Thursday, May 31, 2012

St. Moritz To Host 2017 Alpine World Ski Championships

St Moritz was announced the successful bidder of the three European resorts competing to host the 2017 Alpine World Ski Championships.
St Moritz has hosted the Championships on four previous occasions since first staging them in 1934 and had been a contender for the next two Championships, which will be staged in Schladming, Austria, next winter and in Beaver Creek / Vail in Colorado in 2015. St Moritz last staged the Championships in 2003.
The decision was made by the FIS Council on Thursday at the 48th International Ski Congress in Kangwonland, Korea. St Moritz received 12 votes to achieve an absolute majority in the first ballot against Are in Sweden, the only other remaining candidate following the dramatic last minute withdrawal from the process by Italy’s Cortina d'Ampezzo.
"The step taken was not an easy one, but in difficult moments it is crucial being strong, determined and showing courage. Following the unwritten rule of rotating the FIS events between its member federations, we realised that it is not Cortina’s turn this time around", commented Italian Ski Federation President, Flavio Roda.
"Withdrawing the bid also means having plenty of time to present our UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019 in its best shape. Especially, we would like to highlight our work regarding new ski lifts connecting the valleys of the Dolomites and, thus, creating real legacies".
In addition to St Moritz’s success, Kulm (Austria) and Sierra Nevada (Spain) were unanimously elected as hosts of the 2016 FIS Ski Flying World Championships and joint FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships 2017, respectively.
The Nordic World Ski Championships will be hosted by Lahti (Finland), which took this honour in the third ballot with 12 votes ahead of Planica (SLO).

Friday, May 25, 2012

.ski Website Name Extension Announced

A company called Starting Dot has announced it has applied to be the official registry of .ski (Dot Ski) as part of a program initiated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched in 2012 to create a new generation of website address (URL) extensions.
"The Starting Dot mission is to bring new online opportunities to ski sports communities, participants, business owners and brands through a dedicated top level domain name extension that ends with the .ski extension. (e.g.", said a media statement from the company, which continues, "Through the successful management of .ski, Starting Dot will create new opportunities in the ever-expanding global ski sports industry and provide trusted and safe internet spaces for people passionate about ski sports".
The value of a dedicated .ski Top Level Domain space for the ski sports community is underpinned by support from a growing number of official endorsements. These include, SNTF - Ski Areas of France (an association composed by over 230 French mountain operators), the General Counsel of Savoy, the resort of Tignes and Olympic Gold Medalist Antoine Deneriaz.
Ski sports community will be able to begin securing .ski domain name extension in early 2013 and can stay up to date with the latest news from .ski at
Founded in October 2011 in Paris, Starting Dot is developing a portfolio of 5 new Top Level Domain names (TLDs) dedicated to major online industries: .SKI, .IMMO, .DESIGN, .ARCHI and .BIO. Starting Dot aims to help online businesses more distinctively express their purpose in their online brands and reach deeper into their consumer and business audiences. StartingDot's strategy is to focus on TLDs dedicated to SME categories for which a direct correlation between their trade and their domain name is of the utmost importance.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Valle Nevado and Mammoth Mountain Announce Partnership

Valle Nevado (Chile) and Mammoth Mountain (USA, California) announced a new sister resort partnership effective May 2012. Valle Nevado, located 90 minutes from Santiago, and Mammoth Mountain, located in Central California, are two of the largest and most popular resorts in their respective countries, and an alliance between the two will provide customers and season pass holders with unique cross-promotional benefits and greater awareness of each resort, opening an opportunity for skiers and snowboarders to live the legend of the endless winter.
To celebrate Valle Nevado and Mammoth Mountain’s new partnership, season pass holders at each resort will receive 7-Day free lift tickets at the sister resort. Valle Nevado and Mammoth Mountain expect to see many future benefits for customers that will include lodging discounts and other added-value services. Free days can be issued per day, one at a time, and don’t need to be consecutive. There are no blackout dates to use the free days in Valle Nevado. Free days can be redeemed anytime during the 2012 Chilean ski season.
"Valle Nevado sees the partnership with Mammoth Mountain as a perfect fit", says Valle Nevado Sales & Marketing Director Ricardo Almeida. "Both resorts adhere to a visionary philosophy that siezes opportunities to modernize on-mountain and base facilities, provide outstanding customer service, and offer a tremendous amount of world-class terrain. But most importantly, it gives skiers on both hemispheres a chance to enjoy the unparalled experience of summer skiing".
Valle Nevado is also working with closely with Mammoth Mountain’s Unbound Terrain Park to put together unique cross activities such as training camps, team photo shoots, and the Unbound South America Session that will be announced in the near future.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Biggest Ski Resorts On Facebook

