Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Second Slalom of the Season in Killington


Mikaela Shiffrin continued her unbeaten streak in slalom with a demonstrative victory in Killington (Vermont, USA). After leading the first run of the first slalom of the season, the Olympic champion dominated both slalom runs to finish ahead of Tour veteran Veronika Velez Zuzulova (+ 0.73) and Wendy Holdener (+ 0.86).
It was Shiffrin's 22nd career World Cup victory. She has now won in the last ten slalom races she participated in. The last time she failed to win in slalom was in Flachau in January 2015 (third).
Shiffrin, whose hometown is Vail, Colorado, graduated from high school in the state of Vermont approximately two hours from Killington.
"I put a lot of pressure on myself", Shiffrin said. "Knowing that I’ve been performing so well in slalom, I really had a great chance of winning the slalom here. And I actually really wanted to win the GS as well, but I didn’t put winning GS skiing out there".
Large crowds were entertained at the American resort by the local favorite.
"It’s amazing. It was like 16,000 yesterday and I don’t how many there are today, but it’s full and that’s so cool", Shiffrin said.
The rest of the podium had positive things to say about both the venue and the future of ladies' slalom skiing this season.
"It was a really nice race", Velez Zuzulova said. "Usually we are racing in Aspen and I can say that the crowd is never like this, so it was a really nice experience to race here".
"I think we get a step closer than last year", Holdener said of the winning leads Shiffrin has become known for in slalom. "Still she [Shiffrin] is dominant and I think the other girls and I are on the right way to get closer and closer. I think it will get thrilling this season".

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tessa Worley Wins Giant Slalom in Killington (Vermont)


France's Tessa Worley proved that determination was a critical factor for victory at the first World Cup race held in the Eastern U.S. in 25 years. The 2013 World Champion in giant slalom skied a courageous first run and powered through the second to claim the top step of the podium ahead of first-run leader Nina Loeseth of Norway who finished 0.80 seconds back. Italy's Sofia Goggia skied to her career-first podium in third, 1.11 seconds off Worley.
"It’s been long", Worley noted of her return to the podium for the first time since 2013. "Physically I could feel well. In less than a year after my injury, I felt ... physically 100 percent. The tough part was to get the spirit back of the racing and to be able to give everything".
Tough snow conditions demanded much of the ladies who did everything within their power to make it to the finish line.
"I didn’t think it was going to be enough even for a podium and thought I was for sure four seconds off", Loeseth revealed. "I had a few mistakes, but I think everybody did. Everybody felt really bad. I ski on feeling, so I always like to feel good, but sometimes you just have to leave the feelings in the start and just go".
Sofia Goggia led the Italian team of five who placed in the top 10.
"I think we are the strongest team in giant slalom – actually – on the World Cup because we were nine girls and just the youngest one did not qualify for the second [run]", Goggia noted of the Italian dominance.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Red Bull TV: Keep Your Tips Up. S.2, Ep. 1. Back at It (Season Premiere)

In 2003, 11-year-old Sean Pettit burst onto the freeskiing scene. By the age of 18 Pettit was already considered to be one of the best skiers in the world. His ability to blend huge, jaw dropping lines with innovative new school style set Sean apart as the torch bearer for the future of big mountain skiing. After a full season on the sidelines recovering from an ankle injury in Winter 2013/2014, Sean was back on track and ready to rock with what is perhaps his most prolific season ever. Not only did Sean produce the award-winning Superproof film, The Masquerade and film a part for ESPN X Games "Real Ski” competition, he is the star of the Red Bull TV's original series "Keep Your Tips Up."
With appearances by Callum Pettit, Richard Permin, Mark Abma, Joe Schuster, and of course ‘Groovemeister’ (Sean’s wildly entertaining father), "Keep Your Tips Up" is a highly engaging, fun and honest depiction of Sean’s life as a skier at home and around the world. Filming for this Red Bull TV original series started in Winter 2014/2015 and took place in locations including Hokkaido, Japan; Courmayeur, Italy; Silverton, Colorado; Valdez, Alaska; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Whistler, BC. The show were aired every two weeks from October through January and were broadcasted on Red Bull TV.

