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Beijing to host World Cup ski races, green alpine race in Dolomites + staff shortages at US ski resorts. ROLLING...

 

 

 

NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM SEPTEMBER 2019

 

WEDNESDAY 30TH OCTOBER

BEIJING TO STAGE ALPINE WORLD CUP RACES

The Chinese capital will hold its first alpine test event for the 2022 Winter Olympics in February.

A World Cup men's downhill and super G will take place in Yanqing, which is due to host the alpine skiing, bobsleigh and luge events at the Games.

The Chinese state news agency Xinhua says a total of 111 athletes from 19 countries and regions have already registered to compete in the races, which will take place on 15th and 16th February.

It will be a good opportunity to test conditions ahead of the Winter Olympics.

TUESDAY 29TH OCTOBER

DOLOMITES PROMISES 'GREEN' WORLD CUP

The snowboard alpine World Cup takes place in Carezza in Italy in December and the organisers are keen to demonstrate their environmental credentials.

Carezza has a state-of-the-art snowmaking system that can cover the entire area to a skiable depth in 80 hours once temperatures drop to -10c.

It doesn't sound very green, but the resort says the system is fed by a purpose-built basin which is "the largest, most modern and environmentally friendly in South Tyrol," ensuring that water resources for other needs are not used.

An automatic system makes the snow cannons more efficient, using less energy.

"Because Carezza is a location with an optimal snow-making system, we would like to export the ‘green' project of Carezza to our other venues around the world," said FIS Snowboard assistant race director Peter Krogell.

Carezza also stops the lifts when there aren't many people on the mountain and using a shuttle to transport skiers and snowboarder instead.

The snowboard parallel giant slalom takes place there on 19th December.

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MONDAY 28TH OCTOBER

US SKI RESORTS STRUGGLE TO FIND STAFF

With low levels of unemployment many ski resorts are finding it hard to fiind wotrkers.

Some have raised their way rates and added numerous perks.

In New Hampshire, Wildcat Resort in New Hampshire is offering a $1,000 bonus.

Sunday River in Maine recently boosted its hourly wage from $13 to $20.

In Utah, Snowbird is expanding perks with a pool van service.

"We don't have a lot of ski areas that are in close proximity to major metropolitan areas. And even when we do, like the ski areas in Salt Lake ... they're still struggling to find people," said DaveByrd, director of risk and regulatory affairs for the National Ski Areas Association.

He described the hiring challenge is "enormous".

The 460 ski resorts across the U.S. hire about 100,000 seasonal workers each year.

Many are foreign but tighter visa restrictions have had an impact.

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SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER

OLYMPIC SNOWBOARDER LOST $900,000 AFTER ACCOUNTANT CONNED HIM

The snowboarder, Daniel Kass, was just one person defrauded by Nathan Wheeler who took a total of $4.5M from some of his clients.

Wheeler pleaded guilty to wire fraud and attempted tax evasion last year.

He has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Kass won silver medals in the halfpipe in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and Turin respectively.

37-year old Daniel Kass had started a sports apparel business in Portland in 2001 but said he could no longer support it and had to close after he was defrauded.

He is now living at home with his mother.

Wheeler used the money to support his "Playboy" lifestyle and marijuana business.

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FRIDAY 25TH OCTOBER

GB 4-MAN BOB SET TO RECEIVE SOCHI BRONZE MEDALS

Britain's four-man bobsleigh team will receive their Sochi 2014 bronze medals at the Team GB Ball on November 21st.

The team of John Jackson, Bruce Tasker, Stuart Benson and Joel Fearon initially finished in fifth place in 2014.

However the two Russian teams who came 1st and 4th have been disqualified for doping offence thus pushing GB into third place.

We reported earlier when it was announced they are officially the bronze medalists.

The bronze medals will be awarded at the Team GB Ball at Old Billingsgate.

"With less than a month to go, it is starting to feel real," said John Jackson.

"It has been an emotional roller-coaster since the McLaren Report first came out.

"Anger, disappointment, happiness, frustration and pure relief, once we had been told it was official.

"We will never have that Olympic moment, but receiving our medal at the Team GB Ball will be a special moment."

The bronze increases Team GB's medal total from Sochi 2014 to five.

Lizzy Yarnold's skeleton gold, Jenny Jones the snowboard slopestyle bronze plus silver and bronze medals for the men's and women's curling teams.

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TUESDAY 22ND OCTOBER

12,000 + FREE LIFT PASSES FOR KIDS

Switzerland is offering 12,650 free one-week lift passes for children again this winter following the success of the initiative last season

Adults can enter a draw on MySwitzerland.com for one child under the age of 13.

The Kids4Free scheme operates at selected ski resorts across all regions of Switzerland.