According to a report by website at the end of December 2011, California's Mammoth Mountain was about to be the first ski resort in the world to hit the 100,000 Facebook Fans mark with 99,458 fans.
With the 100,000 fans mark now passed, research by, a division of Mountain News Corporation, has found that Mammoth has been overtaken by its neighbour to the north, Heavenly and joined by Vail and Canada’s Whistler as the four resorts with a six figure Facebook fan base.
Eight of the top 10 resorts for fans are all in North America with all but one of those in the USA and five of the top 15 are Vail Resorts properties, including top placed Heavenly as well as Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Northstar – possibly in part reflecting the popularity of the company’s Epic Mix partially social-networking based ticketing and community effort.
Chile's Valle Nevado is the top placed southern hemisphere and Megeve in France the highest non-North American resort for Facebook fans at number five.
The top 10 resorts for Facebook fan numbers have all now passed the 50,000 fans mark.

  1. Heavenly (USA); (122,291 Likes)
  2. Mammoth Mountain (USA); (117,247)
  3. Vail (USA); (112,855)
  4. Whistler (Canada); (105,601)
  5. Megeve (France); (80,712)
  6. Breckenridge (USA); (79,896)
  7. Valle Nevado (Chile); (78,385)
  8. Jackson Hole (USA); jacksonhole (75,632)
  9. Keystone (USA); (65,019)
  10. Grandvalira (Andorra); (57,997)
  11. Northstar at Tahoe (USA); (54,692)
  12. Saalbach Hinterglemn (Austria); saalbachhinterglemm (52,195)
  13. Vallnord (Andorra); (49,480)
  14. Mountain High (USA); (46,392)
  15. Squaw Valley (USA); (44,562)
  16. Beaver Creek (USA); (43,375)
  17. Are (Sweden); (37,519)
  18. Bukovel (Ukraine); (37,509)
  19. Sun Valley (USA); sunvalley (36,815)
  20. Ischgl (Austria); paznaun.ischgl (36,813)
  21. Killington (USA); (36,715)
  22. Mountain Creek (USA); (36,006)
  23. Aspen (USA); (34,494)
  24. Sugarloaf (USA); (33,844)
  25. Solden (Austria); (30,191)
  26. Sunday River (USA); (29,732)
  27. Perisher (Australia); (27,709)
  28. Hemsedal (Norway); (26,992)
  29. Tignes (France); (26,870)
  30. Kitzbuhel (Austria); (25,718)
  31. Laax (Switzerland); (23,262)
(NB All well known resorts have been checked but this table may be missing some resorts that have not been checked)

By contrast most of the better known resorts in Europe are a long way behind North America with the exception of Andorra’sd two large ski areas and Saalbach Hinterglemm in Austria, all around the 50,000 fans mark and in the world top 11. After these the most popular Facebook pages in Europe are for the top resort in Scandinavia and in Ukraine- only 10 fans apart at the time of compilation.
Of the best know resorts in Western Europe Zermatt has over 14,000 followers and La Plagne has more than 13,000 Facebook followers. St Anton has more than 12,000 followers, Courchevel 10,700 and Mayrhofen has just passed 7,000 followers, just behind St Moritz with 7,400 then Verbier has 4,646 followers.
It can also be hard to track down resorts on Facebook without a direct link to the correct page from their website. for example take you to registered nurse Chamonix Roberts, a Lady Ga Ga fan based in Salt Lake City while takes you to Arpin Bruno’s Facebook page – a large gentleman in a day glo green Borat-style unitard.
Although more than 1,000 ski resorts now have Facebook pages many have made little use of social networking, including some famous name resorts.
Twitter and YouTube are less popular and at the other end of the scale from Heavenly, Alpine Valley in Wisconsin has six followers on Twitter and has made one tweet so far in January this year.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spain, Brazil, Germany To Host X Games Events

