Frankfurt Ski, Snowboard Sports & Social Club
The Frankfurt, Ski, Snowboard, Sports and Social Club (FSC) was formed as a locally run alternative to the Frankfurt International Ski Club which, as an American Club, was in the process of closing down due to increased difficulty in operating following the reduction in U.S. personnel in the area. FISC had been operating for 43 years to this point and there enough interest in continuing to run Ski Trips from Frankfurt that the possibility of creating an official German non-profit organisation (e.V.) was checked.
FRANKFURT SKI, SNOWBOARD, SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB E.V. Frankfurt Ski, Snowboard, S p o r t s & S o c i a l C l u b e .V. THE FRIENDLIEST WAY TO GET TO THE MOUNTAINS IN ... AUSTRIA | FRANCE | GERMANY | ITALY | USA | SWITZERLAND N O S A E S E D I U G 3 1 / 12 · Wan se · Wan se · Wan se WWW.FSCEV.ORG INFO@FSCEV.ORG FACEBOOK.COM/FSCEV FRANKFURT SKI, SNOWBOARD, SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB E.V. P O HOW / WHERE TO GRAB No, we are not talking babes, boys or beers! We are talking freestyle grabs! For those with an untrained eye, it’s hard to tell if “that was a ...” back side, slob or melon! So here’s a little grab under the arm if you pardon the pun. Now the real question is: was that riding forwards or riding backwards?! Have fun – stay safe – enjoy your season! N O S SEA E D I U G 3 1 / 2 1 IMPRESSUM Frankfurt Ski, Snowboard, S p o r t s & S o c i a l C l u b e .V. PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 2-3 4-5 6-9 Authors, Editors, Trip Text, Proof Reading, Help and Advice: Executive Board Advertising: Seda Oeztuerk and Kelvin Trigg FSC FACTS & THE BOARD FREERIDING TO PARADISE Design: Gary Proffitt g.e.n.a.u. Visuelle Kommunikation firstname.lastname@example.org FSC e.V. is a private, non-profit membership organisation. Please address all general correspondence to: Frankfurt Ski, Snowboard, Sports & Social Club e.V. Kosel Str. 9 60318 Frankfurt am Main TRIP SIGN-UP: HOW TO ABC’S! PROCEDURES 10-11 12-13 14-15 16 17 18 BUS RULES & BUS DEPARTURE SOCIALS SCHEDULE RACE FOR THE CURE TRIPS SCHEDULE TRIPS DIRECTOR’S INTRODUCTION RESORTS MAP & INFORMATION TRIP DESCRIPTIONS FUCOWEE SKI BUM 20-21 22-23 24-59 33 36 Information regarding any aspect of the Club may be obtained by telephoning any of the FSC e.V. Board members’ numbers on the contact page. WE CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET: WWW.FSCEV.ORG AND ON FACEBOOK: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/FSCEV SLUGGO 46 SNOWSNAKE 48 FIT FOR THE WINTER 56 INSURANCE 58 TRIP CAPTAINS EQUIPMENT & PROTECTION PARTY ON THE GO SPONSORS Without our advertisers this Season Guide would not be possible. Please support them, and TELL them you saw their ad here. Sport65 p. 9, Imagine Arthouse p.11, Sightsavers p.13, Dr. Pamela Fitzgerald p.15, Scherer Tours p.19, Neuer Volkswirt p.30-31, Autoglasdoktor – Norbert Biba p.35, Zaboos p.41, Veli Gür – Immobilienmarkler p.51, SMS Jürgen Schreiter p.51 and Alpin Basis Back Cover 59 60 IBC FSC E.V. 1 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE I welcome you all to the 7th season of the Frankfurt Ski, Snowboard, Sports and Social Club e.V. It is “a social club for winter sports fans in Frankfurt and the surrounding area who are interested in organised winter-sports trips to European resorts in a relaxed, English-speaking environment” and not only European resorts as the programme usually includes an intercontinental destination. It sprang from the loins of the Frankfurt International Ski Club, which ran under the auspices of the American government for 43 seasons, until 2006-07 when FISC no longer had enough American military/ government members to maintain its status. Like FISC, FSCeV is a volunteerrun non-profit organization which strives to have an open, friendly international character. By the end of last season we had 291 members from 30 nations. This season our winter socials will be held at a new venue – Urban Kitchen, near the Börse. We moved from our former venue Waxy’s because of a conflict with the televised football games. I would like to thank the staff and management of Waxy’s for being such good hosts for many seasons, and look I look forward to the meetings in our new “home”. Our winter socials are every other Wednesday, starting at 7pm. From 7 to 9 you have the opportunity to sign-up for trips and sign-up or renew your membership. Sometimes it can be a daunting for a newcomer to turn up at a meeting, where the members will be talking to friends. Look out for someone wearing a 2 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 “Friendly Volunteer” badge or a board member. On the other hand if you are already a member please keep an eye open for newbies and do your best to make them welcome. The doors really open once you have been on a trip or two. We will continue to hold our monthly summer socials at Neuer Volkswirt. I welcome Ellen’s new trip programme. As always we strive to have a good balance of short and longer trips, value and comfort, favourite and new destinations, early and late departures. Thanks for your feedback to our recent poll. I also welcome the inclusion in the programme of trips by a new tour operator to us – Sport65 (and I thank them for giving us an avalanche awareness course). As always the majority of our trips are organised by Scherer Tours who have given us great support and service over many many seasons. I also welcome Jürgen Schreiter’s trip to Morocco – skiing in the Atlas Mountains would certainly be a first for the vast majority of us; and of course Argus Reisen’s excellent value trip to Jackson Hole. Several of the trips include an opportunity to join lessons or off-piste guiding for small fee – beginners in particular should look out for these. For the second season running you have kindly voted me into the position of president – a sure sign that not enough of you good people are stepping forward to help run the Club. I do ask you to consider contributing some time and energy and volunteering for a board position. Like any organisation the Ski Club thrives on new ideas. You could also consider volunteering as a “Trip Captain” – another vital role for the Club. Ask any board member about what’s involved and about the perks that the positions carry. There have been a few changes from last season’s board. Ellen Mussler has been elected VP Activities, having been elected as VP Communications last season. Brian Polley has been elected VP Communications and Alex Jesionek as Secretary. Both Brian and Alex are new to the board. We also have two new board assistants – Haig Tavitian (memberships) and Jon Lavendar (webmaster). Ray Morin was re-elected at Treasurer. Appointees Gary Proffitt (Publicity and producing this season guide) and Seda Caution girls, there’s a Kelvin on the loose and he’ll have you on the floor in no time. eral ways prior to her return to Blighty. Matt is still operating as Webmaster on the existing site until Jon sets up the new one. Oeztuerk (Marketing) also remain on the board. No doubt all three will continue to give their invaluable contribution. Seda also organised an FSC group to run in the “Race for the Cure”, a breast cancer research charity, in which many members and associates took part. In addition to the individual donations the Club also contributed 300 EUR on your behalf. I give my thanks to the new and remaining board members, and to the retiring board members – including Mila Ehrt who served two dedicated seasons as Secretary and VP Communications, Ulrike Henniweg who helped out as Secretary for several months, and Simon Gutbrod who was our VP Activities for the beginning of last season. Above all I must thank Pat Hutley for her many many seasons as memberships (since 1988/89 with FISC!), and I would also like to thank our non-board assistant, Matt Nethersell for his many seasons as Webmaster (since 2005/6). Pat is continuing to support the board in sevAs for myself I started as a member of FISC in the 1991-92 season and have served the boards of FISC and FSCeV off-and-on in a variety of positions. This will be my last season on the board – I do look forward to some of the rest of you stepping forward to take over the mantle. Thanks are also due to many others who help make the Club tick: Marika von Christian of Imagine Arthouse who runs the Club’s boutique (please take the opportunity to enhance your wardrobe), Gabriela Dehmer for her expert tax support, Julie Dickinson and Charlie Austin (our internal auditors for last season), former presidents Elizabeth Walsh and Pete Jones for invaluable advice, Yuko Tsuji for helping out with Memberships, and of course all of our Trip Captains, and anyone I have forgotten to mention. And I should not forget the advertisers who help fund our season guide – please support them and make sure you identify yourself as an FSCeV member. Furthermore I ask you to ski/board safely – not to endanger yourself or others. Familiarise yourself with the FIS rules http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/insidefis/ fisgeneralrules/10fisrules.html, and if you are thinking of venturing off-piste check Gary’s excellent freeriding guidelines later in this book. I hope to see and ski with many of you on several trips this season and that the Club brings you as much pleasure as it has to me over numerous seasons. Finally I ask you to take a look at our sign-up and cancellation rules. There are some minor updates from last season to reflect the fact that the Club no longer accepts the mimimum 30 EUR commitment to sign-up for a trip (although 30 EUR remains your maximum liaibility on most trips if you cancel by the last signup night). Sorry if some rules seem a bit draconian. We try to stick to a simple set, not to spend time discussing individual cases, and be fair to all members. Ski Heil! Kelvin Trigg FSC E.V. 3 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 S C T S F .V.FAC E YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU! The FRANKFURT SKI, SNOWBOARD, SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB e.V. (FSC e.V.) is a private, non-profit membership organisation. Membership is open to any individual, regardless of age, gender, race, creed, nationality, mental or physical handicaps. FSC e.V. originated from the Frankfurt International Ski Club which ran under the auspices of the American Government (SOFA), and as such retains the operating language of English. The PURPOSE of FSC e.V. is to promote sports and social activities, especially winter sports, and provide its members with an opportunity to enjoy them as often as possible. FSC e.V. also strives to promote cordial relations between its members and the Frankfurt and European skiing communities, via its sporting and social activities. Our MEMBERSHIP consists of a multitude of different nationalities reflecting the international flavour of Frankfurt. All members (including children) will be issued with an FSC e.V. membership card which should be presented when you sign-up for trips. FSC e.V. is governed by an EXECUTIVE BOARD composed of five elected officers and appointed committees (see below). We operate under a Constitution (Satzung) approved by the general membership, with FSC e.V. policies established by the Executive Board. All members should read the Constitution and By-Laws, a copy of which is available at the membership table during scheduled FSC socials. Executive Board meetings are held regularly and are open to the general membership. SOCIALS are normally held every other Wednesday evening during the ski season (see schedule on page 16) beginning at 19:00. There will also be summer socials that will be advertised through our usual communications media. FSC e.V. socials feature membership and trip sign-ups, general socialising... and official FSC e.V. business where required. ACTIVITY TRIPS are offered throughout the ski season. The standard trip is a 2-day weekend, but the duration does vary from one day to one week (see trip schedule on page 18). In addition, FSC e.V. offers organised lessons or activity programs on most trips. TRIP SIGN-UP schedules are announced in advance; details are available on the website. Trips remain open for three consecutive socials unless otherwise stated (see “How do I sign-up?“ on page 10). FSC e.V. makes every effort to return to Frankfurt by midnight on the last day of the trip, again unless otherwise stated. FSC E.V. BOARD 12/13 Kelvin Trigg (President) email@example.com 0170 285 4394 (Mob) Brian Polley (Vice President Communications) firstname.lastname@example.org 01520 3630365 (Mob) Alex Jesionek (Secretary) email@example.com 0152 22880819 (Mob) Ellen Mussler (Vice President Activities) firstname.lastname@example.org 0177 213 4323 (Mob) Ray Morin (Treasurer) email@example.com 0162 258 3355 (Mob) 4 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 FIS RULES FOR THE CONDUCT OF SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS (Wording 2002) 1. Respect for others A skier or snowboarder must behave in or moving upwards on the slopes must look up and down the slopes that he can do so without endangering himself or others. such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others. 2. Control of speed and skiing or snowboarding A skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to his personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic. 6. Stopping on the piste Unless absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move clear of the piste as soon as possible. 7. Climbing and descending on foot A skier or snowboarder 3. Choice of route A skier or snowboarder coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste. endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead. 4. Overtaking A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and to the right or to the left provided that he leaves enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement. 5. Entering, starting and moving upwards A skier or snowboarder entering a marked run, starting again after stopping TRANSPORTATION is via modern, fully equipped buses (reclining seats, toilet, and entertainment systems). There are also U-Drive/U-Fly trips during the season for which the individual must arrange their own transportation to the resort (FSC e.V. arranges the accommodation). Bus rules are shown on page 14. KEEPING IN CONTACT There are several ways to keep in contact with FSC e.V.: p The World Wide Web: p E-mails: If you have an E-mail address you can receive reminders Point your browsers to www.fscev.org. about socials, upcoming trips and p The Board: If you have any the news-letter and be notified of problems or discussion themes official FSC e. V. business. Your you want the Executive Board to E-mail address will not be given to monitor or deal with, feel free to third parties. To subscribe, send an send an E-mail to this address: E-mail, visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org our Memberships’ Director. 8. Respect for signs and markings A skier or snowboarder must respect all signs and markings. 9. Assistance At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist. 10. Identification Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident. Our FSC e.V. E-NEWS, consists of our bi-weekly E-mail and notices posted on our website are the official media for notifying the membership of any changes in our social or trip schedule, announcing new FSC e.V. policies or policy changes and general FSC e.V. business, so please ensure that we have a current, accurate E-mail and postal address and that you READ the newsletter. p Facebook Group: You can also find us on facebook: www.facebook.com/fscev p General Enquiries: Info regarding the Club: email@example.com. APPOINTED BOARD ASSISTANTS Haig Tavitian (Memberships Director) firstname.lastname@example.org 0173 3202174 (Mob) Gary Proffitt (Publicity Director) email@example.com 0172 656 1498 (Mob) NON BOARD ASSISTANT Jon Lavender (Webmaster) firstname.lastname@example.org 0151 46502113 (Mob) wear SEASON GUIDE 12/13 5 a he WWW lmet .FS ! ‘S a Snow brai ner! Seda Oeztuerk (Marketing) email@example.com 0175 591 0100 (Mob) BRAIN SAFE Fran kFur t Sk i Clu b han d l e with Care ! FSC E.V. FREE RIDING TO PARADIS Freeride rule of thumb Avalanche Level 2 Avoid very steep slopes (over 39 degs) Avalanche Level 3 Avoid steep slopes (over 34 degs) No cornice-jumping & skiing areas where the cliffs show through Avalanche Level 4 & 5 Avoid off-piste areas & free-riding! Equipment and checklist P Avalanche transceiver, P P P P P P shovel & probe Helmet Medical kit, food & water Checked avalanche report Checked warning signs Checked position Checked intended route Freeriding, the new term for off-piste, is a state of mind that unites skiers and snowboarders in appreciation of the freedom to glide off the beaten track and commune with the environment. The freerider enjoys the unbelievable sensation of powder, the challenge of negotiating difficult terrain, the joy of making first tracks, escaping from crowded pistes, the beauties of nature, and perhaps above all, the camaraderie of like-minded souls. But of course this does not come without significant risks - most significantly the risk of avalanche and crevasses, the risk of getting into technically dangerous situations, and for those who venture further afield the risk of getting lost, or closed-in by a change of weather. 