Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Salomon TV: The Art Of The Turn



Salomon brings 3 generations of ski racers together - a legend (Gunther Mader), a champion (Luca Aerni), and a rising star (Paco Rassat) - to reveal the sensation of the perfect turn.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Salomon TV: Bearings [North]



The Blank Collective spent the winter exploring each coordinate directions of British Columbia.
If pointed in the right direction, all compass’s end up setting the same bearing. The great north may seem daunting at first sight, but if enough time is spent in its company, the vastness and magnitude sets in and it gives to those who dare it a half sens of comfort. This is Bearings [North].

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Marcel Hirscher Wins Second Slalom of the Season in Val d'Isère

Persistent and heavy snowfall started early this morning and went on through the day. The “Criterium de la Première Neige” in Val d’Isère is aptly named indeed. However, this didn’t prevent the best slalom skiers to tackle the famous “Face de Bellevarde” and showcase their talent.
In the first run, Italy’s Stefano Gross clocked the fastest time. The Adelboden winner of 2015 claimed two podiums last season, bringing his career record to 11 podiums. But as in Kranjska Gora, he wasn’t able to use this important advantage to claim his second World Cup victory.
Today’s World Cup win came from the athlete ranked 8th after the first leg, the impressive Marcel Hirscher. The Austrian superstar, who already finished 3rd in the Giant Slalom yesterday, pushed hard in the second run and none of the eight contenders coming after him were able to beat him.
Norway's’ Henrik Kirstoffersen, who won the two previous editions in the slalom of Val d’Isère, also moved up from his first run performance (5th place) to earn the 24th podium in slalom.
In third place, André Myhrer was able to take the 20th slalom podium in his career. The Swede has won the slalom of the World Cup finals in the two previous years but somehow struggled to find his rhythm between those events.This slalom concluded the men’s races in Val d’Isère.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Alexis Pinturault Wins World Cup GS in Val d'Isère

Just like last season, the suspense around the second run of the Giant Slalom at Val d’Isère was big.
Alexis Pinturault wins the Giant slalom in Val d'Isere for his 10th career victory in the discipline and 20th overall. Ranked third after the opening run, the Frenchman posted the fastest time in a flawless second leg to beat Stefan Luitz of Germany by 0.28. 3rd place for Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
This World Cup victory was not only a big step in Pinturault’s career, but it was also an emotional win for the whole French team, as Pinturault dedicated his win to his teammate David Poisson, who passed away less than a month ago.
Marcel Hirscher was the fastest in the first run, but he knew he had to push hard to surpass Pinturault’s strong second run. He risked it all and hit a blue gate in the middle part of the course, that was stuck to his right hand for a few gates. This mistake slowed him down a little, but he was still able to earn the second spot of the podium, the 109th podium placement of his career.
Between the two giant slalom giants, Germany’s Stefan Luitz proves that he is in the shape of his life this season, by recording the second podium in as many races. With this 2nd place, Luitz now has six World Cup podiums under his belt, but he still lacks a win. Not doubt that he should be able to score this rather sooner than later.

Jasmine Flury Wins St. Moritz Super-G


Swiss teammates Jasmine Flury and Michelle Gisin took advantage of unpredictable conditions during Saturday's super-G at St. Moritz to give the Swiss crowd a home victory and second-place finish, respectively. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, who trains with the Swiss team, skied into third place, effectively producing a Swiss team sweep of the podium.
Wind gusts on the hill created natural challenges for racers without compromising the safety of the event. Several course holds ensued during times of stronger gusts, but ultimately the race was run to completion. Although fifth last weekend in the Lake Louise super-G, Flury had yet to stand on a World Cup podium before her victory on the day. Gisin also secured her first super-G podium finish despite skiing to a third-place finish in the Lake Louise downhill exactly one week earlier. The discipline standings leader, Weirather, maintained her position over the rest of the field with another consistent podium finish.
A Swiss pre-race favorite, Lara Gut crashed into the safety netting on the slope but was able to ski down on her own and hopes to race again on Sunday. Lindsey Vonn reportedly suffered a back injury mid-run but finished the race before collapsing in the finish area. She left the venue walking very cautiously and is currently on the start list for Sunday's super-G.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Marcel Hirscher Wins Giant Slalom in Beaver Creek

An outstanding racing weekend took an end today at Beaver Creek with the Birds of Prey giant slalom, the first race of the season in this discipline, as the opening in Sölden had to be cancelled due to a storm.
Marcel Hirscher clocked the fastest time in today's Giant Slalom and earned his 46th World Cup victory.
In the second place, Henrik Kristoffersen claims his 32nd World Cup Podium, +0.88 off the leader’s time.
Stefan Luitz rounded up the podium +1.03 behind Hirscher.
The leading trio after the first run had some big names with Germany’s Stefan Luitz clocking the fastest time ahead of Ted Ligety (+0.29) and Marcel Hirscher (+0.39). Not far behind, World Championships medalist Manuel Feller and Swiss GS specialist Justin Murisier were tied in fourth place with +0.64.
In the second run, Marcel Hirscher was able to upgrade his skiing even more and skied to the first step of the podium, only three and a half months after his ankle fracture.

Tina Weirather Wins World Cup Super-G in Lake Louise

Tina Weirather won the first Super-G race of the season in Lake Louise. Lara Gut came in second +0.11 behind and Nicole Schmidhofer took third +0.27 seconds out.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Second Downhill of the Season in Lake Louise

The second of two downhill races at Lake Louise for the ladies produced a unique challenge for athletes and race organizers as a substation fire led to a power outage at the resort. With no ability to run the lifts, all racers and personnel were transported to a lowered race start at men's super-G start using piste machines and tow ropes. Despite the unconventional method of uphill transportation, racers and fans alike were thrilled to hold the race under mostly clear conditions when it could have easily been lost to the misfortune of the day.
Technical phenom Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. showed that her downhill podium finish on Friday was no fluke, and she claimed the first speed victory of her career after narrowly avoiding the fence through Fish Net. Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, who won the first two GS races of the season, finished solidly in second place at just 0.13 seconds from the lead. Michelle Gisin of Switzerland claimed only the second podium of her career (and first ever in downhill) by finishing third at 0.17 seconds from the win from bib 27.
Late-runner Kira Weidle of Germany also wowed the crowd by cruising into eighth place from bib 43. In all, seven athletes in the top 12 started from the 20th position or later.

