Monday, September 30, 2013

12th Annual general meeting of Zermatt Bergbahnen AG

The 12th annual general meeting of Zermatt Bergbahnen AG took place on 27 September 2013 in the ICE Restaurant on Trockener Steg. Despite the generally difficult economic environment, Chairman of the Board Hans-Peter Julen was able to present shareholders with a positive business result.

Zermatt Bergbahnen AG’s summer business showed an upward trend in the 2012/13 business year. The number of first entries in summer 2012 rose by 19.5%, not least thanks to the popular Raiffeisen Bank promotion. The summer skiing area also did brisk business, with demand for training pistes outstripping availability during some summer weeks. However, according to CEO Markus Hasler there is "still potential for growth" in the summer season. The plan is to tap this potential even more effectively through improvements in the offering and more specific target-group marketing.

Although the cable car sector benefited from an ideal spread of public holidays and vacation times in the 2012/13 winter season, Zermatt Bergbahnen only managed a somewhat disappointing 1% increase in revenues from winter traffic. The impact of the unsettled weather was clearly evident in the exchange of visitors with Cervinia/Valtournenche, with 6.4% fewer visitors from Italy. However, no significant changes were registered in the overall level of first entries per day.
Despite unchanged prices and visitor numbers in the winter season, revenue from passenger traffic increased by CHF 1.01 million. Overall operating income was up 2.25% to CHF 62.48 million thanks to a rise in secondary income and lower revenue reduction on credit card business. Material costs were reduced from 22.4% to 19.9% thanks to an optimized procurement system and improved purchasing conditions, coupled with responsible usage of materials and machinery.
There was no let-up in the level of investment: in the 2012/13 business year, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG invested CHF 17.7 million in the cableway installations, pistes, the artificial snow-making system, buildings and machinery. The biggest single item of expenditure was the renewal of the Sunnegga funicular.
Thanks to improved revenues, lower operating and capital costs, and reduced leasing payments, Zermatt Bergbahnen AG increased EBITDA from 44.2% to 47.4%, while operating cash flow was up to CHF 24.3 million, rising from 35.1% to 38.9% of operating income.
"A thoroughly satisfactory result from an efficient operation", was the joint verdict of Board Chairman Peter Julen and CEO Markus Hasler.

Zermatt Bergbahnen AG was created in February 2002 through the merger of Matterhornbahnen AG, Zermatter Rothornbahn AG and Standseilbahn Zermatt-Sunnegga AG, with the sport area of the Gornergrat railway as a contribution in kind, plus the takeover of the Findeln chairlift. This created Switzerland’s largest cable car company, with 240 employees. Together with its partners in Cervinia, the company maintains and operates 360 km of slopes and 56 transport facilities.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Wonder Reels Season 2. A Video Series To Explore the Wonders of Whistler Blackcomb

Wonder. Is it a place or a state of mind? A physical space or a kind of grace? Find out on The Wonder Reels.
Are there places on the planet where wonder concentrates? Where it gathers, amasses, pools, comes in the night by the dumpload to bury yesterday's tracks? Or is it just a state of mind, a way of looking, a filter through which you see the world, wherever you may be?
We explore Whistler Blackcomb through the eyes of Whistler's lore-keepers, the time-lapse artists and the athletes, the kids who grew up here, and the mechanics who keep the place running, in an effort to find out where wonder strikes. These stories are pinned to Whistler Blackcomb's most special places for people to explore. To share. To rediscover.
Because Whistler Blackcomb is not a one-time destination you can tick off your list. It's something you have to experience. Somewhere that requires full-body immersion. Where you discover that wonder is neither an exclusive place nor a simple state of mind. It's constantly shifting. It's worth chasing. It's completely personal. And it's better when shared. Explore the wonders of Whistler Blackcomb. Claim Your Place...



Whistler Blackcomb has been named the No. 1 overall ski resort in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine. The 26th annual readers' poll ranks the top 60 North America ski resorts in SKI Magazine's Resort Guide, hitting newsstands on October 16. The survey of 20,000 SKI readers is the longest running and most comprehensive survey of its kind in the winter sports industry.
Along with being named the nº. 1 overall resort, Whistler Blackcomb ranked highly in many other individual categories, including: nº 1 overall in Terrain Variety, nº 2 overall in Service, Lodging, Apreski, Off Hill Activities, and Digital Presence.
Whistler Blackcomb also placed in the top five resorts for Challenge of Terrain, Lifts, On-Mountain Food, Dining, Scenery, Terrain Parks, and Overall Guest Satisfaction.

