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Swiss resorts Arosa and Lenzerheide are now connected by a stunning cable car, which means their joint ski area is one of the biggest and
best in the Alps, and the destination has much more to offer besides.
SAN MARTINO ITALY'S SECRET CLASSIC You won’t find it in many tour operators' brochures but San Martino is worth the effort to get there yourself. One of Italy’s classic resorts, it has it all – spectacular scenery, great skiing and awesome coffee.
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Almost all ski resorts claim to be ‘family friendly’, but when families arrive in tow they often find that some of the big famous resorts actually aren’t. Galtür on the other hand is perfectly sized and makes a real effort for families.
Another season is upon us (nearly) and all the clothing and equipment manufacturers have their new winter
collections up for your perusal. Here’s our pick of some of the best new kit for 2016/17.
excitement that snowy days are just around the corner now as another winter draws near. In fact, remarkably, this is our 50th edition, and later this season we’ll be gone by rather quickly.
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As usual we have lots of exciting news for the winter ahead. Ski resorts across Europe and North America,
along with airlines and tour operators, have been sending in their news for the 2016/17 season, and as usual we’ve got a nice eclectic collection of big news stories, quirky news snippets and even the odd downright unusual idea (skiing in Iraq anyone? Perhaps in your new ski jacket
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made of sugar?). Of course, it’s still a few months until the season “proper” gets underway and the charter flights start heading out, but that’s no reason not to hit the slopes just as soon as you like! September and October see a few dozen ski areas open in the Alps, the Rockies and even up in Scandinavia.
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equipment available for texting. So why wait? It feels great to get out in the snow ahead of the masses. Eight glacier ski areas are already open in Austria, and Kitzbühel is aiming to open on 22 October this year. There’s also Saas-Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland, and (from 1 October) Tignes in France. You could be among the first to ride up to the Stubai glacier near Innsbruck in its new giant gondola cabins built at a cost of tens of millions of euros and due to reopen on 30 September for its 10-month-long ski season. Well, wherever and whenever you hit the slopes this winter, have a great trip!
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TRAVEL COMPANY OFFERS SKI TRIP TO IRAQ n the same season that tour operator
designed for people of all abilities to come
With the easing of political tensions, the country
Mountain Heaven announced it was
is also currently seen as a safe destination for
launching ski package holidays to
Skiers will follow paths and routes explored
tourists except in some border areas.
Iran next season, a second company,
by Untamed Borders’ guides trekking and
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Untamed Borders, has announced it
climbing in the area over the past two
advise against all travel to large parts of Iraq,
will be organising a 10-day “recce”
winters. The group will ski the slopes of
however, and all but essential travel to the rest of
ski trip to Iraq from 28 January to 6
Halgurd – Iraq’s highest peak – and other
the country (gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/iraq).
areas. The group will be also exploring new
“Iraq has some major problems at the moment,
“As far as we are aware, this will be
routes and runs. Almost all of the area has
but in the far north of the country, security is
the first-ever commercial ski trip to
never been skied.
good, and it is possible to experience some
Iraq,” said James Willcox of Untamed
The tour will start in the historic city of Erbil
of the famous Kurdish hospitality among the
Borders Ltd, a company experienced
and head straight to the peaks around the
peaks. The chance to truly blaze a tourist trail
in organising trips to very off-the-beaten-track
town of Choman near the Iranian border, which
is a rare opportunity,” responds James.
ski destinations, including Afghanistan.
has a reputation for the region’s best and most
The trip costs US$2,450 (approximately
chosen passes through areas considered to
Iraq is, of course, a country more associated
£1,850) which includes all accommodation,
be relatively stable, things can change and the
with deserts but in fact has some great
Tour participants will also head to the village
breakfast daily, lunch when skiing, all ground
company may have to alter the route or cancel
mountainous terrain in the northern semi-
of Penjwen to witness and ski with Iraq’s only
transport and guiding.
sections of the trip at short notice.
autonomous Kurdistan region, which the first
ski club that teaches winter sports to local
A maximum number of 10 people can take
In Iraq, areas away from the roads do have
skiers travelling with Untamed Borders will
part in the trip and are asked to make their
a risk of landmines. Untamed Borders have
explore with a qualified international ski guide.
There will also be a visit to Korek Mountain
own arrangements for travel to Iraqi Kurdistan
experience in the region and access to maps
“Using the experience the Untamed Borders
Resort, subject to conditions, which is home to
and bring their ski equipment with them,
team has of guiding and climbing in Iraq, we
Iraq’s only ski lifts.
as well as their insurance and visas (which
have identified areas that offer some great ski
Despite their similar names, Iraq is a very
can normally be arranged on arrival in Iraq),
touring terrain,” said James.
different winter sports experience to Iran, which
although Untamed Borders can provide
Guests should ideally have some prior
has a dozen or so organised ski resorts, some
advice on all these matters.
experience of ski touring, although the trip is
with some of the highest ski lifts in the world.
SKIER SECURITY IN IRAQ Trips to Iraq do create dangers of their own, Untamed Borders state, and while they try to provide skiers with as much freedom as possible, they stress that the tour leader has the final word with regard to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. While the route
and information about where to ski and where to avoid. As with off-piste skiing in the rest of the world, there is also a small but serious avalanche risk.
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NEW SIX-SEATER LIFTS AT VAL THORENS Europe’s highest major resort, Val Thorens in Les 3 Vallées, has announced that two new sixseater chairlifts will be running there this coming winter following a €20 million investment by the SETAM lift company. The former Boismint quad chairlift is one of those being upgraded to a high-speed six-seater. The other new lift will replace the old Roc and Stade drag lifts and will end at the top of the Trolles run.
NEW GONDOLA AND RUN FOR GALTÜR The family-oriented resort of Galtür, neighbour to better-known Ischgl in the Austrian Tirol, has announced it’s installing a new 10-seat gondola ahead of the coming ski season. The new Euro 8m gondola will replace the existing Breitspitzbahn chairlift and also extend Galtür’s ski area, with the bottom station considerably A newly created 3km piste will be sweeping down to the bottom station. galtuer.com
LA PLAGNE STOPS GROOMING GLACIER There’ll be no groomed runs on the Bellecôte glacier above La Plagne from this winter on, the French resort has announced. The Bellecôte glacier, formerly a summer ski destination, is the highest point of La Plagne’s huge ski areas, which boast 2,000m of life-served vertical. The aim of the no-grooming policy is to make the area even more appealing to advanced skiers and boarders, a resort spokesperson said.
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ALTITUDE MOVES TO START OF WINTER
Independence, is reporting that
Europe and North America and
demand for ski holidays for the
we’re delighted to be featuring
2016/17 season is currently very
Italy for the first time,” said
buoyant for both North American
Michael Bennett, Managing
and European resorts, despite
Director of Ski Independence.
Brexit uncertainty leading to a
Ski Independence currently
offers 56 resorts throughout
It turns out there will be two Altitude festivals in
“I’m delighted to report strong
North America and Europe and
2016 as after moving from its traditional end-of-
early sales for winter 16/17 with
for the first time this season
season spring slot to a January date last winter,
our combined ski sales currently
will be offering holidays to Italy,
the famous comedy festival in the mountains
ne of the UK’s leading
30% ahead of the same point
including the resorts of Madonna
will be staged again before the end of the year,
independent ski tour operators,
last year. Our product range is
di Campiglio, Cortina d’Ampezzo
and indeed before Christmas at the very start of
undoubtedly our best ever across
and San Cassiano. ski-i.com
lower than the present chairlift bottom station.
The 11th Altitude Festival will be back in Mayrhofen in the Austrian Tirol, however, and
Mt Bachelor ski area in Oregon, USA, is installing
the original format of an intense five days with
a new Doppelmayr-built high-speed detachable
three shows daily will still be run when it takes
quad chairlift in time for the coming season. The new lift adds 257 hectares to the area’s
VAL GARDENA UPGRADES DRAG LIFT
lift-served terrain, making it the fifth largest ski
place from 11 to 16 December 2016 in Mayrhofen in the Austrian Tirol and Marcus Brigstocke, Andrew Maxwell and pals once again present
area in the United States, with 1,747 hectares,
two and a half times as many
the “funniest show on snow”.
Mt Bachelor claims. There will be 9,997m /15
as the old drag lift, and will be
The headliners, which in the past have included
slightly longer so will take skiers
Eddie Izzard, John Bishop and most other
and boarders right up to Passo
comedians you’ve ever heard of, are yet to
Sella as well as providing a direct
be announced, but acts confirmed so far
connection to the Sellaronda’s
include Zoe Lyons, Andy Askins, Daniel Sloss,
clockwise (green) route.
Glenn Wool, Kai Humphries and of course The
The 1km-long lift will take 3
International Improv Allstars.
minutes 21 seconds and rise 231m
The new December dates tie in with a Festival
in altitude, and Val Gardena has
of Light and Christmas Market in Mayrhofen.
chosen a striking blue for the seats.
Crystal Ski Holidays are partnering with Altitude
"Our excellent service and the
this season and offering flight, accommodation
hectares of additional groomed terrain.
50 FIRES IN 5 YEARS AT SKI VILLAGE The former Sheffield ski village, once home to the UK’s largest dry ski-slope facility where several of Britain’s current crop of worldclass freestyle skiers and boarders first learnt their tricks, has suffered 55 arson attacks in
Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites
dramatic upgrade of the area’s
impressive backdrop of the Val
and a variety of different levels of festival
the past five years. The ski village closed in
will open what the resort says will
30-year-old button lift Gran
Gardena mountainscape are once
admission wristband in an inclusive package.
April 2012 after an arson attack destroyed its
be Italy's first-ever heated chairlift.
Paradiso on Piz Sella.
again leading the way," said Tourist
Altitude wristbands will also get you one-
main buildings. There have been a number of
The chairlift, an eight-seater
The chairlift will be able to carry
Director Guenther Pitscheider.
day access to the nearby Hintertux Glacier.
with a price tag of €8m, marks a
2,200 people per hour, almost
attempts to reopen the ski village, but none has proved successful so far.
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EUROSTAR SKI TRAIN TICKETS ON SALE EARLIER
SNOWBOMBING CROSSES ATLANTIC
Eurostar have announced that tickets are now on sale for their direct
The Snowbombing Festival – one of the longest-established of the annual
ski train service from London St Pancras direct to the French Alps for
music festivals in the ski resorts calendar and the biggest – returns to its
regular venue of recent years in Mayrhofen, Austria, next 3–8 April 2017.
The service also stops at Ashford in Kent and then, after a journey of
However, the organisers have also announced the launch of a Canadian
around eight hours for the daytime service or 10 hours for an overnight
version of the festival next season too, Coors Light Snowbombing
option, arrives in the Alps.
Canada, which will run from 6–10 April 2017 – partially overlapping with
The train stops at stations a short bus, taxi or funicular railway ride
the Austrian event. This first-ever edition of Snowbombing outside of
from resorts in Les 3 Vallées as well as La Plagne, Les Arcs, La Rosière,
Europe will take place at Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia.
Tignes and Val d'Isere.
“20 years ago when we started Snowbombing it was a very distant
The service runs from mid-December to the start of April and ticket
dream to one day do it in North America. Now that dream is to
prices are currently the same as last year at £149 return for the
become a reality and we are so proud and excited to be able to launch
standard service or £229 for the premier service. The price includes
Snowbombing, Canada, in the superbly stunning Sun Peaks resort,” said
the right to bring along up to two bags.
Gareth Cooper, CEO of Broadwick Live which runs the festival.
