Browsing entries tagged with Austria

9 Sep 2015

Crystal reports growth in skiing

Crystal reports growth in skiing

Despite a hit-and-miss season, with below average snowfall, major transfer day issues in France and strange, changeable snow conditions, Crystal Ski Holidays has reported strong growth in its ski market.…

30 Aug 2015

Child sued for skiing accident in Austria

Child sued for skiing accident in Austria

A court in Austria will consider whether child skiing on a school trip is responsible for causing an accident that has left an adult woman “seriously injured”. A six-year-old child is being sued for…

13 Jul 2015

easyJet to fly to Friedrichshafen

easyJet to fly to Friedrichshafen

The low-cost airline easyJet will fly to Friedrichshafen in Germany from December, offering a new option for skiers heading to Austrian and German resorts. Friedrichshafen offers 1.5-hour transfer times…

17 Jun 2015

Summer skiing begins in Les 2 Alpes

Summer skiing begins in Les 2 Alpes

Summer skiing will get underway in France this weekend, when the largest skiable glacier in Europe opens its lifts. With 111 hectares of slopes on its glacier at 3,200m, Les Deux-Alpes leads the charge…

11 Jun 2015

St Anton ski shops guilty of price fixing

St Anton ski shops guilty of price fixing

Four ski shops in the Austrian resort of St Anton have been fined €419,200 (nearly £305,000) between them after being found guilty of fixing prices for the past 12 years. On 28 April, the Cartel Court…

10 Apr 2015

Austrian ski racer explodes in colour

Austrian ski racer explodes in colour

Four-time World Champion skier Marcel Hirscher took part in an extraordinary stunt for Red Bull last week — painting the slopes of his local resort technicolour. The Austrian champion skied down a specially…

9 Apr 2015

Fieberbrunn to link with Saalbach

Fieberbrunn to link with Saalbach

The Fieberbrunn ski area in Austria will be linked for next season with Saalbach Hinterglemm and Leogang, bringing the Ski Circus area up to 240km and linking the Tyrol and Salzburg areas. A 10-seater…

7 Apr 2015

Another top act to close Ischgl

Another top act to close Ischgl

It might be April, but the snow hasn’t stopped, and the Austrian resort of Ischgl is already gearing up to its season finale “Top of the Mountain” concert. The record-breaking US band Thirty Seconds…

9 Feb 2015

Excellent skiing ahead for half term

Excellent skiing ahead for half term

Snow is still falling today in the north-eastern Alps, but elsewhere the sun is shining after a week of massive snowfalls. Andermatt and Engelberg in Switzerland each report upper depths of 380cm this…

30 Jan 2015

Snow causes fatalities and closures

Snow causes fatalities and closures

Resorts in the Alps are closed today due to colossal amounts of snow falling — and there is more to come. Many that are open have raised the avalanche danger level from three to four (high). In the past…

29 Jan 2015

Simon Cowell heads to Ischgl

Simon Cowell heads to Ischgl

Simon Cowell — that man we all love to hate — has taken to the slopes of Ischgl in Austria. Well, sort of. A 4m snow sculpture of The X Factor judge has been carved on the ski slopes of the Tirolean…

13 Jan 2015

Ski Club leader fined €10k for guiding

Ski Club leader fined €10k for guiding

The Ski Club of Great Britain is to lodge an immediate appeal against a court ruling made in France against one of its leaders last Thursday. Ski Club leader Ken Piddlesden appeared in court in Albertville…

12 Jan 2015

Ski resorts cut prices for 2015

Ski resorts cut prices for 2015

Prices in ski resorts across Europe have plunged by up to 23 per cent, according to a survey by Post Office Travel Money. The survey, which was compiled using prices from 27 resorts in Europe and North…

9 Jan 2015

James Bond spied in Sölden

James Bond spied in Sölden

It’s been a tumultuous week for the ski resort of Sölden in Austria, but on Wednesday, filming began on the new James Bond film, Spectre. Daniel Craig (James Bond), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann)…

6 Jan 2015

Avalanche situation in Tirol “treacherous”

Avalanche situation in Tirol “treacherous”

Authorities in Austria are “urgently advising” skiers that the avalanche situation in Tirol remains treacherous, following the death of two US Olympic hopefuls in Sölden yesterday. Ronnie Berlack,…

4 Jan 2015

Avalanche warnings high in wet snow

Avalanche warnings high in wet snow

As wet snow falls in many Alpine areas, the Swiss Avalanche Institute has issued a warning of considerable danger of dry and wet avalanches over a wide area. “As a result of mild temperatures together…