Vail Resorts Reports Full Year Results

Commenting on the Company's fiscal 2013 results, Rob Katz, Chief Executive Officer said, "We are very pleased with our performance this fiscal year. We reported record Resort revenue and Resort EBITDA that reflects higher overall visitation, improved pricing, increased average guest spend and strong pass sales. We generated significant real estate net cash flow driven by the increasing strength in resort real estate markets. We were successful in our acquisition strategy during fiscal 2013, completing our transaction for Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah and acquiring Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mount Brighton in Michigan. We also launched the initial activities for Epic Discovery on Vail Mountain and made continued progress in the approval process for our broader summer plans across our resorts. Finally, we increased the number of mountains available on our Epic Pass from 12 during the 2012/2013 ski season to 26 for the 2013/2014 ski season and added resorts in Austria and France, truly creating a global offering".
Katz added, "Total Mountain net revenue increased 13.2% for fiscal 2013. This was driven by a 13.6% increase in total skier visits, driving a $48.3 million, or 14.1%, increase in lift revenue compared to prior year. Lift revenue, excluding season pass revenue, increased $36.4 million, or 17.6%, and season pass revenue increased $11.9 million, or 8.8% compared to prior year. Our ancillary businesses also performed well reflecting improvements in consumer spending that resulted in higher spending per guest. Relative to prior year, fiscal 2013 dining revenue increased 18.7%, ski school revenue increased 13.0%, and retail/rental revenue increased 9.7%".

Mountain Segment Highlights:
  • Total Skier Visits for fiscal 2013 increased to 7.0 million, from 6.1 million in fiscal 2012, a 13.6% increase.
  • Lift revenue excluding the Acquisitions and excluding season pass holders, increased $26.4 million in fiscal 2013, or 12.8%, compared to the prior fiscal year.
  • Effective Ticket Price ("ETP") excluding season pass holders, and excluding the Acquisitions, increased $4.94 in fiscal 2013, or 6.7% over the prior fiscal year.
  • Mountain Reported EBITDA for fiscal 2013 increased $29.8 million, or 15.0% to $228.7 million compared to the prior fiscal year. Excluding the Acquisitions, Mountain Reported EBITDA for fiscal 2013 increased $32.7 million or 16.5% over the prior fiscal year.
  • Mountain Reported EBITDA includes $9.0 million and $7.6 million of stock-based compensation expense for fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012, respectively.
Regarding Lodging, Katz said, "Our Lodging segment benefited from improved summer visitation and increased winter demand during peak holiday periods at our resorts. Total Lodging net revenue (excluding payroll cost reimbursements) for fiscal 2013 increased $12.2 million, or 6.5%, to $200.1 million, as compared to the prior fiscal year. Our owned hotels and managed condominiums, excluding Canyons, benefited from improved Average Daily Rate ("ADR") and revenue per available room ("RevPAR"), which increased 1.7% and 6.4%, respectively".

