Wednesday, October 30, 2013

100 Days to Go until Sochi 2014

At 20:14 on 29th October, the OMEGA countdown clocks, located in nine Russian cities, struck 100 days to go until the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. It started the final countdown to Russia’s first Olympic Winter Games. The symbolic date was celebrated with activities throughout Russia, including the installation of Olympic Ring displays in Sochi, Ryazan, New Urengoy, Salekhard and Kaluga; Olympic classes in Moscow and other cities around the country; as well as a Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay celebration in Kaliningrad.
As part of the festivities, the official Sochi 2014 uniform for volunteers and staff, provided by Games Partner BOSCO, , was unveiled. During the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the colourful uniform will be worn by over 40,000 Sochi 2014 Organising Committee employees and volunteers. The main design element of the uniform is Sochi 2014’s «patchwork quilt» design from its visual identity, which represents the different regions of Russia.
The President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, noted: "In 100 days, Sochi 2014 employees and volunteers will proudly wear the official Sochi 2014 uniform created by Sochi 2014 General Partner, Bosco. This colourful outfit will become another striking symbol of the Sochi 2014 Games. We are extremely proud that the Sochi 2014 workforce will wear this uniform and that it will contribute to the spirit of celebration around our Games".
"With 100 days to go before the start of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi we are ready. The Olympic spirit is sweeping across the country and city, and the Olympic venues await their guests. We are in the home stretch, as the athletes complete their training; volunteers from across the country are preparing to come to Sochi; and the staff of the Organising Committee are working hard and taking history’s longest national Olympic Torch Relay to the people of Russia. We are all hugely excited about welcoming the world to Sochi and are looking forward to that special moment on February 7, 2014, when the Olympic cauldron will be lit at the Fisht Olympic stadium, signaling the start of Russia’s first Olympic Winter Games".

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.

Epic TV: So Freaking Extreme, Ep. 8. Ski October

When it snows in October in Chamonix, people go skiing. Three days playing around on the Aiguille du Midi with Damien Deschamps and Sami Haapasalmi. The party is about to start.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

IOC President Thomas Bach Visits Sochi 2014 Olympic Venues

On his first official visit to Sochi as IOC President, Thomas Bach has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other dignitaries to discuss preparations for the XXII Olympic Winter Games next February and inspect the sites first-hand, with only 100 days to go until the Opening Ceremony.
This morning, President Bach visited the Athletes’ Village, Main Media Centre and Fisht Olympic Stadium in the Coastal Cluster, before heading to the Mountain Cluster in the afternoon.
"With only 100 days to go, the Sochi 2014 venues look impressive, and I am confident that the athletes competing this February will be delighted with them", said President Bach. "They have already been fully tested over the past two winter seasons, and once filled with sports fans from around the world, I’m confident that the Olympians of 2014 will be able to go home with some unforgettable memories".
On Monday, President Putin and President Bach officially opened the Adler railway terminal, which will be the main artery linking the two clusters of sports venues during the Games, handling an estimated 15,000 passengers per hour.
In addition, President Bach also met with the staff and volunteers of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee. On Wednesday, President Bach is scheduled to open the 10th IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment, taking place in Sochi from 30 October to 1 November.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will take place between February 7, 2014 and February 23, 2014 encapsulating 17 days of competitions. 98 events will be held in seven Olympic Winter sports (Skiing, Skating, Luge, Biathlon, Ice Hockey, Curling, and Bobsleigh).
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.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sölden 2013. Facts and Numbers

Skiworldcup Opening 2013 - facts and numbers:
  • 20.000 overnight stays (Fri-Sun)
  • 12.000 visitors on Saturday / 15.000 visitors on Sunday (new record!!!)
  • 24 TV stations
  • 18 radio stations
  • 77 photographers
  • 171 print-journalist
 


The FIS Audi World Cup tour moves onto to the Northern edge of Europe when it makes its next stop in Levi, Finland for a Ladies’ and Men’s slalom on November 16 and 17.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ted Ligety Wins World Cup Opening GS in Sölden