30 Dec 2014

Grab a brilliant January ski deal

Grab a brilliant January ski deal

Well, it snowed! After a nail-biting run-up to Christmas, an epic storm last weekend, 15,000 people getting stranded in the French Alps and being forced to sleep in emergency accommodation, things have…

23 Dec 2014

James Bond heads to the Austrian Alps

James Bond heads to the Austrian Alps

A small Austrian ski resort little known to the British market will splash its way onto the big screen next autumn, in the new James Bond film Spectre. Daniel Craig aka 007 will embark on his Alpine adventures…

12 Dec 2014

Skiers keep calm as snow improves

Skiers keep calm as snow improves

British skiers are keeping calm and carrying on, despite a lack of snow in resorts for the time of year.  Where to Ski and Snowboard has this morning talked to a variety of tour operators from Inghams…

4 Dec 2014

Snow is coming to the Alps next week

Snow is coming to the Alps next week

Some some significant snow is in the offing over the next week or so in the Alps, says WTSS weather expert Fraser Wilkin, founder of Weather to Ski, so try not to panic about the snow conditions. Images…

25 Nov 2014

Get a #skimakeover with Crystal

Get a #skimakeover with Crystal

Fancy a new outfit this season? One that no one else has? Crystal Ski holidays has teamed up with Avalanche to give three lucky skiers and snowboarders the chance to win a bespoke jacket for themselves…

13 Nov 2014

Crystal stops ski hosting in Italy

Crystal stops ski hosting in Italy

Crystal has today announced that ski hosting will be suspended in Italy this winter due to “local legal restrictions” similar to those in France. A spokesman for Crystal told Where to Ski and Snowboard:…

6 Nov 2014

Snowstorm hits European ski resorts

Snowstorm hits European ski resorts

In case your social media feeds aren’t telling you, too, a big snowstorm has hit the Alps. The storm was forecast to blow in and hit the southern Alps, and yesterday it did — though it also dumped…

28 Oct 2014

La Folie Douce to party in London

La Folie Douce to party in London

Destination of more après-ski parties than we can fathom, the team behind La Folie Douce is travelling to the UK next month to bring a bit of its unique magic to Bodos Schloss in Kensington. On Thursday…

21 Oct 2014

Heavy snow forecast in the Alps

Heavy snow forecast in the Alps

Winter is due to arrive in the Alps from tomorrow — with a drop in temperature and heavy snow expected across parts of Switzerland and Austria. The news bodes well for those of us hoping to get a pre-season…

10 Oct 2014

Ski resorts start to crank in to life

Ski resorts start to crank in to life

Winter is most definitely coming. Ski resorts across Europe and North America have been inundating us with pictures of the first snowfalls and the news that their snow-making has cranked in to life. In…

6 Oct 2014

New flight routes for the ski season

New flight routes for the ski season

A host of new flight routes will be operating from all over the UK to the Alps, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia this winter. British Airways will fly twice a week from Gatwick to Friedrichshafen in Germany…

21 Sep 2014

Skiers are returning to Andorra

Skiers are returning to Andorra

Switzerland and Andorra are slowly but surely growing in popularity again, according to recent ski industry reports. In its 2014 consumer research, the Ski Club of Great Britain reported that customers…

9 Sep 2014

20th anniversary edition launched

20th anniversary edition launched

Where to Ski and Snowboard was officially launched last night — 20 years since the first edition was published. Tour operators, ski journalists, long-standing readers and contributors, advertisers and…

4 Aug 2014

Inghams offers 10 new ski resorts

Inghams offers 10 new ski resorts

Inghams has added 10 new ski resorts to its offering this winter — including one in Austria that is dedicated to people learning to ski and snowboard. Oberperfuss, just above Innsbruck in Austria, is…

30 May 2014

Buy a ski resort in Austria for just €1

Buy a ski resort in Austria for just €1

Fancy buying your very own ski resort? Well if you have €1 (about 81p) you can do just that. The Petzenbahnen ski resort in the Austrian region of Carinthia went on sale at the beginning of this month…

23 May 2014

Ski instructor course guarantees work

Ski instructor course guarantees work

A UK company has launched a brand new ski instructor course in Austria this summer, with a guaranteed job in St Anton for the winter season. The three-week course with Snoworks on the Hintertux Glacier…

12 May 2014

Record-breaking snow for Lake Louise

Record-breaking snow for Lake Louise

Canadian ski resort Lake Louise has just closed for the season — a week later than originally planned — while celebrating an all-time snow record. March, April and May have brought more snow than ever…

3 May 2014

Robbie Williams closes Ischgl season

Robbie Williams closes Ischgl season

Robbie Williams today pulled 25,000 people to the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl for its closing season concert. Opening the show with his classic Let Me Entertain You, Robbie had the packed audience on…

28 Apr 2014

Don’t stop skiing, it’s still snowing!

