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Elks caught in an avalanche discovered, NZ lift out of action for rest of season + US-China trade war could hit growing Chinese ski market. NEW & UPDATED

 

 

.....NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM JULY 2018

 

FRIDAY 17th AUGUST

MELTING SNOW REVEALS ICE ELK

Last week hikers discovered 19 elks uncovered by melting snow.

The elk were found after snow and ice melted by No Name Lake and Broken Top mountain peak in Oregon, USA.

It's likely that the elk were caught in an avalanche during the winter 2016/2017 due to the intense amount of snowfall during the season before last.

It's not common for elk to get caught in avalanches.

The bodies of the elk, which are contorted by the old avalanche, are being removed after the snow melts and area is cleared.

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THURSDAY 16TH AUGUST

TUROA SKI LIFT OUT OF ACTION FOR THE REST OF SEASON

Turoa ski field's fastest and highest lift is out of action for the rest of the season after suffering serious damage in a large avalanche last week.

We reported on the avalanche in New Zealand below in News in Brief - see earlier post dated 9th August.

In a statement, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts chief Ross Copland said the haul ropes on the High Noon Express were unsafe to operate.

"A detailed report by wire rope experts has been peer reviewed by both the rope and lift manufacturer. Regrettably RAL has been advised that the haul rope is unsafe to operate. A range of repair solutions were explored in detail over the past 48 hours but none of the options gave us certainty that the lift would open again this season. Its been a tough few weeks for the crew but the snow is still falling and we know you how much you love this amazing place - see you here for a shred real soon."

Due to the High Noon express being out for the season, Turoa ski fields will be changing the layout of their parks over the next week or so to suit the Giant chairlift.

More information from Ross Copland in his video below:

In an earlier video Ross Copland highlights some of the damage to the chairlift.

TUESDAY 14TH AUGUST

US-CHINA TRADE WAR TO HIT SKI MARKET

US ski and snowboard manufacturers are likely to lose the expanding and potentially lucrative Chinese market, according to trade analysts.

The Chinese daily, The Global Times is reporting that American businesses will be hit by the China-US trade row, damaging their prospects at a time that interest in snowsports is rising rapidly in China.

The country will host the 2022 Winter Olympics and is one of the few places in the world where the numbers of skiers and snowboarders skiing is growing.

The Chinese government's ambition is to get 300 million people participating in winter sports by 2022.

Wanlong Ski Resort, ChinaSkiing in China - photo Wanlong Ski Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A second giant indoor snow centre is being planned and is due to open in June 2019.

We've reported on some of the many developments in China here on PlanetSKI:

China has responded to the imposition of US tariffs on Chinese goods by announcing its own tariffs of 25 per cent on US ski clothing and boots and 20 per cent on skis, bindings and other equipment.

Analysts say the increased costs will make the American goods too expensive.

A sales manager working in a ski resort in Harbin in northeast China told The Global Times that he would not be buying American goods.

"We were considering replacing our old Austrian-made snowboards with US ones. But given the current US-China trade war, we will give up buying US ski products to show our patriotism," he said.

The Global Times is a Chinese daily with a version in the English language.

You can read more on this story here.

MONDAY 13TH AUGUST

ITALIAN WINTER OLYMPIC BID A 'BOTCHED SOLUTION'

The Mayor of Milan, one of the three cities involved in a joint Italian bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, has called it a "botched solution".

Giuseppe Sala says the city will remain part of the bid but will "not allow Milan's dignity to be trampled upon".

We have raised questions about the Italian bid following earlier failed attempts by European cities to win support for hosting the Winter Games:

Sala has claimed in an interview with RAI13 that the Italian Olympic Committee CONI originally gave its support to Milan as the bidding city before changing its mind and opting for a joint bid with Turin and Cortina d'Ampezzo.

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Turin's mayor has also been critical of the joint plan.

A meeting of the Mayors of the three cities to discuss the bid will take place next month.

SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST

COMPETITION OPEN TO DESIGN BEIJING WINTER OLYMPICS MASCOTS

The 2022 Games needs its mascots and the International Olympic Committee has launched a worldwide design contest.

"Join the design competition to find the mascot of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games," said the IOC President Thomas Bach in a video message.

