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PARK CITY, Utah (June 30) – An unprecedented seven U.S. Ski and Snowboarding athletes have been nominated for the 14th Annual ESPY Awards highlighting sports top moments and performances in the past year. Those nominated are Olympic snowboarders Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT), Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) and Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO), Olympic skiers Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), plus Paralympians Steve Cook (Salt Lake City, UT) and Laurie Stephens (Wenham, MA).
All award winners are determined by popular vote, so vote now for your favorite U.S. skiers and snowboarders by logging on to www.espys.tv or http://espn.go.com/espy2006. Voting closes at midnight on July 8.
Reigning Olympic halfpipe champions Hannah Teter and Shaun White lead the charge, each receiving three nominations. In just a few short years as a pro, Teter has become one of the most influential female riders in the world with multiple career victories in the U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix, X Games and World Cup tour. She is nominated for Best Olympian, Best Female Athlete and Best Female Action Sports Athlete.
White, the most recognized name in action sports, is nominated in the categories of Best Olympian, Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Male Action Sports Athlete. In 2006, the red headed phenom completed the perfect season sweeping all five U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix halfpipe events, the X Games halfpipe and the U.S. Open halfpipe and slopestyle titles.
Fellow rider Gretchen Bleiler also captured the overall Grand Prix title in ’06 with victories in four out of five events before winning the Olympic silver medal in halfpipe. The double X Games halfpipe champion (’03, ’05) carries a nomination for Best Female Action Sports Athlete.
Olympic combined gold medalist Julia Mancuso joins Teter, White and fellow Olympic combined gold medalist Ted Ligety in the category for Best Olympian. Mancuso’s ’06 breakout season included three World Cup podiums prior to the Olympics, while Ligety added four World Cup podiums of his own, including a career first victory in giant slalom after the Olympics.
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Tahoe Music This Summer
6/30: Jonny Lang
6/30: IBC Talent Winner - Joey Gilmore
6/30-7/2: Live Comedy - Jeremy Hotz w/ David Gee
7/1: Super Diamond
7/1: Lewis Black
7/1: Outdoor Concert: The Acoustic Armadillo Boys
7/1-2: Kings Beach Arts and Crafts Fair
7/2: 3 Doors Down
7/2: Independence Day Kids’ Parade
7/2: Griff Creek Grind
7/3-5: Widespread Panic
7/3: The Big Blue Paddle Palooza
7/4: Toubab Krewe
7/7-9: Cannibal Cruise Vintage Car Show
7/8-9: Italian Street Painting
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Events Happening At Panorama
July 1-3 Canada Day Weekend Celebration
July 7-9 Sea To Summit
July 21-23rd Alberta Masters Tennis Tournament
July 22nd Visitors Appreciation Day, Invermere on the Lake
July 22nd Music in the Mountains
July 29th Dragon Boat Race, Invermere on the Lake
Aug 5th - 7th August Long Weekend Celebration
Aug 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, Trans Rockies Challenge Mountain Bike Adventure Race
Aug 19th Music in the Mountains
Pyramid with sky platform towering 117 m over the summit of the Klein Matterhorn planned
Zermatt Mountain Cableways have opted for Heinz Julen’s and Ueli Lehmann’s superlative project
The world has never seen its like: The Zermatt Mountain Cableways are planning a pyramid of glass and steel on the Klein Matterhorn with an observation platform at 4,000 metres above sea level, 117 metres above the actual summit (3,883 metres above sea level). The pyramid is to be filled with restaurants, a multimedia room, infrastructure and maybe even a hotel – all at a height of almost four kilometres above sea level.
As many people find it difficult to sleep at this altitude (due to the air’s low oxygen content), the hotel is to be placed under artificial overpressure to maintain an atmosphere similar to that found at 2,200 metres above sea level (just like in a plane). Visitors have to pass through pressure equalisation cabins before entering the enclosed environment.
Sky lifts on the outer wall of the summit and the pyramid, which is around 90 metres high (some 30 floors), take visitors to the top: 190 metres from the glacier platform to the top of the pyramid and a further 30 metres beyond this to the glass sky platform.
Due to its slightly leaning tower construction, the sky platform (117 metres above the actual summit) will appear to be in a kind of suspended state. This affords visitors not only an all-round view into the distance overlooking Switzerland, Italy and France, but also a view into the depths below – meaning that you have the Alps beneath your feet!
The glacier platform will be located at the bottom of the “sky lifts”, directly above the glacier. It will bring visitors right up close to the edges and crevasses of the glacier. Under normal circumstances the only way to get this close to glacier crevasses is to take part in guided mountain tours.
The lifts travel a total of 220 metres along the north-eastern face of the summit and the pyramid. The journey in the partially glazed lifts should heighten people’s sensation of being in the mountains.
“Man has always strived to reach the realms of the universe and to have magical experiences," artist Heinz Julen is convinced. “This project is a small step in that direction.” The Matterhorn glacier paradise is set to become the pinnacle of great dreams – a place for people to pay homage to the world of mountains, a spiritual dimension.
Even now the Matterhorn’s little brother is the highest viewing point in Europe that can be reached by cableway. With this project, the Zermatt Mountain Cableways would even create a new 4,000-metre peak (3,883 metres + 117 metres = 4,000 metres) out of the Klein Matterhorn. It would then be the 77th 4000-metre peak in the Alps (38 of which can be seen from the Matterhorn glacier paradise, including Mont Blanc).
“Even in terms of its infrastructure and architecture, the Matterhorn glacier paradise is set to do justice to its superlatives and its uniqueness," believes Christen Baumann, CEO of Zermatt Mountain Cableways. “It will to become yet another Swiss trademark that will complement the existing comprehensive offering.”
The project is a unique blend of nature and technology - the tower’s dependence on external sources of energy is to be kept to a minimum through the use of alternative sources of energy, in keeping with the philosophy of a space station (solar energy). The designers are also looking into setting up a wind power plant.
Incidentally, the tower will be laterally supported by a tripod construction, similar to the one we all know from glacier crevasse rescues. The tripod construction will be closed and will then look like a pyramid.
Construction of the glacier restaurant, the shop, the mountaineering accommodation and underground access to the glacier palace is scheduled to get under way this summer.