Sean Pettit attends the Powder Awards and gears up for the first winter session of the season at Whistler, Canada, joined by snowboarders Mikey Rencz, Eero Niemela, and Iikka Backstrom. The Groovemeister begins his new career as a restaurant owner.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

WinterCard Saas-Fee. The Mega-deal is Already a Reality!


With over 75,000 orders, Saas-Fee have run the most successful crowdfunding project in Europe. Based on the crowdfunding principle, the popular alpine resort of Saas-Fee launched, at the end of October, the low-cost season passes deal.
Until November 27th winter sports fans can book their discount WinterCard Saas-Fee online at we-make-it-happen.ch:
  • One-year season pass for just CHF 222
  • Three-year season pass for just CHF 622
  • Fifteen-year season pass for just CHF 2,999
The offer is an 80 percent discount on regular season passes for Saas-Fee/Saas-Almagell and is cheaper than a four-day ski pass for the area. A regular day pass costs CHF 72.
With a season ski pass you can take to the slopes whenever you wish – from December 3rd right through to April 22nd.
Recently, Saas-Fee proved that it’s one of the best Ski Resorts of the Alps. Saas-Fee won the award for the most snow sure destination and security on the slopes.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2016-2017 Moves To North America

Despite the cancellation of the Men's Races in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek, the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in Killington next weekend.
The Alpine Ski circuit is set to bring the World Cup back to the East Coast for the first time since 1991 as Vermont’s Killington Resort hosts races in the Women’s Slalom and Giant Slalom over the upcoming weekend.
"Killington has worked around the clock to ensure a successful return of the World Cup to the east for the first time in 25 years", said USSA Vice President, Events Calum Clark. "Killington and Powdr have been strong partners in this endeavor and we are looking forward to showcasing our sport in our largest membership region".
Killington Resort is a four season destination located in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. Killington boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, and served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America.

Killington (USA)
November 26th Giant Slalom / Ladies
November 27th Slalom / Ladies

The ladies' speed season will kick off as scheduled in Lake Louise (Alberta, Canada), where the organisers put lots of efforts into prepping the course.
Following a cancelled men’s Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup, the weather turned and with colder temperatures the race organizing committee, along with the full resources of the Lake Louise Ski Resort, were able to make enough snow for the ladies Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill and super G races. The races will kick off on Friday, 2nd December with a downhill race, followed by a second downhill on Saturday, 3rd December and super G race Sunday, 4th December 2016.
The tireless work of the volunteers continues to be the backbone of the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup. From installing safety systems and fencing, to prepping the racetrack for the world’s fastest skiers, the team has been working overtime to achieve a positive snow control.
Lake Louise (CAN)
December 2nd Downhill / Ladies
December 3th Downhill / Ladies
December 4th Super G / Ladies

Top 5 Backflips on the Freeride World Tour

Watch the top 5 Backflips of the last 10 years on the Freeride World Tour starring by Camille Armand, Seb Michaud, Jeremie Heitz, Leo Slemett and Julien Lopez.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Val d'Isère To Host Beaver Creek Races


Following the cancellation of the races in Beaver Creek, the French resort of Val d’Isère has been confirmed to take over the Downhill, Super-G and Giant Slalom events on 2nd, 3rd and 4th December 2016.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup just lost five races due to unseasonably warm weather and lack of snow in North America. While Lake Louise and Beaver Creek have to face a delayed winter, Central Europe has been blessed with snow early in the season this year.
"After the cancellations in North America, our main concern was to find a replacement site and Val d’Isère offered a solid option from the beginning", said Chief Race Director Markus Waldner. "Discussions with the local organising committee, the French Ski Federation and Infront led to good solutions and the confirmation that Val d’Isère is taking the challenge and jumping in to replace the Beaver Creek races. We thank all the parties for the great collaboration and look forward to hold those races in Val d’Isère".
For the first time since 2007, the men will race speed events on the O.K. course in Val d’Isère. The resort will host the three replacement races in addition to the traditional Criterium de la Première Neige. The packed competition program in Val d’Isère is now the following:

2nd December 2016: Men’s Super-G (replacement Beaver Creek)
3rd December 2016: Men’s Downhill (replacement Beaver Creek)
4th December 2016: Men’s Giant Slalom (replacement Beaver Creek)
10th December 2016: Men’s Giant Slalom
11th December 2016: Men’s Slalom
16th December 2016: Ladies’ Alpine Combined
17th December 2016: Ladies’ Downhill
18th December 2016: Ladies’ Super-G