Train tickets normally go on sale three months before journey day,
“Not only is this one of the best ski locations in Canada, but strangely it
but Eurostar are putting tickets on sale up to nine months ahead to
looks just like our Austrian home, Mayrhofen! We cannot wait to come
compete with airlines who are already selling tickets for the same
and share our unique style of après-ski and passion for music with the
period, allowing skiers to plan and book ahead.
people of Canada,” added Mr Cooper. snowbombing.com
BETTER-VALUE EXCHANGE RATES AT LONDON AIRPORTS THAN REGIONAL AIRPORTS meals out for a family of four in America. When it comes to buying euros, Heathrow and Gatwick top the table for best value where (on the day the survey was carried out) travellers got €1.07 for every pound. At the bottom of
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the table, West Country fliers travelling though Bristol got just over one euro (€1.0008) for each pound, and Scottish fliers got a similar rate going through Edinburgh (€1.0070). Canton FX are keen to point out that holidaymakers could save an additional €116 or $130 by using a prepaid currency card to exchange £1,000 compared to the best rate DAKINE
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“Currency exchange bureaus at the airport Research by foreign exchange company Caxton
more than 13%, with the survey of 10 major UK
have a captive audience, so they can offer
FX has found a major difference in exchange
airports finding a family of four exchanging
outrageously poor rates and are still confident
rates offered by in-airport exchange bureaus
£1,000 would get $136 more at Heathrow
that people will purchase foreign currency
depending on which airport you fly from.
(where the best rates were found) than they
from them,” said Rupert Lee-Browne, CEO of
This difference, at its most extreme, can be
would at Bristol (the worst) – equivalent to two
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difference? You bet they can. This is
not ski on them. The skis would not
The edges can be as sharp as
just one example of what can happen
move sideways on the snow, making
you like, but the skis should
to thousands of skiers every year.
it more or less impossible to control
still be able to skid sideways
For many people going on their
speed. The skis had been left with
unhindered. So if it feels like
annual ski holiday, the choice of
the edges proud of the base.
the skis cannot skid or they
skis is left to the person that greets
That was one experience and
skid sideways with jerky, catchy
them at the airport. He/she
movements then you have
moves around the bus selling
problems. To work well skis
ski hire on the way to the
have to be able to skid and
resort. The choice of skis is
grip with ease in order to
number of years ago I met
often decided at that moment,
control speed and direction.
someone on the slopes who was
with little to no knowledge of
Using poorly or incorrectly
about to give up skiing. He was
your skiing ability, the type
maintained skis is like driving
struggling and frustrated. He
of ski, the quality of the ski,
a car with bald tyres, using
believed it had something to do
the servicing, or the shop. It’s
training shoes with no grip,
with his skiing. He was literally
complete chance, and the
ice skates with blunt edges,
ready to catch the chairlift back
decision is often based on cost
down, hand back his skis and
with no knowledge of how
give up skiing for good. Luckily I
much effect getting the right,
managed to persuade him to meet
me after his ski lesson. He was fit,
can have on the outcome of
young and there was no reason
the skiing holiday.
why he should not be able to ski.
Normally I try to avoid putting
I met him on the slopes and saw
my skis over a machine for a
him do two turns, and immediately
service if I can and just ask for
recognised there was something
the edges to be sharpened
wrong with his skis. They had been
and the skis waxed. With skis
serviced badly. Later, I took him into
that are very shaped the quality
a ski shop and asked for a brand-
of the base is paramount. You
new pair of skis. This way I knew
only need a slight concave sole
luckily I could recognise the
that if you’re not that experienced
that nobody had tampered with
with the edges left proud from
problem and rectify it. I now know
then the skis do not matter. They
the skis, and I could be assured
the base and the difference in the
all the shops in the resort where I
matter even more. You can get
they had not been serviced by a
skis performance is astronomical
ski and know all the technicians.
advice before you go; do not cut
poorly adjusted machine or by a
– negatively. When the skis need
poorly trained technician. We went
repairing then a shop and a machine
back out and he could ski. The
it is. I took my Salomon BBRs into a
difference was astronomical. He
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DON’T LEAVE YOUR SKIS TO CHANCE If you do wish to reserve your skis in advance or on the bus on the way to the airport, reserve the best you can. Don’t fall into the common mistake of thinking
corners to save a few quid, make sure you can change them as much as you like and do not get
shop I was not familiar with to get
RECOGNISING POORLY MAINTAINED SKIS
could ski well and was loving it.
them repaired, then took them out
So how do you know if your skis
cannot change shops if you’re
Can your skis make that much
for a ski afterwards. I literally could
are badly tuned? It’s simple.
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SKI BUSINESSES REPORT POST-BREXIT BOUNCE BACK
SKI TECHNIQUE LAB GOES ON UK NATIONAL TOUR
CERVINIA CELEBRATES 80 YEARS OF KEY LIFT
A number of ski travel businesses reported record-high business
Warren Smith and his Academy team are touring the UK this October
Cervinia, which recently reopened for summer glacier skiing, is
for August by the end of last month, following what for many was
giving Ski Technique Lab talks consisting of a lecture and a personal
celebrating 80 years since the completion of the first Breuil–Plan
an exceptionally bad July, raising hopes that Brexit may not be the
range test assessment at venues from Bristol to the Scottish Highlands.
Maison cable car in 1936.
disaster this season some had feared, as skiers come off the fence.
The talks will explain the link between ski technique, biomechanics
The lift was built within two years of the founding of Cervino in 1934
“We saw a significant slowdown in the summer months when we
and ski equipment precision and why getting these three elements
and played a crucial part in the resort becoming one of the most
normally begin to see the first flourish of transfer bookings for the
correct and in sync is vital for ski technique development and
important ski resorts in Italy and indeed worldwide.
coming winter. Preparing ourselves for a tough time ahead we
unlocking classic blocks in skier movement patterns.
Today the resort operates 24 lifts and shares a larger international ski
started to wonder if the worst doomsayers might be correct and
The talks, staged in Ellis Brigham stores at 7.30pm, will include “3 Way
area with Zermatt across the Swiss border.
a terrible time was awaiting us all. But then came August,” says
Foundation” tests for everyone attending, from which it will be possible
The summer ski season, which lasts until 4 September, takes place on
Charlotte Allister of transfers company Ski-lifts.com, one of the
to see if you need to either balance out the difference between the
the largest summer ski area in Europe with 25km of ski runs.
companies claiming the last full month of summer saw bumper
right and left side of your body or to improve your range.
The high altitude with skiing from 3,500m at Plateau Rosà to the 3,883m
bookings for them.
“After the ‘3 Way Foundation’ tests, everyone will have enough
Klein Matterhorn and Europe’s highest lifts at 3,899m at the Gobba
“August this year has seen records broken across the board at Ski-
information to build their own technique development programme off
di Rollin means there’s often winter-like snow conditions even during
lifts and has more than made up for any reductions in the earlier
snow and dramatically change their skiing for the better,” says Warren.
the hottest summer months. There are ski runs for the experts (the
part of the summer. It seems that people were just being a little bit
Each session will run for approximately two hours and costs £8
World Cup athletes train here) but also runs for less experienced skiers.
sensible. How very British of them!”
per person. The tour starts in Glasgow on 6 October moving on to
Freestylers have the Gravity Park terrain park to enjoy. The Plateau Rosà
Charlotte says she believes poor snowfall starts to the past two
Fort William (7th), Castleford (10th), Manchester (11th), Tamworth
glacier can be reached from Cervinia town in half an hour with the Cime
seasons and Christmas and New Year falling will also have had a
(12th), Bristol (17th), Milton Keynes (18th), London St Paul’s (20th),
Bianche Laghi to Plateau Rosà cable car an attraction in itself.
negative impact on booking for the coming winter.
Kensington High St (21st), Covent Garden (24th) then finally (27th–
Once at Plateau Rosà, a museum entitled “A Mountain of Work”
30th) The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show.
contains an exhibition of photos and tools used to build the first lift
systems in the Breuil area 80 years ago.
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FIRST 5★ HOTEL FOR LES ARCS
MAMMOTH CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF UNBOUND
Smugglers’ Notch ski area in Vermont, Eastern USA, has announced it is
Les Arcs will open its first 5★ hotel this winter, the Taj-I Mah in Arc 2000.
Mammoth, one of the world’s leading destinations for terrain parks, is
investing $4.1 million (around £3.1 million) to build a two-storey facility to
The famous ski centre follows a trend in French resorts since the country
celebrating two decades of its Unbound Terrain Parks this winter.
replace its beloved old FunZone, an ageing temporary building that was
first introduced the highest 5★ level in 2009 (previously 4★ was the
Today the Californian resort’s Unbound Terrain Parks extend to a
converted to create the original FunZone back in 1999.
maximum here). Located at the arrival of the “Le Cabriolet” gondola with
remarkable 13 separate parks, four half pipes, 100+ jibs and over 50
Work is already underway on the new facility, part-funded by a $1 million
ski-in/ski-out access, the 48 room and suite hotel offers stunning views
jumps on any given day.
(around £750,000) state development low-interest loan, which will feature
and has large windows throughout to take advantage of this and to let in
Throughout the 2016/17 season, Mammoth plans to celebrate the
laser tag and a two-sided climbing wall among other activities, not to
the light. All rooms and suites will have a spacious private balcony and
history of Unbound and highlight the achievements to the present.
mention Ninja Warriors.
bathroom with bath and separate toilets, and each has flat-screen TV, wi-
This history will be delivered through events, parties, on-hill
“We’re going to have a Ninja Warrior course for kids and adults, actually
fi access, mini-bar, Nespresso coffee machine and private safe.
activations and digital storytelling, the resort says.
starting for kids as young as four years old and up. All of these things
The hotel will feature two restaurants, a lounge bar, a south-facing
One new development with Unbound this winter is a plan to build
are designed for families to do together,” Bill Stritzler, the resort’s owner,
panoramic terrace and 400m2 spa with swimming pool, sauna, hammam,
jumps and platforms out of snow throughout the massive bowl below
told local media. Smugglers’ Notch has for decades now topped polls on
Jacuzzi, salt wall, experience showers, relaxing zone and solarium. Spa
Hemlock Ridge, a hike-accessed powder playground and “rite of
the most family-friendly ski area in North America thanks to its “genuine
treatments will be available. The restaurants will be managed by 1★
passage” for any Mammoth newbie for the last 50 years.
feeling” focus on traditional family values, including spending time together
Michelin Guide chef Eric Samson. “La Rotisserie” will offer a wide variety
This season, inspired by Travis Rice’s backcountry snowboard events,
having fun, as well as providing state-of-the-art-childcare and offering high-
of meals and “Diamant Noir” a more gastronomic experience.
the newly created jumps and platforms will allow riders the chance to
value, high-quality options on aspects of a family holiday such as eating out
Across French ski resorts, Courchevel now has more than twenty 5★
pick a line with more flow and airtime.
together. Families with children make up about 95% of the resort’s visitors.
hotels and Val d’Isère half a dozen too, and some areas less known
“The Unbound Terrain Park crew will work to expertly choose
Despite opening four waterparks and offering activities like Segway trips,
as luxury destinations, including La Clusaz, also now have 5★ hotels.
locations for these enhanced natural features, making for a more fun
tennis, mountain biking and the flyboarding in the summer, Stritzler says the
However, Les Arcs is different in that it previously had almost entirely
and creative freeride and freeski ‘side country’ experience,” said a
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f you’ve ticked off your list some of
individual oil-powered heating systems in hotels with
the most stunning ski destinations in
a communal biomass green energy system and petrol
the world – perhaps Zermatt, Lake
pumps with charging points for electric cars. In fact, in
Louise, Niseko – and you’ve visited
a nice marketing move, San Martino and Passo Rolle
most of the world’s “classic” ski
have so much hydro-electricity to spare that they offer
destinations – Cortina, Megève, Aspen,
the chance to charge up your electric or hybrid car free
St Moritz – there may be one resort
of charge, while you recharge your own mental and
you’ve missed that ticks both those
spiritual batteries out in their stunning mountain scenery.
