Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Alpine Ski World Cup Starts Next Weekend in Sölden


Next weekend 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 27th – 28th October 2018 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 23rd time in the Tyrolean ski resort.
Since the 2000/2001 season, the yearly held men’s and women’s Alpine Ski World Opening has been taking place on Sölden’s Rettenbach Glacier.On Thursday morning, the official snow control took place in Sölden.
FIS Race Director Markus Mayr, LOC Course Director Isidor Grüner, and LOC Race Director Rainer Gstrein confirmed that the progress on the Rettenbach, while challenging due to present weather conditions, is on track to kick off the 2018/19 World Cup season at the end of next week.
"We can give the green light for the snow control", noted Mayr, who indicated that there is enough coverage on the slope to confirm the races at this time. However, the track must still be prepared to World Cup standards which will depend, to some extent, on the weather in the coming days "There is still a lot of work to do before the race day on Saturday, but Sölden has a strong team", Mayr added.
Rupert Steger of Austrian Ski Association Event Marketing applauded the organizers "Firstly, it has to be said that what the Bergbahnen Sölden and organising committee managers have done here is sensational. Considering the difficult circumstances, these are really good conditions. The basic preparation of the race track is complete, and now it's the fine tuning. Together with the experienced team, we will be able to fix this and look forward to an excellent race weekend".


Programme:

27.10.2018 Women's Giant Slalom
28.10.2018 Men's Giant Slalom

Starting times:

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

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Lenny Kravitz To Close Winter Season in Ischgl


US Rock legend Lenny Kravitz ends this year’s winter season at the "Top of the Mountain Closing Concert" in Ischgl on April 30, 2019 – with a bang! For over a quarter of a century, the US artist has been rocking the international charts and the stages of this world. His eleven studio albums have been sold more than 38 million times and he’s made a name for himself as an actor as well.
As part of the ski closing on April 30, Lenny Kravitz touches down on the slopes of Ischgl for an unforgettable concert performance at the biggest open-air arena in Austria – the Idalp. Surrounded by snow, he’ll have his fans singing and dancing along to hits like “Fly Away”!.



Lenny Kravitz 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, PUR and Zucchero.
Last season German Superstars Andrea Berg and Helene Fischer, two of the most successful songstress in German chart history, were in charge of opening and closing the season in Ischgl.

Ischgl (1377m) is a truly Ski Paradise in Tirol (Austria) with 239 km of prepared pistes, 45 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. Around 20 blue, 40 red and 25 black slopes and descents make the ski resort Silvretta Arena in Tyrol the perfect winter sports region. The variety of slopes and ski routes offer an opportunity for everyone, from beginners to experts looking for challenging pistes. Eleven is the name of the longest piste with approximately 11 kilometers from the top of the ski resort in Greitspitz (2,872 meters) to Ischgl village (1,400 meters). 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).
One of the highlights at the Tyrolean Silvretta Arena and Samnaun is – without a doubt – the smuggler’s circuit. In the tracks of smugglers from the days of yore, skiers and snowboarders can explore the border region between Austria and Switzerland. You can probably imagine to what incredible lengths these smugglers went just to smuggle some coffee or a pair of tights. Depending on their level of skill, skiers and snowboarders may select between three different routes: the most challenging gold smuggler’s circuit, the silver smuggler’s circuit and the easiest (blue-slopes only) bronze smuggler’s circuit.

GOLD - 35,7 km slopes - 6.463 altitude
SILVER - 24,7 km slopes - 4.745 altitude
BRONZE - 19,8 km slopes - 3.311 altitude

Freeride World Tour 2019 Riders Confirmed


The complete list of finest athletes in the sport of Freeride on the world’s premier competitive freeride tour is now available.
48 of the world’s best (in four categories 10 Ski Women, 22 Ski Men, 7 Snowboard Women, and 9 Snowboard Men) will battle it out at five world-renowned venues spanning three continents for their chance to stand on the podium. With such an extraordinary pool of athletes, FWT19 is shaping up to be an extremely exciting and high-level competition.
With an incredible lineup of riders already confirmed - from hungry rookies, hard-charging veterans and legendary wildcards such as Tanner Hall (USA) and Victor De Le Rue (FRA) - the FWT19 is shaping up to be an epic show.


Ski Men

Kristoffer Turdell (SWE) will have his work cut out for him this season. Wildcards Drew Tabke (USA), two-time world champion in the freeriding discipline, Tanner Hall (USA), backcountry freestyle pioneer, and the always dangerous Aymar Navarro (ESP), are all looking to dethrone the FWT18 champion. With big results on the FWQ, Wadeck Gorak (FRA), Konstantin Ottner (GER), Hank Bilous (NZL), Andrew Pollard (USA), Tom Peiffer (CAN) and Liam Peiffer (CAN) will compete amongst the world’s best.

Kristofer Turdell (SWE) Defending Champion
Yan Rausis (SUI)
Leo Slemett (FRA)
Sam Lee (NZL)
Drew Tabke (USA)
Fabio Studer (AUT)
Tanner Hall (USA)
Liam Peiffer (CAN)
Hank Bilous (NZL)
Wadeck Gorak (FRA)
Tom Peiffer (CAN)

Ski Women

Arianna Tricomi (ITA) will be back for FWT19 looking to defend her title while continuing to push the boundaries for female freeriders. Hedvig Wessel (NOR) and Maude Besse (SUI) will join the tour as season wildcards keen to prove that they have what it takes to claim podium spots. Rookies to watch will be Juliette Willmann (FRA) and Jacqueline Pollard (USA) who both earned their spots on the FWT19 thanks to their strong performances on the FWQ.