6 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 SO HOW CAN YOU REDUCE THE RISKS TO AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL? You should of course be informed, be equipped, be adequately trained and sufficiently fit for the terrain, and ideally be accompanied by a guide who knows the local area and can gauge the terrain that suits your level. Avalanches are notoriously difficult to predict, as can sadly be attested by the number of mountain professionals who become victims of them – though they do of course spend a considerable amount of time in prone areas. G SE “Virtually all avalanche victims survive the initial slide with the snow. However, around half of them end up completely buried. Three out of four victims (75%) who are completely buried either have blocked airways or can hardly breathe because of the enormous pressure on their chest. In this situation, buried victims can only survive for a few minutes. After a maximum of 15 minutes, the chances of survival tail off rapidly. It (ABS) cannot stop you being caught up in the avalanche, but it can keep you at the surface, maximizing your chances of survival.” (ABS Airbag System – www. abs-airbag.de/en) #1 Check the current avalanche/snow report “Powder – sexy clean fun – but very addictive!” Avalanche Websites General: www.avalanche-center.org Austria: www.lawine.at Switzerland: www.slf.com p What are the dangerous altitudes/orientations/ how severe is the warning level? #2 Check the warning signs p Listen for “whoompf” sound of compacting snow layers underneath when on slope. of slab formation. Tools that save lives. If you don’t have them with you, you shouldn’t be there! Slopes with a steep incline – above 30° – are susceptible to slides. North facing slopes (where of course you will find the best snow!) – are usually more dangerous. Weather conditions leading to poor bonding of snow layers can promote slides – particularly the situation when a substantial amount of fresh snow, especially when this snow is wet and heavy, falls on a layer of snow that had frozen into ice. (continued on page 8) p Look for cracks in the snow cover when entering slope – indicative p Look for wet-through snow cover. p Look for signs of blasting and for avalanches in nearby or similar areas. p Look for ripples in the new snow surface – indicative of wind – #3 Check your position p How steep is the slope? p What is the slope orientation? p New snow – how much? p Waves or dunes in the snowpack – indicative of IN A E BR SAF .FSCEV. WWW wind-drifted snow leading to overloading p Amount of wind-drift (wind-accumulated snow in the lee of rocks/ridges etc.) p Are you in shadow where the snowpack may take longer to stabilise? p What are your get-out/run-out points? p Are you underneath a cornice or have you entered halfway down a slope? p Do you know where you are going to end up? helmet! wear a ORG #4 Check your logic p Is the slope over 30 degrees? If yes, slides can occur. p Were there warnings about this area or slope in the avalanche report, or signs on entering the area? p Who is with you – experienced skiers or beginner/intermediates? And how many – could lead to slope overloading p Is this a traditional slide area? FSC E.V. 7 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 er! owbrain it‘S a Sn if old crust showing, where did the new snow go? lub rt Ski C FrankFu with handle Care! Emergency Numbers European Emergency Nr: 112 Alpine Emergency Numbers: Germany > 19222 Austria > 140 Switzerland > 1414 Winds will increase the risk by blowing snow off the windward side, and depositing it, poorly bonded, on the lee (sheltered) side of the mountain. Please remember not to be concerned just for your group and yourself – do not risk starting a slide that could endanger people below you. Allow at least 50 metres between members of your group if you are crossing a suspect area – let’s keep the number of possible victims to a minimum and the number of rescuers to a maximum! Remove the ski pole straps from your wrists – better to lose a pole than increase risk of injury. If you feel a slide start try to ski to the edge. Jettison equipment that could endanger you. Put your arms in Italy > 118 What you need to do! 1 Evaluate the situation 2 Switch your beeper to search 3 Overview/search (EYES & EARS), organise search group 4 Rescue, apply first aid > If you have a telephone signal: call the emergency services What they need to know Check out: www.whiterisk.org For ca. €16,00 (plus postage) you can order your own avalanche awareness DVD or download it for your computer. It is also available for your smartphone. Language (CD): English, German & French front of your face to create an air pocket if being submerged. Those not in the slide should look hard to spot the latest sighting of victims and begin your search at this point. Where has it happened? What has happened? How many are missing, What injuries have occurred? Wait to be called back... require help? Avalanche warning scale (Note: avalanches can occur at any time!!) LOW GERING MODERATE MÄßIG 1 2 3 4 5 Generally safe conditions. Avalanches only likely on fewer, much steeper slopes with large extra weight on the snowpack. Use caution. Groups skiing the orientations mentioned in the report can trigger slabs. Snow cohesion on high, steep slopes only moderate, a single skier can set off a slide. Large spontaneous avalanches not expected. Avoid 39 degree+ lines. Great caution required. Snow cohesion weak on steeper slopes. On these, slides can be easily triggered by only light pressure. Larger avalanches more frequent, remote-triggering & medium-size,occasionally larger spontaneous avalanches now possible. 70% of victims killed with this warning level, avoid 34 degree+ lines. Extremely dangerous situation. Very weak snow cohesion widespread, slides can be triggered on moderate slopes with light pressure & can be very big. Remote triggering over longer distances likely. Medium-sized, sometimes larger spontaneous slides common. Freeriding anywhere extremely unwise. Greatest level of danger. Large quantities of fresh snow mean spontaneous, large avalanches can occur anywhere, even on flatter slopes, & right down into the valleys. Stay in safe shelter, do not even think of skiing off-piste! CONSIDERABLE ERHEBLICH HIGH GROß VERY HIGH SEHR GROß 8 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 Major rules!! q Be your own risk-manager – never over-estimate your abilities q Do not be pressured by others q You can never be 100% safe, but risks can be minimised q Check the avalanche report every day! Speak to locals q No beeper – no riding! q q q q Never alone or in too large groups Look above & below you Rocks & trees do NOT stabilise the snowpack – quite the opposite Slopes in shadow are more dangerous than sunny ones – they claim around 70% of all victims – the snowpack takes longer to bind than on slopes that get the sun shop - service - skitrips Basic facts q Avalanches, slabs & slides occur in slopes over 30 degrees steep q The steeper the slope, the more dangerous it is q Slopes with cliff rocks showing through are over 39 degrees q Slopes that accumulate the best & deepest powder are often the most dangerous q Wind-drifted snow often packs & releases as slabs more easily when weighted by skiers/boarders q Cornices forming above slopes are indicative of heavy wind-drift loading on the lee (sheltered) side q On the windward side, wind-drift builds up on the steeper slopes, below rocks & in gullies & couloirs q The first nice day after snowfall is the most dangerous – the snow layers have had less time to bond together Crevasses (open cracks in glaciers) are very often impossible to see as they may be lightly covered with snow. They are particularly dangerous early season as the snow inside will not be at all packed. The only way to freeride a glacier with any degree of safety is with a guide. FSC recommends that anyone going off-piste to attend an avalanche awareness training session this season and consider signing up for ski patrol training – checkout: nspeurope. org for further information. In addition to learning how to provide essential first aid in an outdoor environment, important signs of problems developing in members of your group, and awareness of the risk factors, you will significantly improve your skiing or boarding skills and have the opportunity to participate in advanced avalanche rescue and ski touring courses. Not knowing the risks can easily turn a sublime day in the back-country into a tragedy, so be prepared, be aware and enjoy your freeriding this season! y ner t r a avelp r T r u o R: E H C VOU your nt 10% u disco shopent, for ipem kis, u q e s nche , kins, avala packs, s helmets , s ABS ts, pole ves, ... o o skibo parel, gl n: ap matio po haus r e d w all in for .de Bahnhofstrasse 12 D 69469 Weinheim Tel: 0049 6201 18 59 51 firstname.lastname@example.org - www.sport65.de FSC E.V. 9 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 “HOW DO I SIGN-UP?”... A You must be a current member of FSC e.V. to go on an FSC e.V. sport activity trip. B To reserve your place on a trip you must complete a “Trip Sign-up Sheet” and send it / present it to the trip’s TC on one of the sign-up nights. C Full payment, from the night you sign-up for a trip, will be deducted from your account by the last sign-up night of your chosen trip. THE SMALL PRINT These two pages contain vital information regarding FSC e.V. (FSC) trip sign-up procedures and policies. Read them carefully to avoid delays and confusion. MEMBERSHIP & TRIP SIGN-UPS: May be made at the following locations and times: p Regularly scheduled membership socials, between 19:00 and 21:00 (see trip schedule on page 18 for trip opening and closing dates) p Other meetings, locations and times as announced by the FSC e.V. Board. MEMBERSHIP: (all membership fees are non-refundable) p SINGLE MEMBERSHIP: _30 p FAMILY MEMBERSHIP: _45 for married couples (with or without children) or single parents with children under 18 years of age. p A current FSC member may additionally sign-up the following for a trip: a. All members of their family, provided they are part of the family membership. b. Other FSC members or FSC family memberships provided they have proxy authorisation to do so (see Proxy Authorisation page 11). On opening night of a trip this is limited to one other member or family membership. p Members under the age of 18 desiring to sign up for an FSC trip without at least one parent/guardian in attendance on the trip must have a sponsor 21 years of age or older on that trip. Written permission from the parent/guardian must be submitted to the Trip Captain (TC) by the announced closing date. Sponsors of members under 18 years of age must have medical power of attorney for this individual. Documents will be checked by the TC prior to boarding the bus. 10 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 SIGN-UP REQUIREMENTS: Simple: You must be an FSC member to go on an FSC trip. TRIP SIGN-UP LISTS: The TC is responsible for maintaining two lists per trip: p CONFIRMED LIST: For those members who have signed-up for a trip space. Spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis. p WAIT LIST: a. If the confirmed list is full a member may choose to be added to the wait list. b. Members are moved on to the confirmed list as others cancel up to the 21:00 deadline on the trip closing night, and it is the responsibility of the member to check their status with the TC. c. Members not moved to the confirmed list will receive a full refund, as will those who cancel from the wait list before being moved to the confirmed list. (see “Refunds/Rebates” on page 13) d. If on the wait list, be prepared to authorise payment in-full at the sign-up desk on the final sign-up night at 21:00, or have another member do this for you. PAYMENTS: General: p We do not accept cash or cheque for payment of membership or activity trip fees. p Payments are to be made by direct debit (Einzugs ermächtigung/Lastschriftverfahren) and you will need a Euro account with this capability. p You will need to provide your bank details on the membership application form and authorise the Club to use this account for paying the membership fee. p If you do not have such an account, you will need someone who can sponsor you, i.e who is prepared to pay for you on your behalf. Activity/Trips: p Payment will be made by direct debit from the bank account you provided when becoming a member. p If your payment is to be made by another member, you MUST include that member’s number in the “Sponsor” box on the sign-up form. p The price for the trip is the one which applies to the evening of signing-up. This also applies to those on the wait list. p Given cancellations: at 21:00 on final payment night people on the wait list will be elevated to the confirmed list (in order, according to space available) and will be charged in full according to the sign-up night. Proxy Authorisation: p If you are unable to attend a social meeting to sign up for a trip and have arranged for another member to do this for you, it is essential that you provide him/her with written authorisation to a) sign you up for the trip and b) authorise payment from your account. This should be printed out and brought to the meeting by your proxy. LESSONS: p Some trips offer lessons. Unless otherwise stated there will be a _20 fee for participating in these lessons, which will normally be added to the trip sign up payment. The fee will be refunded if the member cancels his participation by trip closing night or the Club fails to provide the lesson. Cancellations after trip closing night will not be refunded. SINGLE ROOMS: p Some trips offer single rooms for a supplementary price. Except where special payment conditions apply the member must pay the trip in full to secure the single room. p If a child is sharing a room with two adults, the hotel will normally give a discount and we pass that on. The Club will also discount some of the other trip costs: An infant (0-5 years) will only be charged the hotel fee and will not be given a meal pack or drink tokens. A child (6-14 years) sharing a room with adult(s) will only be charged the hotel cost, 50% of the other trip costs, and 10 euro for the meal pack and drink tokens. A youth (15 and above) may be entitled to a hotel discount but will bear all other trip costs as normal. ... WHAT IS INCLUDED? p Return transport from Frankfurt to hotel p Picnic lunch pack on the journey down and 2 drink tokens p Organisational services of a volunteer Trip Captain (TC) p Accommodation p Transfers: hotel & resort area with FSC bus where necessary p Breakfast & Evening meal (unless otherwise indicated) Not included: (unless otherwise indicated) p Lift pass (your TC will collect money for lift passes on the bus journey down to resort and will usually be able to command a group discount on the full purchase price of the lift tickets) p Ski/board rental & lessons p Drinks & lunches at hotel or resort p Transfers: hotel & resort area using local transport p Personal insurance FSC E.V. 11 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 MOST FSC E.V. TRIPS INCLUDE: PROCEDURES SMILE, RELAX AND ENJOY LIFE. “OK, I’ve got a trophy now I just need a fireplace to put it on.” “Are you sure they’re all for me? Is it good schnaps?” DISCOUNTS: The earlier you pay for a trip, usually, the more money you can save. This encourages people to commit to a trip earlier, which facilitates hotel room reservations. BUS DEPARTURES: p Unless otherwise announced, buses depart from ErnstSchwendler-Straße (see map on page 15) at the exact time indicated by the Trip Captain. BUSES WILL DEPART ON TIME. Missing the bus is NOT cause for a refund. p Bus rules can be found on page 14. PRIORITIES: p On the first sign-up night a member may reserve only one place for themselves/their family and for one other member or family membership. On subsequent nights a member may sign-up as many members as desired and for whom they have proxy authorisation. p If an FSC member is unable to attend the opening signup of a new trip because they are on another FSC trip at the same time, they may reserve a place on the new trip through prior communication with the TC. This reservation is held until 21:00 on the second sign-up night for that trip, by which time the place must be confirmed (at the opening sign-up price). p Members who are not resident of Germany may reserve a place on opening night of a trip for themselves or themselves and family members through prior communication with the TC. The place(s) must be confirmed. p All Board members, and TCs involved in trip sign-ups, may reserve a place on any trip opening that night. This reservation is held until 21:00 that evening, by which time the place must be confirmed. p If more single rooms are requested by members signing up on opening night than are assigned to the trip then those present at the meeting have priority over those not present. 