Jet into your favourite ski resort

I’ve never enjoyed those long transfer from airport to ski resort, and if I do fly I prefer to visit resorts with good transport links to the resorts – the SnowandRail website gives details of resorts in Europe you can get to by train. However if you do have the money for a private jet, CNN lists nine airports around the world that are just a few minutes from a ski resort. They miss number 10, Innsbruck, which has regular scheduled flights right into the heart of a great selection of resorts.

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They also didn’t spot that a military airport near Davos, gets drafted in to ferry attendees at the World Economic Forum shindig (covered here).

Mind you, before you book that private flight, check out that you’re not going to land at one of the world’s scarier airports to land at – many of them are in the Alps!

 

Chips with everything

Longines has introduced a new system for tracking FIS race performance. Although the system will officially be launched at the FIS 2017 Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz, the system premiered at Sölden this weekend, where Swiss racer Lara Gut won the World Cup season opener.

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The new system involves attaching a chip and associated radar and motion sensors to a ski boot. This enables Longines to make real time assessment of skiers performance in races in addition to the traditional timing triggered by the starting and finishing gates.

Davos

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Davos is one of the best ski resorts in the world – see Swiss Winter Sports. But what are all the rich and famous doing there? Well it’s for a well-meaning shindig called the World Economic Forum, follow the link to learn more about it. It is not primarily about economics at all, but mostly involves hand-wringing about issues like inequality and the environment – ironically in one of the most ostentatious and ecologically unfriendly methods of getting together you could imagine. Check out the Alpine Winter Blog for details.

Vanessa Mae has ban overturned

Vanessa MaeOn June 19th Vanessa Mae was cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, of allegations she cheated in order to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The Court upheld the ruling that Vanessa Mae should have been ineligible for the 2014 Games but lifted the ban imposed on her.

Skiing as Vanessa Vanakorn for the Thailand Winter Olympics team, she raced in the women’s giant slalom at Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Irregularities in her qualifying races subsequently led to a four-year ban by the International Ski Federation.

She can try to qualify for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but given she was 50 seconds off the pace of Tina Maze in Sochi and the scrutiny her qualifying races will face, it seems unlikely the 36 year-old will participate in the Olympics again.
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Mae says she has skiied as long as she has played the piano, and has had a residence in the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt since 2009.

Bikini Skiing

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Summer is coming but that doesn’t mean you need to hang up your skis.

Of course you can jet off to the Southern Hemisphere where the ski season is just getting going. In the Northern hemisphere a number of glaciers provide near all-year round skiing and snowboarding, Zermatt probably being the outstanding example. The Daily Mail provides some additional suggestions.

Heather Mills sets new world record

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Often controversial, but Heather Mills deserves legitimate praise for becoming the fastest disabled woman on skis. She lost a leg when a police motorcyclist knocked her over, but still got to ski at age 47 a speed of 103.6mph. Apparently she hopes to compete in the 2018 Paralympics in South Korea.

In her own words: “It’s a rare man who can give you the same thrill that going down a mountain at more than 100mph can.”