Sunday, July 31, 2016

Swatch Freeride World Tour 2017


For its 10th anniversary the Swatch Freeride World Tour reloads with a five-stop journey featuring the world’s top riders competing on legendary competition faces.
Tradition is being made with events at Vallnord Arcalis, Andorra and Haines, Alaska, while historical venues remain on top, combining old with new to create an action-filled season that is sure to excite and inspire. Both Vallnord Arcalis-Andorra and Haines, Alaska hosted spectacular competitions in 2015 and 2016.
The FWT also returns to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France one of the most storied locations for freeride in the world, and a global epicenter of glisse. Chamonix’s rich skiing, mountaineering and snowboarding heritage needs no introduction and a podium here is a coveted addition to any athlete’s resume.
Chamonix is complimented by a date at Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, Austria. Fieberbrunn features a difficult, complex venue that will challenge the athletes on one of the crown jewels of Austrian freeride terrain.
Finally, the rich tradition of the FWT reaches a peak on the heights of Verbier’s Bec des Rosses, Switzerland, the spiritual home of the Freeride World Tour.

SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR 2017
1. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR CHAMONIX-MONT-BLANC
Date: January 28, 2017; Location: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, FRA

2. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR VALLNORD ARCALIS - ANDORRA
Date: February. 11, 2017; Location: Vallnord Arcalis, AND

3. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR FIEBERBRUNN KITZBÜHELER ALPEN
Date: March 4, 2017; Location: Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, AUT

4. SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR HAINES - ALASKA
Date: March 17, 2017; Location: Haines

5. SWATCH XTREME VERBIER
Date: April 1, 2017; Location: Verbier, SUI




The Swatch Freeride World Tour (FWT) is the premier big mountain freeskiing and snowboarding tour in the world, featuring the sport’s top athletes competing in the world’s best mountain resorts. Created in 2008, the FWT became even more global in 2012 following the union of North American-based Freeskiing World Tour, The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, and the European-based Swatch Freeride World Tour. Besides the successful implementation of this truly global FWT, the increase of Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) and Junior Freeride Tour events in recent years shows that the base of the sport is growing exponentially.
The FWT represents top-level big mountain riding, the most progressive and pure discipline of skiing and snowboarding. Riders use the entire mountain as their canvas, from cliffs, cornices and chutes to powder fields and trees. FWT events have invitation-only athlete rosters but the full FWQ series allows athletes to compete in 1 to 4-star level events and qualify for the FWT the following season. All FWT competition venues are handpicked for their terrain, as well as their steepness, and offer a wide range of options to those competing.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Red Bull: Acrobatic Paragliding Above Mont-Blanc

On a sunny Sunday in April, acrobatic paragliding pilots Tim Alongi, Francois Ragolski and Martin Schricke dropped into the what may have been some of the most incredible flights of their lives.
We wanted to make the craziest acro footage we could above the Mont Blanc Massif,” says Schricke, who grew up visiting his grandparents in Chamonix/Mont Blanc. "It’s a mythic place. I’ve been coming here since I was young, and eyeing the mountain in front of the house for a long time. It’s been a dream to go up and fly above it!

GoPro: Best of 2015. The Year in Review

Monday, July 18, 2016

Freeride Skier Matilda Rapaport Dies in Avalanche in Chile


Swedish professional extreme skier Matilda Rapaport has died after being caught in an avalanche in the Andes mountains near Chile’s capital Santiago.
Rapaport, who was 30 years old, was skiing in a film shoot outside the resort town of Farellones on Thursday after a major snowstorm when the avalanche occurred. She died later in hospital. Despite intensive medical care and treatment over the subsequent days, it wasn’t possible to save her life.
"Matilda was an extraordinary athlete, traveling the world to find her passion, ride steep terrain and share her bright smile", Red Bull said in a statement.
A former alpine ski racer, Matilda became a highly-respected, beloved member of the freeride community, ranking in the top tier of the Freeride World Tour for several years and winning the renowned Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships in 2011. She then made quite an entrance onto the Freeride World Tour stage, winning the season’s finals and world’s most prestigious and hardest freeride competition, the Xtreme Verbier, in 2013, having entered on a wildcard.
Matilda also featured in several acclaimed freeski movies, such as the groundbreaking all-women productions Shades of Winter, Pure and the upcoming film Between. She was chosen as a role model and regular contributor for the international Women’s Health magazine.
She got married to her long-time boyfriend, alpine World Cup racer Mattias Hargin, just this Spring.

