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Inghams wins at British Travel Awards, Ski Beat goes green(er), Sochi medals at last + Colorado avalanche research continues. ROLLING...

 



 

NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM OCTOBER 2019

THURSDAY 28TH NOVEMBER

INGHAMS WINS AT BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

It has won the best chalet/winter sports accommodation provider at the 2019 British Travel Awards.

The brand was also proud winner of a silver award in the best ski and winter sports holiday.

The announcement was made on 27th November at a gala awards ceremony, held in London and attended by nearly a thousand travel industry people.

"We're over the moon to have been recognised in not one but two categories at this year's British Travel Awards," said the Inghams CEO, Paul Carter.

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WEDNESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

SKI BEAT ENHANCES GREEN CREDENTIALS

The tour operator has introduced 100% second use recycled plastic containers for its shampoo, shower gel and body lotion.

Ski Beat runs 59 ski chalets in the French Alps.

The bottles are free from phenoxyethanol and parabens.

The products themselves contain no mineral oils, silicones or colourants and are 98% biodegradable.

The company already widely recycles glass, plastic and paper waste from each property.

"It is not an easy or an overnight process, but social responsibility to our environment is always on our agenda and we are pleased to have been able to reduce our use of plastic toiletry containers whilst still providing L'Occitane toiletries to our guests," said the Ski Beat sales and marketing director, Laura Hazell.

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MONDAY 25TH NOVEMBER

SOCHI MEDALS AT LAST FOR GB BOB TEAM

Britain's four-man bobsleigh team have finally got their hands on their Winter Olympic bronze medals from Sochi 2014.

Nearly six years after the Games John Jackson, Bruce Tasker, Stuart Benson and Joel Fearon were presented with their medals at the British Olympic Association Team GB Ball.

The team were upgraded to third after two Russian teams were disqualified following the Sochi doping scandal.

"It may not have been that Olympic moment, but it's our moment," John Jackson said.

"We knew that once we got it, we would all feel like Olympic medallists because it was great it saying it on paper, but until we got that medal around our neck, none of us truly felt like we were in that position.

FRIDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

AVALANCHE RESEARCH CONTINUES IN COLORADO

Last winter there were 1,000 recorded avalanches after record-breaking levels of snow.

The real figure is more like 5,000.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center continues to study the series of destructive avalanches to see what lessons can be learnt.

We reported on the avalanches last winter on PlanetSKI.

See our report in March as a huge avalanche came down on the main I-70.
 


The road is one of the main east-west transportation routes in the western USA.

The research and word that is still being carried out can help with the controlled detonations that will take place this coming winter.

Last winter the authorities set off controlled avalanches across the state.

 

Aspen Highlands Ridge avalancheAspen Highlands Ridge avalanche - photo Colorado Avalanche Information Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jones Pass avalancheJones Pass avalanche - photo Colorado Avalanche Information Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 21ST NOVEMBER

BEIJING 2022 ALPINE CENTRE READY

The alpine centre in Yanqing, which will be used for the 2020 Winter Olympics, has been completed.

The Beijing Major Projects Construction HQ says the ski slopes, lifts and snowmaking installation are all ready, along with the roads and electricial and communcations facilities.

It has already been announced that it will host World Cup ski races in February, becoming the first venue to hold an official test event for the Olympics.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) says the centre has a maximum steepness of 68 degrees, making it one of the steepest racetracks in the world.

There are seven ski slopes, each stretching for about 10 kilometres, with the largest vertical drop reaching 900 meters.

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The course designer is the Swiss alpine legend, Bernhard Russi.

"The mountain in Yanqing is very good, I think this might be one of the best racing mountains in the world. It's going to be a very challenging course", he said.

"Yanqing will be a key area for good skiers in the future.

"And Chinese skiers will become better and better. As they improve, they will look for more challenging mountains."

WEDNESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

SKIERS RESCUED FROM CHAIRLIFT

About 200 people had to be rescued when a chairlift broke down at Mount Snow ski resort in Vermont in the USA.

The lift malfunctioned at around midday on Saturday shortly after the ski area opened for the season.

James McGrail, who was on the lift with his 11-year-old daughter told ABC's News 10 that they were stranded for about an hour and a half.

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He praised the ski patrol for their response.

No injuries were reported. 

TUESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

SNOWSPORTS CONTINUE TO BOOM IN CHINA

A new institute has been set up to train people to work in ski resorts.

It is located 200 km northwest of Beijing.

Courses include languages, multi-cultural communication, first aid and the skills needed to deal with the influx of winter sports enthusiasts and athletes before, during and after the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

"The upcoming winter Olympics in Beijing has brought us an unprecedented opportunity for fostering more talent in China's growing ice and snow industry," said the dean for the Institute of Ice and Snow at Zhangjiakou University, Dong Jianming.

