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ALL ABOARD TO KLOSTERS IN SPECTACULAR SWITZERLAND Switzerland is home to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery
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Snowball battles have got serious, well kind of. Seriously organised at least as Daniel Elkan found when he joined in a snowball battle in Avoriaz as a craze that started in Asia heads west.
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Most of the Austrian ski resorts we know best are in the west of the country near to Innsbruck and Salzburg, but Franz Klammer’s home town down in the southeast is a little different in more ways than one.
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With Christmas just around the corner and the weak pound meaning you get better value buying in Britain
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firstname.lastname@example.org Like many skiers, I’ve spent most of the past few months checking snow conditions several times a day, ahead of the start of the main ski season right about now. It’s always a nervous time, and the last two autumns of 2014 and 2015 were particularly so when the weather was warm
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slopes still brown and green.
and dry and December dawned each year with the ski So, this autumn it has seemed almost too good to be true
as one wave of heavy snowfall after another has crossed Europe. I’ve almost been in a state of disbelief as the numbers have come in, of events like two-foot snowfalls in 24 hours in early November, leading to an ever-growing list of resorts opening early.
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Thankfully, these days we have social media so the evidence is instantly available and you don’t have to fear creative snow number accountancy by over-zealous marketing people in resort. Instead, hundreds of ski areas have been broadcasting live film of heavy snowfall on their slopes on Facebook. I can’t think of a better way to spend a dark autumn evening. Well, other than being there for the real
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The great thing is, it’s not just the Alps either: the snow has
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in Portugal and southern Spain, as well as the Pyrenees, Dolomites, Scandinavia and closer to home in Scotland – the first area was open there by mid-November. Across the Atlantic things have been a bit more hit-and-miss after a snowy October, but conditions now appear to be picking up there too. Of course, when the big snowfalls start, as they did four to six weeks ago, you fear it has come too soon. I held off writing our main story, detailing the early snowfall, until the last minute I could prior to production and printing, in case there was a sudden warming of the weather; but (and I still fear tempting fate), as I write this and we go to press, it is still dumping down and the forecast for next week is more snow, snow, snow. Yippee! So, fingers crossed it continues and that this season – our tenth for InTheSnow, so a big anniversary winter for us – will be the snowiest of the century so far.
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THE SNOWIEST AUTUMN OF THE CENTURY
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SNOWY SEASON START STATS
powder in 24 hours – a feat it repeated a week
in mid autumn. The Kitzsteinhorn glacier above
later, further building up its base.
Kaprun was able to open its superpipe before
The Dolomites, which suffered a very
the end of November, and Zermatt already
challenging start to last season after the dry
offered over 100km of cross-border piste to
weather continued well into the winter months,
enjoy by the end of last month too.
also saw resorts opening early with a mix of
North America had a more challenging
natural snowfall and weather cold enough for
November, with a lot of hot air over much
24-hour snow making.
of the continent leading ski areas to delay
Ski areas in the Pyrenees and even as far
opening and the International Ski Federation
south west as Portugal and in the Sierra
to switch a planned World Cup race in Beaver
Nevada in southern Spain got some great
Creek in Colorado to Val d’Isère in France.
November snowfalls too, to get their seasons
Things did turn more wintery at the end of
fter two warm autumns in a row, the good
off to the best start in years. Indeed, the
the month when dozens of ski areas opened
news is that it’s the best start to the ski season
November snow conditions at Portugal’s sole
in time for Thanksgiving, Whistler Blackcomb
for years, and dozens of ski areas have
ski area, Serra da Estrela, made national TV
even a day earlier than planned.
opened early as a result.
there. In the UK there have been the usual
Canada, in fact, had seen some big autumn
Snowfall in parts of the Alps in November is
extreme weather fluctuations but one Scottish
snowfall tallies – over 2.5m at resorts like
believed to be the most for this early in the
area was able to open in mid-November for its
Kicking Horse and Revelstoke in BC, about
season since winter 1999/2000 and led to
opening weekend of 2016–17.
double the average for that early in the
dozens of resorts, including Alpe d’Huez,
Not much help for the northern hemisphere’s
season: it was just rather warm too.
Arosa, Cortina, Davos, Kitzbühel, La Clusaz,
ski season, but it still seemed in keeping with
Of course, snowfall is notoriously unpredictable
Madonna di Campiglio, Schladming, Val
the trend that there was even night-time snow
and, while the previous two winters saw some
good bases for this very early time of the year,
Thorens and Verbier, among plenty of others,
in Australia reported at Falls Creek ski resort
big snowfalls around the start of New Year
with the main season hardly getting started.
opening early for winter 2016/17.
in the last week of their spring, just before
following the dry autumns, the worst case is that
Many already have 1m bases, and some
And the extra good news is that it isn’t just
summer rolled around down under.
the reverse might happen this season: the snow
already have more than 2m of snow lying.
the Alps. Almost all of Scandinavia’s leading
Resorts that are normally open anyway in
stops falling and things warm up.
But, hopefully winter 2016–17 will continue to
ski resorts were open by mid-November, with
autumn thanks to their glacier ski areas
Fortunately, though, all the snow that has fallen
fulfil its potential to become one of the best ski
Norway’s Hemsedal getting a foot of fresh
reported excellent ‘midwinter’-like conditions
so far means that most resorts already have
seasons in recent history.
• Sunshine at Banff had earliest start to the season in 30 years. • Alpe d’Huez opened three weeks early with weekend openings. • Revelstoke, BC, Canada, had 2.4m of snowfall by 1 November. • Snowfalls of up to a metre in 48 hours were reported in the Alps. • Snow depths at 2.5m already above Chamonix by 20 November. • One ski area at Lake Tahoe got 60cm of snow in two days.
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ACCESS TO SLOPE ON MILITARY LAND CLOSER A determined group of skiers who used to enjoy their sport on a dry slope at Bassingbourn Barracks have been denied access to the slope for the past three-and-a-half years, but their hopes of being able to return have come a little closer. The local council has given the go-ahead for new access to the facility, which would avoid the problem of skiers needing to cross through military property.
TRANSFERS TO SERRE CHEV & MILKY WAY The Resalp Linkbus company have launched a HARALD WISTHALER
new shuttle that will connect Turin Airport to Serre Chevalier Briançon, via the “Milky Way” resorts of Cesana, Claviere and Montgenèvre. This will be a regular direct route running every Saturday and Sunday in season, and it will correspond with the major flights, making getting to the area even
TERM-TIME HOLIDAY RULING MAY BE CHALLENGED
NEW LIFT AND SKI RUN IN THE DOLOMITES Trentino’s Val di Fassa, in Italy’s giant Dolomiti Superski region, will unveil a new ski run this winter. “Volata” is described as a “super-fast technical run” that descends from Col Margherita to Passo San Pellegrino over its 2.35km length, descending 631 vertical metres as it goes. In addition, the Alpe Lusia-San Pellegrino ski area will see a new lift (complete with mid-station) open on the Bellamonte Castelir slope. The new, low-scenery-impacting Castelir-Morea cable car will commence operation this winter.
LAAX OPEN RETURNS Switzerland’s leading freestyle destination for
T he Isle of Wight Council has been
given permission to appeal to the
The government has said it will
Supreme Court regarding a High
consider making changes to the
Court ruling against them and in
law to make sure that parents are
favour of a father whom they had
fined for taking their children on ski
fined for taking his daughter out of
trips and other holidays during term
school for a family holiday during
time. The council lost at the High
Court on a point of law because the
The High Court had refused the
fines regime introduced in 2013 by
The Special Olympics World Winter Games
council the right to appeal to them,
then education secretary Michael
is one of the world’s biggest winter-sports
and the Supreme Court will still
Gove was a variation of an existing
events, held every four years, and Special
have to decide whether it will hear
law, rather than a clear new law in
Olympics GB have a team of 21 athletes with
its own right.
intellectual (learning) disabilities to represent their country at the 2017 Games which will be held in Schladming, Austria. Taking place from 14–25 March 2017 The Special Olympics
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World Winter Games, president Arnold Schwarzenegger, will welcome almost 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 110 nations to compete in nine Olympic-type winter sports.
in half-pipe and slopestyle contests up on the pro
£100 of extra currency compared
It’s a return to the venue of the fifth Special
kicker line on Crap Sogn Gion mountain with this
to the October low. So long as it
Olympics World Winter Games which were
season’s LAAX OPEN now upgraded to the status
continues, that’s good news for
held in 1993 in Schladming. Back then around
in-resort costs this season.
1,600 athletes from 63 nations competed in
FairFX also looked at the total cost
five sports in those Games, the first World
of lift passes, rentals and tuition at
Games held outside the United States,
59 resorts worldwide and found
showing the growth of the event in the more
Bled in Slovenia cheapest with a
than two decades since.
week’s ski package costing £261.
“On behalf of our entire Special Olympics
Most expensive was Vail at £1,493.
movement worldwide, I am thrilled to
“The pound has been hit with
award our 2017 World Games to Graz and
AIRPORT LAUNCHES NEW SKI ROUTE George Best Belfast City Airport has launched
of a stage in the FIS Snowboard World Cup.
a new ski route to Salzburg, in conjunction with leading ski holiday operators Crystal Ski
Along with all the snow, as we went
Travel money experts FairFX say
volatility in the months following
Schladming in the beautiful state of Styria,”
Holidays and Topflight. Running from Christmas
to press there was another positive
the pound was up 7% against
Brexit. Finally, consumers have seen
said Tim Shriver, Global Chairman of Special
Eve until 11 March 2017, the weekly Aer Lingus
for British skiers with news that
the euro on 1 December and by
a rebound with positivity against
Olympics. “It is fitting that we would return
flight will provide direct access to a wide range
the pound has rallied against the
10% across other European ski
almost every currency globally
to a country that has demonstrated its
of Austrian ski resorts. Holidays are on sale now,
currencies of leading ski nations,
countries, meaning for every
– a boost for anyone planning a
commitment to people with intellectual
incorporating the three-hour flight, which will
rebounding after its post-Brexit-
£1,000 of spending money,
ski holiday this winter,” said Ian
disabilities for decades and will embrace our
holidaymakers will get nearly
Strafford-Taylor, CEO. FairFX.com
athletes from around the world.”
depart Belfast at 1.30pm each Saturday, with the return flight arriving in Belfast at 7.50pm.
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The number of tour operators offering free in-resort “guiding” or “hosting”
Snow and surf specialist Ticket to Ride will open a brand new Mountain
has dropped dramatically in recent years, but long-established ski tour
Lodge in Méribel this winter. At the same time the company is increasing
operator Neilson are expanding their own free service this winter. The
its focus on providing shorter trips, targeting time-short, adrenaline-
service is offered at the company’s Mountain Collection range of seven
seeking holidaymakers that crave the seasonaire lifestyle.
hotels and 17 catered chalets across Europe, run by Neilson, exclusively
Open from 9 December, the new 32-bed Mountain Lodge aims to offer
for Neilson guests. Mountain Collection guests are entitled to the Neilson
snowboarders and skiers the chance to stay at the heart of the world’s
Mountain Expert service, a free guiding and coaching service provided by
biggest ski area at an affordable price. Priced from £30pp per night, the
fully qualified ski and snowboard instructors and a Neilson host. Those who
Ticket to Ride Lodge boasts free wi-fi, Apple TV and unlimited hot drinks.
want to take part in Mountain Experts sessions will be guided around the
“We’re really excited to launch our new Mountain Lodge in Méribel.
area whilst being given tips on technique at the same time. Guests will also
It means we can accommodate more guests than ever before,
be able to jump the lift queues to maximise their time on the mountain.
plus we’ve been able to take on more staff on the ground,” said
“Following the success of the first season running the free guiding and
Linley Lewis, founder of Ticket to Ride, adding, “Our shorter ski and
coaching sessions for Mountain Collection guests, 2016/17 sees even
snowboard experiences are better suited to time-poor adventurers,
more sessions available,” said a Neilson spokesperson. “There is now
who can’t afford long stints away from the day job.”
at least one every day for Mountain Collection hotel guests and at least
The team at the Lodge will help organise everything required by
three a week for Mountain Collection chalet guests. Each guest is still
guests, from airport transfers and lift passes, to torch-lit ski descents
guaranteed at least two sessions each week.” neilson.co.uk
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Canadian airline Air Transat have announced that
class resorts, and a gateway to ski areas in states
to the Rocky Mountains with a flight to Calgary
they are to increase flights to the 2010 Winter
to the north like Jackson Hole in Wyoming and
(weekly via Toronto), which is the closest
Olympic city of Vancouver in Canada this winter,
Big Sky in Montana.
international airport to a host of resorts in Western
with a second weekly flight commencing this
Whilst Vancouver is the closest airport to Whistler,
Alberta including Banff and Lake Louise, as well as
month from Gatwick.