Saas-Fee Ski Season Opening Weekend 2016

Ski Season kicks-off in Saas-Fee under bluebird skies and the best conditions!

 

Skiing in Saas-Fee in summer is an amazing experience and not just because of the pleasant temperatures and 20 km of diverse glacier pistes. You might also spot national and international
sports teams training at the summer skiing area.



Saas-Fee is the perfect training playground for professional skiers and snowboarders. Every year National Teams and pros come to Saas-Fee to enjoy the perfect conditions of the glacier.

Saas-Fee offers ideal summer skiing and snowboarding conditions. Up on the glaciers there are 20 km of slopes to suit all levels. The Allalin Glacier is accessed via the underground funicular and is open from mid-July to late October. The glacier is particularly popular with freestylers and race teams. Swiss and international ski teams come here for their summer training sessions every year.
The snowpark has a half-pipe, kickers, rails, boxes and transitions in all shapes and sizes to suit all skill levels.

In 2012 the results of a questionnaire for "Best ski resort" with over 40‘000 guests were presented. Saas-Fee / Saastal was voted best Swiss ski Resort. Internationally it was even voted to second rank out of 55 top ski destinations in Austria, Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland. In terms of snow reliability, slope preparation and coziness, Saas-Fee/Saastal hit top status.


Volunteer Application Process for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Begins


PyeongChang 2018 offered people around the world a chance to participate in the next Olympic Winter Games with the launch of an online volunteer recruitment campaign.
Using a new website for applications, the initiative seeks to recruit 22,400 volunteers to assist with a range of tasks in areas that include sport, medical services, media operations, technology and language services. Volunteers will undergo free training and will be offered uniforms, accommodation, meals, insurance and other benefits.
Several Korean universities, volunteer organisations and other groups expressed their willingness to support the Games at a news conference a day before the website unveiling.
"Volunteers will be part of history", Hee-beom Lee, President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee, said. "It will be a priceless opportunity to make friends and learn about the world, leaving lasting memories that will shine forever".
Volunteer positions are open to anyone aged 18 or over, and organisations with 50 or more members can apply as a group. The online recruitment campaign is scheduled to run through to the end of September.
President Lee said the volunteers will "stand at the frontline of service to every visitor and guest of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games".
More information about the PyeongChang 2018 volunteer programme is available at vol.pyeongchang2018.com.

The PyeongChang 2018 Games, which will take place from 9-25 February 2018, will be the third to be staged in Asia, and the first ever in the Republic of Korea, following Nagano (JPN) in 1998 and Sapporo (JPN) in 1972.
The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee’s (POCOG’s) ‘New Horizons’ vision aims to expand winter sports in Asia and transform the local Gangwon province into a new winter sports and tourism destination.
From a logistical point of view, the concept for the 2018 Winter Games is one of the most compact ever seen.The vision for PyeongChang is based on a compact geographical area, split between a coastal and a mountain cluster.
The coastal cluster, centred around the town of Gangneung on the Republic of Korea’s eastern seaboard, will provide the setting for the events on ice (speed skating, figure skating, short track, ice hockey and curling), with the main Olympic Village complex and mountain cluster (comprising the skiing and snowboarding courses and the bobsleigh,luge and skeleton track) located only a 30 minute car journey away.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Epic TV: Gone Tomorrow. Ep. 5. The Desert

The desert is a space defined as much by the places in between as it is by its contents. Those wide open vistas between rock and canyon, between sage and cactus. Spaces defined by those barren and limited resources, that amplify what little there is for those willing to push into this raw and often harsh environment.
Southern Utah is one such place. Immense red rock monoliths, obelisks, and arches stretching from the dust and sand. Impossible formation in their own right. But for a few mere days every year, the dry and arid climate is graced with what seems like an impossible amount of snowfall.
Reds and browns, and splashed with an abundance of white, creating an impossible visual contrast. While for those willing to explore just a touch further and wander into those little explored slots and canyons, a veritable oasis of untouched and un-skied lines more suited for an alien planet then a mere few hours from a skiing metropolis.
This is the desert. Carry water, avoid the noon day sun, and ignore the vultures if you can.



