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Where and When... 15-16 Oct Scotland’s Ski and Snowboard Show SECC, Glasgow - www.scotlandsskishow.co.uk 19-23 Oct The Ski and Snowboard Show Earls Court, London - www.metrosnow.co.uk 29-31 Oct British Ski and Board Show NEC, Birmingham - www.globalsnowshows.co.uk

£30 is on offer for the cost of your £10 ski show advance purchase ticket! London is now the second show, sandwiched between Glasgow and Birmingham, this year returning to Earls Court, kicking off on 19 October and set up around the central hip kicker.   Old favourites like the Les 3 Vallees sponsored resort bar will be back as will the K2 Highest Ollie Tournament. As with Scotland’s show, there’s a World Resort Village and a Jobs Fair, plus London has a World Food Pavilion where you can pre-

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certainly not least, in the UK October Snow Show calendar The British Ski and Board Show (www.globalsnowshows.co.uk) is back from 29 - 31 October at the NEC in Birmingham. To encourage early attendance a special ‘Slope Off Friday’ deal is available on opening day with an adult ticket costing £6.50 in advance (£7 on the door).  Indeed, whichever show you go to, you’ll not find any better ski holiday advice shop for 2011-12, and nowhere better to get you in the mood for the coming winter.

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Autumn is here, the leaves are falling, the first glacier ski resorts in the Alps are opening and Britain’s ski show season is upon us once more! The shows remain the best place to meet resort staff face to face and to find the widest choice of kit with the best deals and the most experts in one place to advise on what’s best for you. Then there are the shows, the advice clinics and you can even find a job in the mountains if you like at one of the on-site job fairs. But most of all there’s the vibe - it’s great to escape to a place full of people as snowobsessed as you for a few hours on a grey October afternoon! The good news for those living north of Watford Gap is that Birmingham’s British Ski and Board Show is better than ever, and that first up this autumn is the welcome return of Scotland’s own Ski and Snowboard Show over the weekend of 15 – 16 October. A recent survey found that Scotland actually boasts the highest percentage of skiers and boarders per head of population and no doubt a sizable chunk of them will be making their way to the SECC in Glasgow. As last year, the show will be packed with the latest kit, resorts, shows and discount offers.  In terms of entertainment there’ll be a freestyle show featuring some of the UK’s best free ski lessons on offer on the artificial ski slope. The show’s ‘World Resorts’ section features Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland in the Alps, along with Andorra and Spain from the Pyrenees and North America’s Canada and USA. You can even

find out more about skiing in Scotland! Savvy skiers who pre-order tickets at www. scotlandsskishow.co.uk get a discounted ticket, a free goody bag and entry into a contest to win an all-expenses paid skiing holiday. Ski-Scotland will have a major presence at the show and people buying tickets in advance and registering at the Ski-Scotland stand will receive a special offer from the Glencoe, Cairngorm and Nevis Range ski areas of a free mid-week ticket. This essentially means a ski pass valued at around

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The start of the season may still be three months away for many of the world’s ski areas, but it’s hard not to get excited with the smell of winter in your nostrils! There’s also that great feeling of anticipation and the wondering, “Will it be a good winter, or not?” Fortunately, those who just can’t wait for the new season to begin don’t have to as glacier ski areas in the Austrian, French and Swiss Alps will be opening en masse over the next few weeks, joining areas like Saas-Fee, Zermatt and Hintertux, which haven’t closed since last Spring and don’t plan to until Spring 2012, if at all! Ski areas scheduled to open soon include Pitztal, Sölden and Stubai Glaciers in Austria, Engelberg in Switzerland and Tignes in France. Across the Atlantic, high altitude resorts like Copper Mountain and Loveland in Colorado will be hoping for an early October start, and in Scandinavia, resorts like Levi and Ruka in Lapland could be open within the month if conditions are favourable. Let’s just hope for that big early-Autumn snowfall. Of course, if you fancy travelling a little further afield, the southern hemisphere’s 2011 ski season is just winding down. Australia has had a good one, South America’s has been badly impacted by a volcanic ash cloud (sound familiar?) and New Zealand followed their warmest ever May/June with massive snowfalls in late August, the biggest for three years, taking base depths up to three metres at Mt. Ruapehu. But what else has winter 2011-12 in store for us? Well- bookings to 2014 Olympic venue Sochi in Russia are open with Crystal and you can ski and party in Serbia next March as the Big Snow Festival flies east from its Andorran roots. There are also whole new sectors to resorts like Avoriaz and Les Arcs to get excited about, and at Kronplatz in the Dolomites, a flashy new gondola accessing an all -new 7kmlong run, plus new pistes, a rarity these days. Fortunately all the tour ops already have special deals to reach them all. Enjoy!

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World’s Biggest Groomer Is Possibly The Greenest Too O.T Val Thorens

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Europe’s highest ski resort has announced a new funitel lift is under construction in the resort and will be ready for the season opening on 19 November. The new funitel will give access to two new pistes, the red Les Asters and the blue Le Chocard, with each cabin carrying up to 33 passengers. The lift will be able to carry 1500 people per hour with a journey time of just two minutes. The new lift takes the number of funitels in the resort to four. They are a popular choice for high resorts as the cabins are very stable in high winds.

Verbier Switzerland The 2011/12 season will see a new six-man chairlift replacing two successive old chairs above Les Ruinettes nursery slope. The new chair will allow for much faster turnaround time as well as reducing queues in this popular area of the resort.

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Slope grooming tractor (a.k.a) “piste basher” builder Prinoth, is claiming that it’s ‘Beast’ groomer is

not only the world’s biggest, but also one of the greenest. The logic behind the green claim is firstly that by grooming a bigger area with one tractor,

you need fewer tractors, as was discovered at Hochhaderich ski area in Austria, which replaced three old groomers with one new Beast groomer. They found

that it, along with an existing winch cat (a special groomer for steeper runs which can be anchored by cable to a fixed point on the slope), was all they needed. Secondly, Prinoth say that by distributing the weight of the machine over a wider surface area it is actually gentler on the terrain below. Other buyers of the new cuttingedge groomer include Vail,who were sold on the fact that the bigger, faster and more powerful groomer has a tiller nearly 1.2m wider than traditional machines. The Beast can also handle steeper terrain, allowing the drivers to do away with winch operations in some areas. Two of these bigger, better, faster machines have been added to Vail’s snowcat fleet, creating increased operational efficiencies in grooming approximately 1,200 acres of topnotch corduroy per day.

Hotel Pool Is One Of 10 Most Amazing In The World TripAdvisor, the unbiased holiday review site, has included The Cambrian, Adelboden (www. thecambrianadelboden.com) in its list of “Ten Amazing Hotel Pools”. The Cambrian pool, with its panoramic Alpine vistas, was placed second in the rankings, beaten only by the roof-top pool of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, making it the most highly regarded ski resort pool. One TripAdvisor reviewer, who

visited The Cambrian earlier this year, said: “The outdoor heated infinity pool alone is worth the trip”. It’s not the first time that The Cambrian’s pool has captured the imagination: in May 2010, The Times included The Cambrian pool in a list of “The world’s 20 best hotel pools”, writing, “The outdoor pool here has a bubbling massage bed, but best of all is the view of the mountains”.

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Big Snow Festival Chooses Serbia For 2012 DAVID BLACK

The Big Snow Festival (www.facebook.com/ thebigsnowfestival) returns to the slopes from the 23- 29 March next winter and doubles in size for 2012, while moving to a brand new home in Kopaonik, the largest ski area in Serbia. With an altitude of 1496m, Kopaonik offers ski-in, ski-out accommodation, 62km of alpine ski runs and 23 chair lifts, and provides venues for The Big Snow Festival parties. “We are really excited about our new home in Kopaonik. The resort is beautiful and the

perfect setting for The Big Snow Festival. The line-up is currently under wraps, but you can be sure to expect big things!” said Festival organiser, Deborah Milroy. Seven night packages to The Big Snow Festival are on sale now at www.nomud. com from £449 per person. Packages include return flights, airport transfers, seven night’s accommodation, six day lift pass and Big Snow Festival wristband providing access to all the action and entertainment. Flights are available from Heathrow, Luton and Manchester airports, flying into Belgrade.

