The latest from Kitzbühel
It is autumn in the Alps, everything is covered in brightly coloured leaves, the sun is shining and my colleagues have decided to make leaf-walking a new Olympic discipline!
At the moment we need such energetic activities, too - after all the delicious culinary temptations of the last few weeks. And "Culinary Kitz" is now giving way to still more wine festivals, farmers' markets and so on - an irresistible offering of sins against the body beautiful!
Talking about the last few weeks: We would like to say a big thank-you for all the correspondence we received after the last Newsletter and in response to our latest competition. Mails came in from Austria, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and many other countries, and we very much enjoyed reading all those lovely stories about Kitz and your holiday experiences there.
Wishing you a wonderful time in the most beautiful of all Alpine resorts,
2007 U.S. ALPINE SKI TEAM HEADLINED BY 16 RETURNING OLYMPIANS
PARK CITY, Utah (Sept. 27) - Olympic champions Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) plus reigning downhill and super G world champion and former World Cup overall champion Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) headline the 2007 U.S. Alpine Ski Team.
For complete details: http://www.usskiteam.com/
A cold front to the west will move across western Victoria this afternoon, but will not reach eastern districts until tonight. A high pressure system will develop to the west of Victoria on Monday, moving east of Tasmania later on Tuesday. A cold front will enter southwestern Victoria late on Wednesday.
The LAst Run
A beautiful day expected for the last day of the 2006 snow season. Day lift tickets $65. Bungy trampoline in the village bowl. Head into the village for happy hour and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes. Enjoy and thanks for coming to Falls Creek!
Today is the last day of the season and you?re last chance to put in some turns.
The 2006 South American Cup came to an end last week, with the giant slalom and slalom finals held at Cerro Catedral (ARG). The Simari Birkner siblings (ARG) again dominated the competitions: while Maria Belen was the strongest in both of the ladies’ races, her brother Cristian Javier took the men’s trophies.
In the overall SAC rankings, Cristian Javier Simari Birkner claimed the overall men’s crown, as well as the discipline rankings in slalom and giant slalom. Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin (FRA) became the men’s SAC super-G champion, while Jorge Mandru (CHI) was the best regional athlete. In men’s downhill, there were two ex-aequo winners: Eric Holmer (USA) and Adrien Theaux (FRA), with Maui Gayme (CHI) being the best ‘local’ skier.
In the ladies’ standings, Maria Belen Simari Birkner won before her sister Macarena. She also conquered the discipline rankings in slalom and giant slalom, and was the best regional athlete in the downhill standings which were won by Genevieve Simard of Canada. In ladies’ super-G, the discipline title went to Noelle Barahona of Chile.
The Australia-New Zealand Continental Cup (ANC) series was completed at Whakapapa Ski Area on Mt Ruapehu (NZE) last week. Unfortunately, only the final slalom races could be held as the mountain was subject to unseasonably warm temperatures and high winds in the latter part of the week, preventing the running of the giant slalom finals.
The two slalom events were both won by Jono Brauer (AUS) and Claire Dautherives (FRA). Brauer also won the overall ANC ranking in a supreme fashion, followed by Demian Franzen (AUS) and Tim Café (NZE) in second and third places, respectively. In addition, Brauer took all the discipline rankings, with the exception of giant slalom where he still finished as the best regional skier while Thomas Lanning (USA) won the discipline standings. The ANC ladies’ overall ranking was won by Pauline-Flor Socquet-Clerc of France before her team mate Claire Dautherives and the best ‘local’, Sarah Jarvis (NZE). Socquet-Clerc also won all the discipline rankings.
The Mt Ruapehu races completed the highly successful ANC series of 2006, including the first super combined races. In fact, this season was the first time that ANC series winners have been announced in four disciplines during the Southern winter.
Among the main sport events of the 2006-2007 season an important highlight is the classic Italian Ice Hockey Championship, this year celebrating its 73rd edition. Our home team, the Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina Champagne de Vilmont, is one of ItalyÂ’s oldest ice hockey clubs. Founded in 1924 as the "Dolomiti Cortina Hockey" sport group, it won his first championship in 1932 and to date has 15 shields to its name.