Ted Ligety picked up the 2013/14 FIS Audi World Cup season right where he left off last season with a victory in today’s Giant Slalom Race at the Season Opener in Sölden. Ligety came out ahead of Alex Pinturault (FRA) by 0.79 seconds. Rounding out the podium was Austria's Marcel Hirscher, who finished 1.02 seconds off the pace. It was the third straight victory for Ligety at the Sölden Season Opener.
It was Ligety’s ninth-straight podium finish in giant slalom and his 31st career giant slalom podium. He is now tied with Italian superstar Alberto Tomba for Giant Slalom podiums, ranking fourth among all skiers.
"I’m super psyched to win this today (..) It wasn’t easy conditions on the second run it was dark and bumpy, but any day you win it’s a good day, so I can’t complain”, said Ligety.
The top three finishers also sat atop the standings after the first run and hung on to their positions through the windy second run.  
Ligety won the last two Giant Slaloms of the last season, but many were unsure if the rest of the field would close the gap on the American star as more skiers adapt to the ‘new’ equipment regulations. Ligety silenced those naysayers already in the first run when he laid down the fastest time of the morning as the third racer down and took nearly a one-second advantage into the second run.
"I hope to be able to have a season close to what I had last year", Ligety said. "But repeating what I did last year in giant slalom is going to be difficult. A lot of people will have figured out the skis a little bit more over the summer and I don’t expect to be winning the races by the same margins. But hopefully I can still keep the consistency of my skiing".
For Pinturault, it was the second time that he finished second place in Sölden. At age 22, the French sensation is already making a name for himself in the giant slalom with seven career World Cup Giant Slalom podiums.
Austrian Marcel Hirscher had hoped to give the home crowd reason to celebrate, but like runner-up Kathrin Zettel in yesterday’s ladies’ race, he got a place on the podium, but missed the top step. Nevertheless, two podium places on the weekend for the Austrians was a good result for the hosts.
"People expect me to be on the podium every time", Hirscher said. "But it's not all that easy. I'm not a machine and at this time of the year the pressure is always really high. It's very good to be standing here today and I hope I can continue in this direction".

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Lara Gut Wins World Cup Opening GS in Sölden

Switzerland’s Lara Gut had a perfect start to the 2013/14 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season on the Rettenbach Glacier claiming the top spot on the podium after beating the field by a 0,84 margin. It was near-perfect conditions on the glacier for the race with blue skies and a firm slope after a good overnight freeze.
It was the first Giant Slalom win for the 22-year-old Swiss and the first-ever podium for her at the season-opening Sölden Race. Gut laid down the best time in the first run with 0,77 advantage. In the second run, Gut built on her lead an ultimately finished ahead of Austria’s Katherin Zettel by 0,84 seconds. Finishing in third place was Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg 1.28 seconds off the winning pace.
The winner of the day confessed it was a nice surprise to her. "It’s the first race of the season and there’s already a win, it’s amazing. I’m pretty happy to bring a giant slalom victory back to Switzerland. It’s a really nice feeling (...). In the first run I was trying to ski clean and push it to the limits although the snow was pretty aggressive", she added. "In the second run I just thought about skiing fast and didn’t think about what could happen. It is really nice that I am finally back on what I can do in GS. That is great!".
While second-place likely wasn’t Zettel’s dream finish, there was a silver lining to the day for the Austrian. She now holds the record for most podium finishes in Sölden, with five. It was also her 20th total career World Cup podium in the Giant Slalom.
"It's a big podium here and quite a good beginning to the season", said Zettel after the race. "I felt confident before the race and I hoped to get a podium after a good summer of training in New Zealand". 
Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg DNFed a year ago and took revenge today. He claimed the 3rd position was a really good result.
"I didn't have really any expectations before the race, I just wanted to ski well and have good feelings", Rebensburg said at the press conference. "I know now where I am standing and that is very positive. The way we worked this past summer was good".

Friday, October 25, 2013

Teaser FIS Alpine World Cup 2013/14 - Highlights

Finally this year highlights from most (Austrian races will not be available on YouTube) of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races will be made available by Infront on the official FIS YouTube channels. After each World Cup, a three minute clip will be uploaded to YouTube within six hours after the end of each race free of charge to fans around the world.