New Gondola For 50th Birthday Japan National T.O

Niseko, Japan’s leading international resort, which was not directly affected by last winter’s earthquake and tsunami, but initially raised two million yen to help with relief efforts, will open a new high-speed, eight-passenger Hirafu gondola this winter, the resort’s 50th . The new lift will increase speed and capacity on the route, which will now take only five minutes. Additionally, a new ski rental centre will be built next door, complete with restaurant, ski school, rentals, and ski shop.

A new kids’ space will be constructed as well. www.nisekotourism.com

Gulmarg: World’s Highest Wi-Fi Zone India’s Gulmarg ski resort, the world’s highest ‘proper ski area’ with slopes up to 4,120m (there are higher lifts in China and South America, but they do not really serve more than a basic ski slope or two), has unveiled what it believes to be the world’s highest wi-fi zone, covering 5km2 across the resort bowl. The hardware involved has been designed with lightning protectors which can withstand temperatures as low as minus 40°c, and heavy snow.


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Football At 3250m By Summer Ski Slopes

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St Moritz Switzerland The Diavolezza gondola is undergoing a transformation for the coming season. The resort is installing new panoramic cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows affording passengers amazing mountain views. The timing isn’t great and the lift is going to be closed until 11 February 2012 whilst the work is carried out.

Beaver Creek Colorado, USA A new four-man chairlift is to replace the old Rose Bowl triple chairlift for the forthcoming season.

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Germany’s Hamburg football team decided on a fairly unusual place to train when they opted for a session on a pitch built at 3250m on the side of a cliff, alongside the Tux summer ski slopes in Austria’s Ziller Valley. The specially created pitch is one of the world’s highest, and gave the German club a unique training venue, with spectacular scenery all around, although a rather long way down to go and get the ball if it fell over the edge (which it did twice). Trainer Michael Oenning and the players rated the training

conditions as, “quite heavy going in this thin air" but said the view at least was inspiring.

The team will now find out this season if their high altitude training on the Hintertux Glacier

will bring the Hamburgers from the top of the mountain to the top of the German Bundesliga.

Courmayeur Changes Lift Ticket Pricing Structure Courmayeur has simplified its ticket pricing structure, with more generous offers for most skiers and boarders. There is a regular ticket for Courmayeur only costing 213 Euros for an adult six day pass, or the Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass costing 255 Euros. The same pass is available in Chamonix and covers around 800km of slopes in the area, including the slopes of Argentiere and Verbier. Purchases of a ticket of either type, valid six days or longer, are entitled to two days skiing at another Aosta Valley resort should they wish and those buying an 11 day pass or longer, up to three days. Children aged up to eight (born after 31 October 2003) now ski or board free (previously it was children under age six) and children aged 8 to 14 (born after 31 October 1997 but before free child age) receive a discount of around 40% on the full adult cost.


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The International Academy (www. international-academy.com), which provides ski instructor training courses, is offering a unique opportunity for gap year students who train as ski instructors with them. Through the company’s relationship with tour operator SkiBound, those

who successfully complete an International Academy course will be offered employment as a ski or snowboard instructor in countries such as Switzerland or Austria. “This works particularly well if you have qualified through one of our early season ski or snowboard instructor courses in Val d'Isere, Tignes, or Verbier and are looking for some paid work

experience. Our link with SkiBound is also useful if you are looking for short- term work as a ski or snowboard instructor during your university breaks or holidays. Skiing has a way of letting you discover the mountains whilst having fun in the process.” said Alan Bates, Managing Director of International Academy. www.international-academy.com


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For the first time in the resort’s 62-year history, Squaw Valley’s ski runs will have formally established trail names. Previously, the Californian resort was famous for not having its trails named, only the lifts that access the runs, but unofficial run names emerged and the resort’s new management believes that formal trail naming will make the mountain, “more accessible than ever before. “ Complementing this endeavour, Squaw Valley will be installing all new onmountain signage that will ensure that Squaw Valley’s 4,000 acres of inspiring terrain are easily navigated by skiers and riders of all ability levels. Additionally, Squaw Valley has partnered

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with Lumiplan and Brand Connections to create new state-of-the-art information boards, making it the only ski resort in North America to offer this technology. These information boards will display real-time lift status updates as well as projected lift opening times, reasons for delays, should they occur, and more. Additional features of Squaw Valley’s new communications system will include iPhone app features such as location-based viewing, which will interact with the new mountain map.

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second-largest ski area – Sun Peaks. “It’s on a ski and board holiday that Virgin Holidays Rockstar service really comes alive. Its ‘man on the mountain’ concierge service ensures all the finer holiday details are covered – from snow reports to lift passes, tuition and equipment rental – so customers don’t have to worry about them”, said a company statement. Virgin Holidays customers benefit from free equipment carriage when flying on scheduled services with Virgin Atlantic to US airports. Unlike some other carriers, Virgin Atlantic will not take the weight of equipment from passengers’ free baggage allowance, and passengers can check in an additional single piece of luggage (weighing up to 23kg) free of charge.

4.5 Tonnes Of Fondue Eaten Igloo Villages – the group that builds snow accommodation on mountain tops above top resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees - have concluded their 2010-11 season and produced some unusual stats for last winter. The company reports 8000 guests stayed in its seven Igloo Villages, consuming 4.5 tonnes of cheese fondue between them, with three couples getting married in an igloo. “The number of marriage proposals can only be estimated”, said the company. Reservations for next season have just opened. www.iglu-dorf.com


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Eurostar (www.eurostar.com), the high speed passenger service linking the UK to mainland Europe, has opened ticket sales for it’s direct ski services from St Pancras International and Ashford International, to the heart of the French Alps. The direct, seasonal ski services will run from Saturday 17 December (day services) and Friday 23 December (night services) until Saturday 14 April 2012. Eurostar’s day and night services serve the

French ski towns of Moûtiers, Aime-La-Plagne and Bourg St Maurice, each a short bus ride from many top French resorts, with return fares starting from £149. Mary Walsh, Eurostar’s Director of Communications, commented; “More and more travellers are seeing that high speed rail is the perfect way to reach the French Alps with minimum stress, no baggage fees and just one tenth of the carbon emissions of an equivalent flight.” www.eurostar.com

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A new lift at Fernie in British Columbia will increase the famous Canadian resort’s skiable vertical to 3,550 feet in time for its 50th anniversary season this winter. The Polar Peak Lift, will add onto the already incredible vertical at Fernie Alpine Resort, now giving the ski resort 1082 vertical metres, with 2500 acres of terrain over five Alpine bowls and a reputation for some of the deepest snow in the Rockies, last season receiving a near record snowfall of over 11 metres!. The Polar Peak lift is the only major new lift installation in the British Columbian Rockies this winter and one of only a few new lift

installations in North America. It’s believed that it is the only new lift installation going to a mountain top anywhere on the continent for this upcoming winter.

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Whistler Blackcomb is reported to be trialling an app that will allow skiers and

boarders to use their iPhones or Android smart phones as ski passes. As well as allowing

their phones to be scanned like a lift ticket at the base of lifts – a system common in North America although less frequently used in Europe, where most major resorts now have hands-free lift passesthe app also enables skiers and boarders to track their vertical and speed, and get weather and slope-grooming live updates as well as connect to Facebook and other social networking services.