Don’t stop skiing, it’s still snowing!

It might be nearly May, but winter has returned to the Alps and some ski resorts in North America, bringing with it piles of fresh snow. In Europe, the northern French Alps and parts of Italy and much…

28 Mar 2014

Brit breaks World Ski Record

Brit breaks World Ski Record

A skier from Edinburgh has broken the Guinness World Ski Record for skiing the most number of countries in one month. Jamie Stevenson, who works for Ski Independence, raised more than £3,000 for Disability…

26 Mar 2014

Fresh snow sparks surge in ski bookings

Fresh snow sparks surge in ski bookings

Tour operators are reporting a sudden rise in the number of people booking a last-minute ski or snowboard holiday — and offering fantastic deals for those looking for a snowy escape. Fresh snow has covered…

6 Mar 2014

Japan joins the Epic Pass

Japan joins the Epic Pass

Niseko in Japan has joined the Three Valleys in France, Verbier in Switzerland and 10 USA ski resorts in the Epic Pass. For the 2014/15 season, Epic Pass holders will receive five free days skiing…

28 Feb 2014

Jail for drunk skiers in France

Jail for drunk skiers in France

Don’t drink and ski in France is the loud and clear message from prosecutors this week. If you go boozing and then get on your skis and snowboard, you face up to a year in jail or a fine of €15,000…

18 Feb 2014

Family ski trips on the rise says Club Med

Family ski trips on the rise says Club Med

Half of parents are willing to take their children out of school for a skiing holiday according to a new report by Club Med — which also says family ski holidays are on the rise. Released last Friday,…

6 Feb 2014

Save on ski hire with Skiset and WTSS

Save on ski hire with Skiset and WTSS

Skiset leads the field in offering serious discounts on ski and boot hire when pre-booked online, and now Where to Ski and Snowboard has teamed up with Skiset to offer readers further savings. In total,…

5 Feb 2014

Brit aims to break Ski World Record

Brit aims to break Ski World Record

A British man will next month attempt to break the Ski World Record by skiing 20 different countries in 31 days to raise money for Disability Snowsport UK. Jamie Stephenson, who works for the tour operator…

3 Feb 2014

The Jump brings Kühtai to fame

The Jump brings Kühtai to fame

Tour operators are reporting a rise in interest for Austrian resorts — especially Kühtai — following the celebrity winter sports television programme The Jump. The Channel 4 programme — described…

9 Jan 2014

Cattle help Lech get ski-ready

Cattle help Lech get ski-ready

The managing director of Lech Ski Lifts has devised a unique way of preparing the slopes for skiing. This autumn, Michael Manhart put 23 Highland cattle out to graze on the slopes of the fashionable Austrian…

7 Jan 2014

Vonn ‘devastated’ to miss Sochi

Vonn ‘devastated’ to miss Sochi

Lindsey Vonn says she is “devastated” not to be defending her Olympic downhill title at Sochi next month. The 29-year-old Olympic champion says her knee is too unstable to compete at top level. Last…

23 Dec 2013

Skiline launches Christmas challenge

Skiline launches Christmas challenge

Skiing tomorrow? Then enter the vertical metre hunt! Skiline, the company that allows you, with the entry of your ski pass, to show your travelled vertical meters during your ski day and also to show the…

20 Dec 2013

New lift opens Ischgl freeride terrain

New lift opens Ischgl freeride terrain

The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl opens its €18.5million (approximately £15.4m) Piz Val Gronda cable car on Sunday, which will give access to 100 hectares of freeride skiing. The much-anticipated lift…

17 Dec 2013

Great new link from Lech to Warth

Great new link from Lech to Warth

Most keen skiers have heard of Lech and Zürs, the most fashionable resorts in Austria. But few have heard of Warth or Schröcken in the next valley – but the ski area these two resorts share gets more…

10 Dec 2013

Robbie Williams to play in Ischgl

Robbie Williams to play in Ischgl

The Austrian party ski resort of Ischgl will be deluged with Robbie Williams fans at the end of the season — because the singer and occasional skier will be playing a concert at the top of the mountain.…

9 Dec 2013

Head to Bansko for a bargain holiday

Head to Bansko for a bargain holiday

For the cheapest ski holiday this year you must head to Bansko according to The Post Office. A six-day ski pass with ski and boot hire for one person, a week of ski school and lunch on the slopes with…

