Saturday, April 30, 2016

EpicTV: RECCO - Avalanche Awareness

Developed for avalanche rescue, the RECCO Rescue System is used by more than 700 rescue organizations worldwide to find buried avalanche victims. Rescue teams embrace the RECCO System because the technology makes searching significantly faster, which saves time, and time is the enemy of the buried victim.




Developed for avalanche rescue, the two-part system consists of a RECCO detector used by organized rescue groups and RECCO reflectors that are integrated into outerwear, helmets, protection gear and boots from hundreds of top outdoor brands. The reflector is permanently attached, requires no training and no batteries to function. It is always "on" and ready.
RECCO reflectors do not prevent avalanches nor do they guarantee location or survival in the event of a burial, but they enable organized rescue teams to pinpoint the person’s precise location.

EpicTV: RECCO - Product Involvement

Developed for avalanche rescue, the RECCO Rescue System is used by more than 700 rescue organizations worldwide to find buried avalanche victims. Rescue teams embrace the RECCO System because the technology makes searching significantly faster, which saves time, and time is the enemy of the buried victim.



Developed for avalanche rescue, the two-part system consists of a RECCO detector used by organized rescue groups and RECCO reflectors that are integrated into outerwear, helmets, protection gear and boots from hundreds of top outdoor brands. The reflector is permanently attached, requires no training and no batteries to function. It is always "on" and ready.
RECCO reflectors do not prevent avalanches nor do they guarantee location or survival in the event of a burial, but they enable organized rescue teams to pinpoint the person’s precise location.

Friday, April 29, 2016

EpicTV: RECCO - In 2 minutes

Developed for avalanche rescue, the RECCO Rescue System is used by more than 700 rescue organizations worldwide to find buried avalanche victims. Rescue teams embrace the RECCO System because the technology makes searching significantly faster, which saves time, and time is the enemy of the buried victim.



Developed for avalanche rescue, the two-part system consists of a RECCO detector used by organized rescue groups and RECCO reflectors that are integrated into outerwear, helmets, protection gear and boots from hundreds of top outdoor brands. The reflector is permanently attached, requires no training and no batteries to function. It is always "on" and ready.
RECCO reflectors do not prevent avalanches nor do they guarantee location or survival in the event of a burial, but they enable organized rescue teams to pinpoint the person’s precise location.

EpicTV: The RECCO System

Developed for avalanche rescue, the RECCO Rescue System is used by more than 700 rescue organizations worldwide to find buried avalanche victims. Rescue teams embrace the RECCO System because the technology makes searching significantly faster, which saves time, and time is the enemy of the buried victim.



Developed for avalanche rescue, the two-part system consists of a RECCO detector used by organized rescue groups and RECCO reflectors that are integrated into outerwear, helmets, protection gear and boots from hundreds of top outdoor brands. The reflector is permanently attached, requires no training and no batteries to function. It is always "on" and ready.
RECCO reflectors do not prevent avalanches nor do they guarantee location or survival in the event of a burial, but they enable organized rescue teams to pinpoint the person’s precise location.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

EpicTV: RECCO - Use all means to be found in an avalanche

Dale Atkins, expert at RECCO and former President of American Avalanche Association, explains why you should use both transceiver and RECCO reflector in case of an avalanche accident.



Developed for avalanche rescue, the two-part system consists of a RECCO detector used by organized rescue groups and RECCO reflectors that are integrated into outerwear, helmets, protection gear and boots from hundreds of top outdoor brands. The reflector is permanently attached, requires no training and no batteries to function. It is always "on" and ready.
RECCO reflectors do not prevent avalanches nor do they guarantee location or survival in the event of a burial, but they enable organized rescue teams to pinpoint the person’s precise location.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

EpicTV: RECCO - Resorts & Operations

Developed for avalanche rescue, the RECCO Rescue System is used by more than 700 rescue organizations worldwide to find buried avalanche victims. Rescue teams embrace the RECCO System because the technology makes searching significantly faster, which saves time, and time is the enemy of the buried victim.



Developed for avalanche rescue, the two-part system consists of a RECCO detector used by organized rescue groups and RECCO reflectors that are integrated into outerwear, helmets, protection gear and boots from hundreds of top outdoor brands. The reflector is permanently attached, requires no training and no batteries to function. It is always "on" and ready.
RECCO reflectors do not prevent avalanches nor do they guarantee location or survival in the event of a burial, but they enable organized rescue teams to pinpoint the person’s precise location.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

EpicTV: RECCO - Be prepared - Be smart - Be searchable

Be searchable! That was the message to all visitors at the French film festival High Five, 2-4 October in Annecy. Each screening began with this short film from RECCO where the French snowboard legend Xavier De Le Rue and Austrian freeskier and film producer Sandra Lahnsteiner show what they bring to be searchable in case of an avalanche.