Vincent Jay, director of Val d’Isère’s Club des Sports said: "First, we’re really sad for our friends in Beaver Creek. We know too well all the hard work that has to go into organising a World Cup race and the loss in energy, time, and money that a cancellation represents. Ski racing has been in our genes for the past 60 years. In the past we have organised countless World Cup races and we can do this at short notice when we have to. We are proud to meet the challenge of organising eight races in three weeks".
The cancellation is unfortunate, also because this year marks 50 years of FIS Ski World Cup, and Vail was one of the original sites on the tour, hosting a Giant Slalom in March of 1967. The Vail Valley Foundation has been hosting World Cup ski racing in Beaver Creek since 1989, and specifically on the Birds of Prey course since 1997. The Vail Valley Foundation also led the effort to bring the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek in 1989, 1999, and 2015.

Val d'Isère is a megaresort located in the Savoie, recognisable by its charming Chalet architecture. People come to Val d'Isere with precisely one purpose in mind: to Ski. Val d'Isere offers to the skiers one of the most incredible Ski Paradises in the Alps: the Espace Killy, the Val d'Isere and Tignes combined skiing area, named in honour Jean-Claude Killy.

Friday, November 18, 2016

FIS Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Races in Beaver Creek Canceled


The Vail Valley Foundation announced that the FIS Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Downhill, Super G, and Giant Slalom races scheduled for Dec. 2-4, 2016 have been cancelled, due to an unfavorable result of the International Ski Federation snow control. 
A recent shift in weather patterns has brought snow and colder temperatures to Beaver Creek Resort and the Vail Valley, and colder temperatures and additional snowfall are expected at the end of November. Beaver Creek Resort is still scheduled for a Wednesday, Nov. 23 opening day. However, winter conditions did not arrive in time to allow race crews to create the demanding, 8,600-foot-long Birds of Prey courses.
The main elements of the EverBank America’s Winter Opening festival, including concerts from Strange Americans on Dec. 1, Bonfire dub and Beers of Prey beer tasting on Dec. 2, and a showing of Red Bull Media House’s new film The Fourth Phase on Dec. 3, are still scheduled to occur at the Vilar Performing Arts center in Beaver Creek. 
"Beaver Creek typically has some of the best early-season conditions in the world and a remarkably sophisticated snowmaking system. However, the cold weather did not come in time this year", said Mike Imhof, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Foundation.
"We’re grateful for the incredible efforts put forth by our valued volunteers, and we thank the FIS, Vail Resorts, and United States Ski and Snowboard Association for their hard work and ongoing partnership. We now look forward to hosting our beloved Birds of Prey world cup ski race in 2017". "Although we have now seen a positive change in the weather and forecast, there is not enough time between today and the first training runs to prepare and fine tune a full downhill course and finish area", said Doug Lovell, chief operating officer of Beaver Creek Resort. "We will now shift our focus to take full advantage of the cold, snowy weather to focus 100 percent on preparing terrain for Beaver Creek’s opening day and our holiday guests".
This year marks 50 years of FIS Ski World Cup, and Vail was one of the original sites on the tour, hosting a Giant Slalom in March of 1967. The Vail Valley Foundation has been hosting World Cup ski racing in Beaver Creek since 1989, and specifically on the Birds of Prey course since 1997. The Vail Valley Foundation also led the effort to bring the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek in 1989, 1999, and 2015.
"In the business of ski racing, we sometimes are faced with challenges that are simply beyond our control,” said USSA Vice President, Events Calum Clark. “Beaver Creek, Vail Resorts and the Vail Valley Foundation’s exceptional track record of delivering the classic men’s downhill each December is a reflection of their unwavering dedication to putting on a great event for the athletes. The Birds of Prey World Cup is a highlight for our entire organization each season and we look forward to returning to Beaver Creek in 2017".
 The International Ski Federation is expected to make an announcement of the event’s rescheduling shortly.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Men's Races in Lake Louise Cancelled