29 Nov 2013

Ski resorts open with fab snow

Ski resorts open with fab snow

More ski resorts across Europe and the US are opening this weekend — and not before time. This week’s snow report details “excellent” snow conditions across the Alps Yesterday, the Austrian party…

22 Nov 2013

Stubai loses 42km in remeasurement

Stubai loses 42km in remeasurement

The Stubai Glacier has published new figures for the length of its pistes, losing 42km in the process. The Austrian ski area’s website now offers two measurements — the fall line which is the direct…

15 Nov 2013

More ski resorts open lifts early

More ski resorts open lifts early

This week’s snow report reveals a promising start to the season and there is more snow forecast this weekend — great news for those of us itching to get on the slopes. Whether you are in Europe or…

17 Oct 2013

Piste measuring standard draws closer

Piste measuring standard draws closer

The International Federation of Lift Operator Associations (Fédération Internationale des Associations Nationales d’Exploitants de Téléphériques or FIANET) has issued a recommendation that all ski…

11 Oct 2013

Storm brings snow to the Alps

Storm brings snow to the Alps

Temperatures have dipped in the UK this week, and they have also dipped in the Alps. A storm has passed through last night, continuing into this morning, bringing snow to eastern areas — up to 70cm in…

26 Sep 2013

Austria issues piste guidelines

Austria issues piste guidelines

The Austrian national lift company association has issued guidelines on how pistes should be measured. Earlier this month, Where to Ski and Snowboard 2014 was published with a new chapter “Piste extent…

26 Sep 2013

Join a bobble hat world record attempt

Join a bobble hat world record attempt

Have a bobble hat at the ready and in London this weekend? Head along to the Fulham Ski Fête on Sunday afternoon to help break the world record for the largest gathering of people wearing bobble hats…

23 Sep 2013

Glaciers open for skiing in the Tirol

Glaciers open for skiing in the Tirol

Over the past two weeks we’ve had reports of snow falling in the Alps — and last weekend the Stubai Glacier and Rettenbach Glacier (Sölden) opened in the Tirol, Austria, meaning that all five of…

10 Sep 2013

WTSS 2014 lifts lid on piste exaggeration

WTSS 2014 lifts lid on piste exaggeration

Where to Ski and Snowboard 2014 has lifted the lid on a big ski resort secret: the gross exaggeration of piste lengths. In the new edition of Where to Ski and Snowboard, released last Monday, editors Chris…

6 Sep 2013

Ski holiday bookings up 15% on last year

Ski holiday bookings up 15% on last year

Ski and snowboard holiday bookings are up 10 per cent on last year, according to some of the UK’s major winter tour operators. Crystal, Thomson, Esprit Ski, Ski Total, Peak Retreats and Ski Collection…

30 Aug 2013

Ski the 3 Vallées on Vail’s Epic Pass

Ski the 3 Vallées on Vail’s Epic Pass

The Three Valleys in France is the latest ski area to join Vail Resort’s Epic Pass, which already includes ski days Verbier and the Arlberg as well as the entire season in ten USA ski resorts. The Three…

14 Aug 2013

Climbers face fine for Austrian heli-lift

Climbers face fine for Austrian heli-lift

Two climbers in Austria are facing prosecution for pretending they were exhausted in order to get helicoptered off the mountain. The Dutch men, aged 27 and 30, could be fined €2,300 (£2,003) and face…

18 Jul 2013

Cosmos launches new ski programme

Cosmos launches new ski programme

Cosmos Holidays has launched a ski and snowboard programme for the first time ever this week, as news of a revival of fortunes in the British ski industry was revealed. Over the coming winter season, Cosmos…

16 Jul 2013

British ski industry starts to bounce back

British ski industry starts to bounce back

The number of UK skiers taking a ski holiday grew over the 2012/2013 season, for the first time in four years. Some 5,000 more skiers and snowboarders took a winter sports holiday last year, an increase…

14 Jul 2013

British skiers want ski hosting

British skiers want ski hosting

Switzerland, Austria and Italy are set for brisk business over the 2013/14 ski season, thanks to the current ban on ski hosting in France. So said Andy Perrin, head of Inghams and sister operators…

26 May 2013

Winter continues in the Alps

Winter continues in the Alps

Heavy snow is wreaking havoc in the Alps, where winter refuses to give up its grip and unusually cold conditions continue to prevail. This photo of the Col du Petit Saint Bernard, the route between Italy…

19 May 2013

Snow still falling in the Alps

Snow still falling in the Alps

A handful of ski resorts in the Alps are still open this weekend, and Engelberg (pictured here on Tuesday), closes on 26 May. This weekend skiers have enjoyed an unexpected treat after 15cm of fresh snow…

