Stream bursts banks and floods Zermatt

Matterhorn with an imposing ram in front of it. Photo Leander Wenger. Zermatt Tourism Office. Stream bursts banks and floods Zermatt.

Stream bursts banks and floods Zermatt

From Swissinfo.ch

A torrent of water in the Triftbach stream caused unexpected flooding in the Swiss resort of Zermatt. A pocket of meltwater in the glacier above is believed to be the cause.

Despite it being the hottest day of the year without a drop of rain in sight, the Triftbach stream took Zermatt by surprise on Wednesday when it transformed into a gushing torrent of grey water for a while. News website 20 Minuten was able to source footage from readers.

(Keystone / Philippe Mooser) Swissinfo.ch. Stream bursts banks and floods Zermatt.
(Keystone / Philippe Mooser) Swissinfo.ch. Stream bursts banks and floods Zermatt.

No one was injured, the municipality said.

A glacier is probably at the origin of these torrents of water carrying sand and stones, said mayor Romy Biner-Hauser, who described it as “an unpredictable whim of nature”.

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FIS CAMP- South America Chile July, 2019

FIS CAMP- South America Chile July, 2019. Photo Courtesy: FIS Camp, Chino Martinez.

FIS CAMP- South America Chile July, 2019

By Chino Martinez- Coach and Pro Skier

The FIS Camp is a classic event every season, with one version in Europe and one in South America.  The International Ski Federation supports this fantastic camp to create the future World Champions and FIS racers from all over the world.

FIS CAMP- South America Chile July, 2019. Photo Courtesy: FIS Camp, Chino Martinez.
FIS CAMP- South America Chile July, 2019. Photo Courtesy: FIS Camp, Chino Martinez.

16 kids, ladies and men spent 21 days in a ski resort in South America; this year it was the chance for EL Colorado, in Chile at the base of the Andes to host the camp. El Colorado is located one hour from Santiago City. It is a great ski resort, with lots of experience in ski racing and race training, which hosted many amazing athletes over the years of the likes of Ilka Stuhec, Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin.

The FIS race camp is about skiing and much more: the camaraderie between the kids and coaches while staying at the same Hotel and sharing ideas and techniques is invaluable and creates a great vibe for the entire group.From 6;45 am breakfast is served, in order to start skiing at 7:30 am for 3-4 hours. Then is time for lunch all together, with a second short session in the afternoon.

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Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.

Threbdo Ski Map. Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.

Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.

A skier has fallen down the Gunbarrel Express Quad chairlift at 3 PM on Monday when strong winds dislodged the chair.

SafeWork NSW has confirmed that the chairlift has been shut down pending an investigation by the safety watchdog.

The skier with the broken chair. Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.
The skier with the broken chair. Skier falls from chairlift in Threbdo after becoming dislodged due to strong winds.

Fortunately, even though the skier fell down several meters down, he only suffered some bruising on the incident, as per the report from Threbdo.

“There was an isolated incident affecting a single chair on Gunbarrel chairlift at approximately 3pm yesterday caused by a freak gust of wind. The guest involved in the incident sustained minor bruising only. No other guests or chairs were affected.”

The spokesperson said other chairlifts were not affected due to the weather conditions.

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Vail Resorts to Acquire Peak Resorts, Owner Of 17 U.S. Ski Areas

A great powder day at Mount Snow, part of Peak Resorts.Vail Resorts to Acquire Peak Resorts, Owner Of 17 U.S. Ski Areas

Vail Resorts to Acquire Peak Resorts, Owner Of 17 U.S. Ski Areas

Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding stock of Peak Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKIS) at a purchase price of $11.00 per share, subject to certain conditions, including regulatory review and Peak Resorts’ shareholder approval.

Liberty Mountain. Photo: Peak Resorts. Vail Resorts to Acquire Peak Resorts, Owner Of 17 U.S. Ski Areas
Liberty Mountain. Photo: Peak Resorts. Vail Resorts to Acquire Peak Resorts, Owner Of 17 U.S. Ski Areas

Through the acquisition, Vail Resorts will add 17 U.S. ski areas to its network of world-class resorts. Located near major metropolitan areas, including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Columbus, St. Louis, Kansas City and Louisville, the resorts include:

  • Mount Snow in Vermont
  • Hunter Mountain in New York
  • Attitash Mountain ResortWildcat Mountain and Crotched Mountain in New Hampshire
  • Liberty Mountain ResortRoundtop Mountain ResortWhitetail ResortJack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania
  • Alpine ValleyBoston MillsBrandywine and Mad River Mountain in Ohio
  • Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri
  • Paoli Peaks in Indiana

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Stranded tourists heli-ported after Stanserhorn CabriO cable car breakdown

The Stanserhorn Cabrio cablecar. A double decker. Different types of lifts on resorts (I can think of) and how to ride them.

