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 Week's Headlines (04-Aug-08)

Snow Hunter's World Weekly Snow News, August 4, 2008

Rare Single Chair Removed For Second New Gondola for Ski Welt

One of the three remaining one-man chairlift in Austria’s Skiwelt, the country’s largest lift-linked ski area, was shut down last week to make way for construction of a second new gondolas for the area ahead of next winter.

The second new gondola for the region is an eight seated with heated cabins called Salvenbahn II above Hopfgarten.  The new lift as well as a triple chairlift to the Rigi will open to 19th October 2008.

The new gondola will be 1775m, carry 47 gondola cabins, take 5.67 minutes to make the ascent from the valley station at 1178m to the mountain station at 1829m and has a capacity of 2000 people per hour.

The gondola is the second major project to be announced for the Skiwelt which has previously announced the long awaited lift link to Westendorf, one of the key members of the circuit but previously a bus ride from the rest of the circuit.  The SkiWelt is nearly lift-linked to Kitzbuhel’s ski area; a connection of the two would make it one of the ten biggest ski regions in the world.

Ski Jacket Incorporating Solar Panels To Be Launched This Winter

A new ski jacket incorporating discreet solar panels in the collar is due to be launched by Zenga this winter.  Designed by Ermenegildo Zegna, the jacket should be able to charge “just about anything” in five hours, with mobile phone and iPod users a key market.  Due to be released in November, prices are likely to range from $750 to $1000 (US) (£375 to £500).  

Detailed Schedules Released For 2010 Winter Olympics, Tickets On Sale In Two Months

With Summer Olympic fever gripping the world, the organisers of the next Winter Games in Vancouver, Richmond and Whistler  have released  detailed competition schedules of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games .  These hourly accounts of the sport activities taking place over the 17 days of Olympic competition and 10 days of Paralympic competition in 2010 follow the approval of the proposed event schedule by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Beijing, China. The hourly Paralympic Winter Games Competition Schedule was approved by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 2007. With both schedules now approved and available at, and just about two months remaining until tickets to the Olympic Winter Games go on sale, on October 3rd, the picture just got much clearer for those planning to attend the Games in 2010.

Notable schedule highlights include: the Opening Ceremony which will launch the XXI Olympic Winter Games, at 6pm on February 12, 2010 at BC Place; the final sport event of the Olympic Winter Games, the men’s gold medal hockey game, on February 28th at 12:15 pm at General Motors Place; the first Paralympic sport event, on March 13th, when the men’s and ladies’ alpine skiing competitions begin at 9:30 am at Whistler Creekside; and the final Paralympic sport event on March 21, the men’s and ladies’ one-kilometre sprint finals in cross-country skiing, beginning at 12:00pm at Whistler Paralympic Park.

“This is a major milestone we can share with our sport and broadcast partners who worked closely with us to develop a balanced Games schedule that satisfies the respective International Sport Federations (IFs), television audiences around the world and spectators who will attend the Games,” said Cathy Priestner Allinger, VANOC’s executive vice president, Sport and Games Operations.

“As with all Games, the schedule will maintain a degree of flexibility in timing. However, now that the overall schedule has been refined, we know it will be of great interest to spectators so they can plan their activities. But it’s also a key planning document for others. Broadcasters and service providers can begin to hone their plans for 2010. Our team can start finalizing all crucial systems to ensure an exemplary experience for all. And, perhaps most importantly, the world’s greatest winter athletes can further develop their game plans as they prepare to perform on the world’s largest stage in 2010.”

With nine competition venues, 12 stadiums, seven sports, 15 disciplines, 86 medal events for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 64 medal events for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, producing the hourly competition schedules has been a highly complex endeavour. Contingency plans for adverse weather conditions, event sequencing (to allow recovery time for athletes in more than one event), venue operational considerations and complex broadcast logistics (including balancing live global coverage of simultaneous events at different venues) all had to be built into the schedules.

New Lifts at Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel will install a new detachable quad chairlift "Ganslern" servicing the original Streif World Cup slope in advance of the coming season.  This lift, which replaces a double chairlift on the route, will be; ideal for all races, organization and for the Kitzbüheler Ski Club at any time.

In addition a new eight seated gondola on the Bichlalm is currently in the planning stage with the aim of completing and opening it at some point during the 2008/09 season.  Currently there is no lift providing access to the ski area Bichlalm following the closure of the single chair which operated on that route in 2005. Currently the Kitzbughel Lift Company is negotiating with land owners over the gondola project.

Snowmaking will also be enhanced with new reservoirs Jochberg/Wagstätt and Usterkar ensuring snow-covered trails in the Jochberg-Hahnenkamm-Pengelstein within 60 hrs.  Snowmaking facilities on Steinbergkogel/Griesalm will also be completed and there will be trail improvements

Finally there will be enhanced rider comfort on the quad chair Hochsaukaser with a loading conveyor installed to ensure quicker rides.

New Gondola For Baqueria Beret

A new gondola began operating from one of Spain’s leading resorts, Baqueira Beret, last Saturday August 2nd. The lift will improve the experience for skiers and boarders visiting the resort next winter and was described as, “Very good news” by a resort spokeswoman..

The new gondola, which was first initiated in 2005/6, helps to open up the Vall De Ruda by connecting the main resort at 1500m with the Ruda area and incorporating a new intermediate station en route, which should ease congestion. The lift has 78 cabins each of which can hold nine people, and the total capacity is 3000 skiers pers hour.

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