7 May 2013

One pass for Verbier, Arlberg and Vail

One pass for Verbier, Arlberg and Vail

Five days skiing in the Arlberg, Austria, Verbier in Switzerland and a season pass in top US resorts for just US$689 (£445)? Amazing value if you ask us. The Epic Pass, relaunched by Vail Resorts in 2011,…

3 May 2013

Banff voted top ski resort by Crystal

Banff voted top ski resort by Crystal

BANFF in Canada has been voted best overall ski resort by Crystal Ski customers. The resort topped the poll for its convenience, “jaw-dropping” views, unlimited skiing for any ability and “incredible…

18 Apr 2013

Avalanche blocks road from Val d’Isère

Avalanche blocks road from Val d’Isère

Rising temperatures and sunshine on top of high levels of snow have led to high number of avalanches in the Alps this week. At 7:45pm on Tuesday evening, a snow slide blocked the road out of Tignes and…

11 Apr 2013

Last chance to go skiing this season

Last chance to go skiing this season

This weekend is nearly your last chance to go skiing or snowboarding this season — and enjoy snow cover that many in the Alps are saying has been the best in 40 or 50 years. Though conditions are now…

4 Apr 2013

Fab April snow: don’t stop skiing

Fab April snow: don’t stop skiing

The pistes are empty, the lift queues non-existent and resorts are planning their closing weekends…but the snow in most places is outstanding and the sun is out, so if you have a chance to get away…

2 Apr 2013

Skier dies in Scottish avalanche

Skier dies in Scottish avalanche

An “extremely experienced” skier has died in Scotland after being caught in an avalanche while skiing off-piste behind Glencoe Ski Centre at the weekend. A rescue party involving 50 people and an RAF…

25 Mar 2013

Skiers warned not to drink and ski

Skiers warned not to drink and ski

Skiers are being warned not to underestimate the dangers of mixing booze and skis, following a survey taken in Austria, a country renowned for its lively après-ski. The Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV)…

12 Mar 2013

Free ski guiding in Austria’s SkiWelt

Free ski guiding in Austria’s SkiWelt

Ski instructors in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental — Austria’s largest linked ski area — are offering visitors free ski guiding tours of the area until 23 March. If you are staying in Going,…

19 Feb 2013

New lift links Lech and Warth-Schröcken

New lift links Lech and Warth-Schröcken

A new 2km long gondola will link two of the snowiest ski resorts in Alps next season, Lech-Zürs and Warth-Schröcken in Austria. The Arlberg ski area, which takes in the resorts of Lech, St Anton, St…

10 Feb 2013

Piste maps added to Google Maps

Piste maps added to Google Maps

Piste maps from Aspen and Vail in Colorado, Sun Valley in Idaho, Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain in California and Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont are among some of the 38 US ski resorts added to Google…

5 Feb 2013

FIS World Ski Champs kick off

FIS World Ski Champs kick off

The 42nd FIS World Skiing Championships kicks off in earnest today in Schladming, Austria, with the women’s super G. Last night, organisers staged a dramatic firework display as part of the opening ceremony…

11 Jan 2013

Temperatures and snow fall in the Alps

Temperatures and snow fall in the Alps

Temperatures are dropping and it’s snowing again in the Alps. Just when everyone is heading back to work after the New Year break, the snow is coming — and it’s much needed after this week’s warm…

20 Dec 2012

Police urge caution after avalanche

Police urge caution after avalanche

Skiers and snowboarders in are being warned to take extra care after a 23-year-old Swedish woman died yesterday in an avalanche in Nendaz, Switzerland. The woman, who has not yet been named, was skiing…

10 Nov 2012

More ski resorts open thanks to early snow

More ski resorts open thanks to early snow

Snow has been falling this week and more is forecast across the Alps this weekend, with Obergurgl in Austria joining the ever-growing list of ski resorts opening early. Conditions are so good in Obergurgl…

28 Oct 2012

Snowfall allows ski resorts to open early

Snowfall allows ski resorts to open early

Winter has arrived in ski resorts across Europe and North America. While we were digging out our winter coats in the UK this weekend, snow started to fall across the Alps. It’s dumping in Verbier, Tignes,…

26 Oct 2012

Canadian man dies in early avalanche

Canadian man dies in early avalanche

Canadian authorities are reminding all off-piste skiers to brush up on their avalanche skills this season, following the death of a mountain worker in British Columbia. Pat Lawrence Desmarais, a 50-year-old…

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