12 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 CANCELLATION POLICY: We obviously want as many members to come on each trip as possible! We do, however, understand that some members who have signed up for a trip may not be able to attend due to circumstances beyond their control. In situations like this we try to return as much of the trip price to the member as possible without the Club, which is a non-profit members’ organisation, being financially penalised. Before signing up for a trip, therefore, you should be aware of the following cancellation refund policy: p Members who wish to cancel from a trip MUST notify the Trip Captain immediately. MEMBERS MAY NOT SELL THEIR SPACE TO ANOTHER MEMBER. p Any member who cancels before the end of the final sign-up night loses the minimum payment (for most trips this is _30). p Any member who is a “no show” i.e. does not turn up at the bus, or cancels on day of departure generally loses the full trip price. p Any member who cancels after the final sign-up night and prior to trip departure loses a minimum of _60 plus a share of the fixed costs and any variable costs that the Club has incurred on behalf of that member (e.g. hotel room, sandwich packs etc. that could not be cancelled in time) up to the full price of the trip. “Josh – we have a cunning plan to get you to sing!” Exceptions when cancelling after closing: p There is a wait list, and a wait-listed member replaces the person cancelling – Member cancelling loses _30 – Replacement pays the sign-up night price of joining the wait list. p There is no wait list and the member cancelling finds a replacement for himself – Member cancelling loses _30 commitment – Replacement pays trip price paid by cancelling member p The trip is one without a bus, i.e. “U-drive” or the member is not taking the bus – His share of the fixed costs is reduced by _30 Members who cancel from the wait list before being moved to the confirmed list will not be charged. Note: certain trips have a different payment schedule and/ or cancellation policy, and are therefore dealt with on an individual basis. Refunds will be made by the Treasurer after the trip reconciliation has been completed. Queries regarding refunds should be addressed to Trips Recs. Any objections must be brought before the Board in writing (email is acceptable) for adjudication. The Board’s decision is final. CHANGES: REFUNDS/REBATES: p All commitments/payments will be refunded if a trip is cancelled by FSC. Members who cancel prior to an official FSC cancellation are subject to normal cancellation procedures/fees as stated above. p Children may be eligible for a discount/refund when residing in the same room with parents or two adults. See TC or Trips Director for child price information. p Refunds/rebates will be reimbursed following final closure of the trip by the Trips Director. p All refunds/rebates will be made by bank transfer. INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES: p Individuals are responsible for providing their own equipment, paying for lift tickets (unless otherwise indicated), and all other expenses or items not specifically included in the cost of the trip. Trip participants are responsible for all proper border clearance documents and acquiring local currency. Members should ensure that they can pay any expenses arising from any accidents that may occur. p MEMBERS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO INSURE THEMSELVES ADEQUATELY (please see page 58) p Individuals must adhere to the directives of the TC. This includes taking responsibility for the behaviour and conduct of themselves and their family members. Individuals acting in a rowdy or obnoxious manner towards other trip participants (as observed by the TC) may be removed from the bus and/or reported to the Executive Board for further action. p FSC ski trips are based on an anticipated minimum number of participants. If this minimum is not reached, the price may be adjusted, the trip altered or cancelled. p FSC reserves the right to alter or cancel trips and/or services as circumstances dictate. Is an amazing charity that helps blind people to see again and prevents people from losing their sight. For over 60 years we have been working with local partners to help some of the poorest people in the world. With your support we can reach more people to save sight and change lives. A sight restoring cataract operation costs just £ 50, and gives a child a future to look forward to. Go to www.sightsavers.org and make a donation today Did you know? There are 39 million blind people in the world 80% of blindness can be prevented or cured Around 90% of visually impaired people live in the world’s poorest countries SPONSORED BY TIM UNDERWOOD FSC E.V. 13 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 “All packed and ready ladies?” BUS RULES LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR p Your first impression may be our last. Respect other people on the bus. TIME, and the bus, WAITS FOR NO MAN: p The Trip Captain is under no obligation to delay the bus departure for late-comers and probably won’t. p Allow for traffic and time to find a legitimate parking place and to load equipment, i.e. arrive at least 20 minutes before departure. p Be prompt getting back to the bus after breaks (remember what the bus looks like and where it’s parked). p It is customary for you to buy a round of drinks for the entire bus if you are late and the bus has waited for you. ABIDE BY THE “Oh, I brought all my shoes - Keith can carry them no probs.” The bus trip down to the resort is often the first chance for our new members to get to know their fellow FSCers and we DO want them to be enthusiastic about signing up for more trips. In order to please most of the people most of the time, please observe the following rules: TIDINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS: p Be sure to throw all rubbish into the bags provided and use rest-stop breaks to offload rubbish. p Do not be sick on the bus! If you are, you are liable for a _50 fine (payable to the driver) and responsible for cleaning it up! Drink judiciously! p The bus toilets only have a limited capacity, and generally the contents cannot be disposed of in other countries. Please use the rest stops to best advantage so that the toilets don’t fill up and have to be locked. (If the holding tank freezes up, the toilet will also be closed for use.) If you do use the bus toilet, guys are also expected to sit – let’s keep the toilet clean! COVET NOT THY NEIGHBOUR’S SEAT: p There are no set seat assignments. The earlier you arrive, the better your choice of seats. The seat you select is yours until the bus returns to Frankfurt (unless you negotiate a swap with someone else). p Since April 2004 it is compulsary to wear your seat belt when seated in a moving bus. No passenger may stand forward of the front seats. Passengers should also remain seated throughout the journey where possible. These rules are enforced at the discretion of the bus driver. THOU SHALT NOT LEAN SKIS/ SNOWBOARDS AGAINST or WEAR SKI BOOTS ON THE BUS: p Observe strictly, since German tour buses tend to cost as much as a small house and you don’t want to pay for a new paint job or carpet. NO SMOKING: p Anywhere on the bus, at any time. Unless you are on fire. 14 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 Post Commandment: FSC bus drivers are subjected to strict drive time rules. (e.g. they must take a 45-minute break after 4.5 hours of driving) This makes for punctual departures and more importantly, getting us to our destination in good time. “All aboard for Frankfurt.” ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL: p DVDs (PAL Region 2 standard) are shown at the TC’s discretion. If you bring your own, remember that FSCers cover a wide range of ages and tastes, so choose appropriately. RESPECT AND OBEY YOUR TC: p Please cooperate! Your TCs are volunteers and are doing their best for our members. p The Trip Captain is in charge, is the only person who liaises with the Driver and their decisions are LAW throughout the trip. p Help load and unload skis and bags from the bus: at departure, at the hotel and upon return to Frankfurt. p If the bus stops for any reason, please stay on the bus until directed by the TC. THEY WHO DRINK AND DRIVE TODAY WILL NOT SKI ANOTHER DAY: p On the way home, if you drink, don’t drive. If you drive, don’t drink. We want you around to enjoy more FSC ski trips with us. GRATUITIES: p Most of our drivers are swell guys (and gals!) who usually endure FSC festivities with good humour and a smile. They almost always do their best for us, and it is customary to give a small gratuity at the end of the trip to show your appreciation. FSC PICK-UP POINT: ERNST-SCHWENDLER-STR. The BUS PICK-UP point is in Ernst-Schwendler-Straße. If entering Frankfurt on the A66 from Wiesbaden note that there is no left turn into Hansaallee. Take the Eschersheim exit from the A66 (there is a sign on the side to the Bundesbank). Take the next exit after approx. 300 metres and immediately get into the left lane signposted Bundesbank. Drive past the Bundesbank with it on your right. Take the first right into Ernst-Schwendler-Straße. It is requested that FSC members park where indicated and leave other areas for residents. For security reasons parking availability may change without notice. , Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship difficulties, Bereavement Assertiveness, Bullying, etc. Irish Psychologist, Dr.Pamela Fitzgerald PhD, MA, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, MIACT; UKCP; BPS. Strictly confidential service for individuals and couples. Private practice in the Meissengasse 8 in Frankfurt's Hauptwache Tel: 0173-7831034 Email: email@example.com Also EAP services to companies via Insite Interventions. Wilhelm-Epstein-Str. , P Ernst-Schwendler-Str. Joachim-Becker-Str. bJako ler-Str. Leis FIELD HOUSE P P P P Plieninger-Str. P = Parking P = NO Parking Hansaallee U-Bahn U1, U2 & U3 Miquel-/ Adickesallee , , , P No Parking in Lot , Miquelallee FSC E.V. 15 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 , , BUNDESBANK , , , , , P , P , , BUS PICK-UP POINT h/ usc rnb g Do chwe Am arba M U-Bahn U1, U2 & U3 Dornbusch Ra Pla ten im un ds (U -Tu rn . str tr. he re) (Turn left) P SOCIALS SCHEDULE “O’zapft is! Mei du siesche fesch aus!” Closing # Date Event Opening 12/13 1 26 Aug 2012 AGM & Season Opening BBQ Sölden I, Avalanche Training Jackson Hole 2 12 Sep 2012 First regular social night 3 26 Sep 2012 General Hintertux 4 10 Oct 2012 Oktoberfest Sölden II 5 24 Oct 2012 General 6 07 Nov 2012 Advertisers’ Night Lech, Morocco Event Trip 7 21 Nov 2012 General Innsbruck, Andermatt, Serfaus / Fiss / Ladis 8 05 Dec 2012 General Zermatt, Damüls / Mellau, Monterosa Heli Extreme 9 19 Dec 2012 Christmas Party 10 09 Jan 2013 Resolutions Day Winterberg, Montafon 11 23 Jan 2013 2nd Advertisers’ Night Wilder Kaiser, Disentis 12 06 Feb 2013 General Chamonix 13 20 Feb 2013 General Val Thorens / 3 Vallées, Dolomites 14 06 Mar 2013 General St. Anton / Arlberg 15 20 Mar 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Ischgl 16 03 Apr 2013 General Summer Activities 17 17 Apr 2013 General 18 09 May 2013 Last regular social night 20 -- Jun 2013 Summer Social (TBC) 21 -- Jul 2013 Summer Social (TBC) The venue may change at any time. Please refer to our website for the latest information: www.fscev.org Sölden I Avalanche Training Hintertux, Jackson Hole Sölden II Lech, Morocco Event Trip Innsbruck, Andermatt, Serfaus / Fiss / Ladis Zermatt, Damüls/Mellau Monterosa Heli Extreme Winterberg, Montafon Wilder Kaiser, Disentis Chamonix Val Thorens / 3 Vallées, Dolomites St. Anton / Arlberg Ischgl Summer Activities 16 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 RACE FOR THE CURE and screening. The money donated and from the enrolment fees for the Komen Race for the Cure® goes towards financing projects. Thanks to all who participated and supported this fight for a good cause and a special thank you for our friendly members who donated their caps and T-shirts. This year the race exceeded the record participation from last year with 7553 runners and walkers of whom over 600 children and youngsters who took part in the 13th “race for the cure” in Frankfurt! Once again our FSC Team also exceeded their record participation from last year, having 55 runners, walkers, ‘silent runners’ and 3 children/youngsters! Komen Deutschland e.V. is a non-profit organization that works to support better breast cancer education With all this help we were able to raise again an extra 300 EUR and donated them to Komen Race for the Cure® which was presented to Stefanie Rupp by Seda Oeztuerk. Please save the date for the 14th race for the cure next year on the 29.09.2013! FSC E.V. 17 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 SCHEDULE Good Snow + Good Weather + Good People = Good Party! # Trip Name TRIPS Country 12/13 Dates “I’m glad we are not staying in this hotel.” L/G Opens Closes Page Days Price in EUR* 1 Sölden I AT 05 Oct - 08 Oct 2012 3 2 Avalanche D 13 Oct - 13 Oct 2012 1 Training 3 Hintertux AT 08 Nov - 11 Nov 2012 3 4 Sölden II AT 21 Nov - 25 Nov 2012 4 5 Lech AT 14 Dec - 16 Dec 2012 2 6 Innsbruck AT 28 Dec - 01 Jan 2013 4 7 Andermatt CH 11 Jan - 13 Jan 2013 2 8 Zermatt CH 18 Jan - 21 Jan 2013 3 9 Morocco MA 19 Jan - 26 Jan 2013 7 Event Trip 10 Damüls / Mellau AT 25 Jan - 27 Jan 2013 2 11 Serfaus / AT 31 Jan - 03 Feb 2013 3 Fiss / Ladis 12 Winterberg D 09 Feb - 09 Feb 2013 1 13 Montafon AT 15 Feb - 18 Feb 2013 3 14 Jackson Hole US 23 Feb - 02 Mar 2013 7 15 Wilder Kaiser AT 01 Mar - 03 Mar 2013 2 16 Disentis CH 08 Mar - 10 Mar 2013 2 17 Chamonix FR 15 Mar - 18 Mar 2013 3 18 Monterosa IT/CH 19 Mar - 24 Mar 2013 4 Heli Extreme 19 Val Thorens / FR 30 Mar - 06 Apr 2013 7 3 Vallées 20 Dolomites IT 28 Mar - 01 Apr 2013 4 21 St. Anton / AT 12 Apr - 14 Apr 2013 2 Arlberg 22 Ischgl AT 26 Apr - 01 May 2013 5 23 Summer AT 05 Jul - 07 Jul 2013 2 Activities 265 26 Aug 2012 26 Sep 2012 24 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 26 Aug 2012 12 Oct 2012 25 315 / 325 /335 L 395 / 405 / 415 L 265 / 275 / 285 485 / 495 / 505 **245 / 255 / 265 **330 / 340 / 350 From 979 Contact TC 195 / 205 / 215 L/G 320 / 330 / 340 L 55 / 65 / 75 L 295 / 305 / 315 ***750 Special Pricing System 210 / 220 / 230 **275 / 285 / 295 G 320 / 330 / 340 665 / 675 / 685 G 26 Sep 2012 24 Oct 2012 26 10 Oct 2012 07 Nov 2012 27 07 Nov 2012 05 Dec 2012 28 21 Nov 2012 19 Dec 2012 29 21 Nov 2012 19 Dec 2012 32 05 Dec 2012 09 Jan 2013 34 07 Nov 2012 05 Dec 2012 37 05 Dec 2012 09 Jan 2013 38 21 Nov 2012 19 Dec 2012 39 09 Jan 2013 06 Feb 2013 40 09 Jan 2013 06 Feb 2013 41 26 Aug 2012 24 Oct 2012 42 23 Jan 2013 20 Feb 2013 44 23 Jan 2013 20 Feb 2013 45 06 Feb 2013 06 Mar 2013 47 05 Dec 2012 09 Jan 2013 49 From 485 20 Feb 2013 20 Mar 2013 50 Special Pricing System 375 / 385 / 395 20 Feb 2013 20 Mar 2013 52 215 / 225 / 235 06 Mar 2013 03 Apr 2013 53 Contact TC 20 Mar 2013 17 Apr 2013 54 295 / 305 / 315 03 Apr 2013 01 May 2013 55 * Prices increase by EUR 10 per sign-up night. We recommend you to sign-up early to take advantage of our discount scheme. Please check the website for changes. You can also find us on facebook.com/fscev | CH trips: ** Subject to exchange rate. | USA trip *** 5 x Sign-up Nights (L/G) This trip also offers Lessons and/or off-piste Guides for a fee. See trip write-up for details. Trip 19 Val Thorens: Special-Pricing-System. Trip 9 is operated by SMS . Trip 14 is operated by Argus Tours . Trip 23 is operated by Natur Pur & Scherer Tours . Trips 2, 3, 4, 11 and 18 are operated by Sport 65 . All other trips operated by Scherer Tours . Trips are based on an anticipated minimum number of participants. If this minimum is not reached, the price may be adjusted, the trip altered or cancelled. FSC e.V. reserves the right to alter or cancel trips and/or services as circumstances dictate. 