boxes. It seems to have dropped off
“During the long days spent on the slopes, while your
the list of destinations from most British
spirit and body are regenerating, your car is charging
tour operators in recent years, but
too… for free and without creating pollution,” a resort
it’s easy enough to get to under your
spokesperson told me.
own steam: San Martino di Castrozza
In keeping with that love for and protection of
in Italy’s famously snowy and sunny
nature, freeride skiing and boarding come naturally
at San Martino. After all, that’s what they practised
Why so special? Well, firstly, if you’re
here before the first lifts were built and the first trail
into spectacular scenery there are few better choices.
groomers rolled up the mountainside. Thanks to the
Located in the heart of a UNESCO Natural World
different exposures of the slopes in this area there’s
Heritage Site, the “Pale di San Martino” has some of
a strong reputation for long-lasting powdery snow
the most stunning scenery in the Dolomites.
with plenty of natural jumps and chutes to enjoy. Just
Next there is the classic feel of San Martino which is
ensure you tackle it all with a guide who knows the
hard to put into words. There is a timeless elegance
local terrain and the conditions.
that a few long-established ski areas have but
But if you don’t fancy too much exertion, the good
most don’t. San Martino definitely has it, with lots of
news is that enjoying life rather than racing around (or,
characterful shops (you must try Bancher, established in
if you like, enjoying life BETWEEN racing around) is very
1924, for everything from traditional mountain clothing
popular in San Martino, as indeed it is in all of Trentino.
to locally made toys, wines and grappas, or the five
There are lots of great mountain restaurants in
Slalom Shops – one each
which to stop and take
for “sports”, “fashion”, “men”,
a break. For example,
“women” and “children” for
piste-side, on the slopes
fashion and mountain sports),
as well as cafes, restaurants
Malga Ces (malgaces.it)
FLYSKI Shuttle and tailor-made
has views towards one
And of course there’s the
transfer service by taxi or coach
of the most spectacular
skiing within the beautiful
from various Northern Italy airports
mountainscapes in the
“Paneveggio-Pale di San
(the nearest are Venice Marco Polo,
Alps: the western wall of
Martino” Nature Park. It’s
Verona and Treviso-Sant’Angelo).
the Pale di San Martino.
the best names in Italian
Martino di Castrozza,
Homemade pasta with a
not a huge area, which is perhaps why the tour
Tel. +39 0439 768867
rich venison sauce is a
operators stay away in
this modern era that is
Or for something a
obsessed with giant,
little more modernist,
soulless resorts. There
the Tognola Hut up at
are more than 60km of
2,200m has its own high-
runs, though, ranging
altitude pool hall, and the observation platform has a
from 1,404m to 2,357m in
immediately above San
altitude, with the Passo Rolle sector recognised as
large solarium with no wind blowing through, a VIP
one of the most snow-sure in Italy. Plus it is part of
area, bar, sandwich shop, a pizza takeaway, bakery,
the huge Dolomiti Superski area pass, which means
and an indoor and outdoor self-service restaurant.
you can ski at neighbouring areas without needing
Here you can taste the full flavours of Trentino cooking
another ticket, with 1,200km of runs in more than a
as the chefs choose from “zero kilometres” food
dozen valleys included.
ingredients sourced locally for their traditional dishes.
There are three snowparks: the Colverde Snowpark,
At the end of the day, the après-ski scene in San
lit up at night, the San Martino Snowpark and the Rolle
Martino is not to be missed either. You might start off
Railz Park, and for families with younger children,
in the Ristobar Campo Base, a modern bar located
Kinderland on the Tognola Alp and a special nursery
at the foot of the Tognola ski lifts. Here you can sink
slope for beginners (Prà delle Nasse).
a few top-quality local beers and maybe catch a live
The good news is that San Martino di Castrozza is
band or DJ set.
also one of the “greenest” ski resorts in the world, so
Or in downtown San Martino, the Ranch Bar has a
your hotel stay and days on the slopes all come guilt-
great reputation with a family atmosphere, great food,
free with zero CO2 emissions.
especially excellent beers and a wide selection of wines.
The village has been powered by renewable electricity
But wherever you end up in San Martino you’re
for over a century (since before most places even
going to feel you are somewhere special. That
had electricity, in fact, and long before anyone started
combination of classic ski area, historic mountain
worrying about climate change). Indeed, it now makes
town, strong community and environmentally
10 times as much green energy as it needs and is
friendly ethos, all set against the backdrop of some
a net exporter to the grid. It has increased its green
of the most stunning mountain scenery on earth, is
credentials still further in recent years by replacing old
definitely a winning combination.
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R E A S O N S
VAL CENIS Val Cenis is one of the internationally less
a little local astronomy.
works hard to build on this community
well-known ski areas of France, located on
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for all new arrivals. Through the season there
country. With a big ski area and modern lifts
Although it’s fair to say Val Cenis is a
are weekly torch-lit descents for children
above several traditional villages it’s an area
particularly good resort for beginners
during the school holidays, shows, sports
well worth exploring.
(10 green runs to practise on including
tournaments and a carnival in February. You
the wonderful 10km-long Escargot trail),
can even visit the local cheese farm!
and that there’s loads of terrain suited to
Val Cenis has some of the most attractive
intermediates, advanced skiers and freestyle
ski slopes you’ll find anywhere. Its upper
fans shouldn’t write it off! There’s some
There’s a great selection of accommodation
runs, stretching as high as 2,800m and
excellent north-facing off-piste terrain and
in Val Cenis, much of it built in the past few
opening up 1,400m of skiable vertical, offer
two freeride circuits so you can enjoy plenty
years close to the base of the slopes. Most
spectacular views out across the national
of powder or moguls. There’s also the
of these residences are 3 or 4★, many offer
park. The lower half of the mountain below
chance to visit one of the smaller ski areas
ski-in/ski-out access, and several have
2,000m is covered in larch and pine forests
including nearby Bonneval, located on the
facilities like swimming pools and a bakery
giving beautiful tree-lined descents. There
other side of the mountain from Val d’Isère,
delivery service for that essential morning
are 125km of trails in total, served by fast,
and a famous freeride powder paradise.
entertained for a week, including a link to
the slopes of neighbouring Termignon.
The twin villages of Lanslevillard and
The French Alps specialist offers holidays
Lanslebourg are both genuine mountain
to Val Cenis from £144pp per week (approx.
Lots Of Alternatives
communities, which have both remained
€167), including Eurotunnel crossings with
There’s plenty to do off the slopes as
largely unspoilt despite the expansion of
a free FlexiPlus upgrade. Peak Retreats
well as on. The villages are home to
the ski area above over the years. The
recommends the 4★ self-catered residence
two cinemas, a six-lane bowling alley
two villages share around 40 bars and
Les Chalets de Flambeau ideally located
and several ice rinks. You can book a
restaurants, fairly evenly divided between
at the foot of the slopes and with indoor
paragliding lesson or a donkey-pulled
them and in most cases small, friendly,
heated pool and spa facilities. Seven nights
carriage ride. Back on the snow there are
family-run establishments serving good local
from 31 December 2016 from £398pp
lots of toboggan runs, tubing or you can
food at reasonable prices – often a very
(approx. €462) based on five sharing a
sign up for a snowshoe hike, perhaps the
different experience than in the purpose-
two-bedroom apartment and including
sunset special or even a night hike taking in
built modern resorts. The local tourist office
comfortable lifts, so plenty to keep you
014 // OCT16
THE SNOW CENTRE GOES SWISS
STILL MORE BIG GONDOLAS AT SAALBACH
NEW NISEKO HOTEL AIMS TO FILL GAP IN MARKET
The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead has a new look: a Swiss look.
Saalbach Hinterglemm in Austria’s Salzburgerland will further
Always Niseko, the newest property from accommodation providers
Skiers and boarders enjoying their time on the closest real-snow slopes
consolidate its position as “the ski resort operating the most
Niseko Alpine Developments (NISADE), will open for winter 2016/17
to London will no longer be looking at views of the Austrian Tirol at
gondolas in the world” by adding another two big new gondolas.
and is already taking reservations.
Sölden as they had since the centre opened, but now at stunning views
The new Doppelmayr-built Schönleitenbahn lift will have cabins
“It’s time for something a bit different,” says NISADE Chairman
of the Alps further west in the Valais region of Switzerland. Besides the
that can each hold 10 seated skiers and boarders and will
Jonathan Martin. “Niseko has a need for lower-cost accommodation
branding, which extends to other parts of the building, the partnership
have a capacity of 3,200 guests per hour. It replaces the old
that doesn’t compromise on quality or comfort, and that’s what Always
also covers events at The Snow Centre and cross-use of communication
Schönleitenbahn in Saalbach.
channels as well as joint trips to Switzerland.
The new 12er Express lift, also a 10-seater, will connect the
In fact, Always is far from budget accommodation, but NISADE
“In order to be front of mind for new skiers, Switzerland wants to be
Zwölferkogel and the lifts in the Westgipfel sector.
believes the hotel’s 104 modern rooms are available at a price point
present at their first attempts on the slopes. This was the reason for
In other projects on the mountain, the Oberschwarzach lift will
that ensures it offers “quality yet value accommodation”. Connecting
Switzerland Tourism together with the Valais entering a partnership
be rebuilt as a T-Bar to a double drag lift, and a new snowmaking
rooms and the choice of twin or king beds will mean configurations for
with the Snow Centre,” a spokesperson for Switzerland Tourism said.
reservoir, Asitz II, with a capacity of about 74,000m3, will go into
families and parties of all sizes will be possible.
“This is a great way to position Switzerland as early as possible as the
operation at the Asitzbahn mid station in Leogang.
Always Niseko is the brainchild of long-time Niseko enthusiasts Alan
ideal ski destination for this new audience.”
Since 2000, the lift companies of Saalbach Hinterglemm,
Cheok and Wayne Yang, who are aiming to fill a perceived gap in
In addition to that, the presence at The Snow Centre allows Switzerland
Leogang and Fieberbrunn have invested more than €432 million
the market. It will feature an on-site café and high-speed wi-fi, and is
to send marketing material to ski and snowboard fans who regularly visit
(around £365 million) in modernising and improving the comfort
located a 10-minute walk from downtown Hirafu.
the slopes and the ones who think about getting back on the slopes.
of the ski resort.
“Just say a group of powder hounds on the young side want to book
From 7 to 9 October, a public launch event will be the official start of
Other ski resorts operating almost as many gondolas as Saalbach
a ski trip. They quickly find that their options are lower-end lodging,
the partnership. Besides the branding of the indoor slope, there will
include Méribel in France and Kronplatz in Italy’s South Tyrol.
hotels in a higher price bracket or chalets that mean they need to get
be Swiss specialties available in the restaurant and a check-in area
Along with the most gondolas, Saalbach Hinterglemm is also one of
a certain number of people to commit. This is the ideal option for them:
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well as a special official
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It is tough choosing which
The good news is that
from the complete beginner
village to spend your
whichever you choose, that
through to the hardened pro.
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fast connection means you
Both Arosa and Lenzerheide
little on what you prefer.
can enjoy skiing above both
have been offering snow-
Arosa is the smaller of the
resorts quickly and easily
sport holidays for more than
two, a high-altitude, snowy
wherever you’re based. You
a century, but it was only a
can also enjoy the warm
few years ago that someone
whereas Lenzerheide is the
welcome, great food and
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bigger resort with a great
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their two ski areas with an
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016 // OCT16
OFFICE DU TOURISME VAL D'ISÈRE
BIG SKY INSTALL TWO NEW CHAIRLIFTS
INGHAMS OFFER FREE SKIING ON NEW YEAR’S DAY
CRYSTAL SKI LAUNCHES 2016/17 PROGRAMME
Big Sky Resort in Montana, one of the largest ski areas in North
Tour operator Inghams say that guests staying with them over New
They’ve been selling 2016/17 ski season holidays since the end of
America, is adding two new chairlifts for the coming ski season.