"My congratulations to Swiss Tourism and the Swiss cable ways for a great initiative," the President of the International Ski Federation, Gian Franco Kasper, said.

"In order for snow sports to exist in the future we need the next generation enjoying the snow."

You can enter the draw here.

 

MONDAY 21ST OCTOBER

WATCH THE FIRST EVER SKI DESCENT OF LHOTSE

In 2018, explorers and athletes Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison did what no one had ever done before.

They skied down the 27,949-foot (8518.86m) Lhotse.

Standing on the border of Tibet and Nepal, Lhotse is the fourth-highest mountain in the world and arguably one of the toughest in the world to summit.

 

SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER

KELLY GALLAGHER NAMED AS ‘SPORTING LEGEND'

Paralympic ski gold medallist has been named as a 'sporting legend' at the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery Awards.

The visually impaired skier beat athletes such as Sir Mo Farah and Sir Chris Hoy.

The award was decided by a public vote.

Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans were presented with the award at a ceremony in London this week.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One on Wednesday 19 November - the 25th anniversary of the first National Lottery draw.

FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER

WORLD CUP SKI RACING STARTS NEXT WEEK

It's a sure sign that winter is on its way.

The first World Cup alpine races are just over a week away.

The men's and women's giant slalom races at Soelden in Austria traditionally kick off the season.

The International Ski Federation inspection team have declared a ‘positive snow control' as they call it on the Rettenbach glacier.

In other words, conditions are okay for racing.

Sadly, there will be no Marcel Hirscher.

The 8x overall World Cup winner retired in the summer.

"Losing the best athlete always hurts a lot," Andreas Puelacher of the Austrian Men'Ski Team, said.

"But we have a strong team, so I'm looking forward to the start of the season."

So are we here at PlanetSKI.

See this related story as the prize money for winning the Hahnenkamm hits six figures:

THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER

NEW SKI FLIGHTS TO GRENOBLE

This winter sees three new ski routes introduced from the UK to Grenoble Alpes Isère airport in the southern French Alps.

With weekly flights on a Saturday from East Midlands airport with Jet2, from 21st December to April 2020.

A new route from Bristol with Ryanair from January to March 2020.

Easyjet adds a new service flying from London Gatwick every Thursday.

The airport gives access to the main resorts of of Vaujany, Alpe d'Huez, and Les Deux Alpes.

The resorts of Villard de Lans, Corrençon, Chamrousse, les 7 Laux as well as Oisans and Belledonne are closer still.

The region has a total of 23 ski resorts with 1,200 km of slopes.

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TUESDAY 15TH OCTOBER

FANCY OWNING A SKI SIGN?

Steamboat in Colorado is auctioning off some old ones.

30 signs, including "Frying Pan," "Cowboy Coffee," "Bail Out," "Bug's Run," "Huevos," "One O'Clock," "Rooster," and "Typhoon" can be purchased by the general public.

Prices start at $50 and bids are cast in $10 increments.

You can place a bid here.

The online auction ends on the last day of October.

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Money raised from the auction supports the resort's Environmental Fund.

However there is perhaps one catch - you'll have to pick up the sign in person.

We can't see a problem with that.

PlanetSKI was last in the resort a couple of years ago and it's well worth a visit:

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SUNDAY 13TH OCTOBER

MAN WHO PUSHED SNOWBOARDER OFF CHAIRLIFT COULD BE RELEASED FROM PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

35-year-old Thomas Proesel pushed a snowboarder off a lift in Aspen USA in 2016 after he didn't like a comment the other had made.

The 28-year old man fell more than 7m but was uninjured as he hit deep snow.

Proesel then skied off after he arrived at the top of the lift.

He was later caught, arrested and charged.

He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and another psychiatric disorder.

Prosecutor Don Nottingham says he plans to file an objection "based on the seriousness and dangerousness of the offense."

If released Proesel would be free under supervision.

The case will be heard later this month.

Proesel has been held at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo since July 27th, 2016.

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THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER

ANDRORRA TO HOST 2023 ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP FINALS

Soldeu hosted the Alpine Skiing World Cup finals last March.

The resort beat off competition from Kvitfjell in Norway and Lenzerheide in Switzerland.

Cortina, which will co-host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games with Milan, will stage the finals in 2020.

They then move Lenzerheide in 2021.

Meribel and Courchevel are the hosts in 2022.

MONDAY 7TH OCTOBER

SNOWBOARD CHAMPION PUTS CAREER ON HOLD TO GO TO COLLEGE

The US athlete, Chloe Kim,  won good at the women's half pipe in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, aged 17.

She is the World, Olympic, Youth Olympic, and X Games champion in the half-pipe.

Now she is taking a year out of the sport to study at Princeton University.

