Skiing at 115 kilometers an hour «without seeing almost nothing»

At the start of the Paralympics of PyeongChang, there is also Millie Knight despite the bad falls of last year: “I see only within a radius of 2 meters and all clouded. I follow the instructions and the orange jacket of my guide. I was scared, now point to gold »

To many, on the summit of a particularly steep ski slope, it has happened to ask whether to try to go down or avoid unnecessary risks: skiing is not a sport for those who are afraid, that’s for sure. Millie Knight, a British skier competing at the PyeongChang Paralympics, opened on 9 March. When he was 1 year old he contracted an eye disease and now he goes down along these dangerous tracks without seeing practically nothing: «I can see in the radius of about two or three meters but completely clouded, I have 5% left» says the English athlete . «I do not really have a deep perception, so I do not know how far things are from me when I have to interact».

Yet even Millie, already world champion, was afraid in her life, just because of a fall on skis. “It was December 2016,” recalls Brett Wild, his guide. “A few meters from the finish line I told her to let go of her legs and push hard”. And instead of scoring the best time trial, the sensational slide arrived: “The impact with the ice cut her face at various points,” adds the instructor. “It ended up under an inflatable that limits the track, I heard her ask for help on the radio.” Nothing serious in reality: he leaves the hospital and tries to show up the next day at Super-G, but his psychologist Fay makes him understand that this is not the case.

The worst, however, was still to come for the Knight: in early 2017, in fact, crashes at 115 kilometers per hour and reports a slight concussion that upsets the plans. But above all the mind: the 1999 class girl, already a flag bearer in Sochi, starts to be afraid of skiing. The driver feels guilty: it is he who precedes the athlete on the track and gives him orders with bluetooth headphones. After trying so many, he reports his Millie together with the psychologist about the location of the accident: the stratagem works and the girl starts winning again. One, two, three medals: in Canada he goes low and now he points straight to the Paralympic gold at PyeongChang.

In the first race, the downhill, a silver was put around his neck. But there are still many occasions and Millie is not a character who surrenders easily.

Ski accidents have increased by 15% compared to previous seasons.

Accidents up 15%
This is explained by Alto Adige, who interviewed L’OTODI (Italian orthopedic hospital traumatologists).

In particular, 40% of accidents involve distortions, 27% contusions, 12% fractures and 21% dislocations and head trauma.

The age range between 30 and 50 is the most affected (numbers that go down to 15-30 years for snowboarders) and 65% of accidents concern men, 35% women. If among the skiers the most affected arts are the lower ones, for those who are snowboarding the traumas in the upper limbs are greater.

Skiing in March? 10 destinations to reach without a car

There is something for all tastes including entertainment, shopping and relaxation
We are already at the beginning of March and the ski season is almost over. If you have not yet planned a winter holiday but the desire for winter sports is so great, there is no problem. GoEuro, the online portal where you can book buses, trains and planes, has compiled a list of the top 10 ski resorts accessible without having to use the car.

There is something for everyone and do not worry if you are not an expert skiier, because the destinations offer fun, shopping and relaxation. But hurry up because then you will only remain the option of Cervinia, which with one of the longer ski seasons allows skiing from October until late spring, even in summer on the Plateu Rosà glacier.

For all the others, who love the sea in the summer and skiing in the winter, do not worry because the choice is vast, but the opportunity should be seized on the fly. An example? Ponte di Legno, a charming town in the Val Camonica that is part of the Adamello Ski complex. Offers a huge amount of winter sports and side activities. It can be reached from Milan Linate and Bergamo Orio al Serio through bus connections.

Always for sports lovers a great choice is Courmayeur, in the presence of Mont Blanc. Reachable by bus from Milan, it offers spectacular views, a wide range of winter sports and a relaxation area just 6km from the city, where the Pré-Saint-Didier thermal baths are located.

For lovers of nightlife and shopping, there is plenty of choice. Madonna di Campiglio, “Pearl of the Brenta Dolomites”, one of the most famous ski resorts in Italy, can be easily reached by bus thanks to the Flixbus and FlySkiShuttle service. It offers 57 ski lifts and 150 km of slopes, as well as trendy bars and top-class restaurants. To stay on the subject of nightlife there is Cortina D’Ampezzo, reachable from Treviso, Venice, Mestre, Ferrara, Bologna. In addition to the slopes of the Ski World Cup you can let loose to the rhythm of music in the famous nightclubs.

Shopping lovers, your destination is served. Livigno, with its huge duty-free area and over 250 stores scattered throughout the area will not make you regret the boutiques of your city. Reachable from Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Cologno Monzese, is also the capital of the Apres-ski, where you can dance strictly with the ski boots on.

If you are a sweet tooth you can not miss Moena and Canazei, the first famous for the “puzzone” cheese, the second for Trentino specialties, try the cajoncìe, tasty stuffed ravioli. So what are you waiting for? The season draws to a close!