Snowsports are booming in China.

From 2018 to 2019 the number of domestic skiers rose to 23.45 million, according to market research company International Data Group.

That's an increase of 21.5%.

The winter sports economy has contributed to the creation of 1.5 million jobs in China.

The number of ski resorts in the country rose to 742 and the number of ice rinks to 596 by the end of 2018.

SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

DISGRACED XC SKIER CHARGED WITH FRAUD

Austrian prosecutors have charged the Austrian former cross-country skier Johannes Duerr, who exposed an international doping ring, with serious sports fraud.

He is accused of passing on growth hormones supplied by a German doctor, Mark Schmidt, and referring other athletes to the doctor.

It's understood he could face up to five years in prison, if found guilty.

Duerr has already been banned from the sport for life.

His televised confession to doping led to raids and arrests at the Nordic World Championships in Seefeld, Austria, in February.

PlanetSKI reported from Seefeld as the raids were carried out:


THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

ALTERRA TO BUY VERMONT RESORT

Alterra Mountain Co. has announced that it's entered into an agreement to purchase Sugarbush Resort in Vermont on the US east coast.

It will bring the company's total to 15 year-round mountain destinations throughout North America, including the world's largest heli-skiing operation.

Founded in 1958, Sugarbush Resort is in the Mad River Valley.

It has two distinct mountains, Mt. Ellen and Lincoln Peak, which are joined by a 2 mile high-speed quad.

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"Sugarbush Resort is a premier East Coast mountain destination and we are excited to expand the Alterra Mountain Company family in the Northeast, with Sugarbush joining Stratton in Vermont," said Rusty Gregory, chief executive of Alterra Mountain Co.

"Sugarbush has been a partner on the Ikon Pass since its inception and we look forward to the opportunities ahead."

Sugarbush Resort Ikon Pass access will remain the same for winter 2019/2020.

TUESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER

SKIERS WARNED OVER DODGY BLACK FRIDAY HOLIDAY OFFERS

The warning comes from Which? It says some holiday offers turned out to be exaggerated or non-existent.

It is unclear if they were snowsports ones but anyone buying a holiday on Black Friday, November 29th, is urged to be vigilant.

Which? looked at the airlines.

Last November on Black Friday Ryanair offered 25% off one million seats purchased by midnight on Black Friday for travel between January and April 2019.

None of the flights Which? Travel checked were any cheaper on November 23 than they were when checked two weeks later.

Two flights - London Stansted to Oslo and London Stansted to Lanzarote - were actually £5 more expensive on Black Friday.

EasyJet's Black Friday sale claimed travellers could save £50 on 60,000 short city breaks, but out of the 21 holidays that Which? Travel investigated, eight of them were cheaper just two weeks later.

Which? urged consumers to think twice before buying a holiday or flight that's advertised as a Black Friday deal this year and to not feel pressured by time-limited offers.

Which? Travel editor Rory Boland said: "Our research reveals that Black Friday travel deals aren't always what they appear to be. Avoid disappointment by comparing prices and approach attention-grabbing saving claims with scepticism."

Here on PlanetSKI we have been keeping an eye on the growing number and sophistication of chalet scams.

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MONDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

INDUSTRY NEWS FROM NORTH AMERICA

The CEO of Alterra, Rusty Gregory, gives his views to Bloomberg - worth a watch if you want a global perspective on the snowsports industry.





FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

LIZZIE YARNOLD BECOMES DIRECTOR OF BRITISH BOBSLEIGH & SKELETON ASSOCIATION

The double Olympic skeleton champion became GB's most decorated Winter Olympian when winning her second Olympic gold at Pyeongchang 2018.

The 31-year-old's appointment comes less than a year after she retired form the sport.

"We are thrilled to welcome Lizzy to the Board of the BBSA," Joanna Poulton, chair of the BBSA, said.

"Lizzy enjoyed unparalleled success as an athlete and we are confident she can have a similar impact as a non-executive director."

"As a recently retired athlete, I'm excited to use my knowledge of skeleton, bobsleigh and the world of winter sports to help the Board make more informed decisions," said Yarnold.

"I now have an opportunity to give back, help others and continue the sports' momentum, for which I'll do my very best."

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THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER


US RESORT CHANGES HANDS

Brain Head resort in Utah has been bought by Mountain Capital Partners.

The company is based in Colorado and has a portfolio of outdoor recreation resorts in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

Since it opened in 1964, Brian Head has had several different owners.

The resort's previous owner, John Grissinger, bought Brian Head in 2012 and spent more than $16 million on improvements.

