Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Gemeinschaft Autofreier Schweizer Tourismusorte (GAST in short) is a network of nine car-free Swiss touristy communities (Bettmeralp, Braunwald, Riederalp, Rigi, Saas-Fee, Stoos, Wengen-Mürren and Zermatt) that promotes car-free recreation and holiday experiences in alpine resorts. The resorts commit themselves to nine decided quality criteria, which are checked regularly.
In the GAST general assembly celebrated in Wengen/Mürren, Ursula Mühlemann was elected the organisation’s new president. Starting today, a GAST congress (29th-30th August) will be held in Zermatt to celebrates its 20th anniversary and to address further concerns of the member cities.
Aug 31, Stage 2. St. Ulrich im Pillerseetal to Mittersill
Sep 1, Stage 3. Mittersill to Neukirchen am Großvenediger
Sep 2, Stage 4. Neukirchen am Großvenediger to Prettau/Ahrntal
Sep 3, Stage 5. Prettau/Ahrntal to Sand in Taufers
Sep 4, Stage 6. Sand in Taufers to Antholz
Sep 5, Stage 7. Antholz to Niederdorf im Hochpustertal
Sep 6, Stage 8. Niederdorf im Hochpustertal to Sexten im Hochpustertal
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Today August 27th is the bithday of a new event. The "Petite Trotte à Léon" a non-competitive raid for teams of 3 people to complete a great circuit of Mont-Blanc of about 220 km for about 17,000 metres of positive altitude change (limit time: 100 h). This course, marked on a map handed out to each team, but not signposted, will follow the legendary passes (col des Fours, Fenêtre d’Arpette) with an extension towards the Great St Bernard and the Emosson barrage.
Created in 2003 by a united party of friends lovers of cross-country racing and of the country of Mont-Blanc, les Trailers du Mont-Blanc, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is a real challenge for the organization: 1200 volunteers maintaining 30 control and safety points for a duration of 60 hours to ensure the wellbeing of all who participate. Also, the entire length of the trail is checked and marked with about 5000 flags or signs, all of which have to be removed the days following the race. In the route there will be a total of 16 refreshment posts, some in villages and others at high mountain refuges, together with 4 reception bases at Les Chapieux, Courmayeur, Champex and Chamonix. For hours the volunteers will ensure a continual supply of hot and cold drinks, and trays of all kinds of foods (some places delight in offering their speciality – fresh cheese from the alp, homemade tart, etc.).
Along with the racing, around sixty exhibitors are coming together in the context of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. Open to all brands, the aim is to create an annual rendezvous. All the great figures in foot-racing will be there to present their novelties. But also trade names aware of the tourist impact of such a race. In fact a race of this size is a real tourist asset for a region (15,000 visitors expected).
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
A special retrospective will be dedicated to Sir Edmund Hillary the first man to climb with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest (8,850 metres). Sir Edmund Hillary died on 11 January 2008, after a heart attack in Auckland City Hospital, aged 88.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
landscapes of Switzerland at the foot of the Matterhorn, surrounded by an incredible scenery of mountains and glaciers. The main sponsor of the race is Zermatt Bergbahnen, the largest aerial cableway company in Switzerland. The competition is open for everybody within three categories: runners, popular race and Nordic Walking (the runners race will start at 09:30 am). Additional to the individual Matterhorn race, there is also a Team Race. The teams consisting of 4 runners maximum and 3 runners minimum can be put together out of every category, however, team members must be of the same nationality. The fastest 3 runners of the team will be admited to the rating.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Mürren, located at 1,650 metres above sea level, is a marvellous car free mountain village, perched on a high, sunny terrace facing the famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. It nestles at the foot of the Schilthorn with its revolving Piz Gloria Restaurant, made world-famous by a James Bond film.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Encouraged by the liveliness of the crowd, the cream of extreme sports made their way to the square at Unterseen on Friday and Saturday. After five days of intense filming, specialists from each of the disciplines, as well as the public, were wowed by the performances being shown on two giant screens on Saturday night. Struck by a terrible tragic accident on Tuesday the 1st of July, the whole event was forced to re-assess the format of this 4th edition. The organizers decided to follow the wishes of the teams involved, who unanimously decided to continue with their work, albeit in a non-competitive spirit.
Six thousand people made their way to Interlaken on Saturday and Sunday to take part in the activities specially laid on for the public, with the additional opportunity of being able to see these pro athletes in person. People of all ages were welcome to come and try out the sports of kayaking, mountain biking and climbing under the watchful eyes of professionals.