"We trust that you will produce a fun mascot which will fascinate people around the globe and will be a great example for sports, and winter sports in particular."

The competition was officially launched at an event held to mark 10 years since the Beijing Summer Olympics began in 2008.

The winning design will be chosen next year once the submissions have been reviewed.

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OPENING DATES FOR COLORADO SKI RESORTS

Breckenridge and Keystone are targeting Friday November 9th.

Copper is aiming for Friday November 16th.

Other resorts are yet to announce their dates.

The earliest resort to open a significant slope in both in the USA and Colorado this autumn, is once again likely be Arapahoe Basin or Loveland.

They have an annual battle to see who can be first to open.

Last winter Arapahoe Basin fired up its lifts a week ahead of Lovleand:
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FRIDAY 10TH AUGUST

DAVOS CRITICISES UNTIDY JEWISH VISITORS

A tourism official in the upmarket Swiss ski town of Davos has reportedly complained about the behaviour of some Orthodox Jews who are regular visitors to the Swiss resort in the summer.

Reto Branschi wrote a letter to the local Jewish community leader Rafi Mosbacher who had it translated into Hebrew and Yiddish.

The translation has been posted on noticeboards at hotels.

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According to the Südostschweiz news website there have been complaints that nappies and other waste have been left behind in the forest and that playgrounds have been taken up by large groups, leaving no room for small families.

During two tours of a cheese factory in 2017 and 2018, "Jewish guests held their noses, disturbing some of the other participants."

It's also alleged that the high number of reports of lost guest cards, which give free use of the cable cars, "could indicate an abuse".

The website says the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities supports the actions of the Davos official.

"These are facts," the Secretary-General Jonathan Kreutner has reportedly said of the complaints. 

Davos is popular summer holiday destination for Charedi Orthodox Jews.

THURSDAY 9TH AUGUST

MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE PASS ADDS TWO SKI RESORTS

The Mountain Collective Pass is adding resorts in Japan and Montana to its offerings for the 2018-19 season, it was announced on Tuesday.

The pass, which includes Aspen Skiing Co, is adding Big Sky Resort in Montana and the Niseko United Resort in northern Japan.

It is available for $499 and offers two free days at each partner resort and 50 percent off after that.

The Mountain Collective pass now has 17 destinations and includes:

US:
Alta ski area, Aspen Snowmass, Big Sky Resort (new for 2018/19), Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Mammoth Mountain, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadowns, Sugarbush Resort, Sun Valley Resort,Taos Ski Valley

Canada:
Banff Sunshine Village, Lake Louise,Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Japan:
Niseko United (new for 2018/19)

New Zealand:
Coronet Peak/The Remarkables

Australia:
Thredbo Alpine Village

 

AVALANCHE DAMAGES CHAIRLIFT AT TŪROA

The force of an avalanche at Tūroa ski field has severely damaged one of the towers on a chairlift.

Repair work is under way, but the chairlift may need to be closed for the rest of the ski season.

In a comment on Facebook, they said: "Today the team working on site will pull the tower back into an upright position to allow the rope to turn. Two diggers arrived on site last night and the Doppelmayr team are installing rigging equipment. Once the tower is upright the chairs will be put back into the storage garage at the drive station. Work is now underway fabricating a new tower to replace the damaged one"

Photos: @mtruapehu

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Structural engineer inspects the damaged chairlift tower on the High Noon Express at Turoa in the photo below:

Avalanche damages chairlift at Tūroa - Photo: MtRuapehuAvalanche damages chairlift at Tūroa - Photo: MtRuapehu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turoa Ski Patrol inspecting the extent of the avalanche - below:

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Watch the Video update below with a very comprehensive explanation on what triggered the avalanche, its effect, news on the work in progress and the proposed replacement tower:

 

WEDNESDAY 8TH AUGUST

OFF TO IGLU

The group head of sales of three major ski operators - Inghams, Ski Total and Esprit Ski - is moving on.

Simon McIntyre is joining the online travel agent Iglu, which specialises is ski and cruise holidays,  in the newly-created role of General Manager, Ski.

He'll be responsible for sales, marketing and commercial.

He's been with Hotelplan, the parent company of the three ski tour operators, for nine years.

