News and Events

Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

This Weeks Headlines (25-Aug-08)

Snow Hunters World Weekly Snow News, August 25, 2008

First Eight Seated Chairlift For Solden

Solden is replacing its old triple chairlift at Giggijoch with a modern eight seater version, the resort’s first.

At the same time the Giggijoch Restaurant has been renovated with a new traditional-style restaurant created and escalators installed so there will no longer be any need to climb stairs in your ski boots.)

Solden opens for the winter in less than two months on Saturday 11th October. Tickets will cost 38 Euros per day for adults through to 19th December, with multi-day as well as child, teen and senior discounts available. The resort also hosts the first European round of the FIS World Cup on the 25th and 26th of October.

China To Host Another World Championships Before Vancouver Olympics

Although the Beijing Olympics have now closed and attention switches to the coming World Alpine Ski Championships in Val d’Isere next winter and the 2010 Olympics the season after, China is still to host one more major international contest, and this time its snow sports.

The 24th 2009 World University Games, also known as the ‘Universiade’ will be held in the country’s skiing capital city Harbin, 800km (500 miles) north of Beijing and a former host of the Asian Winter Games.

The ski events will be held at Sun Mountain Yabuli, the country’s original resort in the late 1990s, from which (at last report) 300 new ski centres have developed across the country over the past decade. The resort is now operated by Melco China Resorts Ltd, established for only six months, but already owner of half a dozen major ski areas in the country, making it the Chinese equivalent of Vail.

The company is busy converting these areas in to up-market developments with year round attractions, and has signed up the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, which has properties in many of the world’s top resorts, for one of its properties.

At Yabuli MELCO is adding heated gondolas and new hotels at the top and bottom of the slopes as part of a $25m spend. The number of skiers in China is expected to reach 10 million by 2010 from a standing start in 1996.
 
Europa and World Cup Moves Indoors

Following several years of staging early season world cup events at Snowworld at Landgraaf in Holland, the International Ski Federation (FIS) is expanding the number of events to be staged on indoor snow this season, with venues in France and Germany added to the now regular Dutch fixture.

Europa Cup Slalom competitions will be staged between November 4th and 7th, first at France’s only indoor ski centre at Amneville, then at  Snoworld Landgraaf in Holland and finally at Neuss in Germany.

Landgraaf will again hold Snowboard World Cup Parallel Slalom events on 10th and 11th October.

New At Igls

Igls, twice the Olympic downhill ski centre above Innsbruck in Austria, has announced a number of improvements for the coming winter.

The resort has installed an advanced snow making system with a new lake to feed it meaning that snow can be made quickly as soon as the temperature drops low enough.  

A kids snow park with magic carpet conveyor-belt lift  and a new training lift has been created for young children, whilst a ski and training centre for older children and teenagers complete with a new t-bar and   ski run has been created.

In addition the top panorama restaurant has been rebuilt with sun terrace, and at the valley station of the main lift an Intersport shop added offering convenient rentals and service as well as a ski school office.

The resort is included on the Innsbruck Olympic Regional Ski pass which includes nine resorts around the Tyrolean capital and a free bus service linking them.
 
New Quad for Snowmass

The multi-billion dollar revamp of Snowmass resort continues for 2008–2009. Most of the money is going on a new base village, but there are on-mountain improvements too. A new, detachable high-speed quad, the Sheer Bliss chair, accesses 700 acres of some of the best terrain in the Big Burn area with challenging black-diamond glades and wide-open intermediate cruisers. The new lift carries up to 2,000 people per hour and transports riders 2,212 vertical feet, 155 feet more than the old Sheer Bliss chair, in a ride-time of just over nine minutes.

New dining options opening across the resort and its ski area include Sam’s Smokehouse, with spectacular views of Garret’s Peak, Mount Daly and the surrounding backcountry, the new Sam’s restaurant features a barbecue-style smokehouse menu. This sprawling new eatery boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, table service for 175, and outdoor seating – all situated at the top of the Village Express six-person chairlift on Snowmass. In addition to the main restaurant, Sam’s will also have a lounge area where guests can enjoy a quick coffee, breakfast or lunch.

In the base village Sneaky’s Tavern, located next to the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Centre will be operated by Aspen’s Little Nell food and beverage team. Featuring contemporary interior design and indoor/outdoor seating in what the resort describes as a, “rustic but modern tavern-style” restaurant,

Sweet Life, Located in the red barn building at the center of the Base Village plaza is also new. It will include a 1950s-style diner upstairs and an ice cream parlor and candy store downstairs serving more than 250 flavors of homemade ice cream churned on-site with fresh ingredients and no preservatives.  

Junk, a fast food restaurant concept, will serve. “Good Junk, bad Junk, (the only Junk your mom will let you eat)” may be the eatery’s tag line, yet natural and organic ingredients are used to create this unique menu of food guests are sure to crave.

Liquid Sky, an indoor-outdoor lounge, morphs with Junk creating one entertainment facility. All-day dining, lounging, après-ski and special events take center stage slopeside at the base of Snowmass’ Fanny Hill.

Ski Freshtracks To Offer Ski Touring in Morocco

Ski Freshtracks, specialists in holidays which match skiers of the same ability have cemented themselves as leaders in off-piste skiing with an expanded off-piste, ski touring and heli-skiing program including a new free ski week with Salomon and a free ride ski testing weekend with leading retailer Snow+Rock. Single skiers will also have more holidays offering single rooms at no extra cost.

Ski Freshtracks offers 54 off-piste adventure and improvement courses as well as a large ski touring program and heli-skiing trips. This year has seen the introduction of a ski tour in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco and a heli and cat skiing trip to Revelstoke and Kicking Horse in Canada.

To add to the off-piste program, this year there is a chance for skiers to test all the latest free ride skis with Snow+Rock on a ski test weekend in Lech in December and to ski with ex-Olympic freestyle skier Pat Sharples and top mountain guides on the Salomon Freeski week in the off-piste resort of Andermatt in March.

The ski touring program has also expanded and introduces a new concept for this year - ‘Exploration’ holidays. These holidays include a series of day tours with the emphasis on finding the best snow. They are ideal for skiers new to ski touring who prefer not to stay in mountain huts, but instead in the comfort of a hotel.

Caroline Boileau, General Manager of Ski Freshtracks, said, “We know that many skiers want more than an average ski holiday and relish the chance to be more adventurous. The growth of our off-piste and ski touring programs confirms that people want to challenge themselves and make more of their time on the mountain – including improving their skiing. We are now even more geared towards single skiers as well, with more holidays being offered with the chance to take a room at no supplement – vital for single skiers.”

The Peak Experience programme – holidays aimed at skiers aged over 50 – offers 27 trips this year, highlighting the interest from the mature market in snowsports. Weekend skiing is also continuing to be popular, with Ski Freshtracks offering 26 weekends over the season, including trips over Easter.

 
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