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DIARY OF A PRO Ellie Koyander

After being away training for the past four months, it’s good to be back home with my family and friends! Being a full-time athlete may sound like the ideal lifestyle, jet-setting around the world, but it’s nothing like a ski holiday – which is what most people relate to when I tell them what I do! Every year the technical standards of World Cup moguls skiing get taken to a new level, the game moves on and I have to arrive at the beginning of the winter competition season in

perfect training venue as we ski shoulder to shoulder with other National teams, on a full moguls course in winter snow conditions. It’s a great chance to put together the technical skiing element with two airs and get a glimpse of the coming season’s competition package. I head out again to the USA in October- as soon as the snow starts to fall in Colorado- but in the meantime-with everything done that we needed to get done, it is perfect timing to head back to the UK for a well-earned break. First stop will be to see Matt Pigden, my chiropractor, for a pit-stop body check. There’s always some physio and adjustment needed Matt knows instinctively what to look for and always works his magic. Then, a bit of boot fitting- it can take a full day to get into my race liners and tweak my Dalbellos for optimum performance. I’m doing some filming with Healthclubtv.com, who are launching a new ski fitness routine, putting in a lot of work in the gym, and looking for new sponsors for my 2014 Olympic campaign !

My ‘Backflip-X’ is higher, meaner and floating nicely peak condition, injury-free, and skiing at a new ‘personal best’ level. It takes a lot of planning, coordination and hard, hard work! My coaches and I have been based in the USA since May, working on taking a couple of seconds off my run. Attacking the rut lines at high altitude on the Mount Hood Glacier (Oregon) means you’ve got to be fit before you arrive. We commute back and forth to Steamboat to train on water ramps in order to work on airs. Landing in the ice-cold melt water lake at Steamboat takes your breath away at first but you soon get warm, climbing back up to the top of the ramp with skis on your shoulder, boots sloshing full with water and wearing a dry suit! My ‘Backflip-X’ is higher, meaner and floating nicely. My trampoline sessions to build 'aerial' skills plus working out in the gym, weightlifting, aerobic exercises and lots of cross training, are really paying off. We were in Australia throughout August- a

Athlete Biography At the age of 18 Ellie made her Olympic debut at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in the women’s freestyle moguls event. She is a member of the British Freestyle Ski Team and GBR’s number one female moguls skier. Ellie is on the FIS World Cup circuit currently working towards the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Ellie rides for Team SnoKart. Twitter @EllieKoyander Web: elliekoyander.com


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New Uber-Luxe Chalet Is North American First PATRICK THORNE

What their marketing people are describing as “Canada’s first truly fabulous private chalet,” is set to open in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada – the resort that took away the ‘biggest vertical in North America’ title from BC neighbour Whistler a few seasons back. Besides this, Revelstoke is famed for its substantial annual snowfall, perfect powder, vast expanse of skiable terrain and ability to offer lift, cat, heli- and backcountry skiing from the same village base.

Bighorn is described as, “...the new uber-luxe addition to North America’s slopes which may well initiate the same, super-sleek chalet trend in North America that has already gripped the Alps,” by its promoters, who say, “Bighorn boasts the same jaw-dropping amenities and services as the luxury chalets in the Alps but, as with all things North American, everything is on a bigger scale. With ’reassuringly expensive‘ interiors, fireplaces and balconies in each of the eight ensuite bedrooms, a large cinema room and even its own helipad to allow private

heli-skiing from your own back door. There’s also the Pool Room, the Entertainment Room, a full gym, two massage rooms ,an indoor plunge pool and an outdoor hot tub. Bighorn costs from £44,000 to take in its entirety. www.bighornrevelstoke.com

Free Ski Pass When You Visit Scotland’s Ski And Snowboard Show! The Scottish Ski and Snowboard Show (www.scotlandsskishow. co.uk) is a great place to get the low down on Scotland’s five great ski areas, which have seen excellent snowfall and booming visitor numbers in recent years. Not only will staff from the Scottish resorts be on hand to bring you right up to date on all that Scottish skiing has to offer in

the 21st century, anyone who prebooks a £10 ticket to the show via www.ticketsoup.com or by calling 0844 395 4000 will get a free midweek ski pass to one of the Scottish resorts – worth £30, Cairngorm, Nevis Range or Glencoe as well as your show entry! “Over the last two seasons, Scotland’s ski areas have had well over 660,000 skiers who spent an

estimated £66.5m” said Chair of Ski Scotland Heather Negus (www.ski-scotland.com). The Scottish Ski and Snowboard Show is bigger and better this year thanks to sponsorship from the world’s top ski resort, Chamonix. So head to the SECC on the weekend of 15/16 October for the best skiing in the world and the best in Scotland.

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“Applying lessons learned from other glide sports, the BBR is a completely new ski concept in terms of shape, feel, and versatility. It is simply more fun in more conditions.” - Bertrand Krafft (aka BBR) Salomon alpine ski developer and Shaper of the BBR


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New Luxury Hotel Opens At St Anton This Winter TheMOOSER(www.themooser.at), a mountain sanctuary with ski in/ski out convenience and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, opens in St Anton on 2 December. This stylish and contemporary hotel looks set to instantly become one of the top places to stay in the famous Austrian resort, with just eight double rooms, seven suites, and two junior suites. Kaluma Ski (www.kalumatravel.co.uk) is the exclusive British tour operators organising packages at the new hotel. Packages start from £1,480 per person for seven nights staying at TheMOOSER on a bed and breakfast basis, based on four people travelling and two people sharing a double room (total cost £5,922.00 for four). The price also includes return flights from London Heathrow – Zurich, return private transfers direct to the hotel and the Kaluma Concierge Service, and is based on January departures. Flight prices may change and are quoted at time of writing. Prices at TheMOOSER start from £171.50 p/person p/night.

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Pyeongchang in South Korea has been awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics (www. pyeongchang2018.org), the first to be held in Asia for two decades. South Korea had previously bid to host the 2010 games – won by Vancouver in Canada; and the 2014 Games, won by Sochi in Russia – narrowly losing in each case. Unusually, the South Korean region won easily this time, securing two-thirds of the 95 votes available.

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Year Round Snowsports A new hotel rated 4superior has just opened at a large German indoor snow centre. The Hotel Fire and Ice (www.hotelfireandice.de) in Düsseldorf overlooks the indoor slopes of the Allrounder Mountain Resort at Neuss. Its spacious lobby leads to the Pisten Lounge, with its open fire and views of the “Neuss Glacier”. The hotel has several lounges, bars, restaurants, and fitness facilities, and two fantastic saunas with spectacular views of the 300m-long slopes to enhance the full ‘fire and ice’ experience.

La Plagne Turns 50 La Plagne celebrates its 50th birthday this winter. The big day itself is the 21 December 2011 when the resort plans a celebratory evening of entertainment and a live show. A commemorative book and DVD will also be published, which retraces the story of la Plagne and showcases photos and authentic documents retrieved from local history sources. There will also be an exhibition touring the ten sites of La Plagne throughout the season.

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CHEMMY GOES TO CAMP

Personally, I think it’s amazing to see the impact of SnowCamp’s work on young people. People want to support work that makes a difference, and if they are into skiing and snowboarding, Snow-Camp is the obvious choice.

Chemmy Alcott, the UK’s highest- ranked female skier, talks to Snow-Camp director Dan Charlish about that crash, why she supports Snow-Camp, and why she hopes more skiers and snowboarders will get involved! What’s been going on over the last year for you? Where I am in my sport, you have to go out there and push your boundaries and sometimes you cross that thin line between the perfect turn and something that can be quite tragic, which in my case led to the crash I had back in December 2010. My memory of it is very vague - I know I flew off a jump, hit my head and came down badly on my leg and screamed a lot, and I know some people have got a video of it but I have never seen it, and I never will! But I think the toughest thing for me was that other athletes break their legs, and they can be back in a few months. As a skier, when I broke my leg it shattered into pieces – and it’s a long journey back. Why did you want to get involved with Snow-Camp? I’ve been approached by lots of fantastic charities asking me to get involved, and of course you want to help as many as possible. But I think it makes sense to try and support a charity in which you have some credibility. When Snow-Camp first contacted me back in 2007 I jumped at the chance to get involved. I have been so lucky to ski my whole life, and when I think I’ve had a really tough day and we have been out on the mountain in -30, I need to remember there are these kids who would actually give their right hand to see snow, let alone ski on it.

