Friday, October 30, 2015

Teaser Audi FIS Ski World Cup 2015/2016

The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of Alpine Skiing competitions staged annually. It is considered the premier competition in alpine ski racing together with the quadrennial Olympic Winter Games and the biennial FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Some experts event consider winning the World Cup to be athletically a more valuable title than winning gold at the Olympic Winter Games or the World Championships, since it requires a competitor to ski at an extremely high level in several events throughout the season, and not just in one race. Today, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup races are held primarily at famous ski resorts in the European Alps, along with regular stops in Scandinavia, North America, and Far East Asia.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Streif - One Hell of a Ride

STREIF Trailer (English) from Warren Miller Entertainment on Vimeo.

Streif - One Hell of a Ride

Directed by Gerald Salmina
Script: Gerald Salmina, Tom Dauer
Filming: Günther Göberl & Gerald Salmina
Produced by Planet Watch Film & Video Productions GmbH

For 75 years, the annual Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel, Austria, has produced unforgettable triumphs and unspeakable tragedies, a heritage that is full of myths and legends. Nowhere else is skiing celebrated so intensely. The city, the nation, and the entire winter sports world go crazy for the battles that play out on the slopes, and the race down the Streif is the most anticipated event of all - the Superbowl of skiing.This thrilling feature documentary follows four athletes on their 12-month journey leading up to the most important ride of their carreer. Facing an adrenaline high and total loss of control. It gives rare insights into the minds of the athletes and their struggle between risk and reward.
The Hahnenkamm-Race is one of the highlights of the annual ski-racing calendar. Over 40 TV stations cover the race and it is a priceless event that captivates even those who do not usually follow ski racing. Only the best win on the hardest Downhill in the world. The names of past winners read like a who’s who of ski racing, from Killy, Sailer, Schranz and Collombin, to Klammer, Read, Zurbriggen, Heinzer, Aamodt, Strobl, Maier, Eberharter, Walchhofer, Rahlves and Cuche.
From the breathtaking start at 1665 metres (5465 feet) above sea level, racers plunge down the slope’s vertical drop of 860 m (2822 ft) at speeds up to 150 km/h (93mph), covering the 3312 metres (10,866 feet) of the course in less than two minutes before dramatically crossing the finish line in the spectator-packed finish area. Yet the Hahnenkamm-Races are more than simple statistics, and behind these numbers lies the greatest ski spectacle in the world. The Downhill on Kitzbühel’s almost impossibly difficult slope, the Streif, leaves one continually searching for superlatives that could adequately portray it. The simplest way to describe this drop down the most fearsome slope on the World Cup tour is simply: "The Race". What Wimbledon is for Tennis and Monaco is for Formula 1, "Kitz" is for ski racing.

Monday, October 26, 2015

IOC announces Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games Coordination Commission

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced the composition of the IOC Coordination Commission for Lausanne 2020, the third Winter Youth Olympic Games.
IOC President Thomas Bach has appointed as Chair Slovakia’s Danka Bartekova, who will lead the experienced team of Commission members responsible for assisting and guiding the Lausanne Organising Committee in their preparations. Danka, the youngest IOC Member and Olympic bronze medallist in shooting (skeet) at London 2012, is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Matej Bel, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. She will be the youngest ever Chair of a Coordination Commission. and is also on the Coordination Commission for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.
Members of the Coordination Commission, with its gender balance, represent the stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, including athletes, National Olympic Committees and International Federations. They act as a link between the Organising Committee and other Olympic Movement stakeholders, thereby ensuring the coordination necessary to help deliver yet another successful edition of the Youth Olympic Games.
The full Commission is composed as follows: IOC Members Sergey Bubka – who was Chair of the Singapore 2010 Coordination Commission – Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Secretary General of the Turkish Olympic Committee and Member of ANOC Executive Council Nese Gündogan, CEO of Lillehammer 2016 Tomas Holmestad and FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis.
"This youthful Commission will be very much aligned with the youthful sports-loving spirit of the City of Lausanne. The philosophy of these Youth Olympic Games, with their close link between sport and education, will be a perfect fit for the Olympic Capital", said IOC President Thomas Bach.
The first meeting of the IOC Coordination Commission for Lausanne 2020 will be convened in October 2016.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ted Ligety Wins World Cup Opening GS in Sölden

