Milan-Cortina Awarded the Olympic Winter Games 2026

Milano-Cortina 2026. Photo: Cortina d'Ampezzo. Milan-Cortina Awarded the Olympic Winter Games 2026.

Milan-Cortina Awarded the Olympic Winter Games 2026

Milan-Cortina, Italy, Will Host the Olympic Winter Games 2026. The Decision was Taken Today during the 134th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Other Candidate in the Ballot was Stockholm-Åre, Sweden.
134th IOC Session
Results
Host of the Winter Olympic Games 2026
 Voting cards distributed 82
 Valid votes 81
 Abstentions (including blank votes) 1
 Majority 41
   
 Stockholm – Åre 34
 Milan – Cortina 47

 

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Congratulations to Milan-Cortina. We can look forward to outstanding and sustainable Olympic Winter Games in a traditional winter sports country. The passion and knowledge of Italian fans, together with experienced venue operators, will create the perfect atmosphere for the best athletes in the world. The Olympic Winter Games Milan-Cortina 2026 will feature iconic venues and beautiful settings, combining the attractions of a modern European metropolis with a classic Alpine environment.”

 

IOC President Thomas Bach opens envelope with the winner being Milano-Cortina for 2026. Milan-Cortina Awarded the Olympic Winter Games 2026.
IOC President Thomas Bach opens envelope with the winner being Milano-Cortina for 2026. Milan-Cortina Awarded the Olympic Winter Games 2026.

 

He added: “The new Candidature Process has demonstrated the success of Olympic Agenda 2020. We have lowered the cost and complexity of developing Games projects, which now serve the long-term development goals of the host communities and have sustainability and legacy at their hearts. This has led to a significantly reduced organisation budget and the use of 93 per cent existing or temporary competition venues. I also want to thank Stockholm-Åre for presenting an excellent candidature and being part of the Candidature Process for the Olympic Winter Games 2026.”

Italy is a sport-loving nation, and winter sports are part of the tradition, culture and identity of Northern Italy. The region has world-class winter sports venues, ranging from the ice arenas of Milan to the well-established and iconic World Cup and World Championship destinations of Cortina, Bormio, Antholz and Val di Fiemme.

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April 2020 for the possible implementation of the GPS system at the Andorra-La Seu airport

La Seu d'Urgell Airport in Catalunya, outside Andorra serves the Andorran airspace. The EFA claims that the failure of the GPS makes an airport essential in the country

April 2020 for the possible implementation of the GPS system at the Andorra-La Seu airport

The EFA claims that the failure of the GPS makes an airport essential in the country

The principality of Andorra shares two similar items with San Marino. Both have two active heads of state and both are reliant on airports outside their borders.

April 2020 for the possible implementation of the GPS system at the Andorra-La Seu airport.The EFA claims that the failure of the GPS makes an airport essential in the country. La Seu d’Urgell Airport serves the Andorran airspace
April 2020 for the possible implementation of the GPS system at the Andorra-La Seu airport.The EFA claims that the failure of the GPS makes an airport essential in the country. La Seu d’Urgell Airport serves the Andorran airspace

Andorra’s location in the middle of the Pyrenees mountain range, is a magnet for skiers and mountain lovers alike. The key is to bring in those visitors.

When the idea of building an altiport – an aerodrome in mountainous terrain was discarded due to its difficulty, the alternative that was obvious for all was to turn to La Seu d’Urgell Airport, just across the border in Spain, into Andorra’s air gateway.

The airport is on a flat-top hill and has seen little action since regular flights to Barcelona were abandoned in the early 1980s. But this can change soon with a renovation program.

Local topography and runway length do not allow aircrafts bigger than the 27-meter ATR turboprop. Still this could be a good start for people busing into the resort.

Two separate airline start-ups – Andorra Airlines and Air Andorra have interest in this airport, but have not started to operate yet.