Stranded tourists heli-ported after Stanserhorn CabriO cable car breakdown

From Swiss.ch

Around 150 tourists stranded at the top of the Stanserhorn mountain in central Switzerland had to be rescued by helicopter after the cable car they came up with broke down.

On Friday evening, the monitoring system of the open-air cable car triggered an emergency shutdown due to a technical defect, said the operators. Passengers in the cabins were able reach both ends thanks to a backup mechanism. However, those who were at the top of the mountain were stranded. They had to be transported by three helicopters to the valley below.

The Stanserhorn Cabrio is arriving to the top station in Stanserhorn mountain. Stranded tourists heli-ported after Stanserhorn CabriO cable car breakdown.
The Stanserhorn Cabrio is arriving to the top station in Stanserhorn mountain. Stranded tourists heli-ported after Stanserhorn CabriO cable car breakdown.

“At no time were they in any danger,” said the Stanserhorn cable car operators.

Repairs were scheduled for Saturday morning and the cable cars are expected to return to service Sunday morning. A similar incident took place a week ago on the Niesen mountain in the Bernese mountains. The breakdown of the funicular railway had necessitated a rescue by helicopter.

More information: Swiss.ch

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Delta slashes price of overlarge sports gear.

Delta slashes price of overlarge sports gear.

Delta slashes price of overlarge sports gear.

Delta Airlines is making it cheaper to travel with large sports equipment. It is eliminating the USD 150 specialty sports bag fee, copying what American Airlines did earlier this year.

Travellers will be paying normal baggage fees for sporting equipment as long as it meets the weight and size requirements of Delta. Delta charges USD 30 each way for the first checked bag and USD 40 for the second on domestic flights.

Delta slashes price of overlarge sports gear. Aerial view of Lausanne and Lac Leman.
Delta slashes price of overlarge sports gear. Aerial view of Lausanne and Lac Leman

This policy takes place for tickets purchased on or after July 17th. Alaska Airlines was the first carrier to slash the oversize sports equipment fees in 2017. United did the same in 2018, but only on nonstop flights to and from California for surfboards.

Delta Airlines stated: “Delta customers traveling with surfboards, bicycles, golf clubs, scuba gear and other large-sized sporting equipment will now be allowed to check them as part of their standard baggage allowance.

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The new Future of Ski Bindings is here: Howell 880 Pro ACL friendly ski binding.

Gear Tests- the new Howell 800 Pro ACL Friendly. The new Future of Ski Bindings is here: Howell 880 Pro ACL friendly ski binding.

The new Future of Ski Bindings is here: Howell 880 Pro ACL friendly ski binding.

We all know how important ski bindings to skis are. You don’t want them to pre-release, making it dangerous while coming fast down the mountain.  On the same way, you don’t want them not to release, as this implicates potential damage to your limbs.

Howell Ski Bindings 800 Pro. The new Future of Ski Bindings is here: Howell 880 Pro ACL friendly ski binding.
Howell Ski Bindings 800 Pro. The new Future of Ski Bindings is here: Howell 880 Pro ACL friendly ski binding.

The typical binding has a lateral toe release and upward heel release. The Howell 880 Pro has both characteristics, PLUS a lateral heel release.

These bindings will be releasing end of October 2020 and you can pre-reserve with a USD 80 deposit here.

Rick Howell, owner of Howell SkiBindings has been in the business of creating bindings for over 4 decades. He was involved in the release of the Salomon 555, what became the number 1 selling alpine throughout the mid-1970’s. He has a fascinating story about his life – it did grip me and read it all – you can check it here.

He was involved with a group of technicians from Stuttgart on what is now called the ‘‘DIN’ System’, used worldwide for 37 years, by 20 million skiers, including today. Rick worked many years for Geze ski binding company and received the ‘Glass Award’ for successful business accomplishments that caused ‘over 100,000 pair of bindings to be sold in a single year. ‘

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Swiss village plans to sell ‘houses for one franc.’

Monte Sciaga - Swiss village plans to sell 'houses for one franc.'

Swiss village plans to sell ‘houses for one franc.’

From The Local

A municipality in Switzerland’s Italian-speaking canton of Ticino is looking at selling off nine properties for the symbolic price of one Swiss franc (€0.90). 

The aim of the plan (here in Italian) is to breathe life back into the far-flung but picturesque hamlet of Monti Scìaga, right near the Italian border.

Monte Sciaga - Swiss village plans to sell 'houses for one franc.'
Monte Sciaga – Swiss village plans to sell ‘houses for one franc.’

The Italian border is a virtual stone’s throw from Monti Scìaga.

The local council wants to build a hut for hikers and cyclists while nine further properties could be up for grabs for one franc each if local building authorities sign off on the project this autumn.