Air Transat have also announced new winter
some in Eastern BC like Kicking Horse and Fernie.
The news follows the recent launch of a year-
flights to Toronto, Canada’s largest city and the
Return flight prices to Toronto start from £339
round direct service from Heathrow to Salt Lake
capital of Ontario in the east, which is also home
per person (Vancouver from £361 return, Calgary
City by Virgin and Delta. This will see the first
to a number of leading ski resorts, albeit ones with
from £367 return) and Air Transat offer free ski
direct flights to Utah’s state capital, located
(much) smaller lift-served verticals.
carriage (one bag per person), in addition to the
around an hour or less from half a dozen world-
Air Transat say passengers can also connect
standard baggage allowance.
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do it right.”
restrictions that then inhibit you from
adapting them in a “free” manner at a
“I need to be told what I’m
becoming the best. It’s a vicious circle.
later stage. But “freedom” often fails
1. Not imprisoned or enslaved,
When I was young and learning to
to materialise at a later stage. The will
being at liberty.
Where does this yearning for doing
surf, youngsters used to watch and
to ski correctly early on sticks with
2. Not controlled by obligation or
it the “right way” come from?
copy the best, so the sport never
many skiers throughout their skiing
the will of another.
Looking at the great sports stars
really changed. But these days
career who end up being restricted
3. Not affected or restricted by a
and world champions, they all have
given condition or circumstance.
one thing in common. They do it
One way of helping you to
4. Not subject to external restraint.
“their” way, not the “right” way. In
be free but effective is to
5. Not literal or exact.
skiing we have the likes of Bode
understand the difference
6. Unguarded in expression
Miller who for many was labelled
between judged and
untidy but continued to win
measured sports. Judged is
7. Given, made, or done of one’s
everything. In running we have
someone’s personal opinion,
the great Michael Johnson who
measured is fact. Imagine
8. Not fixed in position, capable of
as a child was labelled as running
how far the great sporting
relatively unrestricted motion.
“a bit funny like a duck”. But the
stars I mentioned earlier
9. Not bound, fastened or attached.
child who ran “funny” went on to win 12 Olympic and World
rather than free.
PHIL SMITH SNOWORKS
would have got if their sport had been judged. Luckily
Maybe it’s just who we are and a
Championship gold medals and
trait of humans that we need rules.
hold the 400 metre world record
Rules that govern everything we
for a staggering 17 years. Then
Phil Smith is founder of Snoworks
or park and pipe skiing,
do, even to the extent of how we
there was the great Dick Fosbury
All-Mountain Ski Courses. Snoworks
the judges are becoming
ski! Of course, there always has to
who redefined his sport forever:
run Off-Piste and Backcountry
as versatile as the skiers
be some rules, otherwise we would
when everyone else was going
courses throughout the winter along
themselves and embracing
be in danger of harming others and
over the high jump bar forwards
with Off-Piste Adventure trips to
individuality and innovation.
ourselves. This is why the skiers’
he went over it backwards. In ski
destinations around the world.
Ski instruction is traditionally
code of conduct exists and why we
racing a few seasons ago Ted
judged and can restrict
take lessons – to learn to ski safely.
Ligety redefined the Giant Slalom
innovation, freedom and
But, putting the skiers’ code aside
skiing technique and recorded
and other rules that help keep us
some of the biggest winning
and others safe in the mountains,
margins in ski racing.
surfers, skateboarders, BMX bikers,
be useful along with certain rules in
how many skiers actually “free ski”?
Great sport stars don’t try to do it
snowboarders and freestyle skiers
ski teaching that keep us and others
The need to be governed by rules
“right”, they have freedom. This
are creating their own rules as they
safe. But after safety is adhered to,
even in “how” we ski is highlighted
freedom comes from an inner
go along. It’s exciting to watch and
you have the freedom to interpret
when people come on our ski
confidence they have. To be free is
constantly changing and evolving.
skiing how you wish.
courses for the first time and I ask
difficult and if you’re not one of the
Learning to ski so-called “correctly”
It’s a great feeling knowing nobody
them their goals.
best, then you’re asking, “How do I
can be a good thing in the early
else does it quite like you. Be a free
“I need to learn to ski correctly.”
become the best?” And the search
stages. Learning the nuts and bolts
skier, be unique, be the architect of
“I can get down anything but don’t
for becoming the best creates
first. Doing the basics correctly then
your own skiing.
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now in some judged sports such as freestyle skiing
instruction and feedback can
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The previous record was held at
of friends. Technically, skiing in
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these conditions isn’t easy – during
(USA) at Miller Motorsports Park
the record attempt I was fighting
It’s the second world record for
in Tooele, Utah, for the MTV show
constantly to maintain my trajectory
Jan, who currently races the FIS
on the asphalt, as the skis were
World Cup Speed 1 category,
Jan used a Ferrari F458 Italia
almost uncontrollable. They had a
the fastest non-motorised sport
Competizione, courtesy of Formula
life of their own after about 50kph.
on the planet. He also holds the
GT Experience, driven by Spanish
Now the skis can only be used as
indoor ski speed world record
rally driver Marc Sánchez. The
museum pieces: one for the circuit,
of 104.965kph, set in May 2015
car, sporting 578 horsepower, was
and one for the owners of the car,”
in Snowhall Amnéville. Among
he Brit who holds the world
used to tow the ski racer on the
his many different projects, he is
record for the fastest ski run on
1,726m straight section of the Moto
The skier used standard-
currently aiming to break a total
indoor snow has set a new record,
production 195cm-long World Cup
of seven Guinness World Speed
becoming the fastest skier on the
“I set out to break the Asphalt Ski
skis from Atomic, built specifically
records during the next three
planet on asphalt by registering
World Record, a long-time objective
for giant slalom, and swapped his
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lunch and evening meals where
Snoworks, a British ski course
Pyrenees. There’s also a new off-
route between the Mediterranean
provided, return transfers from
company, have added two new
piste safety course this November
Bishkek Airport and transfers to
destinations for the coming winter,
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The skiing will all be accessed via
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glacier cover. Even the base
Alpine skiing events. This
ski regions and is one of the
of the runs, nearly 1,900
season it unveils its new
planet’s biggest with 10,000
vertical metres below, are
Solaise gondola with heated
hectares of skiable terrain
much higher than many ski
seats and wi-fi as the heart of
and more than 150 marked
areas at 1,550m.
a major upgrade it’s calling the
ski runs altogether making
Val d’Isère and Tignes are
biggest in a decade. Tignes is
up 300km of slopes, served
both world-class resorts in
the most snow-sure resort in
by 78 fast, modern lifts.
their own right, of course. Val
France, open in 11 months out
It’s one of the most snow-
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resort and one of just a
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ARTISTIC AVALANCHE EXHIBITION OPENING 2017
INVENTION AIMS TO REDUCE AVALANCHE DEATHS
Fosun, a Chinese conglomerate that now owns former British company
An artistic exhibition on the theme of avalanches – their power,
An enterprising student at the University of East London (UEL) is combin-
Thomas Cook as well as the originally French-run Club Med and the
dynamics and their unexpected nature – is to be staged in Gstaad,
ing his passion for skiing and talent for design – by inventing a unique
Canadian Cirque du Soleil, and which has recently opened several
Switzerland, this winter by British curator Neville Wakefield and Swiss
safety device especially for thrill-seeking off-piste skiers.
Club Med ski areas in China, says it plans to open a new Club Med in
artist Olympia Scarry. The exhibition will launch over the weekend of
Charles Caldron, 21, hopes “YETI” will allow adventurous off-piste and he-
Japan next winter in a bid to meet surging demand.
3–5 February 2017 and will feature an international programme of music,
li-skiers (jumping out of helicopters onto the slopes) to get themselves out
Fosun has bought the Tomamu ski resort on Japan’s famous northerly
performance and sound installations.
of the danger zone, should they find themselves trapped by an avalanche.
island of Hokkaido, famous for its powder snow, for £93m and is con-
“Offsetting the ephemeral and transitive nature of these performances
Thanks to some top GPS technology, design ingenuity and countless ski
verting it into Club Med’s fourth ski resort in the region.
will be a number of monumental sculptural and site-specific
holidays and research trips to Les 3 Vallées, Charles thinks he has invent-
Club Med first opened in Yabuli in Northeast China nearly a decade
interventions created by renowned artists from around the globe,” a
ed something that is reliable, user-friendly and could save lives.
ago, but before the growth in the Chinese ski industry its first Asian
statement on behalf of the organisers reads. The exhibition is the latest
“When an avalanche happens, the rescue teams send out an emergency
ski resort was actually established last century at Sahhoro, also on
in a series known as Elevation 1049. First launched in 2014 this features
signal to the YETI module built in to a lightweight ski pole,” says Charles.
Hokkaido in Japan.
site-specific exhibitions created out of the specifics of time and place,
“If the skier turns off the signal within a three-minute window, the rescue
Japan’s National Tourism Organisation say the country received more
curated by Wakefield and Scarry and taking place in and above Gstaad.
team know the skier is alive. If after three minutes the signal isn’t turned
than 10 million foreign visitors in the first five months of this year, a
Elevation 1049 is comprised of work from Swiss and international
off, it could mean the skier is in danger and needs help. As the module
record number, with around a quarter of these arriving from China, a
artists, and as the title suggests, most of the work is displayed outside,
is attached to the skier and sending out GPS signals, it will allow rescue
45% increase on a year ago.
positioned in and defined by the landscape they inhabit.
teams to more easily find the skier.”
Fosun say they intend to “globalise” and become a global leader in the
“Held in the midst of winter, Elevation 1049 exchanges the confines of
Charles plans to meet with representatives of the major ski resorts to ex-
travel sector. It has opened four new Club Med resorts in China since
the white cube for the expansive snow-covered backdrop of the Alpine
plore the possibility of his product integrating with resort mobile phone
buying the company in 2011 and has 15 more due to open before 2020
landscape” the statement continues.
apps, for the live-feed ski pole module.
as well as a planned new ski area in South Korea. Worldwide it has 66
Elevation 1049 is supported by the LUMA Foundation, the founding
“I think it’s got great potential, and with some solid financial backing, I’d
resorts, 23 of which are ski resorts.
patrons and a number of additional private donors. elevation1049.org
like to take it to market in the future,” he says.