Arianna Tricomi (ITA) Defending Champion
Maude Besse (SUI) 

Snowboard Men

The big question for this category is if someone will be able to stop Sammy Luebke (USA) from claiming his fourth consecutive FWT title. Big mountain specialist, Victor De Le Rue (FRA) the season wildcard and rookies, Chrisopher Galvin (USA) and Ludovic Guillot-Diat (FRA) will certainly be hoping to end Luebke’s historic run.

Sammy Luebke (USA) Defending Champion
Blake Hamm (USA)

Snowboard Women

Manuela Mandl (AUT) will be back on tour and hungry as ever to defend her world title. However, season wildcard, Wakana Hama (JPN) and rookies, Maria Kuzma (NZL) and Nicole Kelly (CAN) who earned their spots from the FWQ will make progression and strong riding a must for any rider hoping to win podiums in this category.

Manuela Mandl (AUT) Defending Champion
Marion Haerty (FRA)
Wakana Hama (JPN)
Nicole Kelly (CAN)
Maria Kuzma (NZL)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Jason Derulo To Kick Off the 2018-2019 Skiing Season in Ischgl


On November 24, 2018, the platinum-award winner Jason Derulo will kick off the skiing season in Ischgl at the legendary Top of the Mountain Opening Concert.
US superstar Jason Derulo will touch down on the Ischgl slopes for one of his legendary concerts. Since his 2013 single "Talk Dirty", Jason Derulo has been a regular in the charts. At his Ischgl concert, he is sure to get the crowd dancing with hits like "Colors" (the official Coca-Cola anthem of the 2018 Football World Cup), "In my Head", "Want To Want Me", "Whatcha Say", or "Trumpets".
More than nine million music video streams and a whopping five billion clicks on YouTube – Jason Derulo is definitely one of the greats US Rap and Popstars.

Jason Derulo 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, PUR and Zucchero.
Last season German Superstars Andrea Berg and Helene Fischer, two of the most successful songstress in German chart history, were in charge of opening and closing the season in Ischgl.



Ischgl (1377m) is a truly Ski Paradise in Tirol (Austria) with 239 km of prepared pistes, 45 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. Around 20 blue, 40 red and 25 black slopes and descents make the ski resort Silvretta Arena in Tyrol the perfect winter sports region. The variety of slopes and ski routes offer an opportunity for everyone, from beginners to experts looking for challenging pistes. Eleven is the name of the longest piste with approximately 11 kilometers from the top of the ski resort in Greitspitz (2,872 meters) to Ischgl village (1,400 meters). 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).
One of the highlights at the Tyrolean Silvretta Arena and Samnaun is – without a doubt – the smuggler’s circuit. In the tracks of smugglers from the days of yore, skiers and snowboarders can explore the border region between Austria and Switzerland. You can probably imagine to what incredible lengths these smugglers went just to smuggle some coffee or a pair of tights. 
Depending on their level of skill, skiers and snowboarders may select between three different routes: the most challenging gold smuggler’s circuit, the silver smuggler’s circuit and the easiest (blue-slopes only) bronze smuggler’s circuit.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Our Choices Define Us. Choose To Be Unleashed



Millions of years of geological change create a unique type of wisdom. We invite you to imagine mountain life from the perspective of the mountain itself. This is the story of how nature’s unlimited potential attracted generations of adventurers to Whistler Blackcomb and unleashed a community in a mountain playground.

Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Our Choices Define Us. Choose To Be Tough As Nails




For professional skier Stan Rey the risk of injury is a part of every day on the mountain. But when his sister Olivia was left paralyzed by a car accident he had no choice but to reconsider his actions. This is the story of Olivia Rey's fight to get back on the mountain and how she inspired everyone around her.

Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Our Choices Define Us. Choose To Be Awakened




First Nations snowboarder Chelsie McCutcheon let her passion for the mountains guide most of her life. This is the story of how Chelsie’s dedication to her sport evolved and sparked a deeper connection to nature and new ways to share it, though shamanic yoga, mountain biking, and guidance in her mountain community.

Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Our Choices Define Us. Choose To Be A Community



As a mother raising snowboard prodigy sons in a mountain town, Anastasia Chomlack faces a unique set of challenges and fears for her boys. But when Anastasia faced cancer, she encountered an entirely new type of fear. This is the story of a family that discovered the strength of a close-knit community.

Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Our Choices Define Us. Choose To Be Unchangeable




Three best friends defined their lives in the years they spent skiing at Whistler Blackcomb together. This is the story of an unexpected reunion that brought them back to their old stomping grounds and reminded them of a time when they truly were living the dream.

Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals. FIS's Inspection Commission Visit Soldeu El Tarter


After the FIS Congress in Zurich (Switzerland), where the Organizing Committees of the upcoming World Championships in Åre and the World Cup Finals in Soldeu took the opportunity to present their latest improvements, a delegation of officials from the ladies’ and men’s tour headed to Soldeu El Tarter (Andorra) for a site visit and a technical inspection.
Together with representatives of the local organizing committee and the Infront Sports and Media operations team, the production company responsible for the worldwide television broadcast, the FIS Officials inspected both the on- and off-hill facilities.
The aim of the meeting has been to thoroughly address all matters relating to the organization of the 2019 World Cup Finals, ranging from the most operational, technical and purely sports aspect to the more social and promotional aspect.
The meeting has been attended by chief race director of the women's alpine ski World Cup, Atle Skaardal, and his counterpart of the men's trials, Markus Waldner. They have accompanied the technical operational managers, Mike Kertesz an, Andreas Krönner, as well as head of communications for the women's circuit, Christine J. Feehan, among other constituents of the FIS. In attendance, on behalf of the organising committee, were managing director of the World Cup Finals, Conrad Blanch, director of Grandvalira-Ensisa, David Hidalgo, race director, Jordi Pujol, as well as other members of the local organising team. President of the Andorran Ski Federation (FAE), Josep Pintat, and technical director, Carles Visa, were also present.
During the visit, the individuals in charge of the FIS have inspected and approved the ski routes that will be the stage of the competition in Grandvalira. On one hand, they have seen the Avet piste of the Soldeu sector and the works being carried out at the finish area confirming the exit points of the men's and women's Slalom and Giant Slalom. On the other hand, they have tested the tracks of the Alga piste in El Tarter sector which hosts the speed trials, Downhill, Super Giant Slalom and team trials, which the Andorran team will take part in.
Regarding the assessment of the preparations, Atle Skaardal confirms that "the inspection has been a complete success and all the requirements have been met". The technician has emphasised the fact that "the widening project of the Avet piste is now a reality and at the FIS we have been impressed." Markus Waldner has stressed that "the Finals is an event that goes beyond sport; it's a spectacle".
Managing Director of the 2019 World Cup Finals, Conrad Blanch, has underlined that "the organising committee team is doing a fine job and there has been a great collaboration and harmony among the members of the FIS (...) The goal is to ensure everything that comes with the World Cup Finals is a spectacle and that it involves the participation of the whole country".


Also during the visit, the commitment paper was signed between the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the Andorran Ski Federation (FAE) in which the agreements between the various organisational aspects are set out, such as the programme, the technical details of the pistes and races, the resort's human resources and technicians required to deal with the event, the location of the press rooms, accommodation, team hospitality points and award hall, among many others.
One of the objectives, with which Soldeu El Tarter address the World Cup Finals, is for the competition to be a window into the world that transcends the sports field. The event will be presented as a social occasion with different programmes, shows and activities alongside the races. Accordingly, the organising committee will have a dynamic action plan, which is receiving its finishing touches with different agents throughout the country, with a view of integrating them into the promotional process of the World Cup Finals.

Our Choices Define Us. Choose To Be Bold



When professional photographer Dan Carr unexpectedly deferred a year from an engineering program, he chose to spend a fateful winter in the mountains. This is the story of how Dan’s choice to break away from a path that seemed predetermined led to an entirely new life in the mountains.

Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Calendar Freeride World Tour 2019



Winter is most certainly on its way with the announcement of The Freeride World Tour 2019 calendar
As autumn begins to quickly spread through the high mountains, the moment to announce the FWT19 calendar has finally arrived. In 2019, FWT athletes will return to five of the most challenging and pristine freeride venues the globe has to offer.
50 of the world’s best Freeriders in four categories – ski men, ski women, snowboard men, and snowboard women – will face-off in big mountain arenas spanning across three continents for their chance to be Freeride World Champion. Following the fourth stop in Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra only riders holding enough points will have the opportunity to compete in the final stop in Verbier, Switzerland in March.
With an incredible lineup of riders already confirmed - from hungry rookies, hard-charging veterans and legendary wildcards such as Tanner Hall (USA) and Victor De Le Rue (FRA) - the FWT19 is shaping up to be an epic show.

1. FREERIDE WORLD TOUR HAKUBA
Date: January 19-26, 2019; Location: Hakuba, Japan
2. FREERIDE WORLD TOUR KICKING HORSE
Date: February 2-8, 2019; Location: Kicking Horse, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

3. FREERIDE WORLD TOUR FIEBERBRUNN KITZBÜHELER ALPEN
Date: February 22-28, 2019; Location: Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, Austria
4. FREERIDE WORLD TOUR VALLNORD ARCALIS - ANDORRA
Date: March 2-8, 2019; Location: Vallnord Arcalis, Andorra

5. XTREME VERBIER
Date: March 23-31, 2019; Location: Verbier, Switzerland

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Annual Meetings of the FIS Technical Committees Took Place Last Week in Zurich


