Friday, June 27, 2014

Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety Nominated for ESPY Awards


Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety may soon have some additional hardware to commemorate their Olympic and World Cup exploits of the past winter as the two US skiers have been nominated for the ESPY Awards.
Presented by ESPN, the ESPY Awards annually honor the world’s top professional and amateur athletes for their accomplishments during that season or year. Voted on by the fans, the 2014 ESPYs are scheduled for July 16.
Shiffrin has been nominated for both Best Female Athlete and Best U.S. Female Olympian accolades, while teammate Ted Ligety is also in the running for the Best Male U.S. Olympian ESPY.
"My first thought was ‘Yikes’", Shiffrin wrote on her Facebook page. "My second thought was that I better find a dress. There are a lot of great athletes on this list so think carefully before you press the button".
At 18 years and 345 days, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) became the youngest ever woman to win an Alpine skiing gold. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) won gold in Sochi 2014, but even more than that she grabbed the mantle of skiing's next global superstar with both hands.
Mikaela Shiffrin won five of the eight slalom races this season to secure the slalom crystal globe for the second consecutive season. She is the youngest lady to win it twice.
Shiffrin’s competition for Best Female Athlete includes pro basketball player Maya Moore, mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey and University of Connecticut basketball star Breanna Stewart. Her Best U.S. Olympian counterparts include snowboarder Jamie Anderson, freestyle skier Maddie Bowman and figure skater Meryl Davis.
Ligety’s competition for the Best Male U.S. Olympian award include halfpipe skier David Wise, freestyle skier Joss Christensen and snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg.
"3 Park City local ESPY nominees for Best Olympian. Make sure one of us wins...preferably me", Ligety encouraged his fans to vote on his Facebook page.
Ted Ligety (USA) confirmed his position as one of the greatest giant slalom skiers of all-time with a dominant display to win Olympic gold in Sochi 2014.
The final men’s giant slalom proved to be one of the most thrilling races of the season as the battle for the title came down to the last possible moment. In the last giant slalom of the season Ted Ligety (USA) was able to overcome a 50 point gap between him and Marcel Hirscher to take claim of the title. By winning the race and Hirscher finishing fourth, the pair finished the season with the same number of points, but Ligety earned the title thanks to his five season victories and a little help from his friend Felix Neureuther (GER) who played a key role in the final moments of the race by in second, behind Ligety and ahead of Hirscher.
To vote for Shiffrin and Ligety, visit  http://espn.go.com/espys/2014/
The 2014 ESPYS, to be hosted by Drake, will air on July 16th at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPNHD from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The ESPYS raise more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Epic TV: STEEP, Ep. 6. This Rare Steep Ski Down the West Face of Mont Blanc Will Blow You Away

Get ready to see some properly steep skiing from the west face of Mont Blanc. This is a very rare descent because of the danger involved in the descent - falling rocks are guaranteed and timing is everything. The face is beautiful and the atmosphere is incredible. Don't miss this amazing ski descent.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Are 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships: The Ski Arena


The alpine competition area in Are already has all the necessary facilities; however, there are plans to develop the area further.
Are will use one competition area, with one finish area for all races. A chairlift from the finish area to just below Stövelbranten, a  chair lift from VM-platån to the Ladies Downhill start are planned. An extension of the final tunnel that provides free passage under the race course, from the training course to the chair lift is also planned. A building of approximately 1500 m2 that can house the sub media centre, race office, VIP garage and/or hospitality will be available during the competition. There will also be improvements to the snow making system in both the Ladies Downhill course and in the training area in Duved.


The planned construction start for the abovementioned improvements is the autumn of 2014. They will be completed by the test event in 2018.
The training courses will be located in Åre and Duved, and ski testing tracks will be located close to the race arena in Åre. Unconditional use of the competition area, training courses and ski lifts has been granted by the ski resort’s owner, Skistar AB Åre.


The athletes’ village is located with walking distance of the competition area. Almost all the teams will be accommodated here, with easy access to training, races and the town square.
"The athletes’ village in Åre, with ski in–ski out and everything in one place makes life easier for athletes during championships, as logistics often use up a great deal of energy. It is also more enjoyable to be able to meet each other off the slopes as well", Maria Pietilä Holmner, Giant Slalom silver medalist FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Are 2007.
The alpine competition area in Åre is designed to produce minimal disruption to the destination’s other guests. Even when training and racing, the arena is designed for easy access in all possible situations, with almost no barriers to the surrounding areas, such as the training and ski testing tracks.

Are 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

Are (SWE) was elected at the 49th International Ski Congress in Barcelona (SPA) as the host of the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. With 9 votes, it achieved the majority against its sole competitor Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA).
Another fairy-tail will transpire in February 2019 in Åre, where the story of Åre 2007 will be transformed from good to great.
A very happy delegation was on site in Barcelona. Niklas Carlsson, Secretary General of the Swedish Ski Association, stated: "We came here with the goal of bringing the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to Sweden and Åre, so it obviously feels unbelievably great that our work has been rewarded with the trust of the ski world. We knew that it would be a tight race between us and Cortina, so to win in this way is fantastic (...) This decision provides a boost for our entire community and additional motivation for the Team 2019 of youngsters who will be fighting for medals at the next Åre Championships. The entire Swedish ski nation, Åre and our organisation are enthused about this news, as are all of us celebrating here in Barcelona".