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accommodation with breakfast,
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A typical day on the mountain will
to the valley with some of the
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from beginner to expert, the
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T 014 // DEC16
just get fewer opportunities to do so.
from a snowball, and you are out
Luckily, Avoriaz ski resort is changing
for that game. There’s also a referee
that. It has launched snowball fighting
provided, just in case no one is being
as a full-scale organised activity that
honest when they get hit by a ball, and
holidaymakers there can play. In
to judge close calls when players are
January, on holiday in the resort with
diving for the flag under a volley of
a bunch of friends, the urge to try it
snowballs. If nobody has managed to
grab the flag, it comes down to a count
The games are played on an area
of which team has the most players
about the same size as a basketball
court, with seven players in each
Each half of the court contains
team. In the middle of the court is a
rectangular blocks, which players can
he resort of Avoriaz has introduced
flag, and the first side to have a team
use to duck and hide behind as they
competitive snowball fights – Japanese
member grab the flag wins the game.
try to get within striking distance of
style. Daniel Elkan & friends tried it.
Doing so isn’t easy, however, as we
the flag, popping up suddenly to volley
There’s nothing like a snowball in your
were to find out. At the start of the
snowballs at opponents.
hand, ready to throw, to make you feel
game, each team is given a plentiful
The buzz is incredible. From the
like you are seven years old again. No
supply of pre-made snowballs, and
minute the whistle sounded, we edged
one really grows out of the instinct to
uses this ammunition to try to take
forward in nervous camaraderie,
hurl snowballs at their friends – they
out the opposition players. One hit
spreading out to take positions behind
Although the snowballs are made of hard-packed snow to make them strong enough to carry easily and throw well, the defensive blocks, cradling as
they don’t hurt when they hit – and
many snowballs as we could carry,
players carry lightweight helmets
with others staying back to roll more
with visors. The game feels a bit like
snowballs to the players in the more
paintball on snow, and it wasn’t long
before we were all diving, commando-
The closer you edged forward into
style, for cover and had started to
the court, the more angles a snowball
form tactics. Each game is six minutes
could be fired at you from. My head
long, but with the adrenaline coursing
began to shift from left to right,
through your veins it’s difficult to have
scanning the court like a nervous
any sense of time.
Having organised snowball fighting
Dodging snowballs is easier than
in the resort adds a very different
you think. Get one thrown at you,
experience to the skiing and
swerve it and then – if you have a
snowboarding that you normally come
snowball in your hand – you can turn
to a resort for. We’d spent several
the tables on your foe: the hunter
days exploring the terrain in Avoriaz
becomes the hunted!
and the wider Portes du Soleil area,
Organised snowball fighting actually
which the resort is part of. There are
originates from Hokkaido in northern
650km of pistes here, meaning that
Japan, and it’s there that I’d originally
you can set out in a different direction
discovered it years before. The
every day and find yourself on new
Japanese take it very seriously
runs each time. In fact, so vast is the
– making the games very tense.
ski area that it encompasses 12 resort
“Yukigassen”, to give it its Japanese
villages, including Les Gets, Morzine
name, was actually created in a town
and Châtel. Avoriaz is centrally placed
friends had that “ooh, just one more
called Sobetsu. In summer, the town
within the area, so it was easy to
game” look in their eyes, itching for
had lots of visitors to the volcano but
arrange to meet up for the Yukigassen
revenge for previous games and the
there was little tourism in winter.
battle after our day’s skiing. And it
chance for more glory. But you only
After watching tourists spontaneously
was so much fun.
get an hour per slot, so we headed
throwing snowballs at each other, they
After one hour of intense snowball
for “après snowball” drinks at Le
had the idea to create the sport and
fighting, our time was up. A lot of my
Bistro bar, in the centre of the village.
Yukigassen snowball fights cost
hold tournaments. It was an immediate
We walked in, feeling triumphant,
€10 (£9)pp, in teams of seven,
hit. Seven thousand visitors came
and ordered drinks. The bar staff
and can be booked through
for the first tournament, temporarily
served us, of course, but perhaps they
Avoriaz Tourist Office.
tripling the population of the town.
shouldn’t have done: on the inside,
avoriaz.com; +33 4 50 74 02 11
These days each championship brings
we’d all become seven-year-olds.
in around 25,000 visitors.
Daniel and friends travelled to Avoriaz by train. Return rail fares start from £112, through Voyage SNCF. voyages-sncf.com; 0844 848 5 848
European Film Festival
ARC 1950, FRANCE
LES 2 ALPES, FRANCE
The world’s leading Alpine comedy festival (we’re
The 8th Les Arcs European Film Festival
The first of the big snow and music festivals in
not sure if there are any others), featuring the best
coincides with the opening weekend of Arc
Europe this season. A full-on mix of parties, snow
comedians from the UK and further afield. This
1950 – 120 films screened over the week.
fun, top music (lots of acts, with headliners Seth
year’s stars include Terry Alderton, Zoe Lyons and
Meet the stars in resort or at a screening.
Troxler and Kano), and some snowsport competition regulars, Andrew Maxwell and Marcus Brigstocke.
if you want to partake. risefestival.co.uk
24-26 29-31 SIMON GARNIER
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A fortnight after Lake Louise in Alberta, the World Spending Christmas in the mountains is always a
This three-day festival offers dozens of acts, with
Cup tour returns to Europe and the historic
good call and should be the best hope for a truly
this year’s headliners including The Chainsmokers,
racecourse in the Dolomites above Val Gardena.
relaxed, fun, genuine break. All resorts are good
Flume, Major Lazer and Odesza. The festival site lies
The race where Team GB recorded what’s still
for Christmas, but Megève goes that extra mile for
below the resort of Heavenly, so skiing or boarding
their best-ever downhill ski racing result.
old-world charm and a stunning Christmas tree!
and the music festival can easily be combined.
DIARY|DEC 2016–JAN 2017
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World Cup Slalom Racing
Nearly all ski resorts let off some fireworks and
There are lots of exciting and fun events for
The weekend before the first of the classic
throw a bit of a party for New Year’s Eve, the
New Year in ski resorts around the world, but
downhill races of 2017, Wengen’s Lauberhorn,
busiest week of the year for all of them so double
the annual piglet race in Klosters is both these
the men are in Adelboden for slalom and giant
reason to celebrate. Courchevel in the French
things and also slightly odd. The excitement
slalom racing. Fingers crossed for some more
Alps throws one of the biggest with its annual
kicks off at 3.00pm as the wee piggies race
top performances from the British team after
Dance Party, incorporating live outdoor music acts.
through the resort centre.
Dave Ryding’s huge success last season.
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FREE SKI SCHOOL AT SNOW-SURE SWISS RESORT
the world’s leading centres for the great
slopes. Thanks to a partnership with many of the
sport of biathlon, an exciting combination of
resort’s hotels, all ski and snowboard classes
cross-country skiing and rifle range target
in groups are free of charge for children born
shooting. There’s a brand-new centre for this
in or after 1999 (so up to around age 17 or 18
sport opening this winter, and you can try it for
depending on the time of your holiday). This offer
yourself with a fun taster session. There are
is valid for a minimum two-night stay in many
even special classes for children.
participating Arosa hotels and holiday apartments.
And there’s plenty more besides: winter hiking,
The classes will be guided by instructors of the
curling and ice skating or even ice hockey,
snowsports schools of ABC Snow Sports School
sledging, snowshoeing and now snow biking to
and SSSA (Swiss Ski and Snowboard School
name but a few.
Arosa), which have a reputation as being among the best in Switzerland.
New Snow Bike Park This upcoming winter, Arosa Lenzerheide will
With Guaranteed Snow
rosa Lenzerheide is the new name of one
open the first snow bike park in Switzerland,
Thanks to its altitude and location, with the ski
of the most exciting developments in Swiss
served by the cable car Rothorn. The resort is
slopes climbing to 2,865m, Arosa Lenzerheide
skiing for years. The ski villages Arosa and
already a big summertime centre for bikers, so
has always been one of the most snow-sure
Lenzerheide have merged their ski areas, thanks
why not winter too? The Curtschin slope has
destinations in the Alps. This autumn it took this
to the construction of a spectacular cable-car lift
been designated exclusively for bikers and,
reputation even further by becoming one of
connection between them, to create a huge ski
depending on snow conditions, will provide steep
the first resorts in the world to open in October,
region of 225km of fully connected pistes served
turns, bumps, dips, jumps and plenty of fun.
a feat usually only possible for resorts with
by more than 40 lifts – one of the world’s biggest.
glaciers. This extraordinary performance was
The huge ski area has an incredible range of
Ski School Included
feasible thanks to a special new snow-making
terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders
The "Ski School Included" programme has been
machine, which is able to create snow even in
ranging from wide, gentle, perfectly groomed
one of the region’s most popular promotions
positive temperatures. Happily, this season has
pistes to big, steep-sided bowls for freeride
and is back for its fifth season this winter 2016/17,
started well anyway with low temperatures and
freaks, and every type of ski run in between.
helping to get more young people skiing on the
lots of natural snowfall.
Freestylers will have a ball in the Arosa Lenzerheide snow park, which extends to four different areas. Not only skiing Although you can ski from dawn until dusk if you wish and then just collapse into one of Arosa Lenzerheide’s enticing restaurants or bars for the evening, there are plenty of other activities to try. For example, Arosa Lenzerheide is one of
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CORTINA CONFIRMED FOR 2021 FIS ALPINE CHAMPS
STUNNING NEW CABLE CAR OPENS AT STUBAI
Travelling from the UK to the Alps by train may be comfortable, relaxing
Cortina d’Ampezzo has been confirmed as host of the 2021 Alpine Ski
A spectacular new £50m+ cable car has gone into operation at Austria’s
and eco-friendly. However, finding out how much journeys cost has
World Championships at the annual gathering of the International Ski
Stubai glacier, which is already open for the 2016/17 ski season.
never been as easy as it should be because there was nowhere for
The brand-new and innovative Eisgrat cable car at the glacier ski area in
skiers to check journeys for popular dates of the season and see – at a
It was fifth time lucky for the famous Italian resort, which had previously
the province of Tirol went into service after two years of construction.
glance – which ones were on sale and how much they cost.
bid to host the Championships in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
The new lift is of the modern “3S” design, which allows multiple large
Now they can. Independent rail-ski website Snowcarbon has launched
When the 2019 Alpine Ski World Championships were awarded to Åre
queue-gobbling cabins to circulate, hopefully making the queues that
a new price-checking resource called Live Train Prices to coincide with
in Sweden, which had last hosted them in 2007, it sparked an angry
would build up at peak times a thing of the past.
the opening of winter rail bookings on the same date, when many of the
reaction from some in Cortina. This time their bid was the only one on
In fact, the sophisticated tri-cable gondola is the longest of its type yet
season’s indirect rail journeys go on sale.
the table and went through unopposed.
to be built in the Alps and has entered the history books, as at a cost of
At a glance, skiers are now able to view live rail prices for journeys from
Cortina last hosted the World Championships in 1956 when they were
€58m (£52m) it’s believed to be the biggest single lift investment made
London to 14 train stations in the Alps, serving over 50 ski resorts in
part of the Winter Olympics, and had also hosted the second-ever
by any ski resort.
France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy connecting with Eurostar services.
Championships way back in 1932.
Its 48 modern cabins are capable of transporting 3,000 people per hour,
Prices for each journey are displayed in tables with associated graphics
"Cortina and the Italian Ski Federation have shown a real commitment
with each journey taking 11 minutes.
to show departure and arrival times at each train station on that route.
to hosting the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships," said FIS President
Every cabin offers panoramic views and wi-fi. The new cable car has
“Giving skiers a clear picture of their journey options is a vital part of
Gian-Franco Kasper, adding,
increased access to the glacier, and created a new run called Fernau – a
helping them out of planes and cars and onto trains,” says Snowcarbon
"They have outlined a series of detailed plans to develop the resort
3.8km descent into the valley – for keen skiers and snowboarders.
