Category Archives: Snow Ski

Skiing in Switzerland: Allison Pearson learns to cross-country ski in Pontresina

imageIf you don’t learn to ski in your youth, every year it gets harder to take the plunge, says Allison Pearson. But the self-proclaimed ‘scaredy-cat Mum’ found her ski legs in the Swiss resort of Pontresina.

To be honest, I was not the most promising candidate for midlife skiing lessons. “But, darling, you’re scared of heights and you hate falling over,” Himself pointed out when I suggested we spend last February half-term in Switzerland. He had a point, but I was not going to be deterred by anything as irritating as male common sense.

A friend had told me that the Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina was heaven on earth. I was emerging from a rather tenacious depression and I hoped that skiing could clear my head. I craved the grandeur and the stillness of the mountains. I wanted that silver air in my lungs. I had visions of myself as Audrey Hepburn in Charade, swathed in sable and sipping a hot chocolate in a café on the glittering slopes waiting for Cary Grant. Clearly, I felt a powerful attraction towards the après part of après-ski. All I needed now was to figure out the ski part. And not fall over.

Heli Skiing An exciting sport

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Let us altercate what this action is about. Heli skiing is one of those sports which charm the charlatan a lot. It is due to the actuality that this action involves abounding risks. These risks cover accident of top distance which is the a lot of fearing factor. In this sport, you will be alone on a abundance rather, it accept to be mentioned that the aiguille of this abundance will be capped with snow. Now you will be appropriate to appear down through alien routes by crisscrossing. This action is played in a group. If you alpha this game, you accept to be abiding about the acme of the aiguille to the arena point. Another important affair is that you accept to be able for this acute bold properly.

History of Water Skiing

imageThe abstraction of baptize skiing dates aback to at atomic the mid-nineteenth aeon if a man from Sweden began the patenting process, but the abstraction never came to fruition. Very little is accustomed about the accurate ancestry of the sport, admitting the appellation can be begin in the Swedish concordance dating aback to 1921 – vattenskida, which translates to ski on a physique of water. Water Skiing

Skiing Tips for Beginners

imageSkiing is one of the most exciting adventure sports. Although skiing over the pristine white snow peaks seems like an adventure you cannot wait to begin, you must need to know a few basic rules and tips before get started. Going through these tips will ensure that you are prepared for the task that lies ahead you.

Skiing Tips for Beginners

First let me answer your questions about the dress code and the skiing gear that you will need. While trying skiing for the first time it is always better to rent all the skiing gear rather than buying it. The skiing gear is quite expensive and hence you would want to make sure that you like the sport before you actually invest money in buying the equipment.

Mount Snow Ski Resort

imageMount Snow Ski Resort is one of Vermont’s largest and most convenient. Located just off Route 100 near Wilmington, Mount Snow Vermont is easily accessible from any major East Coast cities. If you are a little farther a field, airports in Albany (New York) and Hartford (Connecticut) are just two hours away.

Mount Snow Ski Resort rises to 3,600 feet at its summit, so if there is snow in Vermont, there is snow at Mount Snow. For off months, Mount Snow Vermont has invested heavily in snowmaking equipment to allow for quality skiing in all but the worst winters.

Skiing: learning to Alpine ski in Courchevel

imageLisa Grainger finds a brilliant tutor, a scenic setting – and champagne in the hot tub – smooth the path to success on skis in the French resort of Courchevel.

That I have skied only twice in my 47-year life is unsurprising, given the success of my first attempt in my thirties. Ten friends were renting a chalet in Utah with an outdoor Jacuzzi, and it sounded fun: parties, snow, whizzing down a mountain – what could go wrong? Answer: everything. Not only were all my friends serious skiers, who insisted they could teach me (never a good idea – it’s boring for them and you end up feeling like an uncoordinated clown on skates).

But Utah is an alcohol-free state and the fragrant herbal cigarettes that my friends insisted would relax me turned me instead into a female Mr Bean: all bulging eyes and terror-stricken face, uncontrollably soaring down the slope before falling and chin-boarding all the way to the bottom, where I flapped helplessly on my stomach like a walrus in the snow. I had two twisted ankles and a grazed chin – not to mention a horribly bruised ego. There were tears. There were remonstrations. And I was never, ever going again.

Skiing in Switzerland: Allison Pearson learns to cross-country ski in Pontresina

imageIf you don’t learn to ski in your youth, every year it gets harder to take the plunge, says Allison Pearson. But the self-proclaimed ‘scaredy-cat Mum’ found her ski legs in the Swiss resort of Pontresina.

To be honest, I was not the most promising candidate for midlife skiing lessons. “But, darling, you’re scared of heights and you hate falling over,” Himself pointed out when I suggested we spend last February half-term in Switzerland. He had a point, but I was not going to be deterred by anything as irritating as male common sense.

Skiing in Andermatt: the Swiss resort that is not a swizz

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The little-known resort of Andermatt makes for great-value, laid-back skiing, says Yolanda Carslaw.