Developed for avalanche rescue, the two-part system consists of a RECCO detector used by organized rescue groups and RECCO reflectors that are integrated into outerwear, helmets, protection gear and boots from hundreds of top outdoor brands. The reflector is permanently attached, requires no training and no batteries to function. It is always "on" and ready.
RECCO reflectors do not prevent avalanches nor do they guarantee location or survival in the event of a burial, but they enable organized rescue teams to pinpoint the person’s precise location.

Monday, April 25, 2016

EpicTV: The Big Mountain Tour, Ep. 3- Sunrise Lodge, Canada

The Völkl BMT Team, Ingrid Backstrom, Ian MacIntosh, Stian Hagen, Austin Ross and Christina Lusti explore the beauty of the the Selkirk mountains in Canada.
Early season ski-touring doesn’t get much better than this, imagine having you own little cabin far away from anyone with great terrain outside your door and perfect powder.

EpicTV: The Big Mountain Tour, Ep. 2 – Rishiri Island

Follow the Volkl BMT team as they explore the remote Rishiri Island off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan. Ingrid Backstrom, Christina Lusti, Austin Ross and Stian Hagen battle strong winds and challenging conditions to summit and ski this rarely visited and skied Volcano in the Japanese sea.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

EpicTV: The Big Mountain Tour, Ep. 1 - La Grave

In search of fresh powder, great adventures and unforgettable moments the Völkl skiers Ian McIntosh, Christina Lustenberger, Austin Ross and Stian Hagen decided to move south from their base in Chamonix to La Grave. Equipped with the new Völkl v-werks BMT (Big Mountain Touring) skis they explored the amazing terrain with local guide Joe Vallone. Randomly none of them had ever skied La Grave before, but definitely will again after this first experience.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Patrouille des Glaciers 2016 Cancelled


The decision was taken this morning to cancel the last race of this year’s Patrouille des Glaciers, the iconic Swiss ski race between Zermatt and Verbier that takes place every two years.
The ski mountaineering race organised by the Swiss Army, in which military and civilian teams compete, consists of four races. This year, the first two races, one short version starting in Arolla and ending in Verbier, and one long one from Zermatt to Verbier took place as planned, without any hitches.
Pippa Middleton, sister of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was among those who made the journey from Zermatt to Verbier in the first full-length race on 20 April 2016. According to 20 Minuten, her team took just under 15 hours to reach the finish line in Verbier. The record time for an all women’s team is 7 hours and 27 minutes.
Unfortunately, those competing in the second full-length event due to start on Friday but shifted to Saturday, were told this morning that there would be no race this year, due to bad weather. A similar decision was taken in 2012, but this is the first time since 1984 the race has been stopped before starting.

EpicTV: Avalanche Awareness (5) - Dealing With An Avalanche Situation And Performing Rescue Techniques

The EpicTV Avalanche Awareness series is a guide to help skiers and snowboarders reduce their risk and make safer decisions in the mountains.

Avalanches should be avoided at any stake but being prepared for an avalanche situation is key. Knowing how to react if you or your companions are caught in an avalanche can help save lives. In the final episode of this series we talk to mountain expert and director of the Chamoniarde, Christophe Boloyan, about what is can feel like to be in an avalanche and how to react. Graham Bell and Peter Bilous then go on to explain how to perform an avalanche rescue. It's vital to practice these techniques. We advise all aspiring freeskiers to take an avalanche course before heading into the backcountry. Watch the series, get in formed, then get training and practising.

EpicTV: Avalanche Awareness (4) - Reducing Risk In Avalanche Terrain

The EpicTV Avalanche Awareness series is a guide to help skiers and snowboarders reduce their risk and make safer decisions in the mountains.

So you've planned your trip with reference to the avalanche bulletin, got your gear ready and analysed the risk, so now it's time to focus on important tips which will show you how to make better decisions in avalanche terrain. First you need to able to recognise this terrain, being aware of surrounding features that may pose a danger. Peter Bilous and Graham Bell guide us through scenarios to be aware of and cover safer ways to travel through avalanche terrain. Travelling through these areas on the way up or across to the point where you will begin your descent is just as important as skiing it. Watch the series, get in formed, then get training and practising.