After one of the most exciting second runs of FIS Alpine World Cup Tour racing we can recall, Ted Ligety makes history with his 24th career GS victory.
The expected battle between Ligety and Hirscher took place. In the end, as for the 4th time, Ted Ligety is the winner of the opening Giant slalom in Sölden. "I guess I found the right combination today" said Ligety. He added: "I love it here. It's an awesome race, a tough hill, and I love that excitation you feel at the first race of the season".
Ligety was 0.15 ahead of the Frenchman Thomas Fanara, who didn't lose his concentration and confirmed his farewell performance on the first run. The GS specialist has been in the Top 5 of the GS Standings for the past 3 years, but he has rarely been so close to his first World Cup win. "It feels good to be on the podium. It's never easy to be fast in the first race, you never really know about your shape. It helps to have a strong French team, we have good references at training".
Marcel Hirscher ended up in the 3rd place, 17 hundredth behind Ligety. The Austrian super star could count on the support of his home crowd. "I'm super happy with this 3rd place because the preparation has been totally weird this year. Sometimes I skied really good and was half a second ahead of the others Austrian guys, sometimes I was two seconds behind". With this first race of the season, Overall winner of 2012-13-14-15 got the confirmation that he will be fast this season too.
The Austrian also used the opportunity to congratulate his teammate Ronald Leitinger, who made an incredible jump forward in the 2nd run and ended up 6th with bib number 39.
Sölden again offered an outstanding World Cup Opening, with more than 31'500 spectators' during the week-end, a perfectly prepared race slope and a motivated and skilled organising committee. The tyroler venue opened the season in the best possible way.After this exciting conclusion to the World Cup’s opening weekend, the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour will head to Levi (Finland) for a Men's and a Ladies Slalom.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Federica Brignone Wins World Cup Opening GS in Sölden

Italian Federica Brignone started off the 2015-16 Audi FIS World Cup season in dream fashion after she earned her first-ever World Cup victory topping the giant slalom field on Rettenbach glacier in Sölden (AUT).
Brignone led after the first run by nearly a full second and skied nearly a flawless second run to finish ahead of USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.85 seconds. Tina Weirather (LIE) rounded out the podium 1.25 off the pace, taking her fourth-ever giant slalom top-three finish.
With several of the top names out of the game this season, today was the first chance for people to see who will shine and try to fill in the gap left by retired athletes, injured athletes and those taking a season off. So it almost came as little surprise that the season started with Brignone's maiden World Cup win.
"It is so great", a jubilant Brignone said. "I'm so happy about this first win. I have been close sometimes in the past but I thought it had never happened because I didn't deserve to be there. Last season was good but didn't bring enough satisfaction so I took some time off after in the spring. Then I decided to train as hard as ever and I even have a new physical trainer. This good preparation enabled me to push until the end and that felt so good".
Shiffrin, last year’s Sölden giant slalom winner, turned in a solid second run, but Brignone was ultimately too good for anyone to challenge today. Speed specialist Lara Gut (SUI) also had a good day, taking fourth place and picking up valuable early World Cup points.
"It was a gorgeous day, the surface was really rough solid and very fair one", said Shiffrin. "I felt good with my skiing and I'm happy about that (...). The last couple of days, I was really nervous, kind of freezing in my skiing," the 20-year-old added. "But this morning I got up and I told my self to go and have fun on the hill, try to charge and not let the hill take control of me. But of course Federica nailed it".
For Tina Weirather was also an amazing day. "Not bad for a downhiller, eh??? I love the race in Sölden and its amazing to start the season with a podium", she said.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Alpine Ski World Cup Starts Next Weekend in Sölden

Next weekend (24-25 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.
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 21st time in the Tyrolean ski resort.


24.10.2014 Women's Giant Slalom
25.10.2014 Men's Giant Slalom

Starting times:

09:30 am: 1st run
12:45 pm: 2nd run

Skiworldcup Opening - facts and numbers:

20.000 overnight stays (Fri-Sun)
12.000 visitors on Saturday / 15.000 visitors on Sunday (new record!!!)
24 TV stations
18 radio stations
77 photographers
171 print-journalist
Around 1,000 people were working the steep slope.

On Friday the FIS Forum Alpinum – the Information Session for Ski Journalists – will take place in the Freizeit Arena in Sölden. At 6:30 pm, the Krone World Cup Party will be held in the Postplatz square in Sölden village center.