Year can receive a day’s “free” skiing, which they say is on New Year’s
2015, but Crystal Ski Holidays, the UK’s largest ski holiday operator,
The other new lift is the replacement Challenger chair, also
Day 2017, when they book a holiday with the company that week.
have now published their official main brochure for next winter
Doppelmayr-built, a conveyor-load, triple fixed-grip chairlift which
Inghams are offering Friday departure in December at the start of the
(although they stopped calling it a brochure a few years ago; now
will take nine minutes to make its ascent. That will be three minutes
coming season so that their guests don’t have to travel on Christmas
it’s the Crystal Mountain Guide). Your Guide to the Mountain has 220
faster than the previous Challenger lift, which was built in 1988.
Eve or New Year’s Eve, which both fall on the traditional changeover
pages with information on the 129 resorts worldwide Crystal will offer
The as-yet-unnamed new Bowl Lift is a Doppelmayr six-seat high-
day, Saturday, this year.
holidays to next winter, with departures from 24 UK airports and St
speed detachable chairlift with heated seats, head rests and pull-
They revert to Saturdays on the first weekend of January 2017,
Pancras and Ashford rail stations as well as numerous ferry points.
down bubble of the most technologically advanced design in the USA.
meaning people booking trips over New Year can enjoy an eight-night
There are new Crystal childcare facilities in the Hotel La Brunerie in
The lift will replace the Lone Peak Triple, which was one of the
holiday, departing Friday 30 December 2016 and returning Saturday 7
Les 2 Alpes, a Pepi Penguin nursery during the school term and a
original lifts when Big Sky Resort first opened in 1973. The new lift
Whizz Kids Club for children aged four to 11 during school holidays.
will be twice as fast as the old, taking just three minutes to make
“Skiing on New Year’s Day will be completely free as all Inghams’
Skiers heading to Switzerland will find transfers from Geneva and
travel inclusive (a package with flights, transfers and accommodation)
Zurich airports to all Swiss ski resorts will be by train instead of coach.
“We’re very excited about the installation of two brand-new
holidays include a one-day free lift pass and one-day free equipment
The company has a number of deals available as always, including the
Doppelmayr chairlifts. We think these two lifts will improve the skier
hire,” said Rachel Gaston from Inghams.
chance to “Brexit-proof” much of your ski holiday cost with a Crystal
experience exponentially. They’re two more reasons that Big Sky
To qualify for the free New Year’s Day ski offer on lift passes and
Ski Plus package, which includes flights, transfers, local lift pass, ski/
Resort is the Biggest Skiing in America,” said Big Sky’s Chelsi Moy.
equipment rental, Inghams’ guests should pre-book seven days’
board hire or ski carriage and a week’s self-catering.
The lifts are the first new lifts for a decade at the US resort, with the
equipment hire and/or lift pass and will only be charged for six days.
Prices for Crystal Ski Plus packages are from £479pp based on
Dakota Triple Chair installed in 2006 the last new lift.
This offer must be pre-booked and is not available in resort, and the
four sharing on a holiday in Les Villages du Bachat Apartments,
free lift pass offer only applies to local area lift passes.
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Saint-Lary in the French Pyrenees is an authentic Pyrenean village with loads of character. Less than two hours from Toulouse Airport (and just one hour and 15 minutes from Tarbes– Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport), it is an affordable alternative destination for families in peak weeks with much better prices than in the Alps, or for couples looking for a weekend break. Best time of day to be on the slopes:
Best regional food:
dedicated to relaxation and well-being using the
Noon, when you leave the groomed slopes to
Visit Le Comptoir Gourmand for less-well-known
natural thermal waters for which the area has long
head to the Refuge de l’Oule at 1,820m to have
but utterly scrumptious local food as well as
been famous. The water is extracted at 32° from
lunch in front of Lake Oule in the Pyrenees
French and Spanish products from the wider
a well just alongside the spa and eases the aches
National Park. The great run to the refuge takes
Pyrenees region. It’s the best place to get local
and pains from the day’s skiing or riding. For an
you down through the forest on the L’Oule red
wine, cheese and pork products from the area’s
added treat book a massage in the Nuxe Spa.
run and along a path following the cliff side.
famous black pigs. Pick up a bottle of the local rich red Madiran wine.
If you have a car, take a trip across the valley
The ICC (or to give it its full title, which no one
to the resort of Peyragudes (www.peyragudes.
does, the “Izard Café Central”) is the place the
The Festival of the Black Pig in January where
com), a ski-in/ski-out location at 1,600m in the
locals head to for their favourite homegrown
you can taste the famous black pig, “Porc Noir de
Louron Valley (which has also just been awarded
wines and great music. It’s located in the main
Bigorre”, and its various products including jam!
the “famille plus” for the 2016/17 season).
town of Saint-Lary.
The resort was used in the James Bond film
Best for families:
Tomorrow Never Dies and to celebrate 20
Saint-Lary holds the “Family Plus Mountain” label
years since the film was made, a run has been
De Le Rue’s Line, dedicated to the local De
which means it has been officially recognised
re-named 007 for this season! Off-piste you
Le Rue brothers, who are famous French
as going that extra mile for families. Families are
can also enjoy the Pyrenees’ own mini “Vallee
snowboarding champions. This is an easy
well catered for on and off the slopes, and there
Blanche” here, a 5km off-piste itinerary with a
section of the snowpark where skiers and riders
is plenty of entertainment for children in the
shuttle bus to return you back to the resort.
of all levels can take part in a boardercross. The
town and on the slopes. Ski holiday packages to Saint-Lary (saintlary.com)
snowpark hosts a number of events through the
Helping you ski when, where and for as long as you want
Best day out:
season including the “Poney Session” and the
Best après-ski experience:
are available with Erna Low (ernalow.co.uk) and
Freestyle World Cup.
Stop by Sensoria Spa by Nuxe – a huge space
Ski Weekends (www.skiweekends.com).
Don’t just dream of snow,
Call one of our ski experts on
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ANCIENT IMAGE OF SKIER DEFACED A 5,000-year-old rock carving on the island of Tro off Norway’s west coast depicting a hunting scene including hunters on skis has been defaced in an act described as a “sad, sad story” and a “national tragedy” by archaeologists who added that the damage was irreparable. The perpetrators were two boys who said they had only intended to make the scene easier to see. “It was done out of good intentions and I don’t think they understood how serious it was," the local mayor commented.
MORE FREE CAR CHARGING IN SKIWELT Austria’s giant SkiWelt ski area has announced that its network of electric charging stations located in the car parks at the base of its various lifts will be further expanded for this coming season. The SkiWelt will have nine charging points available to charge up their cars free of charge during a day on the slopes using the same 100% “green” hydro power the area uses to power all its lifts.
ANOTHER $800M FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM Another $800m of funding is set to go into the long-delayed American Dream “megamall” in New Jersey, which features North America’s first indoor snow slope. Work on the mall started 12 years ago, and the ski slope was completed in 2008, but neither it nor the still incomplete mall have ever opened. The cost of American Dream has now reached almost $5 billion, and the latest in a very long list of hoped-for opening dates is “mid-2018”.
SKI-THEMED BAR FOR NORTHERN IRELAND The first ski-themed bar in Northern Ireland will open in October as part of the new £4 million Bullitt Hotel development on the city’s Ann Street and Victoria Street. The Baltic Bar will
LUXURY ECO GUEST HOUSE FOR VAL THORENS
NEW COURCHEVEL AREA FOR HANDICAPPED SKIERS
be one of Europe and the world’s
wastewater treatment … in fact,
highest ski area accommodations
the entire chalet has been built to
when it opens this winter.
minimise its environmental impact
Due to open in early 2017,
as much as possible.
La Datcha has been built 2,300m
The chalet features five
up on the slopes above Europe’s
bedrooms, swimming pool, indoor
highest resort using innovative,
and outdoor Jacuzzi, cinema
eco-friendly building techniques.
room, gym, games room and golf
La Datcha is a five-floor
simulator, and there’s an in-house
Courchevel in Les 3 Vallées has announced
luxury chalet featuring energy
chef and team to cater to the
that it will be creating a special section of its
al Thorens’ first eco-friendly luxury
slopes dedicated to handicapped skiers from
guesthouse, La Datcha will also
this winter on.
for winter 2016/17 which are available for visitors
The resort has already invested a lot in recent years in making much of its terrain and ski lifts easier and safer to use by handicapped skiers,
MULTIMEDIA DANCE AND SKI SHOW PLANNED FOR AUSTRIA’S STUBAI
so the creation of a dedicated “handiski” area is seen as the next step. The Courchevel Village, 1650 and 1850 French Ski Schools have all joined forces to provide a shared starting point for the new area in the resort’s Pralong quarter.
offer “dancing on the tables” in a re-creation of the lively après-ski atmosphere in resorts like
the Neuland open-air arena in
spectrum of the performance will
“The site was chosen for its ease of road access
Ischgl and St Anton. It’s not clear if drinkers will
Neustift/Milders in the Austrian
include everything from touching
and terrain layout, as it is situated in a “ZEN
Tirol on Friday 17 February, 2017.
orchestral pieces to rhythmically
zone” and served by two specially adapted
Presented by world-famous dancer
intense dance numbers and rock-
ski tows, as well as a six-seater detachable
and choreographer Enrique Gasa
history classics, which the organisers
chairlift,” said a resort spokesperson.
Valga, who has been the Tirolean
hope will make the show attractive to
Two dedicated parking spaces have also been
State Theatre Director of Ballet since
a wide audience.
created nearby to make access easier for those
2009, the organisers promise this
“It’s the scenery. Here in Neustift,
with reduced mobility.
The family-oriented resort of Galtür, neighbour
outdoor spectacle will be “stunning”.
I feel I have infinite space,”
Twelve specially trained instructors, led by
to better-known Ischgl in the Austrian Tirol, has
The show will combine dance
commented Gasa Valga.
advisor Pierre-Emmanuel Bernoud, have
announced it’s installing a new Euro 8m, 10-seat
with music, freestyle skiing, light,
After Gaia Stubai’s premiere on Friday
committed to the project by providing
gondola ahead of the coming ski season.
multimedia installations and 3D
17 February 2017 in Neustift, the
instruction at the new area.
The new gondola will replace the existing
mapping. Gasa Valga is famed for his
second show will take place a week
While facilities for handicapped skiers on the
emotionally intense choreographic
later on 24 February. Tickets cost
slopes continue to improve at resorts around
A new multimedia dance
style which will be taken to a
€45 (£38) for adults and €9 (£7.60) for
the world, with some also offering discounted
performance entitled “Gaia Stubai
new level by the performance
children under 15. Children under 10
lift passes, an area specifically dedicated to
– Mother Earth” will premiere at
taking place on snow. The musical
go free. gaia-stubai.com
handicapped skiers is unusual.
be welcomed in their ski boots, but retro pairs of 1980s skis are set to be displayed on the walls.
NEW GALTÜR GONDOLA
Breitspitzbahn chairlift, serving the beautiful runs above the scenic Kopsee reservoir. The gondola will run from 1,768m to 2,295m, with a newlycreated 3km piste sweeping down to the bottom station by the lake. galtuer.com
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ISCHGL CREATES 2KMLONG ZIP WIRE RIDE
NEW HOSTEL FOR ALPE D’HUEZ SKI AREA
Ischgl has announced it is unveiling a remarkable 2km-long zip
A brand-new hostel offering low-priced accommodation in a
wire this winter. The new “Ski Fly” at the Austrian Tirolean resort,
communal building will open in the Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine
built at a cost of €2 million, has parallel wires running from the
ski area this December.