From September 25 to 29, 2018, the Technical Committees of the FIS met at the Hilton Hotel in Zurich to work on the final details for the 2018/2019 winter season.
The Organizing Committees of the upcoming World Championships in Åre and the World Cup Finals in Soldeu took the opportunity to present their latest improvements and raise the anticipation for those major events.
The meeting week kicked off with both the Ladies’ and Men’s Coaches Working Groups.
Besides the highlight of the season, World Championships in Åre Sweden, the start field reduction and parallel rules harmonization were the most anticipated subjects.
In the World Cup meeting held on Friday 28th September 2018, the discussions were more strategic and tried to offer the best possible framework for the World Cup to grow. Even though the TV figures presented are not alarming, it was agreed that steps need to be taken to improve the World Cup product.
One improvement relies on the discussion held in the World Cup meeting to define a strategy for the reduction of the start fields. Especially on the men’s side, the high number of participants in a World Cup race (average of 75 athletes in SL!) became a problem to offer an interesting and compact product for TV and to ensure an appropriate and high-quality course setting for second runs. At the last meetings in spring, the big nations made a step in that direction by accepting to cut into their quota to have a maximum of seven athletes per nation. Everyone needs to join the movement for the benefit of sport and further steps need to be made to ensure that the World Cup remains the highest league in alpine skiing. The aim is to better showcase the big stars of our sport on TV. An unofficial proposal was made by Chairman Niklas Carlsson, that would progressively reduce the quota to the Top 30 nations. No final decision has been made, but all the committee member have been invited to discuss this in winter and come up with a concrete proposal at the spring meetings in Dubrovnik.
On the World Cup level, the most important rule change is the harmonization of the individual parallel event rules. In the past, the PGS held in Alta Badia since 2015 and the PSL tested for the first time last year in Courchevel had a different qualification system and slightly different rules. In spring, the FIS Council accepted to include the individual parallel as a discipline at the World Championships from Cortina 2021 on. So it became urgent to harmonize the different formats and to establish the parallel as a discipline on the World Cup Tour.
The review of standards also seeks to facilitate public understanding and better promote that discipline. The rules were revised at the Alpine World Cup meeting on Friday, October 27 and a harmonization proposal was made that could be implemented on all FIS levels in the winter 2019/20.
With those meetings, the frame has been set for another great World Cup season. In less than 30 days, the best giant slalom athletes of the world will meet in Sölden to start the winter 2018/19, that will lead them to the World Championships in Åre (SWE) and all the way to the World Cup Finals in Soldeu (AND).


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Tignes inaugurates World's Largest and Highest Open-top Aerial Tramway


Tignes just inaugurated its new aerial tramway, the largest and highest tramway in the world.
Located at an altitude of 3,032 meters on the Grande Motte Glacier at the gateway to the Vanoise National Park, the new Tignes aerial tramway belongs to a new generation of equipment. Its two open-top cabins will offer passengers a unique 360-degree view of one of the most beautiful panoramas of the French Alps with views of Mont Blanc, the Cime de Bellecôte and the Aiguille de la Grande Sassière (3,747 m).
This exceptional new aerial tramway was designed to withstand the weather at an altitude of over 3,000 m, blending in perfectly with its surroundings and offering passengers a unique view of the incredible natural setting. It was designed in Switzerland by Garaventa AG and is equipped with state-of-the-art comfort and safety technologies. It will first open to skiers this winter once the ski area itself is opened. Due to extreme temperatures and heavy snowfall in winter at over 3,000 m, both open-top cabins will be open to the public in May.
Financed by the Société des téléphériques de Grande Motte (STGM)—the company operating the Tignes ski area—this new aerial tramway is part of a global investment project called ALTITUDE EXPERIENCES, reaching a EUR 17 million budget. Created as part of a partnership between STGM and the Vanoise National Park, ALTITUDE EXPERIENCES is a "Unique, Fun & Educational" route that will start at the Tignes funicular station at 2,100 m and will reach the Grande Motte Glacier at 3,032 m altitude. ALTITUDE EXPERIENCES will open to the public in May 2019. It will be accessible to the general public, including people with disabilities. Between an elevation 3,032 and 3,456 meters, visitors will be able to enjoy the spectacular views from various altitudes as they feel like they are flying through mid-air. In addition, educational materials in various shapes and forms will provide information on this exceptional environment and ecosystem.

Technical Characteristics
  • Dual-rope aerial tramway with two open-top cabins
  • Bottom station altitude: 3,034 meters
  • Top station altitude: 3456 meters
  • Transport capacity: 1,000 people/hour (in each direction)
  • Total number of carriers: 2 (open-top cabins)
  • Capacity of each cabin: 100 people
  • Capacity of each open-top deck 20 people
  • Travel time: 5 minutes 
  • Line length: 1,996 meters
  • Altitude rise: 421 meters
  • Max. operating speed: 10 m/s
Tignes is located in the valley of Tarentaise, in the department of Savoy, in the Rhône-Alpes region, in the southeast of France.
The Tignes ski resort comprises 5 locations; Val Claret, Tignes le Lac, Le Lavachet, Tignes Les Boisses, and Tignes-les-Brévières. The first three are very close to each other and are located at 2100 meters. Les Boisses and Les Brevieres are located in the lower part of the valley, above and below respectively the large dam built in 1952 and which buried under its waters the old town of Tignes.
The ski area of Tignes - Val d'Isère is one of the most beautiful and largest ski areas in the Alps. 300 kilometers of ski slopes suitable for all levels, from beginners to experts (green, blue, red, black and "Naturide", safe off-piste itineraries not groomed). Tignes - Val d'Isère has a modern network of 78 ski lifts.
The ski domain known as Espace Killy owes its name to Jean-Claude Killy, former Alpine ski runner who dominated the world circuit in the late sixties, winning two World Cup titles in 1967 and 1968. It was also a triple Olympic champion, winning the three alpine events at the 1968 Winter Olympics. The Espace Killy extends from the Pisaillas Glacier over the Col de l'Iseran in Val d'Isère to the Grande Motte glacier above Val Claret in Tignes. The domain has a vertical drop of 1906 meters. Its highest point is found at the top of the Grande Motte cable car at 3456 m. From this point, we can descend skiing to the village of Tignes Les Brévières at 1550 m.
The glacier area remains open in summer and autumn to practice skiing with 20kms of ski slopes located between 3456 and 3000 meters.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Today is World Tourism Day!