Friday, June 20, 2014

Brasov (ROM) and Lausanne (SUI) Submit Their Candidature Files To Host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it has received the Candidature Files of two Candidate Cities bidding to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, Brasov (ROM) and Lausanne (SUI).
The YOG 2020 Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC member Ms Yang Yang, will now analyse the Candidature Files and prepare a report that will be submitted to the IOC Executive Board. On the basis of this report, the IOC Executive Board will decide which of the Cities will be put forward for further evaluation at its meeting in December this year. Following further assessment and video conferences with the shortlisted Candidate Cities, a report will be submitted to the IOC members, who will then elect the host city for the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games, at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the summer of 2015. Please note that the IOC will not release the Candidature Files, but has informed the Candidate Cities that they can make their Files public as of 18 June. The first edition of the Winter YOG was held in Innsbruck in 2012, with the second edition scheduled to take place in Lillehammer in 2016.
The Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, to be held between February 26th and March 6th 2016, will bring together more than one thousand athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from approximately 80 National Olympic Committees to compete in Bobsleigh, Luge, Ski jumping, Alpine skiing, Nordic Combined, Cross Country, Biathlon, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice hockey, Speed Skating, Shorttrack skating, Snowboard, and Freestyle (Skicross / Halfpipe).

The Youth Olympic Games are a sporting event for young people, balancing sport, culture and education.
Young athletes will participate in high-level competitions and alongside the sports element of the event, will participate in a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) focused on five themes: Olympism and Olympic values, skills development, well-being and healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through digital media.
Non-athletes (young ambassadors, young reporters etc.) will also participate with young athletes in CEP activities, as well as local youth.
It was during its Session in Guatemala City in July 2007 that the IOC decided to create a new sporting event to educate, engage and influence young athletes inspiring them to play an active role in their communities, founded on the idea of the President Jacques Rogge of the IOC.Steeped in sporting history, Lillehammer is no stranger to the Olympic Movement, having hosted, in 1994, an unforgettable Olympic Winter Games.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Good Progress for Sierra Nevada 2017 Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships


From 11th - 12th June 2014, FIS Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard experts, representatives from FIS Marketing AG and Infront Sports & Media visited the site of the combined 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships in Sierra Nevada (SPA).
The inspection served to review the preparations for the 25 medal competitions to be held in 2017 (provisional dates 6th-19th March) with specific focus on infrastructure, course development and the design of the finish areas.
Led by Eduardo Valenzuela, the Sierra Nevada 2017 Local Organising Committee together with the experts also specified the preliminary schedule and addressed TV distribution and commercial marketing issues.
Spain’s largest ski resort has already been successfully tested as host of both disciplines during several FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Cup competitions, in addition to Junior World Championships, as well as the combined 2012/13 season World Cup finals in both disciplines. It therefore goes without saying that the Organising Committee - which also staged the 2006 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships - is very experienced in hosting major events.
"We are very pleased with all of the technical progress made to date, from the courses, to the competition programme and structure of the Organising Committee. The organisational team from the management and staff of Cetursa and Sierra Nevada look to be ready for the challenges ahead. I am also very satisfied with the detailed level of preparation we observed during our inspections and meetings", FIS Freestyle Coordinator Joseph Fitzgerald remarked.
Uwe Beier, FIS Snowboard Race Director added: "We are on the right track towards making this a great event. The Organising Committee is highly motivated and the slopes have been tested well during our past events. At this stage, naturally a number of items remain to be finalised. But once everything is completed, it will allow the world’s top riders to compete in an amazing environment in less than three-years-time".

Sierra Nevada in the Granada province of Spain is the southernmost skiing location in all of Europe. The ski area is on the northern slopes of Veleta, the third highest peak in peninsular Spain (3,394 metres/11,135 ft). The resort hosted the 1996 Alpine World Ski Championships, and regularly hosts high-level races of FIS Alpine Ski World Cup  It has been selected to host the 2015 Winter Universiade, the world university games.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Supervention

Supervention is a documentary showcasing all aspects of modern freeskiing and snowboarding. Follow a group of the world's most talented skiers and snowboarders on an intense and unpredictable trip through exotic destinations in Norway (Folgefonna, Lyngsalpene, Sunnmorsalpene, Oslo, Sogndal, Lillehammer, Trondheim and Barentsburg), Sweden (Stockholm), Canada (Terrace), USA (Alaska) and New Zealand (Mt. Cook). Spectacular nature footage mixed with progressive skiing and snowboarding, personal impressions and extreme experiences. It is all documented to convey to you our desire to travel, our joy and all the personalities of those involved in the production, both in front and behind the camera.
Produced by Field Productions.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Evolution of a Freeskier - Aksel Lund Svindal

In 2008 Aksel Lund Svindal got invited by Field Productions for a freeskiing trip to the west coast of Norway.
Since then Aksel has participated in 5 freeskiing/big mountain movies made by Field Productions. This is a recap of his career as a freeskier and what he has experienced during those 5 trips.

Friday, June 13, 2014

SAM Announces Best/Worst Ski Area Marketing Programs for 2013/14 (9)

The current issue of Ski Area Management (SAM) Magazine take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly in marketing efforts by mountain resorts (we will take a look at the best ones, if you want to know about the worse examples read the complete article in SAM).
Contributors to this year’s selections are Sam Rufo, president of NxtConcepts; Gregg Blanchard, the force behind slopefillers.com and communications director for Ryan Solutions; Mike Grasso, a Transworld Snowboarding contributor; and SAM’s own Jennifer Rowan and Rick Kahl.

Best Immediate Customer Service: Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado

"Aspen/Snowmass has taken the next step in customer service by offering a “live chat.” This used to be something only tech support sites did. Today, all businesses interested in selling to the under 30 crowd should add it to their communication arsenal.
The Aspen/Snowmass website offers several options for reaching someone at the resort, from the traditional phone call or e-mail to the cutting edge of Twitter and even a popup live chat box on the website. Need to ask a question, but don’t feel like picking up a phone (it’s a Millennial thing)? With one click of a button you can do an online chat
".

Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk - as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

2013/14 Ski Season Noted as Best Year for Colorado

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today at the association’s 51st Annual Meeting that statewide skier visits totaled an estimated 12.6 million for the 2013/14 ski season, thereby making it the best season on record in the state. This estimation shows Colorado being up more than 10 percent compared to last season and more than 8 percent compared to the five-year-average.
"Seeing our visitation punch through the 12.5 million level and best our prior mark demonstrates the vibrancy of Colorado’s ski industry and the passion of our resident and visiting skiers and snowboarders", stated Melanie Mills, president & CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. "With two consecutive years of growth, momentum is certainly in our favor as our resorts continue to set the industry standard in terms of snow quality, skier safety and guest service".
Colorado resorts outperformed the ski industry nationally, which saw the Pacific regions heavily impacted by drought. Colorado resorts also bested the growth rate of 6.4 percent in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. where snow conditions were more comparably favorable.
"Owning 22 percent of the national skier market speaks volumes to the reputation of our state as the top ski destination. Visitors choose to come here because of what our resorts have to offer; superior skiing, easy access, resorts of every variety, and resort staff who provide unparalleled guest service", said Mills.
CSCUSA’s 21 member resorts hosted an estimated 7.1 million skier visits during the 2013/14 ski season despite having faced challenges with skier traffic on state roadways and sensationalized media hype surrounding the new recreational marijuana law.
"From the start of the season Colorado was in the national spotlight as media focused on the snow and the legalization of marijuana. All eyes were on the ski industry as the two stories unfolded during the ski season", explained Mills.
Abundant early season snowfall and ideal snowmaking conditions in the fall prompted an October 13, 2013 opening for Colorado’s ski season. As snowfall continued, some resorts opened earlier than planned and opened more terrain earlier than usual.
"By Thanksgiving the ski season was off on a brisk pace backed by excellent early season conditions", said Mills. "We got the word out that Colorado had snow and prime winter conditions, and that helped set up a robust holiday visitation period".
In January and February, snow storms continued and were widespread across the state. During this time several factors kept visitors engaged in skiing and snowboarding: ideal snow conditions, enjoyable winter temperatures, positive economic news and the Winter Olympics.
"A variety of things came together to fuel mid-season visits and the results had major ski weekends bustling with guests, particularly Martin Luther King and President’s Day", commented Mills.
Snowfall continued well into spring and bolstered Easter visitation despite the unfavorable late calendar date of the holiday. Healthy conditions allowed many resorts to extend their season or add additional weekends to their operating schedule.
"Overall it was a very positive season, we’re encouraged by the numbers and are hopeful this momentum continues", said Mills.
During the course of the 2013/14 season Colorado resorts highlighted the importance of skier safety, resorts’ top priority, in several ways including by participating in National Safety Awareness Month. Additionally, several CSCUSA resorts were recognized for their safety programs as recipients of the 2013/14 National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Safety Awards including: Steamboat Ski Resort for Best Use of New/Social Media and Copper Mountain for Best Terrain Park Safety Program.

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. The Association’s primary functions are concentrated in marketing, public policy and public relations.
In 2008 Vail Resorts withdrew from the trade group Colorado Ski Country USA (CSC), because of "philosophical differences with other members over the future direction of the association".

SAM Announces Best/Worst Ski Area Marketing Programs for 2013/14 (8)

The current issue of Ski Area Management (SAM) Magazine take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly in marketing efforts by mountain resorts (we will take a look at the best ones, if you want to know about the worse examples read the complete article in SAM).
Contributors to this year’s selections are Sam Rufo, president of NxtConcepts; Gregg Blanchard, the force behind slopefillers.com and communications director for Ryan Solutions; Mike Grasso, a Transworld Snowboarding contributor; and SAM’s own Jennifer Rowan and Rick Kahl.

Best Recruiting of Social Media Players: Vail Resorts

"It really helps to understand your market. The Millennials may know how to effectively use hashtags and photo sharing sites, but what about the Baby Boomers and Gen Xer’s who may have missed that class? Vail set up a social “lesson” page to teach moms how to Instagram their trip.
End result? Happy moms and a huge boost to their social media channels
".


In November 2012 Vail Resorts launched a partnership with expert family travel writers and the Company’s new website,www.EpicMoms.com, designed to provide moms (and dads) with thoughtful tips and expert advice on planning the best family vacation experiences at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Canyons.
Written by award-winning family travel writers and moms, EpicMoms.com provides fresh, relevant content on winter and summer travel in the mountains for families with children of all ages. Topics cover the basics of family vacation travel planning, including blog posts dedicated to each of Vail Resort’ seven world-class resorts about where to stay, where to eat, winter and summer activities, mom getaway weekends and date nights at the resort. The website also offers expert advice on winter and summer gear and traveling to and from the resorts, along with a video and photo gallery. There’s even a place for guests to "Ask an Epic Mom" their questions and then find the answers posted directly on the website.
The Epic Moms regularly spend time at each resort researching and reviewing everything from lodging to restaurants to ski school to the best ways to ski or ride the mountain with kids. They’re award-winning travel writers in their own right who also happen to love spending time with their families in the mountains.


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).

Epic TV: STEEP, Ep. 5. This Guy Hiked for two Days to Ski one Incredible Line

This week the #Steep boys head to the Dome de Miage to ski the Covagnet Couloir. They hike for two days, stay in a cozy mountain hut, traverse a stunning, razor thin ridge, and finally make it to their line. Do you think it was worth it? incredible adventure, incredible views, and incredible friends all make this a trip to remember.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SAM Announces Best/Worst Ski Area Marketing Programs for 2013/14 (7)

The current issue of Ski Area Management (SAM) Magazine take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly in marketing efforts by mountain resorts (we will take a look at the best ones, if you want to know about the worse examples read the complete article in SAM).
Contributors to this year’s selections are Sam Rufo, president of NxtConcepts; Gregg Blanchard, the force behind slopefillers.com and communications director for Ryan Solutions; Mike Grasso, a Transworld Snowboarding contributor; and SAM’s own Jennifer Rowan and Rick Kahl.