EpicTV: Avalanche Awareness (3) - Snowpack Observations And Warning Signs

The EpicTV Avalanche Awareness series is a guide to help skiers and snowboarders reduce their risk and make safer decisions in the mountains.

Having looked at how to plan your backcountry adventure and the essential equipment one needs to reduce risk in the mountains. This episode covers a variety of warning signs to be aware of and how to make important snowpack observations. Graham Bell and Peter Bilous provide a useful set of knowledge designed to help one make safer decisions in the backcountry. Watch the series, get in formed, then get training and practising.

EpicTV: Avalanche Awareness (2) - Essential Equipment For Mountain Safety

The EpicTV Avalanche Awareness series is a guide to help skiers and snowboarders reduce their risk and make safer decisions in the mountains.

In the second episode of Avalanche Awareness we cover the necessary equipment you need to help reduce risk to yourself and your companions when you're in the backcountry. It's not just having the equipment that is important, it's understanding what you need to know and, most importantly, how to use it. Graham Bell and mountain expert Peter Bilous run through what the necessary avalanche equipment is and the basic knowledge required to use it properly. Watch the series, get informed, then get training and practicing.

EpicTV: Avalanche Awareness (1) - Planning & Preparation

The EpicTV Avalanche Awareness series is a guide to help skiers and snowboarders reduce their risk and make safer decisions in the mountains.

Avalanches are often unexpected, but they're a part of winter sports in the mountains. The EpicTV Avalanche Awareness series aims to explain how to prepare your gear and yourself before heading into the mountains for your backcountry adventure. This is a guide meant to help reduce the risks to yourself and your friends while skiing and snowboarding in the mountains. Graham Bell and mountain expert Peter Bilous offer useful information to make your ski or snowboard experience safer. Watch the series, get informed, then get training and practicing.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Patrouille des Glaciers 2016: From Zermatt to Verbier


Last night the classic ski mountaineering competition Patrouille des Glaciers 2016 got underway. The first 734 teams taking part in Patrouille des Glaciers 2016 set off yesterday at 22:00,Staged once every two years, 4700 athletes have registered for the 20th edition.
The Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG), the legendary ski mountaineering race is organized by the Swiss Army. From Tuesday, 19 and Friday 22 April the "toughest team competition in the world" takes the patrols over 112 kilometres from Zermatt via Arolla to Verbier.
4,719 participants, 1573 teams from 12 countries will take part in the event.
The origin of the Patrouille des Glaciers goes back to the last world war when the mountain brigade No. 10 had the task of defending the south-eastern area of the central region of the Swiss Alps. The idea of carrying out the Patrouille des Glaciers was the initiative of two captains in the Mountain Brigade No. 10 shortly before World War II. Rodolphe Tissières and Roger Bonvin, both alpine officers, determined to test and consolidate the capabilities of the troop with a special long patrol race. In actual terms this meant running the Haute-Route between Zermatt and Verbier in one stage. The idea was to give the participants the opportunity to put into practice in one major exercise the technical knowledge they had attained during their long service in the mountains.
Nowadays the Patrouille des Glaciers continue to be a military competition organized by the Swiss Army but open to Swiss and foreign military or civilian patrols and takes place every two years.
Since then the PDG has lived up to its mythological status. Interest in this unique military event has increased with every competition. In 2006, the number of mountaineering enthusiasts who applied to participate was so high that the command decided for the first time to hold two separate events from Zermatt, as it had been done from Arolla for some time already.
The growth in popularity of outdoor events and challenging endurance competitions has been proven by the enormous interest in the PDG and has led to multistage enrolment procedures. Swiss military teams whose members fulfil the technical and physical requirements for this alpine competition have priority. In a second round, the remaining starting tickets for civilian teams are drawn.

Participants can choose between two routes/categories and have to complete it in a single stage:
Course Z: Zermatt-Verbier (Distance: 53 km, change in altitude +3994 m / -4090 m, equivalent flat distance; 110 km)
Course A: Arolla-Verbier (Distance 26 km, change in altitude +1881m / -2341 m, equivalent flat distance: 53 km).

Men's Record: 5:52:20 by Florent Troillet, Martin Anthamatten, Yannick Ecoeur (Suisse) in 2010.