Gone Tomorrow video series seeks to offer a unique perspective on traveling to exotic and remote destinations around the world to ski some of the best conditions we can find.
Not a travel guide, or a "went here did that" narrative but a visual depiction of what it is to live these adventures and explore the deeper themes and emotions that emerge from each and every trip we take.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Epic TV: Gone Tomorrow. Ep. 4. Vancouver Island

The massive mountain ranges of British Columbia are as much defined by their grandeur as their variety. No place being more unique then it's West Coast, where the earth falls away and is broken into a series of infinately complex peninsulas, inlets, and of course islands. Here surrounded by water and directly at the mercy of the Pacific Ocean, massive weather systems dredge the terrain in rain, wind, and at the highest elevations... snow.
A climate that forms and shapes the people and the unique cultures that exist around warmth and survival, as much as it shapes the terrain.Where in one step you can find yourself in a sub-tropical rainforest, in the next you can find yourself under seven feet of fresh snow, and another in a venerable backwoods community tucked into the base of a community run ski resort.
This is exactly what was accomplished as we ventured from mainland British Columbia across the Georgia Straight and onto Vancouver Island. Greeted by the visual collision of sea and sky, as well as the physical collision of the biggest storm of the season directly to our faces. Let's just say it was a place that was hard to leave, and will certainly draw us back.


Gone Tomorrow video series seeks to offer a unique perspective on traveling to exotic and remote destinations around the world to ski some of the best conditions we can find.
Not a travel guide, or a "went here did that" narrative but a visual depiction of what it is to live these adventures and explore the deeper themes and emotions that emerge from each and every trip we take.

Epic TV: Gone Tomorrow. Ep. 3. Skiing The West

West of the Mississippi, and west again of the great plains that divide America lay a skiing haven, the only constant being the sheer wild ruggedness of the place. From Yellowstone National Park to the Beartooths of Montana to the Wastch Range of Utah. Follow Carston Oliver, Eric Balken, and Eliel Hindert as they meander through these vast spaces, skiing some of the best snow in the Americas. Finding little miracles along the way and space at seemingly each and every ski turn.



Gone Tomorrow video series seeks to offer a unique perspective on traveling to exotic and remote destinations around the world to ski some of the best conditions we can find.
Not a travel guide, or a "went here did that" narrative but a visual depiction of what it is to live these adventures and explore the deeper themes and emotions that emerge from each and every trip we take.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Epic TV: Gone Tomorrow. Ep. 2. Skiing Japan

Japan. A country of contrasts. Wave upon wave of humanity in Tokyo. Endless swaths of residents, travelers, and transients form the electric acid trip that are the city's neon glow. But a quick decision and a flash of the landscape can find you in the most remote parts of Hokkaido northern island in the blink of an eye. This is where you'll find some of the best powder skiing you've ever seen.
Empty spaces. Free from other tourists, resorts, or anyone for that matter. Here the notion of Japan's slopes becoming obnoxiously crowded or blown out by visitors is lost in the silence of falling snow. Wandering between ivory forests intermingled with snowy ice palaces reaching impossible proportions, all without a soul in sight. This is a very real and very alive Japan. You just have to wander a bit further to find it. And remember, bring your skis.



Gone Tomorrow video series seeks to offer a unique perspective on traveling to exotic and remote destinations around the world to ski some of the best conditions we can find.
Not a travel guide, or a "went here did that" narrative but a visual depiction of what it is to live these adventures and explore the deeper themes and emotions that emerge from each and every trip we take.

X-Pyr 2016

The X-Pyr is a flying and hiking competition, inspired by the Red Bull X-Alps, in which a selected number of teams, comprised of one pilot and one assistant, will take part.
The objective is to cross the Pyrenees, 477 km of "coast to coast" from west to east, starting at Hondarribia in the Bay of Biscay and finishing by the Mediterranean in El Port de la Selva. The first one to achieve this objective, just by flying a paraglider and on foot, will be the winner.
On Sunday 17 july 2016 at 11:00 the third edition of the X-Pyr will start in Hondarribia.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Epic TV: Gone Tomorrow. Ep. 1. Skiing Korea

Gone Tomorrow video series seeks to offer a unique perspective on traveling to exotic and remote destinations around the world to ski some of the best conditions we can find.
Not a travel guide, or a "went here did that" narrative but a visual depiction of what it is to live these adventures and explore the deeper themes and emotions that emerge from each and every trip we take.