Best Lemonade Made From a Real Lemon: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

"Last season, Jackson Hole accidentally sent a message to its entire e-mail list that was only intended for soon-to-be-arriving guests. Instead of panicking, they whipped up a lighthearted apology titled “Our Moosetake” and quickly followed up the error with an honest, Jackson-themed, positive reply.
Instead of being met with frustration, their mistake triggered dozens of cheerful replies, perhaps best represented by this one: “Damn! I thought I had planned a trip and forgotten about it. I think you made a smart marketing ‘oops.’ Got me thinking that we should be coming to JH this summer.” Quick thinking from the marketing team turned a potential negative into a huge positive
".


Jackson Hole is located 11 miles from the town of Jackson in Teton Village in the U.S. state of Wyoming, near the western border with Idaho. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is ranked #1 Overall Resort in North America by the annual SKI Magazine Reader's Poll. Jackson Hole boasts one of the longest, steepest continuous vertical drops of any ski area in North America. You can ski 4,139 leg-burning, vertical feet from 10,450 feet down to 6,311 feet. The ski resort receives an average of 360 inches of snowfall per year and gets people out on the hill with eight chairlifts, a gondola and the famous aerial tram.

Epic TV: Watch Your Step, Ep. 3. Here's a Bad-Ass First Descent between a Rock and a Hard Face

In their last episode before the snow melts, Jeremy Rumebe, Wadeck Gorack, and Olivier Jean find a special line near the Ubaye valley in the Southern Alps. Unfortunately, Wadeck has injured his foot and has to pull out of the mission at the last minute. Luckily, series director Olivier has his split board on hand and is ready to fill in, kind of. Check out their harrowing journey from valley floor to the loftiest, craggiest, rockiest peek imaginable. With an awesome mix of rappelling and super technical riding, they lay down one incredible line.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SAM Announces Best/Worst Ski Area Marketing Programs for 2013/14 (6)

The current issue of Ski Area Management (SAM) Magazine take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly in marketing efforts by mountain resorts (we will take a look at the best ones, if you want to know about the worse examples read the complete article in SAM).
Contributors to this year’s selections are Sam Rufo, president of NxtConcepts; Gregg Blanchard, the force behind slopefillers.com and communications director for Ryan Solutions; Mike Grasso, a Transworld Snowboarding contributor; and SAM’s own Jennifer Rowan and Rick Kahl.

Best e-mail Campaign: Steamboat, Colorado

"Every day I get dozens of resort marketing e-mails in my inbox from mountains all over the country. One sender, however, always stood out: Steamboat. Instead of using multiple sections with multiple offers like many resort e-mails, Steamboat made an all-in bet on smart segmentation combined with one, clear message.
The result was a beautifully designed template with focused, visual cues. Fonts were increased, and copy was cut from the typical 150+ words to as few as 25. Rather than hope that the recipient found one item appealing within a long list of options, Steamboat stuck with its best offer and made it impossible to miss, extremely easy to act on, and incredibly effective along the way
".



Steamboat Ski Area is a major ski area in northwestern Colorado. It is located on Mount Werner, a mountain in the Park Range in the Routt National Forest. The combination of abundant powder snow, a mountain sprawling with nearly 3,000 acres and 3,668 vertical feet, western hospitality, industry-leading Family Programs, off-mountain activities, lodging options and the historic town make Steamboat one of the premier winter destinations. Ski Town. In addition, North America's #1 Family Resort is leading the way in sustainability with its award-winning Zero Waste Initiative.
Steamboat Ski Area is owned by Intrawest, a premier North American mountain resort and adventure company.

Epic TV: Watch Your Step, Ep. 2. These 15-Year-Old Skiers Skipped Class to Do Something Completely Amazing

Nicolas Jean and Leo Delafuente are two 15 year old kids who are quickly becoming some of the best all-around mountaineers and skiers in the Alps. They like to sit in school doodling fantasy first descents onto their notebooks. One in particular, the North East Couloir on Pain du Sucre mountain, kept coming up in their doodles until, one day they couldn't take it any more. Without telling their parents or their teachers, they skipped class, climbed the mountain and threw down the first ski descent of the couloir in some pretty sketchy conditions. They were back in school for 5th period and didn't tell a soul, until now. Check out the incredible footage of their first descent.

Epic TV: Watch Your Step, Ep. 1. These Skiers' First Descent Was Really Cool, Their Film Is Freaking Amazing

Wadeck Gorack is a pro freerider with a kink for difficult lines, but there are some that even he won't ski...alone. For these he calls his best friend, high mountain guide Jeremy Rumebe who brings ropes, ice axes, carabiners and a lifetime of knowledge about how to survive when things tilt past 90 degrees. The goal of this dynamic duo is to ski the lines that no one has ever skied before and bring the adventure direct to you. Follow these two best friends down into the narrowest chute we've seen in a while as they take on an undescended line on tk mountain in the Southern French Alps. This ain't your average black diamond.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

SAM Announces Best/Worst Ski Area Marketing Programs for 2013/14 (5)

The current issue of Ski Area Management (SAM) Magazine take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly in marketing efforts by mountain resorts (we will take a look at the best ones, if you want to know about the worse examples read the complete article in SAM).
Contributors to this year’s selections are Sam Rufo, president of NxtConcepts; Gregg Blanchard, the force behind slopefillers.com and communications director for Ryan Solutions; Mike Grasso, a Transworld Snowboarding contributor; and SAM’s own Jennifer Rowan and Rick Kahl.

