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Team GB: More investment across more Ski and Snowboard sports

Posted on: December 23rd, 2018 by SkiGB No Comments

It has been announced by the British Ski & Snowboard Team that after concentrating their funds on their “Park and Pipe” programme they will be spreading future investments over more sports.

 

For the last couple of Olympics Team GB have concentrated their efforts on the park sports which have seen them securing three Olympic medals.

 

Quote:

“Our aim is to be one of the top five snowsports nations by 2030, and we need to be competitive across a range of disciplines if we are going to get there. Over the course of the next four years we’re going to see more investment across more sports, while ensuring our park and pipe programme remains right up there with the best in the world,” said Vicky Gosling, CEO of British Ski & Snowboard.

 

UK Sport have increased the funding for British Ski & Snowboard by 31% to £6.75 million. This was decided due to the successes of recent Olympics.

Is this the end of Ski Waxing?

Posted on: December 4th, 2018 by SkiGB

Could this be the end of yearly ski servicing?

Skiers that have their own pair of skis know all too well the yearly “tax” of ownership, the ski servicing. Depending on where you go and what you need to be done this can add up over the years with a standard service around £50 or nearer £70 in the resort.

So you might like to know this could be coming to an end!

A Salt Lake City based ski company have developed a new liquid ski wax that only needs to be applied once, ever!
No more having to go to your ski specialist to get your skis waxed every year – or more often if you spend lots of time in the snow.
This new technique – is a 1 time forever treatment – is called Phantom and it forms a chemical bond with the bottom of your ski and soaks into ski base, all the way to the wood core or graphite core in some cases.
The makers say Phantom will last the whole life of the ski saving a considerable amount for the ski owner as well as being green – we all know waxing isn’t exactly good for the planet.

The University of Utah helped create the product and introduced it into the market in late 2017 for testing by a select few professionals, this season however some Aspen ski companies are now starting to use it on their rental skis.
Phantom will be available to buy by many online retailers in time but at the moment we have only found one, EVO.com.

Testing by the professionals who have been putting the product through its paces are all talking it up, very positive indeed!

A big advantage with Phantom over a standard wax is that it will last all day every day and not just a few runs in the morning – we have all been there haven’t we? Staying up all night waxing the planks for it only the wax to stay on them for a few runs.

Looking for a BUT?

There is a little one, Phantom costs $99 which isn’t a small amount of money but less than a couple of services! So, in fact quite cheap.

We’re not sure how ski service rental companies will feel about this, although you will still have to get your skis edged so it’s not the end of the world.

Meribel Snow Report – The last snow focus

Posted on: February 12th, 2016 by SkiGB

Welcome to our last episode for this week leading up to half term week in Meribel.
We hope you have enjoyed our focus for the run up to the busiest week of the season in Meribel.
If you missed yesterday’s or in fact the whole weeks worth of our reports you can find them HERE.

 

Friday 12th February 2016

 

The forecast for today suggested that the morning would be the best time for visibility as more snow is expected in the afternoon. However even before first lifts the snow was already falling and the cloud had come in. Visibility wasn’t great.

If you have never been to Meribel before then we have some good news for you, there are lots of trees. Although very beautiful and make the whole area stunning, to a skier this means something completely different.
Skiing in or near trees breaks up the cloud and makes the visibility much better, a handy thing to remember in a white out or fog!

 

We skied all over the valley today, up high to down low and although the cloud was thicker at the top there wasn’t a huge difference.

The snow is actually very good, the resort does a good job of looking after the pistes. With the new fresh stuff falling, next week should be very nice!
Keep an eye out on the weather forecast and get out there early when the blue sky’s back.

 

The 3 Valleys have a great App, it includes a piste map and live stats on which lifts are open. We highly recommend you download to your smartphone.

 

I have had a great week reporting back to you all about the snow conditions as well as my drinking schedule (although I don’t think my boss had that in mind) for the week. I’m not leaving Meribel as my ‘normal’ job of customer services for the SkiGB.com network (which includes MeribelGB.com) is based here. If you see me in my SkiGB.com jacket say Hi!

