STYLE ALTITUDE for Skiing and Snowboarding

15th MAY

ONE SKI HOLIDAY A YEAR IS NOT ENOUGH ACCORDING TO BRITS

Ski Club of Great Britain and Mountain Trade Network

One ski holiday a year is never enough. This is according to an increasing number of UK skiers who are planning more than one trip to the mountains, next winter. They will also not be using tour operators as much, taking more independently-arranged holidays and short breaks, according to responses from 780 skiers to a recent survey carried out by the Ski Club of Great Britain and Mountain Trade Network. Of the estimated 1.8m skiers in the UK, the survey indicates that the majority will now be staying in hotels rather than chalets. But despite huge intent and climate crisis warnings, few will be taking the train with only 2 percent going by rail to the Alps, last winter, compared to 6 percent pre-Covid.

EPIC TAKEOVER: VAIL RESORTS BUYS SWITZERLAND'S CRANS-MONTANA

Crans Montana Ski Bought by Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts has acquired an 84 percent ownership stake in Remontées Mécaniques Crans Montana Aminona (CMA) SA, which controls and operates all Crans-Montana's lifts servicing the resort's !400m of vertical skiable terrain and 140k of pistes, and supporting mountain operations, including four retail and rental locations, Vail Resorts now has 100 percent of SportLife AG, which operates one of the ski schools located at the resort and has taken full ownership of 11 restaurants located on and around the mountain. The valuation for the entirety of these resort operations is CHF 118.5m, including approximately CHF 7m of debt that will remain in place.

Vail Resorts plans to invest approximately CHF 30m over the next five years, focusing on maximising gastronomy efficiencies plus improving and expanding snowmaking capabilities.

For the 2024/25 season, Epic Pass Holders will receive unlimited and unrestricted access to Crans-Montana Mountain Resort. Epic Local Pass Holders will receive five days at the resort, and Epic Day Pass Holders with All Resorts Access will be able to visit using any of their days. Check out the Epic Pass here.

    OTHER SKI NEWS

    ADDED ST. MORITZ GLITZ. Ikon Pass has added glitzy St. Moritz for winter 24/25, joining Zermatt, in Switzerland for a total of six European destinations. Last day to score your Ikon Pass at spring's lowest prices is 18th April, giving access to 59 global destinations and spring skiing at select destinations across North America.

    CHECK OUT OUR WEBCAM. For current weather and conditions in the mountains outside STYLE ALTITUDE HQ at 1400m and across to the pistes in Serre Chevalier.here.

Gear Reviews

April 24
Cardo group communication review for skiing

THE CARDO PACKTALK OUTDOOR SKI INTERCOM REVIEW

It's over and out for Walkie-Talkies as there's now a better way to communicate with friends on the mountain.

We've now used the Cardo unit numerous times as a comms system on the mountain, the first time at the SIGB Ski Test. Cardo's tech pedigree is that they have been producing communication headsets since 2005, primarily for the motorcycle market.

What sets the Cardo Packtalk Outdoor apart from the likes of Motorola / BCA walkie-talkies is that it is far simpler to use. No pressing a button to talk, having to ask 'did you get that?' or a group of Italians suddenly chattering on the same frequency.

The system is far less cumbersome, as you are in continuous contact with whoever else is linked wirelessly to you and without having to rely on data or a phone signal, plus it's totally hands-free...

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Features

MAY 2024
Digital nomad working from ski resorts

WFM, WORK FROM MOUNTAINS. HOW TO BE A DIGITAL SNOMAD

When Italy launched a digital nomad visa in April, 2024, it was a momento fantastico for anyone outside the Schengen Area of the EU, who wants to work remotely and ski in the Alps or Dolomites for the whole winter season, while enjoying endless Italian lattes.

For those skiers and snowboarders who have a laptop and will travel, the mountains are calling...

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The Ski Blog

1st May
self arrest when skiing

CAN YOU SELF-ARREST WHEN SLIDING OUT OF CONTROL ON ICE?

There's a YouTube video that's had nearly 7m views. It's titled, '1100 metre piste slide with no skis (82Km/h)'. The description under the video contains a cautionary note from the free faller, who warns: 'Be very careful on steep, icy slopes and learn how to self arrest'.

This winter, I also found myself hurtling downhill on my butt, similar to this guy but not nearly as far. It was the first run in the morning, following rain the previous day with overnight freeze. Higher up the pistes were in great condition but then sheet ice on the last leg of a black run. I lost both skis ending up sliding at ever increasing speed and unable to stop.

So I'm on the lookout for any tips on how to self-arrest for future icy incidents. Check out what I discovered in our latest Ski Blog...

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Winter Sports News

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    'I get flashbacks' - team-mate on Johnson's death

    Ice hockey player Victor Bjorkung speaks to BBC Sport about the pain of losing Nottingham Panthers team-mate Adam Johnson.
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    Police re-bail man over ice hockey player's death

    Adam Johnson was hit in the neck by a skate in a collision with Sheffield Steelers' Matt Petgrave.
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