The catch

But there is a catch. The stone houses – or rustici as they are known locally – are little more than ruins, and anyone buying them would have to fully renovate them in line with local laws.

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Italians cheer on wild bear’s ‘Great Escape’

The M49 bear got away from its electrified holding pen. Italians cheer on wild bear's 'Great Escape.'

Italians cheer on wild bear’s ‘Great Escape’

From New Strait Times – AFP

Italian animal lovers cheered on a wild bear Monday after a daring escape from an electrified holding pen sparked a bear-hunt and a furore over its fate.

The three-year old, known only as M49, was captured Sunday in the Val Rendena valley in the Trentino region in northern Italy after it was spotted several times approaching inhabited areas.

But in a getaway compared by Italian media to Steve McQueen’s exploits in the 1963 WWII film “The Great Escape“, M49 went on the lam Saturday after scaling a four-metre (13-foot) high and 7,000 volt electric fence.

Italians cheer on wild bear's 'Great Escape'
Italians cheer on wild bear’s ‘Great Escape’

“Run bear, run!” said one user on Twitter as the #fugaperlaliberta (#escapeforfreedom) hashtag went viral.

Others appealed to Matteo Salvini with the #salvinisalvalorso (#salvinisavethebear) hashtag – perhaps hoping the interior minister would extend his recent interest in the welfare of stray dogs and cats to bears.

Three teams from the state forestry corps were set on its trail, with sniffer dogs.

The search was complicated by the fact that the bear’s tracking collar was apparently removed after its capture.

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The EagleVail chairlift to Beaver Creek was not accepted by the Forest Service.

Beaver Creek photo: Jack Affleck. Vail Resorts. The EagleVail chairlift to Beaver Creek was not accepted by the Forest Service.

The EagleVail chairlift to Beaver Creek was not accepted by the Forest Service.

A chairlift has been discussed since the 60’s in EagleVail.

From Vail Daily and Aspen Times

The Forest Service and Vail Resorts have cited wildlife impacts to deny building a chairlift connecting EagleVail to Beaver Creek.

Aaron Mayville, district ranger for the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District has written to Steve Barber, EagleVail Metro District Manager that “a chairlift from EagleVail, across National Forest and into Beaver Creek is not possible right now.”

And Vail Resorts Executive Vice President, Mountain Division has also written to Barber stating that “we are not interested in discussions regarding a lift from EagleVail to Beaver Creek at this point.”

EagleVail golf putting green photo. Chris Dillmann. Vail Daily. The EagleVail chairlift to Beaver Creek was not accepted by the Forest Service.
EagleVail golf putting green photo. Chris Dillmann. Vail Daily. The EagleVail chairlift to Beaver Creek was not accepted by the Forest Service.

The officials of EagleVail were interested in a lift as EagleVail residents also were, as it helps increasing property values as a boon for homeowners and a catalyst for renewal.

Vail Resorts owns and operates Beaver Creek Resort.

David Warner, VP of EagleVail Metro District board and longtime proponent of the lift said: “It’s definitely a setback; these were not good letters.”

A lift of U$D 5.2 million

The lift was envisioned to stretch from the current location of the driving range of the EagleVail Golf Club up to Allie’s Cabin or Rose Bowl.

The proponents believe they had been backed up by Vail Resorts about this lift idea in 2016. A chairlift has been discussed in EagleVail since its inception in the ‘60s.

Even before Beaver Creek was built, there was a plan considered to connect EagleVail with the old Meadow Mountain Ski Area.

Warner said he received a bid for U$D 5.2 million from a lift company to build a 11,250-foot-long lift from the driving range to Rose Bowl. People favouring this envisioned asking voters to get an additional sales tax or using revenue from the tax passed in 2018 to finance the construction and operation of the lift.

The proposed EagleVail lift alignment. The EagleVail chairlift to Beaver Creek was not accepted by the Forest Service.
The proposed EagleVail lift alignment. The EagleVail chairlift to Beaver Creek was not accepted by the Forest Service.

The Property Owners Association board’s members came to a Metro District meeting in April asking the Metro Board for its blessing to conduct a U$D 15,000 study that would examine if there were ‘fatal flaws’ in the lift plan.

But then the Members of the Metro District suggested to just reach out to the Forest Service and Vail Resorts to see if they support the concept, and the answer was a resounding “no.”

Protection of wildlife, mainly the elk herd.

Mayville wrote in the May 4 email that ‘the entire hillside above EagleVail is an ‘elk refuge’ of sorts – when Beaver Creek was built, (a memorandum of understanding) was signed between the Forest Service, Division of Wildlife, Vail Associates, and others to set aside the area for the protection of wildlife (mainly the elk herd).”

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