Santo Stefano, all about skiing

The ski resorts of Italian Switzerland ready for the winter season with complete programs from 26

The ski resorts of Italian Switzerland, including small ones, are ready for the winter season. From next Saturday, or at the latest from Santo Stefano, if the weather does not play some trick, all the plants in Ticino and in the Grigionitalian valleys will be in operation, even those that this weekend could not open.

Winter sports enthusiasts, having spent Christmas with their family, will be able to count on extensive and varied programs on the downhill and cross-country slopes from Bedretto to Poschiavo-Sfazù, from Novaggio to Airolo-Pesciüm, passing from Lüina, Rossa, Nara , Pian San Giacomo, Cioss Prato, Campra, Cardada, Piano di Peccia, Mogno, Prato Leventina, Maloja, Ambrì and Alpe di Neggia. And it is not excluded that you can even ski on improvised tracks, as happened Saturday in Lostallo where the local ski club, in memory of the old times, has organized a day of fun on the slope at the Monda.

In San Bernardino, for example, in addition to the complete activity on the slopes from the 26th, the Nordic Testing Day on December 27th is worth noting, during which it will be possible to try for free the Nordic ski material with the professional support of the masters. At Campo Blenio on Tuesday 26th the party opens for the seasonal opening of the Dome, which is flanked by the snow market on Saturday, December 30th. On the same day in Bosco Gurin, on the other hand, poetry can be heard in the Walser dialect with Peter Tomamichel.

The recent, heavy snowfall, after seasons of satisfaction, have offered a great help “from the sky” to all the stations that, when equipped, have been able to “strengthen” the natural blanket with the artificial one, thus creating a thickness sufficient to resist enthusiasm of skiers.

Whitewashed Ticino: all ready to ski

, to announce the opening for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 are also Prato Leventina (info www.sciliftprato.ch), Nara (www.nara.ch) and Airolo-Lüina (www.airolo-luina.ch). In Campra all the 18 km of cross-country skiing trails are practicable, while in San Bernardino the Pian Cales slopes and the cross-country trails (www.visit-moesano.ch) open.

In Pesciüm tomorrow (Saturday 16) the ‘skiliftone’ will be open and the track n ° 8 and part of n ° 1 will be available to allow skiers to go down to the cableway’s departure station; the Ravina area will instead be available from next week. The excursionists will have at their disposal, in the evenings at fixed times and days, a runway from the station of the cableway to Cassinello passing from Nante and Ravina. Info Facebook “Airolo Valbianca cableways” and www.airolo.ch/funivie. Carì opens tomorrow (Saturday 16) and Sunday 17; then from Saturday 23rd, closing on Christmas Day, opening daily until the end of the season. The abundant snow allows you to comfortably get off skiing in the village. The toboggan run can also be used and the carpet for the little ones can be used in 2000. The Bedrina di Dalpe ski lift is also starting up tomorrow; the cross-country trail is underway. Opening Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 also for the station of Cioss Prato.

Locarno

In Bosco Gurin the lifts are all running and you ski regularly. In Cardada the chair lift and the slopes (remaining the favorable situation as it currently is) will open on December 26th and will remain there for all the Christmas holidays. From 22 to 25 December only the Orselina-Colmanicchio cable car (Cardada) will operate. As for the Peccia Plan, from December 26 the slopes will be open every day until January 7th; a course will be organized on 5 and 6 January (info 079 541 82 26).

Luganese

The Bedea ski lift of Novaggio and the school of snow sports (079 672 32 42) will be open to the public this weekend, Saturday from 9 to 16.30 and Sunday from 9 to 16.

In Copenhagen the waste-to-energy plant becomes a ski slope

Designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, the Amager Bakke – Copenhill waste-to-energy plant is preparing to become the new cult destination for sportsmen, including a climbing and climbing wall

Building a waste-to-energy plant in the middle of a green area entirely dedicated to sport and wellness may seem like a contradiction. But not if you are in Denmark, and if behind the entire project is the signature of the prestigious architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group. The Amager Bakke – Copenhill complex should be inaugurated in the autumn of next year: a 750 million euro facility in the immediate vicinity of Copenhagen, which in addition to burning waste and producing energy for neighboring cities will also host on its surface a ski slope and a climbing wall.