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Grand Canyon is a magical place, ever-changing, with massive walls that step back to expose eons of natural history, at one place dark and narrow, and at another lush with waterfalls thundering hundreds of feet in luminous free fall. The astounding scenery through Grand Canyon National Park is enhanced by the thrill of over 60 rapids where Western’s unique J-Rig rafts will give you maximum Grand Canyon white water rafting excitement.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Five years ago Kokanee Crankworx was created to showcase mountain biking's incredible progression to a worldwide audience. The TELUS Dual Slalom kicked off Opening Day at Kokanee Crankworx 2008. The Monster Energy Garbanzo DH, one of the longest, most grueling downhill course in mountain biking, was the highlight of Day Two. Womenzworx, presented by Sombrio, was the highlight of Day Four at Kokanee Crankworx 2008. The Jim Beam Air Downhill was the main event of Day Five. The VW Trick Showdown, a winner-take-all, rider-judged event based on two 45 minute sessions on two features within the Boneyard Slopestyle course, was the highlight of Day Six. The Giant Slalom was the highlight of Day Seven. The Giant Slalom weaved its way through the Boneyard Slopestyle course in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park with two riders going head-to-head over jumps and through berms into the finish line in Whistler. The Monster Energy Slopestyle @ Kokanee Crankworx dominated the Boneyard Slopestyle course in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park yesterday. Every year this event draws the biggest crowd of the festival, watching the best athletes in the world of mountain biking compete for $30,000 in prize money.
Whistler has the world's most diverse offering of mountain biking terrain, attracting all disciplines of mountain biking. This year the Whistler Mountain Bike Park celebrates its 10th Anniversary.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Grindelwald is located in the district of Interlaken in the canton of Bern and it is famous for the ridge-crest that extends from the Eiger (3,970 metres) and across the Mönch (4,107 metres) to the Jungfrau (4,158 metres). Grindelwald is part of the breathtaking Jungfrau region a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most glaciated part of the Alps.
Friday, August 15, 2008
One such effect is achieved with the XShot when the camera is placed in video mode and the user spins in place 360 degrees. When played back, the video appears three-dimensional and the subject seems to be standing still while the background revolves.
In the future you don't need to ask a stranger to take a picture of you on the slopes. Beyond the independent traveler, the XShot is also the perfect gadget for those who use the many social networking sites online.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Rafting is a challenging recreational activity utilizing a raft (an inflatable boat) to navigate a river with high current and turbulent waters. Rafts are usually propelled with ordinary paddles and typically hold 9 persons (including the guide). Rafting is continuously becoming popular among outdoor sport enthusiasts and nowadays, more and more people are discovering the fun and adventure that this activity offers. Equipment includes a helmet, a life jacket and a suit and boots made of neoprene.
Hydrospeed is a boardsport in which the participant is prone on the plastic board (Companies also offers a foam version of the plastic board to reduce weight and avoid injuries) with fins on his/her feet for propulsion and steering. The equipment includes helmet, life jacket and a neoprene suit specially designed for the activity (with elbow and knee pads). This sport is also known as whitewater sledging in New Zealand.
To complete a unique experience I recommend you the Hotel Riberies, a modern and cozy accommodation with 34 rooms (in different styles: suites, confort and rustic rooms), restaurant, outdoor heated pool and a spacious spa area with hydromassage, sauna and Hamam.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
On Saturday 9th the Qualifying race will take place at 2:00 PM. On Sunday 10th the Trek Bike Attack will start at 12:00 PM.
The winner's award ceremony following the race will take place in the Churwaldenparty tent.
Lenzerheide in the the canton of Grisons is located at 1,500 metres in a wonderful high valley around the Heidsee lake. In winter the region offers a Ski Paradise of 40 modern ski lifts and 155 kilometres of perfect pistes from 1,230 to 2,865 metres.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Contributing to the record 2007/08 season was an increase in international visits, which this year represented 6.3 percent of visits, up from 5.4 percent of visits last season. In absolute terms, international visits are estimated to have jumped by 28 percent this season. A skier/snowboarder visit is defined as one person visiting a ski area for all or part of a day or night, and includes full- and half-day, night, complimentary, adult, child, season and other types of tickets.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Small-scale agriculture gives the landscape its characteristical features.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Firmian. Open in June 11th, 2006, the most recent of the museums is located in Castle Firmiano/Sigmundskron (The Magic Mountain) just south of Bolzano.