Ulleung-Do. A name that few people have ever heard, and rightfully so. Not quite Korea, and not quite Japan, this tiny island exists far from the public view and even further from the rational understanding of what a ski trip should be. Technically it's South Korea. Four hours by boat and endless stomach churning seas separate this volcanic anomaly from any other landmass. Smack dab in the middle of the Sea of Japan, this is the birthplace for the storms that create the now infamous 'Japan-uary' snowfall that skiers and snowboarders from all over the world seek out.
Here at the source, storms materialize without warning and have been known to deposit up to two meters of snow in a 24-hour period on the slopes that rise a thousand meters directly out of the blue waters before tumbling back down into an ancient volcanic crater. Essentially a powder paradise perched on a nearly private island and home to a grand total of four skiers. All of whom have roots running five generations back on the island. They sounded like they could use some company and after an invitation to join it seemed like it would be rude not to join them, no?

Monday, July 11, 2016

UTMB 2016: 1 Event - 5 Races


The UTMB® is a trail-running event for trail-runners from all over the world. Each year, the elite of the trail-running world find themselves in Chamonix to participate in one of the event's 5 races.


One of the greatest European Mountain Trail Races. The international race takes place in one of the most incredible landscapes on the world. A breathtaking scenery of seven valleys, 71 glaciers and 400 summits like the Mont Blanc, the Dent du Géant and the rock face of the Grandes Jorasses. The athletes cover a distance of 168 km and 9,600 of positive altitude change along the famous GR TMB, within 46 hours, at an altitude ranging between 1012 m and 2537 m., crossing six passes over 2000 metres high. They will pass through 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland. The sporting and human achievement is remarkable: 168 km is the distance between Paris and Auxerre by the motorway; it is also the distance of four marathons back to back. The positive height gain is equivalent to twice the ascension of Everest from base camp.
Starting in the Place du Triangle de l'Amitié, Friday 26th at 18:00
  • 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland
  • 3 alpine regions: The 2 Savoie, The Aosta Valley andValais
  • 19 communes: Chamonix Mont-Blanc (FR), Les Houches (FR), Saint-Gervais (FR), Les Contamines-Montjoie (FR), Servoz (FR), Hauteluce (FR), Beaufort (FR), Bourg-Saint-Maurice (FR), Séez (FR), La Thuile (IT), Pré-Saint-Didier (IT), Morgex (IT), Courmayeur Mont-Blanc (IT), Orsières (CH), La Fouly et Champex-Lac, Trient (CH), Vallorcine (FR), Finhaut (CH), Salvan (CH), Martigny-Combe (CH)
  • 2300 runners (86 countries)
  • Maximum race time: 46 hours
  • Estimated time for the first finishers is 20 hours
  • Limited to runners who have a minimum of 9 qualification points


Created in 2006, it has become as popular as its big sister. The CCC is considered by many runners to be "the little one" nevertheless it too, constitutes one of the most difficult challenges in ultra - trail.
A semi-tour of Mont-Blanc, starting from Courmayeur with 101km, 6,100 metres of positive height gain and in semi-autonomy.
Starting in the centre of Courmayeur Friday August 26th at 9:00.
  • 1900 runners
  • Maximun race time: 26:30 hours
  • Estimated time for the first finishers is12 hours
  • Limited to runners who have a minimum 3 qualification points.

Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (TDS)

Wilder and more technical than the UTMB and the CCC, in the heart of the Aosta valley and the two Savoie, this demanding race offers a new vision of the tour of Mont Blanc and the Beaufortain country. The route will allow the discovery of the col de la Youlaz (2,661m) above Courmayeur, the "passage du Curé" or the sublime view of the massif of Mont Blanc from the col de la Gitte in the heart of Beaufortain.
A semi-tour of Mont-Blanc starting from Courmayeur with 119km, 7,250 metres of positive height gain and in semi-autonomy.
Starting from the centre of Courmayeur on Wednesday August 24th at 06:00.
  • 1600 runners
  • Maximum race time : 33 hours
  • Estimated time for the first finishers is 14 hours
  • Limited to runners who have a minimum of 3 qualification points

The Orsières-Champex-Chamonix (OCC)

The new race was launched in 2014. Tthis race will be perfect for fans of medium distances (in the category Trail Ultra Medium between 42km and 69km). Therefore, for the less "ultra" runners wishing to get into the event of the UTMB® will find a race suitable for them to start the adventure. Orsières will finally experiment the rhythm of a start of a race desired for several years.
The race will start from Orsières located southwest of the canton in the Val d’Entremont. This valley offers unique landscapes: ultimate peaks on the eastern flanks of the Mont Blanc drawing the franco-swiss frontier, hanging glaciers on polished rocks, fiery torrents… The layout of the OCC goes through that nature, in a charming atmosphere before reaching Champex and the last part just as magical at the UTMB® or the CCC®.
Starting from Orsières Place Centrale on Thursday August 25th  at 8:15.

La Petite Trotte à Léon (PTL)

A hallucinatory and non competitive event! A "grand" tour of Mont Blanc adding high passes, often higher than 2,500 metres and with some delicate passages. If you like solitude, solidarity and total adventure, that is the reason for trying it once.
This ultra-endurance pedestrian event leads participants on a large tour of Mont-Blanc,taking high routes, without way-markers on the ground, which necessitates the sense of orientation on and off paths.
Its conception is original and its unusual specificities distinguish it from other races. The spirit of the  PTL® depends upon mental engagement, an adventurous team spirit as well as sporting values and also those of the mountains.
  • An event without final positions and in complete autonomy, to be realised by teams of 3 (or 2) inseparable runners. The total number of runners will be limited to 300.
  • The route is different each year, not way marked but simply mapped (GPS waypoints are provided). So as to progress in security competitors must be able to master navigation with a GPS and also have sufficient knowledge in map reading, the use of a compass and of an altimeter.
  • Around 300km and 28,000 metres of positive height gain
  • Maximum authorized time: 141 hours
  • Start from Chamonix Monday August 22nd at 9:00

Friday, July 8, 2016

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc 2016. New Visual Identity

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc has a new visual identity. Since December 8th, the event took the name of its key event, the UTMB®, already largely used amongst the trail-running community, and is adopting a new logo to express its loyalty in its values, and to share a new energy with its various publics for the future years. Columbia, becomes the «Presenting partner» of the event, and thus directly associated with the evolution of the visual identity.

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® is becoming the UTMB®. For several years these four letters have been known to all, world-wide, who are passionate about trail-running. The UTMB® is also the denomination of the key event, which has existed since the beginning in 2003. This new name – short, easy to remember in any language, already anchored in the habits of the trail-running community language – will from now on be the official name of the event. So everybody will participate in the UTMB®, no matter which race they are registered for.


Associated with this new name is a new logo, which expresses the energy which links the UTMB® and its enthusiasts, and groups together several elements to communicate the unique dimension of the event.
  • The 'little man', a historical figure, making the link with the old logo and symbolising both the activity of running in the mountains, and the values of the UTMB®: the human adventure, conviviality and sharing.
  • The three mountains and the name MONT-BLANC a reminder of the exceptional natural environment in which the 5 UTMB® events take place and the strong links which the UTMB® weaves with the inhabitants of the mountainous massif straddling three countries: France, Italy, Switzerland, around the apex of Europe.
  • The form of the logo was inspired by the form of the granite stones in the beds of the mountain torrents in the Mont-Blanc country.
  • The choice was imperative and underlines the UTMB®'s commitment in favour of the protection of the environment. 
The colours logo reflects this double dimension, natural and human. The blue depicts the sky on a good day in the mountains and the colour of the glaciers. The orangey-yellow colour of the runner and the droplets depict energy and human values.
The new logo describe both what the event is today, and what it will become.
The UTMB® has changed over the course of the last ten years. More and more international, the event proposes, from now on, during one week, 5 big races around MontBlanc, which brings together more than 7500 runners representing 87 countries, numerous animations aimed at a diversified public – notably the young, with the Mini UltraTrails® for children aged 3 – 13, and the #YCC, a challenge for those aged between 16 and 22 -, international medical and scientific exchanges, and a Salon (show) which attracts the largest outdoor brands and trail-race organisers from all over the world. These changes came about while respecting the values drawn from the history of the event: the attachment to the Mont-Blanc territory and its inhabitants in France, Switzerland and Italy, the human values, respect for the environment and sporting ethic.
"We wanted to continue being a benchmark event within the universe of Trail-running combining in the same human adventure a big diversity of players: the runners of all levels and those accompanying them, the volunteers, the organisation, and all our partners! This new name and new logo express this shared energy and vision of the future without borders", Catherine Poletti, Organiser and Director of the UTMB®