The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of Alpine Skiing competitions staged annually. It is considered the premier competition in alpine ski racing together with the quadrennial Olympic Winter Games and the biennial FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Some experts event consider winning the World Cup to be athletically a more valuable title than winning gold at the Olympic Winter Games or the World Championships, since it requires a competitor to ski at an extremely high level in several events throughout the season, and not just in one race. Today, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup races are held primarily at famous ski resorts in the European Alps, along with regular stops in Scandinavia, North America, and Far East Asia. Competitors attempt to score a maximum of points during the season in five events: slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and super combined. The fifth event, super-combined, was introduced in 2005 and generally consists of a shorter downhill race and a one-run slalom. Sometimes the downhill is replaced by a super-G. Alpine was added to the Olympic winter schedule in 1936.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

W Hotels Worldwide Unveils Innovative Design Concept At W Verbier

As published in Hospitalitynet (24 october 2013)

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. will make its debut in Switzerland on 1st December 2013 with the opening of W Verbier and The Residences at W Verbier. Owned by Les Trois Rocs, the W brand’s first alpine and ski retreat is ideally situated at the foot of the slopes beside the Médran gondola. Featuring four traditional wooden chalet-style buildings, each connected by a contemporary glass atrium, the retreat will offer global jetsetters and Verbier enthusiasts immediate ski-in, ski-out access to all of the exciting alpine action.
Award-winning Dutch design agency Concrete Architectural Associates has created a design ethos for W Verbier inspired by the dynamic carve of the ski through the snow. Introducing a completely new concept to Switzerland and Verbier – one of the world’s hottest ski destinations – W Verbier’s innovative interiors will juxtapose New York’s urban cool against traditional Swiss design and the stunning mountainscape. The design also brings to life the energy of the alpine sporting world, whose presence is so strongly felt in Verbier, with the interiors allowing guests to carve their own trail of experiences through the hotel.
"Bringing the W brand to Verbier, one of Europe’s most stunning and vibrant alpine resorts, will mark a true milestone in the global expansion of W Hotels into the world’s most exciting destinations", said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection. "At W Verbier, alpine enthusiasts and global jetsetters will experience the brand’s unique lifestyle programming and cutting-edge design amidst a jaw-dropping mountain backdrop".
"For the first W alpine retreat, we wanted to provide guests with an unforgettable experience using interiors that complement the breathtaking scenery surrounding the hotel", said Rob Wagemans, founder and creative director, Concrete Architectural Associates. "Our design introduces smooth lines that carve through the spaces with contrasting materials reflecting the simplicity, beauty and energy of Verbier and the contemporary cool of New York".

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Alpine Ski World Cup starts next Weekend in Sölden

Next weekend (26-27 October) Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again hosts the ultimate FIS Ski World Cup Races.
From 1993 to 2013 - 20 years Skiworldcup Opening in Sölden!
On Saturday the FIS World Cup opens with the Women’s Giant Slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden.

Skiworldcup Opening 2013 in numbers:
  • 73 female racers from 17 nations
  • 92 male racers from 23 nations
  • In total there are 26 nations participating
  • ca. 20,000 visitors including 28 fan clubs with ca. 1,200 members.
  • Around 1,000 people are working the steep slope has a compact snow of about 2.30 m
Programme:

26.10.2013 Women's Giant Slalom
27.10.2013 Men's Giant Slalom

On Friday the FIS Forum Alpinum – the Information Session for Ski Journalists – will take place in the Freizeit Arena in Sölden. At 6:30 pm, the Krone World Cup Party will be held in the Postplatz square in Sölden village center.
Sölden is a municipality located in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria. With tourist bed nights running at over two million per year, the municipality is second only to Vienna as an Austrian tourist destination. The main village of Sölden is located at 1,368 meters above sea level. The highest peak is the Wildspitze which is at 3,768 meters the second highest mountain in Austria after the Grossglockner. Sölden is a very popular ski resort.
The first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup race of the year traditionally takes place on the slope located on the Rettenbach glacier, a high-quality icy track with the starting gate situated over 3,000 meters in altitude.
Sölden offers the marvelous BIG 3, Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts or gondolas. From November trough May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) and the modern snowmaking system (covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m) snow is guaranteed in Sölden.








Sunday, October 20, 2013

Zermatt. No matter what TV Spot Winter Story (3)



Close to heaven in the mountains of Zermatt (Valais, Switzerland) there are some amazing prospects awaiting you. Over 400 kilometres of hiking trails will lead you through an enchanting world of nature. Enjoy the sun, the crystal-clear air and breathtaking mountain panorama with friends and family. Treat yourself to culinary highlights in the world's finest mountain restaurants and savour the friendly atmosphere, style and sophistication of your stay at the foot of the Matterhorn. Fancy some summer skiing? The best skiing area in the Alps welcomes snow sports enthusiasts 365 days of the year! Experience an idyll at the heart of nature, an unforgettable time you will be talking about for years to come. Treat yourself to some unique moments today.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Zermatt. No matter what TV Spot Winter Story (2)