18 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 Scherer Tours Bayernstraße 72, 97204 Höchberg Tel: +49 (0) 931-40 90 46 Fax: +49 (0) 931-40 80 20 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Check us out at: scherertours.de FSC E.V. 19 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 TRIPS TOR’S DIREC N O I T C U D INTRO There are some adventures and new locations to explore as well as our favourite ‘treats’ for the season where the Club simply likes to return to. The variety of the schedule suits all levels of skiers and boarders from beginners to experts as well as cross-country enthusiasts. You have the opportunity for lessons and guides on multiple trips. We are very happy to introduce ‘Sport65’ as a new partner to FSC, who have their own ski-guides, instructors and a sportswear-/equipment store. We are looking forward to the Club’s first avalanche training with them and 4 ski trips. The majority of our trips are organised through our long-time Ski Club member and reliable partner Scherer Tours. For the first time we welcome Jürgen Schreiter (SMS) to the Ski Club programme. Jürgen is a long term Ski Club member and well known for his adventurous trips to exotic locations – we are sure his trip to Morocco this season, where you get to ski the Atlas mountains, will be fabulous. Talking about fabulous, our longdistance tour operator Argus Reisen will take us back to Jackson Hole, Wyoming this season and in summer we return to the ‘Natur Pur’ base camp for all sorts of outdoor activities. Now, let’s start with the introduction of this season’s joy. We open the season with the classic trip to Sölden, at the beginning of October. The week after is ‘safety time’, you get the chance to join a 1 day avalanche course with Sport65 in Frankfurt/M. And early November they take us to Hintertux. Our Thanksgiving dinner will be served in Sölden, another 4 days to spend on the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach Glaciers, where you can demo-ski again and also have the opportunity for lessons. “I’m not sure that was a piste we were on.” “No that was more bush-whacking than skiing.” Ellen likes to keep trips trim ... Hello everybody – Welcome Newbies. After spending some time as VP Communications on the Ski Club Board, I have stepped into the role of VP Activities – Trip Director and was elected to continue for the coming season 2012/2013. For the first time I had the pleasure to set up a trip schedule, pretty exciting, and I hope we will all enjoy the season. Moving on towards Christmas time and the classics kick-in – we return to Lech with Scherer Tours – just before the holiday in mid December. New Year’s will be spent in Innsbruck again, close to multiple ski-resorts and a ‘suit & tie’ dinner on the 31st. We stay traditional with the first 2 trips in January. Andermatt: If you have not been there yet, don’t miss it, especially if you like freeriding. And Zermatt: Some people say you have to see the Matterhorn at least once a year – and I’m one of them! January continues to be exciting with Morocco on the list and the Club will take you to Damüls/Mellau for the first time – promising off-piste territory, but also suitable for all levels. We support beginner lessons and guides on this trip. Serfaus with Sport65 will close January and open a jolly February. Again, off-piste friends will be delighted and you have the chance for lessons and professional guiding. 12/13 TRIP INFORMATION Most trips the final price varies according to which sign-up evening the final payment is made – earlier sign-up evenings may carry a discount. The discount system encourages early sign-up to allow the Club to commit to hotel reservations. 20 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 Departure times, destinations, prices, and hotel accommodation are subject to change without prior notice. Passports and/or ID are required on all trips outside Germany. All trips include accommodation (except day trips), bus transport- ation (except U-Drives/Flys), and a meal on the bus. Unless otherwise explicitly noted in trip descriptions, the price does NOT include lift tickets, ski lessons, equipment rental, insurance or personal incidentals. tight ... ... and together! stunning areas in the French Alps – Chamonix. March also offers a special treat for all freeriders with Sport65 on a trip to Monterosa with heli-skiing and backcountry guide, staying in Gressoney – La Trinite. At the end of the month Scherer Tours will take you to the classic week in Val Thorens. We are getting to Easter when the Club goes to the Dolomites for 4 days. And there is still more to come right after in April when we return to St. Anton for partying and hopefully some late snow. Last but not least, we close the season with the Top of the Mountain concert in Ischgl. Get ready for the summer and a further adrenalin kick in the Ötztaler Alps. Our summer trip is organised by ‘Natur-Pur’: canyoning, rafting, climbing and hiking, whatever the outdoor-lover fancies. See you all soon – smile and have a great Season 2012/2013! Ellen M. Our 1-day trip this season will take you to Winterberg for a change, perfect for beginners’ lessons, fantastic for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. To continue the fun in February, we will explore the beautiful wide terrain of Montafon with Scherer Tours. The end of February should get the heartrate of all powder-lovers to quicken as we return to powder paradise, the Wild West - Jackson Hole, the Grand Tetons. The small ski resort in Wyoming, USA, has the well-deserved reputation as one of the best free ride areas ever. If you can, you should extend your stay and visit Yellowstone National Park and the close-by ski resort of Grand Targhee. What more classics? Wilder Kaiser is back in the programme in March. And of course, whenever we get a chance, we hit the slopes and the backcountry of Disentis – one of the Club’s favourite destinations, especially the beer at the heated outdoor pool after a long day on the mountain. Hmm, and if you didn’t make it last season, you get another chance to play in one of the most Rooms are usually based on double occupancy with bath/shower and toilet. Half-board means breakfast and dinner included. FSC assumes no liability for accidents, injuries or loss of personal property that may occur during any trip, nor is FSC liable for refunding money due to poor skiing conditions, accommodation, or other unforeseen events. FSC takes no responsibility for changes based on contract with third parties. FSC reserves the right to change or cancel trips as necessary should sign-ups not meet the minimum number. In the following descriptions PIF means PAID-IN-FULL. € ppp means price-per-person. FSC E.V. 21 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 AUSTRIA USA 14 Jackson Hole 7 Andermatt 8 Zermatt 16 Disentis SWITZERLAND RIP ITALY GERMANY ESORTS AP 18 Monterosa Heli-trip 20 Dolomities FRANCE AUSTRIA | SWITZERLAND GERMANY | FRANCE ITALY | USA | AFRICA 17 Chamonix 19 Val Thorens / 3 Vallées 2 Avalanche Training in FFM 12 Winterberg AFRICA 1 Sölden I 3 Hintertux 4 Sölden II 5 Lech 6 Innsbruck 10 Damüls / Mellau 11 Serfaus / Fiss / Ladis 13 Montafon 15 Wilder Kaiser 21 St. Anton 22 Ischgl 23 Natur Pur 9 Morocco-Event trip Frankfurt Ski, Snowboard, S p o r t s & S o c i a l C l u b e .V. Not to scale FSC RESORT INFORMATION A ROUGH GUIDE Bottom Lift Top Vertical Gondola/ Lift Drop # Lifts Cable/Train Chair Drag Piste Length # Pistes Beginner Intermediate Expert Cross Fun Half- Mtn Country Park pipe Rest Trip # Trip Name Country Resort Height 1+4 Sölden AT 1377 2675 3250 575 10 3 2 5 36 km 13 61% 39% 0% n/a Yes Yes 2 3 Hintertux AT 1300 1500 3250 1950 20 5 6 9 125 km 17 27% 65% 8% 18 km Yes Yes 5 5 Lech AT 1450 1450 2444 994 34 5 18 11 110 km 54 38% 38% 14% 19 km Yes Yes 4 6 Innsbruck AT (The Olympia Ski World pass covers 9 areas ranging from Nordpark, Stubai, Axamer Lizum, Kühtai & Igls – we’ll ski where the snow is!) 7 Andermatt CH 1445 1445 2963 1518 12 2 4 6 56 km 17 29% 42% 29% 20 km Yes Yes 6 8 Zermatt CH 1620 1620 3900 2280 60 21 18 21 394 km 60 33% 46% 21% 8 km Yes Yes 38 9 Morocco MA 2219 2219 3268 1049 7 - 1 6 20 km 7 25% 50% 25% n/a No No 3 10 Damüls/Mellau AT 1311 1311 2009 698 23 2 14 7 109 km 29 26% 46% 28% 21 km Yes No 25 11 Serfaus/Fiss/Ladis AT 1200 1200 2820 1620 40 13 16 11 204 km 70 21% 60% 19% 138 km Yes No 22 12 Winterberg DE 639 809 809 170 21 0 7 14 17 km 20 50% 40% 10% 220 km Yes No 2 13 Montafon AT 900 2430 2430 1530 38 10 19 9 155 km 70 43% 35% 22% 45 km Yes Yes 31 14 Jackson Hole USA 1924 2772 3185 1261 13 1 11 2 n/a 116 10% 40% 50% 17 km Yes Yes 7 15 Wilder Kaise AT (Söll, Elmau, Scheffau, Going = 91 15 22 24 279 km 40% 45% 15% 83 km 2 No 23 16 Disentis CH 1150 1215 2903 1688 10 1 3 6 60 km 50% 34% 16% 35 km Yes n/a 4 17 Chamonix FR 1035 1035 3843 2080 49 13 16 20 152 km 69 49% 39% 12% 43 km Yes Yes 12 18 Monterosa IT 1212 3275 3275 2063 26 8 15 3 180 km 67 25% 65% 10% n/a Yes Yes 47 19 Val Thorens/3 Vallées FR 2300 1800 3230 1400 47 5 16 8 140 km 44% 44% 12% Yes Yes 20 Col Rodella* IT 1442 2395 2395 953 10 2 5 3 16 km n/a 6% 94% n/a Yes no no 6 21 St. Anton/Arlberg AT 1305 1304 2811 1507 79 11 37 31 276 km 310 40% 48% 12% 88 km Yes Yes 12 22 Ischgl AT 1377 1400 2872 1472 41 11 25 5 238 km 52 16% 56% 28% 74 km Yes Yes 14 23 Natur Pur AT n/a subject to change. *Details for trip 20 Dolomites: Col Rodella is just one, of many small resorts that make up the huge area that is skiable on that trip. 1 SEASON GUIDE FSC E.V. 23 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 TRIPS “Here’s a place I haven’t been before. Well for the last ten years anyway.” #01 SÖLDEN I Austria | Fri 5. – Mon 8. Oct. 2012 Info: www.soelden.com www.dominic.at p 3 nights / half-board p Fixed Price: €265 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: €40 p Includes free ski/board testing p Welcome party p Glacier skiing ¢ Bus departure: EARLY!! 15:45 Following Club tradition we open the season on the snow-sure Tiefenbach glacier of Sölden, where we can also the enjoy the tradition of the Scherer 24 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 Tours welcome party with free beer, skis/snowboards to be won, and many free gifts. We share this trip with American clubs in Germany – a great opportunity to see old friends and make new ones. We can comfortably predict that Joe J. and his guitar will entertain us on the bus. We return to the 3* Hotel Dominic, close to the town centre. The wellness area includes Finnish sauna, aroma steambath, and a jacuzzi. A great trip to tune up your leg muscles and technique for the demands of the coming season. You will also have the chance to sample free demos of this season’s skis from some of the major ski manufacturers. “Where did you park your car?” “Did everybody find it OK?” Remember to leave some room for the turkey! Simon’s new delux avalanche backpack came with rescue girls when deployed! “Did anyone see where Ric went?” #02 AVALANCHE TRAINING Germany | Frankfurt am Main | Sat 13 Oct. 2012 For your Safety….. Freeriding, deep powder snow, touring and more – the greatest fun – but potential danger! For the first time the Club offers a local Avalanche Training – 1 day split into theory and practice. Our new Tour Operator Sport 65 will instruct you during the day on the basic knowledge you need when going off piste. The information and the course are suitable for all levels. The practical part of the training will be outside. Please wear appropriate comfortable clothes. Info: freerideschule.sport65.de p Price: 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 (€ ppp) p What’s included: Lunch and all Equipment for the course p Location: American Field House, Carl Schurz Siedlung, Platenstrasse 6-11, 60320 Frankfurt/M* ç Time: 10:00 – 16:00 – BE ON TIME! Check out: whiterisk.org TYPES OF AVALANCHES Avalanches either release as a slab avalanche along a fracture line or fan outward as a loose snow avalanche from a point. For skiers and boarders, the slab avalanche is particularly dangerous. Different types of avalanches may develop from both types of release in the snowpack. The snow may be dry or wet (wet snow avalanche). Avalanches can release naturally or be human-triggered. FSC E.V. 25 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 S P I R T Info: www.hintertuxergletscher.at www.burgschrofn.at “Ooooh, a bit of Baccarat, groovy!” p 3 nights / half-board p Thanksgiving dinner p Price: 315 / 325 / 335 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: €70 p Glacier skiing p On-piste guide / lessons-3 days, 2 hours each day, 89 EUR (we need a group of 4 for each level) “Yes Sir, I can boogie But I need a certain song. I can boogie, Boogie woogie All night long...” ç Bus departure: EARLY!! 14:30 CHECK IT OUT #03 HINTERTUX Austria | Thur 8. – Sun 11. Nov. 2012 We return to Hintertux- this time earlier in the season! The area is considered by many to have the best glacier skiing in Austria with lifts taking you up to 3250 m. It is an intermediate skier’s paradise, with numerous fast, challenging pistes. Even in November we have a great chance of excellent snow conditions and we will hopefully find ourselves playing in fresh powder. The advanced folks can try the black Sonnenhang run, and when conditions suit there will be a number of ski routes open – the descent down Lärmstange to the Sommerbergalm can be great. The often overlooked southfacing Schlegeis glacier can also have fantastic powder (especially when blown 26 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 over from the north side) even when the Gefrorene Wand is tracked out. Those of you inclined can display your skills on the newly opened Betterpark. We recommend the hidden Spannaglhütte for decent Austrian lunch and atmosphere, which can be an adventure to get to, depending on the snow conditions. You can also have a break at the Gletscherhütte or sit outside at the sun trap of the Tuxer Fernhaus. Have fun at the first Austrian après-ski of the day with pumping ‘Schlager-Music’ and umbrella bars at the Sommerbergalm/mid station. And continue the party down in the valley at the Hohenhaus Tenne with its live music. Of course you can also relax your muscles at the wellness area of the Hotel in Lanersbach before dinner. This trip will be shared with other groups from our Tour operator Sport65, who offer lessons on this trip: 3 days, 2 hours each day, €89 – we need a group of 4 for each level. If you are interested to join a 3 day basic ski instructor training / course, you have a chance on this trip, €180 – talk to your TC! We will be staying in the 3* Hotel Burgschrofn in Lanersbach. They have a very welcoming, cosy bar where you can exchange stories of the day’s adventures. We will be using our bus most of the time but the local bus also runs frequently to the ski lifts. Info: www.soelden.com www.baeckelarwirt.at p 4 nights / half-board p Price: 395 / 405 / 415 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: €80 p Includes free ski/board testing p On-piste guide / lessons-3 days, 2 hours each day, 89 EUR (we need a group of 4 for each level) ¢ Bus departure: EARLY!! 