It’s pure fascination and even beyond the peaks known as “the kingdom of snow”. The Stubai glacier, the largest year-round ski resort in Austria, offers excellent conditions for skiers, snowboarders and free riders…
On the Stubai glacier endless fun and action is ensured between 1,750 and 3,200 meters above sea level. The year-round ski resort features more than 20 lift facilities, of which 11 chair lifts and gondola lifts. Especially for little snow addicts there are three “magic carpet” lifts. The linked ski area around the Schaufelspitze mountain connects the Gaißkar sunny slopes to the powder runs of the Fernau-Ferner mountain.
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The Asian stop of the FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping 2006 became a celebration of the blue and white flags. Finland’s Janne Happonen returned to the series by winning both of the competitions held in Hakuba (JPN) last weekend. Antonin Hajek (CZE) managed the first GP podium finishes of his career by placing third on both days.
In the Grand Prix standings, Wolfgang Loitzl (AUT) – who was second in last year’s tournament – now leads with 404 points, 47 points ahead of Simon Ammann (SUI) and 59 points ahead of Adam Malysz (POL). There are two competitions remaining in this year’s tournament: in Klingenthal (GER) on 30th September and in Oberhof (GER) on 3rd October
Successful Grass Skiing season finishes
Ingrid Hirschofer (AUT)
An exciting 2006 Grass Skiing season has now finished. The international calendar kicked off at the end of May with a series of FIS races held in Altenseebach (GER), Traisen and Bad Tatzmannsdorf (AUT), Frais (ITA) and Wilhelmsburg (AUT). The first highlight event was the FIS Junior World Championships in Horní Lhota (CZE) which featured competitors from nine countries. Despite the short preparation time, all participants and friends of Grass Skiing were delighted by the high standard of the event. The JWSC also showed that the sport can look forward to exciting competitions with highly talented athletes far into the future!
The JWSC were followed by the innovations in this year‘s schedule: the Swiss Tour and Bohemia Cup, both of which exceeded all expectations. On the Swiss Tour, five FIS races took place in four days in Bömmeli and Marbach (SUI) while the Bohemia Cup hosted the Grass Skiing family in the Czech Republic for ten days. Following a FIS race in Branna, the pre-WSC took place in Olesnice v Orlickych horach and the Cup culminated in the first Grass Skiing World Cup race in Ceske Petrovice.
Photo: FIS /Ingrid Hirschofer (AUT)
Two days of technical inspections together with the host broadcaster as well as preparatory discussions preceded the seven-hour general meeting. Following the opening by FIS Vice President, President of the Japanese Ski Association (SAJ) and Vice President of the Sapporo Organizing Committee, Yoshiro Ito, General Secretary Hishashi Sasaki led the 161-page presentation. The respective OC department directors presented their status reports with detailed diagrams, charts and explanatory comments as the FIS Technical Delegates, Race Directors and Marketing and Communications Director as well as the EBU and APF representatives added their feedback. Constructive dialogue and collaboration between all parties summarizes the spirit of cooperation among the parties.
A special highlight of the championships will be the events that will take place in the magnificent Sapporo Dome, including the Opening Ceremony on Thursday 22nd February. The Dome is a flexible multi-purpose facility which can be set up with different surfaces and is home to the city’s successful baseball team the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters and the football team Sapporo Konsadore as well as numerous other events. It is quite appropriate for a nation renowned for being at the forefront of innovation to host the first indoor ski championships competitions, including the Cross-Country individual and team sprint and the Nordic Combined sprint events, at the 2007 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
It was all hands on deck last Tuesday and Wednesday, as key VANOC officials, including Eric Fremont, VANOC Manager for Freestyle and Snowboard, Joseph Fitzgerald, FIS Coordinator for Freestyle and Marcel Looze, FIS Snowboard Race Director, together with representatives from the Canadian Snowsports Association (CSSA) and Canadian Snowboard Federation (CSF) including Dave Pym and Tom McIllfaterick, reviewed the developments at Cypress Mountain. They were accompanied by The Hon. Michael Chong, Canadian Minister for Sport and Intergovernmental Affairs, whose visit followed the announcement last week by Canadian provincial and federal governments of an extra 110 million CDN dollars in funding for VANOC.
Cypress Mountain, the to-be-site of Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing competitions in 2010, is located in North Vancouver and will be the only snow sport venue in the greater Vancouver area.
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Calgary, AB – September 14, 2006 – With just 58 days to go until the start of the ski season at Lake Louise Mountain Resort, winter storms are expected to reach the Canadian Rockies this week.
Says Jim Roemer of www.bestskiweather.com, “A surprise snow storm could blast mid-upper levels from Fernie to Lake Louise by later Thursday.”
Just how much snow is expected?
Roemer states that ‘Some heavy amounts of wet snow is possible around 3,500 – 4,500 feet before Friday, and lowering freezing levels Friday or Saturday.”
The historical Farmer’s Almanac is showing a positive outlook for skiers this winter. The almanac, which claims its forecasts are accurate 80-85% of the time, is predicting that this winter may be especially snowy, with above-normal snowfall in British Columbia and the Rockies. The most widespread snowfalls are predicted to occur in mid- to late November, early to mid-January and mid- to late February.
Get your turns in on both sides of the Rockies this season with a four resort RCR Super Pass, providing a season of skiing at Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, and Nakiska. Midweek RCR Adult Super Passes are currently fall sale priced at $749 until September 30th. Call 1-800-258-SNOW (7669) or buy your pass online at www.skircr.com/membership.
Lake Louise Mountain Resort is expected to be one of the first North American resorts open for skiing this winter, with a scheduled November 10th opening day.
This is Mt.Apharwat ( Kashmir Region )showing what the locals refer to as the banana chutes. Keep in mind the distance from the chutes these were taken.There are some resorts that would fit nicely into either of the "B1" or "B2" chutes. Additionally along one of the right desending finger ridge line, is a Large capacity gondola. Summit can be hiked for those wanting a "CAT" pick up at alternate run -outs.
Himalaya Powder Cats ....Peter's photo :-)