Participants who register for the PDG competition must meet the following requirements:
  • Broad alpine experience that qualifies them to independently master unexpected situations under extreme conditions in an inhospitable mountain environment.
  • Careful personal preparation and adequate training in order to meet the physical, mental and technical requirements of the competition.
  • Full compliance with the PDG regulations and willingness to follow instructions of the PDG command to the letter before, during and after the race.
  • Willingness to show the ‘PDG spirit‘ towards their own team members and all other participants by displaying mutual fairness, caution and solidarity as well as recognising their own limits and respecting nature and the unique alpine world. This sporting fairness also entails acceptance of registration procedures and admission decisions.
By enrolling and signing, the team leaders give a personal undertaking that they will participate personally in the PDG and by their signature they acknowledge that they are only enrolling team members who meet the following requirements:
  • Sound alpine knowledge
  • Active alpine touring skills and experience participating in mountaineering competitions
  • Excellent skiing skills
  • Experience in skiing while roped to others
  • Very high level of training
  • Ability to complete the following distances under normal conditions within the times allocated:
    - Zermatt – Schönbiel within 3 h
    - Zermatt – Arolla within 8 h 30 min
    - Arolla – Riedmatten within 1h 45 min
    - Arolla – Verbier within 8 h 30 min
The race can be followed live on http://pdg.swisscom.ch/ and with the PDG App.

Enjoy SWISS Business Exclusive services For Much Less


Since last summer SWISS is offering a new fare concept for its European network. The new concept apply to all European services from Zurich and Geneva, and is specifically tailored to the needs of travellers today. The choice of three types of fare in Economy Class, along with the Business Class fare, offers customers more transparency and more travel options, as they can now select precisely the fare that meets their individual needs and pay just for the services they actually require.


Now you can enjoy SWISS Business exclusive services for much less. As of the 6th until the 31st of May you can acquire SWISS Comfort Package and get your ticket in Business Class paying 50% less. This discount applies to flights to Zurich, Geneva, Athens, Prague and Moscow from Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.

SWISS Comfort Package allows you to enjoy the following Business Class advantages for a very affordable additional price.
  • First Class travel on shuttle train from Basel to Zurich without extra charge
  • Priority check-in and boarding
  • Exclusive lounges access at the airport
  • Neighbouring seat vacant for higher privacy
  • Excellent dining on board
  • Business shuttle service if the aircraft does not go straight to the dock after landing
  • Priority baggage delivery to ensure a quicker way out
With SWISS Comfort Package you can enjoy exclusive services paying the best prices and fly SWISS Business from EUR 25.-  per person per leg (Price depends on the route).

Offer conditions:
  • Applicable discount: 50%
  • Offer available from the 6th to the 31st of May 2016
  • Travel must start as of the 13 of May and finish before the 31st of August 2016
  • Travel must start from Barcelona, Madrid or Valencia
  • For flying to Zurich, Geneva, Athens, Prague or Moscow.
¿How do I get the discount?
  • Enter in www.swiss.com and start organizing your flight in SWISS Economy
  • When getting to step 5 "Options" select "Upgrade into Business Class". Comfort Package price will automatically appear with 50% discount
  • Finish your booking and start enjoying SWISS Business privileges and additional services
With the Business, Classic and Flex fares your ski and snowboard equipment travels for free. This option makes SWISS the skiers' airline of choice. The free baggage allowance per person is 1 piece of max. 23kg in Economy Classic and Flex and 2 pieces of max. 32kg in Business Class.

Free equipment carriage is provided for the following items:
1 x pair skis, 1 x pair boots, 1 x pair ski poles, 1 x helmet, OR
1 x snowboard, 1 x pair snowboard boots, 1 x helmet
SWISS is adopting its new European fare concept jointly with Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines, to offer customers more consistency for their bookings throughout the Lufthansa Group.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Freeride World Tour Champion Estelle Balet Dies in Avalanche


This years women's snowboarding in the Freeride World Tour, Estelle Balet, has died in an avalanche.
The 22 year old Swiss national was filming in Le Portalet in the canton of Valais (Switzerland) when the couloir she was snowboarding avalanched.
The Freeride Wold Tour said in a statement today:

"The Freeride community has experienced a tremendous loss today as we learned that one of the most hopeful young talents and current snowboard World Champion, Estelle Balet, has tragically passed away in an avalanche. The mortal avalanche occurred earlier this morning in the canton of Valais. Estelle Balet was a naturally gifted shining star and demonstrated remarkable talent as she quickly became a household name on the Freeride World Tour, bringing home her second title as World Champion just a few weeks ago in Verbier. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Estelle Balet as we send our deepest sympathy and condolences during this very difficult time".