Lodging Segment Highlights:
  • Lodging segment net revenue was $211.0 million for fiscal 2013 compared to $210.6 million for the prior fiscal year, a 0.2% increase. Excluding payroll cost reimbursements related to managed hotel properties, total Lodging revenues increased 6.5% over the prior fiscal year.
  • For fiscal 2013, ADR increased 1.7% and RevPAR increased 6.4% at the Company's owned hotels and managed condominiums, excluding Canyons, compared to the prior fiscal year.
  • Lodging Reported EBITDA increased 91.4% to $12.2 million for fiscal 2013 compared to the prior fiscal year. Excluding Canyons contribution, Lodging Reported EBITDA was $11.4 million for fiscal 2013.
  • Lodging Reported EBITDA includes $1.9 million and $1.7 million of stock-based compensation expense for fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2012, respectively.
Resort — Combination of Mountain and Lodging Segments:
  • Resort net revenue was $1,078.5 million for fiscal 2013, up 10.4% compared to the prior fiscal year. Excluding the Acquisitions, Resort net revenue increased 7.0% to $1,045.5 million in fiscal 2013.
  • Resort Reported EBITDA increased 17.3% to $240.9 million for fiscal 2013, compared to the prior fiscal year. Excluding the Acquisitions, Resort Reported EBITDA increased 18.4% to $242.9 million.
Turning to our real estate business, Katz commented, "We are very pleased with the increased level of sales activity at both of our development projects. For fiscal 2013, we closed on twelve One Ski Hill Place units and ten Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail units. Additionally, during fiscal 2013 we closed on the sale of 2.1 acres of land at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort's Peak 8 for $11.1 million and recognized a gain on the sale of $6.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. Net Real Estate Cash Flow for fiscal 2013 was $27.5 million, exceeding our revised guidance of $23 million to $27 million issued in June 2013".
Katz continued, "Our balance sheet continues to be very strong. We ended the quarter with $138.6 million of cash on hand, an increase of $92.6 million from July 31, 2012, and no borrowings under the revolver of our senior credit facility. Our Net Debt was 2.8 times trailing twelve months Total Reported EBITDA which includes $306.3 million of capitalized long-term obligations associated with the Canyons transaction. I am also very pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on Vail Resorts' common stock. The quarterly dividend will be .2075 per share of common stock and will be payable on October 24, 2013 to shareholders of record on October 9, 2013".

Commenting on the Company's season pass sales for the upcoming 2013/2014 ski season, Katz said, "We are extremely pleased that our season pass sales for the upcoming 2013/2014 ski season continue to show strong growth and demonstrate the compelling value proposition of our season pass products to our loyal guests. Through September 22, 2013, season pass sales increased approximately 19% in units and approximately 23% in sales dollars, as compared to the prior year period through September 23, 2012. These growth rates are consistent with the growth rates we reported in Spring 2013 and exceeded our expectations. Since announcing the Canyons transaction in late May 2013, we have seen a material acceleration in pass sales in the Tahoe and Utah markets as well as in our destination markets. Our Minneapolis and Detroit markets continue to show growth rates well in excess of our overall results and we continue to see strong performance in Colorado as well. We believe this will be a strong overall year for pass sales, though we expect the final growth rates for the full selling season to be materially lower than where we are through September, as we know a portion of the significant increase in sales to date is due to pass holders who purchased last fall buying passes earlier in the year".
Turning to guidance for fiscal 2014, Katz commented, "We are excited about the upcoming ski season and expect to build upon the positive momentum from fiscal 2013 with several new initiatives in fiscal 2014 that we hope will continue to elevate the guest experience and financial results at our resorts. As always, our visibility into the upcoming ski season is limited at this point in time. Our guidance for fiscal 2014 anticipates normal weather conditions and a continuation of the current economic environment. Based on our current estimates, our fiscal 2014 guidance range anticipates Resort Reported EBITDA of between $280.0 million and $295.0 million, including approximately $11.9 million of non-cash stock based compensation expense. We expect that Canyons EBITDA, including its impact on our overall season pass sales and excluding non-recurring integration and litigation related expenses, will modestly exceed our prior guidance for its first full year of operations. We anticipate that integration and litigation related expenses in fiscal 2014, which are included in our Resort Reported EBITDA guidance, will be approximately $7.2 million, including an estimated $5.0 million in fees associated with the Park City Mountain Resort litigation. As we continue to focus on driving profitable growth, we expect to increase our Resort EBITDA Margin (defined as Resort Reported EBITDA divided by Resort net revenue) by approximately 0.7 percentage points to 23.0% in fiscal 2014 at the midpoint of our guidance range. Our Real Estate segment results are impacted in any given year by the timing and mix of real estate sold and closed. For fiscal 2014, we are estimating Real Estate Reported EBITDA of negative $14.0 million to negative $8.0 million, including approximately $1.7 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense. We expect Net Real Estate Cash Flow of $15.0 million to $25.0 million (including proceeds from recovery of previously incurred project costs and after any additional investments made into the projects). Net income attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. is expected to be in a range of $37.0 million to $55.0 million for fiscal 2014".
Regarding advance Lodging bookings, Katz said, "Although it is still early in the cycle (less than 15% of winter season bookings are historically made by this time), we are pleased that at this point bookings are up in both room nights and revenue over the prior year". 
In conclusion, Katz said, "fiscal 2014 will be an exciting year for Vail Resorts. We are integrating Canyons Resort, Afton Alps and Mount Brighton into our pass products, marketing efforts and operations. The opening of Peak 6 at Breckenridge, Chair 4 at Vail and the new Red Tail on-mountain restaurant at Beaver Creek will be important drivers of growth for these critical resorts in Colorado. And we will continue to build and open more summer activities over the course of the fiscal year as part of our Epic Discovery program across our resorts. We look forward to welcoming our guests to enjoy all of our resorts and lodging properties along with our new offerings over the coming year".

