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New Gondola Is World’s Longest And Has Biggest Vertical Rise of its Type

A new gondola with eight-passenger cabins is the new world’s longest of its type and also climbs the greatest vertical of a single lift, according to its manufacturer, the Swiss firm Bartholet. The lift, with an inclined length of 5682 metres, has been built at the new Turkish ski area of Düziçi, and is, “the world’s longest monocable gondola lift for eight people in a single section,” the company reports. However it is not only the length that is spectacular, but also the outstanding topography that is overcome. The line leads over rough and smooth terrain, past barren rocks and climbs a total vertical of 1,551 metres, a second world record. “Extreme weather conditions, challenging terrain and limited local resources,”…

French Ski Resort Pays Tribute To Rising Star Following His Untimely Death

The residents of a French ski resort have paid tribute to freeride skier Hugo Hoff who died on the slopes in the Gervasutti couloir, in the Mont Blanc range, on the last day of May, shortly after lockdown restrictions were eased allowing skiers and boarders back on French slopes. Image credit Tristran Shu Hugo Hoff was only 20 years old and a rising star of the Les Arcs Freeski Academy. “His club, together with everyone in Les Arcs, are all in shock and send out their deepest sympathy to his family and friends,” a resort statement reads, continuing, “With his huge smile, slice of shyness and a love of adventure, Hugo will be sorely missed.” Having spent his youth at…

Up To A Metre (40″) of Pre-Season Snowfall in Australia

A huge pre-season snowfall in Australia has blanketed ski areas there with up to a metre (40 inches) of snow in the past 48 hours. It’s six weeks until the country’s ski areas are due to open for their 2020 season over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, a holiday weekend in the country and the traditional opening date for ski centres, snow cover or not. But Aussie ski areas are harking back to 2009 when another big autumn snowfall led for one of the earliest ever ski days in the country’s history 11 years ago, with Mt Buller posting this image (and the one above), Charlotte Pass has reported the biggest snowfall with a metre (40 inches) of snowfall since Thursday.…

Last Paradise Revealed

It has taken a lifetime to create the film “Last Paradise” and now its underlying messages have become extremely relevant in these times of pandemic and enforced isolation. The film dips in to a 45-year story of adventure and innovation to reveal the big picture of our world today. In these times of global lockdown people are being challenged to evaluate and rethink their lives and the true meaning of “wealth”. Our lifestyle and even our investments are suddenly facing the ultimate acid test. Whilst some that have focused on wealth creation are seeing their castles crumble, others who have focussed more on lifestyle are seeing their investments pay off like never before. Some people are trapped in concrete caves…

Open Top ‘Gondola Cabriolet’ To Debut in Ski Resorts

A new model of gondola which will has windows removed from the cabin is to go into service in ski resorts. Swiss company Bartholet has designed the Cabriolet Gondola so that its windows are open all the time with a fixed opening. It will not be a case of the windows coming down when the weather is good. “The glass cannot be closed when the weather is bad but if a ski area also has regular glass-enclosed  gondolas on the line, the gondolas can be easily exchanged depending on the weather and the garage system,” said Bartholet’s Denise Linder. Bartholet say the first cabins have even already been sold to several ski resorts, although we don’t yet know which resorts.…

The Ski Map of the World

The biggest ever ski map, basically a ski map of the entire world, is now available online, and is looking for any skiers or boarders anywhere to help make it bigger and better still. OpenSnowMap is a community-created and maintained ski map of the world, displaying more than 150,000km of ski pistes on its website. Skiers and snowboarders can browse the map from Antarctica to Alaska, from California to Japan and look at the pistes available in each and every resort, from the smallest to the largest. The coverage goes from the incredibly dense network of nordic trails around Oslo (Norway), to the biggest Alpine resorts of the Alps, to tiny hills in small Slovenian villages. The project doesn’t ‘own’…

New Steepest Piste in Europe Opens in Austria

What is claimed to be the steepest groomed ski run ever opened in the Alps with a pitch of nearly 88% (more than 41 degrees) has been unveiled this weekend at Austria's Kaunertal Glacier. The Black Ibex piste pitches at up to 87.85%, which the resort's operators are keen to stress is steeper than the steepest part of the famous Streif slope used in the annual Hahnenkamm downhill races in Kitzbuhel (pictured below). The Harakiri piste above Mayrhofen has built a reputation as Austria’s steepest slope for more than a decade.  It reaches a pitch of 78% over its 375 metres of vertical. However the Lange Zug “extreme ski route” above Lech in the Arlberg, was already steeper with a…

Ready, set, go! Active winter holiday in Zillertal

Creating the very first tracks in the snow early in the morning, feeling the fresh air on your skin and a unique alpine panorama all around you ... This is the start to a perfect skiing day. But it takes a bit more to fully enjoy the mountaintops. You can experience what that is in Zillertal in Tyrol. The valley combines fun in the snow in every conceivable form with mountain cabin fun, romantic excursions and off-piste action. The following is an inspiration of what it takes to make the winter holiday with your loved ones perfect. © Zillertal Tourismus GmbH, Andre Schönherr Hintertuxer Glacier: What the King of the Valley has to offer A valley that guarantees piste fun?…

Truly unmissable on a family holiday in wintery Zillertal

The anticipation rises for many families as soon as the first glistening snowflakes begin to fall and the temperatures drop: The winter holiday together is near. For many it is a real dream to dive into an idyllic winter wonderland. Zillertal in Tyrol is proof that some dreams do come true. Snow and fun for young and old in Zillertal If the children are happy, so are their parents! This hardly secret recipe is known across Zillertal. And thus highly trained and motivated ski instructors take care of the little ones and look to growing their skills. After all, proper skiing takes practice! There are numerous ski schools that offer special children’s courses in every region of the valley, which…

A New Ski Resort Opens in Uzbekistan

Amirsoy Mountain Resort, billed as the first modern ski resort in Uzbekistan, has officially opened to skiers. The resort, which is in the Charvak Tourism Zone 65km east of capital Tashkent and has been built at a repuited cost of €100m, covers 900 hectares on the northern slope of the Maygashkan Mountain located in the western part of the Tian Shan range. Amirsoy is designed to be a year-round resort, with skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and hiking, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities in summer. Uzbekistan’s winter sports industry dates back to the Soviet period, when ski resorts were built at Beldersay and Chimgan. The Uzbek government has commissioned leading European companies to produce the country’s winter sports…