Andermatt might not look much from the road; bleak, with few trees, a shady summit above and a barracks standing guard. But if you venture on to its pretty streets, then An-der-Matt (“on the meadow”) is quaint and compact – and surprisingly good value for Switzerland. At an altitude of 1,444m between three mountain passes, it has inexpensive hotels and restaurants on an L-shaped main street, as well as 78 miles of quiet slopes – and down-to-earth locals and visitors.

Ski: avalanche accidents increase following record snow levels

imagePeter Hardy reports on how the best snow cover in a generation in the Alps has led to a major increase in the number of deaths and injuries caused by avalanches.

A week after Prince John Friso, 43, was seriously injured by an avalanche after skiing in Lech, Austria, much of the country is buried under the deepest snow in memory, with up to six metres at high altitude in the Tirol and Voralberg regions.

In the past week alone, three people have died and seven escaped uninjured in six separate incidents in the country, caused by the latest in a long string of avalanches. This compares to only three deaths in Austria last year, thought due to the exceptionally light snow cover last season.

Offers Attractive Packages for Shimla Manali

imageIndia Summer can sometimes bear. Therefore, during the summer months there are long holiday in schools and universities and the heads of people in the mountain town for a refreshing and spend a few days into the holiday atmosphere of cool places. Of all the hill stations in India, Shimla and Manali are the most popular.  Now is the time you use the custom course work writing service for your job and start traveling.

A history of skiing in Mürren, Switzerland

imageDesperate to enjoy current skiing conditions in the Alps, Adam Ruck secures a last-minute deal to Mürren.

To arrive in the Swiss Alps at the tail end of a snowstorm seems like good timing, as long as your ski resort is accessible. A single traveller – me – separates himself from the Wengen-bound throng at Lauterbrunnen station, crosses the road with a smile of self-congratulation at having chosen the road less travelled, when a notice on the door of the Mürrenbahn stops him in his tracks. Geschlossen. Closed. It is time for a phone call to the Hotel Eiger.

A history of skiing in Mürren, Switzerland

imageDesperate to enjoy current skiing conditions in the Alps, Adam Ruck secures a last-minute deal to Mürren.

To arrive in the Swiss Alps at the tail end of a snowstorm seems like good timing, as long as your ski resort is accessible. A single traveller – me – separates himself from the Wengen-bound throng at Lauterbrunnen station, crosses the road with a smile of self-congratulation at having chosen the road less travelled, when a notice on the door of the Mürrenbahn stops him in his tracks. Geschlossen. Closed. It is time for a phone call to the Hotel Eiger.

Skiing holiday advice: how to save money

imageNick Trend offers advice on where and when to get the most for your money this season.

As Peter Hardy points out in his report, it looks as though it will be a classic season for snow – most skiers will want to bag a week if they possibly can. But which week will offer the best prices, the best snow and the quietest pistes? I’ve talked to some leading ski operators and tried to predict how the rest of the season is likely to pan out, to offer a strategy for finding the best value.

Swiss Alps Adventure

imageA holiday with kids on the Swiss Alps evoked a lot of thoughts – excitement, apprehension (since it was to be their first experience with snow) and ultimately adventure with luxury.

Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe) and Mount Titlis were really a sight to behold with the snow, the mountain ranges, the thin rarefied air, the snow mobiles and the expanse of white all around.

Ski like it’s 1899 at ‘Belle Époque’ week, Switzerland

imageWhat was skiing like in its earliest days? Adrian Bridge gets some idea at ‘Belle Époque’ week in the Swiss resort of Kandersteg.

For one terrifying moment, I felt exactly as I did the first time I ever put on a pair of skis and faced down a mountain. Gulp! Where do I go from here?

My fear had a lot to do with what was on my feet: two extremely long pieces of wood with no finely honed edges, no firm bindings at the back and almost no flexibility.

These were the skis that those plucky pioneers of winter sports holidays – many of them British – would have been wearing when they first began exploring the Swiss Alps more than 100 years ago. And suddenly I had a whole lot more respect for what they had achieved.

Ski Travel: A Piece of Dubai on LI

imageMost New Yorkers would probably file indoor ski mountains among “things we never knew we needed.” But if developers have their way, the NYC metro area will soon be home to not one, but two of these modern monstrosities.

The revamped New Jersey Meadowlands complex is set to open an indoor slope later this year near Giants Stadium. Now comes word that developers plan to bring another enclosed slope to Long Island.

A group of investors have proposed a $2 billion entertainment complex–that would also include an artificial lake, indoor water park and a winery–on a former defense facility now owned by the town of Riverhead.

Ski St Anton: resort guide

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Guide to St Anton ski resort, including practical information on hotels, restaurants and piste guide. Taken from ‘Where to Ski and Snowboard 2012’.

