If there is a silver lining to the devastation left behind from hurricane Sandy’s in the US East Coast, 3 feet (1 metre) of snow dumped in North Carolina, prompting the early opening of some ski resorts. As of today, more than 80 ski areas and resorts are open for the season and many more are on deck in this week. Here’s the full week ski report. Continue reading ‘Ski season kicking into high gear around the world!’Print This Post
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The new Wildspitze cable car is scheduled to open this month whisking skiers 2km up the mountain in under six minutes. The 8-person cable car features heated seats as they make their way up to 3 340 metres (10 958 feet) to the Pitzel Glaciar and the highest café in the country.
Elsewhere in Austria glaciar skiing activity is in full swing with the Stubaim, Solden, Molltal and Hinterux glaciers now open for the season. It looks like Austria is the place to be right now!
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A new gondola that looks set to be one of the most architecturally spectacular in Austria is under construction at Solden.
Work on the mountain base of the new lift, up to the Gaislachkogl peak, began last summer to allow the concrete foundations time to set. The lift proper will be installed this summer ready to begin operation next winter.Print This Post
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One of Austria’s largest, liveliest and most popular ski resorts. It formerly offered summer skiing on its twin glaciers (one or the other was always open ) and With that has now ended it still has a long winter with ski-season opening festivals and the first northern hemisphere World Cup races each October and November. Snow is guaranteed thanks to the glacier back up.
Sölden operates an impressive ski area that includes the original village, the high-altitude station of Hochsölden and the neighbouring traditional village of Vent. The village of Obergurgl, further up the valley, is also included on the pass. The Ötztal Arena itself has seen a lot of investment in recent years in state of the art lifts, and these have now reached all the way up to Sölden’s major assets – its twin year-round skiing areas on the Tiefenbach and Rettenbach Glaciers. These are some of Austria’s highest ski slopes and open up one of the country’s biggest lift-served verticals.
One of a handful of ski resorts able to offer visitors skiing on every day of the year, Sölden now closes its ski slopes for about six weeks each year from mid-May to end June. However it still uniquely operates two glacier skiing areas and always guaranteeing to keep one of them open. The glaciers, previously a 13km (8 mile) bus ride away, are the base for annual ‘Ski Opening’ festivals each October when the season officially begins and new equipment is available for testing. International ski stars also arrive to test their mettle before the northern hemisphere’s racing season begins. The road between the two glaciers goes through a 1,750 metre (one mile) long tunnel, the Rosi Mittermaier – the highest road tunnel in Europe.
Formerly Sölden itself is has a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ kind of existence – on the one hand presenting its traditional roots and the proud cultural heritage of the Ötztalers: on the other it’s a cool, lively village with international clientele, although predominantly from Germany. At one point the resort’s growth and success led it to become too lively for some residents and some German commentators, but steps have been taken to limit excesses of rowdiness.
The Ötztal region was originally inhabited by Bavarians from the north and Romans from Italy in the south. Tourism was introduced in the mid-19th century thanks in a large part to the efforts of Curate Franz Senn from Vent, who is credited with being the founder of both German and Austrian Alpine Associations and for cresting the first hiking tracks and mountain refuges in the area. Winter tourism began in 1945 and overtook summer tourism in terms of popularity a decade later.
Hochsölden, Ötztal, Rettenbach Glacier, Sölden, Tiefenbach GlacierPrint This Post
Solden ski resort in Austria has decided not to offer summer skiing anymore leaving only 17 ski resorts open for business in 7 countries around the world. That’s a 50 per cent drop since the peak of the mid 1990’s when there were more than 40 resorts in the northern hemisphere offering summer skiing.Print This Post
Colorado’s Copper Mountain and Italy’s Val di Fassa have topped a list of the most satisfying ski vacation destination this season.
The numbers come from a poll conducted by TUI Ski, the company which owns Britain’s largest ski tour operator Crystal, as well as other leading brands Thomson, First Choice and Flexiski.
Copper Mountain in Colorado is the most popular overall, although as the company sends a limited number of clients there, the verdict is not based on the number of passengers. The company believes Val di Fassa would probably triumph if the number of forms returned was factored.Print This Post