 

I would love to hear what you thought in our comments below, I will reply as quick as possible. We will be doing this again in the future and include holidaymakers blogs too! If you are interested in writing the odd blog about your days skiing email info@skigb.com with the Subject: Snow Reporter Blogs. I have been told you will get a nice gift! 🙂

 

Before I go, we did finish the day in the Folie Douce and I can confirm alcohol was consumed!

 

 

Latest Snow & Ski Report – Day 5

Posted on: February 11th, 2016 by SkiGB

It’s our second to last posting session for this week, welcome to day 5 of our silly but factual build up to half term week here in Meribel.
If you missed yesterday’s or in fact the whole weeks worth of our reports you can find them HERE.

Thursday 11th February 2016

 

The forecast for today looked stunning, the typical bluebird day with little to no wind so an early start was needed to attack the hill and make squiggles in the snow. There is something really nice and calming in ski resorts just before the lifts open and Meribel isn’t any different. It wasn’t too busy either, the main traffic on foot or skis were seasonal workers heading for work.

We decided that we wanted to go up high right away and get the big slopes before they got tracked out, so big = Grand which must mean we should ski the Grand Couloirs for the first run of the day.
But don’t worry we did our stretches and warm up exercises beforehand.
Guess what? We had first tracks!
In fact our first tracks stayed there on their own for a number of hours so we didn’t need to hurry in the end, oh well.

Next we skipped up to Mont Vallon where it was a little tracked from yesterday but still plenty to keep us happy.
Then my favourite, under the Cote Brune lift. If you like skiing powder get there quick as the guys from Val Thorens will also be heading there.

A quick lunch then we just hit the pistes hard, the snow is great, very grippy and a dusting of powder (or POW if you are younger than 20 years old) if you want to play. It was only lower down that the pistes got a little icy in shadows and where ski schools had scraped the nice snow off.

More snow is heading our way too so it is looking really good for next week!

It started to get a little cloudy around 3pm so the light got a bit flat, I don’t care though as it was blue sky for the most of the day.

We finished off as per normal with a couple of drinks to celebrate the days events.

Tomorrow being our last post for the lead up to half term we are going to do something extra cool!

 

 

Main Belleville road blocked by large Rock from landslide

Posted on: February 28th, 2015 by SkiGB

* Update 28th Feb 2015 – 17:15 *
The authorities think the road will now be open at 17:30 both directions.

* Update 28th Feb 2015 – 17:00 *
The RD117 road up from Moutiers to Les Menuires and Val Thorens is still currently shut. A diverted route is in place using the RD96 village road. This road is very thin in places so trucks and buses are not allowed.
The RD117 road is still due to open at 18:00 with priority traffic given to vehicles leaving resorts.
The buses from the connecting trains will also be given priority.
It is still recommended not to join the traffic to try and clmb the mountain road until tomorrow.
More information here or on our social media accounts once we know more.

 

* Update 28th Feb 2015 – 12:00*

The very earliest that the road will be passable is 18:00 however there are many vehicles wishing to travel up and down the road so there will be a large delay.

 

The main road in the Belleville valley has been blocked by a landslide which includes a 50 tonnes bolder.

A landslide has covered the main road up to ski resorts Les Menuires and Val Thorens with lots of rocks including the above mentioned huge bolder.

As you can see from the photos below the rock is so large it will take many hours (possibly days) to remove. Saturday is of course the main transfer day for tour operators and this landslide is far from ideal. The authorities are trying to move the rock as quick as possible however they don’t think the road will be open again until Sunday 1st March.

We will update this blog post as well as our Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages to keep you up to date.

Belleville road landslide

Belleville road landslide

Belleville road landslide

Belleville road landslide

Avalanche Risk Increases with more deaths

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by SkiGB

With the recent large snow fall over the Alps it has put a lot smiles on a lot of skiers, however with such a large amount of snow falling in such a sort time frame there is sadly a high risk of avalanches.

At the time of writing this (2nd February) there have been 49 deaths due to avalanches in the Alps this season. This might sound a lot, well that is because it is a lot!
It’s only the start of February and there have been 49 deaths, this is far more than recent years.