Founder, Daniel Elkan. “There are many indirect journeys that skiers
for the marquee event with a strong legacy for the future, and we look
Austria’s biggest glacier snowsports area, the Stubai has 104km of pistes
aren’t even aware of, to resorts that they didn’t realise they can reach so
forward to going there in 2021."
and reaches a height of 3,210m.
easily by train.”
The next World Championships, the 46th staging of the bi-annual
The centre is located a short drive from Innsbruck (approx. 35 minutes)
competition, are due to be staged this winter in St Moritz.
and is included in the Innsbruck area pass. stubai.at/en | visittirol.co.uk
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was pretty excited to get to Klosters
of the surroundings of Davos high up
last winter as I had never been
on the mountain.
skiing in Switzerland before and
Pischa, with only one cable car, is now a
didn't know what to expect. My visit
freeride-only area that offers great off-piste
started well: arriving by rail through
itineraries for good skiers and boarders.
spectacular Swiss Alpine scenery
Alternatively, take a five-minute bus ride out
was very memorable. The red train
of Klosters village to go to Madrisa. The resort
I was aboard crossed a plain white
is tailored for families, with wide and easy
valley surrounded by superb natural
slopes where children can enjoy various ski
Swiss scenery to really get you in
kindergartens. Don't miss out on the stunning
panoramic view at the top and the skiing by the
After arguably the most scenic train
river in amazing scenery on the way down.
ride I’ve ever enjoyed, we pulled into Klosters,
Davos Klosters is such a snow-sure ski resort
where the village's cosy charm immediately
that this season the slopes have been open
welcomed me. Part of the canton of Graubünden,
for more than six weeks already, opening at
the biggest state in Switzerland, Klosters isn’t
the end of October, and the Madrisa sector
small, though; it’s a sizeable and traditional-style
local to Klosters village has seen a huge
village with a relaxed atmosphere.
improvement with fancy new lifts and many other upgrades.
A Winter-sport Pioneer
Klosters shares 320km of slopes with Davos,
020 // DEC16
spread over five widely separated areas –
From tuberculosis treatment centre to upmarket
Rinerhorn, Jakobshorn, Pischa, Gotschna
skiing destination and even annual host of
and Parsenn – allowing you to ski a different
the World Economic Forum, attracting world
mountain every day for a week if you wish. The
leaders and the bosses of the planet’s biggest
full ski area is available on one pass, bus and
companies each January, Davos Klosters has a
train ride to the slopes included.
long history as a world centre for tourism. Before
To get over to the Davos side, take the cable
being well known as a ski destination, it was a
car from the centre of the village to reach the
health spa destination during the summer.
summit of Gotschna and then carry on over to
Tourism really started in the middle of the
Parsenn, the largest and most varied mountain.
19th century with the construction of the
There’s a great choice of runs, from wide open
Rhätische Bahn (Rhaetian railway), which
slopes to skiing through the trees, and with
changed everything, putting the sanatorium
terrain to suit everyone from beginner to expert.
business into decline in favour of winter
The ski area contains plenty of pleasant runs,
sports tourism. Before skiing became
many through frosted forests, ideal for beginners
prominent, tobogganing, ice-skating
and curling built the resort’s initial
Keen skiers can also take the mountain train to
the slopes of Davos at Rinerhorn, Jakobshorn
Skiing arrived in Davos
and Pischa. While Rinerhorn is quieter and
Klosters at the end of the
for nature lovers, Jakobshorn is particularly
19th century almost
snowboarder-friendly, with a breathtaking view
ters WORDS: EMMANUELLE CHATEL
else in the Alps. Tobias Branger, a local shopkeeper, got the idea of skiing from Scandinavia, where it had taken hold particularly in the Telemark region, and he
a searing hot slab of stone. Very tasty! Finally, the Casa Antica (casaantica-klosters.ch) is part of Klosters' nightlife, a local institution where everybody celebrates until the early hours.
practised his odd new sport by night a century and a quarter ago, as he was regarded as a bit eccentric for even trying it.
However, a visit by the famous author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who decided to give Branger’s
Hotel Alpina is a very cosy and very Swiss hotel.
version of skiing a try, changed everything.
The location could not be better, opposite the
Conan Doyle's write-up of his ski adventure
railway station and the cable car.
convinced hundreds of Brits to come to
Wherever you stay, you can't visit Klosters
Switzerland for the "skiing" season as well as in
and not go to the Chesa Grischuna Hotel
(chesagrischuna.ch). Built in 1938, the Chesa
The Davos English Ski Club was established
Grischuna is a legendary hotel with a unique
in the winter of 1903 and the Ski Club of Great
atmosphere. It's one of the most authentic,
Britain in 1904, founded by English brothers
traditional-style hotels you can find, with mural
Richardson and brothers Wroughton.
paintings and woodwork maintaining the “Landi style”. Chesa is also known as “Hollywood on the rocks”, with all the writers, celebrities and
movie stars who have loved to stop by since the early 1950s.
On the slopes, head to the Berghaus Alte Schwendi for a nice lunch on the mountains. The place serves traditional Swiss dishes and drinks
and is located perfectly, at the end of a long downhill run.
The village’s authenticity also famously draws
Or try the Madrisahof, an old-style wooden
royal families here to enjoy ski holidays. A long-
Alpine cabin that offers a combination of
time favourite of Prince Charles, a regular for so
cosiness and modernity. The view from the
long that a chairlift has been named after him,
terrace overlooking the mountains is spectacular.
Klosters has a name for being quiet and discreet.
For a drink on the slopes, go to Joe's
You can't get a word out of local residents about
outdoor bar at the Gruobenalp, a ski hut
the presence of those distinguished guests.
with breathtaking views of the valley and the
Rather than that, with their warm welcome, they'll
landscape around Davos Klosters.
be keen to show you the best of their village!
In the evening, the Silvretta Hotel (silvretta. ch) has a lovely little old-fashioned bowling alley in the basement, so is great for an
evening of supper and bowling. The dining concept at Rolf's HotStone Restaurant (rolfs-hotstone-klosters.ch) allows you to cook your fresh meat or seafood on
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18- to 40-year-olds, but during the school holidays
snow-sure. The only snag is that they are reached
They are, however, incredibly good fun too,
some open their doors to welcome families with
by fast, long and steep drag lifts with a couple of
with a feeling of camaraderie and friendliness
dedicated ski and snowboard packages; so it was
right-angled turns that can be daunting at first.
from the guests and staff alike. All the kids get
that last Easter we set off to Serre Chevalier on our
As part of the UCPA package, tuition and equipment
together and form their own little groups and
hire is also included. When we arrived we were
friendships, enjoying evening entertainment
The UCPA Serre Chevalier turned out to be large,
asked our ability and put into separate groups. Holly
such as discos and karaoke, while the parents
modern and ski-in/ski-out; positioned right at the
had only completed a week of ski lessons before
get together to chat about the day’s skiing and
bottom of the slopes in the village of Villeneuve.
and I was placed into an advanced snowboarders
snowboarding over a glass of wine and a fully
The resort is known for its sunshine; the centre
group. We both really enjoyed our groups and
has a large sun deck and heated swimming
the instructors were very friendly, spoke perfect
All in all we really enjoyed our “Serre Che”
pool overlooking the pistes, and one particularly
English and were very knowledgeable. All the hire
UCPA experience and I highly recommend it for
enjoyable experience was a lunchtime BBQ in the
equipment was top quality.
a family ski trip on a budget. The families I met
sun. So far so good!
If you want a luxury ski holiday then the UCPA is
are repeat customers, and I think I will be joining
y teenage daughter had been bugging me to take
On the (very quiet) slopes we found Serre Chevalier
not for you. The rooms are basic but functional,
them next season.
her skiing for a while, but I had been reluctant to,
to be a vast but picturesque ski area, almost all of
with plenty of storage and warm radiators to dry
just because of cost. So when I discovered Action
it ideal for families, who were the core market, with
wet ski gear. We had our own bathroom with a
Action Outdoors offers family ski holidays to the
Outdoors, a tour operator specialising in good
plenty of long green and blue runs and nursery
shower, but shared a toilet with the room adjacent.
French Alps in school holiday periods. Seven
value holidays based in affordable UCPA centres in
slopes sited by all the villages. There are reds,
The buffet-style lunches and evening meals had
nights in the UCPA centre in Serre Chevalier
the French Alps, run by a non-profit organisation, I
blacks and some good terrain parks too, though.
plenty of salad, pasta, meat and fish options, but
during the Easter Holidays costs £460pp
thought it was time to treat Holly.
Holly and I found the best green runs high above
be aware: it's good, typically French food without
including full board accommodation, ski passes,
For most of the year UCPA centres are exclusive to
Villeneuve. These runs are wide, mellow and
a chicken nugget in sight.
ski/snowboard equipment hire and lessons.
HUGO PECKHAM PHOTOGRAPHY
service called Maison Sport
allowing them to make an
seeks to address. Launched by
informed decision prior to
entrepreneurs Aaron Tipping,
booking. Although there’s a small
Nick and Olly Robinson, who are
percentage fee to Maison Sport
ski instructors themselves, the
for each booking, the founders
online service allows individual
have found clients typically pay
ski and board instructors to
LESS than using the traditional ski
advertise their skills, and for
school, as there’s no middle man
skiers and boarders to seek out
between instructor and skier.
and book ski teachers that meet
“Over the last few years I have
he question of finding the best
watched ski schools grow
ski instructor for your particular
The instructor's profile, including
and independent instructors’
needs can be tricky, especially if
important information such as
businesses shrink, due to
your time and budget is limited.
languages spoken, experience,
Traditionally, booking ski lessons
reviews, age and gender, are all
lack of resources to market
can take a lot of research and
instantly available, as are details
themselves,” says Nick.
may end up costing you a
of cost and live availability.
“Booking a ski instructor has
considerable amount of money.
So far the rapidly expanding
also not moved with the times;
Yet there are a few thousand highly
service covers the 50 leading
it’s expensive, takes too long
skilled instructors out there who
French resorts and has more than
and customers aren’t given
are being overlooked and find
300 instructor listings. The rest of
enough choice. Maison Sport
themselves short of work because
Europe and the wider ski world
are helping their customers save
they can’t connect with clients, just
will be rolled out shortly.
money, whilst making it simple
as somebody who could use their
Customers have a wide choice
for them to find and book their
skills fails to find them!
of instructors and can message
ideal ski instructor.”
That’s the conundrum a new
them to ask any questions,
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A SKI HOLIDAY TO ANTARCTICA the coast. Chimu’s Chad Carey said guests will see the dazzling landscapes and unique wildlife at the end of the earth from skis, kayaks and the deck of Icebird. “For the adventurous at heart, climbing a virgin summit is a breathtaking prospect. And to then attach your skis and be the first person to ski down from the summit is just exciting beyond words,” said Chad. While the trip will be an adventure, there will still be some creature comforts along the way in the centrally heated, high-tech expedition yacht fit for six adventure will depart from Southern
sign up for the trip.
trip to Antarctica next year, but
Argentina in November next year.
The 28-day adventure will begin
The first trip departs Ushuaia in
unsurprisingly it’s not your average
Only five participants will be able
with a four-day voyage to Antarctica
Argentina on 19 November 2017, and
to sign up for the trip. They need
from South America. A custom-built
the price includes training, safety
Chimu Adventures, who are based
to be good skiers, undertake
expedition yacht, Icebird, will be the
gear, use of satellite phones and
in Australia but operate worldwide
some expedition training including
base for most of the trip, and skiers
email, accommodation in Ushuaia,
and have a London office, have
crossing glacial crevasses, and
will hike up to earn their turns on
skis, kayaks, sleds, mountaineering
announced that the month-long
have the £20,495 fee required to
hills and mountains accessed from
equipment and meals.
