Ski Portillo opened on Saturday, June 17th with a solid 30-inch (75cm) base.
Portillo has already received nearly six feet of snow, as good start on its
way to at least an average of 25 feet of snowfall each season, although last
year's snow totalled a record 46 feet.
New this year, the Va et Vient ("Coming and Going") slingshot lift called
Las Vizcachas, accesses expert only terrain in the Las Lomas ski area. The
new slingshot lift is named after the local Vizcacha rabbit and is 470
meters/1542 feet long with a vertical drop of 220 meters/722 feet.
The Portillo 2006 summer season runs to October 7th. Ski weeks begin at
US$1,200 per person, including seven nights accommodation at Hotel Portillo,
seven-day lift tickets, and four meals daily. The lowest price option is
the Inca Lodge. Rates begin at US$490 per person per week for dorm-style
accommodations, lift tickets and meals in the self-service restaurant.
St Anton Builds New "FerrisWheel" Gondola
St Anton in Austria's famous Arlerg region will boast a world first next
season when it opens its new Galzigbahn gondola lift.
The new lift, which has three times the uplift capaity of the one it
replaces, has a world first design based on a ferris wheel. The 28 gondola
cabins are each brought down to ground level by the ferris wheel for
passenger entry and are then lifted back on to the main cable.
The lift is housed within a new state of the art building that is another
major achivement, this time architctually. The transparent building has
been designed by renowned Tyrolean architect Georg Driendl.
New Lifts, New Terrain For Sun Peaks
In addition to a fast new quad chairlift on Tod Mountain at Sun Peaks in
Canada giving faster access to the resort's deepest and driest powder, glade
skiing and advanced/expert terrain on the mountain; Sun Peaks has a host of
other new enhancements lined up for the coming winter season.
Four new intermediate (blue) runs will be cut on the lower part of Orient
Ridge will provide easier access to the East Village real estate
developments including Stone's Throw, Woodhaven, Settler's Crossing (new),
ski-in/ski-out lots in Lookout Ridge, and the future East Village Commercial
The new Orient Ridge runs will be designed in the same way as many of the
runs on Mt. Morrisey with numerous tree islands left to enhance the beauty
of the ski experience and improve snow conditions
The existing Rambler (Green/Novice) run on Sundance Mountain will be widened
to expand the resort's novice teaching terrain and improve access to Mt.
Morrisey and the East Village
There'll also be improvements and expansion to the Terrain Parks on Sundance
Mountain including more features (rails, jumps etc.), an expanded Green/Blue
Terrain Park and a new Edge Park Bully grooming machine to increase Terrain
Park grooming and feature preparation
The new East Village Surface Lift will link a new the Ski-in/ski-out
Umbrella café with indoor and outdoor seating for up to 100 guests to the
base of the Mt. Morrisey Express Lift and ease access between Sundance
Mountain and Mt. Morrisey
Two New Quads For Bansko
Bansko in Bulgaria will add two new quads for next winter.
The first chair connects "Banderishka polyana" place with the base of the
"Todorka" piste and will improve easy ski- and snowboard terrain access for
The second new lift ascends from the "Zhelezen" sector and reaches the
Russian Indoor Ski Centres Under Construction
Russia will become the latest country to introduce indoor year round skiing
when it's first snowdome opens on the outskirts of the city's capital,
Moscow, in December.
The new 360m slope at Krasnogorsk, just northeast of the city's limits, is
being built be developers at a rumoured cost of about $100 million. Its
profile is now clearly visible on the city skyline. It will also feature a
hockey museum, a hotel and full recreational facilities and is just part of
a huge 1.2 million-square-meter residential district under construction on
the site, just beyond the Moscow Ring Road.
"The snowdome will help to sell the apartments, of course," said Vladimir
Famin, a spokesman for SU-155, told local media. "It increases the prestige
of the area." He said the company planned to bring in children from the
surrounding schools when the slope was not full.
The dome is the first of three others proposed around Moscow, which has
several dozen small conventional ski areas on its outskirts
A second project is under development in Yekaterinburg at a cost of 44m and
Moscow's chief architect, Alexander Kuzmin, is considering a plan to build a
giant all-weather ski slope within a slanted office building built above
rail tracks between Savyolovsky and Belorussky rail stations on the Moscow
suburban rail network. A fourth plan is for the world's largest indoor
slope at 1km long, on the southern bank of the Moscow River at Sparrow