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The myths of half a century of skiing celebrated the Saslong

A few degrees less and snow would fall.
The World Cup jubilee celebrations in Val Gardena started under a knock-and-tearful rain and with the white flakes topped only on the summit of the Saslong.
To give that touch of originality the presence of two camels, almost a sign of gratitude to the animal from which they have named a series of jumps along the Saslong (“the camel’s goblins”).
The number one event of the 50th anniversary competition under the Fis brand in Val Gardena (there will be other events in the Cup of the Cup in December) has been a good involvement of the local population, many athletes of the past and new generations, somehow tied to the Saslong, the championship track that was initially snatched by a certain Karl Schranz, the most reputed Austrian who described it as a “highway”.
Scrolling through the anniversaries it turns out that the one between the Val Gardena and the great Alpine World Cup skiing was a love intended to last over the years.
In fact, the spark struck a significant day, that of Valentine’s Day in 1969.
On February 14, 48 years ago, Saslong won the Swiss Jean-Daniel Dätwyler. Why then 50 years if the first Cup is 1968? In 1967 the World Cup was started in Val Gardena and in the Ladin valley there were already some Fis A competitions organized in the Cup calendar.
Since 1972, then after the 1970s World Cup, the free fall of the Cup (since 2002 also the Supergigante) is always played in December, following Christmas.
Heart of the Saturday party was Santa Cristina where past champions and athletes gathered together with old-fashioned clothing and museum equipment. To frame, so many fans come to the event. A colorful party accompanied by the notes of various musical bands.
The parade brought the present along the Dursan Street from the Dosses-Maciaconi to the Iman Center, where a number of interesting panels had been set up that highlighted some of the most salient moments of the races in Val Gardena. At first, he could not miss the picture of pioneer Erich Demetz (he was then the longest president of the World Cup) to leave for the Fis 1967 conference in Beirut. Unpublished photos also on the 1970 World Cup panel, but above all the great interest in the parallel epic on Ronc di Ortisei between Gustav Thöni and Ingemar Stenmark, one of the most beautiful and exciting moments in the history of skiing.
To remember that event dated March 23, 1975 was the blue Helmuth Schmalzl that day was there. “The world cup was in three: Klammer, Stenmark and Gustavo. To take Klammer out of the dispute, I thought, who eliminated him after a few shifts, “recalled the former blue city who then had a past as responsible for Fis security.
Images also recalled the famous jump of Uli Spieß of December 15, 1980 that 100 kilometers from the second to the third camel’s hump jumped over 70 meters in length to a height of about 10 meters.
They could not miss the pictures of the companies “Crazy Canucks”, in particular that of Rob Boyd on 13 December 1986 and 12 of the following year. The first was remembered by Michael “Much” Mair, second only 14 cents from Canadian.
“When I was tired of winning with 39, Boyd fell and using a run that had accelerated in the meantime beat me,” reminded the ex-Pusteria. In some editions, there have been real surprises from those who came down with high numbers. On all the German Max Rauffer in 2004.
Then there was a picture of the reliefs brought to Giorgio Piantanida, a dramatic flyer on the descent of December 16, 1989.
A long parenthesis was devoted to Kristian Ghedina, present at the festivities with his red racing suit but above all with a embalmed roe deer in his hand, remembering that arrival of the 2004 descent when a roe deer went on the final schuss while passed “the Ghedo”. The Ampezzo jet on the Saslong won four times (1996, 1998, 1999 and 2001) as the Austrian Klammer.
Among them are Herbert Plank, the first and only South Tyrolean to win the free on Salsong. It was December 18, 1977 when the vipitenese left behind the Austrians Wirnsberg and Klammer. It was not present because of training in South America Werner Heel, who on December 19 won in Superg. On the stage for a greeting and a sign of recognition

Lifestyle

The ski slopes of the world’s most extravagant skiing: where to find them

 