The most famous person to have landed in Andorra-La Seu d’Urgell Airport is Elton John, who landed here in 2015 on a way to a concert in Andorra.

April 2020 for the possible implementation of the GPS system at the Andorra-La Seu airport.Map of Andorra. The EFA claims that the failure of the GPS makes an airport essential in the country.
April 2020 for the possible implementation of the GPS system at the Andorra-La Seu airport.Map of Andorra. The EFA claims that the failure of the GPS makes an airport essential in the country.

Mora claims to “put on the table” negotiations with the EU to improve the rest of the infrastructure

 

The Andorran Family Business (EFA) demands that the new Government mark as a priority the construction of an airport in national territory. The request was made by the president of the entity, Francesc Mora, with reference to the latest announcement by Spanish Minister of Development, José Luis Ábalos, who has set at least for April 2020 umpteenth date for the possible implementation of the GPS system at the Andorra-La Seu airport. «In November, they told us that we would have GPS in May. Then he was postponed for the fall and now we have already spent the next year, “Mora recalled, then said that” Andorra as a country cannot be waiting for an agenda that does not control “but has to take “a sovereign decision”.

In this way, the EFA reiterated its support for the Chamber of Commerce and its president, Miquel Armengol, a defender of the need for an Andorran airport, who announced that, unlike of the urgency airport, the GPS navigation system would not present so many complications in Andorra, since “the approach system is not homologable in the Headquarters has nothing to do with what it is not possible to implement here.”

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How ski grooming patterns can affect visibility in the snow.

Snow Groomed. Photo by John Price. Unsplash. How ski grooming patterns can affect visibility in the snow.

How ski grooming patterns can affect visibility in the snow.

Ski Grooming Patterns

It is true when skiing down on a blue bird day on a groomed slope is really enjoyable. Now add clouds and fog, and if you don’t have trees at either side of the slope – you don’t see much! Still with trees by the side, visibility is not at its best.

This is what made QBI researcher Dr Will Harrison fall on a ski slope in Canada, and later he transformed this fall into a research project.

Dr Harrison says that visibility on groomed runs is severely reduced on shady spots of a run or on overcast days. He suggests that by grooming differently, visibility could be greatly improved.

The art of snow grooming - PistenBully picture. Red Road Show in Italy. How ski grooming patterns can affect visibility in the snow.
The art of snow grooming – PistenBully picture. Red Road Show in Italy. How ski grooming patterns can affect visibility in the snow.

Grooming is shown to have reduced ski accidents

Dr Harrison said, “for the safety of skiers and snowboarders, snow at ski resorts is compacted and smoothed in a process called “grooming”, which has been shown to reduce accidents,”

“Grooming results in a pattern of parallel lines in the snow, and we know a lot about how the brain processes these patterns. Grooming has been shown to reduce accidents, but I was interested to test if the particular groom pattern used at my ski resort made it more difficult to see the snow when it is not in full sunlight.

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New lifts and piste for Portes du Soleil for the 2019-20 ski season

News lifts and piste for Portes du Soleil for the 2019-20 ski season. Avoriaz photo.

New lifts and piste for Portes du Soleil for the 2019-20 ski season

Portes du Soleil will be improving its ski area and strengthen the lifts connecting the resorts. SERMA – (Avoriaz Ropeway Operating Company), is launching replacement works for the Léchère chairlift, as well as the construction of a new chairlift and a new red run on Les Cases. The chairlift manufacturer will be from the Bartholet company.

Avoriaz will open a third connection between its ski area and the Swiss resort of Champéry – Les Crosets. This will be made possible with the construction of two new lifts to facilitate the skiing opportunities throughout the Portes du Soleil ski area, composed of 12 resorts with 650 km of linked runs in France and Switzerland.

New lifts and piste for Portes du Soleil for the 2019-20 ski season. Avoriaz photo.
New lifts and piste for Portes du Soleil for the 2019-20 ski season. Avoriaz photo.