Aksel Lund Svindal Wins Beaver Creek Downhill

Birds of Prey downhill 2017 is in the books and Aksel Lund Svindal from Norway won it for the 4th time. In the second place, Switzerland’s Kugelblitz Beat Feuz, who won the downhill opener in Lake Louise last week, takes second place. The impressive young German Thomas Dressen claims his maiden World Cup podium at Beaver Creek.
Charging the course from bib n°1, Aksel Lund Svindal found the best line right away and set a time of 1:40:46. It turned out that no one after him was able to undermatch that time and Svindal could stay on the Audi leader chair all the way to the end of the race, claiming his fourth downhill victory in Beaver Creek and his 33rd World Cup win through all disciplines.
Shortly after him, with start number 3, the Lake Louise downhill winner Beat Feuz came close, finishing only +0.15 off Svindal’s pace. The downhill World Champion from Switzerland finishes second for the third time in the Birds Of Prey downhill, always defeated by a quite small margin.
In third place, Germany’s Thomas Dressen created the surprise of the day, by earning his first career World Cup podium. The last German downhill podium goes back to 2004 with a win in Val Gardena. The 23 years young athlete from Mittenwald made a big step in the speed disciplines coming into that season.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cornelia Huetter Wins First Downhill of the Season in Lake Louise

Cornelia Huetter wasted no time on her comeback following nearly a year away from the World Cup circuit due to a knee injury sustained last December. In the Austrian's first race back since the training crash last winter, she claimed a tight victory in the opening Downhill of the season at Lake Louise. Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather, who posted solid training times all week, was just 0.09 seconds shy of the win in second place. Technical phenom turned downhill threat Mikaela Shiffrin secured the first speed podium finish of her career in third.
Huetter was emotional after the race and could barely believe that she had won the first downhill race of her career in her very first race back on the tour. Although she was overjoyed to see the green light in the finish, she wasn't sure if it would hold up against the rest of the field after she started with bib 15.
Snowfall intensified over the race as more challengers tried to shake the podium, but the top three were ultimately decided with Huetter's run. Lindsey Vonn appeared on track to at least hit the podium when she caught an edge in Claire's Corner and careened into the safety fences. She was able to ski down to the finish area and reportedly suffered no serious injuries.
For Tina Weirather, the day marked the fifth time out of her last seven podium finishes that she wound up in second place. After a small mistake on the lower section of the course, she was determined to take another crack at the hill on Saturday.
Mikaela Shiffrin surprised herself a bit by skiing a clean run onto her career-first speed podium. But she acknowledged that the training runs enabled her to figure out her timing on the track and she could focus on having fun once race day arrived.

Vincent Kriechmayr Wins First Super-G of the Season in Beaver Creek

The men’s World Cup Tour went on with speed races in Beaver Creek, with not less than a Super-G on the Birds of Prey as a starter. Vincent Kriechmayr form Austria claimed his first ever World Cup win, while Kjetil Jansrud and Hannes Reichelt complete the podium.
In 2015/16, the Carinthian laid down his best performances so far, reaching the podium three times: the first one came in Kvitfjell, a second place in the super-g, then he podiumed at the Olympic test events in Jeongseon 2016 (3rd place) and again in Kvitfjell 2016 (2nd). In that 2015/16 season, Kriechmayr actually had a shot at the discipline globe, before finally ending 4th of the season ranking. Last season, the 26-year-old didn’t perform quite as good, but it seems that he is coming back in a fantastic shape and will be a serious contender in that discipline.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, who won the first super-g of the season in Lake Louise last week, was again able to earn a podium placement, finishing second, +0,23 behind Kriechmayr. Last season’s globe winner keeps up the constant performances in this early season and is a serious contender for tomorrow’s downhill as well.
The third place goes to Hannes Reichelt, +0.33 off the pace of his teammate Kriechmayr. Three of his six World Cup career wins in super-g came in Beaver Creek and the Austrian also became a World Champion on this course at the Vail Beaver Creek 2015 World Championships.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Salomon TV: Bearings [South]



The Blank Collective spent the winter exploring each coordinate directions of British Columbia. Here is what the southern part of the province had to offer.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ski Utah: The Powder People Ep. 3. The Snowblader

If you've spent time skiing around the Wasatch Front, you've probably seen or shared a chair with Burke Weir. A local at Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude, Burke and his blades are a well-known fixture on the hill. His love for skiing is unparalleled.



Ski Utah is the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association and has been creating brand awareness of and demand for the Utah wintersports product since its inception in 1978. Ski Utah publishes Ski Utah magazine, an annual publication which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of skiers and snowboarders annually. Ski Utah also owns and maintains SkiUtah.com with the most up-to-date snow and travel information.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting Utah's ski and snowboard industry.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association represents14 statewide ski resorts (Alta Ski Area, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head Resort, Brighton Resort, Cherry Peak, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, and Sundance).

Monday, November 27, 2017

Salomon TV: Bearings [WEST]



The wild west of B.C. - home of the open-minded ones. Peaks, valleys, and coastlines give it the refined lifestyle that many seek. It's a place where craft breweries are more common than gas stations. Watch and discover the west.

Kjetil Jansrud Wins World Cup Super-G in Lake Louise


Light overnight snowfall gave work to the course crew of the Lake Louise World Cup, but nothing the hardworking sleddogs cannot handle and today’s super-g could kick off as scheduled at 12h00 LOC / 20h00 CET. Unfortunately, snow and rainfall started again as the race was progressing.
After a 5th place yesterday, the Norwegian attacking Viking Kjetil Jansrud was able to pull out a strong run again today and claimed the top spot of the podium. Last season, he started with three SG wins in a row. "Winning the race proves that you are on the right track, so I’m very happy with my win today in Lake Louise", said Jansrud.
In 2014, he won both the super-G and downhill at Lake Louise. "Yesterday, was a decent effort. My result was fifth place, but I didn’t feel very confident in my skiing, which is not cool", Jansrud said. "So it was good to get on top of things today, gather my thoughts and try to attack it".A duo of Austrians completed the podium, with Max Franz (+0.28) and Hannes Reichelt (+0.32). Franz’s first World Cup win came last season in the downhill in Val Gardena and Hannes Reichelt could even claim two wins in the downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the super-g in Aspen. After Matthias Mayer taking second place tomorrow, the Austrian team positions itself as a very strong speed team for the upcoming season.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Slalom in Killington


Mikaela Shiffrin returned to the path of victory in slalom with a demonstrative victory in Killington (Vermont, USA). After leading the first run of the second slalom of the season, the Olympic champion dominated both slalom runs to finish ahead of Petra Vlhova (+ 1.64) and Bernadette Schild (+ 2.72).She claims her 26th World Cup slalom victory in front of a home crowd.
The 22-year-old American blitzed the field in snowy and windy conditions. "It worked out quite well", said Shiffrin. "It wasn't easy but when I ski balanced it makes it easier than when I don't".
Shiffrin's margin of victory was the largest for any women's World Cup race since the American captured the World Cup Finals slalom by 2.03 seconds in 2016.Cheered on by her grandmother – known affectionately as "Nana" – Shiffrin wowed the Vermont crowd just as she did at the same event last year. Vlhova did her best to defend the red leader bib in slalom, but Shiffrin was able to match her early season results. The two are now joint leaders of the ladies' slalom standings. Schild, meanwhile, picked up her second podium in a year at a U.S. resort, adding to her third-place finish at Squaw Valley from March.
A firm surface caused trouble for some skiers while aiding others. Those with higher starting bibs had a great opportunity to move up in ranking, but those who tried to charge too hard on the grippy ice paid the price. Denise Feierabend of Switzerland scored a career-best slalom finish from start number 21. Anna Swenn-Larsson of Sweden made a big move from bib 24 to finish sixth, and Austrian Katharina Gallhuber leaped from bib 38 to finish seventh.

