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Where to go skiing in 2011

clock 16th April 2010 | comment0 Comments

Individuals looking to be well organised for the 2011 ski season have been given some guidance on the destination they may wish to head to, depending on what they most desire from the break.

Tips from the T-List highlights the recommendations made by Eclipse Ski, referring to resorts that may best serve families, non-skiers and those looking for fun off the slopes.

In terms of where couples with young children may wish to visit, Alpe D'Huez in France comes highly recommended.

Alongside a top-quality ski school that will have children ready to take on the basic runs in no time, it is suggested that the slopes are well rounded to support skiers of all abilities.

Furthermore, the inclusion of an outdoor ice skating rink and swimming pool when the weather is at its warmest may provide some alternate fun.

The lift system is additionally recognised as being one of the best on offer within the Alps, with queues a rarity.

For better skiers within the group, there is a large choice of blue and red runs, while one of the longest black runs in Europe can also be tackled.

Groups that have individuals not interested in skiing are advised that a break in Vail in the US could offer the most in different activities.

"During the day there's dog-sledding, horse riding, snow tubing, ice skating, tobogganing and even an adventure entertainment centre at the top of the gondola," according to the news provider.

"For the evening there are endless restaurants and bars to relax in."

Another place where evening entertainment is strong is the popular ski resort of Whistler, which recently hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The website highlights the Canadian location as the top apres ski venue, thanks to its selection of slope-side bars, clubs and restaurants.

On the slopes, ski fans can benefit from both eight and ten-person gondola lifts to transport them to a range of runs, with choices ranging from gladed tree runs to steep chutes to bump runs.

Meanwhile, visitors also have the chance to take in some fabulous scenery or have a stroll around the Whistler Village, which is lined with countless shops, restaurants and galleries.

Snow should not be a problem either as nine metres of the stuff is received at the destination in an average winter.

Written by Chris SmithADNFCR-657-ID-19726296-ADNFCR



France and Italy still have the snow for a late skiing break

clock 26th March 2010 | comment0 Comments

With the skiing season drawing to a close in the coming weeks, many fans of the piste may be looking into locations where they can enjoy a late break where snow is still present.

However, because of lots of timely snowfalls over the winter, an article in the Daily Mail highlights that many destinations across Europe can be taken advantage of before the warmer weather of spring causes the final thaw.

France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, alongside other countries further afield outside of Europe, are all still providing excellent skiing opportunities.

Val D'Isere and Tignes are rated as the top destinations in France, "where perfect groomed runs are complemented by 'go anywhere' spring snow conditions off-piste".

Furthermore, it is suggested that snow on the lower slopes is set to become heavier over the course of the coming days to make an experience even more pleasing.

Visitors to Val D'Isere can also expect to take advantage of fine facilities off the slopes, with the central town being cosmopolitan with a host of bars, restaurants and clubs.

Young adults may opt to take in one of the hectic nightclubs after a taxing day on the slopes, while others may prefer chilling in a sports bar or listening to live music to relax.

Meanwhile, Tignes may suit the more advance skiers, with countless black runs and off-piste challenges sure to keep minds ticking over.

However, beginners have the choice between several free lifts and long sweeping runs to help develop their skills.

In addition, guests can benefit from a modern sports centre in Tignes, which features a sauna, the chance to play squash and aerobics classes, while a bowling alley and cinema are only a short walk away.

Val Gardena is suggested to be smart choice for those considering heading to Italy, with snow at a premium across much of the country and slush filling many of the pistes.

"In Val Gardena, blue skies and wonderful pistes have combined to provide exceptional ski conditions," the publication notes.

Meanwhile, reasonable conditions are said to exist in Andorra despite the recent absence of any snow, while skiers are encouraged to stick to the groomed areas in Switzerland to benefit from the best of what is on offer.

Written by Chris SmithADNFCR-657-ID-19691754-ADNFCR



Janka and Vonn are the World Cup champions

clock 12th March 2010 | comment0 Comments

Carlo Janka and Lindsey Vonn claimed overall World Cup titles after skiing to victory in events at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Janka followed up on his gold medal in the giant slalom at the 2010 Winter Olympics on the Whistler course with another scintillating run in the same event in Germany.

He had already set the fastest time in the morning run before the 23-year-old Swiss star continued where he left off to win the event with an overall time of 2:20.87 ahead of Italy's Davide Simoncelli.

Janka now holds an unassailable lead in the men's standings with just the slalom event in Germany remaining and becomes the first Swiss male to take the overall title since Paul Accola achieved the feat in 1992.

According to the AFP, he said: "I knew that I had to win here and I was really pleased with the second run. Everything has come together for me this season and I have won everything that there is to win.

"It also all came together today for me - the weather, the snow, everything was perfect. I took the feeling all the way down to the finish line in the exact way I wanted to."

Janka now sits on 1,197 points for the season and with only 100 points up for grabs in the slalom, second-placed Benjamin Raich is unable to catch him after finishing eighth in the giant slalom.

Meanwhile, Vonn was already assured of a third successive overall World Cup title before leaving the start gate of the female super G event after Maria Riesch had failed to finish in the first two.

However, the Olympic downhill gold medallist did not disappoint her fans as she cruised to victory to become the US skier with the most World Cup race victories in history - surpassing Bode Miller's record of 32.

Vonn posted the fastest time down the Kadahar course of 1:19.30, with Austria's Elisabeth Goergl taking second in the race and Nadia Styger of Switzerland claiming third.

She also posted a US record of 11 wins in a single World Cup season and becomes the first women to take overall victory three years in a row since Petra Kronberger between 1990 and 1992.

Vonn said: "An overall title is one of the biggest things you can win in our sport. I gave it all I had. I have nothing more left in me."

She will now take the slalom off to rest her knee that she injured in a crash in the giant slalom in Germany.

Written by Chris SmithADNFCR-657-ID-19666991-ADNFCR



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