Silvrettabahn mid-station to the roof terrace of the two-year-old
The all-new Moontain Hostel in Oz-en-Oisans, a village connected
Pardatschgratbahn valley station.
by lifts and ski runs to Alpe d’Huez, promises lodging prices down to
The parallel wires mean that two people can “fly” together into the
€30pp (around £25) per night even in high season.
valley, whizzing underneath the Kitzloch suspension bridge and the
The ski-in / ski-out hostel is being marketed at solo travellers,
cables of the Fimbabahn lift. You will need to buy a special ticket to
couples and families with a design concept that aims at being
use the SkyFly, which will not be included in the lift pass.
“stylish, contemporary and connected” with each bedroom furnished
Each ride (or “flight” as Ischgl prefer to call the experience) will cost
with comfort in mind. There’ll be a communal living and kitchen area
€35 (about £30) for adults and €21 (about £17) for children.
where residents can cook and eat together, meet new people and
SkyFly will be open in both winter and summer seasons.
share the day’s adventures. alpedhuez.com
TIGNES LE LAC
ANYONE FOR A SPOT OF SNOWGA? osteopathy consultation and the other two a sport massage. The Snowga package is delivered by a trained osteopath, a yoga and Pilates therapist and a professional ski instructor. “I have long been a professional skier and, naturally, as a sportswoman, I have always been fascinated with how the body moves, responds and recovers,” said Aurélia, adding, “As soon as I discovered yoga, especially the benefits of meditation and developing one’s mental wellbeing, I saw that there was an irresistible link I could make between the two sports.” The luxurious Chalet Les Brames
Elite Ski Team, Co-Director
in December following a full
Rental of Chalet Les Brames, which
in Méribel has announced a new
Aurélia Chrétien Pomès says
refurbishment which includes a
has six double en-suite bedrooms,
focus on mental well-being for its
that snowga offers a holistic
fitness area, two massage rooms, a
costs from £17,000 per week.
guests with a uniquely designed
approach to skiing and is based
hammam, an ice-cold plunge pool
The Snowga package costs from
“snowga” programme – described
on the fundamental principles
and yoga/Pilates area.
€2,750 (around £2,320) for one
as a combination of skiing and
of yoga: breathing, stretching,
The Chalet’s Snowga package
person to €1,065 (around £900)
yoga – alongside its more tradition
mindfulness and adapting to
includes five days of private ski
each for four people all of the
lessons and yoga, with three
same ski level.
Designed and created by
The chalet is set to reopen
of the sessions including an
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TIGNES LE LAC
+33 (0) 479 10 49 15 INFOS@MONTAGNETTES.COM www.MONTAGNETTES.com
Norwegian Area Opening with Last Season’s Snow
2016 Season Winding Down in Southern Hemisphere
CORONET PEAK, NEW ZEALAND
It’s the first day of the 2016/17 season in the
After trying it successfully a year ago, Norway’s While things are starting to happen in the northern
French Alps as Tignes glacier slopes re-open –
Geilo plans to jump-start the 2016/17 ski season hemisphere, ski areas in the southern hemisphere
they’ll stay open to May 2017. Let’s hope it’s a
by covering a slope with snow stockpiled from
are winding down their winter 2016. It’s closing
day at Coronet Peak in New Zealand today.
ded All intchleu price: in
Season Opening In Lapland
Swiss Glacier Areas Open
Cervinia Opening Weekend
Ruka in Finnish Lapland makes a habit of claiming
More Swiss ski areas start to open, joining
Cervinia aims to open its glacier ski slopes this
the longest ski season of any non-glacier resort in
Saas-Fee and Zermatt. It’s opening weekend at weekend and next before opening daily to
the world, from October to June. This year it hopes
Crans-Montana, Engelberg and the Diavolezza
the end of April. It joins Val Senales and Passo
to open on Monday 10th, conditions permitting …
glacier near St Moritz.
Stelvio as a third Italian option for autumn skiing.
ation Accommod All meals Lift pass hire Equipment or guiding n io Instruct
BEGINNER COACHING TO GUIDED OFF PISTE & SKI TOURING Prices from
French 2016/17 Ski Season Starts
UCPA IS EUROPE’S LARGEST PROVIDER OF SKI AND SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTED AND GUIDED COURSES Based in top resorts across the French Alps, they offer an unbeatable range of opportunities for all levels of skier and snowboarder, from beginner level instruction up to specialist off piste guiding.They also offer specific breaks especially for families.
Stubai Glacier’s Expensive New Lift Opens
Diablerets Glacier Opens
London Ski & Snowboard Show
In addition, the UCPA offers a vast ski touring and split boarding programme, unmatched in both size and variety. The courses vary from introductory level coaching to advanced week long expeditions, including the Haute Route.
BATTERSEA PARK, LONDON
Over in Austria, it’ll be an exciting day at the
A sixth Swiss glacier ski area is scheduled to open
And then there was one. The UK’s only
Stubai glacier as their amazing state-of-the-art
today after a fortnight’s closure for maintenance.
remaining ski show returns to its new home at
new access lift that has cost tens of millions of
The Glacier 3000 areas Les Diablerets and Gstaad
the Battersea Evolution centre and is back to its
For more information and to book:
euros to build is scheduled to go into service.
will be open for skiers again.
late October time slot.
THE UK PARTNE
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Big Air Bags
Goes without saying
Even better than regular après-ski … in Andorra, Livigno and Samnaun.
SWITZERLAND TOURISM/JAN GEERK
Made properly for a euro on the slopes in Italy
A glorious soak overlooking the slopes.
You’ve got to scare yourself every now and then.
Face Euro Pop Plant Getting addicted to some awful tune in a terrible resort night club
Impromptu Ski RacE
It’s always fun when you suddenly find you’re in a ski race with someone when you weren’t expecting to be.
It’s always good to wipe out once in a while, so long as you don’t hurt yourself, of course.
Indoor Snow Centres Snow anywhere, any time, genius.
To warm your butt on a cold day – a great invention.
Mountain Mountain Dogs Restaurants Big, hairy, friendly, often responsible for saving lives when they work with ski patrol.
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So many types but the snug, locals-run, home-cooked food choice is always best.
Yes, we wish we were skiing now (actually, why aren’t we?). It always feels good to grab a short ski break before the main season begins and be first on the slopes each season.
Autumn Glacier Skiing
You can be a hero, just for one day.
Pain au Chocolat
Or sometimes simply “Choc-au-pain” or indeed fresh croissants delivered to your French apartment in the morning. Actually I don’t mind getting up early and popping round to the boulangerie myself.
There’s nothing more fun than trying to work out if that coloured line is going up or down. Oops, we were wrong.
OK, sometimes awkward but nice when you unexpectedly meet someone interesting for a few minutes. Some resorts even organise chairlift speed dating on Valentine’s Day.
Christmas on the Slopes
Always better than Christmas back home, it’s white for one thing, and if you go to Lapland, you can meet Santa before he sets off.
Somehow champagne and snow perfectly complement each other. Then again, so do beer and snow. Wine and snow …
First Run First of the Tracks Holiday
Will you still be able to ski, or will you have forgotten everything? Yes, you can! Hoorah!
It still feels cool to ski over the border from Austria to Switzerland at Ischgl, and France to Italy (La Rosière and La Thuile).
Pristine slopes to yourself first thing in the morning while everyone else is in bed.
Along with smooth French autoroutes and the Channel Tunnel – when they’re working efficiently. They can keep the tolls and the Saturday queues, mind.
Hands-Free Lift Pass Matterhorn
10km or more of downhill pleasure. The paradise run in the Portes du Soleil or the Sarenne at Alpe d’Huez are particular favourites of our editor.
Weird Local Customs
Making Euro Long Buddies Pistes
You meet on the lift, maybe in the hotel restaurant or they might be in the next apartment. You find you have a shared love of ski and après-ski, and you’re now friends for the holiday, maybe for life.
Mmmm, breathe in deep.
Zermatt and Cervinia’s amazing mountain is one of the most stunning sights in skiing. The ski area, open 365 days a year, isn’t bad either.
LAURENT SALINO ALPE D’HUEZ TOURISME
So long as they work, they’re great.
Whisked from the airport to the slopes without having to wait for five charter planes to land, nice.
Somehow the Austrians manage to make them like giant floaty pillows that are so much nicer to sleep under.
PHOTO STUDIO PARIS
The best snow there is?
MOUNTAIN DROP OFFS
Be it the New Year’s Day pig races in Klosters or dining on a baked sheep’s head at Voss in Norway, chances are there’ll be something new to try wherever you ski.
Rental Shop Aroma
You know your holiday has really begun in earnest when you get your first whiff.
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Driving from resort to resort for a sample of several centres. Canada’s Powder Highway is particularly great for that.
Safari by Ski
Heading from resort to resort on your skis. Perhaps a round trip on the Sellaronda.
Self-Timed Ski Runs
There are few things more inspiring than magnificent mountains – be it the Canadian Rockies, the Dolomites, the Swiss Alps, Scotland’s west coast, the volcanic terrain of Japan’s Hokkaido or one of thousands of others.
They make it look so effortless …
Yes, you’re at the top of the Hahnenkamm, the world’s most testing ski race and you’re up against the clock; will you be the world’s greatest?
RIDER: CHARLES NAVILLOD PHOTO: ©ANDYPARANT.COM
Always good to sit in the bar watching movies of people doing things you could only dream of, while you “Ooh” and “Ah” with your pals.
Specifically, taking them off at the end of the day.
Worth skiing Quebec in spring to experience.
Or fondue, raclette …
Listening to and perhaps telling some just slightly exaggerated tales of the highs of your day on the slopes.
Lots of it, falling overnight so it’s fresh, deep and even when you wake up.
ALTO ADIGE MARKETING/ALESSANDRO TROVATI
We sometimes complain about them but most work and party hard, are there for us in an emergency 24/7 and have to fake cheerfulness on the 4am transfer coach. They’re an example to us all.
ALP IMAGES / ALTITUDE
What’s your favourite that we’ve missed?
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Eurostar from St Pancras straight to the Alps, the overnight train from Stockholm to Riksgränsen or just landing at a Swiss airport and jumping on a train to your resort.
Vin Chaud ANDREA BADRUTT
Fun for the young and young at heart.
Trains J. FAVRE
Either a long Austrian, lift-assisted run or perhaps a spot of tubing.
Aka glühwein or perhaps a toffee vodka, whatever your favourite tipple is on the slopes.
LESOTHO AFRICA Over the past century, winter sports areas
Pharaohs have made of that?
and 3200 metres in altitude and the centre
have been created on all seven continents.
In southern Africa there are two small ski
is a relatively easy trip from Mararakech,
There are regular snow resorts in about
areas and they’ve both just finished their 2016
74km/90 minutes away.
80 countries plus indoor snow or artificial
ski seasons, a snowy one for both. They’re
Oukaïmeden was initially developed by
“dry” ski slopes in a few dozen more. Some
Tiffindell in South Africa and Afriski in land-
the French in the 1940s and more recently
of these are in countries you might not
surveyed by international resort planners with
expect, and we’re launching a new feature
Both haver about a kilometre of snow
the aim of improving the basic infrastructure
this season looking at more unusual ski
slopes (on a good day) served by a couple
(although there’s not much sign of that
destinations for the adventurous! Africa is the
of drag lifts, and whilst they can get big
actually happening yet with new lifts that
only continent with ski lifts located on each
natural snowfalls, sometimes causing access
were supposed to arrive from Spain failing
side of the equator so you can ski in the north
problems, more often they survive on snow-
to materialise. Snow conditions are a bit of
of Africa in the northern hemisphere’s winter
making. But who cares, you’re skiing in
a gamble for anyone planning a visit – the
and the south in the southern hemisphere’s
southern Africa in our summertime!
period from mid-January to mid-February is
winter – almost year round.
If you prefer to ski in Africa in the northern
generally considered the best bet.