Best Social Media Contest: Liberty Mountain

"This area had one of the more thought-out and engaging contests this past winter. Although it was focused on Instagram #winteratliberty, they promoted it across their other networks, website and even created a video on YouTube. Sometimes it’s the simple things that can lead to a successful social campaign.

Here’s some of the things they did right:
• used images in Instagram to highlight how to enter (it is a photo sharing platform, after all)
• changed the Instagram description to highlight the contest
• promoted on all their social networks (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
• regularly announced and highlighted winners, which not only kept the winners happy, but helped build viral sharing and engagement
".






Liberty Mountain Resort is nestled in Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania near the scenic Catoctin Mountains, just 8 miles southwest of historic Gettysburg. The resort offers over 100 acres of skiing,snowboarding and snow tubing trails.
The resort is owned by Snow Time, Inc. which also owns two other area winter sport resorts, Whitetail Ski Resort and Ski Roundtop.

SAM Announces Best/Worst Ski Area Marketing Programs for 2013/14 (4)

The current issue of Ski Area Management (SAM) Magazine take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly in marketing efforts by mountain resorts (we will take a look at the best ones, if you want to know about the worse examples read the complete article in SAM).
Contributors to this year’s selections are Sam Rufo, president of NxtConcepts; Gregg Blanchard, the force behind slopefillers.com and communications director for Ryan Solutions; Mike Grasso, a Transworld Snowboarding contributor; and SAM’s own Jennifer Rowan and Rick Kahl.

Best Use of Google+: Park City Mountain Resort

"Before you get discouraged about the usefulness of Google+ for resort marketing, take a look at one area that is doing it right—Park City Mountain Resort.
The area is engaging people inside and outside its circle with posts and event invites, and Google is thanking them by giving their search engine optimization a boost, too
".


Park City Mountain Resort is a premier winter and summer vacation destination. Offering 3,300 acres of varied ski and snowboard terrain, 17 lifts, 114 runs, 3 terrain parks and the Eagle Superipe, Park City Mountain Resort is consistently ranked among the top ten mountain resorts in North America for its accessibility, terrain parks and family programs. The Resort is conveniently located 36 miles away from the Salt Lake International Airport in Park City, Utah.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Leitner Builds World’s Longest Gondola in Turkey

Leitner's Gondola will officially open to the public today June 7th, 2014.
45 support towers and a height of 1,400 meters, covering a distance of nearly nine kilometers - the longest gondola ropeway in the world will create a link between the Turkish city of Bursa and a recreational area in the adjacent Uludağ Mountain.
One of the largest ski resorts in Turkey is located in the Uludağ Mountains. Outside of the winter season, the local national park is a popular recreation area that is easily accessible from the city of Bursa in western Turkey.
The 8.8 km long 8-person gondola ropeway with three sections will replace a 50 year old, 4,500 meter long ropeway. Previously, travelers had to finish the last section of their journey to the hotels and ski area by taxi or bus. Now they will be able to take the new ropeway straight to their destination from the valley station in Tefferüç in the north-east of the city of Bursa through Kardiyayla and Sarıalan. Travelling time from Bursa to the recreation area will therefore be reduced by 30 minutes. More convenience, less time and reduced car traffic in the Uludağ Mountains are the key benefits of the new ropeway. The stations, which were designed by local architect Yamaç Korfalı, are another impressive feature. Korfalı has worked in London with the star architect Zaha Hadid in the past.
The valley station of the GD8 ropeway is located at an altitude of 395 meters, while the top station is at almost 1,800 meters. A total of 45 support towers will be built to support the ropeway and 174 cabins in the new system. It has a transport capacity of 1,500 people per hour. The client is the city of Bursa and Bursa Teleferik A.Ş is responsible for the construction.

The new ropeway in Bursa is both an urban and tourist facility. For residents, it will increase quality of life by improving transport connections between the city and the recreational area. The project also greatly enhances the tourist appeal of the city of Bursa. The ski area and national park with its rich vegetation are also popular with visitors from nearby Istanbul. The Bosporus Metropolis is only two hours' drive from Bursa.

As one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of ropeway systems, Leitner ropeways today produces primarily high-tech detachable cabin and chair lifts as well as aerial tramways, funiculars, inclined lifts and fixed-grip ski lifts.

Epic TV: STEEP, Ep. 4. If You're Afraid of Heights this Is Going to Scare the Hell out of You

This week, the steep boys decided they needed a bit of help from the fairer sex so Pierre Hourticq and Clémentine Junique headed to the Gervasutti Couloir in the Tour Ronde. At 50 degrees of incline, this is not a line to play around on. Somehow, despite the danger, these two make is look like a walk in the park. After an initial rappel they ski the line while oozing joie de vivre.

Vail Resorts Epic Volunteers Program


This spring and summer, 18 Colorado-based Vail Resorts employees are participating in Vail Resorts Epic Volunteers program and will take 40 hours of paid time off to volunteer with the charity of their choice. Started in 2013 as part of the company’s social responsibility, Epic Volunteers was developed from employee requests to have more robust volunteer opportunities. Since inception, 36 employee volunteers have contributed 1,480 hours of service to 34 non-profits worldwide.
"Our employees get to work in some of the world’s greatest natural environments and sustainability runs in our DNA" said Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts, Inc. "We heard from our employees that they wanted more volunteer opportunities, so we developed Epic Volunteers. It is great to see the impact our employees can have on the world with an extra 40 hours".
The current class of 18 Colorado-based Epic Volunteers is supporting 17 domestic and international organizations:
All full-time year-round and full-time seasonal Vail Resorts employees with 750 hours of service can apply.

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).