Last year, Marcel Hirscher dominated the GS World Cup on the men’s side, with 5 wins out of 8 races. He was the only athlete to win more than one race, and took the crystal globe with a clear margin of more than 100 points. His biggest rival Ted Ligety is back and ready to fight for the discipline globe, discipline globe he won in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. On the other hand, Kristoffersen, Pinturault, Neureuther are willing to end Ligety and Hirscher’s dominance, and they all have the capacity to do so.
On the ladies’ side after a crash during today’s training in Sölden, Anna Fenninger was injured and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Innsbruck. The medical examination showed a fracture of the collateral and the anterior cruciate ligament of her right knee. She also suffered a tear of the patellar tendon. The multiple Overall World Cup Winner will undergo surgery this afternoon.
One of her biggest rivals in the discipline is Eva-Maria Brem is now the skier to follow. The GS-specialist made a break-through last season and reached 5 podiums, to end 2nd in the GS-standings. Mikaela Shiffrin, Lara Gut and Viktoria Rebensburg are also serious candidates, since they all won in Sölden before. Due to her injury on the left ankle in August, Lindsey Vonn’s participation is not confirmed yet.

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 trough 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.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Beach Boys To Kick Off the 2015-2016 Skiing Season in Ischgl

The Beach Boys kick off the winter season on 28 November 2015at the Top of the Mountain Opening Concert, bringing Californian feeling to the Alpine-Lifestyle-Metropolis of Ischgl
The Beach Boys get down to rock. With their legendary hit "Fun, Fun, Fun", they'll be providing just the right soundtrack for the start of the 2015/16 winter season at 18:00 in the town centre. By day, skiing on 238 kilometres of slopes, in the evening Surfin’ with the Beach Boys. Following their reunion in 2012, the world-famous musicians have launched a new brand of rock and are making it clear in Ischgl what they suggested in their latest album: "Good times never have to end, now is the time to let them happen again". Four-part choral movements, catchy melodies and million-sellers are sure to fire up the audience. In Ischgl, fans get the golden opportunity to see one of the most successful bands in the history of music live before an impressive alpine backdrop. Even after 50 years of band history, The Beach Boys put on a show as if they were in Las-Vegas.
With songs like "Wouldn’t it be nice", "God only knows" or "Kokomo" they've written music history, which is still very much present even after 50 years of band history. After the Wilson brothers, their cousin Mike Love and a schoolmate formed the band in 1961, the song "Surfin Safari" brought initial success. TV performances, world tours and five albums in the charts at the same time followed. Unmistakable and unique to this day: their sound of catchy melodies, polyphonic singing and often unusual harmonic progressions. Sun, surfing and good vibes as the main themes of their songs shaped the image of Californian lifestyle until songwriter Brian Wilson brought on the musical turning point: he shut himself away writing new songs in the background and thus led the band into the league of ambitious rock musicians. The album "Pet Sounds" released in 1966 was celebrated as a source of inspiration for numerous artists incl. Paul McCartney, Elton John or even R.E.M., and is today regarded as one of the most significant albums in the his-tory of rock music, the song "Good Vibrations" becoming its first million-seller. They put in a break in 1998, until making a comeback in 2012 with a new line-up and new album. 29 studio albums, three live albums, countless hits in the charts and an entry into the Guinness Book of Records.

The Beach Boys 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 and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

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

Friday, October 16, 2015

Vail Resorts Introduces EpicMix Time to Provide Crowd-Sourced Lift Line Wait Times to Guests