17:00 Remember to leave some room for the turkey! #04 SÖLDEN II For American Thanksgiving we make our second visit to Sölden this season, but with Sport 65 as our tour operator this time. By this time of the season we can be confident that the Tiefenbach and Rettenbach glaciers will have an excellent snow cover and, with any luck, expect that some of the pistes below will have opened. Enjoy the prepared pistes and stay on them – we don’t want to lose you in a crevasse if you venture off-piste! Austria | Wed 21. – Sun 25. Nov. 2012 | Thanksgiving We stay at the centrally located 3* superior hotel Bäckelar-Wirt where we can enjoy a complete Thanksgiving dinner with all of the bells and whistles. A perfect location to enjoy Sölden’s famous nightlife. In this trip Sport 65 include: • free demos of this season’s new skis and boards, with guidance • ski (and snowboard) lessons, 3 days 2 hours per day, for 89 EUR. • Guiding on the pistes FSC E.V. 27 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 S P I R T Info: www.lech-zuers.at www.laerchenhof-lech.at p 2 nights / half-board p Price: 265 / 275 / 285 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: €30 ç Bus departure: EARLY! 16:30 #05 LECH Austria | Fri 14. – Sun 16. Dec. 2012 Again, we make our popular preChristmas weekend trip to the fairy tale village of Lech am Arlberg which is situated in one of the most renowned snow sure areas of Austria. Here we can enjoy the superb skiing, cross country and snowboarding that the Arlberg region offers including the legendary Weiße Ring of trails that encircle Lech and the linked resort of Zürs. All levels are catered for on the 280 km of prepared pistes and ski routes that run up to a height of 2450 m and there is also a modern lift system (some with the luxury of heated chairs) to help you get there. Alternatively, you might want to slide down the 1.5 km long Rödelbahn that runs down from Oberlech or enjoy the many restaurants and general ambience that this up-market resort offers including a mini Christmas market and ice sculptures. You might even wish to buy some custom-made ski boots in the luxurious Strolz store. Our hotel is once again the family-run 3* Lärchenhof which is just five minutes from the lifts and located in a quiet part of town, right next to the start of the cross country skiing Loipe and at the end of the well-known Madloch run. The hotel’s wellness area has a steam room and sauna although don’t spend too long in there otherwise you will miss the delicious 3-course evening dinner and our customary ‘Secret Santa/ Wichteln’ fun in the Hotel Restaurant on Saturday evening! 28 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 S #06 INNSBRUCK Is there a better place to welcome in the New Year than in Innsbruck, with its classic Altstadt, surrounded by scenic snow-covered mountains? These mountains will be our playground for four days. Repeating last season’s successful venture we will explore some of the nine areas covered by the Olympia Ski Pass. The highest and most well-known of the areas immediately outside Innsbruck is Axamer Lizum, which last season had such excellent snow. We will also probably venture slightly futher afield to Kühtai with skiing up to 2500m, and to the glacier of Stubai where there are pistes up to 3340m. Other areas accessible from the centre of Innsbruck are Nordpark – with some of the steepest descents in the Alps – and Igls where you can ski the Patscherkofel Mountain (where Franz Klammer won Olympic Gold). Austria | Fri 28. Dec. 2012 – Tue 1. Jan. 2013 | New Year’s Eve Langläufers will find a variety of Loipen, including high altitude tracks, such as at 2000m at Kühtai. We will take the Ski Club bus to the resorts. Our TC will choose a progamme based on current snow conditions. We stay in the centrally-located Hotel Alpinpark, with sauna and jacuzzi. The gala New Year dinner includes musical entertainment, after which we can wander down to the Altstadt to enjoy the fireworks. Info: www.axamer-lizum.at/en/ www.alpin-park.at p 4 nights / half-board p New Year’s Eve dinner p Price: 485 / 495 / 505 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: .100 ç Bus departure: EARLY! 16:30 “Happy New Year!” FSC E.V. 29 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 NEUER VOLKSW IRT HERE, FSC MEMBERS EXCHANGE THEIR MOST AMAZING SKI STORIES NEUER VOLKSWIRT Neuer Volkswirt (near the Alte Oper) Kleine Hochstr. 9 | 60313 Frankfurt am Main | Tel.: 0 69 - 21 99 83 93 Find us on facebook! Open: Mon - Fri 16:00 - 24:00 Sat & Sun 17:00 - 24:00 For additional information please see our website. www.neuervolkswirt.de W Andermatt is still one of our favourite places to freeride – which is why we keep going back! “Pete you take Pat with you and don’t forget to give her a break.” Info: www.andermatt.ch www.hotelbadus.ch p 2 nights / half-board p Price: **245 / 255 / 265 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: €30 ç Bus departure: 18:00 ** Subject to exchange rate #07 ANDERMATT Switzerland | Fri 11. – Sun 13. Jan. 2013 If you like back-country then Andermatt is a must. It’s a small village located in the heart of the Gotthard region and is one of the closest freeride areas to Frankfurt. From the top of Gemsstock – Andermatt’s main peak (2963 m) – there are numerous back-country routes which take you over to Guspis or Felsental down to Hospental. “Hang on Pete, someone seems to be twisted.” On the opposite side is the “Giraffe” route down to Unteralp or the famous “Russi run” which offers steep slopes and untouched snow (if you’re lucky) and some hiking and walking to find those untouched lines if you’re more adventurous. The less adventurous will have the choice of blue, red, and black runs of the Gemsstock side. On Gurschenalp there’s also the G-Park for anybody wanting to practise their rail or jumping skills. There is also a chance to discover the skiing areas of Sedrun and Oberalppass, where the GotthardBahn (local mountain train) can take you in less than 30 minutes. Here there is a greater range of skiing for intermediates and beginners and more fun park obstacles. We’ll be staying in the village at hotel Badus, where all lifts and the trains are within walking (or stumbling) distance from the well-earned Après-Ski at the Spycher and Alte Apotheke. The village is small, but offers enough opportunities to relax after skiing, including a sauna at the “3 Könige” and there is a very good chance you’ll be ending your day dancing in the local bar/club ‘Pinte’! 32 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 TRIPS WHEREDAFUCOWEE? “Why did we follow Gary?” “He said something about a photo, cliff and deep powder!” With the technological developments of the past few years, it may well be that these diminutive creatures will soon lose the attribute that distinguishes them – notably, getting horribly lost, frequently and irrevocably. “You know it’s wrong when you suddenly stop!” Some of these little people thought that their predicament would be solved with the advent of the mobile phone. However, they often found that the only folks they had numbers for were in the same lost group, that batteries failed at critical moments, or that questions like “It’s us, do you know where we are?” often got the unhelpful response of “Howda-fucoweetoknow!” Surely this navigational ineptitude will change once the little people get to grips with GPS! But that time has not yet arrived, and the Fucowee tribe, together with those geographically challenged skiers and boarders who still insist on following in their tracks, will no doubt keep up the tradition and continue to get lost on slopes, in bars & hotels and even in car parks. Trip captains are particularly fond of recounting the exploits of these hapless souls and welcome your contributions to the lore of the lost. “OK, G get up and walk back up for another try!” You may have to walk back up for a second shot when you follow GP! WHEREDA FUCOWEE? “Yes, yes, blah, blah – BUT WHICH PISTE?” “It’s just like being in Sheffield, int it?” The Fucowee tribe, indigenous to the savannah grasslands, consisted of tiny little individuals, constantly frustrated by having to leap up above grass level to find out exactly where they were. This jumping was always accompanied by the characteristic identifying chant “Wheredafucowee?“. Aeons later, some of these little people got so terribly lost that they actually found themselves (or rather didn’t find themselves) in the European Alps, but experienced exactly the same problems presented by the grasslands. Being such lightweights, they often sank into snow drifts, slipped into gullies and crevasses and became so disorientated by the glare of the snow, that they wandered far from the beaten track, often breaking new ground in wooded areas, streams, “Xept yo’ve got back gardens, other villages your coat on!” and even different countries. “I knew I was doing something wrong when I followed Keith and GP.” FSC E.V. 33 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 TRIPS CHECK IT OUT #08 ZERMATT Info: www.zermatt.com www.plateaurosa.ch You have to have seen it at least once in a season! Switzerland | Fri 18. Jan. – Mon 21. Jan. 2013 p 3 nights / half-board p Price: **330 / 340 / 350 (€ ppp) (incl. train in Täsch) p Single supplement: €60 ç Bus departure: EARLY! 14:00 ** Subject to exchange rate. Zermatt is a truly magical place, surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the Alps providing a stunning backdrop to the many and varied pistes. The impressive Matterhorm (Monte Cervino), although only the 5th highest mountain in Switzerland (discounting sub-peaks) is justly a Swiss icon due to its isolated position, its familiar shape and the banner cloud formation that often obscures the peak. A trip up to the top of the Klein Matterhorn on a clear day is a must for the spectacular vista and a newly opened lift within the peak avoids the exhausting climb up the exterior steps to the viewing platform. 34 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 On the Swiss side there are three distinct ski areas. The underground funicular at the lower end of the town takes you to Sunnegga with a further cable car to Blauherd and the Rothorn. From here it is possible to ski down to Gant and take the lift up to the north-facing slopes above the Findel Glacier where some of the best powder snow is frequently found. However, a not-to-be-missed trip up to the top of Gornergrat by the cog railway offers some of the most photogenic shots of the Matterhorn and from here there is skiing for all abilities. Broad slopes are suitable for beginners-plus and powder-hounds can often find satisfying fluffy stuff to the sides of the well-groomed slopes. Langlauf enthusiasts have the choice of an easy 45 minute route or a more difficult 1 1/2 hour Loipe between Täsch and Randa, 12 minutes by train from Zermatt. email@example.com KFZ-Verbundglasreparatur und Autoverglasung Arnsburger Straße 15 | 60385 Frankfurt Norbert Biba | Autoglasdoktor Steinschlag? Tel.: 069-446944 • Mob: 0160-96915375 • Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Our conveniently situated hotel, the 3* Plateau Rosa, is only a few steps from the Zermatt-Furi Seilbahn which provides a choice of 3 different ski areas – Schwarzsee, Trockener Steg and on to the Klein Matterhorn, the Alp’s highest cable car reaching 3883 m. Close by is the Gravity Park where boarders and freeskiers can get serious airtime! The Riffelberg Bahn just below Furi also opens up easy access to the Gornergrat region. The electro-bus terminus just below the hotel provides a shuttle to the Gornergrat and Sunnegga lift stations. If you are not content with the myriad of Swiss pistes on offer, with the appropriate ski pass, you can venture over the Theodul pass to the Italian side where the broad slopes have the added attraction of Italian restaurants of which the Étoile Is exceptional. Après-ski at the Hennu Stahl in Blatten or Papperla pub can be noisy affairs and often extend into the evening, so let the hotel know if you plan to skip dinner. Zermatt’s night-life has something for all tastes, from cosy drinks around a blazing fire and piano bars to lively disco at GramPis Cave or the T-Bar. When you’re not having a ball on the slopes, an amble around the old part of the town, the museum and the grandiose hotels will give you a glimpse into the history of the development of Alpinism in this most celebrated of villages – and the graveyards reflect the tragedies of its mountaineering past. There is also much to keep the non-skiing/boarding partner happy with opportunities for parasailing, elegant cafés and LOTS of shopping so keep those credit cards close to your chest! FSC E.V. 35 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 SOME FSCERS TAKE THEIR WINTER SPORTS MORE SERIOUSLY THAN OTHERS DO. SUCH DEDICATED PEOPLE ARE KNOWN AROUND FRANKFURT (AND OTHER REGIONS OF THE WORLD) AS “SKIBUMS”. SKIBUM r Never unpack, but instead take out the dirty clothes and immediately replace them with clean clothes so they’re always ready to go r Always carry their passport with them, ‘just in case’ r Are the most skilled at ‘active queuing’ in lift lines r Can’t remember what their apartment looks like, but can always find their way home r Endure all kinds of weather, terrain and conditions, and have, on numerous occasions, frozen various parts of their anatomy off in the pursuit of fresh powder r Are broke at the end of a good season You too can become a SKIBUM. It’s quite simple, albeit a tad pricey. Anyone who participates in FSC trips totalling 20 days or more during the current season becomes a SKI BUM, receiving a specially designed trophy of recognition and an article of clothing (arguably the most expensive ‘freebie’ in the world). It’s our little way of thanking dedicated FSC members for the time (and money) they invest in their favourite pastime. Spot the SKIBUMs – those FSCers who: r Are on a first name basis with all FSC bus drivers r Know all the Autobahn service stations towards the Alps r Take multiple boards or pairs of skis on a weekend trip, so that they are prepared for all conditions r Have their name embroidered on ‘their’ bus seat r Can always tell you what the snow conditions are in all the major resorts, but wouldn’t have a clue about the week’s news stories r Have their own on-bus entertainment centres, but only one set of headphones r Know all lift operators on a first name basis “I wonder what comment Gary’s gonna make?” Most wanted or the most envied? That’s “T”-question! “You sing it ... I’ll play it. ” 36 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 Last season we saw two new categories of BUMS! 8 Days Skiing in Morocco January 19-26, 2013 Discover Africa in a different way ... Skiing, tanning & having fun in Marrakech LUSIVE ALL INC BIRD7, 2012 EARLY v. until No € * 1.599 Price Regular * 1.799 € Just Skiin EARLY B Regular SPECIAL until No v. 7, 201 1.150 €rice * 979 € * P IRD SPEC 2 g & Hote IAL l * All prices without ﬂights | See programme details. Lufthansa offers non-stop direct ﬂights from Frankfurt to Marrakech for just 294 € return ﬂight. Prices are based on a minimum group size of 15 people. Enjoy the Oukaimeden ski resort in the desert. Thick snow covers the “Jabal Oukaimeden��� in winter, only 46 miles (74 km) from Marrakech. The Oukaimeden ski resort offers about 12.5 miles of slopes and lots of off-piste options too. You can choose from 20 different ski slopes for all levels. The resort‘s scenery is overwhelming and the resort has been trendy with rich Moroccans for many years. Beside skiing and snowboarding we will offer you a wide range of other activities, such as rafting, canyoning and more. Later on our trip we will also discover other hidden secrets and feel the Arabian spirit of Morocco. All details online at www.Incentives-Worldwide.com or request our trip brochure by Email. More details available, booking possible online or go to a Frankfurt Ski Club social. SMS Frankfurt - Events Incentives Adventures Burgfriedenstrasse 17 · 60489 Frankfurt · 069-95 90 97 00 · Info@SMS-Frankfurt.com FSC E.V. 37 www.Incentives-Worldwide.com SEASON GUIDE 12/13 “Survived yet another Posse Trip.” Info: www.seilbahnendamuels.at www.waelderhof.com p 2 nights / half-board p Price: 195 / 205 / 215 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: €30 p 1 day regular lessons/off-piste guide* (2 days for beginners) * Subject to a €20 fee “Am I on?” ç Bus departure: EARLY!! 