St Anton is the western extremity of the Tirol, at the foot of the road up to the Arlberg pass. It is at one end of a lift network that spreads across to St Christoph and over the pass to Stuben. These two tiny villages are described at the end of the chapter.

The resort is a long, sprawling place, almost a town rather than a village, with mainly traditional-style buildings, squeezed into a narrow valley – there is only just room for the town, the bypass road, the river and the railway. St Anton spreads down the valley, thinning out before broadening again to form the suburb of Nasserein.

Freestyle Skiing Tricks

imageWhen you are snow skiing, it is natural for the daredevil in most of you to dream about performing those numerous stunts performed by ski experts and professionals. You probably know all about the basics of skiing after mastering the different skiing tips for beginners, and now you want to do something new, something more challenging. If you have learned the basics of how to freestyle ski, then you may attempt any of these freestyle skiing tricks presented here.

Beginner Snow Ski Tips

Learning to ski can be an exciting and challenging experience. Skigreat.com recommends that beginner skiers take lessons to learn and practice ski techniques correctly.

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Speak with a professional ski instructor about safety guidelines to ensure a knowledgeable and enjoyable ski experience. Wear the appropriate gear, and ski only on trails that are designed for your skill level. Remember that skiers in front of you always have the right of way.

Protective Clothing

Before hitting the slopes make sure you have the appropriate clothing and gear. Dress warmly and layer clothing underneath your ski jacket and snow pants. Fleece, thermals and turtlenecks make great layering pieces.

Ski resorts in strange places

Russia plans to build a series of ski resorts in the North Caucases, a beautiful but unstable region that is prone to violence from insurgents.

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Here are some other strange places to find ski resorts:

Lesotho

The tiny African country, surrounded by South Africa, has one of the world’s most unlikely ski resorts. Operating from June to September the resort is perched on a mountain that does get some snow in the southern hemisphere’s winter, but mainly relies on snowmaking. About 3,000 tourists – mostly from South Africa, visit each year.

The 40-something ski bum: Why heavy ski gear needn’t be a burden

Is there any easy way to carry bulky luggage to the Alps? James Bedding offers tips on travelling to Switzerland with skis, snowboards – and other outsize items.

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Given the trouble Laurel and Hardy had carrying a piano in ‘The Music Box’ (see footage here), you might think twice about attempting to bring one across Europe and up a vertical mile to a ski resort. Perhaps travelling with a traditional upright piano – an instrument that in Stan and Ollie’s hands turned into a weapon of mass destruction – would be ambitious. But what about carrying a modern digital piano?

It can be done, as I found out recently. Heaving the piano onto the luggage rack of Eurostar may have been a challenge, but wheeling it through the streets of Paris was a breeze, and gliding on the TGV through France and on Swiss trains surprisingly hassle-free.

Single for the season: High Five in the sunshine at Verbier

Gabriella Le Breton finds Verbier in a mellow mood, with sun loungers proving just as popular as the chairlifts.

imageWhere this week?

In the enduringly popular Swiss resort of Verbier – known for its vibrant nightlife, expensive nightclubs (namely Coco and Farm Club) and celebrity fans (James Blunt even has a chairlift named after him). Oh, and its superb skiing, spread across four valleys.

Why now?

There’s invariably some kind of event taking place in Verbier and this week is no exception. I arrived in time for last weekend’s 12th annual Verbier High Five by Carlsberg competition (a highly entertaining one-day competition for professional and amateur skiers) as well as the 40th birthday celebrations of the Farm Club.

Alpine refuges: high times in the Italian mountains

Clare Mann tours Italy’s isolated – and occasionally very cold – mountain refuges.

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Why would you want to sleep in a refuge in winter?” asked Brigitte, a friend from Chamonix. “In the summer, when I go mountaineering, is bad enough. You won’t sleep a wink at the altitudes. There are horrible smells and noises, and everyone drinks to blot out the experience.”

This didn’t bode well, as we were to spend three nights in the Aosta Valley from Cervinia to Alagna, then four nights in the Dolomites, staying in mountain refuges around Cortina. From Turin we took a taxi to Cervinia. There, my husband, Edward, and I met Poldo from Guide Monterosa, who had touring skis, boots and rucksacks waiting for us at the ski lift.

The 40-something ski bum: breakneck speeds and world record attempts

As Verbier’s season ends, James Bedding finds the British Speed Ski Team’s goal over the summer is simple – to get faster.

imageYou don’t really want to fall when you are skiing at 100mph, as Al Machell discovered last week. He caught an edge as he skied down a glacier, cartwheeled across the snow, and slid to a halt a couple of hundred metres later. Somewhere along the way, one of his skis splintered like matchwood, and he dislocated his left shoulder.

The spectators watched in silence as a paramedic skied over to the figure slumped on the snow. He checked Machell over, popped his shoulder back in its socket, and helped him to his feet. A couple of minutes later, the 30-year-old IT consultant from Watford was back among his friends, showing off his shattered ski, and nursing a wheat beer to dull the pain in his shoulder.

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