Saturday, August 31, 2013

19th Mountain Film Festival in St. Anton. Day 4

Saturday , August 31st. Films:

Frauen im Aufstieg | Ingrid Runggaldier, 52 min

Life of Skizz | Alexander Scalet, ca. 15 min




Back to St. Anton | SCA Newschoolteam, ca. 25 min




7.77 | Gerrit Glomser, 30 min

Lorraine. Freeriden am Arlberg zu G-Dur | Hanno Mackowitz, ca. 10 min



Bruderliebe: Part II | Emilio Previtali & Matteo Vettorel, 5 min



Wild One - A Story of Philippe Ribiere | Jure Breceljnik, 52 min


WILD ONE movie trailer from FilmIT on Vimeo.

Friday, August 30, 2013

19th Mountain Film Festival in St. Anton. Day 3

Friday , August 30th. Films:
  • Silbergeier | Nina Caprez, Cedric Lachat & Vladimir Cellier, 18 min

  • Freundschaft auf Zeit | August Pflugfelder, 52 min

  • Vertriders: The Line | Johannes Mair, 8 min

  • Vertriders: Steep | Johannes Mair, 8 min
  • Hias Rebitsch und seine Zeitgenossen III | ca. 5 min

  • LED Surfer (Glowing Man) | Jacob Sutton, 1 min 30 sec
A Night-time Snowboarding Short Lights Up the Last of the Winter Snow


  • Dasein. Alltagsgeschichten zweier Extrem-Skifahrer | Hanno Mackowitz, 20 min
  • Iceclimbing Norway | Johannes Mair, 12 min
  • Beyond Gravity | Alexander & Bernd Zangerl, ca. 15

Thursday, August 29, 2013

19th Mountain Film Festival in St. Anton. Day 2

From August 28th to August 31st St. Anton am Arlberg will host the 19th Edition of the Mountain Film Festival. For 4 days, writer-directors, mountaineerers, climbers and mountain film friends from around the world are coming to watch the spectacular documentaries and thrilling feature-length films about the sport they all love on the giant screen arranged in the Arlberg-well.com, a modern event center for Wellness and Communications located in the heart of the village.
Since 1995 the St. Anton Film Fest has become an internationally renowned festival focusing on "Mountains, People, Adventures". The fascination of the mountain world, breathtaking landscapes and daring expeditions can be marvelled and discussed with high-profile guests. The Film Festival St. Anton presents a wide variety of this film genre: International documentaries, films about breath-taking outdoor sports, such as extreme climbing, skiing and snowboarding, paragliding, expeditions to the highest and most difficult mountains on the earth. In addition, spectacular films about living in the mountains – the Alps, Andes, and Himalayas – are presented.
It is not by chance that this famous town at the Arlberg initiated a film festival: Winter sport is legendary here and already in the 1920s mountain and skiing films were made. For example, Arnold Fanck, the pioneer of the German mountain film genre, used the unique winter scenery at the Arlberg for his spectacular films, such as "Der weiße Rausch" (White Frenzy) shot in 1931. Hannes Schneider from Stuben am Arlberg, skiing pioneer and founder of the Arlberg skiing technique, and Leni Riefenstahl featured in this film. Luis Trenker, who later became famous as a director and actor, started his acting career at the Arlberg in 1924.
The Film Festival is also famous for its unique atmosphere: Look out for numerous celebrities – filmmakers and extreme athletes – who are among the audience; the Film Festival is a meeting place for all mountain and mountain film enthusiasts. The films are skillfully presented at the film stage, and directors and protagonists answer questions and talk about their film work and their adventures.