For all those who just can not help but live with your skis here is where to find the most special tracks

ski slopes, ice, snow, fun. The height of the winter season the call for all fans is strong. And in many yearn for the ski holidays. Or holidays which allow to be able to still ski. Many know the places canons elected skiing kingdom. That you go by the High Italy to the Swiss Alps via France. But few know that soon it will be also possible to ski on a power station in Copenhagen.
Sicily: the lava of Etna
Ski on an active volcano in the winter is nothing short of daring. But tackling the slopes of Mount Etna in summer means giving a new meaning to the term “black run.” As there is in fact the snow in warm weather, stainless skiing can descend on the solidified lava.
Traditionally known for its beautiful beaches and surfing, the Hawaiian Islands get one of the highest scores to be the most unlikely place to grab a pair of skis. But between January and February, the Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano of 4205 meters high, it becomes an amazing location if there are snowfalls that ensure fantastic descents. There are ski lifts, of course, so you go in 4 × 4.
Well you .. You can also ski in sub-Saharan Africa. In a land-locked country, surrounded by South Africa being one of its enclave, Lesotho is perfect for skiing. The altitude of this mountain kingdom always lies above 1000 meters. From June to August the spectacular Maluti mountains offer the best of the snow-covered landscapes. There are not many places in the world that allow you to be able to do the safari with your skis on.

Ski Dubai is the home of the skis of the Emirates. Satisfied both novice skiers and experts. It has 22,500 square meters of artificial slopes where the temperature is always maintained below 4 degrees, creating the ideal environment for a colony of king penguins. And when everything is over you you can again dip in the 40 degrees outside. The Sky Dome is located inside the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest in the world. It consists of 5 different runs the longest of which reaches 400 meters. They are capped with special snowplough and have different slopes and difficulties.

Lifestyle, Ski, St Moritz, Vail, Wengen, Zermatt

luxury jewelry: Ayala Bar presents the Dune collection

 
Valentine’s Day is coming, but you do not need the special occasion of Valentine’s Day to enjoy a gem: today we speak of the latest proposals for Ayala Bar that presents the new Dune collection. It is luxurious jewels that tell an ethnic and chic approach together.
The Israeli-born designer Ayala Bar signing this wonderful collection that consists of necklaces, bracelets, necklaces and earrings are able to immediately give a mysterious air of the Arabian Nights to the woman wearing them.

The designer has chosen to focus on the rose as a recurring color, the same tone that has elected Pantone color of the year in the shade Rose Quartz. Everything takes so immediately looked more feminine, almost innocent, with an effective contrast to the extremely seductive allure of shapes and rich decorations.

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It is, admittedly, very flashy jewelry that require a great character to be worn without letting overwhelm. At the same time, however, they manage to give an exotic touch and extremely attractive outfit even more minimalist.

Each piece is richly worked in a woven structure, overlays and bezels that use the reflections of the pearl, the facets of the crystals, gold accents, trimmings and beads that run between spirals and sinuous curves.

The most interesting pieces are undoubtedly the earrings, pendants all, often very long and flashy. Constitute the richest section and articulated in the collection. We also love the beautiful necklace that reflects the inspiration of the statement necklace and established some seasons ago but bringing it here to levels of great technical mastery.

Lifestyle

Cavalli and Versace in the land of the ayatollahs

Opened in Tehran the first boutique of Italian high fashion in Iran after-embargo

Seductive and glamorous evening gowns, leather miniskirts perfect in every detail, over the knee boots with stiletto heels. The ladies in the chador ‘Tehran-good’ will rub their eyes and wonder if it’s all true. Yes, it’s all true. In Iran post-embargo was opened the first luxury boutiques and single-brand of Made in Italy and to sign it is the Florentine designer Roberto Cavalli. (Elisa Pinna by Ansa – Tehran)

In short, in a month, it will also open a Versace store and insignia are ready, alongside those of horses, at 1 Alef North Street, Zaferaniyeh, one of the most elegant and rich of the Iranian capital. The Cavalli shop, a two-story structure built to the smallest detail – from the colors lights marble – as indicated by the Italian brand, is crowded. The prices do not scare, although a jacket can cost several thousand Euros, or worse, in the Iranian currency, tens and tens of millions of riyals.

Iran is experiencing a slice of the population that does not have money problems and is eager to taste the ‘joie de vivre’, if only within their own homes. Thus, an Iranian entrepreneur, Medhi Firouzan, president of KelideTalaei, along with Abbas Firouzan, and a third partner, Moezeddini, has thought to ask the franchise for the Republic of the ayatollahs of fashion brands and Italian luxury, one of the most popular products and appreciated in the world. The operation started two years ago, when Iran was still under slap by the international community.
Italians, however, designers have believed in the potential of a young market, cultured, hungry for culture and, in some groups, wealthy.

