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World’s Most Advanced High-Speed Train Begins Operating To Link Chinese 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Venues

China has unveiled the world’s most advanced high-speed train to connect capital city Beijing with its 2022 Winter-Olympic and Paralympics co-host city Zhangjiakou. The €7 billion 174km long railway line cuts travel time between the two cities from three hours to 47 minutes with driverless trains travelling at up to 350 kilometres (217 miles) per hour. Passengers on the service will also be able to enjoy 5G data signals and wireless charging on their short trip.  The trains also have special ski and snowboard storage facilities and during the Olympics will broadcast live TV links to events taking place for passengers. There are reported to be ‘AI controlled robots’ helping with tasks like baggage transportation at stations on the new…

New ‘Skier’s Airport’ Opens in Sweden

The new Scandinavian Mountains Airport welcomed its first flight today (December 22nd), with direct SAS flights from London Heathrow starting next Saturday December 28th. The new airport is situated by the Norwegian border in Sweden between SkiStar’s twin resorts of Sälen in Sweden and Trysil, Norway. The closest skiing area in Sälen, which was recently named Sweden’s Best Ski Resort at the prestigious World Ski Awards, is a 10 minute transfer. Trysil, Norway’s biggest ski resort, is only 40 minutes away. Yesterday Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg posted on social media that domestic air travel in Sweden was down 11%, but the new airport targets the international market. The first flight from London, departing on Saturday December 28th, will bring…

New CHF47m Rail – Gondola Hub Provides Seamless Access To Swiss Slopes

A new CHF47m combined rail, bus and gondola station has opened at the Swiss ski area of Fiesch, which sits below Europe’s largest glacier, Aletsch. The new three-level facility sees buses arrive at the base level, trains on the mid-level and an all new state-of-the-art 10 seat-cabin gondola departing from the top level to the ski slopes.  With the floors inter-connected by lifts and escalators it makes for a seamless connection from Switzerland’s famously comfortable and efficient rail and bus network to the slopes.  All facilities have been designed to ensure accessibility for disabled visitors. The project involved rail operator the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn moving Fiesch’s main railway station 400 metres north of the old station’s site. The new gondola…

Back to the roots in Ruhpolding: Finding your inner balance in the winter woods

Technology is advancing as one innovation follows the other and the world keeps turning faster. In these times, some people are longing for the simple things in life. Occasionally the winter woods, some time off and your snowshoes are all it takes to find your inner balance in this fast-paced world. How about a bit of deceleration? Then it's time for a snowshoe tour in Ruhpolding, Upper Bavaria. The motto is: Back to the roots - in many ways. Head out into nature, inhale the fragrances of the trees and let the calming atmosphere have its effect on your soul and body. But why snowshoes?  Being one with nature while snowshoeingIn Ruhpolding everything is possible, from flat areas in the…

Toboggan tips from a traditional toboggan maker in Bavaria

If you want to experience winter in Germany, you have to pay Bavaria a visit. There is something for everyone here - whether relaxed days in the snow or unforgettable adventures in the forest. And who better to tell you about it than those who have been calling winter their favourite time of the year here since childhood? Locals tell of cross-country skiing, winter hiking, snowshoe tours, winter survival, tobogganing or game feeding in Bavaria. They cultivate their customs and traditions - but they also know where the perfect winter spots are and the best part: They even reveal their secret tips.  A small brick house, located in sleepy, wintery Franconia. Smoke rises from the chimney. In the middle of…

Japan Ski Touring Adventure To Raise funds For Protect Our Winters

A ski company is planning to fly skiers to Japan to highlight the impact of climate change and raise funds for environmental advocacy group Protect Our Winters UK (POW UK). Mabey Ski’s ‘4 Volcanoes in 4 days’ will carbon offset the climate damage caused by the flights to Japan by engaging in a tree-planting project with POW’s partner, Mossy Earth. Thirty adventurous, self-motivated skiers and snowboarders will hike dormant volcanoes, tackle steep terrain, and push their physical, mental and emotional limits in a bid to to raise awareness for climate change. The 4-day trip is open to confident skiers and snowboarders who are fit and self-motivated. Each participant will be tasked to raise a minimum of £500 for POW UK.…

Survival tips for your adventure in the Bavarian winter woods

The forest in Bavaria is a real adventurous playground. No one knows that better than those who live here! That is why locals who are connected to Bavarian culture and tradition reveal the most beautiful places, the most impressive experiences and the best activities to do in Bavaria.  The trees are covered in snow, the hoar frost glistens on the branches and it is unusually quiet. You can find peace and relaxation in the winter woods as you get in touch with nature. However, there are Bavarians who claim that you really can spend more time in the wilderness and forest in the winter. Now you might be wondering how? The wilderness educator Tatjana and her husband Momme Torsten Falk…

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 Second Edition of Probably the Greatest Skiing Book in the World Has Finally Been Published

Back in 2005 ski writer, powder hunter, world traveller and self-titled 'ski bum' Jimmy Petterson published one of the biggest and best ski guide books ever written.  Probably THE best. While Jimmy includes chapters about the classic resorts such as Aspen, Verbier, Chamonix, and the like, he is a true connoisseur of obscure, off-beat, and exotic ski destinations. Skiing Around The World Volume I instead, takes skiers on an exciting and entrancing travelogue through the snow slopes of no less than 47 countries. And whilst the great descents of the famous resorts of the Alps and Rockies are all in there, so, too, are more unusual and often exotic destinations many of us might never think of skiing – Hungary, Albania, Uzbekistan,…

Better Routes into the 4 Vallées This Winter

There are big improvements planned for access to Switzerland’s largest ski region, the 4 Vallées in the country’s Valais region, this winter. A new ski train service will link the Lake Geneva region with the new Châble train station on Saturday mornings. The two-storey trains will provide a direct connection to gondola lifts up to the slopes of Verbier's ski area. In addition a new eight-seater gondola lift in Nendaz - 4 Vallées ski area will provide a much improved link between Plan du Fou and Prarion, increases the transport capacity from 800 people per hour to 2,400.  There is also a new direct connection to Nendaz-Mont-Fort. The lift company is equipping all slopes between Combatseline and Thyon 2000 with…