Close to heaven in the mountains of Zermatt (Valais, Switzerland) there are some amazing prospects awaiting you. Over 400 kilometres of hiking trails will lead you through an enchanting world of nature. Enjoy the sun, the crystal-clear air and breathtaking mountain panorama with friends and family. Treat yourself to culinary highlights in the world's finest mountain restaurants and savour the friendly atmosphere, style and sophistication of your stay at the foot of the Matterhorn. Fancy some summer skiing? The best skiing area in the Alps welcomes snow sports enthusiasts 365 days of the year! Experience an idyll at the heart of nature, an unforgettable time you will be talking about for years to come. Treat yourself to some unique moments today.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Zermatt. No matter what TV Spot Winter Story (1)



Close to heaven in the mountains of Zermatt (Valais, Switzerland) there are some amazing prospects awaiting you. Over 400 kilometres of hiking trails will lead you through an enchanting world of nature. Enjoy the sun, the crystal-clear air and breathtaking mountain panorama with friends and family. Treat yourself to culinary highlights in the world's finest mountain restaurants and savour the friendly atmosphere, style and sophistication of your stay at the foot of the Matterhorn. Fancy some summer skiing? The best skiing area in the Alps welcomes snow sports enthusiasts 365 days of the year! Experience an idyll at the heart of nature, an unforgettable time you will be talking about for years to come. Treat yourself to some unique moments today.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Vail Resorts Launches Re-Imagined Epic Life Magazine

Vail Resorts today unveiled its newly redesigned Epic Life Magazine for the 2013-2014 winter season, which features compelling feature stories and photography about the Company’s world-class resorts and the athletes, fashion, food and gear associated with the mountain lifestyle. Two-time gold medalist and snowboarding legend Shaun White graces the cover and reveals a different side of himself in his quest for a three-peat in halfpipe in Sochi 2014, and his thoughts about and approach to the games as an underdog in its first-ever slopestyle competition.
"We hope our guests find inspiration on each page of the new Epic Life magazine and that the stories about and spectacular imagery of our iconic resorts and the mountain lifestyle excite them for the upcoming winter season", said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.
The feature stories and articles are written by some of the most prolific ski and travel writers in the industry today who possess such prestigious credentials as the New York Times, Sunday London Times, Outside, Condé Nast Traveler, Forbes and USA Today. Epic Life is brought to life by brilliant photography that captures the unique personalities and iconic locations of each mountain resort as well as the people, food and other activities that make each destination so special. Lauded as American Photo’s "100 Most Important People in Photography", Los Angeles-based photographer Art Streiber shot Shaun White for the cover story. Photographer Jody Horton, whose work has appeared in magazines such as Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and Esquire, captured the lively après-scene and food at Northstar in the Meze Fare feature. Acclaimed local snow sports photographers Jack Affleck, Nate Zeman, Chris Miller and Greg Von Doersten contribute their unique perspectives on skiing and riding at Vail Resorts’ eight mountain resorts, including an eight-page, eye-popping photo spread, "Epic Moments".
The new Epic Life takes readers behind the scenes with gold medalist and four-time overall world champion skier Lindsey Vonn as she battles back from a devastating knee injury last season and her determination to come back stronger than ever before in "True Grit". Readers also get a glimpse of other Vail Resorts-sponsored athletes to watch in Sochi. The Destinations section features recommendations on where to eat, stay, ski and ride and other diversions at each of Vail Resorts’ eight mountains, including the newest member of the family, Canyons in Park City, Utah. Food, drink, lodging, mountain real estate, fashion and gear are treated in an exciting new way visually and editorially and round out the magazine. Finally, “Epic Passology” helps guests find the Epic Pass that is right for them this coming season.
Epic Life is mailed to Vail Resorts guests and available in the Company’s lodging properties throughout each mountain resort. A digital version of Epic Life, found at www.epiclifemag.com also will be launched in mid-November, featuring regularly changing content, photos and videos about Vail Resorts’ iconic mountain resorts and the mountain resort lifestyle.

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).