17:00 #10 DAMÜLS / MELLAU Austria | Fri 25. – Sun 27. Jan. 2013 It’s a new area for us and from what we have heard and read about, it’s got a lot to offer, and it’s the nearest weekend destination to Frankfurt this season. Situated in the Bregenzerwald (Vorarlberg) area Damüls is renowned for being the “World’s Snowiest Town” with an average snowfall of 9.3 metres per winter season, over the last 5 years. Damüls and its interconnecting Faschina and Mellau offer us 109 km of piste, 22 km of cross-country track, a Burton snow park and a huge freeride area – so something for everybody! Mellau became connected to Damüls and Faschina – nestled up between 1430-2100 m above sea level – in 2008. In 2010 the whole ski area was 38 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 “Oh yes that lip we saw – I have a cunning plan!” We stay in Lingenau just down the road from Mellau, at the newly renovated Wälderhof and we will be using the Ski Club bus to get us to and from the slopes. I guess we’ll be having aprèsski at the base station before we trundle back for our evening dinner. Those still up for a drink, other than at the hotel bar, may just want to investigate the one of the other “watering hole” around the village. awarded “Aufsteiger des Jahres” by the coveted ADAC SkiGuide due to the investment in the area’s lift system. The new 6er chair lift Ragaz sweeps you up to the 2100 m Ragazer Blanken with its wonderfully sunny slopes. Freeriders will be pleased to know that you don’t have to hike too much as there are lots of opportunities to just nip off the piste and find that powder we all love so much. #11 SERFAUS / FISS / LADIS Austria | Thur 31. Jan. – Sun 3. Feb. 2013 After last year’s success, we are again offering the opportunity to explore the diversified ski-slopes of Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis. The interconnected ski area has developed into a leading winter destination with nearly 190 km of slopes serviced by 40 ski-lifts, so queuing should not spoil our days in the snow. Those who joined this trip last season know that it’s definitely worth a 3rd day on these slopes! The resort offers a wide variety for all skill levels and interests: from expansive sunny slopes at Serfaus combined with the marvellous north-facing hillsides of Fiss guaranteed to offer powder snow. For the experienced skiers, there are runs such as the Obere Scheid, or Pezidextreme which descends 800 metres within 2.5 km. And for those of you who prefer to take it easy there are several beautiful intermediate runs starting at Schönjoch or Plansegg. And let’s, not forget the Masner ski, a huge snow bowl surrounded by unspoiled hillsides with stunning views. The undoubted highlight of the area is the “Frommes“, which starts at Schönjoch and runs non-stop about 10 km to Fiss. Even freeriders will enjoy this area as there are several excellent spots for going off-piste. For your lunch break there are several recommendations such as the delicious wood-oven pizza at Lazida, some real Tyrolean Knödels at Leithe-Wirt or of course Käs’ Spätzle at Sport Alm! Plan to take a break at the Zirbenhütte at Schöngamp, one of the best spots for a drink in the sun! This season we will be staying in the town of Ried im Oberinntal, down in T R IP S the valley only about 10 minutes by ski bus (runs twice each morning) to the Waldbahn at the centre of the ski resort. After après-ski the bus takes us back to the 4* Hotel Belvedere, where you can relax in the wellness area. Those who like to ski or party a little longer may stay in the resort and a second bus takes them down a little later. For dinner the hotel offers a selection of traditional Tyrolean cuisine. Info: www.serfaus-fiss-ladis.at www.hotel-belvedere.at p 3 nights / half-board p Price: 320 / 330 / 340 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: €60 p On-piste guide / lessons-3 days, “70 percent! Did anybody pack a parachute?” 2 hours each day, 89 EUR (we need a group of 4 for each level) ç Bus departure: EARLY!! 14:30 FSC E.V. 39 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 S P I R T OK kids – mount up! #12 WINTERBERG Germany | Sat 9. Feb. 2013 | Carneval If you fancy a quick trip to the mountains but don’t want to give up the whole weekend, this day trip to Winterberg is perfect. Winterberg is a large resort with 22 lifts and 20 pistes in the area of Nordrhein Westfalen, the heart of the Wintersport-Arena Sauerland! Winterberg is best suited to beginner skiers and snowboarders but there is some terrain for both advanced and intermediates. Everyone appreciating cross country skiing and snow-shoeing will be delighted – there are 100 km of cross country ski trails at Winterberg and also snow-shoe trails. Families will find a colorful Kinderland and sledding slopes for younger children. We start out early in the morning in order to get in the best part of all winter sport activities and use the day until the slopes close (4.30pm) On the way home we stop for a cosy dinner. You can sleep at home after the short holiday trip and don’t have to worry about suitcases. Info: www.winterberg.de p Day trip p Price: 55 / 65 / 55 (€ ppp) p Lessons for all levels/incl. x-country* * Subject to a €20 fee You can play until it’s home time. ç Bus departure: EARLY!! 06:30 40 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 “I said count on me, not lean on me, to have fun.” Info: www.silvretta-montafon.at www.valblu.at p 3 nights / half-board p Price: 295 / 305 / 315 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: €50 ç Bus departure: 17:00 #13 MONTAFON Austria | Fri 15. – Mon 18. Feb. 2013 Our trip to Montafon vor Arlberg will be the fourth new destination for FSC this season. This area offers a total 246 km of marked runs of various degrees of difficulty and an excellent snow record. The sunny area of Hochjoch is now connected by cable car to the Silvretta Nova, the biggest area of Montafon. Not only can you enjoy the abundant well-groomed red and blue pistes but also exciting ungroomed ski routes. We stay at the Hotel Val Blu in the centre of Bludenz and take the Ski Club bus to the skiing. After skiing we can enjoy their huge Spa World including Wasserwelt and Saunaland, included in the price. Our gateway to this skiing Mecca will be Schruns, the base of the Hochjoch area. We may well also take the opportunity to explore the Golm area from Vandans. From the area Gargellen you even can go for a one-day skiing tour to Klosters in Switzerland. Cross-country fans will find abundant Langlauf Loipen. If you take the tunnelbus to Bielerhöhe, you can enjoy Nordic skiing around the Silvretta Lake. Non-skiers can take the bus to Golm/ Latschau and enjoy 2 to 3 hours snowshoe hiking to the Lindauer-Hütte, or take the bus to Silvertal and hike up the marked walkway to Kristberg. OFFICIAL FSC TRIP CATERER! FSC E.V. 41 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 T R IP S “Time for another face shot.” “YEEEEEHAAAA ride it cowboy!” Jackson Hole is renowned for producing professional skiers and boarders. You never know you just might bump into Travis Rice looking for a new “Art of Flight” spot. #14 JACKSON HOLE USA | Sat 23. Feb. – Sat 2. Mar. 2013 There are no Non-Stop flights to Jackson, but Stop-overs are convenient. Check the internet for the best offers. But this isn’t a resort just for the powder-hounds; there are over 2500 acres (1000 ha) of groomed trails on the two mountains, Rendezvous and Apres Vous, suitable for the intermediate and advanced skier wishing to take their skills to the next level. And if you fancy a day off the mountain you can hire a snow-mobile, take a dog-sled ride in and around the national park or maybe go exploring on crosscountry skis, do a snow shoe tour, take a balloon ride or simply relax in the hot springs. You can even check out the fabulous skiing area of ‘Grand Targhee’, and if you want to extend your stay further, Info: www.jacksonhole.com www.parkwayinn.com p 7 nights / B&B at the Parkway Inn Hotel Saddle up! We’re off to the Wild West! Set in the spectacular Grand Teton National Park, the historic cowboy town of Jackson, Wyoming, is our base for this season’s week trip to the USA. Topping out at a lofty 3185 m and renowned the world over for its champagne powder (it enjoys an average annual snowfall of over 11 m!), Jackson Hole is a destination guaranteed to get the freerider’s heart racing. There are steep chutes (including the infamous Corbet’s Couloir), wide-open bowls, tree skiing and over 3000 acres (1200 ha) of backcountry to challenge your ability. Note: you must have an avalanche transceiver for access to the backcountry! p Price: 750 / 760 / 770 (€ ppp) Special payment schedule: € 450 deposit by 28. Oct. p Includes 6-day ski pass valid for 3 areas p Airport transfers W U-FLY! 42 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 “Just one more mountain to go.” “A bit of bush dodging anyone?” “No I said CUT for the sake of filming.” the winter wonderland that is Yellowstone National Park is but an hour’s bus ride away. This season we are staying at the Parkway Inn which is situated in the centre of Jackson and within walking distance of a variety of bars and restaurants catering to all tastes - keep your eyes out for the local elk and bison specialities and don’t miss the cowboy-themed bar that has saddles for seats! The tour operator is, as last season, Argus Reisen. As with all trips to the USA, we highly recommend that you take out suitable travel and accident insurance. FSC E.V. 43 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 T R IP S #15 WILDER KAISER (WÖRGL) Austria | Fri 1. – Sun 3. Mar. 2013 Info: www.skiwelt.at www.gasthof-baumgarten.at p 2 nights / half-board p Price: 210 / 220 / 230 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: €50 ç Bus departure: EARLY!! 16:30 Due to last year’s highly successful relaunch of this trip, we are again returning this season to the beautiful winter wonderland of Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental in the Tyrolian Alps. The Wilder Kaiser mountain range presents the most bizarre rock formations and imposing backdrop for an amazing skiing week-end. The four inter-connected resorts of Söll, Scheffau, Ellmau and Going provide 279 km of ski slopes serviced by 91 cable-cars and ski lifts. This is Austria’s largest interconnected ski area and one of the safest and family friendliest of all, with numerous gentle slopes for beginners to black runs challenging the keenest of ‘profis’. Boarders and fun carvers can test their skills on the easyline and proline courses in the Intersport Kaiserpark. The fun is not reserved for just alpine skiers and boarders. There are over 83 km of Loipen for cross-country skiers, and at Scheffau the tracks are lit for night-owl Langläufer until 10pm. You can hire snow shoes (with or without guide) for a hike off the beaten tracks, go ice-skating at Going or enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Hurtle down one of the toboggan runs of which 11km are flood-lit until 10pm or - for a real adrenalin kick - try tubing down a fast and curvy track at Ellmau, with its special ‘Zauberband’ lift. There is also a total of 13 km of night-skiing slopes, the largest in Austria. Though blessed with natural snow, over 1,000 snow machines can be used to provide man-made snow for 210 km of the slopes; 110 km can be covered with snow in just 3 days. So there is a guaranteed abundance of the white stuff! Nor will you lack for refreshments as the more than 70 lovely ski huts, mountain restaurants, sun terraces and snow bars average to one every 3.5 km! Our 3-star hotel “Gasthof Baumgarten” is in the charming village of Wörgl/ Angerberg, a 15 minute ride from Hopfgarten at the foot of the famous Hohe Salve mountain. As an extra bonus, Kitzbühel is also only 20 minutes away for anyone wanting to visit the famous Londoner Pub. 44 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 #16 DISENTIS It’s hard to tell what makes Disentis such a good place for a trip. Is it the easily accessible off-piste from the lifts? The fact that it is nicely hidden away from the masses so there are no big queues? Or is it the outside pool, with its sauna area, that makes it the perfect place for a little après-ski water party? As one of our guides once said, whilst ploughing through waist deep powder, “it’s better than sex!” Disentis certainly has the knack of putting satisfied smiles on faces. The Club rendezvous’ with Disentis for the 6th time – last time was again waitlisted, so be prepared to sign-up on the first date! Our hotel, the 3* hotel Cucagna, is also becoming one of our favourite hotels. Outside pool, good food, a friendly bar and a games room with a pool table, what more do you want? “Time for a pickme-up before the water olyimpics.” Switzerland | Fri 8. – Sun 10. Mar. 2013 On the first day, lessons and off-piste guiding will be offered by the Club as in previous years: meeting at Caischavedra, (re-)arranging the groups and practising. The expert groups, will be following their guides (and listening to them) probably along the sexy off-piste routes in the val Pintga, val Gronda or val da Lag Serein… or maybe another secret gully we have not tried? On Sunday, more freeriding to be had and for the more adventurous and those who still have legs to make the short hike off the Péz Ault fresh powder, or teams will continue practising on blue and red runs between Caischavedra, Lai Alv and Péz Strem. There is something for everyone. There’s the tipi in Gendulas for lunch or relaxing after skiing or waiting for people to come back up after a run through the park. We had some great fun playing on the boarder cross last year! CHECK IT OUT Info: www.disentis-sedrun.ch www.cucagna.ch “Where the Fucowee?” p 2 nights / half-board p Price: **275 / 285 / 295 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: €30 p *1 day group lessons or 1 day off-piste guiding (all levels) * Subject to a €20 fee ç Bus departure: EARLY!! 16:00 ** Subject to exchange rate. FSC E.V. 45 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 “As someone said to me, ‘just pin it’ ... ” “... and then move out of the way!” O G G U L S “I thought you wanted a close up!” “So who do I tackle first?” This is FSCs least coveted award. Should you manage to receive one you can be smug in the knowledge that you are an extreme menace to society and nobody likes you. “Pat, just turn right there, it’s fine! Errr – bugger!” “A tipple anyone?” “I’m not forcing you, but if you don’t you’re getting the stuffing knocked out of you!” If you didn’t bring your captain, make sure you have your Jäger! 46 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 Sluggos are those Italian driverstyle skiers and boarders who like to career out of control into anything living on the piste – man, woman, animal, or suckling child. They show no remorse for their actions – it was an accident and there was nothing they could do about it. The Trip Captain as a public service can confer one of these awards per trip (in an ideal world there wouldn’t be any, pray that it’s not a hard decision to pick just one person). Three strikes and you are out of the Club. FSC members are duty bound to report all cut-ups, near misses and full on crash-andburns to the TC. TRIPS Checkout the live music Friand Saturday nights at the micro brasserie – The Pistey Boys are due to play during our weekend! #17 CHAMONIX France | Fri 15. – Mon 18. Mar. 2013 We return to Cham’ for 3 days, just the time to explore the different ski areas of this fantastic domain which offers a multitude of possibilities for all levels of skiers or boarders. From Les Grands Montets (Agentière glacier / Lognan) for on- and off- piste to Les Houches for all standards via Brévent/Flégère for the Panorama there is enough for all with breath-taking views over Mont Blanc. Chamonix is also famous for the Aiguille du Midi and the glacial route Vallée Blanche. If the weather allows it, this is a must – the scenery is absolutely unique. This is nevertheless a highmountain itinerary and a mountain guide is essential. There are also numerous possibilities for ski touring. We will be staying in the 3* Hotel Aiguille du Midi 3 km away from the center of Chamonix with a free access by bus or train. For lunch, in addition to the ski areas, the centre of the town has numerous restaurants offering traditional Savoyard cuisine to suit all tastes. For après-ski the “micro brasserie de chamonix” produces the best homemade beer in the area. Info: www.chamonix.com www.hotel-aiguilledumidi.com p 3 nights / half-board p Price: 320 / 330 / 340 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: k90 ç Bus departure: EARLY!! 