On the 31st January there were 8 fatalities in 4 separate avalanches.

So why are we seeing so many avalanches and more importantly why are we seeing so many deaths?

When the large amount of snow fell the snow it didn’t have a good anchor for it to join too. When nice fluffy snow crystals fall onto compressed snow or no snow at all they don’t tend to connect well. Imagine trying to tongue and groove a basketball with a hedgehog, it’s just not going to work!

Throw in a change of temperature and some wind and you have a very unstable layer.

From what we have read most of the avalanches were started by skiers or snowboarders themselves. I’m sure anyone reading this who skis off-piste has seen a stunning untracked slope which would be the best vertical you would have ever skied. But for safety have decided not to ski it. Sadly it looks like some of the deaths were due to just that, but the draw of the powder was just too much or they simply didn’t think it was dangerous.

Other avalanches look to have been started by a group of skiers, it is often the case that the first couple of the group down are OK but others in the group were just too much for the slab and set off the avalanche.

It’s quite dangerous off-piste at the moment all across the Alps.

In Meribel a 35 year old man is currently missing who was last seen near the top of the Olympic chair lift. The rescue team are still looking for him, we hope he doesn’t join the statistics and is found safe and sound.

We have spoken to local mountain guides and rescue services and they are strongly recommending not to go off piste.

Be safe out there!

 

PS: Sadly since starting this post we have heard of two further avalanches in Tignes close to the piste which were started by off piste skiers. We are not sure if anyone has been caught up in them.

 

British Pounds exchange rate better than last year

Posted on: January 17th, 2015 by SkiGB

Sometimes the British skier lucks in, “What are you kidding!” i hear you say. No really we do sometimes get somethings our way, take now for example. At the moment the currency exchange rate between the British pound and the Euro is 9% up compared to this time last year.

 

£500 gets you £37 more!

 

This means if you change £500 you will get an extra £37 or €48. Obviously if you going skiing in a non-Euro country like Switzerland then this exchange rate does not apply. In fact the British pound compared with the Swiss Franc is worse off compared to last year (£80 worse off when converting £500) so it does make sense to ski in a Euro country like France at the moment.

 

Val Thorens being not only Frances highest ski resort but also Europe’s is a resort high on the skiers ‘places to ski’ this season. Not only due to the exchange rate but Val Thorens has also just had a large dump of snow, more than many other resorts, making it a perfect time to ski.

 

To help reduce costs even further staying in a self catering apartment can save a family of four hundreds of pounds. Here is a link to show you the savings you can have on self catering apartments in Val Thorens.

Will the return trip be as bad?

Posted on: January 2nd, 2015 by SkiGB

And so the week for the holiday makers who had to endure the transfer from hell getting to the resorts is coming to an end and we are all sure the thought of the return journey is playing on their minds.

A lot can happen in the Alps in a week from completely different snow conditions to the organisation of traffic management, we don’t think a repeat of a week ago will happen tomorrow.

That said several tour operators have made the decision to leave the ski resorts earlier to be out of sync with other traffic on the roads and hopefully not get caught up with any jams that may arise.

This is a good idea and very sensible, this weekend the traffic will mainly be going down the mountain road instead of climbing up as per last weekend. It is much more difficult to drive on snow/ice going down than up and more accidents happen in this direction.

However the snow level isn’t too low so the snow on the roads should only affect high resorts like Val Thorens.

The only negative we can see is that the guests will have to get up earlier to leave the resort and wait around in the airports for longer time for their flights.

We think you might as well stay up and not go to bed at all and keep the bar man company. 🙂

Monarch Launch New Ski Route!

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by SkiGB

Monarch have announced that they will start a new winter ski programme to help us skiers get out to the Alps. The new route will start on the 27th December and will continue until 11th April 2015 flying to Lyon from Gatwick Airport.

This will provide another option for you to get out to the main 3 Valleys ski resorts of Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens as well as all the other smaller resorts in the ski area.

Lyon is more or less about 2 hours drive from the resorts so quite handy really.

