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Europa and World Cup moves indoors due to weather

August 31st, 2008

No doubt the early season competitions and increase changing patterns associated with climate change, are behind this decision to hold early season indoor world cup events indoors. The first event will be held at Snowworld at Landgraaf in Holland, the International Ski Federation (FIS) is expanding the number of events to be staged on indoor [...]

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World University Games come to China

August 29th, 2008

Although the Beijing Olympics have now closed and attention switches to the coming World Alpine Ski Championships in Val d’Isere next winter and the 2010 Olympics the season after, China is still to host one more major international contest, and this time its snow sports.
The 24th edition of the World University Games, also known as [...]

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Snowbird Tidies Up Another Old Mine

August 29th, 2008

Following on the heels of its award-winning efforts with the Pacific Mine, Snowbird ski resort in Utah is continuing to improve local environmental conditions and water quality by embarking on a second mine restoration project in American Fork Canyon.
With assistance from Trout Unlimited (TU), Snowbird is redirecting water from the Live Yankee Mine in Mary [...]

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Solden gets ready to crank up first eight seater chair

August 29th, 2008

Solden is replacing its old triple chairlift at Giggijoch with a modern eight seater version, the resort’s first.
At the same time the Giggijoch Restaurant has been renovated with a new traditional-style restaurant created and escalators installed so there will no longer be any need to climb stairs in your ski boots.
Solden opens for the winter [...]

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Snowbird Ski Resort tidies up another old Mine

August 28th, 2008

Following on the heels of its award-winning efforts with the Pacific Mine, Snowbird ski resort in Utah is continuing to improve local environmental conditions and water quality by embarking on a second mine restoration project in American Fork Canyon.

With assistance from Trout Unlimited (TU), Snowbird is redirecting water from the Live Yankee Mine in Mary Ellen Gulch away from its current path over contaminated mine waste. This redirection helps ensure that the water quality in the stream will meet Clean Water standards and provide a healthy environment for the occupants of the mountain streams of American Folk Canyon. Snowbird’s efforts are supported by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and the Forest Service. The project will be completed during this week, August 25th to 29th.

“The Live Yankee Mine project is a natural extension of Snowbird’s desire to protect and improve our local environment,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. “We are proud to have helped lead the way in demonstrating how the ski industry can tackle the challenges of abandoned mines.”

Currently, potentially lethal heavy metals are leaching from the Live Yankee Mine waste piles and being carried to the stream in Mary Ellen Gulch. The water from the mine contains 10 times the metal content acceptable by US Clean Water standards and is killing almost all the water insects that are crucial to the survival of fish downstream. The plan to redirect this water around the mine waste through conduits was deemed the most environmental and economically feasible solution considering the remoteness of Mary Ellen Gulch, an area adjacent to Snowbird’s Mineral Basin. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that more than 500,000 abandoned mine sites litter the western landscape, affecting 16,000 miles of streams.
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Australian Ski Area Extends Season

August 28th, 2008

Mt Baw Baw in Victoria, Australia has increased its snow depth over the past few days with the top of the Summit now buried 125cm (Four feet, two inches) deep. This snow is proving to be the best that Mt Baw Baw has seen in years and due to the current depth of snow and expected further snowfalls, the resort has announced it will be extending its snow season to 5pm October 5th.

Today, on returning back to the office after finding an hour out of her busy schedule to hit the resort’s three boxes on her snowboard, Leona Turra, CEO of Mt Baw Baw said, “There is heaps of the stuff, its everywhere, the conditions are fantastic out there”.

Night life has also found a new high with the ’1 Meter’ party celebrations heating up as the late night temperature cools down. These celebrations have also paved the way for the re-birth of the resort’s fabled ‘Shot Ski’ (the drinking aid for only the keenest of drinking quartets). Anyone planning a not so quiet drink at Mt Baw Baw, and are intrigued please ask Maz at the Alpine Hotel (Baw Baw’s local watering hole).

Mt Baw Baw‘s lift prices have taken a completely different direction to the snow level, with a full day of lift access dropping to less then 50 dollars for an adult and 29 dollars for a child.

“If you spend your days at home or work with your head in the clouds dreaming about the picturesque white slopes, there is no place more accessible (only 2.5 hours from Melbourne) and wallet friendly than Mt Baw Baw” says Sallie Jones, Marketing Officer.
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First Choice focus on Family Skiing

August 28th, 2008

First Choice, one of the UK’s five biggest tour operators and now owned by the same company that owns Crystal and Thomson, has launching its biggest ever family programme and will introduce 11 new childcare facilities this winter, offering 13 crèches and nine Kids’ Clubs in total in the Alps.