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BBR FLOATS A Piste ski that floats in powder. Surfboard inspired oversized progressive tip.

You are featured on the Snow-Camp website supporting the fundraising event we run in the French Alps every January called the Everest Challenge – why do you back the event? It’s got everything a good fundraising event needs – I mean how else can you combine snowsports, a genuine endurance challenge for skiers and boarders of all levels, covering 150km in 48 hours, including two night sessions, loads of prizes, great people and a huge party to finish, all over one weekend? I know how important the funds raised are to Snow-Camp’s work so I hope you get even more people signed up this year! This is one easy way skiers can help, and in a way they will really enjoy! To find out more about Snow-Camp’s work please see: www.snow-camp.org.uk or www.facebook.com/snowcampcharity To sign up as an individual or team to the Everest Challenge in January 2012, please visit www.snow-camp.org.uk/everestchallenge or read more on page 18 Follow Chemmy @ChemmySki on Twitter

BBR CARVES The BBR’s narrow waist and ‘V’ Shape give a great on-piste playfullness, easy to carve and turn.

Why do you think the charity makes a difference? I love the way there is a progressive route for the young people through Snow-Camp programmes, from beginner to instructor – it’s not just a oneoff experience, but leads to accreditation and a qualification that will mean the world to these youngsters, and can genuinely help them in their lives, and in finding employment. That is awesome. We have been fortunate to have the support of so many skiers and snowboarders since we founded the charity in 2003 – why do you think people are so supportive? Skiers and snowboarders tend to be passionate people, and they can immediately see the benefits of this experience for young people from the inner city. And the youngsters SnowCamp has supported, especially the ones that make it through to the instructor level from being complete beginners, they have also shown huge passion and commitment, and I think people respond positively to that!

BBR GLIDES Great floatation in powder, and amazing on-piste carving with a progressive flex and pin tail.


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The opening of a brand new airport located north west of Barcelona should make it quicker and easier for Brits to reach the Spanish Pyrenees and Andorra next winter. The shiny new Lleida-Alguaire Airport will begin taking charter flights – exclusively from tour operator Neilson - from December 19. The company expects to carry around 16,000 British skiers and boarders on charters from Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and

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Bristol airports, bound for resorts in Andorra and a new choice they’re offering for 11-12, Baqueira Beret. Neilson, who for the past two decades have used Toulouse airport for holidays to the Pyrenees, report that guests holidaying at one of their Andorran resorts or their new Spanish destination will enjoy the benefits of shorter transfer times (75 minutes less to Arinsal), and exclusive use of all check-in desks, security points and arrival/deptarture halls for Neilson flight times.

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Both Humboldt penguins and Siberian tigers living in the UK have been able to keep cool this summer thanks to snow deliveries from SNO!zone indoor snow centres. 10 tonnes of snow was delivered to the Scarborough Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary by SNO!zoneCastleford in early August, to the obvious approval of the centre’s ten Humboldt penguins, who originate in South America. “The penguins love waddling around in the snow and having a really chilled time”, said Lyndsey Crawford, displays curator at Scarborogh Sea Life. Later in the month, Siberian tigers Genghis and Mischa, at the Blair Drummond Safari Park in Stirling, received eight tonnes of snow for them to play in from SNO!zone Braehead. The tigers are naturally found in the Russian Far East so the snow came as a real treat, giving them a chance to get a taste of the winter before it arrives. “It’s not every day that we get a request like this but we were only too happy to help,” said

A 150 km Ski & Snowboard Endurance Event in the French Alps

The Snow-Camp Everest Challenge is back. A unique 2 day charity snowsports event designed to give you a skiing and boarding experience you will never forget! If you fancy the challenge of skiing or snowboarding a total of 150km over 2 days, including a night ski session and a night mountain hike, then the Everest Challenge is for you! The 2012 Challenge will take place between January 26th and 29th 2012, in Portes du Soleil, France.

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Emma Darvill from SNO zone. Besides helping wildlife in captivity in the UK, in the last ten years SNO!zone has taught more than a million people to ski or snowboard, and seen more than two and a half million people using its slopes to practise snow sports all year round. www.snozoneuk.com.

Vail Resorts have signed a worldwide, multi-year partnership agreement with twice Olympic gold medalist, professional

snowboarder and skateboarder, Shaun White, who will make Northstar at Lake Tahoe his home mountain and design his own 6.7m half pipe there. White has dominated snowboarding for the past decade, winning successive Olympic half pipe golds in Turin and Vancouver with record scores, and he is the first and only snowboarder to win four consecutive gold medals in the Winter X Games Half Pipe competition. “This feels like a homecoming because I have spent so much time riding at most of Vail Resorts’ mountains,” said White.


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Les 3 Vallées Exposed Iain Macluskie

Even in the world’s largest ski area there are hidden gems waiting to be discovered, as ESF instructor Iain Macluskie reports.

Méribel My morning will normally start with some warm-up runs on the Tougnette side of the Méribel Valley, where there are a variety of groomed reds and blues. The Roc de Tougne drag lift serves a red and black piste famous in the valley. My favourite skiing in Les 3 Vallées is in the Méribel Valley. The Dent de Burgin chairlift provides great access to the sunny blue and red runs

returning from Saulire to Meribel. The slopes are nearly all west-facing and remain in excellent shape till the end of the day.

St. Martin de Belleville Lunch in Le Montagnard is a poor weather gem. This restaurant has no terrace but the interior is charming. Eric and his family offer local food and fine dining. St. Martin skiing is best off-piste and easy powder slopes lead to St. Martin.

Val Thorens It’s like visiting a separate ski area when you first go to Val Thorens and Les Menuires. A vast ski area and modern architecture combine

THE BBR IS AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING STORES: to provide fantastic skiing. On- or off-piste, it’s massive. It’s mainly high altitude and very attractive late in the season when you are looking for colder conditions. It’s an easy return to Méribel, ideal for partying at La Folie Douce, full of young Europeans dancing to live music and a DJ.

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La Tania Some of the best tree skiing in Les 3 Vallées can be found here and Folyeres is a breathtaking piste from Col de la Loze to La Tania Resort. It’s often empty in the morning and groomed every day. The real gem however is Courchevel 1300, Le Praz. A pretty village with several top restaurants makes Le Praz a must to visit. Iain is resort manager for Alpine Action, a specialist in chalet holidays to Méribel and La Tania (www. alpineaction.co.uk; 01273 466535).

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Eat The Matterhorn Mini-Matterhorns (“Matterhörnli”) have been created in Zermatt in the form of filled pasta, and are now available to eat in the famous Swiss resort’s restaurants. The new pasta’s creator, Roman Bernegger, from pasta producer Novena, had been tinkering around for a long time with the idea of creating gourmet Matterhorn shaped pasta. “The Matterhorn does have a complex shape and the question was what should be the consistency of the dough to ensure that the ‘horn’ would

SALOMONRUNNING.COM SALOMONTRAILS.COM not collapse upon itself while being cooked?” pondered Mr Bernegger. “We wanted to create something that would be unique for Zermatt,” said Heinz Rufibach, who first had the idea for an edible Matterhörn. The members of the “Cercle Chefs de cuisine Zermatt” association recently paid a culinary visit to Novena at their facility in Ulrichen, where they examined the pasta and officially declared it “tasty.” The pasta is filled with locallyproduced Zermatt cheese and Eringer Hauswurst (speciality sausage), is

typically served with Munder saffron sauce and is now exclusively prepared for Zermatt guests. “We may also serve the pasta in a sweet version, for example, filled with apricot”, explains Heinz Rufibach, Cuisinier in the Hotel Alpenhof.