What is also very good news is that the flight leaves Gatwick at 7:10am so you could get an afternoon extra on the slopes.

Prices start from £29.99 one way and they are already for sale!

Here is a link to their site to help you alone the way: http://www.monarch.co.uk/offers/flights/new-destinations-w14

 

Monarch to the 3 Valleys

Monarch to the 3 Valleys

Val Thorens Wins World Best Ski Award AGAIN!

Posted on: November 23rd, 2014 by SkiGB

For the second year running ski resort Val Thorens has won Best Ski Resort in France and Best Ski Resort in the World.

Every year the ski industry awards ski resorts accolades for doing well. It could be that they promote the sports well or they invest and maintain their patch of the Alps the best. In fact there are many criterias to be judged on.

For a French ski resort to win the best ski resort in France is obviously the one they want to win. So quite rightly they are very happy to win it twice in a row.

But to win the big one, the best ski resort in the World and to win once again twice in two years must be something they have only dreamed of.

From all of us here at SkiGB.com congratulations Val Thorens!!

 

Val Thorens Wins Best Ski Resort in the World

Val Thorens Wins Best Ski Resort in the World

3 Valleys Enduro – Sunday 6th April

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 by SkiGB

This Sunday the 6th April the 3 valleys plays host to the annual 3 Valleys Enduro!

The What?

In case you haven’t heard about this fantastic day, the resorts of the 3 Valleys from Courchevel to Val Thorens plays host to individual events. Whether you would like to try Slalom skiing, have ago at producing shapes on the big air or feel inspired by the Olympics and want to try the Downhill, all are available.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, all are welcome!

How does it work?

Each of the resorts play host to one or more event, you register by this SATURDAY for the events you wish to enter.

It is a team event of 3 people and 3 categories, Pros, Amateurs and Families.

You can race in many of the events but do not need to race in all of them.

If you are interested go to your resorts Tourist office by Saturday (inc) and put your name down, you will love it!

 More info found here on their website!

 

New Black Diamond Avalanche Airbag Doesn’t Use Gas!

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by SkiGB

Black Diamond have released a new avalanche air bag which doesn’t use gas but batteries instead. This really sounds like a brilliant idea.
We all know how important it is to practice using new equipment, especially emergency equipment to ensure you are familiar with what you need to do when you REALLY need it.

In case you are not aware of avalanche air bags, they are essentially a large rucksack which has a packed away inflatable bag. If you are unlucky enough to be caught in an avalanche and you have time to do so you can pull a toggle and WOOSH!! the bag inflates faster than Matthias Mayer out of the starting gates. The idea is whilst you are being thrown all over the place by the avalanche the large amount of air attached to your back keeps you near the top which makes it easier to be rescued.

These bags all use a gas canisters with compressed air (we think air anyway, a gas of some kind) which empties when you use it. You can only use them once and they can be quite expensive to replace and in some resorts hard to find a replacement.

Using batteries instead of the expensive gas canisters it allows you to inflate the air bag and deflate it as many times as you like.

An interesting development with this bag is that because it is using a fan to inflate it, after 3 minutes of inflating and keeping the bag inflated (I think we have used the inflate word enough now) the fan is turned in reverse and sucks out all the air from the bag. This might sounds like a silly thing to do but there is a reason for this. The idea is if you are buried, by deflating the bag you all of sudden have room (200 litres) to move some of your body around. When the snow sets after the avalanche it is like concrete and you can hardly move at all so having this room should help considerably. Not only will it provide more room but there will be more air to breath.

Our only concern with this is we are not sure that 3 minutes is long enough, but I guess they have done the sums.

Each bag can deploy the air bag 3 times per charge so there isn’t any problem pulling the cord if you are concerned with the slope you are on. There is also a self-tester when you switch it on so you know all is well before you leave the apartment.

As you would expect there is a cost to this bag but it isn’t any more expensive than an ABS type bag, they will range from $1000 – $1200 with 11L, 28L and 40L sizes.

As with the probe, transceiver and other avalanche equipment you should practise as much as possible and this new bag could help save lives. Around 15 minutes buried in an avalanche and your life expectancy reduces considerably.

