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Ben Clatworthy talks to Edith Rozsa, ex-Canadian National Alpine and Ski Cross Team member, who is now a company director and skis with clients at Snow Rehab. Edith is a self-confessed snow addict.
Chamexpress offer passengers discounts depending on how many people follow them.
The countdown to the season starts here, and to celebrate we’re showcasing a selection the best ski deals on the market.
Ben Clatworthy wins Sports Feature category at Youth Journalism International Excellence in Jounalism Awards.
Pull out your leg warmers, neon and acid washed jeans – it’s time to relive the 80s as next Saturday, 26 February, none other than David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhof will be let loose on the decks performing some of his cult classics from Knight Rider to Baywatch as part of the last leg of his ‘The Hoff is Back’ tour with the Baywatch Soundsystem at Riders Palace in Laax, Switzerland.
The week-long BRITS (www.the-brits.com) snow and music festival is back in the Swiss resort of Laax from the 20th – 27th March 2011.
Extreme skier Fredrik Ericsson is reported to have died on K2 after reportedly having fallen about 1,000m while climbing.
CairnGorm Mountain’s oldest employee Sandy Murray celebrated his 80th birthday at work in the ticket office last week.
The online publication Ski Rebel Magazine (www.skirebel.com) has published a story on how the current 2010 Games came to happen in Whistler, based on an interview in the late 1990s by Ski Rebel’s Frederick Wallace with the man who ‘discovered’ Whistler 50 years ago.
The British artificial slope surface manufacturer Snowflex have built a year-round tubing centre in Wales.
Bollywood film companies and stars have been asked to help promote an eco-friendly message in the Alps by environmental groups.
Recent graduates working in the UK have the chance to win a luxury skiing or snowboarding holiday if they complete a short survey about their jobs on www.2iresearch.com/gradjobs.
Several of Slovenia’s ski resorts have undergone developments for the 2009/2010 season, offering skiers and snowboarders new facilities and greater access to the country’s slopes.
Austria’s twinned ski resorts of Zell am See and Kaprun are highlighting their on going efforts to do more to minimise the environmental impact of their successful tourism industry.
A small group of protesters gathered in Salt Lake City last week to launch a protest against Snowbird ski resort owner Dick Bass’s plans to invest in a strip coal mine in an environmentally sensitive river in Alaska.
Skiinfo.co.uk reports that resorts in Spain are expected to begin opening soon, and earlier than expected, after heavy snowfall was reported by a number of the country’s top resorts in the Pyrenees mountains.
Mount Norquay at Banff and Bormio in Italy have both opened today (Halloween – 31st October, 2009) for the 09-10 winter season. Both areas will be open weekends only for the first few weeks of November before opening full time.
Tour operator Alpine Tracks is keen to dispel what it describes as, “myths” surrounding skiing in Norway, particularly the popular belief that it’s colder, darker and more expensive than the UK.
A concept known as cloud seeding employed by ski resorts in Australia and the USA to induce passing clouds to drop snow is being used in sub-Saharan Africa to try to bring rainfall for crops and communities.
As unprecedented economic times have lead British Airways to axe its free ski and board allowance, Swiss International Air Lines claims it is now the only airline that will transport the first set of snowsport equipment free of charge on flights this winter, in addition to complimentary checked luggage on flights between the UK and the Alps.
Nendaz ski area in the Swiss 4 Valleys region will run special ski school classes for children this winter which will help to encourage them to look after the environment.
CairnGorm Mountain in Scotland was closed for the past week as staff attempted to ‘dig the resort out from, ‘too much snow.’
Loveland Ski Area in Colorado was the first ski area in North America to open for the 2009-2010 ski season when Chair 1 started turning at 9am on Wednesday, October 7th.
SWISS is set to increase its network out of northern England with the addition of two weekly direct flights from Manchester to Geneva from 20 December 2009.
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Eddie the Eagle are in London today as part of a Swiss Extravaganza event at Broadgate Circle in the City of London, supported by Switzerland Tourism and SWISS airlines.
Andy Pag (34 London), the eco-adventurer who drove a chocolate powered lorry to Timbuktu using waste cocoa butter and organised the Grease to Greece Rally where teams had to scavenge chip-fat to power their vehicles across Europe, is now setting off to drive around the world on an eco-expedition that can best be described as … Rubbish!
The Diavolezza glacier ski area near St Moritz in the Swiss Engadin has announced plans to open next month (October) for race training, subject to snow conditions.
Over 150 competitors (around a third of them male) took part in the Rip Curl and K2 Bikini Downhill held simultaneously at Whakapapa and Turoa in New Zealand at the weekend.
The first Les Arcs European Film Festival will be staged from December 5th-12th, right at the start of winter, but with ski runs up to 3200 metres and extensive snow making.
A recent survey of managing directors from UK’s top 5,000 businesses concluded that having a personal assistant made them 32% more efficient.
This season will be the 150th anniversary of the founding of the town of Breckenridge, Colorado, and will also mark 25 years of snowboarding at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Megeve in France opened the first ski lift in the country especially for skiers, building the Rochebrune cable car in 1933
Although it may still be too early to say exactly how much Brits can expect to pay in the Alps this winter, the current strength of the pound against the Euro and the Swiss Franc means that even modest increases in resort are offset by the stronger pound, compared to winter 08-09
www.Skiinfo.com reports that there has been up to 10cm of fresh snow in the past 72 hours on mountain tops across the Alps including the glaciers that are already open or about to open for the start of the 2009-10 ski season
For at least one developer, enquiries about property purchase in the French Alps have risen steadily in the past three months, usually the quietest time of year for French Alpine development even when the UK isn’t in recession
Despite many ski companies struggling during the 2008/2009 season Mountain Heaven, which operates high quality chalets and apartments in three French and one Swiss resort, was able to announce a 110% increase in turnover.
A new report claims that the main summer ski glacier at Whistler is only half the size it was a century ago thanks to global warming, and that the melt rate is accelerating.