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Colorado Inaugurates 2013-14 Ski Season

Colorado’s 2013/14 ski season is underway today as Arapahoe Basin opened its chair lift to crowds of animated skiers and snowboarders. At 8:30a.m., with an 18-inch base and lifts running, Arapahoe Basin became the first resort in North America to open for the 2013/14 ski season. Arapahoe Basin’s opening, along with recently announced pass deals and new improvements at Colorado resorts, has skiers and riders eager for the season ahead.
Several resorts in Colorado have taken advantage of cold nighttime temperatures and ideal humidity conditions over the past several weeks. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area began making snow on the evening of Friday, September 27, and have made snow or received natural snow most days since then. New snowmaking equipment upgrades, ideal snowmaking conditions, and recent natural snowfall have added to Arapahoe Basin’s base accumulation resulting in the resort’s current packed powder conditions. Today skiers and riders accessed the Black Mountain Express lift and enjoyed skiing on intermediate run High Noon.
For Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), today’s exciting opening brings optimism for the season ahead. "Seeing skiers and snowboarders taking their first turns of the season is one of the highlights of the year", said Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO, Melanie Mills. "Since the first high country snowstorms several weeks ago, we’ve seen the enthusiasm in skiers and snowboarders building towards this day. Thanks to helpful weather patterns and the hard work of Snowmakers and groomers, all of Colorado’s resorts will open with top notch products our guests will enjoy".
The recent autumn snow storms and early winter season conditions brought a robust crowd to Arapahoe Basin today, signifying skiers and riders are more than ready to enjoy Colorado’s signature winter sports. "Resorts continue to focus on the guest experience, with everything from safety to service", continued Mills. "Whether the emphasis is on families, learning or value, visitors can expect the same qualities from resorts this year that keep them coming back to Colorado season after season".
Amid all of the Opening Day celebrations, Colorado’s Governor, John Hickenlooper, congratulated Arapahoe Basin on being first to open saying, "It’s still fall but the 2013/14 ski and snowboard season is open for business in Colorado". He continued, "Tourism and recreation are some of our most visible and important industries in Colorado, not to mention key economic drivers, and with today’s grand opening we are looking forward to a fun-filled and snowy year on the slopes".
The race to host Opening Day is one of the highlights of the ski season, a title often held by Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin or Loveland. Both resorts are perched atop the Continental Divide giving them higher elevations, earlier frosts and colder temperatures. This also allows them to stay open long into the spring giving Colorado one of the longest ski seasons in the country.

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing 21 Colorado ski & snowboard resorts. CSCUSA is the global voice of the Colorado ski industry.

 Below is a current list of scheduled opening dates for CSCUSA member resorts:
  • Arapahoe Basin: October 13, 2013 – Early June 2014
  • Aspen Highlands: December 14, 2013 – April 13, 2014
  • Aspen Mountain: November 28, 2013 – April 20, 2014
  • Buttermilk: December 14, 2013 – April 6, 2014
  • Copper Mountain: November 1, 2013 – April 13, 2014
  • Crested Butte: November 27, 2013 – April 6, 2014
  • Eldora: November 22, 2013 – April 13, 2014
  • Howelsen Hill: November 30, 2013 – March 16, 2014
  • Loveland: Mid October 2013 – Early May 2014
  • Monarch Mountain: Mid November 2013 – April 13, 2014
  • Powderhorn: December 12, 2013 – March 30, 2014
  • Purgatory: November 29, 2013 – March 30, 2014
  • Silverton: December 21, 2013 – April 13, 2014
  • Ski Cooper: December 14, 2013 – April 6, 2014
  • Ski Granby Ranch: December 11, 2013 – April 6, 2014
  • Snowmass: November 28, 2013 – April 20, 2014
  • Steamboat: November 27, 2013 – April 13, 2014
  • Sunlight: December 6, 2013 – March 30, 2014
  • Telluride: November 28, 2013 – April 6, 2014
  • Winter Park: November 13, 2013 – April 20, 2014
  • Wolf Creek: November 8, 2013 – April 6, 2014

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Vail Resorts Announces The Epic Race