Thursday , August 29th. Films:
  • Same Same But Different | Johannes Mair, 45 min
 The movie "Same Same But Different" follows the transformative journey of Barbara Zangerl: For many years, Barbara was known as one of the best female boulderers in the world, being one of the first females to climb the grade of 8b. At the age of 19, and at the top of her game, a serious back injury meant that Barbara's success in bouldering would come to a abrupt close. Too eager and determined to leave her beloved sport behind, Barbara began to master rope climbing. With a whole new outlook on climbing, Barbara is repeating some of the hardest alpine routes around, including "End of Silence" (Thomas Huber's 1994 classic), "Silbergeier" (by Beat Kammerlander) and "Des Kaisers neue Kleider" ("The Emporer's New Clothes" by Stefan Glowacz), which are together known as the "Trilogy" - the three top sport routes in the Alps, celebrated by climbers around the world.
"Same Same But Different" goes beyond the action, exploring Barbara's outlook, her past and her passion for climbing. After following Barbara for more than two years, the climbingdocumentation presents a collection of some of Europe's most beautiful lines and destinations, and captured some of her toughest moments and greatest achievements.


Same Same but Different - Unofficial Teaser from hannes mair on Vimeo.

  • Vertriders: Flow | Johannes Mair, 8 min
The Vertriders from Innsbruck are renowned for their extreme technical mountain biking on high alpine terrain. Not the kind of flowy trails one usually expects. What does Flow have to do with biking down extremely steep, scree-covered, treacherous terrain?
Tyrolean filmmaker Hannes Mair set out to find answers to this question in the first part of the new Vertrider Trilogy. With the help of a multirotor copter, he captured spectacular shots of the breathtaking Tyrolean mountain panorama. And while searching for answers he discovered a whole new dimension of what flow is all about...


  • Speedriding Paradise | Raphael Schläppi, 15 min






  • Melting Pot. Die Innsbrucker Kletterszene - Preview | Johannes Mair, ca. 25 min
  • Shattered | Tyler Stableford, 5 min
When you've given everything, what do you have left? After achieving his dream summit, an elite climber finds himself empty. Broken and untethered, he searches for a fulfillment more lasting than a faraway peak.
Film by Tyler Stableford, starring Steve House


SHATTERED TRAILER from Chamonix Adventure Festival on Vimeo.
  • Hias Rebitsch und seine Zeitgenossen II | ca. 5 min

  • Climbers Paradise Videocompetition - Siegerfilm, ca. 10 min
  • Tien Shan - A Kyrgyz Ski Adventure | Johannes Hoffmann, 19 min

  • Art of Canyoning | Olaf Obsommer, 8 min

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Les 3 Vallées Is Now Epic


Vail Resorts today announced an epic partnership with the largest ski area in the world, Les 3 Vallées, home to the legendary mountain resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle, France. The Epic Season Pass now features five free days of skiing and riding in Les 3 Vallées, bringing the total access to 26 world-class mountains in four countries and further enhancing the already exceptional value of the world’s greatest lift pass. Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to experience the best of Europe and the best of the USA, with access to Verbier, Switzerland; Arlberg, Austria; and now Les 3 Vallées, France, in addition to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe; and new for the 2013-2014 season, Canyons in Park City, Utah. Les 3 Vallées area lies in the heart of the French Alps and is legendary among skiers and riders around the globe, revered for its elegant charm and baroque art and architecture, boasting nine ski-in/ski-out Michelin-star restaurants and exceptional ski-in/ski-out lodging, all while maintaining its alpine character and family friendly appeal. Often voted the best location in Europe for early season snow, Les 3 Vallées has been a long-standing favorite for skiers and riders seeking a truly world-class European experience.
The Epic Pass provides unlimited skiing or riding, at $689 for adults and $359 for children (ages 5-12), at nine resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and now Eldora in Colorado and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe. New this year, the Epic Pass also comes with five free days of skiing or riding at the renowned Verbier Resort in Switzerland and an additional five free days of skiing and riding in Arlberg, Austria. No restrictions. At this spring rate, the Epic Pass pays for itself in just over five days.
Vail Resorts is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).