"I don't want anyone to think I'm about to retire or anything like that," she said.

"It was a really tough decision to make because I love snowboarding and I love competing.

"But I've been doing it for my whole life pretty much."

Kim intends to return to competition next year and has her sights set on defending her Olympic title at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.




SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER

JACKSON HOLE TO USE RENEWABLE ENERGY

The US resort is to use renewable energy to power its lifts and other operations next season.

It hopes to be using 100% renewable energy and is one of only a handful of US ski areas to do so.

It is joining the Lower Valley Energy's Green Power programme and draw energy from the Horse Butte Wind Farm near Idaho Falls, Idaho.

PlanetSKI last visited Jackson Hole in Wyoming back in 2017, see here for our reports:

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THURSDAY 3RD OCTOBER

WORLD CUP SKI CROSS ATHLETE DIES IN BIKE ACCIDENT
 
Mikayla Martin, a member of the Canadian Ski Cross team, has died at the age of 22 after a mountain biking accident.

She was cycling on a trail near her home in Squamish, British Columbia, on Tuesday evening.

A statement from Alpine Canada confirmed the death of a "highly passionate, dedicated, and valuable member of our Canadian Ski Cross team".

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Mikayla switched to Ski Cross from alpine racing after the 2016-17 season.

In summer 2018 she was crowned FIS World Junior Champion in Cardrona, New Zealand. 

She started racing on the World Cup circuit last winter.

She achieved two top-10 results and made the small final at the World Championships.

She was due to race on the World Cup circuit again this coming season. 

"We wish to express our most sincere condolences to Christine and James, Mikayla's parents, as well as her entire family and circle of friends," said Vania Grandi, President and CEO of Alpine Canada.

"Mikayla embodied a love of skiing and passion for ski cross that were boundless and words can't express how sorely she'll be missed."

WEDNESDAY 2ND OCTOBER

HUGE ICEBERG BREAKS OFF ANTARCTICA

The calved block from the Amery Ice Shelf covers 1,636 sq kms in area.

It's the largest iceberg seen for more than 50 years.

It is larger than Greater London  that is 1,500 sq kms, but is a little smaller than the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

The new iceberg has the less glamorous name of D28.

Scientists stress that it is not linked to climate change.

The Amery Ice Shelf is roughly in balance with its surroundings despite large surface melt in summer.

"While there is much to be concerned about in Antarctica, there is no cause for alarm yet for this particular ice shelf," said researchers.

It will be monitored and tracked because it could pose a hazard to shipping.

D28 is about 210m thick and contains some 315 billion tonnes of ice.

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TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER

NEW LIFT FOT KITZBUHEL

The Fleckalmbahn cable car is set to re-open on 14th December 2019 after a €27.5 million upgrade.

Work on the 35-year-old cable car started last spring.

Each of the 96 spacious cabins will now hold 10 passengers, up from six.

There will be ergonomically shaped, individual leather heated seats.

The number of towers has gone down from 29 to 22.

It will carry 2,590 passengers an hour and will be more energy efficient and quieter than its predecessor.

It's annual energy consumption is expected to drop by 75,000 kWh.

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£1.2M TO BOOST SNOWSPORTS IN CHINA

The money comes from Herbalife Nutrition.

It is a donation to the Beijing Sport University Education Foundation.

Funds will be used to create a training curriculum, hire professional coaches and donate sports gear to athletes.

Around 80 schools and 18,000 teenagers will benefit from the donation.

It will also cover development costs for synthetic portable ice rinks.

The Chinese government is committed to get the nation on snow as the 2022 Winter Olympics draws ever closer.

The Chinese Government's scheme targets the popularisation of winter sports ahead of Beijing hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.

"Working closely with Beijing Sport University to develop their winter sports program aligns with our corporate vision of supporting healthy, active lifestyles around the globe," said Dr John Agwunobi, co-president and chief health and nutrition officer of Herbalife Nutrition.


VIP SKI HAS NEW PROPERTY IN ST ANTON

It is the slopeside property, Hotel Arlberg.

The style is rustic Tyrolean at its very best with authentic alpine charm.

It has 18 bedrooms and three suites spread over three floors.

All are en-suite and equipped with TV, WIFI, hairdryer, telephone and safe.

Most with balcony provide views of the ski area and surrounding peaks.

"We want serious altitude, perhaps a small boutique hotel with say twenty bedrooms, we want to wrap ourselves in the very best of luscious Tyrolean décor, we wanted to be on the piste, next to the lifts and .... I guess it would have been nice to be right next to the ski school as well. Nailed it!"  said the Managing Director of VIP SKI, Andy Sturt.

VIP SKI now has 65 chalets, four Club Chalets and two hotels in 10 resorts throughout France and Austria.

See here for more on VIP SKI.

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