Friday, June 6, 2014

SAM Announces Best/Worst Ski Area Marketing Programs for 2013/14 (3)

The current issue of Ski Area Management (SAM) Magazine take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly in marketing efforts by mountain resorts (we will take a look at the best ones, if you want to know about the worse examples read the complete article in SAM).
Contributors to this year’s selections are Sam Rufo, president of NxtConcepts; Gregg Blanchard, the force behind slopefillers.com and communications director for Ryan Solutions; Mike Grasso, a Transworld Snowboarding contributor; and SAM’s own Jennifer Rowan and Rick Kahl.

Most Clever Tie-In To The Super Bowl: Telluride, Colorado

"When the Denver Bronco’s made the Superbowl, it’s little surprise that many Rocky Mountain resorts tried to capitalize. But rather than knee-jerk reactions of blue and orange clad skiers, Telluride did something that is proving more and more effective in today’s marketing culture: they used video to tell a story. Starting in town, a Broncos flag was transported by locals, families, park rats, and ski patrollers alike up the slopes of the mountain to a peak overlooking their famously beautiful slice of Colorado.
Each viewer didn’t just get excited for the game, they were exposed to Telluride’s best features. The high production value and smart distribution helped this video get picked up by dozens of national media outlets and earned the YouTube version alone more than 115,000 views
".



Telluride Ski Resort is a world-class Colorado ski resort and summer vacation destination located in the beautiful San Juan Mountains in Telluride, Colorado. In winter skiers and snowboarders have access to over 2,000 acres of beginner, intermediate and advanced skiing terrain with a vertical drop of 4,000 feet. Telluride offers recently opened majestic terrain and a newly installed staircase at approximately 12,500', accessing in-bounds terrain and providing an experience like no other. Featuring a free gondola, spectacular hotels, expanded retail shopping, spas and unrivaled scenery.
Telluride is consistently ranked tops in many reader's polls for 'most scenic' ski area (Conde Nast, Ski, Powder). Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in Telluride. Giuseppe's is the highest restaurant in all of ski country at 11,890ft. The free scenic gondola connects the charming historic Town of Telluride with the modern European luxury of Mountain Village.

Aspen to host 2017 FIS Alpine World Cup Finals


The International Skiing Federation (FIS) announced yesterday that Aspen will host the 2017 FIS Alpine World Cup Finals, bringing the international competition to the United States for the first time since 1997.
The event will bring the world’s top 30 female and male athletes in each alpine ski racing discipline to compete in a total of nine events.
"It's very exciting", said John Rigney, Aspen Skiing Co.’s vice president of sales and events. "It's a big deal".
"The World Cup finals is the big finish of the season for the racing community", Rigney said. "It’ll be awesome to have both the men and women".
Aspen Mountain hasn’t hosted a men’s World Cup race since the 2001-02 season.
Vail hosted the World Cup Finals in 1997. It was the last city in the United States to host the event.
Aspen beat out bids from Lenzerheide, Switzerland and Soldeu in Andorra.

Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk - as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

2019 FIS World Championships Awarded


The FIS Council has elected the Organisers of the FIS World Championships 2018/2019 at the 49th International Ski Congress in Barcelona (SPA) today, 5th June 2014.
Are (SWE) was elected as the host of the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. With 9 votes, it achieved the majority against its sole competitor Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA).
Another fairy-tail will transpire in February 2019 in Åre, where the story of Åre 2007 will be transformed from good to great.
A very happy delegation is on site in Barcelona. Niklas Carlsson, Secretary General of the Swedish Ski Association, stated: "We came here with the goal of bringing the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to Sweden and Åre, so it obviously feels unbelievably great that our work has been rewarded with the trust of the ski world. We knew that it would be a tight race between us and Cortina, so to win in this way is fantastic (...) This decision provides a boost for our entire community and additional motivation for the Team 2019 of youngsters who will be fighting for medals at the next Åre Championships. The entire Swedish ski nation, Åre and our organisation are enthused about this news, as are all of us celebrating here in Barcelona tonight".
Oberstdorf (GER) and Park City, Utah (USA) were unanimously elected as hosts of the 2018 FIS Ski Flying World Championships and joint 2019 FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships, respectively.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), in partnership with the Olympic community of Park City and State of Utah, has been awarded the 2019 World Championships for freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding. The bid featured a partnership of three resorts—Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort—for an event that will host at least 12 competitions over 10 days in February 2019. Deer Valley will host the freestyle skiing events of moguls and aerials, which is in keeping with its snowboarding ban. Park City Mountain Resort will host halfpipe, slopestyle and big air skiing and snowboarding. Rounding it out, Canyons will take on the skicross and snowboardcross.
"The 2019 World Championships will be a major global event featuring the largest showcase of winter action sports outside the Olympics", said Tiger Shaw, the newly-installed president and CEO of USSA. "Our partnership with FIS and other athletic sanctioning bodies, together with the State of Utah and Park City community—especially Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City resorts—will help to shape this as an historic event in freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding".
The FIS 2019 Nordic World Ski Championships will be hosted by Seefeld (AUT).The FIS Council prefered the Austrian bid over the other three candidates Planica (SLO), Oberstdorf (GER) and Almaty (KAZ). Seefeld won in the third ballot with 9 votes ahead of Oberstdorf (8 votes).
"It was a team effort by everyone involved. We have a long journey behind us over the last ten, twelve years and to achieve that with the first bid is fantastic. We asked the Council to give us a chance to host them 2019 and I can promise that the World Championships 2019 will be organized enthusiastically and professionally", said Markus Tschoner, CEO of Seefeld Tourism.
Seefeld already hosted the World Championships in 1964, 1976 and 1985 (1964 and 1976 the Olympic Games also counted as WSC). The last Nordic World Championships in Austria were held 1999 in Ramsau am Dachstein.
This decision means that the ski jumping events 2019 will take place at two different venues. While the World Champions on the normal hill will be crowned in Seefeld, the competitions on the large hill will be carried out in Innsbruck.