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).

Thursday, September 19, 2013

First FIS Ski World Cup Opening 2013 Telemark on the Hintertux Glacier

For the very first time, the First FIS Ski World Cup Opening 2013 with the newly revived FIS discipline of Telemark skiing will be staged at the Tux-Finkenberg sports region, which features Austria’s only all-year skiing resort, the Hintertux Glacier. From the 28.11. – 01.12.2013, top skiers will demonstrate their Telemark skills on the slopes of the Hintertux Glacier. The Telemark experts give the Tux-Finkenberg tourist trade an important stimulus.
The organising committee looks especially forward to welcoming a considerable line-up of around 120 competing athletes from 14 nations.
The special thing about Telemark racing is that it combines the various Nordic disciplines with one another. In addition to the downhill run, the athletes also have to master a jump and land in a classical Telemark stance. The racers have to negotiate a loop (360° banked curve) and then overcome a skating passage until they finally cross the finishing line. The riding style is an important point-awarding factor, but the racers also need to ensure that they achieve or exceed the specified minimum jumping distance and that they don’t forget to perform the Telemark stance, otherwise they will suffer second penalties. This ensures that the races are both entertaining and exciting, from the start to the finish.
The realisation of the First FIS Ski World Cup Opening 2013 Telemark on the Hintertux Glacier lies in the experienced hands of the "Wintersportverein Hippach", the Hintertux Glacier and the Tux-Finkenberg Tourist Board. Two different disciplines (a Sprint competition and a Parallel Sprint competition) are held over three days of racing. A total of approx. 150 voluntary helpers will be on duty at the First FIS Ski World Cup Opening 2013 Telemark.

The Programme:

Thursday, 28.11.2013. Ceremonial Opening in Tux-Lanersbach

Friday, 29.11.2013. Sprint Competition on the Hintertux Glacier

Saturday, 30.11.2013. Parallel Sprint Competition on the Hintertux Glacier
Award Ceremony at the Medal Plaza in Tux-Lanersbach

Sunday, 01.12.2013. Parallel Sprint Competition on the Hintertux Glacier

Numerous events within the region ensure that lots of entertainment is provided between the competitions: on Thursday, 28.11.2013, the Ceremonial Opening takes place in Tux-Lanersbach with numerous highlights, on Friday, 29.11.2013, the athletes are given active Telemark support by the Freeheeler European Opening in Lanersbach with the "Freeheeler Movie-night" at the Medal Plaza and the "Guitar Night" by the Schwindelfrei cultural initiative at the Tux-Center, on Saturday, 30.11.2013, the FIS SKI WORLD CUP OPENING 2013 TELEMARK Award Ceremony is held at the Medal Plaza and the "Freeheeler Winners’ Party" is held in the Kleine Tenne in Lanersbach.
By the way, anyone who wants to try out the new, old sport can hire the necessary equipment at the "Freeheeler" Telemark Testival Site on the Hintertux Glacier and immediately take part in a Telemark workshop.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