A travel company is offering a ski
CRYSTAL MAKE ANOTHER BIG DONATION
AUDI QUATTRO FUNSLOPE OPENING AT VERBIER
Crystal Ski Holidays customers and employees have concluded another
This season the Verbier slopes will feature two new courses
year of fundraising for their charity partners Disability Snowsport UK
designed to keep adventure lovers of all ages entertained.
(DSUK) by handing over another big donation for the total raised during
A hybrid of a snowpark and boardercross course, the Audi Quattro
the last year for £68,000.
Funslope will feature 20 different elements for snow enthusiasts
“As a small national charity with a huge remit, funding like this is crucial in
to get to grips with. From a 10m-long “snail” and a 15m-high berm
allowing DSUK to pursue our mission of giving skiers and snowboarders
to a tunnel, jumps and banks, freestylers are set to welcome the
with a disability the opportunity to be able to ski alongside the non-
new park, located on the Savoleyres slopes at 2,226m.
disabled as equals at all ski facilities and resorts,” said Fiona Young, CEO
Capitalising on the rising popularity of snowtubing, Verbier
of DSUK, who added, “I can truly say that without Crystal’s support over
visitors will also be able to enjoy the newest addition to its
the last seven years DSUK would not be here now. From everyone at
winter-sports range this season as a new run opens at Les
DSUK, a huge THANK YOU for all your continued support, and we look
Esserts. Seated inside a giant rubber tyre, those looking for a
forward to carrying on this relationship long into the future.”
gentler downhill thrill will set off down the especially prepared
In the seven years since the partnership began, Crystal have raised
piste, which resembles a bobsleigh track, before taking a well-
well over £320,000. Both Crystal’s overseas and UK employees have
deserved break from their adrenaline pursuits at the nearby Les
organised events throughout the year to support the charity, and Crystal
customers have also donated generously.
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ALL IMAGES: NASA
Tethys The past few years have seen unprecedented advances in our knowledge of space. We’ve landed a spaceship on a comet, photographed mountain ranges on Pluto, found ever-more Earth-like ‘exo-planets’ in distant solar systems and even photographed snow avalanching on Mars from orbiting spacecraft.
atmosphere, some of which, scientists believe, falls back onto Enceladus as snow, the rest escaping into space and supplying most of the material making up one of Saturn’s famous rings. The snow is so fine that scientists estimate that less than a thousandth of a millimetre falls each year, meaning it takes 30,000 years for a foot of powder to build up.
Richard Branson, owner of The Lodge luxury ski chalet in Verbier, has long been developing the first space planes
BEST RIDGE: IAPETUS
for tourism, and now both NASA and Elon Musk, the billionaire behind PayPal, Tesla electric cars and SpaceX,
Ridge skiers need look no further than Saturn’s moon
have announced plans to establish a human colony on
Iapetus, the planet’s third-largest moon and the eleventh
Mars within the next decade.
biggest in the solar system. Iapetus, a world of snow and
with outer rings
So, the big question now is: what will the skiing be like?
ice, has a very interesting terrain feature: an impressive
extending to 3,800km
InTheSnow’s Editor is so interested that he actually
equatorial ridge, known as the Toledo and Tortelosa
sat down with his son Robert and spent the summer
Montes, which runs three-quarters of the way round the
researching the terrain features that space probes have
moon for some 1,300km. It’s 20km wide and averages
already identified and photographed on the moons and
13km high (so half as high again as Mt Everest) and contains
planets of our solar system.
crater impacts, leading scientists to believe it is ancient.
The space-snow-hunting duo not only found mountains,
New photos of Saturn’s moon Mimas, taken by the Cassini
bowls, ridges and pipes that are super-sized compared to anything we have on planet Earth but they also found snow
BEST BOWL FOR STAR WARS FANS: MIMAS
spacecraft and released recently by NASA, got sci-fi fans
LONGEST HALF PIPE: TETHYS
in a rainbow of colours, thanks to different chemical make-
excited due to its resemblance to the Death Star from Star Wars. But snowsports fans ought to be excited too because
ups. They even found a moon where it has been snowing,
Saturn’s inner moon Tethys has a 100km wide trench, known
what appears to be the dish of a vast planet-destroying
scientists think, for millions of years but with powder so fine
as the Ithaca Chasma, which runs from the moon’s North
space gun is in fact one of the solar system’s biggest
that it takes thousands of years to get a foot deep.
Pole to its South Pole for over 2,000km and continues to
powder snow bowls (we’re hoping): an impact crater 141km
They’ve compiled their findings into the first guidebook
span nearly three-quarters of the moon’s circumference.
wide and 10km deep – so quite a ride. Good thermals are
to potential snowsports destinations on other moons and
required though, as the average temp is -141°C.
planets, imaginatively entitled Snow In Space, and here are some of the more-exciting extra-terrestrial terrain features scientists have so far located.
BIGGEST VERTICAL: MARS
STEEPEST RUN: TURGIS
Miranda, the fifth largest of the 27 known moons of Uranus,
The 580km wide Turgis crater on Saturn’s third-largest
was discovered as recently as 1948 and has only been
moon Iapetus has very steep sides descending for 15km
visited from Earth once by the Voyager 2 probe, which
to the base of the impact crater.
Mars is home to the highest mountain so far discovered
made observations of the moon during its Uranus flyby
in the solar system, Olympus Mons, which is about 25km
in January 1986. The moon is believed to be home to the
high, around two-and-a-half times higher than Mt Everest,
biggest known sheer cliff in the solar system, Verona Rupes,
and has a footprint so big that it would cover France if it
which is variously estimated at 5–10km straight down, so the
were on Earth. It’s believed to be snow-capped at times,
potential for the greatest cliff jump in history here.
The Mithrim Montes mountains are on the solar system’s
but how far you can ski down remains an unknown.
However, more-recent observations of Pluto’s moon
second-largest moon, Saturn’s Titan, which is also the
Charon by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which came
only moon to have a full atmosphere of its own. Located
closest to Charon on 14 July 2015, passing by about
near the moon’s equator, they consist of three parallel
80,000km away, revealed a 9km deep canyon, named
ridges oriented east–west and spaced about 25km apart
Argo Chasma, which at an estimated 700km in length is
– so a kind of Les 3 Vallées of Titan, and they’re named
Enceladus, the sixth largest of Saturn’s 62 moons (and
more than twice as long and five times as deep as The
after mountains in Tolkien’s books. They were named as
counting), is believed by scientists to be a world of
Grand Canyon. The canyon may feature sheer cliffs as big
recently as 2012, and the highest peak is 3,337m high.
perpetual snowfall, and probably the best powder in the
as 5km high, potentially rivalling Verona Rupes for the title
BEST POWDER STASH
BIGGEST CLIFF JUMP OPPORTUNITY: MIRANDA OR CHARON?
solar system at that, described as “superfine
BEST FOR LORD OF THE RINGS FANS: TITAN
of the tallest known cliff face in the solar system.
MORE SNOW IN SPACE
ice crystals” by Paul Schenk of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in
BEST BOWL SKIING: CALLISTO
The many craters on Jupiter’s moon Callisto, which is the
page, hardback, A5-sized book.
snow is believed to come
third biggest of the 180+ so far discovered in the solar
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Both are classic, traditional chalets
The new chalets are located in
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anyone who has bought a Les
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The guarantee is valid on tickets
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Les 3 Vallées has more than
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and sleek TV-cum-playroom more than make
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cutting-edge architecture and design, the seven
up for its relatively diminutive size. And, at
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“heavenly” chalets are definitively contemporary.
555m2 (three times the size of the average
Located in the heart of town, spitting distance
three-bedroom British house), diminutive is
from the Sunnegga funicular, they’ve sold at sky-
relative. On top of these private facilities,
high sums of up to £20 million.
guests have the 7 Heavens central hub at
CHF116,100 (£95,600) for one 7 Heavens
Happily, if you can’t be bothered with the faff
their disposal, comprising a reception with
chalet, accommodation only.
of chalet ownership, it’s possible to enjoy
24/7 concierge, a well-stocked bar, swanky
a week’s holiday in one of the completed
cigar lounge and gym.
I don’t often make New Year’s Eve resolutions,
properties. High-end chalet operator Haute
Accustomed to catering to the whims of the rich,
but after one too many disappointing New
Montagne will be managing the trio, each
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Year’s Eve parties in recent years I was
named after a peak dotted across the globe:
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Instead of spending rather a lot of money on a
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rather rubbish night, I would throw excessive
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you take a 7 Heavens property, you’ll only
amounts of money at the problem. No over-
kitchen, slick dining room, capacious sitting
pay up front for the chalet and staff (including
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room and private wellness area with indoor
top-notch private chef) – the bill for what you’ve
Nigella Lawson-inspired house parties for me
hot tub and sauna or steam room. If size
consumed, your ski instructors, helicopter rides
this year; I’m going large.
matters, go for the palatial Chalet Kilimanjaro,
and that fleet of Aston Martins will be presented
And I don’t believe it’s possible to go larger in
which comes complete with a private cinema
before you return home. So, if you really fancy
the ski chalet world this winter than by booking
and hot tub large enough for 12. However,
a blowout New Year’s Eve but are a bit short on
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BRITAIN’S BEST SKI RACE RESULT IN A DECADE
ELECTRIC CAR TRANSFER SERVICE LAUNCHED A new airport transfer service
use, there is still considerable
using only electric cars to reach
space behind them, plus space
French ski resorts from Geneva
under the bonnet where the
and Chambéry airports has
engine would normally be, and
in addition to this the ZEAT
ZEAT (Zero Emission Airport
vehicles will use a rear-tow-bar-
Transfers) will run a VIP transfer
mounted luggage box when
service using Tesla’s brand-new
there are groups of five or more.
Model X SUV.
ZEAT will offer a fixed price
“Tesla is the world leader in
regardless of time and date of
electric cars and their new SUV
€500 each way from Chambery
stands head and shoulders
Airport and €600 each way
above all other vehicles in its
from Geneva Airport.
class for everything from safety
The company’s vehicle
and comfort through to speed
charging will be done partly
and handling,” said a ZEAT
through a bank of solar panels
spokesperson, adding, “We are
on the roof of their depot and
the first in the French Alps to offer
partly using power from the
such a groundbreaking service.”
grid, which is supplied through
ZEAT will be offering transfers
local hydroelectric plants,
from Geneva and Chambéry to all
meaning the company is able
resorts in the Tarentaise, including
to offer an airport transfer
Val d’Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs, La
service that is genuinely carbon
Plagne, Courchevel and Méribel.
Tesla’s X SUV can carry up to
The service will be run by the
six passengers and with the
same team who have operated
two rear seats folded flat the
the Cool Bus transfer service, who
Model X has a cavernous boot.
have over 15 years of experience
Even with the rear seats in
in the industry. zeat.vip
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Delancey British Alpine Team slalom star Dave
and specifically working on my steep sections.
instructor and trainer in Britain, then retiring,
Ryding has started the 2016/17 FIS World Cup
I have been skiing well and performing in
aged just 24, to realise an ambition to set up
season on a high by recording Britain’s best
training, but this was better than I expected.”
his own business.
result in alpine racing for a decade, taking
In further good news for Ryding, Kent’s
“For me sponsoring Dave was a no-brainer.
sixth place in the opening slalom at Levi in
entrepreneur of the year, Quinn Estates
He, like many of our sporting heroes, depends
Finland last month, his first World Cup top 10
MD, Mark Quinn, has announced an £8,000
on financial backing – and getting that
finish and the best result in a decade for a
sponsorship package for the slalom star.
backing can be just as competitive as being
British alpine skier.