"Utah has some of the best powder skiing on earth. Brian Head's family-friendly vibe and proximity to Southern Utah's famous red cliffs and national parks greatly enhances our portfolio and supports our
mission to make skiing and riding more accessible and affordable," said James Coleman from Mountain Capital Partners in a statement.

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WEDNESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

SCOTLAND HAD FEWER AVALANCHES LAST WINTER BUT MORE PEOPLE CAUGHT IN THEM

Three people died last winter according to the Scottish Avalanche Information Service.

20 others were caught but survived.

The three died mid-March as we reported at the time on PlanetSKI
In 2017/18 10 people were caught and there were greater levels of snow that winter.

Last winter saw lower than average amounts of snow fall but conditions remained unstable.

In a report just published the Scottish Avalanche Information Service said "dynamic" and "rapidly changing" weather systems affected the stability of the snowpack last winter.

There were 144 avalanches recorded - 22 that involved people.

There were 260 in 2017-18.

The organisation said hillwalkers, climbers and skiers should be as much aware of potential risks of avalanches in winters with less snow as they were in winters when there was more snow.

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The worst season for fatalities was 2012-13 when eight people died.

Total number of avalanches and fatalities:

• 2018-19 - 144 (3 fatalities)
• 2017-18 - 260 (0)
• 2016-17 - 90 (0)
• 2015-16 - 207 (3)
• 2014-15 - 305 (1)
• 2013-14 - 350 (0)
• 2012-13 - 129 (8)
• 2011-12 - 154 (0)
• 2010-11 - 178 (1)
• 2009-10 - 220 (5)

Images c/o Scottish Avalanche Information Service

MONDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

BIG AIR VENUE FOR BEIJING 2022 FINISHED

It will be ready to host test events by December.

The first FIS World Cup big air events at Shougang will take place from 12 to 14 December.

The ramp is 164m long, the highest point of the venue is 60m while the widest part of the track is 34m.

Four medal events will be contested at the big air venue in 2022 Winter Olympics.

The big air site was built at a former steelworks.

Former steelworks in ShougangThe steel plant that's made way for the Big Air venue




























It will remain in place following the Games.

Snowboard big air was introduced at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics.

It will be joined by ski big air in Beijing.

The big air facility, located in the Shougang compound in the west of Beijing, is one of the two new competition venues in the Beijing competition zone.

The other is the National Speed Skating Oval.

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SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

MOUNTAINEERING BECOMES MORE DANGEROUS DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Scientists claim the rise in temperatures in the Alps has thinned ice and snow cover, resulting into frequent rock-falls and landslides.

Their concerns were voiced at a meeting of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation this week.

See here for a full report on the BBC.

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Melting glaciers and permafrost have also added challenges for mountaineers.

It is a subject we have covered recently here in PlanetSKI.
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FRIDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

NORTH AMERICA'S INDOOR SNOW SLOPE WILL FINALLY OPEN

It's been talked about since 2004.

It's been built for a decade.

We've reported on all the twists and turns.

But judging by the pictures and video released by the company, the indoor ski and snowboard centre in New Jersey, really IS going to open to the public.

Finally.

The snow groomer has arrived, been craned into place and started work on the manufactured snow.

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Snow groomer at Big SNOWSnow groomer gets to work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Big Snow ski and snowboard park is due to open on 5th December.

It is part of the mega mall, American Dream, which opened on 25th October.

American Dream set to openThe American Dream Mall opened in October

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVALANCHE DETECTION EQUIPMENT FOR SCOTLAND

A piece of kit that helps predict avalanches has been set up and tested in the Cairngorms ahead of the winter season .

A team from SAMS Research Services Ltd (SRSL) and the Cairngorm resort was up at 900 metres altitude in wintry conditions earlier this week.

Snow SIMBA avalanche prediction aidSetting up the Snow SIMBA avalanche prediction aid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow SIMBA was designed by SRSL and measures the snow and ice pack, movement and temperature.

The equipment will provide information to the Scottish Avalanche Information Service.

It's the third season it's been used.

 

CHANGES PLANNED FOR PARA SNOWSPORT

The International Paralympic Committee looks set to stop acting as the international federation for para skiing, snowboarding and a series of other sports.

A governance review group of the IPC has recommended it gives up control of alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, athletics, biathlon, dance sport, powerlifting, shooting and swimming.

It could result in the International Ski Federation take over responsibility for the snow sports.

The IPC expects the winter disciplines to leave by 2030 although there is said to be no set deadline.

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The governance review document claims the IPC governing the 10 sports "has created perceptions of conflict of interest, disparity in the application of resources, a sense of unfairness between the IPC sports and those which are not and confusion about the IPC’s role".

The proposal is expected to be considered at an Extraordinary General Assembly in December 2020.

More details can be found on Inside the Games.

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