The project, the result of a 2010 call, aims to turn Copenhagen into the world’s first zero-emission capital. The waste-to-energy plant has been designed to receive around 400 thousand tonnes of waste every year, and to transform it into electricity and hot water with which to heat homes and offices. All strictly zero-impact: the smoke that escapes from the chimneys of the structure is actually a harmless water vapor, while the waste-to-energy residues are reused as fertilizer for agriculture and building material.

But that is not all. Because in addition to show off a very respectable design, made of glass, aluminum and steel, Amager Bakke – Copenhill is preparing to become a mandatory destination for the most avid sportsmen. Thanks to its considerable size, 200 meters long, 60 wide and 90 high, this artificial hill will soon be equipped with all the necessary equipment to convert to the ski slope, complete with a ski lift, safety barriers and snow cannons fed by the same power plant.

While on the side wall will be set up an artificial climbing wall of 86 meters.

“The goal is to connect Amager Bakke – Copenhill to the center of Copenhagen and make this complex a real reference point for lovers of skiing and climbing, practically active for the entire duration of the year”, explain the managers of the Amager Ressource Center. “The project developed by Bjarke Ingels is not only beautiful from an aesthetic point of view, but also absolutely functional. A café will also be built inside the building, and visitors will enjoy the breathtaking view of the city “. The system, it seems, can serve up to a maximum of 200 skiers at a time, while the price per hour of ski passes should be around 70 crowns, about 9.50 euros.

In Lombardy a day to learn how to ski for free with the masters

A whole day in which the Lombard snow professionals will be available for free group lessons of 2 hours dedicated to children (from 4 years) and to adults in the disciplines of alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, telemark and also for disabled children. The schools participating in the initiative are 60.

The Open Day promoted by AMSI Lombardia and arrived at the tenth edition, is scheduled for 17.12.2017.

An opportunity for mothers and fathers who want to bring their children closer to the snow, to the sport and to the splendid mountain resorts of the Lombardy Region, but also for adults who wish to acquire from the first ski notions to the more advanced ones.

An opportunity therefore to understand how a ski lesson takes place (Alpine and Nordic) or snowboarding in the snow and to encourage the flow in schools, giving way to a safe season thanks to snow professionals.

Joining the Open Day is simple: just contact the nearest Ski or Snowboard School and communicate the membership to Open Day 2017, the school will provide all useful information.

Where skiing at the Immaculate: after Alagna, the slopes at Alpe di Mera di Scopello also open

In Alagna after the debut of last weekend, which recorded the presence of a thousand fans, since yesterday (December 7) the opening is daily. For the Immacolata available there are the Olen track, the treadmill of Pianalunga and the Wold and the Wold 1 descent. For those who decide to ski on the Valsesian side of the Monterosa ski area the daily costs 21 euros, 15 for the Wold. Off to the skis also to the Alpe di Mera di Scopello. Today it will be possible to use the Campo ski lift (daily € 10), tomorrow and Sunday the Camparient chairlift will be added to the Boschetto track (20 euro skipass). The ticket office from today to Sunday is open from 8.30 to 17.30.

And for those who do not want to move too much, there are also the slopes of the Biella area. In Bielmonte, offers for families with children start from the first day of the season, during the days of the Immaculate Conception. But the Oasi Zegna facilities also offer nature hikes and snowshoe hikes in the moonlight. The ski pass will be free for those under 14, Friday lessons offered by teachers from ski schools: for each hour purchased another free. Children up to 8 years of age can ski for free when accompanied by a paying parent throughout the season and for the biggest ski passes as gifts on weekdays. Discounted rates for over 60 and university students and have two or four hours to spend throughout the day