Ever since its inception, World Tourism Day is celebrated on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. As the official day set aside in the United Nations Calendar the celebration seeks to highlight tourism potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing some of the most pressing challenges society is faced with today.
"Tourism and the Digital Transformation" is the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD).
A digitally advanced tourism sector can improve entrepreneurship, inclusion, local community empowerment, and efficient resource management, amongst other important development objectives. This year’s WTD presents a unique opportunity to help us to further explore the opportunities provided to tourism by technological advances including big data, artificial intelligence, and digital platforms.
World Tourism Day 2018 is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the potential contribution of digital technologies to sustainable tourism development while providing a platform for investment, partnerships, and collaboration towards a more responsible and inclusive tourism sector.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations specialized agency, is the leading international organization with the decisive and central role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how. Its membership includes 156 countries, 6 territories, 2 permanent observers and over 500 Affiliate Members.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals Andorra at Soldeu - El Tarter Communication Campaign


The Illa Carlemany de Escaldes Engordany (Andorra) cinema today hosted the presentation of the communication campaign for the 2019 alpine skiing World Cup Finals Andorra at Soldeu - El Tarter. It is the largest sport event in the history of Andorra, and will take place from 11 to 17 March, with the participation of ambassadors Carolina Ruiz, a Spanish former alpine ski racer who won a downhill victory at the 2013 World Cup in Méribel, and Luc Alphand, decorated athlete and 1997 World Cup champion.
The communications campaign was launched today in order to continue strengthening Andorra’s position as a top international skiing destination and emphasize what it means for both the Principality and the Pyrenees to host such a premier competition. The campaign aims to involve the country, build enthusiasm and highlight the values of the event, the ski resort and the sponsors using a cross-cutting message.
General Manager of the 2019 World Cup Finals Organising Committee Conrad Blanch explained that "one of the major goals of these finals is for Andorra to become well-known as a destination worldwide. We want the country to make the event its own". Along these lines, Grandvalira-Nevasa General Manager Alfonso Torreño stated that "this cross-cutting communication campaign goes beyond the ski resort to highlight everything the country has to offer. We want to get everyone involved and excited". Tourism Minister Francesc Camp added that "getting everyone involved makes human capital one of the primary assets. At this event, we are putting our best selves forward and positioning ourselves on the global stage".
Carolina Ruiz and Luc Alphand have joined the event’s promotional team. Ruiz commented: "Andorra already has lots of experience with competitions. What I have felt in Andorra in recent years as a racer is a passion with which the people of this country do things. There is a huge human effort, and you go home feeling just how passionately the people experience it".
Alphand added that he was "at the European Cup finals last season and it was a very well-organized event. All skiers dream about winning the Crystal Globe, and this year we will experience it at Soldeu – El Tarter".
The first phase of the advertising campaign to introduce will be launched from September to November. The main communication strategy revolves around the slogan "This winter we’ll all be world champions" with a graphic representation of the Crystal Globe at the top of a podium.
From December to March, the promotional campaign will intensify for the 2019 alpine skiing World Cup Finals Andorra at Soldeu - El Tarter Andorra in order to get all of the country’s residents involved and excited about the sporting spirit. The second phase will therefore have the slogan: "World champions in excitement".
The third phase of the campaign will include street activities in partnership with the Principality’s trade associations. Various social media efforts will also be launched with global sport celebrities linked to the ski resort, to help promote the use of the hashtag #totssomcampions and the official hashtag #SoldeuElTarterWCF19 and boost the visibility of the event.
New technologies will also be present with the launch of the first alpine skiing World Cup Finals online game for mobile devices, available on Google Play and the Apple Store. “Ski Race Soldeu” is the name of the game in which players from around the world must try to get the best time on the Downhill (DH) slope Àliga El Tarter, an identical reproduction of the real slope. Soldeu - El Tarter will organise different online competitions throughout the entire season.

On 12 March the Opening Ceremony will be held on the Avet slope in Soldeu with a spectacular light, sound and fireworks show. The numbers draw will take place in Plaza Carlemany in Canillo on 16 March, accompanied by festivities. During the final,s there will also be a programme of musical events on race days at Abarset in El Tarter, one of the top après-ski spots in the Pyrenees. The organisation hopes that the entire country will get involved, get excited and experience what will be a very important week for Andorra.
In terms of media, according to data available from Infront Sports & Media about the competitions held in Méribel in 2015 and St. Moritz in 2016, the 2019 alpine skiing World Cup Finals Andorra at Soldeu - El Tarter can be expected to have a potential television audience of nearly 700 million viewers and some 350 accredited media outlets.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Liverpool FC Announced Partnership with Verbier Ski Resort


Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler took to the slopes this week to show off his skiing skills to mark a new partnership deal between the club and popular Swiss ski resort Verbier.
To welcome the new sponsor to the Reds family, the LFC ambassador stars in a short clip, seemingly set in the Swiss Alps, in which he tests his abilities on the snow.
The launch of the new four-year partnership sees Verbier become the first official Alpine tourism destination of LFC in Europe.
During the course of the deal, Verbier will provide exclusive offers on winter and summer holiday packages to put the Swiss ski resort on the map for Reds fans, and will also work with the club to host a week on the slopes dedicated to Liverpool in January.
"As our first Alpine destination partner, we are delighted to welcome Verbier to the LFC family. We believe a partnership in this space will allow us to bring unique and exciting opportunities to our fans", said Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer at LFC.
Laurent Vaucher, CEO of Téléverbier, said: "Verbier is one of the most iconic ski destinations in the world and we’re proud to partner with a club of legend such as Liverpool FC".
Pierre-André Gremaud, managing director of Verbier Promotion, added: "This collaboration has strategic importance and we hope it will help defend or even increase our market share in the UK but also in Europe".


