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Archive for August, 2010

Vail Resorts Announce EpicMix

The Team August 31st, 2010

Vail Resorts have just announced the launch of EpicMix, a new online and mobile application which allows skiers and snowboarders to digitally capture their ski experience and will completely transform the holiday experience for skiers and snowboarders this year at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly.

An radio frequency-enabled chip embedded in Vail Resorts’ EPIC season passes will automatically track your lift rides, calculating vertical feet skied and days on the mountain and will recognize special achievements and accomplishments by granting you commemorative, collectible digital pins. EpicMix will have hundreds of available digital pins for a multitude of unique experiences available at each resort. Read the rest of this entry »

Insider Guide To Banff

The Team August 26th, 2010

If you’re a regular to the Banff & Lake Louise ski area or are thinking of heading there for your ski holiday this season, here are some insider tips to Banff & Lake Louise from Natalie Zaturski.  

Where would you head to find fresh tracks?

Mt. Norquay: Anywhere! On powder days many people head to the other two larger resorts, leaving Mt. Norquay clear for me to get fresh tracks all day, all over.  

Lake Louise Ski Area: Take the Summit Platter and head down the ridge to the left. Brown Shirt, a great black run, usually collects plenty of powder. Even a few days after a storm, I often find great stashes there.  

Sunshine Village: I love lapping the area to the right off Goat’s Eye chair, taking different routes each time. Or if you’re not quite a black-runner yet, the blue run Wawa Bowl is another favourite spot.   

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New BA route: London City – Chambery

The Team August 17th, 2010

British Airways have announced today the launch of a new London City – Chambery route. This is a great addition to the British Airways ski flights.

The service will operate four times a week from 18th December until the end of March 2011.

The schedule is ideally set up to give skiers and boarders the opportunity to spend a long weekend, a full week, or even longer in resort. Only a few short hours after taking off from London’s Docklands, you can be in Meribel, Courchevel, Les Arcs or La Plagne enjoying your first turns or a vin chaud during après ski.

The schedule for the route is as follows:

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New Alpine Bowl in Kicking Horse

The Team August 6th, 2010

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has announced the opening of a 4th Alpine Bowl to celebrate it’s 10 winter season. Known by local mountain enthusiasts as ‘Super Bowl’, the terrain will introduce an epic selection of advanced and expert skiable terrain.

“Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is excited to announce the addition of a 4th Alpine Bowl to its already impressive roster of terrain,” states Steve Paccagnan, President and CEO of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort “this opening is a perfect lead in to the 10 years of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort celebrations while continuing to demonstrate the resort commitment to improving the overall guest experience.” Read the rest of this entry »