If you are thinking of buying an air bag check this one out, video below with the guy from JetForce who can explain the benefits much better than me! We don’t think it is available quite yet in the UK or Europe but it won’t be long.

The Airbag in Development:

French Rail Strike to Hit Ski Resorts

Posted on: February 28th, 2014 by SkiGB

SNCF (the French national rail service) have warned that they plan to strike tomorrow (1st March 2014) and Sunday (2nd March 2014). This could affect many ski resorts including ones in the 3 Valleys.
This would be a great disruption to skiers travelling to and from ski resorts on one of the busiest weekends of the season, but I guess that it why they have picked this weekend!

 

It is not 100% for sure to happen, we will keep you informed what they decide. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

 

50,000 skiers will be travelling this weekend to the Alps so we do hope they don’t go through with it.

 

Chloé Trespeuch returns to Val Thorens

Posted on: February 27th, 2014 by SkiGB

At this years Sochi Olympic games Chloé Trespeuch battled and won to win bronze in the Snowboard Cross competition. Chloé is part of the Val Thorens Ski Club and trains in the resort. If you are in the resort and would like to meet or have a photo with Chloé then come down to the Place de Caron (by Tourist Office) this Friday 28th February at 17:15.

There will be:

  • A replay of Chloé winning the medal on the big TV screens
  • A guard of honour from the local ESF ski school instructors
  • Photo session and book signing

Later on around 18:15 there will be more activities at the bottom of Castor carpet which includes:

  • Another opportunity to meet Chloé and Jean-Frédéric Chapuis the Gold medal winner!
  • Showing of the RBS 6 nations Rugby

We will see you there!

Val Thorens Ski Cross World Championship – January 2014

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by SkiGB

Due to the cancellation of the two heats of the Ski Cross World Cup in Megeve and Bischofswiesen due to bad snow conditions the FIS have decided to host these in Val Thorens instead. Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe and Guarntees snow therefore it made sense to mode it there.

 

Here is the schedule for these heats of the Audi Ski Cross World Cup now hosted in Val Thorens (Times are local time):

 

Tuesday 14th January 2014
10:45 – 13:45 Training

 

Wednesday 15th January 2014
Women
08:15 – 08:45 Inspection
09:00 – 09:30 Training
09:45 – 10:25 Qualification

 

Men
10:40 – 11:10 Inspection
11:25 – 11:55 Training
12:15 – 13:30 Qualification

 

Thursday 16th January 2014
10:15 – 10:45 Inspection
11:00 – 11:30 Training
12:00 – 13:40 Final races for Women and Men
13:45 Prize Giving Ceremony

 

Friday 17th January 2014
Women
08:00 – 08:30 Inspection
08:45 – 09:15 Training
09:30 – 10:10 Qualification

 

Men
08:00 – 08:30 Inspection
10:35 – 11:05 Training
11:20 – 12:35 Qualification
12:45 – 13:00 Training
13:30 – 15:11 Final races for Women and Men
15:15 Prize Giving Ceremony

 

Here are some great photos from Audi FIS to get you in the mood!

 

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The Official Video also to help get you in the mood:

Val Thorens Club Med Village (Hotel)

Posted on: January 8th, 2014 by SkiGB

Val Thorens is lucky enough to have a Club Med Hotel in the resort. It is located at the lower end of Val Thorens and boasts one of the nicest balcony’s in the resort. However this will all change very soon as Club Med are now building a brand new Hotel. It will be located just behind the current one and is well on the way as you can see by these recent photos. The Hotel is due to open its doors to the 750 beds in December 2014, as you can see by these photos they have a long way to go!

 

These photos were taken at the end of December 2013.

The new Val Thorens Club Med Hotel will be called “Club Med Village”.

 

 

Val Thorens Club Med Village Hotel

This shows 2 of the 4 main sections of the Hotel complex with additional rooms below.

Val Thorens Club Med Village Hotel

This photo shows the other two foundations ready for the next phase.

Val Thorens Club Med Village Hotel

This image shows the new main entrance to the complex.