Monday, September 17, 2018

Our Choices Define Us. A New Whistler Blackcomb Documentary Series



Presented by Whistler Blackcomb and TELUS "Our Choices Define Us" - is a six-part Documentary Series featuring people who have made life-altering choices that lead them to Whistler Blackcomb. Each story features powerful choices that we're sure will inspire your own.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Matterhorn Glacier Ride. World’s Highest 3S Cableway


At the beginning of the 2018-2019 winter season, the world’s highest 3S cableway will start taking passengers to the Klein Matterhorn near Zermatt. The "Matterhorn glacier ride" is an unrivaled combination of technology, design and ride comfort.
With the existing Matterhorn Express cable car and the new 3S (three-cable system) cableway passengers will reach Europe’s highest mountain station from Zermatt (1608 meters) more quickly and in greater comfort than ever.
On April 2016, the official go-ahead was given for the construction of the new Matterhorn glacier ride. 145 people from 38 different companies have been involved in the biggest construction project in the history of Zermatt Bergbahnen AG. The three-year construction project has involved such companies as Leitner ropeways and Pininfarina, the design studio renowned for its work for Ferrari and Maserati. The cost of building the cableway between Trockener Steg and Matterhorn glacier paradise amounts to some 52 million Swiss francs.
The four "Crystal ride" cabins are a highlight of the ultramodern cableway. The journey itself is exhilarating, but the cabins add to the thrills with an amazing view of the ground far below.
Four of the 25 cabins on the new Matterhorn glacier ride are encrusted with 280,000 Swarovski crystals that sparkle in the sunlight. The special Crystal ride cabins are the standout feature of what will be the world’s highest and most modern 3S cableway – 3S stands for 3-Seil in German, which means 3-rope. From the start of the 2018/19 winter season, the ride will carry up to 2000 passengers an hour to the Matterhorn glacier paradise, high on the Klein Matterhorn. During the nine-minute journey to the highest mountain station in Europe, the four special gondolas will reveal their spectacular view. Three minutes into the journey, at a height of 170 meters above the ground, the previously opaque glass floor will clear in seconds to offer a dramatic view down onto the glacier landscape. This effect is made possible by an active laminated glass sheet which turns from milky white to transparent under the effect of an electric current. As Sandra Stockinger, Head of Marketing at Zermatt Bergbahnen explains: "The Crystal ride cabins will surprise our guests with a completely new ride experience. Now, they will be able to marvel at the mountain world around Zermatt in a unique 360-degree panorama".
The nerve-tingling thrills will be experienced in opulent surroundings. All the cabins of the cable car, which were designed by the Italian Pininfarina studio, offer incomparable luxury. Each of the gondolas has 28 comfortable and spacious seats inspired by car design and finished in the finest materials, such as leather and Alcantara. The all-around glazing on all the cabins offers a majestic panoramic view of the nearby Matterhorn. The interiors of the four special Crystal ride cabins are also embellished with Swarovski crystals. "The crystal motif was created especially for the cabins and recalls both the Matterhorn and the Corporate Design of Zermatt Bergbahnen", explains Sandra Stockinger. In cooperation with Bartenbach Lighting Design, LED lighting has been set into the cabin ceilings to create a “starry sky” effect extending over 13 square meters.
The 3S cableway is set to become a special attraction for visitors from Switzerland and around the world. But the construction of the world’s highest 3S cableway is just the first stage in the realization of a much more far-reaching vision: to create a continuous connection between Zermatt and Italy, the so-called "Alpine Crossing". The Alpine crossing will be completed by a further link between the stations at Testa Grigia and the Matterhorn glacier paradise. The new lift is planned to enter service in the winter of 2021. This would create the highest Alpine crossing point of all, establishing a direct year-round cableway link between northern Italy and Zermatt over the Klein Matterhorn. The construction of a further cableway link between the Ayas valley in Italy and Valtournenche/Cervinia would connect the three ski resorts of Zermatt, Cervinia/Valtournenche and Monte Rosa. Linking the three resorts would create one of the largest continuous skiing areas in the world, with over 600 kilometers of slopes.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Vail Resorts Closes Its Acquisition of Stevens Pass Resort


Vail Resorts announced that the Company has closed on its acquisition of Stevens Pass Resort in Washington from Ski Resort Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Oz Real Estate. The final purchase price, after adjustments for certain agreed-upon terms, was $64 million. Less than 85 miles from Seattle and renowned for its plentiful snowfall, the resort sits on the crest of the Cascade Range within two national forests – the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest on the west side, and the Wenatchee National Forest on the east.
The 2018-19 Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Epic Australia Pass, and Military Epic Pass now include unlimited and unrestricted access to Stevens Pass; the Epic 7 Day and Epic 4 Day Passes now offer seven and four unrestricted days respectively. Additionally, Whistler Blackcomb’s 5 Day and 10 Day EDGE Cards, which are available to residents of Washington State and Canada, allow pass holders to use two of five, or three of 10 days at Stevens Pass or any other Vail Resorts’ owned and operated ski resorts.
"We are thrilled to officially welcome Stevens Pass to our family of world-class resorts and to offer pass holders another exceptional, unique experience in North America’s Pacific Northwest", said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.
Today’s acquisition closure on Stevens Pass is the first of two acquisitions announced in June 2018 to be finalized. In the second, separate transaction, which is expected to close later this summer, Vail Resorts announced an agreement to purchase Triple Peaks, LLC, the parent company of Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. After the two transactions close, Vail Resorts plans to invest $35 million over the next two years across the four resorts to continue to elevate the guest experience.