In fact you will be able to ski in Africa year
hemisphere’s winter there are a number of
There are other North African ski centres
round soon, as Egypt will soon open Ski
choices, best known being Oukaïmeden in
including Chréa in Algeria, about 70km from
Egypt in Cairo, due to open in March 2017,
the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The elderly
Algiers, and there’s a second smaller ski
the second indoor snow centre from the
drag lifts and one double chair, serving
centre with two drag lifts between 1800 and
company behind Ski Dubai. What would the
20 ski slopes, are located between 2600
2000m at Michlifen in Morocco.
DARE TO BEAT
GALTÜR: FABULOUS FOR ALL FAMILIES WORDS: LUKE REES | IMAGE: ANDRE SCHOENHERR
Galtür is located in the Paznaun Valley of
Galtür village is just outside the ski
Tirol, just 9km from Ischgl, but in many
area in Wirl, so this means a short hop
ways it’s a whole world away. I love Ischgl
on a free bus. The same bus goes in
even though I wouldn’t take my kids
the opposite direction to Ischgl with its
there, but Galtür is perfect for a family
238km of piste and legendary nightlife.
holiday, with all that Ischgl offers just a
But I never felt the need to leave Galtür,
short hop away.
partly because there was knee-deep
The Galtür ski area is at the head of the
powder to play in, but also because the
Paznaun Valley in Wirl. With 40km of pistes
ski area punches above its weight.
rising from 1,600m to 2,300m, it’s fairly small
We stayed at the 4★ Ballunspitze
but perfectly formed. The immaculately
Kinderhotel, which has large and
maintained pistes include 6km of blues,
comfortable rooms with everything a
24km of reds and 10km of blacks, plus
family needs. The on-site crèche – by far
there are dedicated freeride zones. The
the best equipped I’ve experienced in a
Galtür slopes offer a good variety of runs;
hotel – provides childcare from 9am to
most are wide, long and uncrowded. The
9pm. To entertain the kids there’s a large
lift system is efficient, and 75% of the pistes
soft-play area, climbing wall, kids’ cinema
are covered by snowmaking.
and swimming lessons. They even ferry
Our three-year-old son skied for the
your little ones to and from ski school.
first time in Galtür. Although the ski boot
The Ballunspitze oozes friendly charm.
fitting didn’t go well – as a snowboarder I
The staff are happy and helpful and
also cried the first time I put ski boots on
always had time to play peekaboo with
– he was soon sliding down the bunny
our one-year-old. The kids’ meals had a lot
slopes and negotiating the magic carpet.
of options including healthy dishes. Adults
His huge smile meant we were happy
were treated to four delicious courses,
to leave him with the friendly English-
including meat, fish and vegetarian
options plus a selection of Tirolean dishes.
As well as the dedicated freeride zones,
Galtür is ideal for families. The ski area
there is a kids’ off-piste area to teach
has enough to keep experienced skiers
youngsters about safety away from the
and snowboarders entertained, with
piste. There’s also a kids’ adventure zone
Ischgl just 10–15 minutes away if you want
with one route through a witch’s grotto
a change of pace and scenery. Quiet and
and another about native wildlife. Finally,
unassuming, Galtür is the opposite of
there is a freestyle zone with a good
its noisy neighbour but is a Tirolean ski
range of features for different abilities.
holiday that’ll live long in the memory.
GALTÜR INFO The Rees family flew from London Gatwick to Innsbruck with easyJet (easyjet.com) and then on to Galtür by road (approx. 90 minutes) with Four Seasons Travel (tirol-taxi.at). They stayed at the 4★ Hotel Ballunspitze (ballunspitze.com), where packages are available from €1,869 (approximately £1,565) for seven nights for two adults and one child. More info at ballunspitze.com and also galtuer.com or phone +43 50990 200.
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CANADIAN SKI AREA WITH YEAR-ROUND SNOWSPORTS MAY OPEN NEXT YEAR
ski lift from the local airport terminal
Valemount is located on the
regional airport to the ski slopes, a
to the ski resort and summer snow-
eastern side of BC, about 145km
sports lift-served vertical too.
west of Jasper in Alberta, and
According to the construction
With Revelstoke currently offering
unlike other resort development
schedule the resort aims to
the continent’s biggest lift-served
projects, the local community
have built enough lifts and runs
vertical, and Whistler Blackcomb
and the First Nations people
to be able to offer year-round
the second biggest, it would mean
whose land the ski area will be
skiing by 2020. The full planned
BC would be home to the ski areas
built on are reported to be largely
vertical of 2,090m would not be
with the three biggest verticals in
in favour of the project, which
achieved until phase three of the
gives “sightseeing” as an equal
ski area’s construction schedule
The masterplan for the new
attraction to winter sports.
is completed when a lift up to
ski area, known as “Valemount
The ski area is proposed for an
3,205m will be available.
ritish Columbia’s provincial
Glaciers” and located west
area with a great snowfall record,
If all goes smoothly over the next
government has given the go-
of Valemount in BC’s Premier
averaging 14m at 1,800m elevation
15 months, the ski resort aims to
ahead for a new ski resort to
Mountains, envisages 18 lifts
– which would put it among the
open in autumn 2017 with five lifts
be built which aims to have the
including five gondolas, along with
snowiest in the world. Another
operational including a gondola
biggest lift-served vertical in North
a resort base village, being built
interesting element of the resort’s
to the top of Mount Pierre Elliot
America at over 2,000m, a direct
over the next two decades.
plans is a ski lift direct from the
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VAIL RESORTS BUYS WHISTLER BLACKCOMB venue for alpine skiing at the 2010
Canada to Colorado, where Vail
Winter Olympics and the largest ski
Resorts are based.
area in North America.
“Combining Whistler Blackcomb
It was formerly part of the Intrawest
with Vail Resorts’ portfolio of
group which grew through the
outstanding resorts provides
1990s to become one of North
Whistler Blackcomb with increased
America’s most successful multi-
financial strength, marketing
ski-resort operators and even ran
exposure, guest relationships and
In one of the most significant
resorts, Whistler Blackcomb in BC,
ski areas in Europe, including Arc
broadens the geographic diversity of
moves ever in North American
Canada, for (according to unofficial
1950 at Les Arcs and a snowdome
our company with resorts across the
skiing, Vail Resorts have
reports) a little over $1 billion.
in Madrid, but has been contracting
United States, as well as in Australia
announced they are purchasing
Whistler Blackcomb is one of the
in size for about a decade. It also
and Canada,” said Dave Brownlie,
another of the world’s most iconic
world’s leading ski resorts, the main
moved its headquarters from
Whistler Blackcomb’s CEO.
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SKI TRAIN RETURNS TO COLORADO After an eight-year gap, the ski train service that started Colorado’s ski boom back in 1940 will
REPRODUCTION INTERDITE SANS AUTO
BY PATRICK THORNE
come back into service this winter – good news for the environment, and good news for people
VAL D’ISÈRE LAUNCH LOWER-COST LIMITED PASS
Saturday 7 January 2017, resuming from Denver’s Union Station but arriving into Winter Park at an all-new platform built just steps from the ski lifts. The move to reinstate the service comes after a two-weekend service last winter, with tickets priced at $75 (approx. £56), quickly sold out on the day they were issued. The new service will run every weekend through to 26 March 2017 and also on Mondays in January and February. Each train will be able to carry up to 500 skiers and boarders with tickets costing from $39 (approx. £29) for adults and children aged 2 to 12 paying half-price. The Winter Park Express Amtrak train will leave Denver at 7am taking two hours to reach the resort, then depart back at 4:30pm, arriving at Denver at 6:40pm. Winter Park is one of the few major ski areas that are publicly owned, by the City of Denver, although it is now operated by Intrawest. The new platform at Winter Park Mountain Resort
BECOME A TELEMARK SKI INSTRUCTOR
their (huge) ski area this winter.
two main lifts, after a two-year €16
The new Solaise-area-only pass is
available for purchase a day at a
It is not unusual for resorts to offer
time and at a cost of €35 (£29.50)
limited areas passes at low cost
for adults. The pass includes
or even free for beginner skiers,
the new Solaise Gondola, the
but these are usually for much
Madeleine, Datcha, and Glacier
smaller areas with a few drag and
A one-week course at The Snow Centre, Hemel
chairs, the two village lifts of
Hempstead, this autumn aims to train and qualify
Legettaz and Rogoney and the
The lift company will also be
skiers as Level 1 Telemark Instructors with an Irish
three magic carpets.
offering a one-day Discovery pass,
Association of Snowsports Instructors qualification.
The launch of the pass coincides
which covers all the Val d’Isère
Telemark , the original form of downhill skiing
al d’Isère have made the
with the opening of the resort’s
(but not Tignes) lifts for €49. A full
which originated in Norway in the 1860s, involves
interesting move of launching a
replacement and greatly upgraded
Espace Killy pass including Tignes
skiing without your heel fixed to your skis and has
lift pass valid on only a part of
Solaise Gondola, one of the resort’s
become increasing popular again in recent years.
looking to cut congestion. The service will officially recommence on
The course, which costs £500pp including slope
has cost several million dollars to build with
access and all training, takes place between 31
funding coming from the Colorado Department
October and 4 November 2016 and is a five-day
of Transportation, the City of Denver, the Town
on-snow training and assessment programme run
RAPAPORT KILLED BY AVALANCHE
of Winter Park, the Colorado Rail Passengers Association and Intrawest.
by Scott Hammond, a British telemark instructor and trainer based in Lillehammer, Norway. You don’t need previous telemark experience to
“This is the culmination of a long but rewarding respected and greatly
number of times over the
take part; the course is open to competent alpine
passenger rail service return to the doorstep of
loved member of the global
years. When asked what
skiers who might well turn out to be very good
Winter Park Resort,” said Gary DeFrange, Winter
freeride community, ranked
was the best thing about
telemark skiers too but might never have been on
among the world’s best.
filming the movie Pure, in
tele skis before.
Referring to the increasing problem of congestion
Earlier this year more than
2014, she said,
During the week, participants will receive
on the main road west out of Denver to the state’s
1,300 people applied for
“All the remote, beautiful
personal development training on their
a “dream job” to carry
places I get to see and
telemark skiing alongside techniques for
Matilda’s skis for her when
ski as well as the people
teaching the discipline at an entry level. Skiers
she competed in the
we've met when travelling.
who pass the Level 1 will be able to use their
Alaska leg of the World
I’ve also gotten some
qualification to teach telemark skiing in the UK
Freeride Tour in March
close friends through
in indoor snowdomes and on artificial slopes
process, and we couldn’t be more excited to have
ski areas, Mr DeFrange added, “We know there’s incredible demand for a viable transportation alternative to I-70, and we’re deeply appreciative to Amtrak, Union Pacific, CDOT, City of Denver, and the Town of Winter Park for helping to make this long-standing dream a reality.” Amtrak.com/WinterParkExpress
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The Swedish freeskier
avalanche whilst filming
filming, including Evelina
or provide a second discipline for those with
Matilda Rapaport has died
in Chile. The former alpine
Matilda talked to
Nilsson and Sandra
international alpine ski instructor qualifications.
after being trapped in an
ski racer was both a highly
InTheSnow magazine a
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KITZBÜHEL TARGETS OCTOBER OPENING DATE
The resort has been pushing back
report published a decade ago into
and finishing sooner than in past
on the traditional season dates in
the likely effects of climate change,
decades, although it often now falls
the region for about a decade now,
which was taken as predicting that
heavier when it does come so the
opening initially in mid-November
Kitzbühel was under particular
overall totals remain fairly constant,
and then earlier and earlier in the
threat from rising temperatures
has published a new graph
because it is one of Europe’s
showing its average season length
The results are apparently
lowest major resorts at 800m and
had in fact increased from 140 days
being achieved by clever use of
has one of the lowest ski areas,
in 1992/93 to 155 days by 2014/15.
snowmaking in an area of the
peaking at just about 2,000m
Ruka in Lapland claims the longest
mountain that can hold the snow
in altitude when many modern
ski season for a non-glacier resort
even in warmer temperatures.
purpose-built resorts are built
in the world thanks to its northerly
The move to open earlier each
1,000m higher and have slopes
latitude. It is aiming to open on
itzbühel says it is aiming to open
season (and close later, with 1 May
extending above 3,000m and
10 October and normally stays
for the season on Saturday 22
2017 the target end date for this
sometimes much higher.
open well into spring. Previously
October, around two months
coming season after more than six
Kitzbühel, which previously
it remained open until June but
before most other ski areas in the
months open, all being well, may
produced a graph showing natural
in recent years it has more often
be connected to a major OECD
snowfall was typically arriving later
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define where an aquavit is from. For example, a
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Spidsbergseter comes from the family’s name,
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Spidsberg, and seter which means mountain
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skiers, trails are available out into the pine and
the hotel it is today.