19th Mountain Film Festival in St. Anton. Day 1

From August 28th to August 31st St. Anton am Arlberg will host the 19th Edition of the Mountain Film Festival. For 4 days, writer-directors, mountaineerers, climbers and mountain film friends from around the world are coming to watch the spectacular documentaries and thrilling feature-length films about the sport they all love on the giant screen arranged in the Arlberg-well.com, a modern event center for Wellness and Communications located in the heart of the village.
Since 1995 the St. Anton Film Fest has become an internationally renowned festival focusing on "Mountains, People, Adventures". The fascination of the mountain world, breathtaking landscapes and daring expeditions can be marvelled and discussed with high-profile guests. The Film Festival St. Anton presents a wide variety of this film genre: International documentaries, films about breath-taking outdoor sports, such as extreme climbing, skiing and snowboarding, paragliding, expeditions to the highest and most difficult mountains on the earth. In addition, spectacular films about living in the mountains – the Alps, Andes, and Himalayas – are presented.
It is not by chance that this famous town at the Arlberg initiated a film festival: Winter sport is legendary here and already in the 1920s mountain and skiing films were made. For example, Arnold Fanck, the pioneer of the German mountain film genre, used the unique winter scenery at the Arlberg for his spectacular films, such as "Der weiße Rausch" (White Frenzy) shot in 1931. Hannes Schneider from Stuben am Arlberg, skiing pioneer and founder of the Arlberg skiing technique, and Leni Riefenstahl featured in this film. Luis Trenker, who later became famous as a director and actor, started his acting career at the Arlberg in 1924.
The Film Festival is also famous for its unique atmosphere: Look out for numerous celebrities – filmmakers and extreme athletes – who are among the audience; the Film Festival is a meeting place for all mountain and mountain film enthusiasts. The films are skillfully presented at the film stage, and directors and protagonists answer questions and talk about their film work and their adventures.


Wednesday , August 28th. Films:
  • Die Schwarze Madonna | Eduardo Gellner, 52 min


  • The Waiting Game - Climbing on Baffin Island | Matteo Vettorel, ca. 40 min
Unexplored territory, rugged terrain and polar bears. Climbing expedition team, Hansjörg Auer and Eneko & Iker Pou. The North Face/@Redbull join forces to supports the magnificent trio in the attempt to open big wall routes in unexplored Perfection Valley situated on the east coast of Baffin Island, Canada.


  • Hias Rebitsch und seine Zeitgenossen I | Filmemacher unbekannt, 5 min
  • Declaration of Immortality | Marcin Koszalka, 28 min

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Salomon Freeski TV: Season 7 Teaser

Salomon Freeski TV 7th season. After nearly 100 episodes, Salomon Freeski TV is back for it's seventh season! Starting October 8th, 2013, twelve new films will be released bi-weekly. Follow the team on new adventures all over the world including China, Norway, Switzerland, France, Canada and Chile.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Festival Programme Kicks Off Winter Games NZ 2013

The first day of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013 today also marks the start of a full programme of off-mountain events and entertainment in Queenstown and Wanaka. The Downtown Sessions festival features three cyclocross races, a seven-day Adventure Film Festival, live music from the Phoenix Foundation and Tahuna Breaks plus the chance to meet medal winners at all-weather marquees in both towns.
The two Lotto Villages are brand new central hubs where athletes and spectators can eat, drink, relax, catch some live music, watch the action on big screen TVs, win instant prizes and play Lotto games. All medal ceremonies take place downtown at the Villages giving fans the chance to meet their winter sports heroes.
Wellington band, the Phoenix Foundation plays Queenstown Memorial Centre on Saturday 17 August. They’ll be ripping into old favourites and new tracks from their latest album, Fandango. Auckland’s Tahuna Breaks return triumphant from London’s Homelanz festival to bring the Games to a stomping close at the Jucy Meltdown Concert, Lake Wanaka Centre on Sunday 25 August, the last day of competition. Tickets for both gigs are available from Ticketek or direct from the Lotto Villages.
The Winter Games NZ Adventure Film Festival presented by Auckland Airport brings together more than twenty adrenalin-pumping movies from around the world. The varied programme covers an array of adventure sports including big mountain skiing and riding, kayaking, surfing, mountain biking, climbing and even curling! There are two drive-in movies at Remarkables Park in addition to showings at Queenstown’s Reading Cinema and Memorial Centre plus Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka.
Three cyclocross races also take place as part of the Downtown Sessions. The first two (22 and 24 August) are in Wanaka, with the second including the New Zealand National Championships. The third race (25 August) takes place at Wynyard Freestyle Mountain Bike Park in Fernhill, Queenstown. Each race includes categories for kids and all-comers as well as elite riders.
Audi quattro Winter Games NZ festivals manager, Malcolm Blakey said this year’s Downtown Sessions festival was the biggest and most exciting yet.
"We’ve grown our downtown programme every time since 2009. With help from Lotto and Central Lakes Trust we’ve been able to create two fantastic hubs where anyone can enjoy a drink, watch the action on TV and get information about any aspect of the Games. You’ll also be able to buy tickets there for the Phoenix Foundation, Tahuna Breaks and the Adventure Film Festival", he said.
"With two of New Zealand’s biggest bands playing and an awesome programme of international adventure movies we’re keeping things pumping for everyone downtown as well as on the mountain".
The Lotto Villages are located at Earnslaw Park on Queenstown’s lakefront and Ardmore Street, Wanaka next to the Wanaka Hotel. The Villages open in Queenstown at 1pm today (Thursday) and in Wanaka at 10am tomorrow (Friday). They will be open until 8pm (Queenstown) and 7pm (Wanaka) for the duration of the Games.
Winter Games NZ 2013 takes place over 11-days from 15-25 August at the international resorts of Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Snow Farm, along with the Maniototo Curling International Rink. Set against the spectacular backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the Games also include a full Downtown Sessions festival programme featuring films, live music and entertainment in Queenstown and Lake Wanaka.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Brian Krill To Lead the Club Development Program at USSA

