Sunday, November 23, 2014

2014 World Ski Awards

French ski destination Val Thorens has been recognised as the World’s Best Ski Resort by voters at the World Ski Awards for the second successive year.
In a night of high drama at A-ROSA Kitzbühel, Austria, the title of World’s Best Ski Hotel went to Stein Eriksen Lodge of the United States, while host Bergbahn Kitzbühel was recognised as the World’s Best Ski Resort Company.
The 2014 Gala Ceremony welcomed over 200 leading representatives from the ski hospitality sector, with partners Audi, Leitner, Prinoth, Demac Lenko, and iSki all contributing to a spectacular occasion.
They joined Bergbahnen Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel Tourismus and A-ROSA Kitzbühel in supporting the event, as World Ski Awards returned to the Alpine resort for the second year.
The 2014 Gala Ceremony was hosted by UK television star Ms Ela Clark and welcomed a host of Austria’s finest entertainers as guests enjoyed a sumptuous banquet.

The World Ski Awards Academy presented three prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism Awards during the evening:

In Europe, Reto Gurtner, President of the Management Board, LAAX, was celebrated for his contribution to ski tourism in Switzerland, while the President of Lake Louise Ski Resort, Charlie Locke, was recognised in North America.
In Asia, Akio Shinya, Chief of the Niseko Avalanche Research Institute, was honoured for a lifetime dedicated to improving safety in the mountains of Japan.

Speaking at the close of the 2014 Gala Ceremony World Ski Awards Managing Director, Sion Rapson, said: "It has been an honour to return here to A-ROSA Kitzbühel for the 2014 World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony".
He added: "This has been a truly special evening for us all at World Ski Awards and it has been a privilege to recognise the outstanding contributors to our ever expanding industry".
Elsewhere the title of World’s Best Ski Tour Operator went to Crystal Ski Holidays, World’s Best Ski Travel Agent was awarded to Leo Trippi and InterContinental Davos took the title of World’s Best New Ski Hotel. Voters also recognised Chalet Quezac as the World’s Best New Ski Chalet, Big Horn, Revelstoke, was voted the World’s Best Ski Chalet and World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel went to The Vale Niseko.

A full list of the 2014 World Ski Awards winners can be seen here.

Launched in 2013, World Ski Awards aim is to drive up standards within the ski industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field.
Ski tourism constitutes a vital segment in the global travel and tourism marketplace. An estimated 400 million skier visits took place in 2013 to the 2,000 ski resorts which are home to over 6 million hotel beds.
World Ski Awards was developed in reaction to overwhelming demand from the ski industry for a programme that was fair and transparent; a programme with a mission to serve as the definitive benchmark of excellence, and to help to foster a new era of growth in ski tourism.
The reaction to 2013’s inaugural World Ski Awards was vindication of this vision. Hundreds of thousands of travel professionals and skiers across the globe voted for their favourite resorts, chalets and hotels, whilst the audience who gathered for the unveiling of the inaugural winners served as a "who’s who" in ski hospitality.
The World Ski Awards programme has categories for the Best Ski Resort, Best Ski Hotel, Best Ski Boutique Hotel, Best Ski Chalet and - new for 2014 - Best Ski Area Management Company, for each of the world’s top 21 ski tourism nations. The individual country level winner with the most overall votes will not only win the national award but also the world level award in the respective category.
A number of categories exist on a world level only; World’s Best New Ski Hotel, World’s Best New Ski Boutique Hotel, New Best Ski Chalet and the special World Ski Awards Academy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism.
The voting methodology is simple; votes are cast by professionals working within the ski industry — senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media — and by the public (ski tourism consumers). Votes are submitted online at World Ski Awards website. The voting works on a first-past-the-post system to ensure impartiality and independence.

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