ESPN, the leading action sports content provider, and creator of the X Games, will bring the X Games to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain beginning in 2013. Those cities will join Aspen, Colo.; Los Angeles and Tignes, France to host the X Games in an effort to expand globally. With relevance to contemporary youth around the world, this expansion is a transformation from an action sports competition brand into an action sports lifestyle brand that will highlight new locations and enhanced cultural and digital elements around the world.
ESPN conducted a formal bid process starting last May which resulted in significant interest from locations around the world that bid to host one of three new events (which join Los Angeles, Aspen and Tignes). Beginning today, local organizing committees for Foz do Iguaçu (pronounced Fawz Day Ig wah soo), Munich and Barcelona will collaborate with ESPN for the next three years to bring the premier action sports event to their cities, launching an annual, six-event X Games calendar four of which will be summer events and two winter.
"ESPN has been committed to the X Games franchise for nearly two decades and is incredibly excited for the future and this new endeavor", said John Skipper, president, ESPN and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks. "We are bringing significant focus to this expansion because we believe in the universal appeal of these sports and competitors and want to share the X Games experience with fans around the world".
Motorsports icon Travis Pastrana, who has 17 X Games medals to his name, supports ESPN's decision to expand the X Games globally. "ESPN is giving athletes the opportunity to really chase their dreams, and the X Games are the most important and biggest events ever created for our sports", motorsports icon Travis Pastrana said in a statement. "The concept of bringing them to different places around the world is awesome, and I'm excited to see what it will do for action sports".

The New Venues:

Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Action sports is an integral part to the lifestyle in Foz do Iguaçu, especially those linked to nature and water, and action sports participation is growing every year. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the city of Foz do Iguaçu, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1986 and center for environmental thought and dialogue, uniquely offers the integration of the event with nature and the concept of environmental sustainability as a true pillar. Located on the borders of Argentina and Paraguay, X Games events will be held at the Iguaçu Falls, the Itaipu Dam and the Foz Do Iguacu Convention Center.

Munich, Germany
The cosmopolitan city of Munich offers a perfect backdrop as numerous sports festivals and top-quality, major international competitions in both professional and recreational sports have been staged within and around the Bavarian capital. The sporting infrastructure already exists and will be used sustainably: The Munich Olympic Park will provide a unique area in the middle of the city with all sports venues for the X Games contained within the park.

Barcelona, Spain

The resounding success of organizing the 1992 Olympic Games contributed decisively to projecting Barcelona's sports image abroad. The organization of the Olympics improved and endowed the city with a whole series of first-class infrastructures that have since been used to host major sporting events. All X Games activities will be consolidated in Montjuïc Park's Olympic Ring area, a unique space that combines different top-level sporting facilities with spectacular views over the city.

X Games Global Expansion
The X Games events will spotlight the world's best action sports athletes in BMX, Skateboard, Moto X, and Rally Car Racing at the X Games; and Skiing, Snowboard and Snowmobile at the winter version of the X Games against the backdrop of the host city and country. Each X Games event will take on its own distinguishing character that will set it apart from the others, including the introduction of new sports and cultural elements that are drawn from the host cities themselves. In the past the X Games has successfully organized smaller action sports events, qualifiers and demonstrations in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Philippines and UAE.

