Monthly Archive for June, 2009

Steve Redgrave to lead Red Devils charity skydive

Sir Steve Redgrave is to lead a team of brave individuals in a charity sky diving fundraiser with the Red Devils in aid of Disability Snowsport UK.
The skydive team will include former Olympic skier Alain Baxter, the charity’s CEO Fiona Young, Crystal’s MD Mathew Prior and British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) Chairman Andrew Lockerbie. Together with Crystal staff and instructors from BASI the team will attempt to raise £25,000 for DSUK. They will jump from 13,000 feet as part of a tandem sky dive alongside the Parachute regiment’s free fall team ‘The Red Devils’ at their base in Netheravon, Wiltshire on July 10th.
Disability Snowsport provides access to adaptive skiing for people with disabilities. To take part in a sport such as skiing there are numerous barriers to overcome, including paying for specialist equipment. The charity aims to give people with disabilities access to snow sports at a cost equivalent to that which an able-bodied person would pay.
The event will also be the beginning of a new partnership between Crystal and Disability Snowsport UK. Crystal Ski will use its power as the No1 tour operator to make Disability Snowsport more widely known, offer ski trips at reduced prices and provide practical help and assistance in resort. Crystal’s Mathew Prior, said: “We applaud the work the charity does to make snow sports available to disabled people. We will do everything we can, as the leading ski operator, to assist them commercially as well as with practical help in resort and by spreading the word about what they do.”
Sir Steve Redgrave is a supporter of the charity and came up with the idea for the jump earlier this year. He said,

“I was a bit apprehensive at first and when I broke my leg at a sporting event I thought I would be able to get out of it, but unfortunately the plaster comes off two days before the jump! The money raised is going to a great cause and although I can’t say I am looking forward to the jump I am glad we are raising huge amounts of money for the charity.”

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TV seriers, Raider of the Lost Snow, wins top prize Warren Miller award

At it’s annual convention, this year held in Reno, Nevada, the Far West Ski Association has announced the winners of its annual service awards, including awards to journalists who make noteworthy contributions to skiing.
One of the most prestigious of these trophies is the Warren Miller Modern Media Award, given for outstanding service to skiing by the film, television, radio, and electronic media.
This year, the winners of this coveted plaque were Jimmy Petterson and Ari Heinilä, who combined efforts in creating the TV series, Raider of the Lost Snow. The 6-part series was loosely based on Petterson’s seminal work on skiing, his 2005 book, Skiing Around the World.
This was the second honour for Petterson, Heinilä and Raiders within a short period, as the series also won the Harold Hirsch award, given by the North American Snowsports Journalists, in March this year.
With over 50,000 members, the Far West Ski Association is one of the largest ski organizations in the United States.
Petterson and Heinilä were very thankful for the honour. In a letter sent to FWSA convention chairman Steve Coxen, Petterson, writing on behalf of himself and Heinilä, wrote,

Thanks very much to all of you for this high honor. To be associated with the name Warren Miller and receive this award really makes Ari and I feel fantastic.”

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Lenzerheide expands snowmaking capacity

Lenzerheide will be able to guarantee more snow cover next winter than in past years, so long as the temperatures are low enough for snowmaking.
New equipment has been installed in the Scalottas, Danis and Stätz regions, which makes these zones snow-sure from the start of the season.
Snow can now be made to cover 55 out of 155 kilometres of slopes. The current snow report as well as live pictures from the ski resort will be available at

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2014 Winter Olympic project may not meet deadlines

Work has begun on the construction of further rail and road tunnel connections between the 2014 Winter Olympic venue of Sochi, a city on the Black Sea coast, and the inland ski areas around Krasnaya Polyana, about 50km (30 miles) inland.
The new tunnels, which will extend for about 25km (16 miles) in total will further cut journey times, already shortened by the opening of an initial tunnel several years ago by then president Vladimir Putin, a keen skier and crucial backer of the 2014 Olympics who owns a condo in the area.
Some Western commentators have criticized preparations for the 2014 Games pointing to ski area development delays and saying that construction may not be completed in time. In part this is said to be due to the drastically diminished fortunes of some of the wealthy private investors in Games venues due to the worldwide economic downturn.
The construction of facilities for the 2014 Games has also been criticized by local and international environmental groups who claim it is encroaching on formerly unspoilt wilderness areas.
However Games organizers dispute all criticisms saying construction is on target and will not cause damage to the environment and that criticism is due to prejudice against Russia rather than reality.

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Summer snow festival coming to Ktizteinhorn

The Kitzsteinhorn Glacier above Kaprun, one of about a dozen European glacier ski areas still offering summer skiing, has announced added attractions in the coming weeks.
The Kitzsteinhorn’s Ice arena opened earlier this morning. Facilities include snow slides served by a magic carpet conveyor lift, a ‘PistenBully’ snow grooming vehicle for children to play on and a snow beach with Ice bar, a panorama terrace at the summit station and a 362m long panorama tunnel straight through the Kitzsteinhorn. In addition the Panorama terrace Glocknerkanzel provides a view of the Großglockner, Austria’s highest mountain. There is also a secured glacier path across the eternal ice and a daily free guided panorama hike across the glacier on offer.
On Sunday July 5th the centre celebrates all these facilities and opportunities by staging a festival for the whole family with free use of many of the facilities. The program includes a guided summit tour up to 3203 meters, a guided panorama glacier hike, access to the Ice Arena with its sliding areas and snow beach, PistenBully rides and a special program on the day for children.
Children up to the age of 15 get a return day ticket for skiing free of charge, youth and adults pay special prices of 12.10 Euros for a return ticket or 21.50 Euros for a ski ticket for youths, or 15.20 for a return ticket or 28 Euros for a day’s ski ticket for adults.

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Children ski helmets compulsory at Las Lenas

The leading Argentinian ski resort of Las Lenas, which opened for its 2009 season this week, is the latest to make safety helmets compulsory for children younger than 12 years of age on the slopes Ski Rebel Magazine has learned.
The resort has purchased 600 new helmets this year and is offering them for rent.
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Sun Valley announces a new Gondola for 2009-10 ski season, as first phase

Sun Valley in Idaho, the resort that gave the world the chairlift and probably the hot tub, will unveil a new gondola next winter.
“The new Gondola on the River Run side of Bald Mountain will carry passengers from the base of River Run to the Roundhouse mid-way up the mountain,” said resort spokesperson Shannon Besoyan.
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