Monday, April 18, 2016

Jackson Hole. The heroes behind the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram

One of the most iconic lifts in the world and the linchpin of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort dream. Enjoy this inside look at running and maintaining the Aerial Tram.
Big Red, is the second tram of its kind at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. In 2006, after forty years of service, we retired the first tram and began building the new bigger and sleeker version, which currently runs today. The original Tram held 52 people and took 10.5 minutes to reach the summit, while the new tram holds 100 and takes just about 9 minutes to the top. 

Tram info: 
  • Ride time/length: 9 minutes, 4,139 vertical feet
  • Nickname: Big Red, The Red Heli
  • Birthdate: December 19, 2008
  • Construction Dates: April 2007 - December 2008



Jackson Hole has long been a Winter Destination Mecca for skiers and snowboarders.
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.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Vail Resorts Reports Certain Ski Season Metrics for the Season

On Thursday, April 14th, Vail Resorts reported certain ski season metrics for the comparative periods from the beginning of the ski season through April 10, 2016, and for the prior year period through April 12, 2015. The reported ski season metrics are for the Company's U.S. mountain resorts, excluding results from Perisher and the urban ski areas of Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Wilmot Mountain. The data mentioned in this release is interim period data and is subject to fiscal quarter end review and adjustments.
  • Season-to-date total lift ticket revenue at the Company's U.S. mountain resorts, including an allocated portion of season pass revenue for each applicable period, was up 19.3% compared to the prior year season-to-date period.
  • Season-to-date ancillary spending increased compared to the prior year, with dining revenue up 16.0% and ski school revenue up 10.1% at the Company's U.S. mountain resorts. Additionally, retail/rental revenue for U.S. resort store locations was up 11.5% compared to the prior year season-to-date period.
  • Season-to-date total skier visits for the Company's U.S. mountain resorts were up 13.4% compared to the prior year season-to-date period.
Commenting on the ski season metrics, Rob Katz, Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are very pleased with our results as the 2015/2016 ski season comes to its conclusion. Our momentum throughout the year continued across each of our Western geographies with strong visitation from destination and local guests throughout the spring. The season's results highlight the experience we provide guests at each of our resorts due to the engagement of our employees and the investments we have made at each of the mountains and the success of our more sophisticated marketing efforts to drive season pass sales and overall destination visitation".
Regarding the outlook for fiscal 2016, Katz said, "The results from March 7, 2016 through April 10, 2016 were stronger than we expected driven in large part by favorability in the post-Easter time period with excellent conditions and robust spending across our resorts. As a result, we expect that our fiscal 2016 Resort Reported EBITDA will finish the year at or above the high end of our guidance range issued on March 10, 2016".
Discussing spring season pass sales results, Katz continued, "Our attention is already turning to the 2016/2017 season with spring season pass sales underway. The breadth of our season pass collection, led by the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass, remains the most compelling value for skiers and riders in the United States and from around the world. To date, we have seen very strong overall results with significant continued growth on top of the record results we saw last spring and good momentum across all of our critical geographies".

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; Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons in Park City, Utah; 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, April 15, 2016

Der Weisse Rausch. St. Anton am Arlberg


Tomorrow April 16th a new edition of Der Weisse Rausch will take place in St. Anton am Arlberg .
When the lifts close in the afternoon of 16th April, things really heat up on the slopes of St. Anton am Arlberg. This is the day of the „White Thrill“ – the cult ski race which drives its participants to their absolute physical limits every year."The White Thrill" ski race is talked about all over the world by Wintersport fans. Whether as participants or observers, this sporty and speedy spectacle is a cult. Each year the race attracts hundreds of international piste freaks.
555 international piste addicts will gather the line-up this year on the Valluga at 2650 meters for the mass start. Participants cover a 9 kilometres trail through Valfagehrjoch, Ulmerhütte, Steißbachtal, Moos and finally St. Anton.
1,300 metres in altitude difference, 150 metre climb and a record time of seven minutes, 40.6 seconds are the forces to be reckoned with: "The White Thrill" cult race demands everything of its’ participants , yet most are inexorably drawn back every year to compete all over again.
The race is named after Der Weisse Rausch Film (White Ecstasy, 1931) directed by Dr. Arnold Franck starring by Hannes Schneider and Leni Riefenstahl.
Paul Schwarzacher, member of the Austrian National Ski Team training team has triumphed a record winning nine times. The fastest time of seven minutes and 40.6 seconds, however, was set in 2012 by Florian Holzinger from Germany. Times between 11 and 18 minutes are a good average, but they lose their significance once the race is over. What really counts is crossing the finishing line, amply demonstrated by the many participants who compete in fancy dress and take a leisurely half an hour to complete the course.
Der Weisse Rausch is also the first stage of the alpine triathlon "Arlberg Eagle". The overall winner must be ahead of the field in the ski race, in the Arlberger Jakobilauf half marathon (July 23rd) and in the mountain-bike race: the Arlberger Bike Marathon (August 20th).
Those who prefer it a little less “extreme” can take part in the “Arlberg Marmot” - a toned down version of the Arlberg Eagle held on the same days, but with shorter distances. There is also a “Mini version” of the White Thrill on 16th April at 16.30 hrs above the Sennhütte for youngsters aged between 11 and 16 years.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Muse To Close Winter Season in Ischgl