SAAC - Snow & Alpine Awareness Camps 2013/2014

The SAAC concept foth the prevention of accidents in alpine terrain has proven to be very successful and turns 16 this winter. Since the founding in 1998 the SAAC snow and avalanche awareness camps stayed close to their philosophy to provide knowledge about avalanche fro free and easy to understand. The certified mountain guide Klaus Kranebitter and the former snowboard pro Flow Daniaux were the one who had the idea for the camps. Andreas Rauter of RED was the first sponsor to make it possible.
The "non participation fee philosophy" goes through to this day. The skiers and snowboarders only have to pay for their ski pass which they get for a special low price. The camp also includes rental emergency gear (receiver, probe and shovel) for free. No wonder that each year at the start of the winter season people virtually line up to register for a camp. Thousands of snow enthusiasts want to be one of the 50 skiers or snowboarders per camp and be part. Even though SAAC meanwhile provides 25 camps in Austria, in Tyrol, in Vorarlberg, in Salzburg, in Carinthia and in South Tyrol, it doesn't seem to be enough. Each winter skiers and snowboarders have to be asked to try again the following season because all camps are full at an early time in the season. SAAC has shown that alpine awareness has changed in the past years. More and more young people but also advanced skiers and snowboarders want to be informed and profit from offers like SAAC.
From the beginning on, the goal of SAAC was to give the participants of the camps a basic knowledge about avalanches and the risks in the alpine territory and make them especially aware of the risks in the areas around ski resorts, where many skiers and boarders by mistake feel safe due to the nearby civilization.
Flow Daniaux had the connections to the snowboard industry. The partners from the industry were a grat support financially and mentally. This was also a reason why the camps intially focused on snowboarders, but skiers were always welcome. In the lase seasonsn SAAC tried to animate more skiers to participate. Flow as a freerider and Klaus as a mountain guide made the connection between the cracks of the snowboard scene and the off-piste-skiers with their image of being full bearded alpinists. In 1999 Bezi Freinademetz formed the legal background of SAAC and founded the association "snowboarders for saftey Tirol".
SAAC also tried to create another image for the young snowboarders, who so far had a bad reputation. Due to the close cooperation with the freeriding community SAAC became and "in" institution and avalanche education "cool".
There are many reasons for the importance of SAAC - the snow & avalanche awareness camps - for example to acquire or freshen up one's know-how and to check one's individual level of knowledge. Furthermore, the camps have developed into a meeting point for freeride fans from all over Europe that come together in order to enjoy the powder. And a unique powder experience is enjoyed best if you are well prepared.
With their education and experience the SAAC-guides know exactly what's going on in the backcountry and they show and explain how to react correctly in particular situations. For instance, checking your emergency equipement, analyzing avalanche reports and never going alone are some very important rules you have to be aware even before you start a backcountry tour. Once in the off-piste terrain, you have to make rational decisions and use your brain to assess aspects like snow conditions and the inclination of the slope.
A week-end at the SAAC-Camp will certainly not make you a backcountry pro - for that you need more education and years of experience. Participating in the SAACnd Step Camp is already a second step, as you learn how to oraganize tours on your own in order to explore new territories. You will always be accompanied ba a registered mountain guide who will give good advice. The focus of these camps that last three of five days is to gain more knowledge, personal responsibility and, of course, enjoyable freeriding.

SAAC basic camps
The SAAC basic camps are a two-day-course of basic knowlege about avalanches and the risks off-piste. In these two days the SAAC guides -all of them certified- inform about the dangers and how to behave in the backcountry. The SAAC basic camps start with a 3-hour-theoretical part on the first day. On the second day the participants divide into small groups of ten people with a guide for each group and go out into the backcountry.

Participants at all SAACs have to be at least 14 years old and be able to ski or board off-piste. Attention: This is not a skiing or snowboarding lesson but an avalanche course. Per camp 50 people are allowed to participate.

Theoretical part (1st day)

Topcis:
- Equipment
- Types of avalanches
- Weather
- Terrain
- European danger scale
- Group dynamics

What to bring:
- About 3 hours of time

Practical part (2nd day)

Topics:
- how to get a weather report
- how to get an avalanche report
- risk management
- terrain check
- danger check
- risk judgement
- how to behave off-piste
- how to use emergency gear
- what to do in case of an emergency
- how to help somebody entomed

What to bring:
- your snowboarding or skiing gear
- a backpack to carry shovel and probe

Liftpass
You can get a liftpass for the practical part at a lower rate at the time of registration. Please state immeadiatly at registration if you need a liftpass or if you already have one. Liftpasses habe to be paid at registration.

Registration
Follow the link and choos a date and location that fits you. At the end of each camp-site you'll find the "Anmeldung"-button. click to register

Language
The camps are normally held in German. Some of the camps will be held in German and English. Please contact our office at office@saac.at. More information and camp dates here

Beginning the 15th of October. all SAAC dates of the season are online available and registration is open. As SAAC has experienced a big crowd of interested people in the past years on the beginning of registration, nowadays on e has to apply for participation rather than just register. This comes from many skiers and snowboarders wanting to participate each season again and again and leaving many others who never had the chance to be at an SAAC in the long line behind. Therefore SAAC assigns people who have applied to a camp which still has capacity. People can then decide if they want to participate or not. There's no second chance and many others waiting of a free spot.