The museum seeks to explore the relationship between men and mountains, with displays covering mountains in art, religion and literature and a history of mountaineering. An exhibition in its white tower is dedicated to the history of Südtirol.
Juval (Thema Mythos Berg: Die religiöse Dimension). The picturesque Juval Castle dates from 1278. The theme of this museum is the link between spirituality and mountains.
Dolomites (Thema Dolomiten/Fels: Die vertikale Welt). In the heart of the Dolomites, between Pieve di Cadore and Cortina d’Ampezzo, the "Museum in the clouds" rises at the Monte Rite (2,181 metres) affording fabulous panoramic views of the Dolomite peaks and the Marmolada Glacier.
Ortles (Thema Eis/Ortler: Gletscherwelten). In Sulden, at the Ortler mountain at 1,900 metres, the museum is a cleverly constructed underground space given over to the theme of ice. There are pictures of glaciers from all over the world, including a collection by the Victorian artist ET Crompton. The exhibition talks about the "fears people may have from the ice, and about the darkness", about "snow people" and "snow lions", about the "White Out" and the "third pole". Skiing, ice-climbing and pole runs are taken up as a theme. In a cabinet there is a memento of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909 signed by Ernest Shackleton.
Bruneck (Thema Bergvölker: Profane Welt der Berge). The fifth and final part of the project, located in castle Bruneck in the Pustertal, is due to open in 2010. The museum will focus on the subject of mountain communities.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Notable schedule highlights include:
- Opening Ceremony: Day 1, Friday, February 12, 2010, 18:00–21:00 (BC Place and Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza)
- Closing Ceremony: Day 17, Sunday, February 28, 2010, 17:30–20:00 (BC Place and Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza)
- First event — ski jumping men’s normal hill individual qualification: Day 1, Friday, February 12, 2010, 10:00–11:00 (Whistler Olympic Park)
- Final event — ice hockey, men’s gold medal game: Day 17, Sunday, February 28, 2010, 12:15–14:45, (General Motors Place)
“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.
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. The hourly competition schedules released today were built on the schedules announced by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in December 2007, which underwent eight subsequent revisions. Seven IFs were consulted, overseeing 15 Olympic disciplines and 86 Olympic medal events. Two Paralympic IFs were consulted, overseeing five sports and 64 Paralympic medal events. 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.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
IDE's All Weather Snowmaker is based on IDE’s proven Vacuum Ice Technology (VIM), which has been in operation worldwide for over 15 years. The All Weather Snowmaker is a unique, environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient solution that produces large quantities of high quality snow using vacuum conditions to generate it. Unlike the conventional snow gun, the All Weather Snowmaker is capable of operating at all ambient temperatures, thus ensuring full operation during warm spells as well as supplementing natural snowfall accumulation.
"This 1.5 million Euro investment will complement existing snow making systems by covering slopes that so far had to rely exclusively on natural snowfall", says Hans Rubatscher, Pitztal Glacier Resort Chairman. "This will enable us to offer European ski teams, who start their training season already in autumn, a wide racing area. Furthermore, regular skiers will enjoy a proper ski season right from the very beginning".
Daniel Luggen, Zermatt Tourism Director, says: "We definitely saw a decrease in bookings for the usually very popular ski tests that take place between October and December. We have to offer our guests an enjoyable ski experience and this innovative technology could not have come at a better time”.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Stage 1 (Short track 27,5 km): From Ischgl to Galtür via Lareinalmand back to Ischgl.
Stage 2 (Intermediate track 48 km): After the short track, the route heads steeply upwards to Idalpe and on to Vellillscharte. From there, riders speed down along the super trail designed by Hans Rey through the Vellil Valley and back to Ischgl.
Stage 3 (Long track 79 km, 3.820 m vertical climb): The route splits on the second track above Idalpe. A steep ascent heads up to the Greitspitze via Idjoch. From there riders must take Greitspitz and Salaaser trail and head down to Laret and Samnaun. From there, head back to Ischgl via Zeblasjoch, Palinkopf and Höllboden.
A detailed road book and GPS data for the Ischgl Ironbike are available from http://www.bike-gps.com/ for a small fee.
Ischgl is a mountain bike paradise with a total of over 1,000 kilometres of tracks and six cable cars for transportation. The Silvretta Bike Arena is considered to be one of the best mountain bike regions in the Alps. Ischgl does not only offer an impressive network of well marked mountain bike circuits for every level of fitness; you also can practice the correct riding techniques in the special riding-technique-park, "Ischgl Trailground".