15:00 FSC E.V. 47 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 Just be prepared! “WHAT do you mean SMILE?!” SnowSnake SNOW E K A SN SERPENTUS ALBUS LINN. F = SERPENT DU NEIGE I = SERPE DI NEVE D = SCHNEESCHLANGE Distribution: The snow snake is known to inhabit virtually any environment with snow cover that is also favoured by homo nonsapiens wearing plastic footwear attached to metal and polymer objects. It is surmised that the snakes actually feed on plastic and metal, though many would argue that it is carnivorous, with a taste for human flesh. Breeding Habits: Because of the difficulty of study of the snakes, the sexual habits have so far been undocumented, but they are known to rapidly reproduce, with whole families wreaking havoc and mayhem on crowded slopes. It’s amazing what gets pulled out in Lech ... FSC, as an active partner in the world of scientific research, urges all its members to join the hunt for this particularly vicious animal. Any sightings or spectacular evidence of its presence should be meticulously SnowSnake recorded and recounted in graphic detail to TCs on return bus trips. Particularly favoured are accounts ... just make sure of victims being humiliated in front of friends and ski you are wearing the instructors, the latter apparently having developed immunity to the species. Especially impressive photoright underwear! graphic records will be exposed on the FSC website. “I don’t know which to try on first.” A common mistake, but no, trees do not move out of the way! “Just make your mind up. Left or right!” Identification: Sightings of this species are so rare that descriptions vary from coil-like form able to extend to triple resting length on provocation, to multi-tentacular creature with numerous distal gluey polyps able to produce an extremely sticky substance on contact. No matter what the appearance of this venomous beast, its presence is unmistakably indicated by the loud expletives from skiers and boarders alike, ensnared by disturbed specimens. “Brian, stop hiding the pressies for the Secret Santa.” SnowSnake 48 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 “Am I on?” “For what darling?” #18 MONTEROSA | FREERIDE AND HELI EXTREME Italy / Switzerland | Tue 19. – Sun 24. Mar. 2013 | Experts only! Around our hotel you can find the “who’s-who” of alpine peaks, such as Monterosa, Matterhorn, Castor, Lyskamm ...all waiting to be skied... With more than 15 years’ experience in Gressoney and cooperation with local Montarosa Guides, Sport 65 is one of the most skilled tour operators for freeride in the Monterosa region! Snowboarders: You need to be in a group of 6-8 boarders or a mixed group of skiers and boarders who know each other. We are staying at the Charme & Relax Hotel Albergo Lo Scoiatollo in Gressoney La Trinité at the bottom of Monte Rosa’s impressive massif, “Lo Scoiattolo” is a hotel, where relaxation and comfort merge with the exquisite hospitality of the owners. A large breakfast buffet with typical specialties of the region will get you started for the day. In the evening you can relax at the spa before enjoying your big dinner. The 1st ski day with a UIAGM guide is on Wednesday. Hello Freeriders- I bet the name Gressoney La Trinité raises your heartbeat! Gressoney valley is the gate to the Monte Rosa group with Castor and Pollux, Lysskamm and more – a special treat for all freeriders. The spectacular view is breathtaking. Our tour operator Sport 65 runs the trip and their mountain guides will show you the best powder runs in the backcountry and take you on heli-flights once or twice. After skiing you can relax in the hotel’s wellness area, savour the fine dinner and look forward to another great day around the Monte Rosa. Due to its snow safe location and giant backcountry opportunities you can be sure to find the perfect ski adventure in the heart of the Alps! TRIPS Info: www.gressoneyonline.it/ www.htlscoiattolo.com p 5 nights / half-board (5x breakfast, 4x dinner) p Price: **665 / 675 / 685 (€ ppp) p incl. 4 days Mountain guiding p organisation and special price for 1 day Heli skiing approx €180-250 p 4 day Liftpass approx €150 ç U-DRIVE! FSC E.V. 49 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 This trip is a U-drive or fly: The closest airport is Torino Caselle – from there you can get easy by shuttle to Gressoney (ca. €50) or you can travel by car or train. Info: www.val-thorens.com www.lechamoisdor.com p 7 nights/self catering p Special pricing system, please check with the TC or visit our website p Single supplement: n/a TRIPS “You sound like you have a sock in your mouth.” 5 U-Drive! or ç Bus departure: TBC #19 VAL THORENS / 3 VALLÉES France | Sat 30. Mar. – Sat 6. Apr. 2013 | Easter Trip Les Trois Vallées is almost certainly Europe´s best ski area and we will be staying in Val Thorens, lying at 2300 m, guaranteeing us abundant high quality snow. There are over 554 km of marked runs. There are over 200 interconnected lifts. We can choose among over 20 different descents, each over 6 km in length. The list of superlatives goes on and on and on. Make sure your ski boots are comfortable. The lifts run from 09:00 to 17:00. Sometime around 18:00, after après-ski on the mountain, we ski the last run all to ourselves. And, because we have “summer time” in April, the Alps stay bright until well past 20:00! In spite of the 554 km. of marked terrain, many of our group will do their best to avoid it. There is even more off-piste available. We have a plan of attack to bring the best of the 3 Valleys to you in 6 days. 50 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 Each day, a different ski safari is offered to experienced skiers, including the 10,000 vertical metres day which explores the entire dimension of the 3 Valleys Circuit, neither skiing the same run twice nor taking the same lift twice. Snowboarders can make it as well, but it is tougher for them. Those who make it even receive a certificate. Even more challenging is the day we ski only black runs. Another tour we offer is our “Off Piste” Special. The highlight of this day is the “Vallon du Lou” descent where you can actually “waterski“ across a semi frozen lake. Those who make it consider it the highlight of their week. Those who don’t get totally wet. There are several new slopes this season, and two new lifts to help speed you round the area – the Saulire Express and the 10-seater chair lift of Les Plattières. Val Thorens also has a dynamic après-ski life, if you still have the energy. There is also a huge indoor pool and sauna facility nearby. The apartments are relatively spacious and all offer Internet and TV. WHY NOT ADVERTISE WITH US? 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Apr. 2013 | Easter Trip For Easter we will take you back to one of your favourite destinations, the Italian Dolomites. This time you will be in the village of Campitello di Fassa at the foot of the Col Rodella in Valle di Fassa. If you are too lazy to walk the 300 metres to the ski lift you can take the hotel bus! This resort is directly on the famous challenging 40 km panoramic Sella Ronda ski tour. Imagine yourself skiing down on snowcovered and sun-kissed slopes with the watchful eye of the colossal Dolomite mountains looking down on you. This area has 230 km of slopes for all tastes, 9 connected ski areas (on skis or by convenient ski bus), 87 advanced lifts, plus the guarantee that it will be supplemented by artificial snow-making if necessary. p 4 nights / half-board p Price: 375 / 385 / 395 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: €60 ç Bus departure: EARLY!! 14:00 “No I am not Jon Rambo – but just don’t PUSH ME!” We will be staying at the three star Hotel Enrosadira, where after skiing you can relax in the sauna in the wellness area. Located close to the Val Duron, Campitello di Fassa is a resort famous for its typical architecture of barns and narrow streets. 52 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 “Am I on? Should it be blinking?” “Am I on? Am I on now? Er – yes/no...” Info: www.stanton.com www.basur.at p 2 nights / half-board p Price: 215 / 225 / 235 (€ ppp) p Single supplement: €20 #21 ST. ANTON / ARLBERG Austria | Fri 12. – Sun 14. Apr. 2013 For no small reason do we keep on returning to St. Anton – as it is the ultimate skiers’ and boarders’ paradise and a terrific party town to boot. In spite of the spectre of global warming threatening our winter activities, the region claims guaranteed snow at least until the end of April so this trip has the added advantage of extra daylight hours to make the most of the “Cradle of Alpine Skiing”. Some 85 cable cars and lifts service 440 km. of descents and offer choices for all skiing and boarding abilities, with permanent racing circuits, fun parks, many challenging steep slopes, touring routes and bunny slopes for the beginners. The innovative Galzig Bahn based on a ferris wheel design has tripled the transport capacity of its predecessor slashing queuing time AND the need to clomp up endless steps. Indeed many recent additions of escalators in the resort mean that you conserve your energy for the downhill slopes! Although the Arlberg ski pass will enable you to ski in nearby chic Lech and Zürs (connected by bus), St. Anton has far more terrain than you can hope to cover in a weekend. The longest run of 8.5 km from the top of the Valluga lift will take you past the Ulmer Hütte, then down into St. Anton along the Steissbachtal, or “Happy Valley”, where the incline is perfect for sweeping carved turns. Alternatively you may choose to turn right from the Ulmer Hütte to take an easy blue run all the way to Stuben where you will find some challenging runs on the front side of the Albona, glorious pockets of powder on the shady side of the Albonagrat lift or gentler slopes on the sunny side. Sun-lovers will relish the skiing on Rendl, with slopes to suit beginners and advanced skiers alike and the opportunity for some off-piste adventures. The ‘Ice Bar’ and restaurant at ‘Rendl Beach’ have ample sitting out area for ç Bus departure: 17:00 you to soak up the rays. Galzig tends to attract heavier crowds but there are north-facing slopes which often hold the better snow and are favoured by the more advanced skiers and boarders. Dotted all over the area are numerous bars and restaurants and a lunchrun down into St. Christoph is highly recommended but after a hard day on the slopes you will probably gravitate to either the Mooserwirt for its boisterous party atmosphere or the slightly (but only slightly) quieter Krazy Kanguruh. It’s a short run (or stagger/slide) down to St. Anton from there. An alternative is the Heustadl a little higher up which often hosts live bands. Our hotel, the Basur in Flirsch, is a short bus-ride from the resort. It has a gorgeous wellness area, cosy bar, excellent restaurant and exhibits the type of ambience we come to expect of Austrian resorts. Although the free ski bus can get you between St. Anton and the hotel up until 17:30-ish, a shared taxi-ride will be needed by the late-night revellers making the most of the ample night-life the resort has to offer. FSC E.V. 53 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 “Streuth there’s a Sheila there with a police escort!” Info: www.ischgl.com www.persura.at (TBC) p 4 nights / B&B p Price: TBC (€ ppp) p Single supplement: n/a ç Bus departure: EARLY!! TBC “Time to PARTY!” #22 ISCHGL Now a fixture as the last ski trip of the season, Ischgl offers the best in late season skiing and partying. Austria | Fri 26. Apr. – Wed 1. May 2013 (TBC) | Top of the Mountain Concert Combine this with the legendary on-the-hill concert, where such stars as Sting, Elton John, Tina Turner have appeared, and the accompanying end-of-season festivities at the Kuhstall and Fire & Ice, plus the sunny, warm spring afternoons – it’s a trip not to be missed. We share this trip with American Ski Clubs in Germany. Hotel details TBC! “Help please, I can’t get to the bar!” Ischgl is an enormous area with velvet spring snow in recent seasons enjoyed by skiers of all standards – ski down to the duty-free area of Samnaun, Switzerland and admire the beauty of the Silvretta mountains. 54 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 “I feel totally protected with all this rubber!” #23 SUMMER ACTIVITIES Austria | Fri 5. – Sun 7. Jul. 2013 | Canyoning and Rafting This season we return to the Ötztal. Some of us remember the welcoming ‘base camp’ from ‘Natur Pur’ – our organiser for this spectacular summer adventure. If you are looking for an adrenaline hit outside the skiing season – this is the place for you! The Austrian Alps are a popular summer destination, and it’s the snow and rain captured by them that provide the raw materials for our adventure weekend. Water! The weekend starts on the Saturday morning with “wet” canyoning. The routes involve everything from traversing rock faces to jumping from various heights into natural cauldrons and are graded to suit all levels from first-timer to fearless action man. For lunch we all meet back at the base camp, hang out, enjoy a pizza and exchange the first stories. The plan in the afternoon is to run the white-water rapids in a large inflatable rafts. Again, we will form groups based on level of trepidation and experience and this will decide which river we use. After fishing everyone back out, we then return to base camp to dry out, exchange more stories, enjoy a “Spanferkel” dinner and of course a few beers! Sunday gives us an opportunity to dial it up a notch and tackle the next level of canyon, or for those who swallowed enough water for a lifetime on the Saturday, a chance to take a mountain bike out and explore the beautiful Tyrolean countryside. Of course you also have the opportunity to experience a great Klettersteig or just go hiking. The warmest bathing lake in Tyrol, the Pieburger See, is also very close and offers beautiful views of the mountain landscape. Info: www.rafting-canyoning.de p 3 nights / half-board p Price: 295 / 305 / 315 (€ ppp) p 2 days canyoning and rafting ç Bus departure: EARLY!! 16:30 We are staying at a one of the cosy local B&B places. Please note: If you do not wish to participate in canyoning or rafting, the price will drop. Further activities: p Klettersteig (approx. €41 pp) p Mountainbiking (Halfday tour €37 pp) p Cave excursion (€72 pp) p Guided hiking tours (€17 pp) p Outdoor Parcours (€34 pp) FSC E.V. 55 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 FIT FOR IS YOUR BODY READY TO TACKLE THE SLOPES? WINTER 5. It’s not just physical strength – you need mental stamina and edurance for a ski season. FSCers know what it means to run to the bar! We all know we should be doing it, but how many of us actually DO pre-snow season exercises? If your summer activities include hiking, climbing, cycling, water skiing and so on, you’re a long way to getting your body fit for the winter season. But if you want to top up with work-outs to build up your strength and flexibility for optimum enjoyment and safety on the slopes, here is a selection of exercises for both skiers and boarders, including warm-up and stretching routines you can use just before hitting the slopes. Warm-up and stretching Start your routine by warming up your muscles as well as stretching them to allow for greater fluidity and reduce the possibility of muscle and tendon injury. Don’t stretch to the point of pain, but hold the position for 10-15 seconds when you feel a slight pull on the muscle, and breathe naturally. Warm up for 5-10 minutes in order to increase your heart rate, starting gradually and then speed up. 1. Knee Lifts: While lying down, slowly and smoothly, bend your knees up towards your chest. Hold the position for a few seconds. Return gently to the starting position and repeat the exercise. 