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The gongs have been handed out in the annual and prestigious World Snow Awards. So, who has won what?



The World Snow Awards aims to recognise the best in the snowsports world.

This time the Resort of the Year goes to an area, not a single resort.

Step forward the Arlberg area in Austria after it put in a new gondola linking St Anton with Lech, transforming the area to make it the largest linked ski area in Austria.

The ski area of Stuben near the base of the new linking lift has also been upgraded with new lifts and new terrain.

The Arlberg TeamThe Arlberg Team



















PlanetSKI was at the opening of the lift in 2016.

The Arlberg, AustriaThe Arlberg, Austria
















The Arlberg, AustriaThe Arlberg, Austria
















Family resort of the year goes to Steamboat in Colorado.

It has always been a great resort for kids and big kids alike and last season added a roller coaster on its slopes and a 40 ft climbing wall in the base area.

"We're honored to be recognised as a top family resort in the world," said Nicole Miller, digital communications manager for Steamboat Ski Resort.

"The significant investment Steamboat made this summer in base area activities and gondola upgrades was done with families in mind."
The prestigious awards were handed out by Henry Druce from Telegraph Ski & Snowboard.

They are decided by public vote and a panel of experts judges some of the categories.

Our editor, James Cove, is on the panel and there is more about how their decision are reached and others on the panel lower down this article.

World Snow AwardsThe judges debate
















So, who were the other winners as selected by the judges?

  • Ecological resort of the Year - SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixentall
  • Travel innovation Award - Cool Bus
  • Best Clothing Manufacturer - Ortovox
  • Best Technological Innovation - Volkl
  • Best Safety Equipment Manufacturer - Mammut
  • Best Eyewear Manufacturer - Atomic
  • Best Start Up - Powdair  
And these are the winners decided by public vote:  
  • Best Chalet Company - Le Ski
  • Best UK tour operator - Crystal Ski
  • Best snowsports school - Mint Snowboarding  

Crystal Ski wins againCrystal Ski wins again
















Others were decided by independent research:  
  • Best specialist travel agent - The Oxford Ski Company  

And by the testing teams:

  • Best men's ski - Line with the Supernatural 100
  • Best women's ski - Head with Absolut Joy
  • Best ski manufacturer - Rossignol
  • Best men's snowboard - Yes with The Greats
  • Best women's snowboard - Burton and the Storyboard
  • Best snowboard manufacturer - Jones

PlanetSKI's Katie Bamber Picks up award on behalf of YesPlanetSKI's Katie Bamber picks up award on behalf of Yes

















Lifetime achievement award -  Fiona Young OBE, Disability Snowsports UK.

Fiona started working with the charity 35 years ago and was instrumental in founding the first adaptive ski school at Cairngorm.

She became CEO in 2001 and last year alone ran 3,000 hours of lessons and ran 9 activity weeks for people with a disability in Europe and North America.

"My passion has always been to get people with disabilities into snowsports and to enhance their lives," she said.

"Many thanks to everyone who has sent congratulations. I'm very honoured.

However the best honour has been able to do the job I love. it's allowed me to meet so many amazing, talented and inspirational people from all over world, It's been an incredible journey.

'Lifetime achievement' that also makes me feel very old," Fiona added.

The judging panel is chaired by Henry Druce from Telegraph Ski & Snowboard.

And as we said earlier amoung the judges are PlanetSKI's editor, James Cove.

He has judged the awards since its first edition 6 years ago.

World Snow AwardsHenry and James
















There is also the ski instructor, Warren Smith, the Head of Winter at Neilson, Ian Davis, plus Al Morgan from the Ski Club of Great Britain and Jane Bolton from Erna Law.

Cat Weakley from the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard is the resident expert on gear and equipment.

For a blog on the judging process see this earlier article from James:

World Snow AwardsWarren Smith casts his vote
















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