This year CortinaÂ’s hockey team has completed its line-up by taking on the forwards Peter Szabo(Slovenia), Kenny Corupe (Canada) and Luca Ansoldi (Italy, from "Merano"), as well as the defender Jeff Dwyer (United States).
The Serie A 2006-07 season starts on 3 October with teams competing being Alleghe HC, Asiago Hockey AS, HC Bolzano, SG Cortina, SHC Fassa, HCJ Milano Vipers, SG Pontebba, Renon Ritten Sport Hockey and HC Valpusteria, and the newly-promoted FVG Aquile Pontebba (first ever season in Serie A).
The first match is already on 3 October at CortinaÂ’s Olympic Ice Stadium, where the hosts will be taking on Ritten Sport Hockey. And CortinaÂ’s supporters are already revving up to cheer on their team! Lovers of the sport will enjoy a full calendar that lasts throughout the winter season.
The forthcoming matches: 3 October (SGCortina vs Ritten Sport Hockey) 7 October (SGCortina vs HC Brunico Val Pusteria) 10th October (SGCortina vs HC Bolzano Foxes)
News and more information from the site of the Cortina Ice Hockey Club (Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina Champagne de Vilmont)
www.cortina.dolomiti.org - CORTINA TURISMO
NEW COMBINED NORDIC PASS
OFFERS 150 KM OF SKIING
SUN VALLEY, ID…...A newly combined Sun Valley Nordic and North Valley Trails Season Pass will become available for this upcoming ski season.
For the first time, this joint pass will provide access to 150 km of groomed Nordic and Snowshoe trails. Trail systems will include all of the North Valley Trails, 110 km, and Sun Valley Nordic, 40 km.
The pass will go on sale October 2-15, 2006, for $320 and will be available following October 15 for $350. The pass will be sold exclusively at the River Run Ticket Office at the base of Baldy Mountain, and at the Sun Valley Nordic Center upon season opening.
For additional information, please contact the River Run Ticket Office, 208-622-6136, or the Blaine County Recreation District, 208-788-2117.
Sun Valley Resort
The recent warm temperatures mean we’ve got some classic spring conditions here at Treble Cone. For a full run down of the best areas to ski and ride, and at what time of the day, check out our rundown of trails and snow conditions below.
We’ve also got some great events coming up to help us wrap up what has been a truly awesome season; free lift passes for all kids, fun with TC Cat; great spring sales in the retail shop and rentals…read on for more details.
Next Sunday, October 8th, will be the final day of the 2006 season. But we won’t be going out with a whimper… more like a very soggy bang!
Skiers & boarders will attempt to conquer the dreaded Opal Nera slush pit at the bottom of the Platter slopes. Can you make it across to the other side without landing in the slush? Participate if you’re game, just turn up on the day to enter. And don’t forget to dress to impress as it’s a fancy dress day too!
Now is the perfect time to take a little of TC home with you, with almost everything reduced in price at the TC retail shop. We’ve got up to 20% off all hoodies, jackets, helmets and Scott goggles and a massive 30% off our t-shirts, beanies and caps, gloves (selected lines) and Smith goggles. You can also purchase Treble Cone-branded clothes and souvenirs at our Help Desk in Wanaka
Visit www.treblecone.com for more information.
Lake Placid and Adirondack News
An Alpine Oktoberfest
The 15th annual Whiteface Oktoberfest kicks off the fun on September 30th-October 1st. Features include authentic Bavarian music, dancing, food and beer. Be sure to make the most of your autumn visit with a ride to the top of Little Whiteface on the Cloudsplitter Gondola for fantastic views of the changing leaves.
You'll Flip Over This One
The celebration continues the next weekend with the Flaming Leaves Festival: Blues, Brews and BBQs on October 7th and 8th. This event, at the McKenzie-Intervale Ski Jumping Complex will have you rocking to the sounds of live blues, reggae and zydeco bands while enjoying some tasty barbeque.
Throw in front row seats to a ski jumping competition by some of the best jumpers in North America and you have yourself a party!
Lake Placid and Adirondack News and Events
Endless Winter Snow will pause, for a few days.Wed OCt 4, I will be traveling with Bob the Devil
I will post the combined notices from Thurs through Sun on Monday Oct 9th.