The Epic Race challenges pass holders to ski and ride 26 iconic mountains in four countries, including the U.S. (Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe, Minnesota and Michigan), Switzerland, France and Austria.
This season Vail Resorts announced that the Epic Pass now includes 26 mountains in four countries.  And now Vail Resorts is calling all globetrotting, Epic Pass-holding, die-hard skiers and snowboarders for The Epic Race – a 2013-2014 season-long competition to visit all 26 resorts spread across four countries that make up the Epic Pass. The first 10 people to complete the race will receive an Epic Pass for life.
"When we launched the Epic Pass with six resorts in 2008, I said our guests wouldn’t be able to out-ski or ride this pass", said Rob Katz chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. "Five years later, after adding three more countries and 20 additional resorts, we’re throwing down the gauntlet. If you can be one of the first to ski the world, you’ll ski for life".
Starting Nov. 1, guests can register to Ski the World by visiting www.snow.com/epic-pass/info/epic-race.aspx. Each racer will need to ski or ride all 26 resorts on the Epic Pass (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps, Minnesota; Mt. Brighton, Michigan; Verbier, Switzerland; Arlberg, Austria – St. Anton, Lech, Zürs, St. Christoph and Stuben; and Les 3 Vallées, France – Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle). Epic Racers will be asked to document and share their experience at each resort they visit to be eligible to win.  All the content from the Epic Racers will be available at www.snow.com/epic-pass/info/epic-race.aspx.
"If there was any doubt that the Epic Pass is by far and away the snowsports industry’s best and most comprehensive pass, the experiences these contestants share should put the question to rest", said Katz. "What other pass allows you to enjoy the steep and deep of the Sierra Nevada, the amazing powder of the Wasatch, the majesty of the Rockies, the urban hills in Michigan and Minnesota, the interconnectivity of the French Alps and the world’s largest linked ski area, the unmatched off-piste skiing and riding of the Swiss Alps, and the birthplace of modern Alpine skiing technique in the Tyrolean Alps?".
Epic Racers will be responsible for their own expenses in undertaking the Epic Race and no racer will be permitted to ski or ride more than one resort per day in the U.S. and two resorts per day in Europe to ensure they capture and enjoy the full experience of each mountain.  Race winners receiving an Epic Pass for life will be able to ski or ride only the resorts accessible via the Epic Pass in that given year.  All rules and guidelines will be posted on www.snow.com/epic-pass/info/epic-race.aspx on Nov. 1 and included in the registration materials provided to guests.
The Epic Pass features unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Furthermore, Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to extend their skiing and riding adventures from the U.S. to Europe with five free days at the renowned mountain resorts of Verbier, Switzerland, five free days at Arlberg, Austria and five free days at Les 3 Vallées, France. Vail Resorts is offering the industry’s best-selling season pass at $709 for adults and $369 for children (ages 5-12), but these prices are only guaranteed through Oct. 13, 2013.
"The Epic Pass is more attractive than ever, not just because of the access it provides to 26 mountains in four countries, but also because of the unprecedented on-mountain improvements of $130-140 million across our resorts for the upcoming season", said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. "Not since the opening of Blue Sky Basin at Vail have we seen such a significant terrain expansion at a Colorado ski resort as with the addition of Peak 6 at Breckenridge. We’re also adding a new high-speed six-person lift in Mid-Vail to get guests into the Back Bowls faster and opening a new on-mountain restaurant at the base of Beaver Creek’s famed Birds of Prey race course. And then there’s the fourth generation of EpicMix – Epic Academy – which offers a unique way to earn and share your accomplishments in our world-class ski and ride schools".
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).

The Wonder Reels, S2: Episode 1 - The Wait For Winter

As October's rains finally give way to November's storms, and the mountains reveal their first dustings of white, a palpable anticipation begins. Skiing and snowboarding's faithful start a ritualistic foreplay that culminates in the un-matched celebration of another opening day.

Whistler Blackcomb Official Opening Day - November 28, 2013.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Matterhorn Ski Paradise has its own Skimovie Piste

Skimovie puts your very own skiing style on the Internet. Winter sports enthusiasts are filmed by two
cameras as they come down piste 65 ("Rennstrecke"). The 800-metre racing track starts at the hut on Sandiger Boden (2,786 m) and descends parallel to the Theodulsee piste. A few seconds later,
those who have registered their ski pass may analyse their descent on skiline.cc and share it with friends, for example on Facebook or Twitter.

Skiline, along with its partners, has brought a further sensation to the market: Skiline Movies. The SkiMovie installation enables you to be filmed with an HD camera on your entire run through the passge of a turnstile in the entrance (with a ski pass) of a racing course or a Fun Park. The camera follows you to the end of the course and puts the film of the run online in the Skiline account belonging to the ski pass holder. You can view it on the internet or in the Skiline terminals in the skiing location, and you can make it public, delete it, put it on YouTube, add it to Facebook or send it to your friends via email. The best thing about this service is that it is available to any skiier and it costs nothing.