Black & White Crans-Montana

With an open kitchen, formal dining, two sitting areas, wine cellar and a terrace with mountain view, Chalet is perfect for groups or families. Upstairs, you will find elegant en-suite bedrooms with stunning view of the Alps and downstairs a private spa with an infinity Jacuzzi and dry sauna.

LAYOUT

“SKI IN, SKI OUT” COTTAGE OF 250 SQM ON 3 FLOORS
LARGE OPEN SPACE WITH SITTING ROOM, DINING ROOM AND OPEN FIREPLACE
FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN WITH VIEW ON THE ALPS
PRIVATE SPA AREA OF 25SQM WITH 6 PLACES INFINITY JACUZZI, 1 SAUNA AND 1 SHOWER
PRIVATE CELLAR AND 2 PARKING PLACES
3 EN-SUITE BEDROOMS (WITH SHOWER OR BATHTUB)
1 SOUTH-FACING MASTER BEDROOM WITH WALK-IN CLOSET AND EN-SUITE BATHROOM

EQUIPMENT

WI-FI THROUGHOUT THE CHALET
LARGE FLAT SCREEN TV
MULTIZONE DVD, BLUE-RAY PLAYER
APPLE TV
STEREO SYSTEM WITH AN IPHONE DOCK-IN
NINTENDO WII WITH 2 CONTROLLERS
IRON WITH BOARD
WASHING MACHINE AND DRYER
SKI ROOM
FULLY-EQUIPPED KITCHEN:

OVEN
CERAMIC STOVE
FRIDGE WITH A FREEZER
MICROWAVE
NESPRESSO COFFEE MACHINE
DISHWASHER
KETTLE
TOASTER
PLATES, GLASSES, CUTLERIES

BEDROOMS

2 KING SIZE BEDS (180X200)
2 QUEEN SIZE BEDS (180X200)
3 ROOMS WITH FLAT SCREEN TV
1 SAFE IN THE MASTER ROOM
1 WALK-IN CLOSET IN THE MASTER ROOM
LINENS, TOWELS & BATHROBES
AMENITIES (SOAPS, SHOWER GEL AND SHAMPOO, BATH SALT AND SLEEPERS)
HAIR DRYER

SERVICES INCLUDED

EVERYDAY A MOUNTAIN BREAKFAST IS DELIVERED
FINAL CLEANING IS INCLUDED FOR EVERY STAY
WEEKLY CLEANING IS FORESEEN FOR STAYS OF MORE THAN ONE WEEK
OUR PROFESSIONAL CONCIERGE BECOMES YOUR PERSONAL HOLIDAY MANAGER ENSURING YOUR NEEDS AND WANTS ARE MET (BABYSITTERS, PRIVATE CHEF, RESERVATION FOR RESTAURANTS…)

LOCATION

Distance to resort centre: 3 minute drive to Montana, 6 minute drive to Cran

DISTANCE TO AIRPORT

Sion (SIR): 45mins / 30km
Geneva (GVA): 2h / 190km
Bern Belp (BRN/LSZB): 2h 15 / 190km

The app for skis and snowboards for Apple Watch

Five applications to monitor your activities and that can make you comfortable in the mountains, without needing a smartphone

Skiers and snowboarders can use Apple Watch Series 3 to keep an eye on their activities, thanks to the latest update released by Apple for its smartwatch. Now those who wear an Apple Watch can record the descents, see the gradient or the calories burned directly on the Clock Activity app: just download an app to keep track of the workouts. You can check what was your maximum speed, the number of runs, the total time of the descent and the calories you burned, plus, using Siri, just tell the watch to launch an app to start recording your progress – very comfortable, especially when you have gloves. We have selected five, to download before going skiing.

Snoww. The social app that allows you to track your activities on the track, comparing with friends. You can climb the rankings and take a look at the results of other skiers and snowboarders to compete and try to burn them over time.

“We designed snoww thinking of the speed of interactions and looks on the slopes, so these updates have helped us simplify the recording of accurate and relevant metrics, and create a fun and social experience for our users,” said Eddy Healey, developer of Snoww.

Slopes. This is the app to keep track of your day on skis: you can measure speed, vertical, distance, time of ascent and travel time. With an excellent interface, simple and fun, the ability to relive your sessions in 3D and a good battery management of your smartphone.

Squaw Alpine. Another great app to control your performance without even bringing your smartphone and that can make you comfortable throughout the day in the mountains: keep an eye on the weather, waiting times for the lifts or to buy the ski pass.

Snocru. The social app to get in touch with the other skiers and challenge each other with descents. Keep track of your workouts and share them on social networks directly from the application.

Ski Tracks. It costs 1.09 euros, but is one of the most complete thanks to the use of the barometer and the accelerometer of the clock and the ability to take advantage of 3D maps. In addition, like the others, you can compare your experience in the mountains with those of your friends and the millions of skiers who use the app, putting yourself to the test with beginners and great experts.