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is continuing to expand its focus on local USSA clubs being the delivery point for athlete development naming Brian Krill as Club Development Manager in its Sport Education Department. Krill has worked in education, competitive mountain athletics, and the nonprofit sector throughout his career, having served as Dean of Athletic Education at the Crested Butte Academy, Interim Director of the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation and pioneer of Peak Nonprofit Consulting, LLC. He brings a broad background and resources related to education, competitive snowsports, business, nonprofit leadership and management and fundraising to the USSA team and the new Club Development Program.The Club Development Program has been created to recognize that a well organized and managed club is the key to a successful sports experience for club members.
Along with the USSA Sport Education team, Brian has developed a strategy that focuses on three key areas of snowsports clubs: education, certification and recognition.
"The clubs are our storefront and the way children around the country first get involved", Krill said. "We work with clubs to help develop kids from the entry level all the way to Olympic competition".
For the education pillar, the focus is to teach club leaders how to build organisations that focus on long-term athlete development. It is also important to balance character education and athletic performance and maintain a professional and educated coaching staff. This will have a major impact on getting and keeping youth engaged in snowsports.
The certification pillar will give clubs a comprehensive road map of the best principles and practices to follow including organisational, programme and assessment elements. The USSA will offer clubs bronze, silver and gold certification status to recognise performance in all areas.
The final pillar will focus on recognition. With more educated and certified clubs, the USSA will concentrate on gaining more exposure for clubs.. It is within this pillar that the Bring Children to the Snow campaign and its programmes FIS SnowKidz and World Snow Day will be utilised. The USSA will actively encourage its member clubs to develop FIS SnowKidz and World Snow Day events to bring children to the snow, while gaining recognition and turn-key marketing opportunities.
USSA also has a long-standing relationship with the National Ski Areas Association’s "Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month", and are excited to work with NBC to develop the "Gold Map" project which will help drive participation in snowsports clubs during this winter’s Sochi Olympic TV coverage.
"We have hundreds of great ski and snowboard clubs in the USA", Krill said. "The creation of a club development programme will bring together all the efforts of the clubs and provide them with clear goals. When discussing the recognition pillar, we were very happy to use the FIS SnowKidz and World Snow Day programmes. They are well structured, have clear goals, offer a lot of support and, best of all, are free to join. We look forward to our clubs staging FIS SnowKidz and World Snow Day events and bring children to the snow. In fact, involvement in these programmes is considered one of our best practices!"