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Thus, the first flag planted by Italy at the end of economic sanctions in Iran was in one of its areas of excellence. The members of the Iranian project is ambitious. “We want to transform Alef Street in via Montenapoleone in Tehran,” said Mehdi Firouzan ANSA, referring to the famous Milanese luxury street. “We asked Ferragamo, Armani, to other Italian and even European designers to open their single-brand stores in Iran. What we want more of our people is the quality of life and we want to offer it. Italy can help us” , he stressed. “The high fashion can become a bridge to bring Europe to Iran and to bring a future Iran to Europe,” added Abbas Firouzan.

So far in the Islamic Republic luxury garments made in Italy you could be found occasionally in some stores, but with a reduced choice to minimum and with a high risk of purchasing counterfeit products. The opening of the Cavalli store marks the start of a new season. The desire to change step is confirmed by Hanayeh, a young man of thirty degree in chemical engineering who, fascinated by the world of fashion, she decided to work in the new Cavalli boutique. “Iran is not the dark country, closed, violent which is described in foreign newspapers. Far from it,” he says. “A week ago, when we were still closed, people flocked to the windows, curious and proud that Tehran had finally such a store.”

Lifestyle

Do not underestimate the belly is a health risk

Do not underestimate the belly is a health risk
Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine relates abdominal fat and the risk of stroke, coronary heart disease and diabetes

“I’m not fat, I only have a little ‘belly’. If you too entrenched behind this banal justification to avoid subscribing to the gym, you know that you are taking a risk. To say it is a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which further underscores the dangers of abdominal fat. The researchers analyzed the clinical picture of more than 15,000 people, coming to the conclusion that men with swollen bellies (regardless of their weight) have double the risk of mortality than those who are generally overweight or tendency to obesity.

Among the main hazards include the possibility of stroke, coronary heart disease and diabetes. The fat that accumulates on the belly (also called visceral) can indeed penetrate deep and wrap the vital organs, causing the liver to produce cholesterol resulting in hardening of the arteries. To this Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenes, one of the authors of the research, we are advised to follow healthy eating and devote at least 50 minutes three days a week to physical activity.

Fashion

Austria, HART IM ZILLERTAL

One Of The Most Exclusive Chalet In The Zillertal.
Chalet, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 7 persons, Garden, WiFi

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The luxury skiing Chalet Zillertal is set on a gentle hill amidst its 20.000 m² large plot and provides glorious views into the valley and the mountains. Besides the privileged location and utmost privacy the Chalet boasts exceptional alpine charm combined with modern architectural elements, amenities and fixtures. The generous use of aged wood inside creates an incomparable homely and warm atmosphere, so that you might be tempted to spend most of your vacation time indoors.

There are 4 bedrooms hosting a maximum of 8/9 guests. The master bedroom seems to belong into a fairy tale. The ceiling of the bedroom is beautifully decorated with old restored shingles and in the luxurious bath en suite, you can indulge in a hot Jacuzzi with light therapy and with extra-large VELUX roof windows, which can be opened in order to enjoy the open sky and the soothing noise of the wind in the spruce trees behind the Chalet. You might also see deer and rabbits coming out of the forest and grazing in front of the 250-year-old barn, which was once used to store the hay for the animals during winter time. Nature lover s will adore the romantic and peaceful scenery. All 3 bedrooms have flat screen TV and an Internet connection with laptop table.

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Fashion

Eroica 2015

Eroica 2015
On the roads of Chianti, in the Siena hills, pouring rain and thousands of people from all parts of the world, we were there which always pursue that poem written by bicycle

For people like me, in the early eighties, with the bike began to challenge their forces on the first climb of the church, on the mountain that could be seen on the horizon then, any bike was racing bikes. The one with drop handlebars, the pedals with toe clips and terrible strap, the gear levers on the chassis, brake wires that crossed in front of the nose when he crouched in the aerodynamic position, five crowns on the freewheel and rear tubular disconnect to bites if foravi, but that they turned on the rim if frenavi too downhill. And then there were the shirt and pants blacks wool, those with the deerskin to the saddle and harness, the paper of the Gazette under the shirt to make the descents, the helmets to leather straps, which fortunately did not He is falling ever! The bicycle was freedom, adventure was, was hard, cycling was one man alone in the lead, Breton crafty as a rate, frozen food in the storm of the Gavia, was above all a dream, a dream for me, for everyone, He has died at Madonna di Campiglio, with the ultimate interpreter of the cycling boarding, the last who ran the old, even if riding a modern bike.