The British rock band Muse are set to play on 30th April 2016 at the legendary Top of the Mountain Concert in Ischgl, at 2300 metres altitude, right in the centre of the ski area. Well known for their breathtaking live shows, the English trio recently have received the best rock album award at the Grammys 2016.
Amidst an impressive alpine backdrop at 2,300 m altitude, Muse will present their new album "Drones". While previous productions combined rocking sounds with classical orchestral music, pure rock is now heard – this catapulted the band to first place on the American and third place on the German charts for the first time.



Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard have been making music together since 1994. They achieved their breakthrough with their third album "Absolution" in 2003. Since then they’ve been filling concert halls and performing as headliners at major festivals. But a concert at 2,300 m altitude is something new even for these British musicians. The live shows by the trio have already bagged several music awards: Brit Award, MTV Music Award and the Q Award. Be it with lots of special effects or fully puristically, the Grammy-award winners always deliver an impressive show. With their latest and seventh album "Drones", they remember their beginnings and with that for the first time shoot to first spot on the American charts. Now it’s the music alone that takes centre stage, and with Muse that is spectacle enough.
Muse follows in the footsteps of a galaxy of superstars who have entertained skiers and boarders in the Austrian resort's traditional Top of the Mountain gig. Long time ago, Ischgl decided to put its entire advertising and marketing budget into staging two massive concerts a year to open and close the winter season. Elton John was the first star to feature in the Tirolean resort's now famous season closing concerts, back in 1995. Since then the resort has hosted Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Sting, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Atomic Kitten, Peter Gabriel, The Corrs, Alanis Morissette, Lionel Richie, Pink, the Scissor Sisters, the Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Elton John again, Gabriella Cilmi, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Gossip, The Killers,Roxette, Mariah Carey, The Scorpions, Deep Purple, Nickelback, Robbie Williams, James Blunt, Thirty Seconds to Mars and The Beach Boys.



Ischgl (1377m) is a truly Ski Paradise in Tirol (Austria) with 238 km of prepared pistes, 43 lifts and lots of interesting new features in the ski resort. The modern lifts managed by the Silvretta Seilbahn AG Company offer a high level of comfort and countless extras, such as heated seats in the Fimbabahn cable car built for the 2007/08 season. A variety of slopes and ski routes offer a opportunity for everyone, from beginners to experts looking for challenging pistes. Eleven is the name of the longest piste with approximately 11 kilometres from the top of the ski resort in Greitspitz (2,872 metres) to Ischgl village (1,400 metres).
From Ischgl you can access to the Silvretta Arena Ski Paradise, thanks to an alliance between two Companies (Silvretta Seilbahn AG and Bergbahnen Sammaun AG) and two ski resorts (Ischgl-Sammaun) from two different countries (Switzerland-Austria).

Monday, April 4, 2016

Winning run Estelle Balet. Swatch Freeride World Tour 2016 Xtreme Verbier

It was neck-and-neck for Estelle Balet (SUI – 1st Place Xtreme, 1st Overall) and her compatriot Anne-Flore Marxer (SUI/FRA – 3rd Place Xtreme, 2nd Place Overall) throughout the 2016 season. There was little doubt that Marxer turned up the volume today with an unabashedly aggressive line featuring an impressive 360 which was ultimately marred by a loss of control in her landing. Balet’s fast and fantastically exposed line demonstrated her determination to take the prestigious double title from Marxer.

 

Winning run Sammy Luebke. Swatch Freeride World Tour 2016, Xtreme Verbier

It was a memorable day for the snowboard men category as Sammy Luebke (USA – 1st Place Xtreme, 1st Place Overall) solidified his status as one of the most legendary riders to grace the Tour, with an incredibly technical line down the middle of the face with huge stomped airs, permitting him to culminate his incredible season with a double victory.