The first chairlift will replace the current triple chairlift La Léchère with a high-speed detachable sextuple alleviating the uplift of skiers and riders. The new sextuple will carry 2700 skiers per hour in comparison of the 1,800 carried by the actual triple.

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SKI TEST – SKI REVIEW #2 – Nordica Enforcer 100

SKI TEST - SKI REVIEW #2 – Nordica Enforcer 100 SKI REVIEWS -FAT OR NOT FAT - WHAT TO BUY?

SKI TEST – SKI REVIEW #2 – Nordica Enforcer 100

SKI REVIEWSFAT OR NOT FAT- WHAT TO BUY?

by Chino Martinez
Professional skier

On our first review we explained how to choose the best skis for you.

We have to remember a couple of things that will help how to identify and choose the right model for your best ski day.

1-Dimensions

2-Underfoot

3-Radius

4.Length

SKI TEST - SKI REVIEW #2 – Nordica Enforcer 100 SKI REVIEWS -FAT OR NOT FAT - WHAT TO BUY?
SKI TEST – SKI REVIEW #2 – Nordica Enforcer 100 SKI REVIEWS -FAT OR NOT FAT – WHAT TO BUY?

With all these thoughts we are going to review the top #2 ski of our list for Men All-Mountain-Wide Skis:

#2: NORDICA ENFORCER 100

Before starting with this review, I’m going to talk about the ski factories.

Today, the ski factories must work together with ski brands because factories are manufacturing several brands under the same roof.

Back on the day, mostly in Europe, each brand had its own factory to develop its own skis.

Today things are different, and this is not a secret. One factory can manufacture several skis for different brands. This is not a problem nor a bad thing. In this case, the Nordica Enforcer 100 shares the same factory with the top #1 ski of our review, the Blizzard Bonafide 98.

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Pal Arinsal will invest 3 million euros in improvements for the 2019-20 season

Pal Arinsal will invest 3 million euros in improvements for the 2019-20 season. Photo: Vallnord Pal Arinsal.

Pal Arinsal will invest 3 million euros in improvements for the 2019-20 season

The Comú de la Massana will make a contribution of 1.4 million euros to EMAP (Pal-Arinsal). This amount, added to the 1.6 contributed by the same resort, will be used for snowmaking and the improvement of the pistes.

Pal Arinsal's one of its covered magic carpets. Photo: Pal Arinsal. Pal Arinsal will invest 3 million euros in improvements for the 2019-20 season.
Pal Arinsal’s one of its covered magic carpets. Photo: Pal Arinsal. Pal Arinsal will invest 3 million euros in improvements for the 2019-20 season.

Of the 3 million that will be invested this summer, 1.6 are contributed by the EMAP company and 1.4 are contributed by Comú de La Massana.

The Andorran domain has been ending the ski season with profit for seven years, so it can carry out an investment plan, in conjunction with the contribution made by the parish of La Massana, the sole owner of the company.

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25 Years of St. Anton Film Festival

St Anton Film Festival. Photo: Simon Rainer. St Anton am Arlberg Tourism Office.

25 Years of St. Anton Film Festival

”Mountains, People, Adventure“ Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in St. Anton am Arlberg in late summer this year. The international mountaineering elite will convene in St. Anton am Arlberg from 28th to 31st August 2019 to offer an exciting insight into expeditions that have taken place around the globe. 

Filmfest 2018. Arlberg-well.com- Copyright TVB St Anton am Arlberg. Photographer: Simon Rainer. 25 Years of St. Anton Film Festival.
Filmfest 2018. Arlberg-well.com- Copyright TVB St Anton am Arlberg. Photographer: Simon Rainer. 25 Years of St. Anton Film Festival.

 A total of 20 screenings will be made, twelve of them premieres. St. Anton Film Festival has firmly established itself as a hot spot for the outdoor film scene over the past 25 years.