The Audi FIS Ski World Cup season was supposed to continue in Lake Louise (Alberta, Canada) with the Downhill and Super G Races. Unfortunately, warm weather and only little snowfall prevented the local organising committee from preparing the race track and forced the FIS officials to cancel the men’s races in Lake Louise.
FIS Race Director Hannes Trinkl and Men’s Chief of Race Darrel MacLachlan conducted a first snow control on Saturday 12th November. Even though the Lake Louise "Men’s Olympic Downhill" course was not "race ready" yet, the chance of hosting the races was still there thanks to a positive weather forecast. This is why the official snow control has been postponed to Wednesday 16th November.
Then, FIS officials and organising committee reviewed all the scenarios again, but had to look at the evidence: one week ahead of the first training run, the warm temperatures, the lack of snow and an unfavourable weather forecast won’t allow a qualitative preparation of the race track to meet the World Cup requirements.
"While we have good snow conditions on the upper mountain, we didn't have enough cold to get to the finish line for the men. We will continue our efforts for successful races for the ladies and look forward to the men returning next year", said Brian Lynam, Race Chairman, Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup.
FIS would like to thank the Organising committee for the tremendous efforts the course crews put into trying to make the event happen and the good collaboration. There is still a chance to stage the ladies' event scheduled on 2nd, 3rd and 4th December, so we sincerely hope that Mother Nature will cooperate from now on and reward the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup crew with World Cup races.

Freeride Junior World Championships Grandvalira 2017

On February 5, 2017, the ski resort of Grandvalira, Andorra, will welcome over 60 youth riders aged 15-18 for the most prestigious junior championship event in the sport of freeride. The earthshaking level of talent that made last year’s event unforgettable, will once again face off in the Pyrenean epicenter of freeride.
Young skiers and snowboarders have earned their invitation to this championship by their past overall rankings in Freeride Junior events and will represent over 15 nations hailing from Europe, North America, and Oceania.



With more than 210 km of runs, Grandvalira has the largest ski domain in the Pyrenees and is credited with covering the most extensive surface area in the South of Europe. Situated in the Eastern valley of Andorra, Grandvalira offers the choice between seven different sectors, so as to satisfy the most demanding customers. Artificial snow guarantees more than 60% of the ski domain, making winter sports available at any time. The resort is home to the only run in Andorra where international Alpine ski competitions can be held -one of the few in the Pyrenees. Grandvalira has hosted several races of the World cup and is a candidate to organize international Alpine ski competitions on its FIS homologated runs.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Best Ski Resort 2016


Awarded every two years, the Best Ski Resort award is based on a survey carried out by Mountain Management Consulting in collaboration with the University of Innsbruck in Austria.
The official award ceremony of the Best Ski Resort 2016 at Casino Bregenz took place on Thursday, November 10, 2016.
"Best Ski Resort" is the biggest independent visitor satisfaction survey for Alpine resorts. Between December 2015 and April 2016, 48,000 snow sports fans in 54 selected, leading ski resorts took part in the survey. The main points covered by the survey were more than 20 criteria of relevance and satisfaction, ranging from the size of the skiing area, via the quality of the ski pistes, to the ambience of the locality.
The surveys were carried out in the respective winter sports resort for four times: two times each in the main and secondary season.
The official award ceremony of the Best Ski Resort 2016 at Casino Bregenz took place on Thursday, November 10, 2016.
"The survey “Best Ski Resort“ is considered to be one of the most significant, periodically study of the Alps with interviews held directly in the ski resorts. It is an important orientation guide concerning increase in quality and product development. The study should help to secure the attractiveness of the winter sport resort. It has to be an incentive to rank among the best. The awards honour top performances of the individual regions and support the continuous process of further development", Mike Partel, founder Best Ski Resort.