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Patrick Thorne

I was one of the modern era of British baby boomer skiers who first learned to ski in the mid 1970s on the Dendix slopes of the British suburbs, before being taken to obscure little Italian ski resorts on school trips. That taught me that you can have fun at any level of skiing ability and in any ski location. British skiing has a lot to thank Dendix for, and schools for organising trips – we belittle both at our peril! I was so hooked I’ve somehow managed to carve out a full-time, yearround career over the past 25 years, writing about ski holidays, and in that time I’ve visited more than 200 different ski resorts. I've found that there’s no such place as the perfect ski resort, the

IN THE KNOW Resort: 1620m Top: 3899m Vertical: 2360m Piste: 350km Lifts: 56 lifts 6 Day pass: 371 – 423 CHF www.zermatt.ch Ski Total offer 19 Zermatt chalets including 10 which are new for the 2011/12 ski season. www.skitotal.com | 01252 618 333

success of the trip depends more on random factors such as who you’re with and what the weather’s like and the travel and the accommodation. But there are some places I would call special, and they feel special however your holiday goes – whoever you’re with, whatever the weather. Without wishing to go New Age on you, the feeling is timeless, it’s something to do with aura, or awesomeness – in the true sense of the world. For me, Meribel and Verbier don’t have it but Lake Louise and Chamonix do, it goes beyond just beautiful scenery and great facilities it’s just jaw-droppingly spectacular. And the Big Daddy of them all, is Zermatt. It’s hardly a quaint Alpine village anymore, the architecture has been largely maintained in traditional chalet


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style but the village has spread for miles along the high valley floor, with hundreds of swish hotels and chalets lining the sides of the roads busy with tourists dodging buzzing electric vehicles which are actually built in Zermatt The internal combustion engine is not allowed in the resort, so there’s a quiet hum to the place rather than a constant drone. The Zermatt difference is the Matterhorn, which towers improbably above the village and its fantastic ski area, stretching for more than 200 miles over the Italian border to Cervinia, with some of the best long runs you’ll find anywhere and terrain for all tastes and abilities, all of it overlooked by this magnificent, iconic mountain. My family’s visit had been organised by

Ski Total (01252 618 333; www.skitotal. com) who are one of the biggest tour operators in the resort, offering holidays based in 19 chalets throughout the village. We were in Chalet A La Casa in the Petit Village development at the entrance to the resort, accessed by an unusual mini underground funicular lift. The chalet is extremely comfortable, sleeping eight and staffed by friendly and efficient hosts, the Ski Total norm, who arrive each morning to make breakfast and tidy up, returning each evening to create an excellent four course dinner – what more did we need? Well, the hot tub from which you could watch sunrise or sunset on the Matterhorn was a great feature, and the helpful resort manager who ensured all our travel and tickets were sorted, were

more major asserts to take the holiday still further above the norm. Chalet A La Casa is a few minutes pleasant walk up by the river from central Zermatt where several hundred shops battle for space along with nearly 100 bars and restaurants. Fortunately this competition does seem to drive standards up and keep prices in check as far as they can, given the strength of the Swiss Franc. Zermatt is able to offer some of the most sophisticated night life in the Alps, as well as some of the liveliest. On several occasions, walking back from the slopes, we ended up at the Brown Cow Pub and acquired large meals of good quality for a surprisingly reasonable price. The pub is within the old Hotel Post, which, with its various

bars, discos and dance club, is an institution in its own right. But sadly not everything spectacular about Zermatt is scenery. Many jaws hit the floor when they have to pay for their lift tickets as the resort boasts Europe’s most expensive. In fact, because of the strength of the Swiss franc, one version of the ticket is even more expensive that the most expensive in the US at the moment, possibly the first time that’s ever happened. At the other extreme, Zermatt’s prices for children are among the world’s most generous – those aged up to are free, under 16s are half price. But even as you wince while your credit card melts, you do feel you are getting value for money. Kind of. The lift infrastructure required to get you up the mountains is almost as stunning

as the mountains themselves – swish gondolas and cable cars climb over some of the world’s biggest lift-served verticals, entering tall precipices of rock and including Europe’s highest liftserved point at 3899m. And you can spend a long time on the lifts too, which is value for money in a way even if you might prefer to spend a greater proportion of time skiing down. Visiting in late April only the Matterhorn sector was open, accessed at the top end of the village. So the walk to the ski bus stop, waiting for a ski bus with space to get on, walking up to the gondola then battling for a space on the final cable car to the top from the top of that took up to 90 minutes. That’s a worse case scenario, but you have been warned.

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New Bag Has Multiple Advantages For Snowsports A new lightweight bag from Eagle Creek, the Hybrid Hauler, has been designed especially for use in wet, snowy conditions. Made from 100% recycled materials and weighing just 1.4kg, the pack holds up to 64 litres and features a water-resistant “bathtub” compartment at the base, so it can sit on snow or in a puddle without letting in water. Loaded with practical design details, it converts from a duffle to a comfortable backpack with tuck away, ergonomically contoured shoulder straps and adjustable load stabilizer straps. It also features an oversized, front zippered compartment for easy access to gear, outside pocket with organiser panel, lockable zips and a separate section for wet gear. A final advantage is the manufacturer’s ‘No Matter What’ damage repair policy that guarantees that if your luggage is ever damaged, Eagle Creek will repair or replace it free of charge - no matter what. The bag is available from a variety of outdoor retailers, including Cotswold Outdoor and Field & Trek, and costs £140.

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Ski Like A Royal

Following the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Skoki Lodge (www.skoki.com) in Alberta, Canada for some ‘downtime’ during their North American tour earlier this summer, the Lodge is now taking bookings from skiers and boarders wishing to stay there next winter. Accessed by an 11km trail, Skoki Lodge was the first to be built specifically to cater for ski tourists in Western Canada, with the first arriving in 1931. The main lodge today has three surrounding cabins providing accommodation for 22 guests.

Saalbach Adds Another Gondola The Saalbach Hinterglemm Ski Circus, the biggest ‘single’ resort area in Austria, is continuing its spending on new lifts and other improvements for the coming winter with the addition of a new eight-passenger gondola, its 18th. In the last 10 years the Ski Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang has invested over €234 million in improvements which have also seen 90% of its 200km of pistes covered by a modern snow-making system.

Or you could simply travel with the Swiss Transfer Ticket. MySwitzerland.com A flat-rate return ticket allowing one-day transfers from point of entry to any destination in Switzerland and back. Only available in the UK. And children under 16 travel for free. Contact the Switzerland Travel Centre on MySwitzerland.com/rail or call us on: 020 7420 4900.

Buy before you fly! Adult 2nd class £79, 1st class £123. Children under 16 travel for free. Prices valid for 2011 and subject to change.