Val Thorens Club Med Village Hotel

Another angle of the main entrance.

Val Thorens Club Med Village Hotel

Once again a different angle.

Val Thorens Entrance to Resort

You can see the new Hotel complex on the left being built.

Avalanches – Val Thorens, Courchevel, Serre Chevalier

Posted on: December 29th, 2013 by SkiGB

The Alps have seen several avalanches over the last few days in several resorts from France to Switzerland. Sadly many people have been caught up including five people who have died and two people who were seriously injured.

For the last week we have had warnings of very unstable conditions when this dump finally appeared. If you would like to be kept up to date with future warnings follow SkiGB on Twitter, Facebook or our RSS feed from our blog.

A total of 6 avalanches have happened (update: more since writing this), 4 in the French Alps and 1 in Switzerland.

We know this is a morbid subject and can scare holiday skiers and boarders, but it is a fact of life if you go off piste skiing. As far as we can tell (from early reports) all the skiers were off piste and had been warned of dangers by signs put up by the resorts.

 

It is VERY rare to be caught up in an avalanche skiing on-piste, so for non off piste skiers please don’t worry and obey the signs.

 

We can’t help to think though that a sign is not enough. After all how many times do drivers on the UK roads ignore warning signs. I think there needs to be more pro-active safety messages from the pisters or/and ski resorts. Something that people don’t take as a challenge or young lads use as a badge of ‘extreme skiing’. Some resorts in America take away your lift pass if found off piste, this looks to do the job and certainly stopped the skiers we have met. European resorts please take note, it’s not right to just say ‘We put up warning signs’ and wash their hands of it. We are not saying that off piste skiing should be banned (far from it), just enforce when in times of danger.

We just think better policing by the resorts may help reduce the number of deaths on our slopes.

Until that happens we urge off piste skiers and snowboarders to follow reputable websites that cover the area you will be skiing. Many ski resorts own websites are completely useless (unlike Val Thorens and the 3 Valleys which are very good) so find local based sites and follow their posts.

We of course will be on the case for the 3 Valleys as per our tweets for the last week have been reporting. If you would like more in depth information please let us know and we will add in future reports.

So back to the recent avalanches, the 3 Valleys have had two areas which have been affected, Courchevel have sadly reported a death of an experienced local man who had been skiing with his son. Fortunately the son managed to survive. The other area was in Val Thorens in the Bosmint area where several people were buried waste deep. Fortunately all survived, we have spoken to several people who have been buried waste deep in other avalanches and it can take many hours to dig yourself out. Then there are the injuries, broken bones to being mentally effected.

One thing we have learnt over the years is that you can never be too experienced, it doesn’t matter if you have skied all your life and skied off piste safely many times, respect the mountain and keep learning.

The best thing is not to be caught up in the first place.

 

Our condolences go out to the families effected by these deaths.

 

Michael Schumacher in Ski Accident in Meribel 

Posted on: December 29th, 2013 by SkiGB

Seven times Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher was involved in a skiing accident in Meribel this Sunday 29th December around 11am. He was skiing with his 14 year old son off piste and hit his head on a rock. Fortunately he was wearing a helmet otherwise the injuries would have been worse.
They were skiing in the La Dent de Burgin ski area.
He was airlifted to the local hospital in Moutiers but was discharged fairly quickly afterwards.
This is the latest incident this week with the recent avalanches and highlights the importance of wearing a helmet when skiing or snowboarding.

 

* Update 30th December 2013
Since the initial accident and check up at Moutiers hospital Michael has been moved to Grenoble Hospital, which is the main hospital on the area. They have now induced Michael into a coma they have concerns with his brain and is in ‘critical condition’.
Are thought are with him and his family. We will update this post as and when we have more news.
* Update 30th December 2013 11am

Latest news from the doctors in Grenoble Hospital where Michael Schumacher is being treated. They are saying it is too early to say what condition Michael is in until the swelling around his brain has gone down. This is normal practice for brain trauma. They also said that he is still in critical condition and is fighting for his life. Michael is extremely fit for a man in his 20s let alone 40s. We should not under estimate the job the helmet did, without it Michael would not be with us now.
We are not expecting to hear too much now for a day or so until the swelling has gone down. The good news is Michael is in the right place, Grenoble Hospital look after skiers who hurt themselves every day and know what they are doing.