On Friday 26 August 2016, at 18:00 hours a new edition of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc will start in the Place du Triangle de l’Amitiét in the centre of Chamonix.
The Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc is one of the greatest European Mountain Trail Races. The international race takes place in one of the most incredible landscapes on the world. A breathtaking scenery of seven valleys, 71 glaciers and 400 summits like the Mont Blanc, the Dent du Géant and the rock face of the Grandes Jorasses. The athletes cover a distance of 168 km and 9,600 of positive altitude change along the famous GR TMB, within 46 hours, at an altitude ranging between 1012 m and 2537 m., crossing six passes over 2000 metres high. They will pass through 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland. The sporting and human achievement is remarkable: 168 km is the distance between Paris and Auxerre by the motorway; it is also the distance of four marathons back to back. The positive height gain is equivalent to twice the ascension of Everest from base camp.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc 2016


On Friday 26 August 2016, at 18:00 hours a new edition of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc will start in the Place du Triangle de l’Amitiét in the centre of Chamonix.
The Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc is one of the greatest European Mountain Trail Races. The international race takes place in one of the most incredible landscapes on the world. A breathtaking scenery of seven valleys, 71 glaciers and 400 summits like the Mont Blanc, the Dent du Géant and the rock face of the Grandes Jorasses. The athletes cover a distance of 168 km and 9,600 of positive altitude change along the famous GR TMB, within 46 hours, at an altitude ranging between 1012 m and 2537 m., crossing six passes over 2000 metres high. They will pass through 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland. The sporting and human achievement is remarkable: 168 km is the distance between Paris and Auxerre by the motorway; it is also the distance of four marathons back to back. The positive height gain is equivalent to twice the ascension of Everest from base camp.
  • 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland
  • 3 alpine regions: The 2 Savoie, The Aosta Valley andValais
  • 19 communes: Chamonix Mont-Blanc (FR), Les Houches (FR), Saint-Gervais (FR), Les Contamines-Montjoie (FR), Servoz (FR), Hauteluce (FR), Beaufort (FR), Bourg-Saint-Maurice (FR), Séez (FR), La Thuile (IT), Pré-Saint-Didier (IT), Morgex (IT), Courmayeur Mont-Blanc (IT), Orsières (CH), La Fouly et Champex-Lac, Trient (CH), Vallorcine (FR), Finhaut (CH), Salvan (CH), Martigny-Combe (CH)
  • 2300 runners (86 countries)
  • Maximum race time: 46 hours
  • Estimated time for the first finishers is 20 hours
  • Limited to runners who have a minimum of 9 qualification points
The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc has a new visual identity. SinceDecember 8th, the event took the name of its key event, the UTMB®, already largely used amongst the trail-running community, and is adopting a new logo to express its loyalty in its values, and to share a new energy with its various publics for the future years. Columbia, becomes the « Presenting partner » of the event, and thus directly associated with the evolution of the visual identity.

Since its creation in 2003, the UTMB® (170km-10 000 ascent limited to 2300 runners) has been an astonishing success, passing from 700 runners registered to 5471 requests for registration for this its 14th year. A success which is confirmed and extends to all the races on offer today – (almost 15000 requests for the 7500 places available for all the races). To sustain a qualitative organisation, respect a fragile environment and regulate the influx on paths around Mont-Blanc, it was indispensable to limit the number of participants … Since 2005 the UTMB® has been limited to 2 300 runners, then it was the turn of the other races. The CCC® is limited to 1900 runners, the TDS® to 1600, the OCC to 1400 and the PTL® to 100 teams of 3 (or 2) runners; which makes 7500 runners split between the different starting lines. Since 2007, it has been necessary to justify a trail-runner's experience (to have run two races of 50km or one of 80km) in order to register As from 2008, this « regulator » was not enough with registration being completed in 9 minutes. The organisation then inaugurated a system of qualifying points along with a draw, guaranteeing the maximum equality.