Beat Feuz Wins First Downhill of the Season in Lake Louise


Switzerland’s Beat Feuz is the reigning World Champion and first winner of the season at the Lake Louise downhill.
8th in the training run, the Downhill World Champion from St. Moritz 2017 laid down a strong run, especially in the lower part. With bib n°7, he was able to score a time of 1: 43:76 that no one could undermatch after him. "Beginning the season with a win is the best thing that can happen. I had a great summer preparation, without any injuries and am very happy about how things turned out here, especially as I’m not performing very well here usually", said the reigning World Champion.
In the second position, Matthias Mayer was also able to call up the good sensations he had during summer training and claim a podium spot. The Austrian is used to the podium in Lake Louise, as he climbed on it at the last three Super-Gs, but this year, the defending downhill Olympic Champion was able to clinch a podium spot in this disciplines as well.
Rain snow and warm temperatures over the week limited the men to one training run prior to this year's race. One was enough for Mayer.
"It is my fifth time here in Lake Louise. I know the slope. I know everything", the Austrian said. "For me, one run was OK. For the young guys, of course, it was a little bit difficult".
The "King of the Comebacks" Aksel Lund Svindal struck again in Lake Louise! He suffered another knee injury last season and had to put an end to his season prematurely, but as in the past three years, his comeback in Lake Louise is a success. The Norwegian takes the 3rd place in today’s downhill race.
As a tribute to French skier David Poisson, who died November 13 in a training accident in Alberta, the men wore heart-shaped stickers with his initials on their helmets and their race bibs bore his name. Poisson died of his injuries after losing an edge and crashing through safety netting into a tree at Nakiska ski resort west of Calgary.
Poisson's death at age 35 cast a pall over the traditional season-opener in Lake Louise, Alta.
"I'm really happy to see that the whole ski family stood together and also that the French team participated today", Feuz said. "The stickers on the bib and the helmet is a beautiful gesture to remember David".

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Viktoria Rebensburg Wins Giant Slalom in Killington (Vermont)


Viktoria Rebensburg domination in this year’s Giant Slalom events continues and claimed the top step on the podium today in Killington. The win for Rebensburg came four weeks after she won the GS in the first race of the World Cup season in Sölden, Austria. She finished 0.67 seconds ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin and 1.49 ahead of Manuela Moelgg. Today's victory is the 15th World Cup Win (13 in GS) after 205 starts.
The race began with a moment of silence for David Poisson, the French skier who was killed while training in Canada on November 13.
Rebensburg held a slimmer lead over Shiffrin after the first run as dark clouds rolled in and a light rain started to fall. The German surprised even herself on the second run by battling to the finish line for the 15th World Cup win of her career. Shiffrin was able to appease the crowd with an impressive run of her own, landing solidly in second for the day. Moelgg was once again thrilled to make a podium appearance.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2017-2018 Moves To North America


The Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in North America this weekend.
Killington will host two technical races. The World Cup event in Vermont will feature Ladies giant slalom and slalom ski events on the Superstar course. the races will take place on 25th - 26th November 2017.
The world's fastest men come to Canada's Lake Louise for the first speed events. Downhill and Super-G races are scheduled to take place on the same days.

Killington (USA)
November 25th Giant Slalom / Ladies
November 26th Slalom / Ladies

Lake Louise (CAN)
November 25th Downhill / Men
November 26th Super G / Men

Lake Louise (CAN)
December 1st Downhill / Ladies
December 2nd Downhill / Ladies
December 3rd Super G / Ladies

Beaver Creek (USA)
December 1st Super G / Men
December 2nd Downhill / Men
December 3rd Giant Slalom / Men

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Salomon TV: Bearings [EAST]



East: the Blank Collective spent the winter exploring each coordinate directions of British Columbia. Here is what the eastern part of the province had to offer.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ski Utah: The Powder People Ep. 2. The Volcanoman

Meet Brad Lewis, also known as The Volcanoman for his lava photography. Brad loves photography, but, he loves skiing even more. In this video, Brad tells us what drives him to live in a cabin in the mountains and snowmobile to first tracks every day all winter long.

 

Ski Utah is the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association and has been creating brand awareness of and demand for the Utah wintersports product since its inception in 1978. Ski Utah publishes Ski Utah magazine, an annual publication which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of skiers and snowboarders annually. Ski Utah also owns and maintains SkiUtah.com with the most up-to-date snow and travel information.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting Utah's ski and snowboard industry.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association represents14 statewide ski resorts (Alta Ski Area, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head Resort, Brighton Resort, Cherry Peak, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, and Sundance).

Monday, November 13, 2017

Salomon TV: Dream Trip. Kashmir



Twenty-two year old Swede, Lovisa Rosengren, chooses Gulmarg, Kashmir as her dream trip spot with Cody Townsend and Kalen Thorien. What was supposed to be a cultural trip, turns into so much more when a 3-meter storm rolls through the resort.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Felix Neureuther Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi


The Audi FIS Ski World Cup season could also start for the men this weekend with the slalom opening in Levi, Finland. Traditionally, the winner of this race gets a reindeer and this season, the athlete that could walk away with the animal is Germany’s Felix Neureuther.
In the first run, the top 30 athletes were very tight together. From the 92 athletes at the start, the 30st finished only +1.56 behind the fastest of the run, Great Britain’s Dave Ryding. Already in this position at the slalom in Kitzbuehel last season, the British slalom whiz made a mistake in the second run and skied out, preventing his nation to score its first ever World Cup win.
This offered the 3rd spot to Sweden’s Mattias Hargin, who laid down a fantastic second run to move up from the 12th position to a podium placement. Since March 2015 Hargin didn’t climb on the podium in his main discipline slalom, so he was particularly happy with his performance at the beginning of the season in Levi.
In the second position, Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen earned his 31st World Cup podium for his comeback on the Levi Black, after skipping the race last season due to a disagreement with his federation. After a deceiving end of last season, the young Norwegian is back on the right track and ready to battle for the globe again.
Felix Neureuther was the most constant over both runs. The German was 2nd only 0.14 back in the first run and was able to keep up with the fast pace of the second, where Jean-Baptiste Grange (FRA) had the fastest time. This performance allowed Neureuther to celebrate his first victory since February 2016 and the honour to own and name a baby reindeer. He chose the nickname of his new-born daughter Matilda, the reindeer will be called “Matti”.
Marcel Hirscher, coming back from an ankle fracture mid-August, had only very few days of slalom training, but he didn’t lose this sensational feeling on the skis and was able to push hard to reach a 4th place in the first run. However, the routine was not quite there yet and he finished 17th after the second run.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Petra Vlhova Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi


Slovakia’s Petra Vhlova picked up the 2017-2018 World Cup slalom season right where she left off last March. The Aspen Finals winner turned on the jets to best American Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.10 seconds on the Levi Black slope in Finland, claiming the opening victory in the Olympic slalom year. Sitting 0.21 seconds behind Shiffrin’s leading pace after run one, Vlhova powered into the top spot with a hard charge on her second run. Switzerland’s “Sendy Wendy” Holdener also pushed her limits on the second run and was rewarded with a move onto the podium in third place.
As is a tradition in Levi, the race winner is awarded a baby reindeer which remains on a nearby farm. Vlhova followed the lead established by Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen in past seasons and named her first reindeer “Igor” after her father.
"I won the last race (in March) and it was difficult to continue so I’m really happy because it was a really tough day. Mikaela – she is always fast. But now, I am fast", said Vlhova.
Vlhova joins her countrywoman, Veronika Velez-Zuzulova, as one of only three women (Shiffrin the third) to win back-to-back slalom races since January of 2016.
It’s amazing because like I tell Mikaela, she is really strong and fast. So for me, it is the best day today", remarked Vlhova.
The 2017 Overall champion, Shiffrin, was able to move into the overall lead for the new year – currently 10 points ahead of Vhlova and 25 ahead of Holdener – after the first two races of the season.
The firm track north of the Arctic Circle held up for later bib numbers as well. Anna Swenn-Larsson of Sweden punched into seventh place from outside the top-30 at the start. Among other big movers, Stephanie Brunner of Austria skied into eighth from bib 53 and Norwegian Mina Fuerst Holtmann finished 13th from bib 51 in her World Cup slalom debut.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Saas-Fee Keeps Traveling on the Innovation Path With the WinterCARD Gold

In December of 2016, Saas-Fee revolutionized the ski industry in Switzerland.
With more than 75,000 orders, Saas-Fee carried out the most successful crowdfunding project in Europe. Based on the principle of crowdfunding, the popular alpine resort of Saas-Fee launched, at the end of October 2016, the low-cost season passes deal.
Thanks to the successful campaign, the Saas valley generated a plus of 15 %, the largest increase in overnight stays in all of Switzerland.
From this winter season on, the range of the WinterCARD offering will include the sunny glacier ski area of Hohsaas with its 35 kilometers of slopes, at no extra charge.
After the success of the WinterCARD, Saas-Fee will set new standards in the tourism sector again. For the price of CHF 111, owners of the WinterCARD Gold receive services worth at least 1000 Francs that make their stay in Saas-Fee not only more attractive but also more cost-effective. Guests benefit from complimentary “door to door” luggage transportation, from a 50% discount on ski and snowboard rental, and from a half-price discount on overnight stays in the Saas valley.
You can find the complete listing of all offers on saas-fee.ch/wintercard where the WinterCARD Gold is available online until December 17th. 
People who do not yet have a WinterCARD can purchase, until December 17, a WinterCARD Gold as a complete package that includes the season pass and all additional offers.
The WinterCARD at a price of CHF 233 is also available.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management Starting in October 2018


A Postgraduate Programme in Mountain Destination Management presented by the University of Andorra, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the University of Wakayama, UNWTO THEMIS Foundation and Pallarsactiu, with transfer coursework from Colorado State University (CSU).
  • Format: Blended: on-line with two on-site sessions.
  • Language: English



The first edition of the Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management will take place during the 2018-2019 academic year. The Diploma is comprised of 30 European Credits and will be taught in English and mostly via distance learning through the Universitat d’Andorra’s virtual learning platform. The programme includes two on-site sessions of five days each, in Andorra and Pallars (Catalonia) respectively.
The Postgraduate Diploma is a joint initiative of UdA and Pallarsactiu in conjunction with the UNWTO.Themis Foundation and it has the support of the Andorran Ministry of Tourism. The curriculum includes content from Colorado State University, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the University of Wakayama, which will be recognized in each of these university´s corresponding programmes.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management is aimed at graduates and professionals from both the public and private tourism sectors with expertise or a direct role in the creation or implementation of strategies, management policies, planning and promotion of mountain tourism destinations.
The programme will enable them to enhance their knowledge and professional skills, develop strategies and manage sustainable and responsible mountain tourism destinations.
The application process can be completed on the UdA website until 31 May 2018.

More information: www.mountaindestinationmanagement.com
"Located in the Pyrenees, the Principality of Andorra is a top mountain destination in Europe, attracting over two million tourists and nearly eight million visitors overall from around the world each year. Like many mountain destinations, our economy and livelihood depend on our ability to provide quality tourism services, improve sustainability and remain competitive.
The objective of the Postgraduate in Mountain Destination Management is to provide students and professionals the knowledge and training they need to successfully meet the unique demands of the mountain tourism industry.
The programme’s international perspective and blended learning format ensure a uniquely diverse student body and an intellectually stimulating course of study. Furthermore, students can choose from one of two certificate programmes, the Postgraduate Certificate in Mountain Tourism Destinations Planning or the Postgraduate Certificate in Mountain Tourism Destinations Marketing. Both rigorous and practical, graduates of our programmes will be equipped with the skills and abilities to become successful and effective leaders in a rapidly evolving and growing indust
ry".

Mr. Miquel Nicolau i Vila
President of the University of Andorra

"I trust that this Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management, an initiative of the University of Andorra and the UNWTO. Themis Foundation with the support of Colorado State University, will be an invaluable tool to advance mountain tourism as an effective means to promote social, economic and environmental development in mountain destinations across the world".

Taleb Rifai
Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)2017.

Levi To Host Slalom World Cup Opening This Weekend


The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2017-2018 season continues with the Slalom opening at Levi (FIN) this coming weekend.
The World Cup Levi Slalom Opening will take place at 11th and 12th November with the following program:

Ladies' slalom - Saturday, 11.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET
Men's slalom - Sunday, 12.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET

The ladies’ race will be set by Giovanni Luca Rulfi from Italy and Alois Prenn from Switzerland.
The Men's race will be set by Daniele Simoncelli from Italy and Marko Pfeifer from Austria.