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding. It is the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing. Developed to facilitate participation in national and international competition, the Olympic sports organization provides structure for competitive skiing and snowboarding. From grassroots programs to governance of sport, management of rules, competitions and athletic rankings, the USSA oversees athletic pipelines for development in the sports. With a vision to make the USA the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding, the USSA provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders who share an Olympic dream while maintaining a strong adherence to core values. The USSA, established in 1905, operates out of the national training and education facility, the Center of Excellence, in Park City, UT.
Last winter the USSA undertook a self-study to determine how to partner more effectively with the USSA's 400+ clubs to deliver an optimal athlete development program and ensure Best in the World performance well beyond 2014.
The results of this study were compiled into a report and plan forward, which was adopted by the USSA Board of Directors at its May 19, 2013 meeting.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

FIS's Inspection Commission Sochi Freestyle and Snowboard Venues

Following the Olympic Results Information Service (ORIS) homologation testing of the systems in Sochi (RUS) in early July 2013, the FIS Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard staff met with experts of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee for another site inspection.
The Extreme Park in Kasnaya Polyana/Rosa Khutor, the site of the Olympic Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard competitions is now in its final preparation phaseof the six courses, with only a few fine-tuning adjustments remaining.
While the previous inspection in May 2013 focused on an extensive review of the test competitions, this time the first off-snow inspection of the finish area design took place in order to ensure all logistical expectations, between the sport, media and teams can be met during Games’ time.
"As we are running five back-to-back Snowboard events for ladies and men, another use of every meter of space is predetermined", highlighted FIS Snowboard Race Director Uwe Beier.
On the Freestyle Skiing side, which also features five events and 10 competitions, things are looking positive as well: "Our focus was clearly on the set-up of the finish area with the rights holders, mixed zones and coaches’ zones getting defined. After five years of planning and work, it is good to see the end in sight, but the last ten percent of work usually takes the most effort. We can now imagine that the setting is going to be very special for all of our competitions", underlined FIS Freestyle Skiing Coordinator Joseph Fitzgerald.
Aside from the finish area, comments and remarks from the test competitions, schedules, as well as roles and duties of National Technical Officials were reviewed in detail.
Additionally, the first traces of the Olympic spirit have been seen by the FIS representatives: "Besides the sport-related issues, it is good to see the construction dust slowly disappearing and the resort coming alive. We already saw many tourists who came up from the city enjoying their time in the mountains and in Rosa Khutor", concluded Uwe Beier.

Sochi was elected as the host city for the XXII Olympic Winter Games at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City on 4 July 2007. The Sochi 2014 Games will play host to the seven Olympic Winter sports (Skiing, Skating, Luge, Biathlon, Ice Hockey, Curling, and Bobsleigh) currently on the Olympic programme and will run from 7 to 23 February 2014.

Monday, August 5, 2013

19th Mountain Film Festival in St. Anton

 
From August 28th to August 31st St. Anton am Arlberg will host the 19th Edition of the Mountain Film Festival. For 4 days, writer-directors, mountaineerers, climbers and mountain film friends from around the world are coming to watch the spectacular documentaries and thrilling feature-length films about the sport they all love on the giant screen arranged in the Arlberg-well.com, a modern event center for Wellness and Communications located in the heart of the village.
Since 1995 the St. Anton Film Fest has become an internationally renowned festival focusing on "Mountains, People, Adventures". The fascination of the mountain world, breathtaking landscapes and daring expeditions can be marvelled and discussed with high-profile guests. The Film Festival St. Anton presents a wide variety of this film genre: International documentaries, films about breath-taking outdoor sports, such as extreme climbing, skiing and snowboarding, paragliding, expeditions to the highest and most difficult mountains on the earth. In addition, spectacular films about living in the mountains – the Alps, Andes, and Himalayas – are presented.
It is not by chance that this famous town at the Arlberg initiated a film festival: Winter sport is legendary here and already in the 1920s mountain and skiing films were made. For example, Arnold Fanck, the pioneer of the German mountain film genre, used the unique winter scenery at the Arlberg for his spectacular films, such as "Der weiße Rausch" (White Frenzy) shot in 1931. Hannes Schneider from Stuben am Arlberg, skiing pioneer and founder of the Arlberg skiing technique, and Leni Riefenstahl featured in this film. Luis Trenker, who later became famous as a director and actor, started his acting career at the Arlberg in 1924.
The Film Festival is also famous for its unique atmosphere: Look out for numerous celebrities – filmmakers and extreme athletes – who are among the audience; the Film Festival is a meeting place for all mountain and mountain film enthusiasts. The films are skillfully presented at the film stage, and directors and protagonists answer questions and talk about their film work and their adventures.