The top 2016 10 Ski Resorts are:
  1. Zermatt (Switzerland)
  2. Livigno (Italy)
  3. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis (Austria)
  4. Kronplatz (Italy)
  5. Saas-Fee (Switzerland)
  6. Gröden / Val Gardena (Italy)
  7. Adelboden-Lenk (Switzerland)
  8. Alta Badia (Italy)
  9. Aletsch Arena (Switzerland)
  10. Obergurgl-Hochgurgl (Austria)
The size of the ski resort and the slopes offer is decision criterion No. 1 in the selection of the resort for skiers and snowboarders. The steadily increasing number of associations of individual ski resorts reflects the response of the regions. The rule of thumb is obvious: the desire for a large area increases with the skill on the slopes. Winter sports enthusiasts in Val Gardena, in the heart of the Sella Ronda, were particularly satisfied in this category. The region also leads the Zermatt ranking, which was again top in the quality of slopes category, and Alta Badia / Dolomiti-Superski in Italy.
Compared to the previous year’s results, however, the category ski resort size / slope offers shows a slight decline – in favour of the category snow safety: for many the desire for white winter magic on the skiing holiday in the past few years remained unfulfilled. The study shows how important the “white factor” for skiers is with a clearly increasing relevance of the snow safety in the selection of the ski area: no other decision criterion has increased since 2010 more. Glacier areas are an advantage here. With Saas-Fee and Zermatt, two ski resorts in the Swiss Valais are at the forefront in the ratings of the category, followed by Livigno in Italy.
Fun and entertainment also, the gastronomic offer on the mountain as well as family friendliness are important when choosing the destination. As in previous years, Ischgl recorded the highest satisfaction ratings in the categories fun / entertainment and après-ski. Laax remains the Fun- and Snowpark Mecca of the Alps. Little skiers feel the most comfortable in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, – the ski resort has been the undisputed leader of the ski area since 2010. Another perennial issue is Sulden (I). Here, the service rendered seems to be particularly attractive to the price, which is an important factor in the purchasing decision as the price increases.

Conclusion: The competition is getting harder. Whoever wants to exist must invest and be creative

The increasing tourist offer in winter – with long-distance, city and ship trips – raises the competitive pressure on ski regions. Rising satisfaction figures of the winter sportsmen confirm the high commitment of some regions in the area of new products and service quality. Interestingly, the top riders among the ski resorts are growing more positively than the rest. That with a progressive expectation. Winter guests in Zermatt, for example, once again confirmed the top position in the cross-category satisfaction rating and thus attested to the region a particularly good hand for their efforts and investments. This is backed up by 14 top 5 results in various categories.
According to the study manager Mike Partel, the current biggest challenge for ski resorts is to react proactively to changing guest behaviour, or, more precisely, to the decreasing loyalty (about 30% change continually the ski resort). The guests are not satisfied but want to see and experience – in contrast to previous generations. It will be a matter of increasing “wow effects”. Guests will be inspired by that in the future, so they recommend the ski region.

The overall study as evaluation of one of the 54 participant ski resorts comprises 70 pages. It provides answers to the following topics:
  • Selection criteria for the choice of the ski resort
  • Satisfaction (with ranking) in comparison to other ski resorts
  • Ski resort size / pistes
  • Piste preparation
  • Guaranteed snow
  • Lifts and cableways
  • Safety on the slopes
  • Accommodation / hotels
  • Fun and entertainment
  • Fun and snowboard parks
  • Restaurants and catering on the mountain
  • Ski schools
  • Natural surroundings
  • Rest / relaxation
  • Après-ski
  • Friendliness
  • Rental and repair services
  • Mountain facilities for children and families
  • Atmosphere
  • Authenticity
  • Exclusivity
  • Comfort
  • Spa facilities
  • Country of origin
  • Return rate
  • Recommendation rate
  • Price-performance-ratio
  • Loyalty to the ski resort
  • Behaviour in the region
  • Means of transport

Monday, November 14, 2016

Looking for Inspiration: Switzerland Tourism TV Spot. Winter 2016-2017

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND
"Because you can but you don’t have to.
Discover the great variety of the Swiss winter and immerse yourself in your own personal winter adventure: untouched slopes, perfectly groomed slopes and a crackling fireplace fire. You experience action and relaxation at the same time in a Swiss winter; your winter dreams come true there
", (MySwitzerland.com).

Switzerland is the home of snow sports. Over 140 ski areas offer slopes, deep powder and fun parks to your heart’s content. And when you don’t feel like being active, Switzerland is still a winter paradise, as shown by the latest TV spot of Switzerland Tourism.