Vail Resorts announced EpicMix Time – an expansion of its industry-leading and award-winning ski and snowboard app, EpicMix – which will allow guests at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone to access real-time lift line wait times enabling them to better navigate the mountain and make the most out of their ski and ride experience. Leveraging recently developed technology, EpicMix Time will calculate and display up-to-the-minute chairlift and gondola line wait times across 55 core lifts and gondolas, as well as 13,600 acres of skiable terrain in Colorado.
"EpicMix Time delivers time transparency to our guests, showing them lift line wait times across the mountain, providing them with information to choose where to ski and ride, and giving them more time on the slopes", said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. "This is just another innovation from our team that introduces more digital technology to the mountain in a way that does not interfere with the guest experience or the incredible beauty of our mountain resorts".
EpicMix Time will debut during the 2015-16 winter season at the company’s four Colorado resorts – Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone. After piloting the program in Colorado, Vail Resorts plans to expand EpicMix Time to its other destinations in upcoming seasons, as well as expanding the program to give updates on on-mountain restaurant and rental shop wait times as well. Vail Resorts is currently testing this ground-breaking technology at Perisher Resort in Australia, which is currently in the middle of its ski season.
"Providing real-time lift line wait times is a first for the ski industry", said Robert Urwiler, Vail Resorts’ executive vice president and chief information officer. "Similar to apps showing traffic flow, like Google Maps or Waze, we’re applying unique and sophisticated analytics to aggregated, anonymous location data generated by smart phones and other mobile devices across the distinct topography and layout of our chairlifts to calculate reliable wait time information for our guests. We are truly leading the travel industry in how to incorporate technology into the guest experience".
EpicMix debuted in 2010 as an RFID-based system which allows skiers and riders to track their days on the slopes and share their accomplishments via social media, while never getting in the way of the on-hill skiing and riding experience. The RFID chip in season passes and day tickets tracks vertical feet, number of lift rides and other data. Vail Resorts followed the original EpicMix with EpicMix Photo, delivering free digital photos through ski pass information, EpicMix Racing, recording digitized amateur racing statistics, and EpicMix Academy, providing information and goals for guests enrolled in ski school, and EpicMix Guide and Challenges, allowing guests to navigate and compete against friends and family on the mountain. Vail Resorts has been using RFID for “hands free” ticket scanning for seven years, a system which also allows guests to purchase and reload their tickets both on the web and on mobile devices.

Vail Resorts is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Calendar Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2015-2016

It's finally time to get excited for five months packed with action on snow, the new 2015/16 World Cup season is less than 2 weeks away!
This is the calendar for the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2015-2016.

Soelden (AUT)
October 24th Giant Slalom / Ladies
October 25th Giant Slalom / Men

Levi (FIN)
November 14th Slalom / Ladies
November 15th Slalom / Men

Lake Louise (CAN)
November 28th Downhill / Men
November 29th Super G / Men

Aspen (USA)
November 28th Giant Slalom / Ladies
November 29th Slalom / Ladies

Lake Louise (CAN)
December 4th Downhill / Ladies
December 5th Downhill / Ladies
December 6th Super G / Ladies

Beaver Creek (USA)
December 4th Downhill / Men
December 5th Super G / Men
December 6th Giant Slalom / Men

Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 12th Giant Slalom / Men
December 13th Slalom / Men

Are (SWE)
December 12th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 13th Slalom / Ladies

Val Gardena / Groeden (ITA)
December 18th Super G / Men
December 19 th Downhill / Men

Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 18th Alpine Combined / Ladies
December 18th Downhill / Ladies
December 19th Downhill / Ladies

Courchevel (FRA)
December 20th Giant Slalom / Ladies

Alta Badia (ITA)
December 20th Giant Slalom / Men
December 21st Parallel Giant Slalom / Men

Madonna di Campiglio (ITA)
December 22nd Slalom / Men

Lienz (AUT)
December 28th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 29th Slalom / Ladies

Santa Caterina (ITA)
December 29th Downhill / Men

Zagreb / Sljeme (CRO)
January 6th Slalom / Men

St. Anton (AUT)
January 9th Downhill / Ladies
January 10th Super G / Ladies

Adelboden (SUI)
January 9th Giant Slalom / Men
January 10th Slalom / Men

Flachau (AUT)
January 12th Slalom / Ladies

Wengen (SUI)
January 15th Downhill / Alpine Combined / Men
January 16th Downhill / Men
January17th Slalom / Men

Ofterschwang (GER)
January 16th Giant Slalom / Ladies
January 17th Slalom / Ladies

Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA)
January 23rd Downhill / Ladies
January 24th Super G / Ladies

Kitzbuehel (AUT)
January 22nd Super G / Alpine Combined / Men
January 23rd Downhill / Men
January 24th Slalom / Men

Schladming (AUT)
January 26th Slalom / Men

Maribor (SLO)
January 30th Giant Slalom / Ladies
January 31st  Slalom / Ladies

Garmisch Partenkirchen (GER)
January 30th  Downhill / Men
January 31st Giant Slalom / Men

Jeongseon (KOR)
February 6th Downhill / Men
February 7th Super G / Men

Gamisch Partenkirchen (GER)
February 6th Downhill / Ladies
February 7th Super G / Ladies

Yuzawa Naeba (JPN)
February 13th Giant Slalom / Men
February 7th Slalom / Men

Crans Montana (SUI)
February 13th Downhill / Ladies
February 14th Downhill / Alpine Combined / Ladies