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 honor 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.
Besides 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 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 %.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Crans-Montana Joins Best of the Alps Group


For more than a quarter of a century, Best of the Alps has stood for the incomparable alpine charm and high standards of its associated destinations. These locations share an impressive tradition of tourism and range of services, as well as a combination of their own unique flair and a special attitude to life.
Belonging to this illustrious group of internationally acclaimed tourist destinations in the Alps are Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Davos, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grindelwald, Kitzbühel, Lech Zürs am Arlberg, Megève, Seefeld, St. Anton am Arlberg and St. Moritz. They are now also joined by the Valais tourist paradise Crans-Montana, bringing the Best of the Alps circle back up to 12 legendary destinations again.
"We are very pleased to welcome Crans-Montana as a new member of our marketing cooperation. With its wealth of tradition and excellent tourist infrastructure, not to mention its long-term strategic direction, it is fully in line with our philosophy", says Sammy Salm, CEO of Best of the Alps on the internationally-oriented alpine destination becoming a member.
Lying on a sunny alpine plateau overlooking the Rhone valley, with an impressive panorama from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc, Crans-Montana was already a coveted location for enthusiasts of the alpine lifestyle right from the start. In 1893, the Hotel du Parc first opened its doors, followed by the first sanatorium in the region in 1899. By the beginning of the 20th century, other hotels and health resorts were also inviting visitors to the Valais holiday paradise, whose popularity and reputation then started to steadily grow.
The opening of the highest 18-hole golf course in the world in 1908 by Sir Henry Lunn was also ahead of its time, resulting in Crans-Montana evolving into a true golfing paradise. The international elite of golfing has now been holding a rendezvous there with the former Swiss Open, now Omega European Masters, for a long time. The only Masters tournament in the Alps – a “best of” par excellence – is only one of many highlights in the summer months.
Crans-Montana is also known as a winter hotspot in the Alps. This remarkable ski resort stretches up to the Plaine Morte glacier at an altitude of 3,000 meters, where the first alpine ski race took place in 1911. The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup has also held there again this year, as it has been since 1977. Crans-Montana rounded off its expertise in winter sports by successfully hosting the World Ski Championships in 1987. It is also currently bidding for the Olympic Games as the center for alpine skiing competitions as part of the Sion 2026 candidacy. Crans-Montana is also the Swiss candidate for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, which started taking place in Switzerland again in 2025.
"A new member often brings a breath of fresh air and additional momentum into the equation. An association like ours can always benefit from this", says Peter Nagel, President of Best of the Alps, who also sees Crans-Montana’s becoming a member as a welcome asset. Broad know-how and the questioning of previous positions is a win for all members. The sustained success of Best of the Alps is ultimately based on an intensive mutual exchange of ideas, including at the operational levels of the individual destinations.
"We will shortly be contributing extraordinary impressions and stories from Crans-Montana, and are very proud to be able to contribute to the Best of the Alps’ multi-faceted array of offers and its solid reputation", says Bruno Huggler, Director of Crans-Montana Tourism & Congress.

Ski Utah: The Powderhounds

Ski Utah Bloggers Adam Fehr and Matt Baydala are the epitome of powderhounds. They have built their businesses in Park City so they can make skiing a priority. In the coming weeks, Ski Utah will be releasing videos that go deeper with these dedicated skiers.

"From September to the end of May, snow is my obsession. If snow is in the forecast I cannot sleep because I'm often watching weather models", Powderhound Matt

"You can't après-ski all night if you don't ski in the morning", Après Adam



Ski Utah is the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association and has been creating brand awareness of and demand for the Utah wintersports product since its inception in 1978. Ski Utah publishes Ski Utah magazine, an annual publication which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of skiers and snowboarders annually. Ski Utah also owns and maintains SkiUtah.com with the most up-to-date snow and travel information.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting Utah's ski and snowboard industry.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association represents14 statewide ski resorts (Alta Ski Area, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head Resort, Brighton Resort, Cherry Peak, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, and Sundance).

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ski Utah: The Powder People

Join Ski Utah this season as they meet fellow skiers and snowboarders who have built their lives and livelihoods around their love of skiing Utah’s mountains and The Greatest Snow on Earth. Meet the Powder People.
The goal of this 8-minute edit is to get you fired up for winter and introduce you to characters who have centered their lives around skiing in Utah like George Jedenoff, a 100-Year-Old Skier who still skis whenever he can. His passion for skiing helps motivate him to stay in shape.



Ski Utah is the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association and has been creating brand awareness of and demand for the Utah wintersports product since its inception in 1978. Ski Utah publishes Ski Utah magazine, an annual publication which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of skiers and snowboarders annually. Ski Utah also owns and maintains SkiUtah.com with the most up-to-date snow and travel information.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting Utah's ski and snowboard industry.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Salomon TV: Mica Heliskiing



Rising star, Andrea Byrne, joins Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens and Leah Evans in one of the best powder skiing locations on earth - Mica Heliskiing. This episode is a throwback to the other classic Salomon Freeski TV episodes from Mica - powder, pillows, and action.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Salomon TV: Fountain Of Youth



Aging pro freeskier, Mike Douglas, travels to Japan in search of the secrets to perpetual youth and longevity. Between powder skiing sessions, he explores the Japanese diet, fitness, onsens and temples. The most profound advice, however, comes from a day spent with Mt. Everest age record holder, Yuichiro Miura and his son Gota.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Freeride World Qualifier and Freeride Junior Tour 2018 Calendar Unveiled

This season features over 40 FWQ and 90 FJT events spanning two international regions with exciting new locations for 2018.
 A record 2300 FJT riders will complement the 1900 FWQ registered athletes to make this season the biggest ever in freeride history. These riders will hail from all over the world and are divided into two regions: Europe/Oceania and the Americas.


Five 4* events in Europe and six 4* events in North America will determine which top riders will qualify for the elite Freeride World Tour (FWT) next year, with the final 4* events (Obergurgl-Hochgurgl and Kirkwood) in each region determining qualification. The top three riders in the ski men category will advance along with the top rider in each of the other three categories: ski women, snowboard men, and snowboard women. Several new events will be held this year in France and Switzerland as well as a new “ride and style” format being debuted in Bergen, Germany. High profile FWQ events such as the Nendaz Freeride, Jasna, and most of the Open Faces series will feature live streams the day of the competition. The only qualifying event in Asia will be held as a 3* in Japan. Once again, national champions will be crowned in Austria, Switzerland, and France. The FWQ competition season kicks off at the Verbier Freeride Week with three 2* events on January 6-7, 2018.
The FJT also kicks off at the Verbier Freeride Week at the start of the new year. The biggest changes to the FJT this season include the creation of two age categories (14-18 and under-14). In addition, a new 2* event in Tignes, France will make the calendar this year as part of the French Freeride Series. The 20th anniversary of the Eldorado freeride now features a total of five events with a new 1* event in Formigal. The top FJT riders will be crowned national champions in Austria, Switzerland, France, and the Pyrenees (Spain and Andorra combined). Junior riders will have the opportunity to be crowned tour champions at the season finale in Verbier in April.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Club Med Announces All Inclusive Ski Resort To Open In Canada