SAAC Basic Campcalender per 9th September 2013
- Stubaier glacier I: 16th/17th November 2013
- Pitztaler glacier: 30th Nov./1st December 2013
- Kühtai: 07th/08th December 2013
- Warth-Schröcken I: 14th/15th December 2013
- St. Anton am Arlberg: 14th/15th December 2013
- Hochfügen I: 21st/22nd December 2013
- Axamer Lizum I: 21st/22nd December 2013
- Westendorf: 11th/12th January 2014
- Warth-Schröcken II: 11th/12th January 2014
- Wildschönau: 18th/19th January 2014
- Hoch-Imst: 18th/19th January 2014
- Nauders: 25th/26th January 2014
- Füssener Jöchle Grän I: 25th/26th January 2014
- Warth-Schröcken III: 1st/2nd February 2014
- Annaberg: 8th/9th February 2014
- Schnalstaler glacier I: 15th/16th February 2014
- Füssener Jöchle Grän II: 22nd/23rd February 2014
- Mayrhofen: 1st/2nd March 2014
- Nebelhorn: date to be announced
- Axamer Lizum II: 1st/2nd March 2014
- Galtür: 15th/16th March 2014
- Kleinarl-Flachauwinkl: 21st/22nd March 2014
- Warth-Schröcken IV: 22nd/23rd March 2014
- Hochfügen II: 5th/6th April 2014
- Obertauern: date to be announced
- Stubaier Gletscher II: 26th/27th April 2014
- Obergurgl-Hochgurgl: date to be announced

Friday, September 6, 2013

Crans-Montana Tourism Launches its Winter Season 2013/14 Deal at the Omega European Masters

The Omega European Masters 2013 provides the perfect opportunity for Crans-Montana Tourism to launch the promotion of its Winter Season 2013/14, and an exceptional offer made possible thanks to the hoteliers in the resort and the Crans-Montana-Aminona (CMA) ski lift company.
The offer, destined to revitalise the end of the 2013-2014 winter season, has been named «Free ski pass under your pillow ».
It is designed as an invitation to book a stay in one of the partner hotels, and receive a free ski pass as a gift. The offer is valid from 17 March until 27 April 2014 , for all stays in one of the partner hotels. One night stay/client = one free day ski pass. Subject to the ski area being open.
25 hoteliers are taking part: Aïda, Alpina, Art-de-Vivre, Bella-Lui, Belmont, Central, Crans-Sapins, Eldorado, Elite, Etrier, Guarda Golf, Grand Hôtel du Golf & Palace, Helvetia-Intergolf, Hostellerie du Pas-de-L’Ours, Hôtel du Parc, Lac et Lago Lodge, La Forêt, La Prairie, Le Crans, Le Green, Le Splendide, Mont-Paisible, Olympic, Royal et Valaisia.

The CMT Marketing team, with support from the partner hotels and the CMA, will be taking advantage of the Omega European Masters to preview the offer.
Visible in the Village at the Open, with a cable car from the Violettes-Plaine Morte line in the colours of the CMA, the team will be promoting the offer, whilst organising a big photo competition. A way to reach thousands of visitors at the Omega European Masters…

Entry conditions for the competition. The principle is simple: take a photo of yourself in an original way on our stand and send us the photo by email at concours@crans-montana.ch (with surname, first name, postal address and telephone number). These photos will be published on the same day on the Crans-Montana Tourism Facebook page / Album « Concours Omega ». Every evening between 5th and 9th September, 3 winners will be chosen and they’ll receive nights in hotels and ski passes for the 2013-2014 winter season in Crans-Montana.

Perched on a sunny high plateau in the heart of the Alps, Crans-Montana offers visitors unsurpassed comfort and magnificent views over the Alps. These extraordinary surroundings serve as a backdrop to our four golf courses. Come winter, our 140 km ski area is enough to satisfy any ski or snowboard fan. It is no coincidence that events as prestigious as the Omega European Masters of Golf, World Cup Skiing and the Caprices Electro-Rock-Pop Festival have chosen Crans-Montana as the place to entertain their guests.