 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Marcel Hirscher Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi


Marcel Hirscher won the World Cup men's slalom opener +1.30 ahead of Michael Matt and +1.31 of Manfred Moelgg.
Despite he suffers an infection of the middle ear and was not in his absolute best shape Marcel Hirscher laid down two great runs to claim his 19th slalom World Cup win and his 40th career win.
The magical atmosphere from yesterday and the northern lights from tonight turned into a windy, humid and cold winter day on Sunday. Despite challenging weather condition and poor visibility, the course itself was in a great shape to host the first men’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup of the season.
"I am very thankful that I am able to ski here today and compete in this race, but yesterday it was not that good. Today, it was already in the morning clear that I can compete today, so this is amazing that I can be in this race and what is great is just to see my team colleagues so close by my side".Austrian Mario Matt did a magnificent second run to finish in second place.
"It was amazing", said Matt. "Training has gone really well, I was always fast and I'm really happy that I could show my good skiing on the race today. I'm more than happy with the second place. In the first run, I was a little bit more nervous. Second run, I felt that the skis were doing what I want and then if you can push and ski the way you want, then it's not that difficult anymore. Watching Marcel and all them on the TV and now you're in the middle of the ski World Cup, it's amazing".
In third place, Italy’s Manfred Moelgg finally found his way back to the podium. The South Tyrolean has been waiting for this since January 2014, when he podiumed in Bormio’s slalom and finished 5th and 6th in Adelboden. After winning the slalom globe in 2008, he may be back on a performance streak that leads him back into the Top 15 of the World.
"It's fantastic", said Moelgg. "It's been a long time and I'm happy to be on the podium. It was a tough race, always a tough hill, but I am happy about that and we will see about the next race. I had a little bit of a mistake in the last part and I saw one hundredth and was not so happy, but that was the performance so after that to stay on the podium is very nice".


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi


Mikaela Shiffrin continued her unbeaten streak in slalom with a demonstrative victory on Levi (Finland). After leading the first run of the first slalom of the season, The Olympic champion dominated both slalom runs to finish ahead of Switzerland's Wendy Holdener and Petra Vlhova, who were respectively 0.67 and 0.75 seconds off the winning pace.
It was Shiffrin's 21st career World Cup victory. She has now won in the last nine slalom races she participated in. The last time she failed to win in slalom was in Flachau in January 2015 (third).
Mikaela Shiffrin is aiming to get her slalom crown back, even though she admits that she’s feeling her contenders are getting closer and closer.
"I’m always more nervous at the first race of the season, and the other girls are not going to slow down, but my coaches were very supportive and told me 'give your best and let your head get out of the way', that helped. I feel like I’m on track for the rest of the season".
After Petra Vlhova skied on the safe side in the first run and ranked 4th, she managed to cruise to a 3rd-place finish in the second run.
"We talked with my team that I have to go full gas in second run because my first run was not the best I can do. I’m happy it worked out. The good result in Sölden helped me, it’s good for my head and helps also for slalom".
Wendy Holdener remained steady and earned her 8th career podium. It looks like the hard work in that discipline paid off for the Swiss racer, who could already celebrate an Alpine Combined and a City Event World Cup win. It looks like she is knocking at the door of her first slalom win.
"I really wanted to go for it today, and for sure the end of last season was great, so it gave me confidence. I had to learn to be more aggressive on the skis. I really love skiing and it wasn’t easy to focus and give everything".

Top 5 Tricks on the Freeride World Tour

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Friday, November 11, 2016

PUR To Kick Off the 2016-2017 Skiing Season in Ischgl


On 26 November 2016, PUR will kick off the skiing season in Ischgl at the legendary Top of the Mountain Concert. When singer Hartmut Engler and his six bandmates launch into the greatest hits of their career such as "Funkelperlenaugen", "Ich lieb’ dich" and songs from the current album "Achtung", PURe vibes prevail in the alpine lifestyle metropolis. The live concert before the mountain backdrop of the Silvretta begins at 18:00. By day, winter sports enthusiasts are drawn to the Adventureland: With the beginning of the skiing season, Ischgl is opening its 238 km of slopes from Austria all the way to Switzerland. The ski pass doubles as entrance ticket to the concert and costs 65.00 Euro per person for one day. Ski passes for two days or more are available at the regular rate and allow admission to the concert.


PUR 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, The Beach Boys and Muse.


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).

