirol. I wrote about other examples in this blog (the Innsbruck’s Nordkettenbahnen, the Alpinarium in Galtur, or two days ago the Galzigbahn). The architecture of the building with the grassed flat roof was designed to fussion with the landscape. The individual superstructures for the main hall, wellness center and catering area are designed to create associations with the numerous little hay shed on the surrounding slopes. The steel and timber porch that extends over the full length of the building and the horizontal structure selected for the façade form a semitransparent transition between inside and outside and also relate to the traditional style of timber construction in the Alps. The picture windows offer magnificent views of the mountain scenery.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
In the St. Anton zone from the Valluga peak at 2,811 metres you can admire and incredible landscape and then skiing downhill the longest run to the bottom of the valley with a total length of 10.2 kilometres. Of course you need to try the famous Kandahar/Kapall/Fang slope, scenery in 1928 of the first Arlberg-Kandahar Race and nowadays Alpine Ski world Cup Race courses.
From St. Cristoph you can reach the Schindler Spitze peak (2,660 m.) and go downhill to Stuben through the Valfagehrjoch red piste before you can challenge yourself in the Extreme Ski Route named Pfannenköpfe-Valfagehr. In St. Cristoph you need to visit the old hospice founded in the 14th century by the shepherd Heinrich Findelkind to offer shelter to travelers crossing the Arlberg pass. Nowadays the hospice developed into one of the finest inns in the Alpine region, enjoying local and internationally reputation for its award-winning kitchen and excellent wine cellar (the entrance walls are covered with pictures of famous personalities and members of the European Royalty).
In Rendl you can find a sunny but less challenging terrain more suitable for intermediates, perfect in case of bad weather.
This winter the season began in November 30th and will end in April 20th in St. Anton and April 27th in St. Cristoph/Stuben. At this moment the region is covered by big amounts of fresh powder snow and we are enjoying great ski journeys despite the bad weather.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Just like the technology, the glass building from the architect Georg Driendl is in itself fascinating, thanks to the transparency of the new Galzig valley station the impressive Ferris wheel with its advanced technology is just as good to see from the outside as from inside. The Galzigbahn was awarded with the "International Chicago Architecture Award 2007".
“Glass, steel, concrete - sober feedstock, yet sensual in its combination. The form of the new basis station directly evolves out of the transport function it has to achieve. The desire for readability and transparency defines the material choice. Glass reveals technical inner life and previews the trip up to the mountain. Concrete grounds the construction, anchors it into the slope, creates a counterweight and is a carrier of a space truss (organized in triangulated bracing and as filigree as possible) which carries off the weight of the roof; the visible construction of the space truss (with its riggings and the chosen profiles) directly evolves from the prevailing wind- and weather conditions, always standing in attention to defy wind, rain and snow-masses” (Driendl Architects).
Monday, March 24, 2008
Ski Arlberg has been evaluated 2 times and has been awarded the title “Top Skigebiet” with 5 stars from skigebiete-test.de during the world wide ski resort tests held annually. Ski Arlberg also was tested by Snow-Online and has been awarded with the No. 1 rank on the 2004/2005 winter season.
The closests airports are Innsbruck, Zurich and Munich with shuttle services and frequent train connections to the airports.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The history and the development of ski are, without a doubt, closely associated with St. Anton am Arlberg -and its neighbouring village of St. Christoph- and the eminent Austrian skiing pioneer Hannes Schneider (1890-1955). Hannes Schneider laid the foundation stone for today’s global “ski school” upon his invention of the Stem Christiania –a stem turn- and, consequently, his “Arlberg technique”.In the twentys Arnold Fanck films contribute to the popularity of Hannes Schneider and the Arlberg Technique. In 1926 Fanck and Schneider published the work Wunder des Schneeschuhs (The Miracle of the Snowshoe). Ein System des richtigen Skilaufens und seine Anwendung im alpinen Geländelauf a ski handbook published many times in many languages.
In 1927, Arnold Lunn visited the Arlberg in order to become acquainted with Hannes Schneider and the skiing technique he knew from the films by Arnold Fanck. Lunn’s visit to the Arlberg in 1927 had far-reaching consequences: together with Hannes Schneider, he planned the first Arlberg-Kandahar competition for 1928. From 1931 on, the competition was held alternately in Mürren and St Anton.
