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Bulgarian Ski Resort Plans To Thank Country’s Medics With Free Ski Holiday

Bulgaria’s largest ski area, Bansko, will be offering free ski holiday weekends next winter to the country’s medics who are working to fight COVID-19. The ski area’s operating company Ulen has announced a special partnership with Bansko Municipality and the Alliance for Promotion and Development of Tourism in Bansko, as well as different hoteliers in the resort, to provide free weekend break next winter to all medics in Bulgaria who are fighting on the front line against COVID-19. The free holiday packages for the next winter 2020-21 will include free accommodation in hotels, free meals, free ski passes and, if needed, free ski lessons and free ski equipment rental. "Through this initiative we want to show our gratitude to the…

Cortina Offers Free Ski Holidays to Health Professionals Fighting Italy’s Coronavirus Pandemic

Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites has announced an initiative by a dozen of the resort’s hotels in partnership with other businesses to offer free holidays to medical staff who worked long hours during the COVID-19 Coronavirus emergency in Italy, and in many cases still are doing. The offer is for a free-of-charge long-weekend break in the mountains, in most cases this summer but in some cases next winter too. The offer does not just cover accommodation but also things like mountain guiding services, ski school lessons, equipment rental, guided activities and restaurant lunches and dinners will also all be provided free-of-charge. “Our gratitude to the commitment and courage of our friends, healthcare workers, doctors, nurses and other emergency staff…

Riding A Ski Lift in a Pandemic

A number of ski areas in Norway and so far one in the US have re-opened following a period of pandemic lockdown and many others are now looking at how they’ll re-open. So far they re-opened areas are small, using with T Bar or Poma rope tow lifts or a double chairlift and it’s a case of one person per t Bar/chair and with limited numbers on the slopes this isn’t causing many problems.  Mt Baldy in California this week But what of the world’s leading ski resorts next winter which operated gondolas, cable cars, funicular lift and 4, 6 or 8 seater chairlifts to whisk bigger numbers up the slopes.  They’ll need to get enough people on the slopes,…

More than 500 Ski Areas in Europe Now Closed by Coronavirus

The number of ski areas closed by the coronavirus outbreak in Europe is accelerating rapidly and is now believed to have passed the 500 mark. Around half of those closed are in Italy, where the country went in to ‘lock down’ with many measures including closing all ski resorts earlier this week. Today it has been announced all ski areas in the Austrian province of Tyrol will close from this weekend. That includes many of the world’s most famous destinations including Kitzbuhel, Innsbruck, Solden and St Anton. Many of Norway’s ski areas have also announced they are closing too including Trysil, pictured. Here resorts decided whether or not they should stay open, based on government advice that they ensure they…

Get Avalanche Aware (in Val d’Isère)

Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT) have launched a new season of on snow training courses, complete with avalanche safety modules for off-piste riders running, running over one or three days. For recreational skiers or instructors looking to improve their skills and train for their mountain safety examinations, the courses, based in Val d’Isère, provide training in terrain management, risk reduction methods and rescue techniques if the worst-case scenario happens. Courses take place between Tuesday and Thursday throughout the winter season and are led by HAT founder Henry Schniewind, otherwise known as ‘Mr Avalanche’ who has been operating for more than 30 years.  “Our big focus is on applying the knowledge we have learned because evidence suggests that complacency is one of…

Freeride Week in Off-Piste Favourite La Grave

PFD Skis (Pure Freeride Design) has launched a brand new dedicated freeride week in the legendary ski area of La Grave, France which will run in the last week of the coming wintertime, from March 14-21, 2020, when snow conditions should be at their best. La Grave is known as ‘The Freeride Mountain’ with its reputation for big lines and uncontrolled terrain that makes it a unique proposition for skiers in search of the ultimate freeride adventure. In recent years the resort’s fans have battled to ensure the future of the area in its ‘unspoilt’ state but that future appears to now be secure. It’s the first time that PFD Skis is have run a dedicated freeride week that combines…

Why you should not miss out on Bavaria’s Ruhpolding as a cross-country skier!

Gentle hilly landscapes framed by the Chiemgau Alps. Lakes combined with snow-white plains and quiet forest areas. Perfectly traced cross-country ski trails, which also excite cross-country and biathlon professionals at the mere sight, coupled with idyllic views that remind you of Canada. An infrastructure that is fully committed to winter lovers on two skis. An arena in which the love for biathlon is felt by top athletes every year and which drives them to peak performances. Ruhpolding, the Mecca of cross-country skiing in Germany, is all of that. So, what does this place offer that others do not and that no cross-country skier should miss out on?  1: Exceptional snow sports schools and biathlon crash courses Because we all start…

The Off-Piste Awareness Tour 2019

Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT), which over recent years has become a leading source of advice on the dangers of avalanches and how to avoid them when heading off piste, is launching a tour of venues in the UK to give skiers and boarders the chance to gain valuable advice on saying safe in the mountain. The 2019 Off-Piste Awareness Tour will kick off next month and includes more than 30 live events in venues across the UK, along with several in  France. The talks focus on how to manage risk when skiing or snowboarding off-piste and are aimed at all levels of riders from off-piste first timers to experienced veterans looking to reinforce their knowledge. Participants can sign up for…

Live Information and Advertising Displayed on More Chairlift Safety Bars

A company which puts digital display boards under skiers’ noses as they ride up the mountain on a chairlift is going from strength to strength. Alpine Media Technology was first established a couple of years ago but has received $1m in funding and says it is set to more than double the number of ski areas using its tech by the end of the year. The basic concept is that the safety bar on the chairlift is fitted with an iPad sized digital screen in front of every skier sat on it.  The screen provides live information and also has advertising permanently in view, although Alpine Media Technology are keen to stress that the ads don’t take up more than…

New Uphill Ski Run Created at French Ski Resort

Ski touring has become increasingly popular in recent years.  There are multiple reasons for this – the equipment has improved and the number of people with the fitness levels and drive to skin up mountains as well as ski down them has also grown. There is also an environmental issue with some (particularly the people who are already fit and determined enough to skin up before skiing down) arguing that if skiers really care about fighting climate change they should forego the lifts and skin up the slopes. The popularity of touring has caused some issues for resorts though as tourers tend to skin up the edges of groomed slopes, which some resorts see as a potential hazard for a…