BST Unveils The Rebellion

British Snow Tour organisers have unveiled a new era of Indoor Championships: The Rebellion. The competition course boasts two distinct lines of rails and boxes, and the ‘Rail Slayer’ and ‘Jib Master’ titles will be up for grabs at SNO!zone Castleford on Saturday 24 September, with British Championship and TTR World Tour points plus prize money to be earned. www.facebook.com/ britishsnowtour

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If you are planning a snowsports gap year then BASIGap provides a quality assured pathway to fulfilling your dream of becoming a fully qualified snowsports instructor. The British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) is the official UK organisation with responsibility for the training and grading of snowsports instructors and provides official BASIGap courses through its licensed ski school providers, ICE and New

Generation, which operate in the premier European resorts of Val d’Isere, Courchevel and Meribel. Owned and run by BASI trainers, Official BASIGap providers have been qualityassessed, only achieving BASI accreditation by demonstrating the highest standards of course delivery and technical content, as well providing full pastoral care for students. The ten week gap courses offer a choice of either skiing or snowboarding, and instruction is delivered and supervised by fully-qualified and experienced snowsports professionals. Whether you are chasing that vital snowsport qualification or simply seeking to develop your own personal skills, you will want to get the most satisfaction and enjoyment out of your investment. With Official BASIGap you can be totally confident of participating in a quality course that has been refined and developed by the

premier ski schools in the business and most importantly, ICE and New Generation have the official quality assurance kite mark of the BASIGap accreditation. James Halliwell, an 18 year old student told InTheSnow, “The ICE ski course was a really good way to spend time in a great environment with top-class

researched the various schools and spoken to people within the industry New Generation was clearly a well-known and reputable school to train with.” With record numbers of students without university places for 2012, taking a gap year out in the mountains might just be the answer for many. Moreover, the qualifications gained with BASI allow you to start teaching immediately; meaning For more information visit the BASIGap the Alps might just end exhibition stands at the following ski shows: up becoming home for the rest of your life. If you are planning a Glasgow - SECC: 15 – 16 October career break or taking London - Earls Court: 19 – 23 October a year out before Birmingham - NEC: 28 – 30 October continuing full-time education you know that with an Official instruction being delivered. It really doesn't BASIGap course you will be receiving the get better than this.” Amy Wardman who highest level of training – what more could trained with New Gen in 2010 said, “New you want? Generation stood out as it was one of the For further information visit few Ski Schools that has a direct link with www.basigap.com BASI as an official BASI GAP course. Having

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Snow Sure 90% of Chamonix’s skiing is located above 2000m, which makes it the perfect destination for early and late season skiing. The highest skiable area of Grands Montets towers to 3300m, offering exceptional conditions from December until May.

Mixed Terrain It’s no secret that the Chamonix Valley is considered a Mecca for freeriders and it certainly attracts some of the world’s best skiers, although you’ll rarely meet them piste skiing! However, there is something for everyone and the Balme and Les Houches areas offer wonderful family skiing.

Beautiful Alpine Town You don’t have to be a sports fanatic to enjoy Chamonix. Over half the winter visitors don’t even ski, but simply enjoy the atmosphere of this vibrant Alpine town. The pedestrian centre offers a wide selection of shops and boutiques, sunny street cafés, and a vast choice of restaurants, including two with Michelin stars.

Sightseeing & Activities Why not take the Montenvers cog railway up to the Mer de Glace, soar to the dizzy heights of 3842m with the Aiguille du Midi cable car or use the free buses and trains within the valley to discover the outlying villages and hamlets after a hard day on the slopes. You can try your hand at dog sledding, skijoring or even paragliding. Early booking offers from: 213 € (£185) www.chamonix.com

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A family-run celebrity bolt-hole in Austria’s Salzburg Alps has completed an 18-month, €500,000 family-focused makeover. The 84-room family-owned Hoteldorf Grüner Baum (www.hoteldorf.com) comprises five converted hunting lodges strewn throughout a 78-acre private valley within the village of Bad Gastein. The new investment has seen extensive refurbishments, with a focus on making the hotel appeal to multi-generational family holidays, whilst retaining its heritage as a

189-year-old spa hotel which has long made it popular with older guests, but less so until now for families with younger members. Highlights of the makeover include wifi throughout the hotel including the outdoor pool area, which has itself been fully renovated. The hotel has also acquired four Segways and 15 iPads, with their own Lederhosen cases and loaded with useful apps and complimentary for guests. The building was originally converted from a hunting lodge by Archduke Johann of Austria and has regularly hosted illustrious guests over its long history, from the Shah of Persia to the Pope.

Montgenèvre Add 3000m High Skiing Montgenèvre plans to become the only resort in the Southern Alps, and one of only 30 in Europe, to offer liftaccessed skiing over 3,000m. An entire 3000m ski area has been created around Mount-Chaberton on the FrenchItalian border to offer skiing for all levels and a long new blue run from 3000m downwards. Skiers will be able to enjoy 360° panoramic views from Mont Ventoux to Mont-Blanc, from the Rhône to the river Po, from the top of the new area. Opening the new area will involve an investment of up to €26 million, one of the biggest projects in the Alps, and it is due to be officially opened in 2012/13.

Chalets 1066 Expand Despite buying at the peak of the market, and then finding themselves faced with the recession and a declining ski industry, Chalets 1066 (www. chalets1066.com), based in Les Gets, have more than doubled the size of their company and this season will be running eight chalets and four apartments in the resort. Sue Nathan, owner of the company, told InTheSnow, “care and quality are what make the business what it is. We are only a small company but strive to ensure our clients have the most relaxing and enjoyable stay possible in one of our chalets or apartments.”

Unlike many of their rivals, Chalets 1066 offer clients many other services whilst in resort, from ordering bread for the morning, to cleaning services, and arranging a chef for the self -catered chalets.

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spread over 21 hectares of north-facing slopes. The main Mioarele slope will be 3km long and floodlit for night skiing. Lifts will run between 1320m and 1975m. The resort is being built by the Romanian Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism as part of their €80 Million “Ski the Carpathians” programme, backed by EC funding, which is seeing the dramatic upgrade of several Cold War era resorts, as well as the development of new centres. The Star Trek theme is also evident elsewhere in the country with a new gondola lift at the existing resort Sinaia last year named ‘Vulcan.’

Big Spring Clean For Scotland Now in its fourth year, the Big Spring Clean has become even bigger, with Glenshee introduced to the mountain clean-up operation which forms part of the Ski Club of Great Britain's ‘Respect the Mountain’ campaign (www. respectthemountain.com). More than 80 litter-picking volunteers showed up at the Scottish resorts of Cairngorm Mountain, Nevis Range and Glenshee, and worked hard to clear 44 sacks of rubbish that lingered after an epic winter season. All sorts of unusual items were found amongst the general litter and waste including: a pair of boxer shorts at Cairngorm, a mattress, and a message in a balloon that had travelled over 100 miles to Nevis Range. "We were thrilled to expand the Big Spring

Clean to include Glenshee this year. The operation continues to raise awareness about the damaging effects of dropping litter in a mountain environment. We hope to make a clean sweep of all five Scottish ski areas in the future," said Caroline Stuart-Taylor, Chief Executive of the Ski Club.

Heavenly Cuts Power Consumption Lots of ski resorts around the world have been talking about cutting energy consumption, but few have actually put hard figures on what they’ve achieved. However, Heavenly , by Lake Tahoe in California, has published some statistics reporting that, companywide, it has reduced consumption of electricity, petrol, diesel, propane and natural gas by 7.2%. Heavenly has replaced older, less-efficient snow guns with high-efficiency fan and “stick” guns which are estimated to save over 1,686,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. Heavenly has also been implementing a host of eco-friendly business practices designed to protect and preserve the area’s unique natural beauty.


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Jon is one of a handful of instructors in the world who hold top qualifications from France, Switzerland & Britain. An inspirational coach, he can teach on & offpiste skiing throughout the Alps. In his role as Ski School Director, Jon is on hand to manage the different parts of the Altitude company portfolio, including the ski & snowboard school, the instructor-training Gap programs, the Verbier freeride camps & the winter and summer kids’ camps. +41 27 771 6006 / altitude-verbier.com

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Poor Performance Physical preparation will have a positive effect on your performance. Walking with equipment at Altitude is already quite a challenge, even before clipping into the bindings and carving out some big turns. If you are a skier who likes to cruise around on the blues and reds, focus your training on cardio fitness and strong legs. Being more cardio fit will allow you to ski for longer before becoming breathless. Also, having stronger legs will mean you don’t tire as easily or start to make silly mistakes leading to a double ejection! For the more expert skier who perhaps likes to ski bumps or off-piste, a strong core and legs are vital. A stable core will aid balance and recovery and strong legs will allow you to keep reacting to the terrain below you. So, instead of watching your favourite soap tonight, start planning your fitness regime ready for the snow!