2. Soleus muscle stretch: Stand with both feet flat on the floor, pointing forward, half a stride apart. Keeping your back straight, with your hands on your hips, exhale and lower yourself down, resting your bodyweight on the rear foot. Repeat with the other foot forward. 3. Normal leg stretch: Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, extend one foot half a step forward. Keeping the front leg straight, bend rear leg, resting both hands on the bent thigh. Slowly exhale, aiming to tilt both buttocks upward, keeping the front leg straight, and both feet flat on the floor, pointing forward. Inhale slowly, and relax from this stretching exercise. Repeat the stretch again, this time beginning with the toes of the front foot raised toward the ceiling, but keeping the heel on the floor. 4. Quadriceps Standing: Stand holding onto a secure object, or have one hand raised out to the side for balance. Raise one heel up toward your buttocks, and grasp hold of your foot, with one hand. Inhale, slowly pulling your 56 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 6. 7. 8. 9. heel to your buttock while gradually pushing your pelvis forward. Aim to keep both knees together, having a slight bend in the supporting leg. Side Lunge: Stand upright, with both feet facing forward, double shoulder-width apart. Place your hands on your hips, in order to keep your back straight, slowly exhale, taking your bodyweight across to one side. Avoid leaning forward, or taking the knee of the bent leg over your toes. As you increase the stretch, the foot of the bent leg should point slightly outward. To increase the stretch, relax upward, slowly sliding your feet out a few inches to the sides. Elbows Back: Stand or sit up right, keeping your back straight, head looking forward. Place both hands on your lower back, fingers pointing downward, elbows out to your side. Slowly exhale while gently pulling the elbows towards each other behind your back. Upper Body Twist: Stand with both feet facing forward, double shoulder-width apart, with legs slightly bent. Use a broomstick or bar to keep your upper body straight, with elbows high, as you slowly twist around in each direction, avoiding forcing the stretch. Foetal Stretch: Lie on your back, keeping your head on the floor. Slowly pull both legs into your chest, with your hands behind your knees, making a tight ‘package’. Exhale, pulling down on your legs while gradually lifting your buttocks off the floor. Once in this position, stretch your neck by slowly tilting your chin to your chest. Leg Over: Lie on your back, extending your left arm out to the side, while taking your left leg over your right, bringing the knee in line with the hips. Keeping your right leg “Last one pays for the Après-Run ... ... Jägers all round!!” straight, use your right arm to push down on the knee of the left leg, exhaling slowly as you stretch. 10. Groin Stretch: Whilst sitting on the floor place your legs wide apart. Reach forward whilst pushing your knees apart and down towards the floor. Breathe and relax whilst holding for 20-30 seconds 11. Hamstring Stretch: Sit down on the floor with your legs straight and apart making a “V”. Reach towards one of your feet with both hands. Stretch until you feel the back of your upper leg tighten – keep your knee flat to the floor and let your back relax by breathing. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat on the other leg. Upper Body Strengthening Activities 1. Overhead Shoulder stretch: This focuses on keeping the shoulder flexible in overhead movements and stretches the large upper back muscles. This helps to keep your arms from being restricted by your muscles so you can adjust your arms for balance, particularly important for boarders. Whilst standing grab your right elbow with your left hand behind your head. Pull your right elbow behind your head and stretch until it feels tight. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat on the other side. 2. Shoulder Stretch: This focuses on the rotator cuff and the back of the shoulder. Whilst standing grab the left wrist with your right hand. Pull your left wrist across your body and stretch your shoulder until it feels tight. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat on the other side. 3. Push Ups: This is a great exercise for building shoulder, chest, triceps and wrist areas, all important to assist boarders getting up after a fall. Building up strong shoulders really makes the difference when you have those big falls. Also important for skiers tumbling in the powder when leg movement is restricted. You can do this exercise on the ground or to build stabilizing muscles try it on a balance board. Place your hands shoulder width apart. “She’s fit and I’m ready... Am I on?” Whilst keeping a straight back, lower your chest to the ground and breathe in. Without touching the ground with your chest, push back to the starting position. Lower Body Strength Building Exercises 1. The Squat: Stand upright with the bar or broom stick behind your neck. Put your feet shoulder width apart. Whilst looking ahead, flex your knees until you make a 90 degree angle. Try to flex at your hips and knees as you squat. Start to rise back up whilst keeping your back in a relaxed (nonrounded) position. To add some more resistance tape a plastic bag containing a package of sugar or flour to either end of the bar. However it is more useful to increase the intensity rather than the weight – more reps instead of weight. 2. The Lunge: Start in an upright position with your feet together. Step forward with one leg (lunge) – keep the back knee off the floor and the front knee behind the toe. Return to the upright position and then repeat with the other leg. To increase difficulty add a backward lunge and/or a weight in each hand. 3. Wall sits: An old favourite with skiers. With a ball between your back and the wall roll down until your knees are at right angles. Make sure your shins stay vertical and hold for one minute. 4. Super G Jumps: Balance on one leg with hands on hips then spring diagonally across to land on the other leg. Try to land in a balanced and controlled position. There are scores of exercises you can add to these, some aimed at strengthening specific muscle groups and others for improving your balance, which we all know is crucial for skiers and boarders alike. And finally, bear in mind that while you may think that those après-ski exercises might be doing wonders for your arm muscles, any excess weight your body carries does no favours for your heart muscles! FSC E.V. 57 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 E C N A R U INS In Europe, mountain rescue, both in-, and out-of-bounds is provided by professional rescue services and you WILL be expected to pay. What is more, due to the size of most resorts, rescue is often conducted by helicopter and can run to the price of a small Porsche. Therefore, we recommend that every FSC member give serious thought to ensuring that you are fully insured for your ski holidays. ARE … BE AW RASH! YOU C URN! YOU B Y! A YOU P “Cheers Pete – I’ve cracked it this time!” tains, e moun th in re ution er you a That ca eeded. Whenev n s y a is alw urance. caution with ins rt ta d? s I covere should elf – am rs u o y Ask The following is a general list of the type of coverage you may expect to receive from reputable insurance companies: p Protection against snowboard/ski damage or theft. p Accident insurance including ski patrol expenses ... It is quite easy to get cover either for one trip, a few evacuation from the slope can be VERY expensive. weeks or even the whole year. You may insure just yourp Medical insurance, for illness or an accident if you become self, or your entire family under one policy. Many resorts an in-patient, including return travel expenses if necessary. offer a very reasonable insurance option when you buy p Liability insurance for property damage or personal injury your ski pass. For example in France snow insurance to others, or damage to someone else’s equipment. “carre neige” can be purchased for approx. €2.50 per p Legal assistance associated with a court case resulting day and includes all essential coverage for that resort. from an accident on the slopes. Buying insurance to protect not only your investment in p Additional advantages of some policies include price your equipment, but also yourself against the expenses of reductions on lift passes and at resort lodges, hotels injury or an accident involving liability, is a wise investment. and restaurants. In particular, you should be aware of the need to cover third-party, rescue and medical expenses. If you are going skiing off-piste then your insurance should cover that as well. You may also want to get cover for loss or theft of your equipment. Some options are DSV & DAV: DSV (Deutscher Ski Verband) – comprehensive, affordable policies (*cost of basic winter cover _30,00) ski equipment insured against theft & damage www.ski-online.de DAV (Deutschen Alpenverein) – comprehensive policies including free Alpine courses, training, and discounted use of DAV huts. (*cost for membership including basic cover costs between _45,00 and _90,00 depending on which section is joined, plus _30,00 one-off admissions fee www.alpenverein.de www.alpenverein-frankfurtmain.de 58 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 Policies vary from company to company, so it’s best to shop around. Be sure to check whether sports equipment, heli-rescue and European or worldwide cover is indicated. You should always get receipts for medical services, and you will need a police report if your equipment is stolen. * FSC takes no responsibility for the accuracy of information given in this section. All prices are based on minimum coverage available for single membership for one year. TRIP CAPTAINS... ... can and will use shots! ... have their cake and eat it! ... accept presents! OK, YOU HAVE DONE A FEW TRIPS - ASK NOT WHAT YOUR CLUB CAN NEXT DO FOR YOU, BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR CLUB. THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE: OFFER YOUR SERVICES AS A “TRIP CAPTAIN” (TC). QUITE SIMPLY, WITHOUT A TRIP CAPTAIN, NO TRIP WOULD GO. Conventional package holidays have reps to look after their guests, and we do so too, but ours have a lot more work to do as they have to promote the trip, sign people up and then shepherd the whole flock there and back, all for negligible compensation (apart from the satisfaction of a job well done). The TCs duties are divided into tasks that are accomplished before, during and after a trip: Before TCs are responsible for selling the trip, manning the sign-up table at each social, taking signups, collecting payment details, answering questions about the trip and the area, maintaining a wait list if necessary, compiling a hotel room-list, and making sure the people going on the trip are fully informed of all pertinent information, such as departure times & locations, and if ski pass photos are needed, etc. During TCs are there to enforce the law and preserve the safety of decent citizens throughout the trip, ensure that any special wishes of the bus driver are known, co-ordinate rest stops with the bus driver & checkin at the hotel upon arrival, assign rooms and room mates, distribute keys, ensure everyone is aware of bus departure times to and from the lifts, times for breakfast and dinner, the time and place the bus departs on the last day, arrange for ski passes, and (optional, but traditional) arrange après-ski activities. After TCs need to prepare and submit a detailed trip report (including a list of all participants, amounts paid, receipts and other applicable paperwork) to the Trips Director, a separate shorter trip report to Publicity (even just a paragraph is welcome), then hand everything into Trip Reconciliations. TCs should be the first to arrive and the last to leave. TCs can take pride in knowing that their trip, or any FSC trip for that matter, would not be possible – especially at our modest prices – without their help and time. If you’re interested in finding out what you can do for FSC, then ask a board member at a social meeting. SO WHAT EXACTLY IS A TC THEN? They provide the information, organisation, energy and enthusiasm behind running each trip. They are the official FSC representatives in resort and have the final word when it comes to making decisions that affect the group. Please co-operate with the TC at all times. “Squeeze in nice and tight – you don’t want to miss this lift.” INFO FSCers are advised to take down their TC’s mobile number, in case of emergencies. This season’s TCs will be delighted to show you the ropes... and bars! We pride ourselves on helpful TCs. FSC E.V. 59 SEASON GUIDE 12/13 EQUIPMENT & PROTECTION THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT JUST MIGHT SAVE THE DAY – IF NOT YOUR LIFE. The “AvaLung”: this nine-ounce shoulder sling may be the most important piece of life saving equipment you can wear when travelling in avalanche terrain. It allows an avalanche victim to breathe fresh air directly from the snowpack by diverting CO2 away from the fresh-air intake and can increase the time that oxygen is available from 15 mins to 53 min! Those of you who do not already have your own skis or boards, don’t despair! There are opportunities to RENT snowboards, skis, poles, boots, and sometimes even clothing, both in Frankfurt before you leave, and of course, in resort. Renting in resort has the advantage that you can change equipment you are not happy with, but it’s almost always very time consuming thus making it harder to link up with fellow FSCers on the first morning, and leaving you less time on the slopes. Another problem can be if the trip involves bussing to different ski areas each morning. In this case returning equipment to where you rented it can be difficult and you must plan ahead for this eventuality. Check the shop’s business hours to ensure that they are open when you come to return equipment on the last day, and do so in good time. Don’t forget, you will usually need ID and a credit card to rent. Ask your TC for advice. A more time-efficient option is to rent before you leave on a trip from one of the ski shops around Frankfurt. Try our sponsor, Alpin Basis, so check them out first. Finally, whatever option you choose, make sure you can recognise your own equipment and remember where you left it! It’s easy to misplace skis and poles after a jovial après-ski session... Fran ha n d l e wi th C are! Protection is also a subject that is very important to us as a Club. Nowadays the majority of members wear some form of added-protection, whether it be a helmet, padded shorts (great for boarders), wrist-guards, knee-braces, back shields or rucksacks. All are sensible and don’t cramp your style. Children under wear a he 14 years of age are WWW l .FSC met! obliged to wear helmets EV.O RG in the Alps. Makes sense really. Imagine running and falling on your head. Now imagine travelling at 20-30 km/h and doing the same. Enough said! It’s cool to be safe. 60 FSC E.V. SEASON GUIDE 12/13 it‘S a Snow brai ner! BRAIN SAFE kFur t Sk i Clu b all products c.o. individual brand PARTY ON THE GO ... HOW THE WEEKEND IS GOING TO WORK! Like waking up early. THE JOURNEY TO THE MOUNTAINS IS ALL ABOUT MEETING PEOPLE, GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH THEIR ACTIVITIES AND ... Like not liking shots other than sugar ones. And who is the birthday boy – again! THE BUSSES ARE VERY COMFY, SPACIOUS AND HAVE A LOT TO OFFER! Like extra space for skis. Or “broad-baggage”. Or even have changing rooms (but no sauna). ONCE YOU HAVE CLAIMED YOUR SEAT IT‘S REALLY TIME TO MEET PEOPLE. Like rugby snowboarders who‘ll tackle you – given the chance. Or teachers who‘ll make sure you have done you homework. Or even masked avengers who just need some sleep before the next battle. IN THE END YOU‘LL ALL BE SINGING ALONG WITH OUR GUITAR HERO! 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