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Yes, because then came the bike modern, very special carbon, the change in the brake levers, the high-profile wheels, ten, eleven wreaths on the rear wheel, the clipless pedals and technical fabrics that withstand all weather conditions, bike light like feathers with which to climb on the walls. Fatigue remained, the beauty of a rose of a thousand bends or a descent with curves by brush, have not changed, that is nuanced taste epic passage from the bottle, the arrival of color TV and on shorts, led away with the gray, the charm of Black Legs.

A few years ago, when I heard for the first time L’Eroica, I fell in love immediately, unconditionally, a race, that race is not, because there is a first come, and there is a prize to be awarded, the prize is just the satisfaction of having finished, that is the one to forty or two hundred and nine kilometers, because the paper is a walk enogastranomica flavor of yesteryear, the Chianti wine in straw fiasco, to do strictly with those bikes the , those of my first Sgambati, and if possible, older still, with wool sweaters, leather of his boots, mittens perforated, and the tubular spare shoulder.

For all the departure and arrival it is at Gaiole in Chianti, after an up and a down hills, riding on paved roads now now on the roads of dirt, Tuscan heritage and humanity, streets that still have the taste of that the cycling, that fans feel any nag the Coppi of Cuneo Pinerolo. Last weekend, I was lucky enough to experience the atmosphere of the Eroica, I crossed lovers from all over the world, of all ages: French, Scottish, English, Japanese, American, Russian, Polish, Dutch, German, Italian, to name only those with whom I happened to chat, someone pulled as a professional, someone with physical rugby player and the sponsor theme, someone, including myself, with a gate with wheels, someone with the bike then better preserved of the crown jewels, with other relics of the early twentieth century.

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I cycled only the short path, not too many years I climbed on the bike racing, but during those 46 kilometers – almost all in the pouring rain which made it even more heroic path – have awakened the dormant feelings, the desire to look for challenge, to make the climb faster than the companion of the moment, to joke in the group, track, track, “I’ve got an evil in the legs that I do not restrain you so”, snorting jumped to a report on the most beautiful, ride in the group, in a fairytale. All and sundry from the path he had chosen to ride together in the values ​​of cycling, the sport declined in the wonderful spirit that the creators were able to evoke, with the sense of solidarity in the effort and openness to new friends and we are committed to the end, to honor the myth that our host and the myths that have cycled with us. And now working to make the eighty next year!

Chamonix, Courmayeur, Lifestyle

Mont Blanc, it fights on the border. Chamonix: “It ‘France’. Courmayeur: “No, it’s Italian”

Mont Blanc, is quarrel between France and Italy. Chamonix has closed access to the glacier of the Giant from Torino refuge. “They removed the warning information that we had placed after the massive influx of tourists – said the mayor of Courmayeur Fabrizia Derriard – and closed the passage. But the shelter Turin is Italy.”

Rome, September 7, 2015 – The Mont Blanc and its border: where does Italy and France where he started? The dispute is beautiful open, and the last act of the tug bears the signature of the mayor of Chamonix. Access closed from Torino refuge of the glacier du Géant. Because what they say from Chamonix, “French territory”. Different opinion in Courmayeur – united by the Mont Blanc tunnel to Chamonix own – where they have absolutely no doubts: “Up there is Italy, have no competence”.

THE BACKGROUND In recent days, two mountain guides from across the Alps, to the order of the mayor Eric Fournier, have blocked access to the glacier. Reason: security issues. “They removed the warning information that we had placed after the massive influx of tourists in recent months – said the mayor of Courmayeur Fabrizia Derriard – and closed the passage, also creating danger for climbers who now have to jump over a hurdle to set foot on the snow. ” “The shelter is in Turin Italy – thundered still Derriard – and there the French have no jurisdiction. The decision to close the passage will have legal consequences. It is true, our land registry does not match that of Chamonix. We still we rely on maps NATO transposing the Convention of 1860 and put the border on the watershed. ”

According to the French border passes under the Torino hut, which then would be in the Transalpine territory, for Italians instead is in the middle of the glacier, about 300 meters higher, and therefore it would be in Italy. Delfino Viglione, Marshal of the Guardia di Finanza of Entreves, for years dealing with the question: “The boundaries are on the watershed, from the Dome du Gouter to the summit of Mont Blanc, the Mont Maudit to the Tour Ronde, from the Flambeau with up to tip Hellbronner. At altitude there are the stones, is the ridge that forms the boundary. ”