Rather than going to the usual summer venues, like Zermatt or Tignes, skier Domenic and boarder Dre, from Altitude Ski and Snowboard School, wanted a more adventurous plan, involving hiking up a mountain and then skiing and boarding back down. After doing some research on the internet, looking at possible summits, something over 4000m with a relatively easy climb up and of course a route down where we could ski, we decided on the Strahlhorn 4190m, near Saas Fee, followed by the Zumsteinspitze at 4563m in the Monte Rosa Massif. For the Strahlhorn we parked at Saas Fee, kitted up and took the cable car up to the Felskinn station at 2989m. There was then an easy half hour walk round to the Britannia Hut at 3030m. Wake-up calls at 3am are

never that welcome, but after grabbing some breakfast we set off, scrabbling down a short rocky pitch onto the glacier, we got our crampons on, roped up and set off. The initial sections on both routes were pretty straightforward, easy-angled terrain following the glacier upwards. The views were spectacular with patches of cloud sitting on the glaciers below, which then drop down into the green valleys. After taking the obligatory photos, we dropped down back onto the glacier and finally got our skis and board on. We used the first couple of turns to get a feel of what the snow conditions were like; surprisingly good it turned out, considering it was July on a glacier. The main problem was still the lack of oxygen and after five hours of hard work with the legs, they

weren’t exactly feeling fresh. The descents took a couple of hours as we were stopping regularly to take in the view and take photos (nothing to do with tired legs). Having reached the end of the glacier there was then the walk back to the cable car, the ride down, and a quick meal in one of the restaurants before heading back to Verbier to rest some very weary legs. Note of caution: when travelling in high mountains and on glaciers always make sure you have all the relevant safety equipment and know how to use it. A good level of fitness is required and you should always know what the weather forecast is. It is always best to take a high mountain guide with you. Altitude can arrange high mountain guides. See www.altitude-verbier.com or phone +41(0)277 71 60 06

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After three years of declining destination choices for British skiers and boarders, at least in terms of the range of resorts available, marketleader Crystal (www.crystalski.co.uk) has returned to its ‘pre-economicdownturn’ annual treat of adding a new country choice each winter.

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For 2011-12 it will offer the 2014 Winter Olympic resort of Sochi, where Brits will now have the chance to ski before the crowds descend. In fact the Krasnaya Polyana ski area has been a Russian ski destination for some decades, but it has been

transformed over the past six years, thanks in large part to the support of Russia’s former president, Vladimir Putin, a very keen skier, who has driven forward with billions of roubles of improvements ahead of the Games. These have included the construction of a new road and tunnel system which has cut driving time to the ski slopes from Sochi to under an hour, and the construction of three new ski resorts on a worldclass scale. The ski lifts already built or under construction include several that will be among the biggest, fastest and best in the world, and with several dozen being installed, Sochi is set to become one of the world’s leading ski destinations for the 21st century. Only one resort is nearing completion, the other two resorts do have cranes and building work going on. The fourth resort will not be finished until the Olympics. Crystal have opted to use the scheduled service offered by Turkish

Airlines, including flights from Heathrow via Istanbul to Adler/Sochi airport with private transfers. Four or eight night holidays will be available at either the five Grand Hotel Polyana, where prices will be from £935 per person, or at the four Hotel Park Inn by Radisson, with prices from £825 per person. As the packages are all tailor-made, Crystal can also organise city add-on in Istanbul if anyone wishes to stay there. Sochi’s resort developments are so new that the exact scope of lift passes is yet to be finalised. Currently it is not clear whether a joint lift ticket valid at the different ski areas will be available, but Crystal are confirming they’ll provide lift passes for the local area where the hotel is based. The hotels are both three-five minutes walk from the lifts and the first holidays will depart on 15 December.

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AA Lists Ski Areas In 100 Great Wonders A new book in the AA’s best -selling ‘100’ series lists what the authors consider the 100 Great Wonders of the World – and there are some ski destinations in there. The only commercial ski destinations listed in the 100 Wonders are the Matterhorn above Zermatt in Switzerland and the southern Alps of New Zealand, home to several ski fields. However, skiable peaks on seven continents do get a mention, including the volcanoes of Iceland, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Fuji in Japan, Yosemite National Park in California (home to Badger Pass ski area), Mount Erebus in Antarctica, the Hawaiian Islands

where Mauna Kea, at 5,998m high from its base on the ocean floor, is the world’s tallest mountain and is skiable at its summit, and the Canadian Pacific Railway in Canada, which passes many famous resorts and is pictured in the book passing through Banff. Overall, the book is a collection of the most spectacular buildings, monuments, natural features and triumphs of engineering from across the globe. 100 Great Wonders of the World takes you on a journey to the world’s most aweinspiring places without having to leave the comfort of your armchair. To ease navigation, the book is divided into continents, with ‘super

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This month is all about women’s freestyle and Ellis Brigham have put together a selection of their must-have products for anyone heading out to the mountains this season. Bright colours are back in fashion once again, so expect some interesting designs on the slopes this winter.

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Dragon DXS Hog Wild Goggles £75 The DXS fits smaller heads perfectly and because it comes with two lenses as standard (one for bright days and one for dull) you’ll never find your vision suffering because of light conditions. And as every girl knows, when you’re wearing sparkles you’re sure to have a good time!

Dainese Women’s Back Protector Soft Lady £110 Light, tough and comfortable: everything you want a back protector to be. Crash absorb panels use soft impactabsorbing materials to mould to user’s back, and steel inserts on the spine provide additional protection. Back protection is vital for freestyle skiing and is a must have on the slopes!


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North Face Women’s Baker Jacket £220 One of our most versatile women’s jackets, with great all-weather performance on the slopes, in the countryside and around town. In fully-taped, HyVent waterproof and breathable fabric with soft, low-bulk Heatseeker insulation. The jacket is packed with all the usual features. Colours: Black or White. Sizes: XS-XL

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Val d’Isère Chalet de la Cloche is in the heart of Les Brevieres, Espace Killy, considered to be one of the greatest ski areas in the world.The Ski-Base team have created a wonderful chalet described by ‘Harpers Bazaar’ as a “haven of sensual indulgence”. It is one of Conde Naste Travellers top 10 chalets in the Alps.

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Here you can enjoy privacy, outstanding design and a unique stay in 30 individual rooms. Situated in the most fantastic position with unrivalled views of the Matterhorn, the modern, elegant architecture blends in beautifully, elegantly and somewhat obtrusively but perfectly into the mountain around.

Stunning mountain views in every direction, The Cambrian offers the kind of location that desk huggers the world over spend their days dreaming about. Located in the leading resort of Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland, the hotel provides authentic local colour, cosmopolitan comfort and inspiring cuisine backed up by superb service.

Chamois D'Or is in a prime location just seconds away from the Nyon cable car & ski slopes. The chalet has an outside hot tub perfect for easing those aching muscles after a long hard days skiing. The chalet sleeps 12 in 6 ensuite bedrooms, there is an additional bunk bedroom with an en-suite shower sleeping a further 2. Each bedroom also has a south facing balcony & stunning views.