 

* Update 31st December 2013

Last night the Doctors ran a new scan which showed an improved situation, therefore they offered a new operation to the family which was completed last night. Another scan was taken this morning (31st) which showed a slight improvement. The operation last night reduced the pressure on the brain which allowed them to run another scan without putting Michael in danger. This scan showed that the injury has not got worse but a slight improvement, “The situation is better controlled since yesterday” says the Doctor.

 

It is never good to speculate what happened and we do not want to do so here, Michael is a very good skier and to split his helmet he would have needed to be travelling quite fast. There is a lot of rocks about as the snowfall hasn’t provided the deepest of bases in places. It would be very easy to catch a rock and propel you into the air therefore increasing speed.
Whatever happened I’m sure we will learn more in the coming days. It has now been 48 hours since the accident which is normally the most important and he has a slight improvement, we now need him to keep improving.

NEWS on the recent Avalanches in Europe…

The Winner of the Best Ski Resort for 2014 is…

Posted on: December 22nd, 2013 by SkiGB

Every year the Ski industry creates a top 10 Ski resort list and the latest one is out for 2014 (I know it is still 2013, I never understood that).

Once again the 3 Valleys is included TWICE into the list which surely means it is the best place to ski, doesn’t it? 🙂

We were thinking of creating some kind of suspense like X Factor or Strictly, but we thought nah forget it, here are the results:

The Best Ski Resort for 2014

10 Solden 4.2% of votes
9 Courchevel 5.9% of votes
8 Ischgl 7.2% of votes
7 SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental 7.5% of votes
6 La Plagne 8.6% of votes
5 Saalbach 8.4% of votes
4 Are 10.3% of votes
3 Alpe d’Huez 13.1% of votes
2 Baqueira Beret 13.9% of votes
1 Val Thorens with 16.4% of votes

 

Well done Courchevel and Val Thorens who keep on picking up awards (Val Thorens Ski Awards this year).

Val Thorens Ski Cross World Cup Freestyle – The Winners

Posted on: December 15th, 2013 by SkiGB
The Ladies:
Today we saw the end of the Val Thorens ski cross where we saw Katrin Mueller beat her countryman and friend Sanna Luedi from Switzerland. 
 
Mueller said “The course wasn’t difficult. Yes, it was really fun, it was huge jumps, and like this but not difficult that it’s impossible. But with all the girls it’s always difficult; it’s not always easy to pass or something like this. So, finals is every time is a roulette and yes it was nice.”, easy or not she certainly showed the way. 
 
Full Results:
1 – Katrin Mueller (Switzerland)
2 – Sanna Luedi (Switzerland)
3 – Ophelie David (France)
4 – Marte Hoeie Gjefsen (Norway)
 
 
The Men:
Austrian skier Andreas Matt managed to keep the rest of the pack behind him to take the win, but only just as it was a photo finish. Matt said “I feel very good. It was hard, I must fight a little bit but I’m very happy that I could win this race.” 
 
Full Results:
1 – Andreas Matt (Austria)
2 – Victor Oehling Norberg (Sweden)
3 – Jean-Frederic Chapuis (France)
4 – Franz Promok (Austria)
 
Matt thought the course was hard but Mueller thought it was easy, I guess the ladies are more hard core. 
 
The Ski Cross is part of the Freestyle competition which includes several disciplines, these are:
 
Ski Cross
Moguls
Aerials
Halfpipe
Slopestyle
 
Freestyle skiing is still quite new as a championship only starting in 1950’s, but already it is one of the most exciting spectator sports on the snow.
 
Ski Cross became an Olympic sport in Vancouver 2010 however not all the disciplines joined at the same time, here is the run down:
 
Moguls – Albertville 1992
Aerials – Lillehammer 1994
Halfpipe – To be added in 2014
Slopestyle – To be added in 2014