Best of the Alps continues World Snow Day partnership

For the first two editions of World Snow Day, Best of the Alps has created a series of meaningful and exciting events for some very special children and hasagreed to extend its participation for the 3rd edition in 2014.
Many of the Best of the Alps member resorts are famous locations for FIS World Cup events. Popular for their well-established infrastructure, their close links to the region in which they are located and their blend of tradition and progress, they are some of the best known winter ski destinations in Europe’s Alpine countries.
For the second edition of World Snow Day on 19th January 2013, a selected group of Best of the Alps Resorts have worked closely with the SOS Children’s Villages, BMW and ADAC (the German Automobile Association). Children from SOS Children’s villages in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria have been transported to the nearest Best of the Alps resort to enjoy a day on the snow. To ensure the children have the best time, a series of great activities were provided to help them explore, enjoy and experience the snow.
World Snow Day is the second phase of the 'Bring Children to the Snow' campaign. The first phase of the campaign, called SnowKidz, was launched in 2009. The SnowKidz project aims to encourage FIS Member National Ski Associations to promote snow sports within their country.
The concept for World Snow Day was developed by FIS in consultation with other organizations involved in snow sports, such as the National Ski Associations, their ski clubs and event organizers, ski schools, ski industry, tourism organizations, mountain lift associations and many more, in order to tackle the general decline in youth participation in snow sports. The World Snow Day aims to support and encourage involvement from children and families alike with the goal of creating a new channel to reach the younger target groups and to bring newcomers to snow whilst offering something special to those who already participate.

Best of the Alps is the European collaboration of the twelve world famous tourist destinations of the Alps - Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Davos, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grindelwald, Kitzbühel, Lech/Zürs am Arlberg, Megève, Seefeld, St. Anton am Arlberg, St. Moritz and Zermatt. Best of the Alps is the only organisation of this size at this level and has existed for more than 20 years. In 2011, FIS President Gian Franco Kasper was honoured with the Best of the Alps Award. It is an honour bestowed every year by the twelve members of Best of the Alps Classic Mountain Resorts presented to persons in recognition of their outstanding services and achievements in the spheres of sport and tourism that serve to promote and enhance the cultural, social and political life of the European Alpine region.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Powder Alliance. New Ski Pass Gives You the Key to 12 US Western Resorts


In response to the development of other multi-area pass deals, a dozen Western resorts spread across nine states have created the Powder Alliance and are offering free lift access to "anytime" passholders from member resorts.
Scott Clarkson, VP of sales and marketing for Crested Butte, said, "The Powder Alliance magnifies the value of participating areas and gives winter enthusiasts the variety, flexibility, and affordability to chase magnificent powder at some of the most well-known mountains in the country".

Here’s how it Works:
  1. Buy 2013/2014 anytime pass to any one of the ski resorts.
  2. Show pass and photo ID at season ticket window at any other participating resort.
  3. Receive three free days of wintertime fun.
The benefits? Besides getting a firsthand look at the Western states’ purple mountain majesty, pass-holders can enjoy 806 different trails, 123 lifts, 17,804 skiable acres, and 26,782 vertical feet. 
A full list of the participating resorts:

Engadin St. Moritz Selects Inntopia to power its reservation center


Inntopia is pleased to announce the premier Swiss resort of Engadin St. Moritz as its first European destination.
Booking a ski vacation at St. Moritz, Switzerland just became easier, as Engadin St. Moritz has selected Inntopia to power its reservation center. Inntopia offers a flexible system that enables reservations for everything that St. Moritz has to offer. For guests, this means that all services -from hotel and lifts to ski schools and ski rental - can be booked simply and conveniently online through the central tourism website, www.engadin.stmoritz.ch for the coming winter season.
For Engadin St. Moritz, this partnership with Inntopia is an important milestone in their efforts to offer their guests an attractive holiday booking experience from a single source. "The ability to easily and dynamically combine different services with each other was the key reason we selected the Inntopia platform", says Ariane Ehrat, CEO of Engadin St. Moritz. "Besides making the booking process easy for guests, the new technology will also simplify the internal workings of our tourism organization".
Inntopia is already widely used by top vacation destinations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The new partnership with St. Moritz represents Inntopia's first destination in the European market. "We are thrilled to add St. Moritz to the list of premier vacation destinations using Inntopia to power their reservations", says Trevor Crist, CEO of Inntopia. "Their decision validates that Inntopia's innovative reservation platform is as applicable to the European market as it is to the US, Canadian, and Australian markets".
Inntopia is the leading advanced reservation platform for the destination travel industry, powering destination resorts, ski resorts, tour operators, and travel suppliers. The Inntopia platform also gives agents access to popular activities and attractions in these same destinations. Skiing, heli-skiing, whitewater rafting, zip line treks, golf, fishing guides, and mountain biking are just some of the options available.
Travel providers manage their rates and availability directly in the Inntopia system, or connect through one of the many interfaces available. Agent commissions are processed by Inntopia as well, through their own commission clearing house.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Winter Games NZ 2013 awarded AFP Platinum Level Sanctioning

The Association of Freeski Professionals (AFP) has awarded platinum level sanctioning to the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ for both the halfpipe and slopestyle FIS Freestyle Ski World Cups it is hosting next month at Cardrona Alpine Resort.
Platinum is the AFP’s highest sanctioning level and puts the Winter Games NZ on the same ranking as the world’s premier freeski events such as Winter X Games and the WSI/AFP World Championship. Only seven out of 56 events on last season’s AFP World Tour were given platinum level sanctioning, representing only those that attracted the best athletes with the best courses and strongest judging panels.
Athletes confirmed for the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ include local brothers Jossi, Byron and Beau-James Wells, American Gus Kenworthy who pipped Jossi Wells to the AFP men’s overall world title this season, compatriot and previous Winter Games NZ gold medallist, Bobby Brown, overall third-ranked freeskier Henrik Harlaut from Sweden, Australia’s Russ Henshaw, currently ranked second in slopestyle and winner of the 2012 North Face New Zealand Freeski Open, third-ranked slopestyler James ‘Woodsy’ Woods from Great Britain, and Canadians Mike Riddle and Justin Dorey who respectively won the AFP World Championships in 2012 and 2011.
In the women’s comp, a ‘world’s best’ start list will be headed by Norwegian star, Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen who took out the overall AFP World Tour this season. She’ll take on USA’s Maddie Bowman, first in this season’s AFP Halfpipe World Ranking, and Devin Logan who won all three freeski gold medals at Winter Games NZ 2011.
Eric Zerrenner, Executive Director of the AFP said: "Winter Games NZ has a history of hosting a great event – well organised, well run, and well attended by top AFP athletes. After reviewing the Games’ sanctioning application, coupled with the successful history and positive athlete feedback of this event, it was clear to us that this is a Platinum Level AFP sanctioned event. It’s exciting to kick off the Olympic season with such a high-calibre competition".
Arthur Klap, Chief Executive of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ said it represented real progress in the development of the Games following Gold Level AFP Sanctioning for its FIS Freestyle Ski World Cups in 2011 and 2012.
"It’s a remarkable achievement to be ranked alongside the Winter X Games and other elite events by the AFP. It reinforces our status as one of the world’s top five winter sports events and means our two freeski events will be extremely valuable points-scoring opportunities for all competitors heading down under".
Winter Games NZ 2013 takes place over 11-days from 15-25 August at the international resorts of Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Snow Farm, along with the Maniototo Curling International Rink. Set against the spectacular backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the Games also include a full Downtown Sessions festival programme featuring films, live music and entertainment in Queenstown and Lake Wanaka.