5 Amazing Eco Ski Wonderlands

As published in ZME Science (May, 2012)
Skiing is about connecting with Mother Nature, unfortunately however ski resorts can have a negative effect on the environment because of the energy consumption of the chairlifts, grooming and snow-making machines. In recent years more ski resorts have begun to understand the importance of being eco friendly and protecting the environment where they can.
The Ski Club of Great Britain has a green resort guide outlining how environmentally friendly each ski resort is, from this we have chosen our top five eco friendly ski resorts which will help you to feel less guilty about the environmental impact your holiday will have. All the resorts we have picked have been ISO14001 approved which is a worldwide standard of environmental management.

Saas Fee (picture attached), Switzerland

Consistently ranked as one of the top eco friendly ski resorts in the world, Saas Fee is a typical picturesque resort with plenty of alpine charm. Like most Swiss resorts Saas Fee is car-free and it recently was awarded second place, Zermatt came first, by Transport and Environment Association for its excellent environmentally friendly transport system. There are bio chalets which have been renovated to environmental standards using sustainable materials. All of the chalets have a commitment to reducing energy use, recycling and waste management.

Kaprun, Austria
This family friendly resort prides itself on its attention to preserving the environment and has ongoing efforts to minimise the environmental impact of the resort. Kaprun uses renewable energy sources, such as solar, to power its lifts and carries out environmental works annually, including tree and grass planting by using eco friendly techniques. The resort also promotes car free days and has electro bicycles, scooters and Segways which guests can hire in addition to the re-charge stations for electro vehicles.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming (USA)Jackson Hole strives to keep its resort as eco-friendly as possible and was recently given an ‘A’ on its environmental report card. Officials of the resort have signed a cap-and-trade approach for reducing carbon emissions and its recycles around a third of its waste, additionally it recycles all of its cooking oil and uses it as fuel for one of its vehicles, something it is hoping to expand. The resort has pushed for energy efficiency and environmental stewardship and has recently purchased four-stroke skidoos which are said to be less polluting than the two-stroke machines. The resort also boasts eco-friendly accommodation, the most well-known being Hotel Terra with luxury ski chalets and catered ski chalets which combines environmentally sustainable building with a luxury ski experience.

Avoriaz, FranceCommitted to being an environmentally friendly resort since it was first built, Avoriaz is a car-free resort with the majority of its accommodation boasting ski in ski out access. However if you want transport around the resort there is the option of horse and sleigh. The roofs of the buildings are designed to retain snow which is turns acts as a heat insulator. In addition all of the trees that had to be removed for the resort to be built have subsequently been replaced. Avoriaz is also home to Europe’s first eco friendly snow park ‘The Stash’. This completely natural park uses wood, trees, dirt and rock to create its jibs and features rather than environmentally harmful metals and plastics. It was also one of the first resorts to begin using the quieter and less polluting electric skidoos.

Aspen, Colorado (USA)
Aspen has built a solar array which produces enough electricity to power 20 homes as well as also developing a small hydroelectric plant on Snowmass Mountain. Over the next eight years Aspen has committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 25 percent across 2000 levels. Aspen has also put new green building regulations in place which will apply to new buildings and has donated over a million dollars to local environment causes through its environmental foundation.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mariah Carey's concert in Ischgl

Mariah Carey hit the heights with a spectacular Top of the Mountain Concert to mark the end of the ski season at the leading Austrian resort of Ischgl. The American star sang in front of 14,000 fans, many of them skiers and snowboarders enjoying the last of the winter's snow.
Mariah Carey follows in the footsteps of a galaxy of superstars who have entertained skiers and boarders in the Austrian resort's traditional Top of the Mountain gig. Fourteen years ago, Ischgl decided to put its entire advertising and marketing budget into staging two massive concerts a year to open and close the winter season. Elton John was the first star to feature in the Tirolean resort's now famous season closing concerts, back in 1995. Since then the resort has hosted Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Sting, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Atomic Kitten, Peter Gabriel, The Corrs, Alanis Morissette, Lionel Richie, Pink, the Scissor Sisters, the Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Elton John again, Gabriella Cilmi, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Gossip, The Killers and Roxette. This season's opening concert was performed by Roxette at the end of November 2011.