86 Countries represented: Algeria, Andorra,, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong-Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Salvador, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.


UTMB® 2015 - Best of - Meilleurs moments por UltraTrailMontBlanc

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord 2016


The 8th edition of the Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord will this year be held in July 14-17.
The five races that form the Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord event get underway once more. These races are:
  • the Tour of the Summits (170 km – 13,500 m D+)
  • the Mythical (112 km – 9,700 m D+)
  • the Sky Trail (83 km – 5,000 m D+)
  • the Marathon of Summits (42,5 km – 3,000 m D+)
  • the Solidarity Trail (10 km – 750 m D+)
Last time around, the competition attracted 2,600 runners from 39 countries. More than 400 volunteers helped to make the event a success, and streaming broadcasts attracted over 100,000 views.
Participants will pass through the valleys of Comapedrosa communal natural park, the Sorteny valley natural park, and the Madriu valley, which has World Heritatge status, at an altitude of almost 3,000 metres in a purely mineral environment.


Alps in Light, A Timelapse Film By Lorenzo Caccia



A time-lapse short film celebrating the beauty of the Italian Alps.
From the Western part, under the highest European glacier Mont Blanc, to the East, among the beautiful Dolomites, Lorenzo Caccia has traveled across them trying to capture the essence of these mountains ... their Light!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Where To Ski in The Alps in July?



Saas-Fee in Switzerland is scheduled to open for summer skiing in less than two weeks, on July 16. Skiing in Saas-Fee in summer is an amazing experience and not just because of the pleasant temperatures and 20 km of diverse glacier pistes. You might also spot national and international sports teams training at the summer skiing area.



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.

Italy

Cervinia. The access to the glacier from Cervinia will be open from June 25th to September 4th 2016.

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 27th to November.

Austria

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.

Dachstein. Glacier skiing Hunerkogellift opened until July 17th The Dachstein Gletscherbahn brings you uphill to 2,700 metres above sea level.

Kaprun. The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier ski lifts and slopes are open down to Alpincenter. Glacier skiing area opened until July 24th. 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.

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 18th to August 27th, 2016. 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 25th to August 7th 2016. 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).
You also get 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 11th to July 17th. The ski area is served by two ski lifts: Teleski des Montets and the Cascade Express chairlift.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Aspen Snowmass. Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit. Ep. 4 Own Your Path

Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit, a four episode video series released on October 2015, evokes the Aspen Idea, a philosophy of ‘mind, body, spirit’ brought to Aspen in the 1940s by Walter Paepcke and his wife Elizabeth. Following in the footsteps of last season’s Mind Body Spirit video series,
Rejuvenate focuses on four remarkable locals: Amanda Boxtel, Chris Klug, Mark Pinter, and Pete McBride. Watch as they find solace and meaning on the mountains of Aspen Snowmass.

 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Aspen Snowmass. Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit. Ep. 3 Sharpen Your Senses

Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit, a four episode video series released on October 2015, evokes the Aspen Idea, a philosophy of ‘mind, body, spirit’ brought to Aspen in the 1940s by Walter Paepcke and his wife Elizabeth. Following in the footsteps of last season’s Mind Body Spirit video series,
Rejuvenate focuses on four remarkable locals: Amanda Boxtel, Chris Klug, Mark Pinter, and Pete McBride. Watch as they find solace and meaning on the mountains of Aspen Snowmass.

 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Aspen Snowmass. Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit. Ep. 2 Claim Your Moment

Rejuvenate: Mind Body Spirit, a four episode video series released on October 2015, evokes the Aspen Idea, a philosophy of ‘mind, body, spirit’ brought to Aspen in the 1940s by Walter Paepcke and his wife Elizabeth. Following in the footsteps of last season’s Mind Body Spirit video series,
Rejuvenate focuses on four remarkable locals: Amanda Boxtel, Chris Klug, Mark Pinter, and Pete McBride. Watch as they find solace and meaning on the mountains of Aspen Snowmass.