Vail Resorts is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 11 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe in Vermont; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Compagnie des Alpes Reports First 9 Months of 2017-2018 Results

Through the first 9 months of FY 2017-2018, consolidated sales for Compagnie des Alpes reached €648.9M, up by 6.1% on a restated basis and by 3.0% on a comparable scope basis.
Ski Area sales for the 3 rd quarter of FY 2017/2018 showed growth of 3.5% compared with the same period of the prior financial year, reaching €50.4M. This total includes the sale of a property in the 3rd quarter located in the Arcs ski resort, for €2.4M. If the impact of this sale were eliminated, sales would have been down slightly (-1.5%). As indicated previously, sales were penalized by the late positioning of the Easter school holiday and public transportation strikes, whereas in the 3 rd quarter of the prior FY the more favorable school holiday calendar led to sales growth in excess of 30%.
For the first 9 months of the financial year (i.e., more than 98% of the season), sales rose by 2.8% and, for ski lift ticket sales alone, the increase was +2.0%. The increase in the latter was driven by growth, for the third year in a row, in the number of visitors to the Group’s ski areas, as well as by an increase in the number of skier days (+0.7%) and in the average price per skier day (+1.3%). These performances were achieved despite weather conditions that were occasionally extreme (storms, cold temperatures, violent winds, high precipitation, rain), acting as a drag on resort operations that led to numerous days of full or partial closure of ski runs and lifts.

Since it was founded in 1989, Compagnie des Alpes has established itself as an uncontested leader in the leisure industry. At the helm of 11 of the world’s most prestigious ski resorts (Tignes, Val d’Isère, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Les Menuires, Les 2Alpes, Méribel, Serre-Chevalier, etc.) and13 renowned leisure destinations (Parc Astérix, Grévin, Walibi, Futuroscope, etc.), the company is steadily expanding in Europe (France, the Netherlands, Belgium, etc.) and, more recently, at the international level (Grévin Montréal in April 2013, Grévin Prague in May 2014, Grévin Seoul in July 2015 and engineering and management assistance contracts (Russia, Morocco, Japan)). CDA also owns stakes in 4 ski areas, including Chamonix. During the financial year ended September 30, 2017, CDA facilities welcomed nearly 23 million visitors and generated consolidated sales of €762.3 million. With nearly 5,000 employees, Compagnie des Alpes works with its partners to build projects that generate unique experiences, the opposite of a standardized concept. Exceptional leisure activities for everyone.

Monday, June 25, 2018

SkiStar Reports First 9 Months of 2017-2018 Results


Fantastic Winter Season brings increased revenue and record results for SkiStar.
Revenue for the first nine months was SEK 2,352 (2,216) million, an increase of SEK 136 (6 percent) compared with the previous year. Profit after tax was SEK 603 (537) million, an increase of SEK 66 million (12 percent) compared with the previous year.
Revenue from ski resort operations for the nine-month period was SEK 2,259 (2,002) million, an increase of 13 percent. SkiPass revenue was SEK 1,315 (1,153) million, an increase of SEK 162 million, or 14 percent. Operating profit for ski resort operations increased by SEK 148 million to SEK 647 (499) million. Sold accommodation, expressed as the number of overnight stays, increased by 2.5 percent compared with the previous year.
The number of skier days (one day’s skiing with a SkiPass) was 5.8 million, an increase of more than 7 percent from the previous year. The improved results are mainly due to the increased guest volume. Not only our holiday periods but also focus on areas such as Valle’s Winter Weeks in January and SkiStar Business’ conference activities show continuing growth.
Åre’s traditional closing event, the Winter Finale, looks to become the ski festival to end all ski festivals. The venture with the Åre Sessions music festival and many top artist names is attracting record numbers. Last year’s record has now been beaten, with SkiPass sales in SkiStar’s booking statistics for 23 April 2018 showing an increase of 33% compared with the previous year’s closing event.

SkiStar is listed on the Nasdaq Mid Cap, Stockholm. The Group owns and operates alpine destinations in Sälen, Åre, Vemdalen and Hammarbybacken (Stockholm) in Sweden, Hemsedal and Trysil in Norway and St. Johann in Tirol in Austria. Market share is 50% in Sweden, 31% in Norway and 41% in Scandinavia. The Group’s core business is alpine skiing, with a focus on the guests’ overall skiing experience. Operations are divided into three segments; Ski Resorts – Operation, Infrastructure, and Exploitation. As the leading operator of European Alpine destinations, SkiStar’s business concept is to provide memorable winter experiences, offering value for guests, employees and other interested parties, which, in turn, creates value for our shareholders. The Group’s business model and fundamental strategy are based on offering the entire range of accommodation at all of SkiStar’s destinations through one distribution channel, thereby ensuring a high occupancy level and providing the conditions to maximize the sale of SkiPasses.
SkiStar is also official title sponsor to the 2019 Alpine World Championships in Åre.
From its foundation in 1975 until 2001 the company was called Sälenstjärnan AB. That year the Group adopts the name SkiStar AB.
SkiStar is one of the partners in the Scandinavian Mountains Airport. Located between Sälen and Trysil the first aircraft are expected to touch down in winter 2019-2020.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

FIS Alpine Skiing: A Glance Back at the 2017-2018 Winter Season. Mikaela Shiffrin & Marcel Hirscher Grabs the Overall Globe


Marcel Hirscher and Mikaela Shiffrin were the biggest globe winners this season, collecting five titles between the two of them.