The atmosphere of a professional major event combined with a family atmosphere impresses guests and locals time and again, with the festival garnering record numbers of visitors last year. In addition to films with fascinating imagery, international endurance athletes, directors and impressive personalities talk live about their experiences and adventures and comment on their films. The entertainment begins each evening at 20 hrs.

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Chacaltaya Ski Resort is not Operating due to the Retreat of a 18,000-year-old glacier.

Chacaltaya Ski Resort in Bolivia. Chacaltaya Ski Resort is not Operating due to the Retreat of a 18,000-year-old glacier.

Chacaltaya Ski Resort is not Operating due to the Retreat of a 18,000-year-old glacier.

Chacaltaya, the world’s highest ski resort in Bolivia, has been deserted after its 18,000-year-old glacier has melted away.

The Chacaltaya Ski Resort was once the only ski resort in Bolivia, where people of the neighbouring La Paz used to go skiing. The resort was also the home of the highest restaurant in the world and the resort itself was also the highest ski resort in the world. As the glacier melted, the resort was abandoned.

Chacaltaya Ski Resort in Bolivia. Chacaltaya Ski Resort is not Operating due to the Retreat of a 18,000-year-old glacier.
Chacaltaya Ski Resort in Bolivia. Chacaltaya Ski Resort is not Operating due to the Retreat of a 18,000-year-old glacier.

The resort opened in the late 1930s and the season used to last between seven or eight months per year. Visitors came to ski and sledge down the Chacaltaya Glacier until the cold and the altitude made them return to lower elevations.

At 17,519 feet (5,340 m) above sea level, Chacaltaya Ski Resort was not for the heart fainted! The altitude is higher than the North Base Camp of Mount Everest. The restaurant is still recognised as the highest mountain in the world by the Guinness Records.

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SKI TEST -SKI REVIEWS -FAT OR NOT FAT? What Ski to Buy?

Photo: Blizzard .SKI TEST -SKI REVIEWS -FAT OR NOT FAT? What Ski to Buy?

SKI TEST -SKI REVIEWS -FAT OR NOT FAT? What Ski to Buy?

by Chino Martinez
Professional skier

Introduction to different types of skis

Review of #1 Male All Mountain Skis – Blizzard Bonafide 98.

These days the options when walking into a ski shop at the beginning of the ski season are too many!

Blizzard Bonafide skis. SKI TEST -SKI REVIEWS -FAT OR NOT FAT? What Ski to Buy?
Blizzard Bonafide skis. SKI TEST -SKI REVIEWS -FAT OR NOT FAT? What Ski to Buy?

This article is to inform skiers how to choose the best skis for your best ski day or ski season.

What do we have to look to choose the right skis?

A-What type of skier are you?
1-aggressive/expert 2-intermediate 3-beginner.

B-What kind of terrain do you ski the most? Off piste, all mountain, groomers (piste), racing?
C-How many skis do you have? or are you willing to have? 

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Picture Ski Clothing for Kids – Grows with them!

Picture Ski Clothing for Kids – Grows with them!

Picture Ski Clothing for Kids – Grows with them!

You know how much it costs skiing and all you need to purchase to get your family kitted to going skiing. Now, you can get some cheap brands that are good enough, or maybe you want to splash out on a good brand. But then your kids grow up too quickly and you have made an investment that is not recovered– unless you have younger siblings to pass the clothes to and take advantage of it!

Slope jacket. Picture Ski Clothing for Kids – Grows with them!
Slope jacket. Picture Ski Clothing for Kids – Grows with them!

And it is great if you can find some decent brand for your kids, as you want your kid to be warm on the pistes. If you have very cold temperatures and your kid is wet and cold, he can ruin all the family’s day out. Skiing is very costly as to let this happen!

I was the other day visiting the dry slope at Chatham Snowsports Center and I pop into the  ski shop, and these jackets from Picture caught my eye.

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