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Top 5 Recoveries, starring by 5 of the Swatch Freeride World Tour riders: Sam Smoothy, George Rodney, Xavier De Le Rue, Julien Lopez, and Jaclyn Paaso.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Top 5 Crashes on the Freeride World Tour

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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.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

It's Called "Backcountry Skiing", Part 2

Married couple, Elyse Saugstad and Cody Townsend., find in their second installment of "It's Called Backcountry Skiing" that their newly found adventurous lifestyle of backcountry skiing may provide joy and wonder, but may have turned them into broke ski bums in the process. From Alaska to British Columbia, big lines to big pillows, Cody and Elyse ski in their typical hard charging and always smiling style.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Levi To Host Slalom World Cup Opening This Weekend


The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2016-2017 season continues with the Slalom opening at Levi (FIN) this coming weekend. This year it is 10th anniversary since in 2006 both men and women had the first World Cup Slalom Season Opening in Levi at the same time. It is also 50th anniversary of the Alpine World Cup.
The World Cup Levi Slalom Opening will take place at 12th and 13th November with the following program:

Ladies' slalom - Saturday, 12.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET
Men's slalom - Sunday, 13.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET

In the Year of 2012 The Regional Council of Lapland awarded World Cup Levi event for its’ annual nomination for Regional Developer. The award was a great honour for the event and the recognition of creating the attractive World Cup Levi brand and promoting significantly the international visibility of Lapland.
Levi, located about 170 km north of the Polar Circle (Levi World Cup is the northmost Alpine World Cup), is one of the largest ski resorts in Finnish Lapland. Levi Fell village is actually a small holiday town, which offers a wide range of first-rate services to its guests.
The Levi fell is 531 meters above sea level. There are some 50 ski slopes in Levi and the skiing and snowboarding season is particularly long, typically lasting from mid-October to the beginning of June. Levi has been chosen the best domestic skiing resort in Finland several times.
Levi is the market leader and pioneer in Finland in Ski Resorts. In the area there are 24 000 beds, which makes possible 2,5 million overnights/year with 650 000 visitors/year.
Beside the 43 slopes and 28 ski lifts there are 230 km's cross-country tracks and 880 km's snowmobiling routes.
More than 20,000 spectators are expected at the two races on the weekend, when the Ladies compete on Saturday November 12th and the Men on Sunday November 13th and the organizers have put great emphasis on involving local schools and youngsters to bring them to the events.
The Levi Black competition course vertical drop is 180 meters and the steepest part of the race course has the steepness of 52 %.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Red Bull TV: Canadian Speedriding

Speedriding, a mixture of big mountain skiing and paragliding, is a new sport on a progression tear. Jon Devore and Mike Swanson team up with skier JT Holmes to explore British Columbia's Pemberton Mountain Range and ride this untapped playground.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Red Bull TV: The Horn S. 1, Ep. 2 : The Mountain

The Matterhorn and its surrounding mountains can be treacherous, especially during wintertime; but for Air Zermatt, it's home. As rescue veterans, they’ve had to learn how to put their emotions aside and get the job done.
Andrew Geraci, the man behind the title sequence from 'House of Cards', captured a series of stunning timelapses in the Alps for Red Bull TV's Original Series, 'The Horn'. In this clip Red Bull have put together the best shots in one of the most beautiful timelapse projects of all time.



All episodes and other clips of the new serie "The Horn" are now available on RedBull TV.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Slalom Opening in Levi (Finland) Confirmed

It’s confirmed, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup opening slaloms will take place in Levi (FIN) on 12th and 13th November 2016. The confirmation came in following the official snow control by FIS Race Director Markus Mayr.
After a cancellation last season due to mild weather, the Finnish resort was keen to host the ladies’ and men’s slaloms on the Levi Black this year. Fortunately, the temperatures were cold enough in the past days to produce plenty of snow, and the renewed snow making system proved to be efficient.
On 2014 Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway won the World Cup men's slalom opener, beating the world champion Marcel Hirscher by 0.12 seconds. Felix Neureuther finished third,
Tina Maze won in 2014 the first slalom of the season ahead of Frida Hansdotter and Kathrin Zettel.
Levi became a traditional stop on the World Cup Tour and it will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Red Bull TV: The Horn S. 1, Ep. 1: The Crevasse

In the first episode's Air Zermatt’s teamwork is put to the test when a skier falls into the darkness of a 30m glacial crevasse. The Air Zermatt team rescues a severely injured man from deep within an icy crevasse. The intensity is real and the tension is palpable in this risky rescue mission. In a race against time, the team must pull him out from the depths before the ice shifts and encases him in a frozen tomb.



All episodes and other clips of the new serie "The Horn" are now available on RedBull TV.