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he opportunity to visit a unique aquavit barn on a
In 2000 they decided to restore the barn and
the National Park.
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opened the world’s only aquavit barn in 2005.
Besides the aquavit barn the characterful hotel
Aquavit is a Norwegian spirit and to qualify
Today the barn offers c.140 different types of
has wooden-clad rooms that benefit from far-
as the real thing it must firstly be made from
aquavit, around 120 of which are Norwegian
reaching views across the plateau from their
potato, secondly be spiced with caraway seeds
with the rest from Sweden and Denmark.
balcony, and also boasts a swimming pool, sauna
and thirdly stored in an oak wooden cask.
Guests can also sample the barn’s own 1850
and steam bath for unwinding after a day of skiing.
In Norway it is law that all food and beverage
blend of aquavit which was created especially
The holiday costs from £1,055 per person
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for the hotel in 2014 by a local producer.
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Holidays to the Spidsbergseter Hotel are
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JON (AKA WESTY)
This month’s topic is about how
Following someone more
It’s a huge challenge to ski a
1. Try to follow your instructor for
To have the ability to control the
Jon holds the top qualifications from
choosing your route down a slope
experienced like an instructor down
slope alone but one which is very
one run and then swap. Try to mimic
speed of your descent, however
France, Switzerland and Britain,
is a crucial skill to develop, and we
a slope is an ideal way to help
rewarding and important to your
his descent turn for turn.
challenging the slope may be, is
and we can say firsthand that he is
look at how and why this can really
you to improve your knowledge
future technical development. The
an ultimate goal for many skiers.
a great ski instructor! Jon heads up
help all levels of skiers to develop
of different lines and different
ability to make decisions for yourself
2. Close your eyes and visualise the
Your choice and control of your line
the team at Altitude Ski School –
confidence and their performance. If
approaches to ski the mountain.
are crucial in your understanding
run and the route you plan to take
combined with the movements you
Verbier’s most established British ski
you are a beginner I’m sure you will
If you are a beginner on a very
of how the ski reacts and behaves
ahead of your descent. Repeat this
make will undoubtedly have a big
school. Each month Jon or one of
find it useful to be shown the route
gentle slope or an advanced skier
on the snow. On the road to
a few times until you are successful.
impact on whether you are able to
his team will provide us with a few
down a slope whilst practising newly
descending a steep slope, there
independence set yourself some
tips and words of wisdom to help
learnt skills; equally as an advanced
are some key advantages to being
tasks, for instance, eight turns
3. Learn to look ahead whilst skiing
skier you might appreciate being
led by an instructor. These include
between x and y or turning on every
(not at your feet) and be proactive
Through practice you will learn to
shown the best line down an
allowing you time to practise skills
second bump, or preselect the route
rather than reactive with your choice
ski the whole slope with a constant
extremely steep face. The challenge
without having to make decisions
you plan to ski and the cliffs you
of line and the terrain.
speed whilst making adjustments for
is to then be able to do this on your
regarding the direction to take,
plan to jump off-piste. Once you can
own with style!
observing the other skier and how
do this, challenge yourself more by
4. Try finishing your turns more
fall short after a few practice runs,
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they react to the terrain and also
varying the chosen line.
when the slope gets steeper, and
it may be necessary to move on to
includes the ski and snowboard
how the timing of their movements
understand how this effects your
some gentler terrain and to work
school, the Futures instructor
changes depending on the turn size.
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training programmes, and FREERIDE
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VERBIER, a new school dedicated to
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improve our understanding of skiing.
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GOOD NEWS FOR SKIING FAMILIES Work at Courchevel’s Children’s Village this winter will see further improvements to France’s largest on-snow area dedicated to learning and fun for kids aged 18 months or older. Covering some 50 hectares, the children village is already the biggest ski area for children in France. It is fully marked out and a completely closed and secure environment for learning safely and even has its own ski lifts. This winter 2016/17 the children’s village promises more fun for kids with a new wooden hut being built this summer where children will be able to take a break from the snow in what the resort says will be a “magical place in the middle of the forest.” They’ll also be able to get a snack and drink a hot chocolate there. Meanwhile across the Atlantic Vail Resorts handed out more than 30,000 free lift passes to school children last winter and plan to do the same again this winter. North America’s largest ski resort operator, which runs a dozen ski areas on the continent including those with the two largest ski areas, Whistler Blackcomb and Park City, runs a scheme called “Epic SchoolKids” in Colorado where it is based and operates Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge resorts. The free passes are available to children from
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kindergarten up to fifth grade and can be used for four days at the company’s resorts. Families must apply in person for the passes from a number of the company’s locations in Colorado. The passes also include a free lesson in December and January for first-time skiers.
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THE WORLD’S BIGGEST LIFT PASS
reported little over $1 billion, has
periods at several big European ski
splashing out on an Epic Pass is
announced its Epic Pass season
regions including up to two days in
worthwhile, but Vail Resorts is
ticket is extending its global reach
each of Les 3 Vallées, Espace Killy
reported to be selling more than
to cover more of the biggest ski
(Tignes and Val d’Isère) and Paradiski
half a million of them in around 100
areas in Europe.
(Les Arcs and la Plagne); up to five
countries worldwide each year now.
Epic Pass is Vail’s annual season
days in the Swiss Les 4 Vallées
“This partnership with Vail Resorts
ticket, which gives holders
dominated by Verbier and three
gives skiers and snowboarders
access to skiing at any of its
days in the newly fully lift inter-linked
access to some of the most iconic
dozen ski areas in North America
Arlberg ski area of Lech and St
winter destinations the world has
(including Park City, Heavenly,
Anton in Austria. The Italian Dolomiti
to offer,” said Vincent Lalanne,
Vail, Breckenridge, Northstar and
Adamello Brenta region, which
General Manager of Association
others, but not Whistler until winter
includes Madonna di Campiglio, is
Les 3 Vallées. “We couldn’t be more
he American multi-ski-resort
2017/18) and Australia’s largest
also included for three days.
excited to provide this type of value
owning giant Vail Resorts, which
resort, Perisher, for a flat cost.
Skiers planning to visit multiple
to our dedicated guests who want
last month snapped up Whistler
Now Vail has announced the pass
resorts this season will need to do
to experience the best skiing in
Blackcomb in Canada for a
holders can also ski for limited
their maths to work out whether
Europe and the USA.”
MANCHESTER SKI SHOW NOT HAPPENING THIS AUTUMN Event City and its website (north.
taking place in 2011.
There was also a ski show in
live but is still showing previews
Birmingham for many years,
for the 2015 event.
but an attempt to revive and
The organisers say that previous
renew this in 2013 was cancelled
Manchester ticket bookers have
when the Manchester show
received a ticket discount to the
was organised on the dates
London show, staged at the end of
announced for Birmingham,
October, via email.
leaving potential exhibitors “torn
The Manchester event was the
last of the non-London ski shows
In the past there have been
INTHESNOW INTHESNOW_MAGAZINE The UK’s last remaining ski show
to cease operating. There have
more small regional shows and
outside London appears to have
The Ski & Snowboard Show
been several versions of a Scottish
additional London shows besides
been dropped by organisers
North had run at Manchester’s
ski show in Glasgow, the last one
the “main event”.
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SKICOLOR RETURNS TO LES GETS The popular new hit on the
the organisers, participants
is to cross the finish line looking
set in front of the Mont Blanc
slopes, SkiColor, is back where it
will follow a fun-packed ski
as colourful as possible!
Range in Les Gets. With over
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trail, specially developed
At the bottom of the piste the
a thousand freshly painted
Alps for its third incarnation
down the slopes of the Mont-
SkiColor Village awaits, with a
participants and live DJ, the
on 11 March 2017. All dressed
Chéry, crossing explosions of
bar, pom-pom girls, lots of fun
party at the summit of the Mont-
in white overalls provided by
multicoloured powder. The goal
activities and an open-air DJ
Chéry Telecabine is guaranteed.
NEW FRENCH RESORT DESTINATION (WITH SNAIL FARM) FOR 2016/17 For those looking for culture, there are the close-by historical towns of Taninges and Mieussy, which have several options for guided tours. Or for those looking to experience mountain food, there are 11 restaurants at Praz de Lys, but also the Croq’Alp cheese farm, the wine market, the farmers’ markets, the Savoyard markets and La Ferme aux Escargots d’Arno snail farm. Peak Retreats offers seven nights for £208pp (approx. €240) in the peak There are few wholly new
“… a hidden jewel in the Giffre
what Peak Retreats says is “…a
New Year week from 31 December
destinations being offered
Valley”, Praz de Lys is a quiet,
great beginners’ area and one of
2016 staying at the 3★ self-catered
this winter by Britain’s ski tour
cosy, traditional mountain village
the best cross-country sites in the
apartments Les Soldanelles. The
operators. Where new destinations
surrounded by trees with stunning
Alps with an impressive 60km of
price is based on five sharing a two-
are announced by one, they’re
views of Mont Blanc.
tracks nestled amongst its amazing
bedroom apartment and includes
largely already offered by another.
Among its many selling points are
scenery and nature”.
return Eurotunnel crossings with a
However, one exception appears
the fact that it’s one of the closest
The resort and neighbour Sommand
free FlexiPlus upgrade. Guests have
to be Praz de Lys, which is new
French ski areas to both Geneva
also has lots of other activities on
free access to the games room,
to the programme for French ski
( just 40 minutes from the airport)
offer including snowmobiling, fat
reading room with free wi-fi, sauna,
specialists Peak Retreats.
and Calais, a 7.5-hour drive.
biking, paragliding, wing-jumping
Jacuzzi, indoor heated pool and a
Described by the company as
There are 56 slopes including
and husky sledging.
large sun terrace.