Der Weisse Rausch (White Ecstasy) –the first skiing film to be set to music- was made in 1931 on the Arlberg. It was also Hannes Schneider’s last major film role in which he played himself as a ski instructor. The plot was a really simpleone: a “cheeky little madam from Berlin” (played by Leni Riefenstahl) learns how to ski at Schneider’s ski school, and in the subsequent fox chase, her and Schneider are chased by 50 pursuers. Further roles are played by the young Lothar Ebersberg, Guzzi Lantschner and Walter Riml, plus Rudi Matt, the most talented actor amongst all the Arlberg ski instructors.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (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.
VANOC’s marketing program is focusing on securing mutually rewarding partnerships with shared values to generate sufficient revenue to host successful Winter Games in 2010 and to leave a financial legacy for sport. VANOC’s International Partners include Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa. VANOC’s National Partners are Bell Canada, HBC, RBC Financial Group, GM Canada, Petro-Canada and RONA.VANOC’s Official Supporters include Air Canada, BC Hydro, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Canadian Pacific, and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Jet Set Sports, Ricoh Canada Inc., the Royal Canadian Mint and Teck Cominco Limited. VANOC’s Official Suppliers are 3M, Birks, Britco, Dow Canada, EPCOR, Haworth Canada, Nortel, Purolator, Saputo, Sun Microsystems of Canada, Tickets.com, TransCanada, Vancouver Airport Authority, Vincor Canada, Weston Bakeries and Workopolis.
The sale of television rights is the main source of revenues of the Olympic Games. It is estimated that broadcasting the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will be the equivalent of eight to 10 Super Bowls simultaneously for 17 days. Vancouver will host an event that will attract more than three billion television viewers and 75 million website visits worldwide.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
With 12,648 square kilometres and 700,000 inhabitants, Tirol is Austria´s third largest state. Only 13 % of the entire country is habitable with around 20 % of Tirol´s landscape declared nature preserve. Tirol shares borders with Germany (Bavaria), Italy (Südtirol) and Switzerland as well as the provinces of Vorarlberg, Salzburg and Carinthia. Großglockner, with 3,797 metres is East Tirol and Austria´s highest mountain. Wildspitze, with 3,770 metres is North Tirol´s highest mountain. Gepatschferner is Tirol´s largest glacier covering 17 km2.
Tirol, which was called "Land im Gebirge" (Land in the Mountains) in medieval times, is the perfect place for lovers of winter sports and mountains. Tirol offers you 38 scenic holiday regions at the heart of the Alps and is famous worldwide for some of the best ski areas in the Alps. Ski resorts like St. Anton am Arlberg, home of the world's first ski school founded by Hannes Schneider, Ischgl, Kitzbühel, Seefeld or Sölden achieved international renown.
The scenic Tirolean glacier ski areas of Kaunertal, Pitztal, Sölden, Stubaital and Hintertux, are known as outstanding year-round skiing areas where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the alpine scenery while you ride ski runs covered with superb powder snow.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
VANOC’s net deferred operating expenses in the current quarter were $57.3 million as compared to $6.4 million for the period ending October 31, 2007. Excluding the impact of unrealized foreign exchange losses and gains, deferred operating expenses were $43.1 million for the quarter ended January 31, 2008, and $25.7 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2007. The $17.4 million increase over the preceding quarter is the result of higher spending across all divisions as activity increases organization-wide in the move from a planning phase to an operational phase.
VANOC’s net deferred operating revenue from sponsorship and other sources for the quarter ending January 31, 2008 was $43.1 million, as compared to $6.7 million in the last quarter.
Domestic sponsorship revenue increased significantly over the prior quarter, from $4.3 million to $43 million, as several large cash milestone payments were received, and $4.1 million in domestic value-in-kind (VIK) revenue was recorded during the quarter. VANOC has now entered into domestic sponsorship agreements worth approximately $709 million in total, or over 90 per cent of the overall target of $760 million. VANOC’s total venue development expenditures for the quarter were $38.4 million, as compared to $63.3 million in the previous quarter, and now total $466.3 million. VANOC’s venue development central contingency remains adequate to protect against the remaining $125.5 million in the venue construction budget.
The venue construction timeline ensures venue readiness through Sport Events and other training and competition in advance of the Games. In particular, VANOC completed its field-of-play testing at the first official VANOC Sport Event for alpine skiing – the recently completed FIS Alpine World Cup, at Whistler Creekside.
VANOC’s workforce continues to grow substantially as the 2010 Winter Games draw near – increasing by 87 during the reporting period, to reach a total of 590 full-time staff. In accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles, all operating revenues and expenses are deferred prior to Games time. VANOC’s next quarterly report, covering the three months ending April 30, 2008, will be available in June 2008.
