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.


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.


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.

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.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

National Ski Areas Association Announces New President

The board of directors of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), a nonprofit trade association that represents ski area owners and operators in the US, has named Kelly Pawlak as NSAA’s new president and CEO. Pawlak, who is vice president and general manager at Mount Snow Resort, Vt., will assume the position January 1, 2018.
"Finding someone with Kelly’s experience and knowledge of ski area operations as well as an appreciation of the challenges ahead will be a true benefit for the association and ski resort operators", said Tim Silva, general manager at Sun Valley Resort, Idaho, and chair of NSAA’s board of directors.
Pawlak has been Mount Snow’s VP/GM for the past 12 years, nd has worked at the resort for more than 30 years in a variety of executive positons, including VP of operations, human resources, and marketing and sales.
"I am honored and excited for this tremendous opportunity", said Pawlak. "At Mount Snow my love of skiing quickly grew into a passion for the ski industry, and now I look forward to putting my experience to work on the national level".
On May the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) has honored its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Michael Berry, NSAA president, who leaves the Presidency after 25 years at the helm of the organization.
Over the course of his quarter of a century fostering the world’s largest and most influential ski industry trade association, Berry has successfully shepherded NSAA and the industry through unparalleled challenges, growth, and consolidation; assaults from climate change as well as demographic and economic forces; and an intensified legal and regulatory environment. Through his insightful leadership and passion for the sport, he has secured a remarkably stable foundation for NSAA’s long-term future and positioned the industry for sustained growth.
"I could not be more pleased than to recognize Michael’s contributions with our organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award", said Tim Silva, chairman of NSAA’s Board of Directors. "In fact, it is somewhat poignant that he was my first boss in Sun Valley more than 40 years ago. Few in the ski industry are as deserving of acclaim and recognition from their peers than him".
Berry has been involved in the ski industry for nearly 60 years.

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado, is the trade association for ski area owners and operators. Formed in 1962, NSAA today represents 313 alpine resorts that account for more than 90 percent of the skier/snowboarder visits nationwide. Additionally, it has 414 supplier members who provide equipment, goods, and services to the mountain resort industry.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Calendar Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2017-2018

It's finally time to get excited for five months packed with action on snow, the new 2017/18 World Cup season is less than 3 weeks away!
This is the calendar for the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2017-2018.

Soeldenden (AUT)
October 28th Giant Slalom / Ladies
October 29th Giant Slalom / Men

Levi (FIN)
November 11th Slalom / Ladies
November 12th Slalom / Men

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

St. Moritz (SUI)
December 8th Alpine Combined / Ladies
December 9th Super G/ Ladies
December 10th Super G / Ladies 

Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 9th Giant Slalom / Men
December 10th Slalom / Men

Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 16th Downhill / Ladies
December 17th Super G / Ladies

Val Gardena / Groeden (ITA)
December 15th Super G / Men
December 16th Downhill / Men

Alta Badia (ITA)
December 17th Giant Slalom / Men
December 18th Parallel Giant Slalom / Men

Courchevel (FRA)
December 19th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 20th Slalom / Ladies
December 20th Parallel Slalom / Ladies

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

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

Bormio (ITA)
December 28th Downhill / Men
December 29th Alpine Combined / Men

Oslo (NOR)
January 1st Ladies’ City Event
January 1st Men’s City Event

Zagreb / Sljeme (CRO)
January 3rd Slalom / Ladies

Zagreb / Sljeme (CRO)
January 4th Slalom / Men

Maribor (SLO)
January 6th Giant Slalom / Ladies
January 7th  Slalom / Ladies

Adelboden (SUI)
January 6th Giant Slalom / Men
January 7th Slalom / Men

Flachau (AUT)
January 9th Slalom / Ladies

January 13th Downhill / Ladies
January 14th Super G / Ladies

Wengen (SUI)
January 12th Alpine Combined / Men
January 13th Downhill / Men
January 14th Slalom / Men

Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA)
January 20th Downhill / Ladies
January 21st Super G / Ladies

Kitzbuehel (AUT)
January 19th Super G / Men
January 20th Downhill / Men
January 21st Slalom / Men

Kronplatz (ITA)
January 23rd Giant Slalom / Ladies

Schladming (AUT)
January 23rd Slalom / Men

January 27th  Downhill / Men
January 28th Giant Slalom / Men

January 27th Giant Slalom / Ladies
January 28th Slalom / Ladies

January 30th Ladies’ City Event
January 30th Men’s City Event

Gamisch Partenkirchen  (GER)
February 3rdt Downhill / Ladie s
February 4th Downhill / Ladies

February 11th Downhill / Men
February 12th Giant Slalom / Ladies
February 13th Alpine Combined / Men
February 14th Slalom / Ladies
February 15th Super G / Men
February 17th Super G / Ladies
February 18th Giant Slalom / Men
February 21st Downhill / Ladies
February 22nd Slalom / Men
February 23rd Alpine Combined / Ladies
February 24th Team Event / Mixed
March 3rd Super G / Ladies
March 4th Alpine Combined / Ladies

Kranjska Gora (SLO)
March 3rd Giant Slalom / Men
March 4th Slalom / Me 

Ofterschwang (GER)
March 9th Giant Slalom / Ladies
March 10th Slalom / Ladies

Kvitfjell (NOR)
March 10th Downhill / Men
March 11th Super G / Men

Are (SWE)
WC Finals 2018
March 14th Downhill / Ladies & Men
March 15th Super G / Ladies & Men
March 16th Team Event / Mixed
March 17th Giant Slalom / Men
March 17th Slalom / Ladies
March 18th Slalom  / Men
March 18th Giant Slalom / Ladies