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One of the best-known names in the ski
the tougher sections.
ice skating, alpine curling, bowling, climbing
world, Kitzbühel’s fame is in part thanks to
It’s A Freeride Paradise
and more. Those up for more party-focused
the 3.3km stretch of snow, one of the most
Kitzbühel’s best-kept secret is the amount
après-ski can enjoy plenty of beer, oompah
famous in the world, the Streif. This is where
of accessible off-piste terrain: a whopping
and Europop at Streifalm or the Londoner,
the Hahnenkamm Men’s World Cup Downhill,
200km2 of hidden routes and untracked
or for a more sophisticated alternative try
a race both feared and revered by the best
backcountry. A local ski guide will help you
Café Bergsinn or the Fünferl.
on the World Cup circuit, takes place every
seek out the lines around the Bichlalm area
January (it will be run for the 77th time from
and down the steeps of Ehrenbachgraben
Seriously Good Restaurants
17–22 January 2017). But Kitzbühel offers
or hunt out some gentle bowls in the
To Suit All Budgets
much more; with its strong skiing heritage
Kitzbühel is home to lots of award-winning
spanning 120 years, the resort is also one
chefs and restaurants, many holding
of the most cosmopolitan in the Alps. The
Not Just For Experts
gourmet ratings and providing a mix of
cobbled streets of the old town are home to
Kitzbühel has plenty of terrain for intermediate
modern and traditional cuisine to suit every
great hotels, restaurants, cafés and trendy
skiers, snowboarders and groups of mixed
budget, but all offering delicious food
bars. It’s not just for experts, either, with gentle
skiing ability, with 179km of varied slopes
accompanied by warm Tirolean hospitality.
intermediate skiing aplenty. Most surprising,
with lots of mountain restaurants to pop into
From good-value pizzas at Centro and the
however, is the bountiful off-piste terrain that’s
whenever you fancy a break. The ski area has
Barrique to the gourmet-level Kupferstube
easily accessible from the pistes.
many easy-going slopes, some long valley
restaurant in the 5 Hotel Tennerhof
runs and a quick, efficient lift system. One way
(awarded two Gault Millau toques and
Ski The Most Famous Ski Run In The World
for confident intermediates to get to know the
among the top restaurants in Austria) and
The Hahnenkamm downhill race is the
entire ski area is to tackle the 35km "Elephant
the Neuwirt in the Schwarzer Adler hotel,
victory every alpine skier on the World Cup
Ski Safari" riding from summit to summit and
foodie holidaymakers are spoilt for choice.
circuit dreams of, but it’s also accessible to
utilising the 3S-Gondola. Kitzbühel 6-day lift pass: €230.50 (approx.
holidaymakers. The Streif can be tackled
in winter by most intermediate skiers,
More Than “Just” Skiing
although some of the steepest sections
There are loads of options in Kitzbühel
are marked as “extreme ski routes” so are
for non-skiers too, or just if you fancy a
better for expert skiers. There is a “family
break from the slopes. The Mercedes-Benz
Streif” route – “red 21” – which misses out
Sportpark provides the opportunity to try
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BLOW BONUS ADAM PRISCAK
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of technical data that the Rock delivers. The
sheets of pre-preg carbon fibre to create
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Danish duo predated smartwatches by a
an ultra-strong carbon structure and then
for the SpidoSpeed Gold with Rock
decade and set a serious challenge to the
milled on a multi-axis computer-controlled
staid designs of traditional luxury watch
machine. The resulting grained fibre can
companies with their angular, faceted designs
be shaped without delamination, creating a
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and whacky colour schemes. Working with
super-lightweight yet incredibly strong case
comic book illustrators and tattoo artists, Linde
for the intricate Swiss-manufactured, 20-jewel
There aren’t many men who survive a
Werdelin’s approach to watch design was a
near-death ski accident and resolve to start
serious game-changer, delivering extremely
Having shelled out nigh-on £16K for a watch,
designing watches. However, after skiing off
grown-up boys’ toys in an unprecedented
you’ll want to keep it safe while you’re leaping
a cliff and breaking his back, enjoying some
out of helicopters and hucking cliffs, so enter
quality thinking time whilst dangling on a
We’re here to discuss the Rock, but you need
the Rock. Milled out of a single piece of
rocky ledge waiting for help, Jorn Werdelin
a Linde Werdelin watch to affix your Rock
aviation-grade aluminium with an anti-scratch
determined to help prevent others from
to so, in brief, there are two primary Linde
mineral crystal face, the chunky Rock protects
getting into similar scrapes by creating a very
Werdelin collections: Oktopus for water
your timepiece for a mere CHF1,500 (£1,200).
clever ski instrument.
people and Spido for mountain lovers. There
It also gives accurate temperature readings
Werdelin roped in his designer pal, fellow
are currently 13 Spido models, ranging from
at various altitudes, noting freeze levels and
Dane Morten Linde, and together they
the SpidoLite (from CHF10,500/£8,300) to
alerting you when they drop below -12°C
launched Linde Werdelin in 2002, unleashing
the SpidoSpeed (from CHF13,000/£10,260),
to avoid frostbite. It features a barometer,
a small revolution in the luxury watch world.
available in different colours and specs. Each
showing weather trends, an altimeter and
Their mission was clear from the start: they
series is a limited edition, comprising 75 or 99
an inclinometer, complete with avalanche
would design big, bold and futuristic-looking
individually numbered pieces. Arguably best
warnings when critical inclinations are sensed.
analogue watches with attachable digital
for dedicated powder hounds is the SpidoLite
There’s also a three-axis compass, which uses
instruments which would log mountain and
3DTP Carbon, ringing in at CHF20,000
specifically tailored aerospace algorithms to
diving activity: the Rock and Reef respectively.
(£15,800). Linde Werdelin’s lightest watch,
monitor your movements and performance,
In creating two separate components, Linde
with a skeletonised outer case of just 3.8g, it’s
recording them onto your logbook, which can
Werdelin recognised that analogue can’t be
made using the company’s pioneering 3DTP
then be uploaded wirelessly to your computer
beaten for accurate time reading while digital
carbon-fibre manufacturing process: carbon
or phone. Oh, and it tells the time, which is
technology is required for all the assimilation
“ingots” are produced by layering multiple
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FRENCH SKI HOLIDAYS GET FLEXIBLE
apartment holiday has relied
time slot and the quality of the
though they can decide whether they
heavily on keeping it efficient.
holiday experience down.
would like to cook for themselves
Skiers had to arrive in a fixed
A more flexible approach could
or dine at the surrounding alpine
narrow time window on a Saturday
allow families to travel on quieter
restaurants on pre-booked
afternoon to find reception open
roads and book cheaper flights
discounted meal packages.
and check in to their apartment,
and, after much talk, this winter
Madame Vacances, another
then they needed to be out by
it now seems to be a priority
big player in the French ski
10am the following Saturday.
for some of the biggest French
accommodation market who
But that model has come under
this year celebrate 25 years in
increasing pressure in recent years.
Pierre & Vacances, the biggest
business, have a similar policy,
number of the biggest ski
The concentration on these narrow
in the country, is one of several
The company, which operates in
accommodation providers in
Saturday time slots was a major
pushing new flexible arrival dates
26 snow-sure resorts, encourages
France have announced they are
contributor to major queues on the
along with short stays and add-on
customers to choose how many
relaxing the formerly stringent
roads in and out of resorts, and
packages and services.
days they would like to holiday in a
model of Saturday to Saturday ski
similar backlogs and congestion
Holidaymakers can select exactly
destination as well as what day would
at airports like Geneva, all the time
which dates work for them and how
suit them best to arrive, whether
For decades the affordable French
driving prices up in this concentrated
long they wish to stay. More than that
travelling for two or 20 nights.
PAKISTAN’S ONLY COMMERCIAL SKI AREA REOPENS
the area where it is located.
equipment as well as rigging up a
Malam Jabba ski area was
makeshift lift, but money secured
originally created with assistance
in the past few years allowed for
from the Austrian government
a proper chairlift to be rebuilt,
in the 1990s and finally opened
which Imran Khan inaugurated on
in 2000, but in 2007 the Taliban
1 September. The 800m-long lift is
overran the beautiful Swat
reported to have taken 53 days to
Valley area where it is located
build at a cost of one billion rupees
and destroyed the original
chairlift and other resort facilities
Malam Jabba is located 314km
including a hotel.
from Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.
Pakistani politician and former
at Pakistan’s only commercial ski
Locals had continued to ski on the
Imran Khan said he hoped
world-class cricket player Imran
area, Malam Jabba, seven years
slopes and run basic ski school
“similar” tourist attractions would
Khan has inaugurated a new chairlift
after the Taliban were driven out of
and rental services with aged
be built in the region in the future.
044 // OCT16
CARLTON HOTEL ST MORITZ
HOTEL PLEIN SUD SERRE CHEVALIER
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Located in the heart of Serre Chevalier the hotel Plein Sud is situated only 200m to the slopes, lifts & village centre making it easy. Serre Chevalier offers over 250km of pistes with a varied amount of skiing and a fantastic tree line. Super fast lifts with panoramic views to get you to the heart of the ski area
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The Terrasses de Veret residence is a mere 50m from the pistes, is centrally located and boasts a large heated pool, outdoor jacuzzi and sauna. All apartments enjoy balconies with views of the pistes or the valley and interiors offering modern elegance. New for 2016 includes WIFI access in every apartment, luggage storage, games room with table football, and a new-look ski and storage area.
Kandersteg is an ideal family ski resort and cross-country paradise. The idyllic and cosy village is in the heart of the Bernese Oberland and can easily be reached by train or by car. The Hotel Victoria is centrally located and offers a beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains. You will find a cheerful and familiar atmosphere combined with Swiss hotel tradition. The ideal place to relax and enjoy oneself.
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Nestled in the charming village of Vallorcine, in the Chamonix MontBlanc valley, Vallorcine Mont-Blanc offers a relaxing atmosphere. The 5 Residence gives guests a choice of 50 cosy apartments with services. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, two saunas, a spa, a tea-room, a ski shop and a private ice-rink. Less than 10 minutes from your breakfast to the ski slopes !
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4 hotel with spa in central Chamonix, by the Aiguille du Midi lift, offering a new level of comfort including a 500m2 spa (with pool, onsen, hammam, banya, ice cave and tepidarium), restaurant, bar, ski shop, four conference rooms, take-away shop, free wi-fi and a covered car park.
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S T E V E N N Y M A N INTERVIEW BY: ALISON FOSTER
Steven Nyman is an Olympic downhill
you have to have confidence in yourself
skier who spends his days speeding down
and what you are doing. I do, so I went.
145kph. A member of the US Ski Team, he
How do you “get back up” after a crash
was ranked #7 in the world in 2015. Yet,
despite the extreme nature of his lifestyle,
SN: I’ve had a lot of issues with injuries:
Steven does not consider himself an
blown-out backs, torn Achilles, broken
adrenaline junkie. Instead, he revels in the
legs. The thing is, a year later you find
ongoing challenge of pushing himself to
yourself back competing in that same arena
new levels of mental and physical prowess,
where the injury happened. You remember
both on and off the slopes.
crashing into that fence, or catching an edge and piling it. These thoughts build
Did you ever consider doing anything
into instilled negative memories. To be
other than skiing?
successful you have to get over it, and the
SN: I didn’t. Skiing was my life growing up.
only way is to just do it again. You need to
My dad ran the ski school, my mom taught
push yourself through the hesitation.
me to ski, my three brothers all ski. We lived right outside Sundance Resort in Utah and
Your job involves flying down a mountain
spent all of our time exploring the resort.
at 145kph on a weekly basis. Does the
I learned to love it, and despite all the
rest of your life seem a little less exciting
challenges of this career path, I still love it.
in comparison? SN: For me, skiing isn’t about the
What do you love most about the sport of
adrenaline. It’s true that I do a lot of sports
and will do big gnarly things if I need
SN: Ski racing is clean. There is no power,
to, but I don’t yearn for it. As crazy as it
no engines and no judges. It is just you and
sounds, I get the same thrill from problem
your skis trying to get to the bottom of a
solving that I do from ski racing. I’m
mountain as fast as possible.
currently developing an app for fantasy ski racing, and I get the same high from
Have you ever been afraid when standing
making it work. Really, I just like just
in the starting gate?
challenging myself, pushing myself to new
SN: I remember standing in the starting
levels both mentally and physically.
gate at Kitzbühel, the Mecca of ski racing courses, my first year on the World Cup. I
What happens now?
had never been afraid of skiing before, but
SN: My goal is to be the first American man
I stood there thinking, “I do not want to do
to win the Olympic downhill title. After that?
this right now.” But here’s the thing: when
I don’t think about it. I would rather focus
you are at the top of a hill and are about to
on the now, and right now my focus is all
huck your carcass down an icy mountain,
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