Richard Downs, Iglu chief executive commented: “We’re very excited to welcome Simon into this role as we strengthen our partnership with suppliers and drive the business forward."

TUESDAY 7TH AUGUST

TRUMP PIPES UP ON USA WILDFIRE AS WILDFIRE CREWS ARRIVE IN USA FROM AUS/NZ

The USA's west is experiencing catastrophic wildfires.

California has two raging that are among the worst in state history.

Firefighters are spread so thin that crews from Australia and New Zealand have been flown in to assist.

Meanwhile Donald Trump has piped up on California's fires and of course gets it so wrong.

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He's notorious for his contrary view on climate change and we wouldn't consider him an environmental expert.

Experts have said they have no idea what he means, regarding water being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.

He seems to be rather ignoring the point that accelerating climate change has contributed to increasing intensity of wildfires in recent years...

Read more here on PlanetSKI as we report from Idaho on the devastating wildfires:

SUNDAY 5TH AUGUST

20 DEAD AS VINTAGE PLANE CRASHES IN SWISS ALPS

A World War Two plane on a sightseeing flight crashed into a mountainside in eastern Switzerland at the weekend.

The Junkers JU-52 HB-HOT was carrying 17 passengers and three crew.

It was returning to Zurich from a two-day trip to in Locarno on southern Switzerland.

The plane had no black box, and the remote alpine location of the crash means there was little radar monitoring.

A witness said it fell like a stone out of the sky.

The aircraft crashed at 2,540m on the western side of the Piz Segnas 3,000m.

The bodies are being recovered and an investigation has been launched.

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THURSDAY 2ND AUGUST

NEW LIFT IS NAMED

The Loveland Ski Area in Colorado, USA, has run a competition to name its new high-speed lift.

And the winning name is..... "Chet's Dream".

It is named after Chester R. (Chet) Upham, Jr. who was one of the early pioneers at the resort.

"Chet became a partner in Loveland Ski Tow Company in 1956 and immediately convinced the other partners it was time to install what would be Loveland's first chairlift and only the third such lift in Colorado, Lift 1," said a statement from the resort.

"While a major force in the formative years from 1956, it was when Chet bought out the other partners in 1972 that the true potential for Loveland was realized. From that day forward, the Upham Family has owned and operated Loveland Ski Area."

The name was picked from 3,000 entries.

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WEDNESDAY 1ST AUGUST

BANSKO SKI LIFT PLAN SCUPPERED

Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Court has blocked plans that could have led to another ski lift being built in the Bansko ski resort.

A three-judge panel of the Court has overturned the government's planned changes to the Pirin National Park management plan, adopted late last year, on the grounds that they breach the country's environmental protection laws.

According to The Sofia Globe, the changes were widely seen as opening the way for the construction of a second main ski lift from the town of Bansko, and were supported by local residents.

Bansko lift queueQueuing at the Bansko gondola, January 2018 - photo Bansko Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the plans were successfully challenged by environmental groups which feared over-development of the Pirin mountain range - a UNESCO world heritage site.

The government says the Bansko ski area covers only two per cent of the national park.

It can appeal against the Court's decision. If it does, a panel of five judges of the Supreme Administrative Court will consider the case.

GROWTH IN SWISS SKI MARKET

Switzerland is not always the first choice for British snowsports fans, thanks to punishing exchange rates and generally high costs.

So it makes a change to report some good news.

More British skiers and snowboarders stayed in Switzerland last winter than the previous year.

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Our friends at Switzerland Tourism tell us that UK overnight stays in Swiss hotels were up by 3.3% in the winter season 2017/18.

And for the period January to May 2018, UK hotel overnights were up by 3.4%.

"The growth shows the continued demand for the alpine country - despite fluctuations in currency exchange and Brexit talks," they say.

"All in all, Switzerland experienced an increase of hotel overnights of 4.6% over the winter season and a growth in arrivals of 5.1%."

NEW FOR MERIBEL 2018/19 - OPENING 8TH DECEMBER

This simulation shows some of the improvements to expect in Meribel for the forthcoming season:

* a newchair from la Chaudanne with a cover and heated seats plus a speedier ride

* a new chair making the area above more accessible

* newly landscaped pistes

* new red piste

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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