The new crèches are in key resorts including: Kitzbühel, Mayrhofen, Niederau, St Anton and Zell am See (Austria); Courchevel 1850, La Plagne, Belle Plagne, Les Deux Alpes and Tignes (France); Claviere (Italy) for children from six months to four years.

The seven new Kids’ Clubs are in: Niederau (Austria); Courchevel 1850, La Plagne, Belle Plagne, Les Deux Alpes and Tignes (France); Claviere (Italy), bringing it to a total of nine, for children aged four to eleven years.
First Choice have other initiatives right across theior programme aiming to make ski holidays easier and more affordable for families at every level. They include a ‘family concierge’ service aiming to providean ‘extra pair of hands’ when arriving in resort, helping with ski equipment and advising on family attractions, as well as organising early check-in to hotel and provide a reservation service.

“We make a magical holiday in the mountains available to everybody,” said Ian Davis, Product Director First Choice Snow. “From our family-friendly resorts, to well-thought out childcare and prices designed to make it easy for parents to take their children skiing. This season we undoubtedly offer more choice, better facilities and a more flexible programme to match the needs of every family than ever before.”
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Daron Rahlves Takes Classes At Ski Dubai

August 28th, 2008

American ski racer Daron Rahlves is at Ski Dubai this week sharing his expertise with local ski enthusiasts at an exclusive ski race camp organised by the famous indoor ski centre.

Sponsored by skiwear brand Spyder, the five-day camp is being held from 24th-28th August and enables skiers to learn race techniques of races from Ski Dubai’s multi-national instructors. The sessions will be reinforced with tips from Spyder sponsored rider, Rahlves.

Mike Mahoney, General Manager at Ski Dubai, said: “We are delighted to have Rahlves at Ski Dubai for this exciting skiers’ camp. This camp is an incredible opportunity for avid skiers to learn from a true professional and we are confident that the skills and new tricks taught will definitely excite the participants.”

On the final day of the camp, all participants can take part in a three-hour competition session which will include a warm-up with Rahlves and a race where participants get the chance to show their new skills and compete for prizes.
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New Quad Chairlift for Snowmass Ski Resort

August 28th, 2008

The multi-billion dollar revamp of Snowmass ski resort continues for 2008–2009. Most of the money is going on a new base village, but there are on-mountain improvements too. A new, detachable high-speed quad, the Sheer Bliss chair, accesses 700 acres of some of the best terrain in the Big Burn area with challenging black-diamond glades and wide-open intermediate cruisers. The new lift carries up to 2,000 people per hour and transports riders 2,212 vertical feet, 155 feet more than the old Sheer Bliss chair, in a ride-time of just over nine minutes.

New dining options opening across the resort and its ski area include Sam’s Smokehouse, with spectacular views of Garret’s Peak, Mount Daly and the surrounding backcountry, the new Sam’s restaurant features a barbecue-style smokehouse menu. This sprawling new eatery boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, table service for 175, and outdoor seating – all situated at the top of the Village Express six-person chairlift on Snowmass. In addition to the main restaurant, Sam’s will also have a lounge area where guests can enjoy a quick coffee, breakfast or lunch.

In the base village Sneaky’s Tavern, located next to the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Centre will be operated by Aspen’s Little Nell food and beverage team. Featuring contemporary interior design and indoor/outdoor seating in what the resort describes as a, “rustic but modern tavern-style” restaurant,

Sweet Life, lLocated in the red barn building at the center of the Base Village plaza is also new. It will include a 1950s-style diner upstairs and an ice cream parlor and candy store downstairs serving more than 250 flavors of homemade ice cream churned on-site with fresh ingredients and no preservatives.

Junk, a fast food restaurant concept, will serve. “Good Junk, bad Junk, (the only Junk your mom will let you eat)” may be the eatery’s tag line, yet natural and organic ingredients are used to create this unique menu of food guests are sure to crave.

Liquid Sky, an indoor-outdoor lounge, morphs with Junk creating one entertainment facility. All-day dining, lounging, après-ski and special events take center stage slopeside at the base of Snowmass’ Fanny Hill.
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Improvements to Igls Ski Resort

August 28th, 2008

Igls, twice the Olympic downhill ski centre above Innsbruck in Austria, has announced a number of improvements for the coming winter.

The resort has installed an advanced snow making system with a new lake to feed it meaning that snow can be made quickly as soon as the temperature drops low enough.

A kids snow park with magic carpet conveyor-belt lift and a new training lift has been created for young children, whilst a ski and training centre for older children and teenagers complete with a new t-bar and ski run has been created.

In addition the top panorama restaurant has been rebuilt with sun terrace, and at the valley station of the main lift an Intersport shop added offering convenient rentals and service as well as a ski school office.
The resort is included on the Innsbruck Olympic Regional Ski pass which includes nine resorts around the Tyrolean capital and a free bus service linking them.
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