SAM Announces Best/Worst Ski Area Marketing Programs for 2013/14 (2)

The current issue of Ski Area Management (SAM) Magazine take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly in marketing efforts by mountain resorts (we will take a look at the best ones, if you want to know about the worse examples read the complete article in SAM).
Contributors to this year’s selections are Sam Rufo, president of NxtConcepts; Gregg Blanchard, the force behind slopefillers.com and communications director for Ryan Solutions; Mike Grasso, a Transworld Snowboarding contributor; and SAM’s own Jennifer Rowan and Rick Kahl.

Best Season's Pass Partnership: Powder Alliance


"Among the myriad ways of increasing sales lies a very simple concept: if you can increase the value of the product, an increase in sales will often follow. Rather than build infrastructure or slash prices as a means to this end, the Powder Alliance took a different, more intelligent approach. By creating a network of like-minded areas, with each offering reciprocal benefits, each new member of the alliance raised the collective, perceived value of the whole.
And by tacking this onto top-tier season pass options, marketers at nearly all of these mountains were able to drive more sales, more revenue, and even a little sampling from out-of-towners—with virtually no cost or work
".

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".
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:
Angel Fire Resort (New Mexico)
Arizona Snowbowl (Arizona)
Bridger Bowl (Montana)
China Peak (California)
Crested Butte (Colorado)
Mountain High (California)
Mt. Hood Skibowl (Oregon)
Schweitzer (Idaho)
Sierra-at-Tahoe (California)
Snow Basin Resort (Utah)
Stevens Pass (Washington)
Timberline (Oregon)

FIS Congress Updates from Alpine Skiing

On the fourth day of the FIS Congress in Barcelona, the Sub-Committee for Alpine World Cup and the Alpine Committee meetings attracted a big crowd which comes as no surprise as both provided an agenda full of interesting topics and reports.
In the morning, the Alpine World Cup Sub-Committee opened with a report from retiring Chairman Erich Demetz, who hosted his last meeting after 28 years as Chairman.
The torch was also passed from former Men’s Race Director Guenter Hujara his successor Markus Waldner. Hujara’s report focused mainly on the past World Cup season while Waldner formally presented his colleagues and looked ahead to the future, wishing to keep working in the direction Hujara has steered the World Cup for over 20 years.
In the meeting, Waldner also presented a proposal for a new slalom format described as "Sprint", where racers would compete in one standard length slalom run, with the top 30 qualifying to a second shortened run, the semi-final. Shortly after, the best 15 from that run would compete again on the same course in the "Big Final". The new format should be tested at next year’s slalom opening race in Levi (FIN) and though some concerns were discussed, the proposal seemed to receive a generally positive feedback, including support from the Athletes’ Commission.
Atle Skaardal, the Ladies’ Chief Race Director gave the Committee his season report, mentioning the challenges his team faced this year, some on a personal level and others caused by the difficult weather conditions, which forced many replacements and the cancellation of the Munich City Event (GER).
As every year, various small adaptations to the rules were proposed, the majority of which were accepted.
In addition, the updated short and long-term World Cup calendars for both ladies and men were presented. Among the immediate changes is the return of the men’s slalom in Madonna di Campiglio and the exclusion from the calendar of the men’s downhill in Bormio next season, with the hope to still find a solution for Bormio or find a replacement venue to host the event.
Another highlight were the presentations by the three Candidates for the 2017 World Cup Finals – Lenzerheide (SUI), Soldeu (AND) and Aspen (USA). The Organiser of the Finals will still be decided by the Council.
In the afternoon, it was the turn of the Alpine Commission to take centre stage. Chairman Bernhard Russi opened the meeting with his report as Chairman and a report from the Executive Board. The meeting continued with presentations from the various Alpine Sub-Commissions and Working Groups.
Presentations were also given by the Organisers of the next major Championships: the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships (Vail-Beaver Creek), 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games (Lillehammer), 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships (St. Moritz) and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games (PyeongChang).
Last but not least, the two Candidates for the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Cortina (ITA) and Are (SWE) made presentations.

Today the FIS Council will elect the Organisers of the 2018/2019 FIS World Championships, the results of which will be announced at an evening reception - being streamed live on the internet.
FIS is the governing body for international skiing and snowboarding, founded in 1924 during the first Olympic Games in Chamonix, France. Recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIS manages the Olympic disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding, including setting the international competition rules. Through its 115 member nations, more than 6’500 FIS ski and snowboard competitions are staged annually.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SAM Announces Best/Worst Ski Area Marketing Programs for 2013/14 (1)

The current issue of Ski Area Management (SAM) Magazine take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly in marketing efforts by mountain resorts (we will take a look at the best ones, if you want to know about the worse examples read the complete article in SAM).
Contributors to this year’s selections are Sam Rufo, president of NxtConcepts; Gregg Blanchard, the force behind slopefillers.com and communications director for Ryan Solutions; Mike Grasso, a Transworld Snowboarding contributor; and SAM’s own Jennifer Rowan and Rick Kahl.
After several years of expansion in media and experimentation in their use, this year has been one of (relative) maturity. Many areas are executing well in a variety of media, from print and e-mail to Instagram and Pinterest. For example, there were more contests across social media this past winter than days with below-zero temps. That, too, is a good thing. Social contests on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram can be a great way to build followers and engagement.

Most Consistent High-Level Marketing: Aspen-Snowmass:

"When it comes to a resort that was the model of consistent, high-level marketing, I think it’s hard to not think of Aspen/Snowmass. Rather than one or two flashy campaigns, the marketing team consistently churned out winner after winner. Starting with an upgrade to the Mountain Collective that aligned even more of the biggest resort brands under one pass, Aspen/Snowmass followed up with a beautifully crafted series of video narratives entitled, 'Our Story'.
Then, between environmental initiatives that earned awareness both locally and nationally, the company inked an extension for the Winter X Games contract that will continue to expose their brand to a global audience every season for years to come. Combine that with a social presence that matches the industry’s best imagery with vast reach, and you’ve got a resort brand that is doing marketing right".


Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk - as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass.

What makes Aspen/Snowmass special? A mixture of our people, the four mountains and a hard-to-duplicate spirit that anything is possible.
These are our stories:

SAM Announces Best/Worst Ski Area Marketing Programs for 2013/14 (1-2)

Most Consistent High-Level Marketing: Aspen-Snowmass:

"When it comes to a resort that was the model of consistent, high-level marketing, I think it’s hard to not think of Aspen/Snowmass. Rather than one or two flashy campaigns, the marketing team consistently churned out winner after winner. Starting with an upgrade to the Mountain Collective that aligned even more of the biggest resort brands under one pass, Aspen/Snowmass followed up with a beautifully crafted series of video narratives entitled, 'Our Story'.
What makes Aspen/Snowmass special? A mixture of our people, the four mountains and a hard-to-duplicate spirit that anything is possible.
These are the six stories:











Sunday, June 1, 2014

Where To Ski in The Alps in June?

Although the choice of ski areas open in the Alps at the start of June is limited to just five areas – the Dachstein (which currently has a base of 360 cm), Stubai, Kaprun and Hintertux glaciers in Austria, Zermatt in Switzerland and Passo Stelvio in Italy; that will all change in a few weeks’ time when 4 more areas are scheduled to open for summer skiing and snowboarding. These include French resorts Les 2 Alpes, Tignes and Val d’Isere - which opens first on June 8th. In Italy Cervinia re-open on the 29th June.
Saas-Fee in Switzerland is scheduled to open for summer skiing on July.

Austria

Dachstein. The Dachstein Glacier above Ramsau am Dachstein, is open 11 months of the year beginning at the end of May. The Dachstein Gletscherbahn brings you uphill to 2,700 metres above sea level. Flat, northward-facing slopes guarantee ideal snow conditions. It boasts 18 km (12 miles) of ski runs as well as the popular Horsefeathers Superpark, featuring boxes, jumps, rails, jibs and tubes.

Hintertux. The Hintertux Glacier is Austria’s only year round ski resort and one of the two remaining glaciers in the Alps to open 365 days a year. The Hintertux is During summer, 22km (14 miles) of runs are open and accessed by nine lifts, including the Glacier Bus 3 with 24-person cabins, capable of transporting 3,000 skiers per hour. The Hintertux offers a good range of runs for all levels, but is famous for its steep, challenging terrain. The Betterpark Hintertux with 5 lines (Pro Line, Medium Line, Easy Line, 2 Jib Lines) and a 100-m long super pipe was designed by park builder Wille Kaufmann according to the motto "Best air time for everyone", so that not only the pros, but also rookies will find obstacles suitable for their individual skill levels.

Kaprun. The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier ski lifts and slopes are open down to Alpincenter. Glacier skiing area opened until 9th June and from 27th June to 20th July 2014. After a few runs, chill out at the Ice Arena with its snow beach, igloos, snow slides and ice bar. Non-skiers can take free guided panoramic hikes across the glacier between July and September.

Stubai. At the Stubai Glacier you can go skiing till the 4th of July 2014. Last season, Stubai Glacier resort has been named the most family-friendly skiing area in the Alps by ADAC SkiGuide for the third time in a row. The resort was established in 1973 when skiing pioneer Dr Heinrich Klier built the first three ski lifts at Stubai Glacier. Today Stubai Glacier is the largest glacier ski resort in Austria.

France

Les 2 Alpes. Les 2 Alpes has one of the largest summer ski areas in Europe. The Mont-de-Lans Glacier will be open from June 21st to August 30th, 2014. A cable car (Jandri Express) transports skiers up to the glacier’s eight runs (2 red, 4 blue and 2 green) and a freestyle area in 24 minutes. Les 2 Alpes’ snowpark rivals that of Saas-Fee's glacier, with its snowskate zone, slopestyle (Big Air, tables, kickers and rails), cool zone, half-pipe (4.5m/15ft high, 120m/400ft long) and a smaller pipe suitable for beginners.

Tignes. This summer, the Grand Motte Glacier ski area will be open from June 21st till August 3rd 2014. The 20 kms of pistes and 12 lifts are accessible via the Perce-Neige funicular which takes you up to the glacier in just 7 minutes.
At an altitude of 3,456 meters, the glacier was the meeting place of freestylers, pros and amateurs for summer snowboarding and skiing.The snowpark team shaped many runs for both beginners and experts (10 kickers and about 12 rails). It will be open from July 6th to August 4th 2013.
From June 29th 2013 you will have free access to the Lagon swimming pool with your 2-to-10 day Tignes ski pass.

Val d'Isere. The Val d'Isere summer ski season is quite short. The Pissaillas glacier is open from june 7th to July 13th. The ski area is served by two ski lifts: Teleski des Montets and the Cascade Express chairlift.

Italy

Passo Stelvio. 20 km of slopes among Ortles-Cevedales and Cristallo mountains, at 3000 meters of height, on the glacier near the biggest Pass of Europe. The glacier is open from May 31st to November 2nd.

Cervinia. The access to the glacier from Cervinia will be open from June 28th to September 7th 2014.

Switzerland

Zermatt. Zermatt has a whopping 21 km of summer skiing on its Theodul Glacier accessed by the Klein Matterhorn cable car. Zermatt is Switzernd’s only year round ski resort and one of the two remaining glaciers in the Alps to open 365 days a year. The summer ski area is shared with Cervinia in Italy, so you can ski over the border for lunch. The 13 runs are divided into blues and reds. The Gravity Park features a half-pipe, kickers and rails and also offers one of the best views of the Matterhorn.