Club Med – the pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept – announced that it will open its first-ever resort in Canada, expanding its global leadership in ski resorts to North America. The brand new ski resort is planned to open in Quebec's Le Massif de Charlevoix ski region in 2020. The reveal took place at Groupe Le Massif's headquarters in Quebec City during a press conference held by Xavier Mufraggi, President and CEO of Club Med North America, and Daniel Gauthier, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Groupe Le Massif.
The project serves as a strategic symbol of rapid growth around the world for Club Med, which currently has plans to open 15 new through 2019 (of which one to two will be ski/mountain resorts each year), and either upgrade or expand nine of its existing resorts.
"Club Med is the world leader in all-inclusive mountain resorts. With 24 sites established in France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China, we're excited to add Canada to our list. Each season will reveal the wonders of this natural site, offering our international clientele a place to discover year-round beauty", comments Mufraggi. "It is often said you will only find a Club Med resort in the most beautiful destinations in the world. That said, it is an honor and privilege to be among those creating worldwide awareness for Charlevoix, a truly spectacular part of Canada".
The project represents a $93million investment to develop a 300-room resort, including a 5-Trident boutique hotel-style area with exclusive amenities and suites. The resort promises to be a haven for family and couple getaways as well groups and conventions with spaces designed to accommodate seminars and special events.

Club Med, founded in 1950, is recognized as the pioneer of the all-inclusive market, offering nearly 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably chic accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children's programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy, and diverse backgrounds.
Club Med operates in more than 25 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with more than 15 new resorts opening soon.

100 Days To Go Until PyeongChang 2018


Yesterday, November 1st, the Olympic Torch Relay started with the lighting of the Olympic flame
in Incheon Metropolitan City. A 101-day journey ending with the Opening Ceremony on February 9th, 2018.
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch Route will visit some of the wonderful places that had not been well known to the world, unlocking Korea’s hidden charms.


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 compacts 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.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Where To Ski and Snowboard In The Alps In November?


Austria
is the leading country for November skiing with the Hintertux, Pitztal, Sölden, Kaprun's Kitzsteinhorn, Dachstein, Molltal, Stubai and the Kaunertal glaciers already open.
Obergurgl has announced they will open for the 2017-18 ski season on November 16th.
On 25 November 2017, the most successful songstress in German chart-history Andrea Berg kicks off the winter season in Ischgl with the legendary Top of the Mountain Concert.
Kitzbuhel has started winter season on October 14th. Kitzbühel was thus the first non-glacier ski resort to start the winter operation thanks to the snow stockpiled from last season, spread back out on the slopes.

In Switzerland, Saas-Fee (Blog Editor's picture attached), Zermatt (always open), EngelbergGlacier 3000 above Les Diablerets and The Diavolezza Glacier near St. Moritz have their glaciers open for snow sports.
On Saturday, the 4th of November 2017, Laax will start the pre-season operation on the Vorab.
Davos Klosters has announced they will open at Parsenn on November 4th. If weather conditions are good, Parsenn will open the following weekend as well.

In Italy, glacier ski areas Val SenalesCervinia and Passo Stelvio are open. 

In France, with Les 2 Alpes deciding not to open due to limited snow cover on its glacier, Tignes, which has been open since the end of September, is the only ski area open in France at the moment.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Salomon TV Fall Winter 2017-2018 Teaser



Eleven years ago Salomon introduced Salomon Freeski TV, then added Salomon Running TV shortly thereafter. Salomon has delivered episodes that range from trail running in Papa New Guinea to the 2015 award-winning total solar Eclipse freeskiing episode in the arctic circle.Over the next 6 months, Salomon TV will take us to Nepal, France, British Columbia, Japan, India, Kashmir, Norway, USA, Austria, and Norway.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Viktoria Rebensburg Wins World Cup Opening GS in Sölden


Viktoria Rebensburg kicked off the 2017/18 FIS Audi Alpine World Cup tour with a Giant Slalom victory. Rebensburg, born in Tegernsee, Bavaria, Germany, is the 2010 Olympic gold medalist in the Giant Slalom. Her victory at Vancouver was her first victory in international competition. Today's victory is the 14th World Cup Win (12 in GS) after 204 starts.
Rebensburg second after the first run skied a superb second run to finish ahead of France's Tessa Worley by 0.14 seconds. Manuela Moelgg (ITA) rounded out the podium 0.53 off the pace and was so close from taking her first-ever World Cup Victory and become the oldest skier ever winning a World Cup Race.
Tessa Worley of France claimed her first podium finish at the Austrian resort, squeezing into second place, under sunny skies and in front of 14,500 fans.
Viktoria Rebensburg struggled in the 2016/17 season with back problems and a tibial fracture – still finding the podium twice – but has returned to the tour this year healthy and strong. She overcame a 0.33-second deficit after the first run to overtake Moelgg for the win. The 2017 Overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin sat in second place after the first run but ultimately finished fifth.
Lindsey Vonn raced today in Sölden for the first time since 2012 but did not qualify for the second run.
Tessa Worley was beyond ecstatic to claim her maiden Sölden podium. She sat in sixth place after the first run and fought hard in the second run to close the gap to within 0.14 seconds of Rebensburg. At 34 years old, Moelgg was the most experienced athlete in the race and quite impressively managed to match her result from seven years ago. The ladies' circuit next races slalom in Levi, Finland, on 11 November.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Grabs Skieur d’Or AIJS – Serge Lang Trophy


For the first time in recent years, a majority of members of the AIJS decided to elect an American ski star as the recipient of the ‘Skieur d’Or- AIJS Trophy Serge Lang’ Award to be presented at Soelden on Friday Oct.27th – 2017 in occasion of the Forum Alpinum to USA’s wonder girl Mikaela Shiffrin.
The defending overall World Cup champion is the first US female skier to receive the esteemed crystal trophy created by Joska and handed over by FIS since the election of her teammate Lindsey Vonn back in 2009. In 2005 Bode Miller was also elected ‘Skieur d’Or AIJS’ by a greater part of ski writers covering the World Cup tour.
During the past four years, the charming 22-year-old athlete from Vail, Colorado, amassed an impressive collection of crystal trophies, gold medals at major events and victories on the World Cup tour before clinching the big crystal globe at Aspen, in March 2017. Next February she will be aiming to capture more Olympic medals in Korea in her best specialties.
Members of the International Association of the Ski Journalists also awarded many votes to last year’s recipient Marcel Hirscher as well some to Beat Feuz or Ilka Stuhec.
"It’s surely not a great surprise to see Mikaela getting a majority of vote considering her impressive past season marked by stunning performances in the technical events and her determination to fight all the time for victory. She is also a pleasant interlocutor for ski reporters who greatly enjoy making interesting interviews with her on various occasions. Mikaela is doing a great job to promote our sport around the globe", said AIJS Vice-President Patrick Lang in charge of the ‘Skieur d’Or’ for nearly two decades now.
"Everyone within the World Cup tour is impressed by her passion and her dedication for alpine ski racing. She works really very hard on and off the snowfields", added Lang. "There are only a few examples in the history of our sport of so young athletes being so focused and successful in their best events – and for several consecutive winters. I also like her readiness to take risks competing in other specialties than slalom and giant slalom to clinch again the big crystal globe, so I was very happy for her when she scored many points in the speed events at Lake Louise a year ago. She surely has so much more to achieve in her mind! We all wish her great luck for another successful season this winter and more interesting stories with her".