+41 (0)27 966 24 24 info@matterhorn-focus.ch www.matterhorn-focus.ch

+41 (0)33 673 83 83 info@thecambrianadelboden.com www.thecambrianadelboden.com

+44 (0)151 625 1921 info@mountainheaven.co.u www.mountainheaven.co.uk

Vitalhotel & Mountain Residence

ALPINE ACTION

THE CLUBHOUSE

Meribel & La Tania

Chamonix – Mont Blanc

The four star Vitalhotel and adjacent mountain residence provide a choice of comfortable hotel or spacious self catering. Either way you have full hotel facilities and a door step shuttle to Obergurgl’s slopes, two minutes away.

Specialist in chalet holidays for 18 years, Alpine Action offers superior service, cuisine and wine, at their well-appointed chalets in central and piste locations in Meribel and La Tania. Several chalets have hot-tubs, spa baths or saunas; all have free Wifi, SKY/Freeview TV, and DVD. For a superior holiday in this wonderful location, choose Alpine Action.

The Clubhouse is a boutique chalet-hotel, bar and restaurant which sits inside a magnificent 1920s Art Deco mansion. The building has undergone major refurbishment to create seven ultra modern rooms with accommodation for up to 20 guests. The range of rooms (from the sumptuous Myla Suite to the comfortable bunk rooms) boast his-and-hers, teakdecked, power showers, Frette linen and fat duvets.

+43 (0)52 566 767 info@hotel-muehle.at www.hotel-muehle.at

01273 466535 sales@alpineaction.co.uk www.alpineaction.co.uk

+33 (0)450 984 220 reception@clubhouse.fr www.clubhouse.fr

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Ski Verbier Celebrates 20th With Launch Of Ski Chamonix BEN CLATWORTHY

Ski Verbier, the Swiss chalet specialists, are celebrating 20 years in the industry and launching their exciting new product, Ski Chamonix. The expansion of their portfolio this winter will include luxurious chalets in the world-renowned resort of Chamonix, France. Their new flagship chalet is the impressive and contemporary Chalet Cragganmore, sleeping 12, and will be on offer from December. Guests will be able to relax in the large outdoor hot tub with stunning views of Le Dru, Les Grandes Jorasses, and Mont Blanc, after a

hard day on the slopes, before enjoying gourmet cuisine in the evening. This chalet is not lacking in luxury toys and boasts a well-equipped gym along with a climbing wall and its own cinema, sauna and games room. The living area is dominated by a fireplace hanging from the ceiling, which makes for a real focal point whilst enjoying a glass of fine wine or champagne in the evening along with delectable canapés. The centre of Chamonix, with its wide selection of shops, bars, casino and cinema, is less than a five minute drive, not to mention the breathtaking Aiguille du Midi and the Vallée Blanche guided route.

UK's Longest Artificial Slope Saved The famous Hillend dry ski slope in Midlothian, near Edinburgh in Scotland, has been saved from closure after funds were found to keep the iconic slope open. The slope has long been a visible feature on the Edinburgh skyline and for decades has been a training ground for Britain’s best-known ski racers. It is also one of the world’s largest artificial surface ski slopes and one of the few that’s large enough to be served by a chairlift. The loss-making slope was threatened by the local council’s funding shortfall, but more than 27,000 people signed a Facebook campaign to save the slope and now

nearly £1m has been pledged by Sportscotland and the Scottish government to keep it open and make improvements, including a magic carpet lift to serve an extended beginners’ slope.


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TUI Teams Raise Over £10,000 The Disability Snowsport (DSUK) Skiathon returned for its third year at indoor snow centres across the UK last spring. The challenge, dubbed ‘666 the number of the piste’ was to ski or board 666 runs in 6 hours with a team of six people. TUI – the company which owns several leading UK ski tour operator businesses including Crystal, Thomson,

First Choice and Flexiski – fielded 13 teams and 75 TUI SHG staff raised £10,000 in sponsorship for this event. “We joined the Kingston Devils at a wonderful 6:30am to make our way to Milton Keynes for our days’ skiing!” said Ali of The King Stunners (“a delightful mixture of Flexi Ski and Crystal Ski staff”). “Decked out in our Skiathon bright blue t-shirts and spurred on by the event’s staff and the fantastic volunteers, who counted us in (every last slope run), we got underway! Huge credit to everyone who joined in, amongst us were the RAF Ski team – who displayed all their skills and speed throughout the day, and

the British Disabled Ski team, who challenged the RAF right up until the last run for the competition to see who could do the most runs. TUI Ski teams were well-represented and it gave an added opportunity to form new friendships and have a lot of laughs through the day. I’d highly recommend the Skiathon to anyone who wants to join in next year.”

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Snow Rehab BEN CLATWORTHY

InTheSnow’s Ben Clatworthy talks to Edith Rozsa, ex-Canadian National Alpine and Ski Cross Team member, who is now a company director and skis with clients at Snow Rehab. Edith is a self-confessed snow addict. Edith, you were nine times North American Alpine Champion and four times Canadian champion during an 11 year stint on the Canadian Ski Team, what’s your lasting memory of racing? ER> One word comes to mind: fortunate. While I missed many of the typical social aspects of adolescence, I was travelling the world, developing an international network of friends, and pursuing excellence. I developed skills to deal with disappointment and celebrated many wins. And, I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been able to carry my passion for the sport into my post-racing career.

How did you become involved with Snow Rehab? ER> Meeting Gordon, the other half of Snow Rehab, on the slopes of Big White was a serendipitous event. We share a massive passion for the mountains. When he approached me with the Snow Rehab concept, I immediately expressed interest not just in coaching his clients in the gates, but in a full partnership. I love sharing my passion for the mountains and the sport with others. I also host a TV show called Ski Television in the US, which allows me to travel around the world meeting people and showcasing mountain resorts. I was fortunate enough to visit Scotland for the first time this past April when I skied at Cairngorm, Hillend and the SnowZone. I’ve fallen in love with the country since then!

I’m told Ski Rehab is different in the way it almost takes clients back to their youth and gives them the all-

mountain treatment, would you say that’s a fair assumption? ER> Our market is youth-focused, but for slightly older skiers, there is no question that they will come to play in the mountains in ways that they may not have imagined possible. With so many days on-snow, their riding will improve exponentially. Additionally, the broad spectrum of activities and new skills they will acquire through the Avalanche, First Aid, nutrition, and ski tuning courses will feed their desire for knowledge. And there’s no question that going cat skiing and boarding will have everyone giggling between breaths of light, dry powder snow.

What’s on the cards for Snow Rehab this year? ER> Everything is new! Although it is our first year, both Gordon and I bring a diverse, yet relevant repertoire of skills to Snow Rehab. With his experience in the business world and mine in snow sports, we have a keen sense for what makes a great winter adventure and how to deliver it. That is why we are offering 4, 6 and 12 week instructor and improvement courses at Big White and Revelstoke Mountain Resort with a variety of start and end dates from January through April. We have packed many extras into the standard packages, and are also offering a menu of add-ons. It is our first year, and we are out to impress. If you had one tip for our readers ahead of the new season what would it be? ER> Skiing is anaerobic, so I recommend interval training. I know it hurts, but the benefits will outweigh the pain. Also, while you are watching TV, do some wall sits to strengthen your legs. It’s simple: back against the wall, feet a footand-a-half away. Slide down until your quads are parallel to the floor. Stay there until your legs are shaking, screaming and giving out. Repeat as many times as humanly possible. Lastly, and most important, go to comedy clubs to get your laughing muscles in shape...oh, and book into SnowRehab.com!

I was travelling the world, developing an international network of friends and pursuing excellence. I developed skills to deal with disappointment and celebrated many wins Snow Rehab is based out in Canada, what resort do you call home? ER> Whilst I grew up in Whistler, I have settled in Kelowna, British Columbia. This place is magical! Incredible summers with large, warm lakes, orchards and awardwinning wineries. Big White is my home mountain - just 45 minutes from town- it has a quaint ski-in, ski-out village with plenty of food and entertainment options.


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