 

Winning run Jackie Paaso. Swatch Freeride World Tour 2016, Xtreme Verbier

It’s always exciting to watch Jacklyn Paaso’s (USA – 1st Place Xtreme, 2nd Place Overall) interpretation of a competition venue with her propensity for huge airs and heavy lines – which is exactly what earned her first place today.

 

That's A Wrap. Swatch Freeride World Tour 2016, Xtreme Verbier

And That's a Wrap! Take at look at the most amazing moments of the season grande finale here in Verbier!

 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Freeride World Tour Champions Crowned at the Xtreme Verbier


The most prestigious and intimidating competition face in the world hosts the spectacular final stop of the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour and brings the 2016 season to a momentous close as the world champions of the five-stop tour revel in victory.
The steep and unforgiving Northeast face of the Bec des Rosses, towering to 3233m above the popular Swiss ski resort of Verbier, is often considered the gatekeeper to the prestigious title of world champion on the Swatch Freeride World Tour. The legendary venue hosted the 21st edition of the world championship in the seminal event that is often credited as giving birth to the freeride movement.
Three wild card riders combined with the 27 remaining qualified riders from the five-stop tour after the final cut-off in Haines, Alaska last week made their way back across the Atlantic for their last possible opportunity to contend for the world title. After a dramatic season full of surprises and shake-ups, the champion was crowned in three categories based on their best four results this season.
Sammy Luebke (USA – Snowboard Men) already solidified his title at the previous competition in Haines, Alaska and was joined by newly crowned world champions Eva Walkner (AUT – Ski Women) and Estelle Balet (SUI – Snowboard Women). Due to high winds and low visibility on the Bec des Rosses, the ski men category was unable to run.
Riders hiked and climbed their way up the exposed ridge leading to the summit of the competition venue early this morning amid challenging visibility and fleeting light with strong winds. A generous yet tardy winter season produced plentiful snowfall for the Valais region of the Swiss Alps, with unique weather patterns and winds depositing snow on the peak where it had been absent in years past.
The women’s venue departed from two alternate start gates on the Petit Bec and offered female competitors beautifully appealing spines and couloir features with excellent snow and clean cliff landings. The intimidatingly steep summit pyramid of the Bec des Rosses challenged male riders with cryptic and technical line entrances to more forgiving slopes below where a multitude of cliffs offered competitors ample opportunity showcase their talents in the air.

Snowboard Women

It was neck-and-neck for Estelle Balet (SUI – 1st Place Xtreme, 1st Overall) and her compatriot Anne-Flore Marxer (SUI/FRA – 3rd Place Xtreme, 2nd Place Overall) throughout the 2016 season. There was little doubt that Marxer turned up the volume today with an unabashedly aggressive line featuring an impressive 360 which was ultimately marred by a loss of control in her landing. Balet’s fast and fantastically exposed line demonstrated her determination to take the prestigious double title from Marxer. Frenchwoman and experienced tour rider Elodie Mouthon (FRA – 2nd Place Xtreme, 4th Place Overall) was able to best the young but powerful Marion Haerty (FRA – 4thPlace Xtreme, 3rd Place Overall) despite a slight miscalculation near the top of the venue. Haerty will nonetheless be proud to stand on top of the podium after a season full of lines featuring a consistently creative riding style that will define a new generation of female snowboarders on the tour.

Snowboard Men

It was a memorable day for the snowboard men category as Sammy Luebke (USA – 1st Place Xtreme, 1st Place Overall) solidified his status as one of the most legendary riders to grace the Tour, with an incredibly technical line down the middle of the face with huge stomped airs, permitting him to culminate his incredible season with a double victory. Flo Orley (AUT – 2nd Place Xtreme, 2nd Place Overall,) also had a justifiably satisfying end to his season as the 40-year-old demonstrated his experience and power after he stomped one of the most impressive lines of the day all while donning a gorilla suit. A man that has triumphed many times before on the fabled face, Xavier De Le Rue (FRA – 3rd Place Xtreme), showed the world why his reputation precedes him as he gave his privileged wild card the honor it deserves with his trademark charging. Despite rookie Jonathan Penfield’s (USA, 7th Place Xtreme, 3rd Place Overall) less-than-desirable result in Verbier, he still managed to secure the last spot on the overall champion podium despite a loss of control during his run.