Ladies 

1st Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 1773
2nd Wendy Holdener (SUI) 1168
3rd Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) 977

Men

1st Marcel Hirscher (AUT) 1620 
2nd Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) 1285
3rd  Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) 886

For the second time in her career, Mikaela Shiffrin claimed the Overall World Cup title. The American mathematically clinched her Overall crystal at the Ofterschwang Giant Slalom on March 9th. This season she claimed her fifth slalom globe.

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


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

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 5
Olympic Winter Games Medals 3
Olympic Winter Games Victories (1st in Slalom in Sochi 2014, 1st in Giant Slalom in PyeongChang 2018)

FIS World Cup Starts: 131
FIS World Cup Podiums: 62
FIS World Cup Victories: 43 

Marcel Hirscher wrote alpine skiing history by winning the Overall globe for the seventh time in a row. No one ever achieved this feat. Incredibly solid and constant in the tech disciplines and in a great shape throughout the whole season, the Austrian impressed and became the greatest World Cup skier ever.
Marcel Hirscher has enjoyed his best ever alpine skiing season after he finally added Olympic Winter Games gold medals to the successful defense of his FIS World Cup Overall, giant slalom, and slalom titles.
The Austrian's season looked in danger after a preseason ankle injury, however, he recovered brilliantly to win an incredible 15 races out of the 24 in which he started.
The Austrian mathematically clinched her Overall crystal at the Kranjska Gora Slalom on March 4th.
Marcel Hirscher collected his fifth career slalom and GS globes.

Born in Annaberg-Lungötz, Salzburg, on March 2, 1989. Hirscher made his World Cup debut in March 2007.


FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Starts: 12
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Podiums: 7
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Victories: 4

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 7
Olympic Winter Games Medals: 3
Olympic Winter Games Victories 2 (1st in Alpine Combined and Giant Slalom in PyeongChang 2018)

FIS World Cup Starts: 223
FIS World Cup Podiums: 123. On January 7th, 2017 Hirscher achieved his 100th podium from 191 starts (a ratio of 52.3%) with a 2nd place finish in the Giant slalom in Adelboden.
FIS World Cup Victories: 58

Friday, June 15, 2018

Colorado Ski Areas Hosts 7.1 Million Skier Visits in 2017-2018


Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced at its 55th Annual Meeting in downtown Denver skier visits at its now 24-member ski resorts tallied 7.1 million during the 2017-18 winter season. This year’s total is just slightly ahead of the five-year average. Visits finished only 2 percent lower than in 2016-17.
"These end of season numbers are impressive when looking back over the entire season", Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO Melanie Mills said. "We faced historically low snowfall in the early part of the season and resort operations crews deserve credit for their tireless work to get slopes open and operating during an extended period of early-season conditions".
Mother Nature delivered timely storms during the December holiday period and significant snow totals in advance of both Martin Luther King and President’s Day weekends before the weather system settled into a more consistent snowy pattern in mid-February. March was a busy month across the state with spring breakers traveling from near and far to enjoy deep snow totals and warm bluebird days with resorts seeing strong monthly visitation totals. Many resorts experienced their best snow conditions in late March and early April and welcomed guests over the well-timed Easter holiday.
"Timely storms before the busy holiday weekends marked the middle of the season before the snow switch turned fully to on in February", continued Mills. "There was exuberant pent-up demand and skiers and snowboarders flocked to the slopes in the latter half of the season, allowing resorts to finish on a strong note".
"This year’s season won’t be remembered as the state’s snowiest, but it is a testament to the resiliency of Colorado’s ski industry and our employees’ commitment to providing the highest guest service and best overall ski experience that keeps visitors coming back to Colorado Ski Country resorts every year", Mills concluded. "We are looking forward to an exciting summer season with events, festivals and increased on-mountain options for guests as well as significant investment across the state before next winter season including new lifts, a new mountain coaster, new restaurants, and other improvements".
Additional highlights from the 2017-18 season included successful Olympic qualifiers at Copper Mountain and Aspen Snowmass in the leadup to the 2018 PyeongChang Games. CSCUSA also welcomed two new members, Echo Mountain outside of Idaho Springs and Kendall Mountain in Silverton, CO. Both ski areas are on the popular 5th and 6th grade Passport Program and Gems Card.
Skier visits are the metric used to track participation in skiing and snowboarding. A skier visit represents a person participating in the sport of skiing or snowboarding for any part of one day at a mountain resort. These numbers are preliminary results and subject to final adjustment by CSCUSA members.

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is a not-for-profit trade association which represents 24 ski and snowboard resorts in Colorado. CSCUSA is the global voice of the Colorado ski industry. The association’s primary functions are concentrated in marketing, public policy and public relations.
Founded in 1965, Colorado Ski Country USA has been instrumental in the marketing, public relations and legislative efforts that have propelled the Colorado ski industry to success. Today, Colorado hosts between 20 and 25 percent of all skier visits in the U.S. annually, with CSCUSA member resorts accounting for more than 7 million skier visits a year. The winter sports industry generates nearly $5 billion of economic activity annually in Colorado.