The deal is a return to his roots for Quinn as
out on the slopes,” said Mark. “I am delighted
Ryding said after the race: “I am delighted. I
he also skied for the national team, before
to be able to back Dave and wish him every
am sure no one expected a Brit in the top six.
switching to pursue a career in ski coaching,
success, including that gold medal at the next
I have been working really hard all summer
becoming the youngest top-qualified ski
Winter Olympics in 2018. No pressure.”
... AND SKI A DIFFERENT PART OF AUSTRIA WORDS: PATRICK THORNE | IMAGES: MATHIAS PRAGANT
034 // DEC16
several grand hotels, too, dating back to the
to do in the Nockberge Mountains. The list
height of the spa era. Yes, BKK has class!
includes a 60km-long well-maintained trail
Indeed, the resort’s motto is “from the piste
network running throughout this Carinthian
to the spas” and the spectacular Römerbad
winter wonderland or, if you prefer to walk
(Roman Baths) thermal centre is located
across fields of untouched snow, you can
right at the bottom of the slopes, with
rent snowshoes and work your way through
admission included in the ski pass price so
feeling as light as a feather.
you can, if you wish, literally dive straight in
There’s also an open-air skating rink under
after your day on the slopes.
the open skies, a cross-country ski track and
It’s the biggest of more than 20 swimming
four toboggan runs to try. A horse-drawn
pools in the village, 21 of them in hotels
sleigh ride snuggled under warm blankets
that are also home to around 50 saunas;
over snowy fields and around the soft curves
in truth, BKK was a spa resort for centuries
of the Nockberge Mountains is a special treat.
before skiing was thought of.
All in all, there’s plenty to keep everyone
There are also quite a few 4★ and 5★
from beginners to the less demanding
ad Kleinkirchheim may be a bit of a
hotels set back from the road. I had not
expert, as well as non-skiers just looking
mouthful to say – which may be why it’s
realised before that Bad Kleinkirchheim
for a wonderful place to spend a winter
more often referred to by the abbreviation
was a little more upmarket than the
holiday, entertained for a week.
BKK in international skiing circles – but it’s
average, although still, as it transpired,
a little different to all the other Austrian ski
friendly and relaxed.
Ski with Klammer
resorts you may have heard of in several
The area’s ski slopes extend to over
If you’re an experienced skier you can ski
other ways too.
100km in a large L shape around the
with “the Kaiser” Franz Klammer on three
First, geographically: while most Austrian
resort, one side of the L following an
dates this winter, but you need to be up early!
ski areas are located in the west of the
adjacent valley to the neighbouring village
Participants meet “the Emperor” at 6.30am
country, it’s over in the south east, not far
of St Oswald, making the distance from
at the valley station of the Kaiserburgbahn
from the Slovenian and Italian borders.
one side of the area to the other quite a
where Klammer will be waiting for guests
Second, there’s its famous connection: my
long trek, giving a real sense of size.
and will also accompany them to a
all-time skiing hero, Franz Klammer, calls
There’s a good mix of terrain, the vast
warm-up breakfast. From 7.30 to 9.30am
BKK home and still does a lot to promote
majority of it below the treeline level
the programme features free skiing with
the place worldwide. You can even ski with
with classic blue, red and black trails cut
Klammer on the World Cup slope.
“the Kaiser”, as he’s affectionately known,
through the forested slopes. Most famous
This will be followed by skiing enjoyment
when you visit. They’re so proud of him
is run number 8 directly above Bad
part two: an exclusive brunch with
that, understandably, one of the best pistes
Kleinkirchheim itself, the Franz Klammer
specialities from the Alpine-Adriatic cuisine
is named after him.
World Cup run. If you’re lucky enough to
in the Klammerstubn, which was created
In fact, there must be something in
be in BKK on one of a few select dates, you
in the Kaiserburg mountain restaurant in
the local mineral water – the surprise
may get the chance to ski with the great
honour of the idol.
winner of the downhill at the last winter
man himself on that run, and on several of
It costs €125pp (£113) to join, the cost
Olympics, Matthias Mayer, comes from the
his other favourites.
including breakfast, brunch and a two-
A vast arsenal of 800 snowguns pointing at
hour ski pass. It takes place on 10 and
When you actually arrive here you’ll
97% of BKK’s slopes helps to ensure good
31 January and 21 February 2017. Places
recognise a fairly standard Austrian ski
snow cover. There’s a good mix of lifts too,
are limited and you should email info@
resort, perhaps a mile long, fanning out from
25 in total, with several gondolas and four
badkleinkirchheim.at to book.
the main street with ski areas on each side
quad chairlifts, but also rather a lot of T-bars
of that road. What’s a little different, you’ll
and old double chairs in need of a makeover.
Where to stay in BKK
spot, are two large public swimming pool
Having first been a spa town, then a ski
Inghams offer holidays to Bad
and spa complexes in the very heart of the
resort and a spa town, Bad Kleinkirchheim
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accommodation including the 4★ Hotel
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It also has a reputation as one of the most
ski holiday cost in half (pretty much!)
Jacques in Courchevel 1550 last winter
it scored exclusively 5★ reviews from happy
expensive resorts in Europe (you could
book into one of the four that isn’t
and, as I actually prefer smaller, quieter
customers after its first season last winter.
easily pay €7 for a Coke, even before
village bases for my ski holiday, 1550
I found the chalet was in a good location
they pop some alcohol in with it), but with
Apart from saving money you may well
suited me down to the ground. I’m not
close to the resort centre and opposite
a bit of careful planning you can get all
find quicker, easier and less crowded
sure how long 1550 will stay quiet,
the ski bus stop, so it was easy to get into
the advantages of this world-class resort
access to the slopes than those who
though, as there were plenty of signs
the heart of the Courchevel valley quickly
and its spectacular ski and off-slope
set off from 1850 each morning but,
of development and expansion in this
and from there on to the full 600km of the
facilities for a fraction of the price those
fortunately, an efficient inter-resort lift
vast 3 Valleés.
billionaires, hedge fund managers and
network means you can easily be whisked
Chalet Jacques sleeps 10 and is part of
Off the slopes I also got the chance to visit
oligarchs are paying.
up to the off-slope facilities, shops and
Ski World’s “Signature collection”, which
Courchevel’s wonderful new Acquamotion
To start with, Courchevel isn’t just one
restaurants of 1850 whenever you like.
essentially means the crème-de-la-crème
swimming and spa facility, which was very,
resort. The bit where all the money
The next thing to do to save yourself
of service and great facilities – including a
very relaxing – a great facility, open to all
ne of the world’s greatest resorts, home
is focused is up at 1,850m, but as in
from all those big euro bills for drinking
hot tub, steam room and sauna. Of course,
and suitable for everyone. The massage
to more luxury chalets and hotels than
most of the big French resorts there
and eating out is to book into a chalet, so
all five rooms are en-suite and there’s free
there was amazing; I could just do with
any other, and part of Les 3 Valleés, the
are also separate villages at 1,650m,
that’s all included in your booking cost
wi-fi. There was a great attention to detail
another one now ...
world’s biggest ski area, everything about
1,550m, 1,300m and even 1,100m. So,
and not a scary surprise on the slopes.
in the chalet’s furnishings and the food was
Courchevel is pretty impressive.
five Courchevels. To instantly cut your
I booked into Ski World’s new Chalet
excellent. They seem to be getting it right, as
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ZELL AM SEE PLANS TO BE PART OF AUSTRIA’S NEXT BIGGEST SKI AREA
plan to (re)connect Zell am See
already possible to make the ski
“biggest in Austria” title from the
to the Saalbach-Hinterglemm-
connection last season from Zell,
SkiWelt last winter when its link
Fieberbrunn again, will make Zell
although the local ski areas have
to Fieberbrunn took its runs to
am See part of one of Austria’s next
chosen not to promote the fact.
280km.) The Arlberg also claims a
largest ski areas.
More upgrades are planned in the
further 200km of ungroomed off-
The new zellamseeXpress lift, a
area for the 2018/19 season as part
piste ski routes.
fast and comfortable 10-seater
of the €25million project, creating
Over at Zell am See’s other
gondola, links Glemmtal in the
further slopes and an additional
neighbour and main ski resort
Saalbach-Hinterglemm area with
cable car connection from and into
partner, Kaprun, the new
Zell’s Schmittenhöhe area.
Glemmtal. Altogether, the linked
Schmiedingerbahn lift will replace
The new lift runs to the top station
area will have (or already has!) just
the Schmiedinger glacier lifts on
of the Salersbachköpfl at 1,920m,
under 350km of runs, overtaking
the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, becoming
ell am See in Austria’s
reopening access to once popular
once more the Arlberg area, which
Salzburgerland has built a new lift
downhill runs to the Glemm Valley
has claimed it will be Austria’s
chairlift. Operating between
that will allow it to reopen terrain
that resort managers say were
new largest, with 305km, when
2,530m and 2,775m, the modern
not used for more than three
used for 50 years between 1930
it opens its linked run this winter.
eight-seater will include heated
and 1980. The ski journalist Peter
(It, in turn, will overtake Saalbach-
seats and pull-down weather-
The lift, the first stage in a two-year
Hardy has reported that it was
Hinterglemm, which itself took the
THIS SEASON’S NEW LOOK IS HERE! indeed the one-piece ski-suit.
particularly impressive, featuring a
Kigu has come out with a wide-
big flappy pair of wings and a long
ranging selection of onesies priced
plump tail, so you can swoop down
at only £39.99, which you can wear
the slopes and quite literally have
over your clothing, or as an après-
the wind beneath your wings.
There’s also the waterproof
Choose from designs including a
and windproof Kigu named the
tiger, festive Rudolf the Reindeer,
Skigurumi and retailing at £69.99.
chipmunk, shark, a dinosaur
It’s available in panda, dinosaur and
version featuring some fierce-
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There’s always some exciting new
looking teeth and a staggering
“You get all the fun of the Kigu with
fashion trend at the start of each
This winter though, it’s looking a
stegosaurus-style spine, a unicorn
the added bonus of dryness!” said a
ski season – functional, retro,
little more colourful with a new
and even three French hens.
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interpretation of the onesie, and
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boarders are finding that having
bags, queuing with oversized
lots of gear. Skiers with transfer
your baggage collected before
luggage, finding foreign coins for
flights from places like Scotland or
you leave home, then carefully
the airport luggage trolley and
northern England, who can see “in
delivered to your ski resort
waiting at carousels.
hold” charges doubled when using
accommodation so it’s waiting
Using a highly specialist courier
two flights, really benefit.
when you arrive, so it’s hand
team, Piste of Mind delivers to
In addition, with Piste of Mind
luggage only when you travel,
resorts throughout the Alps as well
delivery is guaranteed – a problem
is a much better way. Better
as Bulgaria and Andorra. Prices
(and potential ski holiday nightmare)
still, with the often-high airline
are competitive and particularly
that is becoming prevalent on some
baggage fees, the costs are
cost-friendly when booking as a
airlines who can limit oversized
usually not much higher than if
group or travelling as a family with
luggage on certain flights.
you lug it yourself.
here aren’t many things to dread
Specialists Piste of Mind
when planning your ski holiday,
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but the thought of lugging heavy
years’ experience and a proven
ski equipment through the airport,
system that makes ski travel lighter
often having to get it from some
and significantly more convenient,
distant car park to the terminal,
making it a no-brainer when it
then take half of your gear to some
comes to booking.
obscure “ski baggage check-in”
Piste of Mind collect skis, boards
desk after queuing already at bag
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drop can be one of them!