Ski Women

It’s always exciting to watch Jacklyn Paaso’s (USA – 1st Place Xtreme, 2nd Place Overall) interpretation of a competition venue with her propensity for huge airs and heavy lines – which is exactly what earned her first place today. Yet it was Eva Walkner’s (AUT – 2rd Place Xtreme, 1st Place Overall) Austrian precision and calculated risk-taking that allowed her take the overall title with strong riding all throughout the 2016 season and a respectable line where her racing background came into use as she charged variable snow conditions. It was inspiring to see how newcomers like Arianna Tricomi (ITA – 5th Place Xtreme, 3rd Place Overall) can compete at the top levels on their first year on the Tour and secure a top-three finish despite a lackluster performance today. Former world champion Nadine Wallner (AUT – 3rd Place Xtreme, 4th Place Overall) was content with her ability to podium despite returning from a serious injury and being nudged off the world champion podium by Tricomi.

Ski Men

Loic Collomb-Patton (FRA) is the new men ski world champion of the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour.
The men ski category of the 2016 Swatch Xtreme Verbier did not run yesterday due to high winds combined with low visibility on the Bec des Rosses which prevented competitors from dropping into the face. An unfavorable weather forecast for today and the rest of the weather window terminating on April 10 has resulted in a decision to cancel the 2016 Swatch Xtreme Verbier ski men category.
The overall rankings from after the Haines, Alaska event will be honored as the definitive standings for the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour. Congratulations to the riders and thanks for an incredible season.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

34th Allalin-Race in Saas-Fee



On April 8th and 9th the legendary Allalin Races will take place in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Around 1000 participants are expected at the amateur downhill race. The track descends over a length of 9 kilometers and overcomes an altitude difference of 1800 meters – no wonder your legs start burning!
The Allalin Races in Saas-Fee belong to the 3 most popular amateur downhill races in Switzerland. The “Super Vier” amateur downhill series consists of the four races Belalp-Hexe, the Inferno Mürren, and the Allalin Races Saas-Fee. Every year the overall masters of the whole series will be announced. The award ceremony and the presentation of the much-coveted cup always take place at the Allalin Races in Saas-Fee as it is the last one of the series.
For over 30 years the Allalin Races and the famous afterparties attract ambitious amateur racers as well as wintersports fans who join the competition just for fun. Surrounded by the highest mountains in Switzerland the race starts on an altitude of 3600 meters above sea level and aims the village on only 1800 meters.



The challenging downhill race was mastered for the first time in 1946. Back than the participants had to hike up to the mountain hut on Längfluh, only to get up the next morning and hike further to the top of the Allalinhorn on 4027 meters. The following race down didn’t happen on perfectly prepared slopes like nowadays. No, they had to pass the dangerous crevasses while getting through powder snow.
Participants can enter four different categories: the Team Race, the Fun Team Race, the Him and Her Race, and the individual men’s or women’s races. Men and women in the individual races usually intent to aim the best time. The participants in the Fun Team Race descend just for fun at a leisurely pace. A pit-stop at a mountain restaurant along the way is almost mandatory and dressing up is actively encouraged. Apparently, in the past a team has even plonked themselves down in the snow for a quick cheese fondue. It’s no wonder, then, that teams in this category have been known to take over five hours to “race” down to the finish line. By contrast, an ambitious, highly trained athlete can complete the course in less than five minutes!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Watch the Xtreme Verbier From Rider’s Perspective

The Bec des Rosses is in its "easiest" sections no less than 45 degrees steep, but in the upper, most exposed triangle between 55 to 60 degrees. Therefore, absolute control of speed and landings is a crucial must, any mistake could have fatal consequence. Finding your way in the rocky maze just from memorising your line from the opposite side, then turning that picture upside down and recognising specific landmarks is yet another challenge…
Follow four times Xtreme Verbier winner Xavier De Le Rue on a crazy ride – which will make your own heartbeat go up a notch, even though this is still one of the "mellower" lines on the Bec des Rosses…

 

Swatch Freeride World Tour 2016. Xtreme Verbier, Switzerland.Check In

The final competition of the 2016 Swatch​ Freeride World Tour is just around the corner!
The exciting conclusion to the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour is the most important event in freeride and is a showcase of the progression of the finest freeride athletes in the world. Watch the event live on the mountain or catch the live webcast with women ski and snowboard categories available on www.freerideworldtour.com, with men ski and snowboarder categories on www.freerideworldtour.com and Red Bull TV with a short women recap of the event on those two channels.