Last season, for the first time in her career, Mikaela Shiffrin claimed the Overall World Cup title. Thanks to improved skills in the speed events, the only 22-year-old Slalom queen was able to score important points in Super-G and in Alpine Combined and became competitive in the Overall standings. She also claimed her fourth slalom globe.

Mikaela Shiffin was Born in Vail, Colorado, on March 13, 1995.

Statistics

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Starts: 6
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Podiums 4
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Victories: 3

Schladming 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st (Shiffrin became the third youngest woman to ever win a slalom World Championship and youngest American to win any title since 17-year-old Diann Roffe won gold in giant slalom in 1985. She’s also the first American to win a Championship or Olympic slalom since Barbara Cochran won at the 1972 Olympics and World Championships in Sapporo, Japan).
Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom: 1st
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 2
Olympic Winter Games Medals 1Olympic Winter Games Victories 1 (1st in Slalom in Sochi 2014)

FIS World Cup Starts: 105
FIS World Cup Podiums: 44
FIS World Cup Victories: 31 (25 Slalom, 4 GS, 1 alpine Combined, 1 City Event)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Audi FIS Ski World Cup 2017-2018



The 2017-2018 Audi FIS Ski World Cup season is just around the corner and it looks promising as new World Cup globes will be awarded and new Olympic Champions will be crowned. Next weekend (28-29 October) Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again hosts the ultimate FIS Ski World Cup Races. As every year, the Women's Giant Slalom opens the new World Cup season.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Alpine Ski World Cup Starts Next Weekend in Sölden


Next weekend (28-29 October) Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again hosts the ultimate FIS Ski World Cup Races. As every year, the Women's Giant Slalom opens the new World Cup season. The traditional Ladies' and Men's Giant Slalom are confirmed on 28th and 29th October on the Rettenbach Glacier
On Saturday the FIS World Cup opens with the Women’s Giant Slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden. The FIS Women's and Men's Alpine Ski World Cup is held for the 22nd time in the Tyrolean ski resort.
On Thursday morning, the official snow control took place in Sölden and the World Cup Opening could be confirmed by FIS race director Markus Mayr, chief of course Isidor Grüner and chief of race Rainer Gstrein. Thanks to the work of the cable car company and the fresh snow that covered the Rettenbach glacier in the past weeks, the snow conditions are excellent and everything is set to host the ladies’ and men’s giant slalom.
In less than seven days, the best giant slalom skiers will officially kick off the 2017/18 season and race for the first World Cup win of the season. Even though some big names will be missing on the start lists, especially from the home team Austria (Marcel Hirscher, Philippe Schörghofer, Anna Veith, Eva-Maria Brem, …), the competition promises to be very interesting with Tessa Worley and Mikaela Shiffrin eager to defend their titles (respectively GS and Overall globes) on the ladies’ side, and Alexis Pinturault and Ted Ligety carving for revenge after a difficult end of the season in 2017 on the men’s tour.

Programme:

28.10.2017 Women's Giant Slalom
29.10.2017 Men's Giant Slalom

Starting times:

10:00 am: 1st run
13:00 pm: 2nd run

On Friday the FIS Forum Alpinum – the Information Session for Ski Journalists – will take place in the Freizeit Arena in Sölden.

Sölden is a municipality located in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria. With tourist bed nights running at over two million per year, the municipality is second only to Vienna as an Austrian tourist destination. The main village of Sölden is located at 1,368 meters above sea level. The highest peak is the Wildspitze which is at 3,768 meters the second highest mountain in Austria after the Grossglockner. Sölden is a very popular ski resort.
The first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup race of the year traditionally takes place on the slope located on the Rettenbach glacier, a high-quality icy track with the starting gate situated over 3,000 meters in altitude.
Sölden offers the marvelous BIG 3, Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts or gondolas. From November through May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) and the modern snowmaking system (covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m) snow is guaranteed in Sölden.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

What Is Going On Here? Is Facebook Dead for Marketers?

"Facebook’s algorithms require you to pay for an audience you already own and that’s utter bullshit (...) Make the exodus. Start supporting small social media networks. Start promoting peoples’ websites again. Start subscribing to their blogs. We need to shift the consolidation of power that the major Social Media Networks have back to us again", Kira Leigh in Art+marketing

"Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts. And it’s getting worse", Kurt Gessler in Medium

"The Facebook anguish continues", Lucia Moses in DIGIDAY


On Friday I watched the last episode of South Park. Watching the adventures of Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick gives me the opportunity and ideas to introduce subjects to discuss in my classes in a different way. And I think the 4th episode in the 21st season of South Park is perfect to meditate about what is going on with Facebook.

http://southpark.cc.com/full-episodes/s21e04-franchise-prequel

"You see, what I've done, Adam, is built a completely self-sustaining chaos machine (...) doing nothing more than that Facebook was designed to do. I make money on Facebook for my fake content in order to pay Facebook to promote my fake stories". Butters Stotch as Professor Chaos in Franchise Prequel (Facebook is the ultimate weapon for Professor Chaos, he has found the perfect tool to spread lies and misinformation about Coon and friends).

If we look back, we see that Facebook was born as a social networking service. The founders had initially limited the website's membership to Harvard students; however, later they expanded it to other Universities. Since 2006, Facebook is open to anyone who fulfills the minimum age requirement and has a valid email address.
Traffic to Facebook increased steadily after 2009. Right now they claim they have 2 billion monthly active users (June 2017).
Facebook has affected the social life of the contemporary world forever. Facebook allows people using the internet to continuously stay in touch with friends, relatives, and other acquaintances. It has reunited lost family members and friends. Facebook allows users to trade ideas, stay informed with local or global developments, and unite people with common interests and/or beliefs.
When I joined Facebook it was still a social networking site.
But a few years ago everything changed.
First, Facebook’s preference for video over text posts was a fact. And now is more or less a wall of news.
"There’s a large segment of the population that gets most of its news from Facebook,(...) If there’s been an overall decline in high-quality news that’s circulating on the platform, that is generally concerning from a philosophical standpoint", said Matt Karolian, director of audience engagement at The Boston Globe.