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GLENSHEE SNOWSPORTS CENTRE
...KEEPS YOU SKIING LONGER
Glenshee is one of the five commercial ski areas in Scotland and the most extensive in the UK. Located two hours north of Edinburgh or Glasgow, the Gaelic translation of its name is “Glen of the Faeries”, so it has to be a fun place to hit the slopes! By Christopher Bilsland
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There’s a great variety of terrain spread across some 810 hectares of stunning Highland scenery combined with a welllinked lift system that in my opinion is unmatched by any of the other British centres. Altogether there are now 22 lifts serving 36 runs with a combined 40km of accessible piste. The first lift was installed back in 1957 – so they’re just coming up to their 60th anniversary – and they’ve been hard at work improving and extending the centre ever since.
Best rental shop?
Lift of choice?
If you’re a boarder, then it’s Glenshee Ski
Glas Maol serves a fantastically varied part of the
Centre. They have hundreds of boards and
mountain with choices including a long, gentle,
friendly staff. If you’re a skier, then it has to be
swooping red, a steeper red or a black from the
The Cabin Ski Hire based in Bridge of Cally.
top, as well as the longest run in the UK at 2km.
We have brand-new equipment, clean comfy boots and the very latest kit every season
Best local accommodation?
from Völkl, K2 and LINE … we even have local
There is a massive variety, from glamping
handmade wooden skis! Alpine-quality set-up
in ecopods and yurts to local hotels, guest
with awesome service.
houses and fantastic holiday homes. We like the stunning self-catering house Balnabea, only 30
minutes to the slopes, friendly and welcoming
There are three options, but we like Meall o Dhar
with a yummy welcome basket and a sauna!
Best time to arrive?
café on the way over to Glas Maol and Coire
Get here first thing and make the most of the
Fionn; the warmth combined with a wooden
Event of the season?
quiet time as it can get busy later in the morning
interior and friendly atmosphere gives it a cosy,
Scottish Ski and Boarder Cross Championship:
and you’ll beat the ticket queue. Get a hot roll
almost alpine feel. All of the baked delights
four racers at a time battle down a super-fun and
and coffee from the café, pick up a piste map
served at Glenshee come up each morning from
exciting course. This season the comp is to be
and plan your day.
a local bakery on the Braemar side.
held on 4 and 5 March 2017.
First lift of the day?
Locals’ favourite snack?
Best value in Scotland?
Take the new Cairnwell chairlift to the top and
The cafés serve great hot pies, home cooking
Well, a lift ticket costs £6 less than the same
along the bunny run. You’ll then have an option
and the locals’ favourite Yum Yums – these
adult day pass at CairnGorm Mountain, and
of up to six routes to the base with something for
are glazed plaited doughy delicacies! Ideal for
there’s double the lifts.
all abilities. Great for warming up the legs.
dunking in your hot chocolate.
Christopher Bilsland runs The Cabin Ski Hire.
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BLIZZARD BONAFIDE SKIS
ATOMIC HAWX ULTRA 110 WOMEN’S BOOT
Carbon-inlaid tip and tails not only look
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feel lifeless and don’t help your skiing?
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New plastics in the Hawx Ultra range make
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them lighter, livelier and still fully mouldable
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If you’ve ever come in from the cold and
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heavy, water-resistant jersey with zip pockets
mitts. And just in case you want to post a
this long-length hoodie is a perfect layer for
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BURTON GROM SNOWBOARD BINDING Extra-large smack-it ratchets make it easy for little hands to strap in and out of their bindings on their own, even with mitts on. They also have just one strap for easy entry to give the little ones the independence they desire. £64.95 | SPUTNIKSNOWBOARDSHOP.COM
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PICTURE NOVA JACKET The Picture Nova jacket is perfect
Did you know if your skis have sharp edges they
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days on the hill. Some of its features
No more sliding on ice and hard snow and more
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effortless to change direction. With a little know-how
taped seams and powder skirt. The
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20k/15k membrane will definitely
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Step 1: Preparing The Ski Ready For Sharpening Clamp your ski or snowboard in a vice, with the base facing away from you and the edge you are about
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Step 2: Sharpening The Edge
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Gradually lengthen the strokes as you make each pass down the ski, finishing with one long stroke from one end of the ski to the other. Turn the ski around, so the base is still facing away from you, but you are now working on the other edge. Repeat these steps for the next edge. Always sharpen both edges of both skis. TIP: It doesn’t matter if you file from tip to tail or tail to tip, but always pull the file towards you giving you better control. Don’t press too hard; let the file do the work. Pressing too hard will create burrs and
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you’ll have more chance of slipping off the edge. Step 3: Keeping Your File Clean Metal filings build up in the file, so after a few passes
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PORTUGAL Spain is, of course, well known for its skiing,
a little over 300km, which means a little over
rather gentle, but there’s a terrain park and
with several famous resorts in the Pyrenees,
three hours’ drive, north-east of capital Lisbon.
also a few small off-piste couloirs to be found
the Alpine World Championships area of
When the snow is good – which isn’t
if snow cover is good. And considering most
Sierra Nevada down by the Med and several
guaranteed, although there is snowmaking
people skiing and boarding in Portugal are
other areas dotted around the country; there’s
and the centre is typically open four to five
doing so for their first time on skis/board, that
even a big indoor snow centre near Madrid.
months a year – the ski lifts are open from
gentle pitch isn’t a bad thing, plus there’s a
But Portugal? Well, although not known for its
9am to 4.30pm daily. There are nine runs,
first-rate dedicated beginners area.
mountain ranges, the highest land in Portugal
with a total of 8km of slopes, which for more
Resort facilities include a ski school and
on its eastern border with Spain climbs to
than half a century were served by three drag
rental shop, and there are a couple of bars
almost 2,000m, the same sort of altitudes as
lifts before a nice quad chair was installed
and restaurants. You can also try non-ski,
the highest lifts at Kitzbühel or the SkiWelt
quite recently. This has increased the skiable
on-snow activities like snowshoeing or
in the Austrian Alps, just at a rather more
vertical by almost half, from 87 to 130 vertical
tubing, and the resort will also organise a
metres. Not huge, but, hey, who cares when
gourmet picnic in the snow at 2,000m. Serra
There’s been skiing here in the Serra da
you can say you’ve skied in Portugal!
da Estrela is at its busiest during weekends,
Estrela National Park, the country’s largest
The terrain is mostly on a gently sloping
when the locals arrive en masse; mid-
natural conservation area, spread over some
hillside above the treeline, so snow fences are
week is usually quiet. The ski season runs
1,000km2, for more than 65 years, the first lift
in position to collect snow that might blow off
from December to April, but the best snow
having been installed back in 1951. It’s located
in bad weather. Most of the terrain is therefore
conditions are normally in February.
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JON (AKA WESTY)
CORE MUSCLES TRAIN TO GAIN
STAYING ON TOP RECOVERY
SPOT YOUR LINE LOOK AHEAD
The snow has arrived early this
As in all areas of skiing where
When you are challenging yourself
Being able to predict ahead of
Keeping a good rhythm between
France, Switzerland and Britain,
season, so in anticipation of some
your balance gets tested, bumps,
and optimising your performance,
time what the snow is going to feel
turns is something that will always
and we can say firsthand that he is
epic powder and variable snow
off-piste, etc, having a strong
skiing can feel like a series of linked
like and how to react to it will help
help make things “click together”,
a great ski instructor! Jon heads up
conditions, this month Jon looks
core so you don’t get thrown off
recoveries! When skiing in the
your skiing improve tremendously
especially when on challenging
the team at Altitude Ski School –
at some of the skills required to
balance is vital, and nowhere is
variables, this can feel especially
and give you much better “flow”.
terrain or slopes. Prior to setting off,
Verbier’s most established British ski
enable us to ski in these types of
this more important than in variable
true. The art of recovery is an
Experienced skiers are at an
try tapping the rhythm of your turns
school. Each month Jon or one of
conditions. On a groomed regular
conditions. This can be taught well
important one. This is something
advantage because they have the
with your ski pole in the snow. Then
his team will provide us with a few
piste the snow below us can be
before you arrive on holiday and
you will develop with time and
knowledge to help them make
as you set off down the run, try to
tips and words of wisdom to help
quite predictable and constant.
will really help you to enjoy the
practice, but always try to fight to
decisions in advance rather than
stick to this rhythm for all your turns.
improve our understanding of skiing.
Off-piste and in variable conditions,
challenging conditions that you will
stay on your feet, even if it feels like
things are different; they are
hopefully experience this winter.
a battle inside.
Jon holds the top qualifications from
constantly changing and we are required to be super prepared.
TIP: A strong and accurate pole TIP: Make sure you are always
plant is crucial to enable you to ski
TIP: If the conditions look variable,
TIP: Variable conditions are
looking ahead and not at the front
with ease and keep good rhythm as
try keeping a bit of tension in your
challenging to the best of skiers,
of your skis so you can see that
you descend the slopes.
core before you set off and maintain
and I can assure you, even though
patch of ice, powder or crud and be
includes the ski and snowboard
that as you ski down.
it may not look like they are working
ready for it, or avoid it if necessary.
school, the Futures instructor
hard, they definitely are!
The Altitude winter company portfolio
training programmes, and FREERIDE VERBIER, a new school dedicated to off-piste coaching in Verbier.
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SKI SAFELY THIS WINTER At the start of the holiday, make sure you and your kids know the FIS safety rules of the slopes. All skiers and snowboarders should know the rules of the slopes, just as you would expect all drivers to know the rules of the road. Too often we see incidents on the slopes, where people’s lack of adherence to the rules leads to accidents or near misses. To help keep your kids safe, make sure you teach them the basic rules: • Control of speed – one of the biggest sources of accidents is people losing control due to going too fast. Of course, kids will want to push the limits, and you can get them used to going faster by choosing a slope that has a good run-out area and is not too crowded. • The person in front has right of way – they can do any manoeuvre they like and it is your responsibility to avoid them. • When overtaking make sure you leave plenty of space for the person you are overtaking – remember they might be nervous. • Stop to the side of the piste and make sure people coming from above can see you so they don’t crash into you. • When setting off, look uphill and make sure it is safe to go before you set off. • Other things for you and your children to be aware of: • Slow down before you get to the bottom of a slope or lift. • Adjust your speed to the slope conditions, slow down if it is crowded, visibility is bad or the piste is in poor condition. • Skiers and snowboarders take different lines; watch out for this when overtaking. • When stopping, stop below the group so you don’t
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accidentally crash into anyone. • For a full list of the FIS code of conduct, see fis-ski.com. This winter Altitude Ski and Snowboard School in Verbier have their own specialised kids’ instructors who create a fun and safe environment for young children to learn and develop their skills. Remember it is very important that the children stay safe and have lots of fun. For information on which schools provide good facilities throughout the Alps, please don’t hesitate to contact Jon.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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R E A S O N S T
CHAMONIX World-famous Chamonix combines one of
December through to early May. The Mont-
the planet’s greatest ski areas (at its most
Blanc Unlimited lift pass offers 1,000km of
Ride the Montenvers cog railway up to
extensive, the area lift pass now covers
pistes, including the domains of Megève,
the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice), or soar to
1,000km of runs in three countries), a
Saint-Gervais and Courmayeur (Italy).
the dizzy heights of the Aiguille du Midi
vibrant and historic ski town, something for
cable car and step into the void. Hop on a
every ski or board ability from first-timer
A wide variety of terrain
bus and visit neighbouring Courmayeur in
to seasoned pro, lots even for non-skiers,
It’s no secret that the Chamonix Valley is
Italy or take the beautiful train ride to the
earth’s biggest lift-served vertical and the
considered a Mecca for freeriders, and it
Roman town of Martigny in Switzerland.
scenic majesty of Mont Blanc. What more
certainly attracts some of the world’s best
Take advantage of the free buses and trains
could you need?
skiers, although you’ll rarely meet them on
within the valley and discover the outlying
a piste! But don’t be misled – the areas of
villages and hamlets, each with their
Easy access, great location
Balme and Les Houches offer wonderful
individual identity and charm.