Chamonix (FRA)
February 19th Downhill / Alpine Combined/ Men
February 20th Downhill / Men

La Thuile (FRA)
February 20th Downhill / Ladies
February 21st Super G / Ladies

Stockholm (SWE)
February 23rd City Event / Ladies & Men

February 27th Super G /Ladies
February 28th Super G / Alpine Combined / Ladies

February 27th Super G /Men
February 28th SGiant Slalom / Men

Kranjska Gora (SLO)
March 5th Giant Slalom / Men
March 6th Slalom / Men 

Jasna (SVK)
March 5th Giant Slalom / Ladies
March 6th Slalom / Ladies

Kvitfjell (NOR)
March 12th Downhill / Men
March 13th Super G / Men

March 12th Super G /Ladies
March 13th Super G / Alpine Combined / Ladies

St. Moritz (SUI)
WC Finals 2016
March 16th Downhill / Ladies & Men
March 17th Super G / Ladies & Men
March 18th Team / Mixed
March 19th Giant Slalom / Men
March 19th Slalom / Ladies
March 20th Slalom  / Men
March 20th Giant Slalom / Ladies

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Audi FIS Ski World Cup Munich City Event Cancelled

The Audi FIS World Cup parallel slalom race, scheduled for 1st January 2016 in Munich (GER), has been cancelled. The announcement was made at the FIS Technical Meetings in Zurich (SUI), where all of the FIS World Cup calendars are currently being finalised for the upcoming season.
The German Ski Federation, together with the leaders of the Olympia Park Munich made the difficult decision not to stage the races, due to the previous difficulties in organizing the competitions. The New Year’s Day races have been cancelled the previous two seasons due to weather conditions.
"We are obviously very disappointed that we, despite intensive efforts, have failed to find a solution to host the World Cup in Munich," said DSV President Dr. Franz Steinle. "But after the cancellations in the past two years it would have been for our athletes, spectators and volunteers, and not least to the FIS and our partners not responsible again to take such a high risk of not being able to stage the races".
Despite the cancellation of this year’s event, the German Ski Association and FIS continues to see great potential for an Alpine race on New Year's Day.
Markus Waldner Chief Race Director of the FIS "January 1, is and will remain, a highly attractive showcase for our sport that we want to use part of the FIS calendar in the future. Therefore, we will explore together with the German Ski Association, if there is an opportunity in 2017 to carry out such an event again in Germany".
The Munich Olympic Park already hosted two promotional parallel events in 1986 and 1987, whilst promotional city events for the men were also staged in Wien and Berlin in 1985 and 1986. An invitational ladies city event was also held in Calgary in the late 1980's.
On 2011 Munich hosted the 1st Audi FIS Ski World Cup City Event in the Olympic Parkin Munich. The Parallel Slalom competition at the Olympic Mountain saw the world's best 16 best female and 16 best male racers fight for overall World Cup points on a 200 meter long slope with approximately 20 gates, ending at the bottom of the upper Olympic Lake.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SWISS New Fare Concept

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

The new fare options will be known as Light, Classic, and Flex. The Light fare is already a well-established and popular option for SWISS travellers from Geneva, and will now be extended Europewide. The new fare types can also be combined for outward and return travel. All options include the price of the flight, one item of carry-on baggage, a snack and drinks on board, an assigned seat when checking in within 23 hours of departure and Miles & More award and status miles. So all SWISS customers will continue to enjoy SWISS’s renowned inflight service with its regional Swiss products.

The new Light fare is the most inexpensive option, for travellers who only have carry-on baggage and do not need to be flexible in their travel plans.

The Classic fare entitles the holder to all the services currently offered to Economy Class travellers. This is the best option for customers wishing to continue to enjoy the all-in services such as one piece of free checked baggage and reserving their seat in advance.

The Flex fare is aimed primarily at customers such as business travellers who need to keep their travel plans as flexible as possible and who also wish to enjoy an expanded product offer. The Flex fare also includes advance seat reservation in the “preferred” seating zone at the front of the Economy Class section.

With the Classic and Flex fares Your ski and snowboard equipment travels for free. This option makes SWISS the skiers' airline of choice. The free baggage allowance per person is 1 piece of max. 23kg in Economy Classic and Flex  and 2 pieces of max. 32kg in Business Class.

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