Despite you follow Facebook optimal content mix rule, 50% links, 25% video and 25% photos, you are seeing a huge fall in your post consumption or daily average reach. And there is only one way to compensate that: paying to promote your posts. Facebook algorithms have one objective: to get more money of potential advertisers because Mark Zuckerberg's platform is under the growing pressure of shareholders who want revenue.
The point is, under the current conditions, many marketers think now, and I agree, is time to move away from Facebook.

"In my mind, we’re kind of at the mercy of the algorithm", Aysha Khan said. "But there’s a lot of stories that are getting underwhelming responses that readers can’t even see. It is this constant thing, trying to figure out how to incorporate it into your workflow. At one point they were pushing images, and then they were pushing video, and live video. I don’t think it’ll ever stop"
"To some, the issue points to the need for publishers to diversify their audience sources through search, direct traffic, and newsletters, while others registered resignation",  Lucia Moses in DIGIDAY

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Referendum on Innsbruck/Tyrol Bid for the 2026 Winter Games To Take Place Tomorrow


A referendum which could make or break Innsbruck's bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games is scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 15th.
The Tyrolean population will be called to vote on: "Should the state of Tyrol make a self-assured offer for sustainable, regionally adapted, as well as economically and ecologically sound Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Innsbruck/Tyrol 2026?".

On 17 February 2016, the "Tiroler Tageszeitung" wrote in an article that IOC president Thomas Bach asked the alpine city for an application for the 2026 Winter Olympics.
The Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid for 2022 suffered an "epic fail". For 2022, the bid process collapsed in an unprecedented way.Four qualified European cities dropped out of the six-candidate race, one-by-one, each for their own geopolitical or economic reason. In the end, it was snowless Beijing defeating lesser-known Almaty, Kazakhstan, the only two cities remaining, to host the Games.
IOC President Thomas Bach’s "Agenda 2020" was introduced to help repair the defective process and the image of the Games,
The ÖOC (Austrian Olympic Committee) has been working on a proposed bid by Innsbruck and the surrounding Tyrol region to host the 2026 Olympics for the past year and has received strong backing from both the Austrian government and Innsbruck mayor Christine Oppitz-Plörer.
Recent referenda on hosting Olympics held in various countries have tended to result in the rejection of bids, but Peter Mennel (pictured), the secretary general of the ÖOC, argued that the Tyrol-wide roadshow to sell the merits of the bid will pay dividends.
In October 2016 the Austrian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced that it will conduct a feasibility study to investigate the possibility of bringing the Olympic Winter Games back to Innsbruck in 2026.
On 6 December 2016, the ÖOC commissioned a working group including renowned companies to conduct the report.
The study released by the Austrian Olympic Committee (ÖOC) published on 22 June 2017 suggests Innsbruck could host its third Olympic Games in 2026 on a shoestring budget of about (USD) $1.3 billion (1.175 billion euros), a mere fraction of the cost of recent Winter Games.
Leveraging legacy from the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Winter Games and experience from hosting the Games in both 1964 and 1976, a study suggests Innsbruck could host a regional Games where 77 percent of the sports venues already exist and the remaining will be comprised of temporary installations. Under this proposal, no new venues would need to be constructed.
Venues would be spread across the Tyrol region and in Southern Germany. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Agenda 2020 reforms permit a more widespread Games footprint and venues situated across international borders if it leads to costs savings and improved sustainability.
The study proposes to use facilities at venues across all of Tyrol: Innsbruck, Igls, Kühtai, St. Anton am Arlberg, Hochfilzen, and Seefeld. The two ice hockey venues were to be determined, as was the possibility of using the existing speed skating rink in Inzell in Germany.
For Austrian NOC Secretary-General Peter Mennel "Agenda 2020 is a fact, as is the certainty that the Winter Games have to come back to traditional, tried and tested winter sports sites. Innsbruck/Tyrol is predestined to organize modern, sustainable Games — according to the motto: Small but Beautiful".
2026 marks the 50th anniversary of Innsbruck's 1976 Winter Olympics. Innsbruck could be the first city to host the Winter Olympics three times.


Other possible bidders for the 2026 winter Olympics include Calgary in Canada, Sion in Switzerland, Stockholm in Sweden, a city in Norway and Sapporo in Japan.
The IOC will select the host at its September 2019 session in Milan, Italy.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Newly Formed Resort Company Completes Acquisition of Deer Valley Resort


The newly formed entity (the “Company”) controlled by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, LLC and Henry Crown and Company announced the completion of their previously announced acquisition of Deer Valley Resort. The Company, with Deer Valley Resort, also announced that Bob Wheaton will remain at Deer Valley Resort as president and chief operating officer.
Through this transaction, Deer Valley Resort is now part of an impressive portfolio of 13 resorts with more than seven million skier visits, 22,000 skier acres, and significant land available for real estate development. The Company also includes Canadian Mountain Holidays, the world leading heli-ski operator, and comprehensive aviation and real estate businesses. Its mountain resorts are geographically diversified across most of North America’s major ski regions: Squaw Valley|Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain and June Mountain in California; Deer Valley Resort in Utah; Steamboat Ski & Resort and Winter Park Resort in Colorado; Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Ontario; Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec; Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont; and Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia.
"We could not be more pleased that Deer Valley Resort is now a part of our new Company", said David Perry, president and chief operating officer of the Company. "We believe that this transaction not only adds tremendous value to our Company but also enhances the opportunities we are able to provide to our guests, our employees, and our communities. We are committed to maintaining the first-class experience and level of guest service for which the resort is known, and we look forward to what should be a fantastic 2017/18 ski season across our portfolio".
"Joining this impressive portfolio of resorts is a big step forward in the future of Deer Valley Resort. It will enable the resort to build upon its time-honored traditions while further enhancing the overall experience", said Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley Resort president and chief operating officer. "We are thrilled to be a part of the new Company and are excited to begin welcoming guests to Utah this winter".

The Company, which joined Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc., Mammoth Resorts, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, and, now, Deer Valley Resort, is a North American mountain resort and adventure company delivering distinctive vacation and travel experiences to its guests. The Company owns and/or operates 13 four-season mountain resorts with approximately 22,000 skiable acres and significant land available for real estate development. The mountain resorts are geographically diversified across most of North America’s major ski regions: Squaw Valley|Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain and June Mountain in California; Deer Valley Resort in Utah; Steamboat Ski & Resort and Winter Park Resort in Colorado; Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Ontario; Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec; Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont; and Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. The Company’s mountain resorts are geographically diversified across most of North America’s major ski regions, including California, the Eastern United States, the Rocky Mountains, and Canada. The Company also operates an adventure travel business, the cornerstone of which is Canadian Mountain Holidays, the world’s leading heli-skiing adventure company, and a comprehensive real estate business through which it manages condominium hotel properties and sells and markets residential real estate.