Given Chamonix’s world-class credentials it’s
family skiing and fun terrain parks, while
great that it’s so easy to reach! The valley is
Brévent and Flégère have a variety of
Special offers this winter
located within one hour of Geneva Airport,
south-facing intermediate slopes with
Internet lift deal: For all online purchases
and there are regular shuttle services to
made at least three days prior to the first
resort. There is a train station in the town
day of skiing, get a six-day lift pass for the
and easy road access via the European
A beautiful Alpine town
price of a five-day pass. Offer available for
motorway network. Neighbouring Italy and
You don’t have to be a sports fanatic
the period from 17 December to 17 April.
Switzerland are within 30 minutes’ drive and
to enjoy Chamonix. Succumb to the
are easily accessible by public transport.
atmosphere of this vibrant Alpine town,
witness to 250 years of mountaineering history and human adventures. Sunny street
Spring ski deal to bring a smile to your face!
Around 90% of Chamonix’s skiing is located
cafés are just perfect for watching the world
For the purchase of four adult lift passes,
above 2,000m, which makes it a very safe
go by, while the shopping and gastronomic
your apartment is free! Offer available from
choice for early and late skiing. The highest
choices are quite endless! Facilities include
8 to 29 April 2017.
area is the Grands Montets, 3,300m,
ice rinks, climbing walls, cinema and
offering exceptional conditions from
A snow-sure destination
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PRIVATE FLIGHTS CHEAPER THAN BUDGET AIRLINES FOR FEB HALF-TERM Kaluma say the BA and easyJet prices were the cheapest combination of flights they could find on the day they checked, available from Gatwick to Innsbruck outbound on 11 February, inbound 18 February, with one checked bag, so filling a private plane worked out cheaper. The Eden Rock has a sleek and stylish interior, a spacious wellness area with indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fitness room and includes 10 en-suite bedrooms. There’s a private bar with open fireplace, restaurant/ dining room, three living rooms and operator Kaluma.
“With easyJet flights already over
budget and regular scheduled
Kaluma Travel are offering a private
£800 per person and British Airways
Private airfields options around the
services for the key February half-
flight from the UK to Austria for any
flights selling at over £900 per
UK include Southend, Farnborough,
term dates next winter are now so
group exclusively booking their
person, this is the perfect opportunity
Blackbushe, Oxford, Leeds, Bristol
high that it can actually be cheaper
luxury chalet Eden Rock in St Anton
to skip the crowds and enjoy the
and Norwich. Supplements may
to charter a small private plane from
for half-term in February 2017 at the
luxury of a private flight to the Alps,” a
apply in certain circumstances
your local airfield, according to tour
cost of €82,375 (approx. £70,000).
statement from Kaluma states.
depending on the airfield.
CRAIG ROBINSON / BLUEBIRD PHOTOGRAPHY
The cost of seats on so-called
NEW SKI FASHION BRAND INSPIRED BY DRY SLOPES
NEW 007 PISTE IN FRANCE
A new snowsports fashion brand has been launched by a young
winter the area is celebrating 20 years since the film crew were
entrepreneur who has been inspired by the dry slope and indoor-snow
there. Filming took place in January 1997 with the production
scene. Lauren Davies from Cumbria, aged 24, has launched URBANpiste
crew choosing Peyragudes for the opening sequence, as it is
especially to appeal to people who regularly use dry ski slopes and
home to the only airfield in the Pyrenees, which they turned into
indoor snow centres for skiing or boarding.
an Afghan base for the purposes of the film.
Lauren, who studied fashion at Manchester Metropolitan University and
Various themed James Bond events will be taking place in
is a member of Kendal Snowsports Club, which operates its own dry
Peyragudes through the season, but the lasting legacy is the
slopes, told local media that URBANpiste’s roots are set firmly within the
creation of a new piste down to the resort, which will be called
British snowsports scene, representing what she describes as “the UK’s
run: 007. The new run, a scenic blue, starts at 1,967m and
unique and diverse winter-sports scene.”
descends for just under 2.8km to 1,600m, finishing near the forest
Lauren says that although it’s early days, sales are good and steadily
at the height of the altiport where James Bond was shot.
increasing. In addition, URBANpiste already has its own sponsored
Peyragudes now offers 100% ski-in/ski-out accommodation for all
riders, Ella Taylor-Tipton and Sam Pattinson. Both are up-and-coming
ski runs. This means fewer shuttle buses will be needed from the
skiers within the British park and pipe scene, and Ella has recently won
base of the resort to Balestas accommodation, and there will thus
the U18 Junior Female Ski title at the Welsh Championships.
be lower CO2 emissions.
The French Pyrenean ski resort of Peyragudes was a key location in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and this
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NATIONAL SCHOOLS SNOWSPORT WEEK RETURNING IN 2017
backing of four Winter Olympians.
offered alternative snow activities
all backgrounds to be given
Aimed at encouraging more
such as tobogganing and tubing
the chance to try skiing or
schools to introduce their pupils to
and even racing or freestyle taster
snowsports, the second National
sessions at some slopes.
Winter Olympian and GB Park and
Schools Snowsport Week will take
“I am a huge supporter
Pipe Snowboarder Aimee Fuller is
place from 24 to 30 April 2017
of grassroots skiing and
also backing the initiative. She says,
and will again work with slopes
snowboarding and think that taking
“National Schools Snowsport Week
across England to offer taster ski
up skiing when you are at school is
is a great way to give young people
and snowboard sessions at heavily
the perfect time to catch the bug,”
who may not have considered
discounted prices to primary and
said Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards,
skiing or snowboarding before the
secondary schools, as well as sixth-
who started skiing when aged 13.
chance to give them a go.”
fter being credited with
“I started skiing on a dry slope
The activities at different slopes
introducing more than 1,000
The initiative is backed by Winter
when I was at school,” added
are open to all school ages and to
children to snowsports last spring,
Olympians Eddie “The Eagle”
Delancey British Alpine Team skier
any school keen to get involved.
the second National Schools
Edwards, Dave Ryding, Aimee
Dave Ryding, who continued, “I
Schools can join in with whole
Snowsport Week has been
Fuller and Graham Bell.
am supporting National Schools
classes, whole year groups,
announced by Snowsport England,
As well as taster sessions, classes
Snowsport Week because I
or even with just a handful of
and the initiative has won the
or even whole schools may also be
want children of all ages and
NEW CHAIRLIFTS, GONDOLAS & A RITZ HOTEL FOR NISEKO YTL Hotels, which operates most
started work on a luxury 50-
of Niseko Village, one of the base
room Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel
areas and mountain sectors of the
scheduled to open for the 2020/21
full Niseko ski area in Hokkaido,
ski season. There will also be 32
Japan, has announced plans to
new townhouses in YTL Hotels’
install the first six-seater chairlift
Kasara Niseko Village which will be
in Japan, which will also carry
connected to the slopes and village
eight passenger gondola cabins
amenities by a 300m-long gondola.
on the same line, again a first in
Another new chairlift is planned,
Japan. Niseko Village will also
and the new hybrid chair/gondola
get a second new gondola and
lift will also feature glass-
another new chairlift, all set to
bottomed cabins, YTL Hotels say,
open this winter.
the third item on the list of firsts
Niseko Village, which is
saw a two-thirds growth in arrivals
The company say they have also
for Japanese ski areas.
dominated by a huge Hilton hotel,
from the USA last winter.
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HOTEL PLEIN SUD SERRE CHEVALIER
Located on a sun-soaked plateau above the lake of St Moritz, the hotel boasts captivating views from all of its 60 suites and junior suites. A complete refurbishment now showcases the historical values of the property, built a century ago, with a contemporary re-interpretation. The hotel exhibits the signature unconventional style of interior designer Carlo Rampazzi and a colour palette affording the hotel an unrivalled self-assured luxury.
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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At the heart of Courchevel 1850, just a stone’s throw away from the pistes, this is the perfect base for an unforgettable ski holiday. The recently renovated 28 room hotel offers a relaxing lounge-bar to enjoy a drink by the open fire or shoot some pool. All rooms offer large windows making for a light and airy atmosphere and the new chic boutique-style superior bedrooms offer unparalleled levels of comfort, a spacious balcony and extras including coffee machines, iPod docks and light-up showers.
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!
Located in the very heart of the old village of Val d’Isère, this hotel is among the most fashionable in the region. Perched at 1850m altitude, it is superbly located just a few steps from the snow, meaning you can be on the slopes straight from your front door. The 109 rooms are spacious and comfortable, seamlessly blending wood and natural colours. It has all the equipment and services of an international hotel with a world-class reputation.
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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H O L G E R G A S S L E R INTERVIEW BY: ALISON FOSTER
Holger Gassler is Head of Tourism
HG: Innovation is important but it’s not all
Marketing for Europe North, Central, West,
about lifts and access. The Tirol region
East & Overseas and the Five Tirolean
offers one of the greatest lift infrastructures
Glaciers at the Tirol Tourist Board in Austria.
and a high level of comfort among the ski resorts in the world. The architecture on the
Are you looking forward to skiing the new
mountains is also changing and attracting
connection in the Arlberg this winter?
more skiers and visitors; for instance, the
HG: Yes, I’m most excited about testing
new Ice Q restaurant in Sölden, which
out the new Flexenbahn lift, which will
featured in the recent James Bond film, has
create Austria’s largest inter-linked ski area
caused a real surge of interest. The core
this season, and skiing the whole “Run of
aim is the comfort of skiers, outstanding
Fame”. Once the link is complete, skiers
design and minimal environmental impact.
will be able to access the resorts of the
The overall experience is getting more and
Arlberg skiing area and 305km of marked
ski runs without getting on a bus. The new “Run of Fame” will be an amazing circuit for
Are all the “secret” little ski resorts
skiers to try, and I can’t wait to attempt the
loop from the Tirolean resort of St Anton.
HG: I still believe there are endless hidden
The name “Run of Fame” is inspired by
spots to be discovered in the Tirol region
Arlberg’s greatest ski legends (and some
– you just need to look for them or ask a
of my heroes), including Hannes Schneider,
local. Discovering them is part of the fun.
Karl Schranz and Mario Matt. With 65km of
Alternatively, you could visit in the quieter
runs and 18,000 vertical metres, it will take
times of the season outside of school
the best part of a day to complete it.
holidays, or maybe have a go at night skiing if you want to feel you have the slopes all to
What about the smaller ski areas in Tirol,
yourself, like in Söll in Wilder Kaiser, which is
how do they compete?
one of 29 resorts that offer it.
HG: It really depends what you’re looking for. There are some brilliant smaller villages and
Do you think ski areas will keep merging
ski areas that offer beautiful scenery, excellent
until Tirol is just one huge ski area?!
facilities for families or are perfect for remote
HG: No, but all 90+ ski areas and 3,500km
romantic hideaways. Galtür/Kappl, beside
of ski runs in Tirol can already be accessed
its big brother, Ischgl; Seefeld; St Johann in
on one ticket: the Snow Card Tirol. Of
Tirol; and Axamer Lizum near Innsbruck are
course, not all ski areas will become
all fantastic skiing areas, or you could base
interconnected, because of geographical
yourself in Innsbruck, combine city and ski,
circumstances, or legal and environmental
and access nine different ski areas with one
regulations, and we also wish to ensure
lift pass. The smaller resorts are usually less
the wonderful variety of the villages and
busy, offer a charming atmosphere and are
valleys in the Tirol region remains. In
great for beginners and families.
Tirol, we are in the lucky position to cater for every need, from off-piste skiers to
Have recent ski area mergers led to
beginners, from après-ski connoisseurs to
increased business for them?
those who love silence.
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