Monday, March 17, 2008
- The Most Scenic: Zermatt (Valais, Switzerland)
- The Best Snow: Alta/Snowbird (Utah, USA)
- The Best Resort: Whistler Blackcomb (British Columbia, Canada)
- The Best Park: Snow Park (Southern Alps, New Zealand)
- The Most Classic: Sun Valley (Idaho, USA)
- The Wildest: La Grave (France)
- The Best Heliskiing: Canadian Mountain Holiday (Canada)
- The Most Exclusive: Yellowstone Club (Montana, USA)
- The Party Capital: Are (Sweden)
- The Most Exotic: Gulmarg (Kashmir, India)
- The Dark Horse: Thredbo (Australia)
- The Holy Grail: Alaska (USA)
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The winner of each discipline will receive the Gilles Voirol Trophy, named after a young swiss snowboarder who was killed in an avalanche in Bella Coola in 2003. Gilles Voirol was the rookie of the Verbier Xtreme’s first edition in 1996 and placed second.
After the Xtreme there will be a winner of each discipline of the Tour and the four Freeride World Champions will be crowned.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
28 races are on the schedule in the 5 days, from Wednesday the 12th of March to Sunday the 16th.55 crystal globes will be awarded with 159 medals to more than 800 racers attending this greatevent with a total prize money of about 900.000€.The Organizing Committee is ready to deliver more than 5.000 credentials. During the event more than 6 hours of live show will be broadcasted daily from the area.
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.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Organizado por la Universidad de Granada, con la colaboración de la estación de Sierra Nevada, el curso está dirigido por Rafael Barranco Vela y el Dr. Francisco D. Porras Lima y coordinado por los profesores Dr. Francisco J. Durán Ruiz y el Dr. Raúl Revuelta Carbajo de la IE Universidad. El curso comprende jornadas de esquí en horario de mañana y clases teóricas y prácticas en horario de tarde. Estará impartido por profesores de diferentes Universidades y profesionales con una dilatada experiencia en la gestión y el estudio de las estaciones de esquí y montaña, directamente relacionados con el turismo de invierno, así como especialistas en Derecho Deportivo, Medio Ambiente y Turismo. Entre otros: Estanislao Arana, Rafael Barranco, Francisco J. Durán, Ignacio Jiménez Soto, Francisco D. Porras, Raúl Revuelta, Ignacio Valenzuela y Fernando Almendros.
El precio del curso es de 375 euros e incluye:
- Cuota de inscripción
- 5 noches de alojamiento en Hotel Montesol (habitación multiple)
- 5 días de regimén de media pensión (desayuno y cena)
- 5 días de uso ilimitado de remontes
- Seguro de accidentes
El plazo de inscripción finaliza el 27 de marzo. Para reservar plaza en el curso deberá enviar un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org. Una vez recibida la confirmación de disponibilidad de plaza se deberá abonar la cuota de inscripción en la Cuenta Bancaría de Caja Madrid 2038 9840 12 3000319771 incluyendo en la referencia los apellidos y nombre del alumno.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
The Nissan Freeride de Tignes 08 started at 09:00. After a 30 minute hike the 45 competing riders reached the summit of the north face of Pramecou at 3080 metres. At this point riders chose between different starting options for the 400 metres long face. At the top of the face there are some steep sections of 50 degrees and then it mellows out a bit to an average of 40 degrees. Judges base their ranks on 5 essential criterias: line choice and execution, fluidity, control, skill and style, and rythm/agressivity. Henrik Windstedt from Sweden and Elyse Saugstad from USA in ski and Xavier De Le Rue and Bérengère Moroc from France in Snowboard were the winners.
The Freeride World Tour: After 13 years organizing the Verbier Xtreme Freeride, this winter, organizers created a Freeride World Tour for professional freeride skiers and snowboarders. The competition comprises five events and boasts the biggest prize money ever in the history of this sport. The best Freeride spots on earth have been selected by the organizers and the Pro Freeriders Board (PFB) to host the 5 main events of the Freeride World Tour (FWT), the 3 qualifying events of the Freeride World Qualifying Series (FWQS) and 2 open events.
Now with the Stockhorn ski lift a total of 38 kilometres of Ski Routes are available in the Matterhorn Ski Paradise to enjoy challenging skiing in one of the most spectacular off piste terrain in the Alps.