BOUNDARIES AND REALITY The last clash between the two neighboring municipalities comes more than two months after the comment Renzi, that on June 23 he said “We have not invaded France” with the back of a giant glacial heart of Mont Blanc. The externalization of the Prime Minister came not by chance: with the difficult situation in the Mediterranean and the tensions at the border of Ventimiglia France-Italy, also the border dispute of Mont Blanc has resumed vigorously share. And there’s more: during a visit to the new reality of Rai2 Mont Blanc, run Catherine Bailiff, have not gone unnoticed the four tents pitched on the glacier of Giant. The French have taken pains to emphasize that the Valdostane Alpine Guides “Ici c’est nous, c’est la France”. “For us – he said recently the president of the mountain guides of Valle d’Aosta, Guido Azzalea – is more and more difficult to work on the French side.” History now base camp for that very future of RAI-2 will follow the official channels, from the ministry IGM up, the Institute of Military Geography. The inauguration of the new plant of the border, which on June 25 was attended by the Prime Minister Renzi, were not present nor the representatives of the cable cars Chamoniarde, nor the mayor of Chamonix. Now even close access. It will serve to restore peace a reality?

MOVED THE FRONTIER The boundaries also gave headaches last year at Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo, a few kilometers from White. “The French with a bulldozer – recalled a guide – they moved the boundary stone of 150 meters. As it is obvious that it is immediately returned to his place.” The dispute starts over 150 years ago, from 1865, when the French drew an ear on the southern side of the mountain. Decision which became law and that even without being a parliamentary Luciano Caveri in 1996 and a European assembly of three years after Nicholas Rinaldi was able to resolve. Since 2011, Google Maps also took note of: a reinvented border and towards the Dôme du Goûter, and towards Punta Helbronner.

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Fashion, Gstaad, Lifestyle

Casiraghi and Borromeo families of fairytale weddings

Formal as her sisters, Lavinia and Isabella, majestic as the grandmother of him, Grace Kelly, or fairytale like Andrea and Tatiana. To be inspired Beatrice for yes to Pierre?

Double ceremony, one in the Principality of Monaco, his house Pierre Casiraghi, one of the Borromean Islands, owned by the family of her, Beatrice Borromeo. Double, triple, quadruple feast. Result, a caravan of high society guests that will be at stake from the French Riviera to the shores of Lake Maggiore for two challenging weekend of parties and receptions from Saturday, July 25.

The marriage of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo does speak for days. Inevitable: their families have given membership in the last 30 years, gossip, gossip columns and above all a rich sequence of fairytale weddings. In particular those of the sisters Borromeno.

But with such a legacy to those who will really inspire Pierre and Bea for their wedding? Formal style in homage to the label of the Grimaldi Palace, where civil weddings are celebrated and sober Cavagnetu (picnic in the garden in Monegasque dialect) or Renaissance splendor under the coat of arms with three balls of the Borromeo? To these we should also styled Casiraghi: Carolina has given to his children one coops life certainly high, but low profile. From the choice of them grew up in Provence, far from the Palace.

Not to upset anyone the two young men have decided to double the party.
The former model, now a journalist, nephew of Marta Marzotto is the fifth and last child of Charles Borromeo, the last patriarch of one of the most historic and important families of the north: three sisters females, Lavinia, Isabella and Matilde and a son, Carlo. Four countesses tall, blond, thin and chilly-looking that made important marriages, then the sources of inspiration and advice to Beatrice certainly not lacking even if, on closer inspection, the marriages of his sisters Borromeo they all look alike.

Lavinia (now 38 years) inaugurated the trend by marrying John Elkann, then vice president of Fiat, September 4, 2004: religious ceremony on Isola Madre, receipt in the Hanging Gardens of Isola Bella. All the world of high finance Italian was invited. Berlusconi, then prime minister, arrived by helicopter with Gianni Letta. She had a real princess dress by Valentino with veil family (ça va sant say) and tiara grandmother. The witnesses were the brothers Beatrice and Charles, father of brothers only because Lavinia, Isabella and Matilde, Carlo Borromeo had them with Marion Zota, Bea and Charles with Paola Marzotto, daughter Marta, who blondes and ethereal Borromeo they love like a real grandmother and that, like a real grandmother, she oversaw suille good choices double of all four.

Wedding photocopy, a year later, those of Isabella, the eldest, with the tankers Ugo Brachetti Peretti: ivory gown by Valentino, veil family. Only after the ceremony on Isola Bella celebrated the Rocca d’Angera (also owned by the family). And at the Rocca materializes, July 30, the receipt grandest wedding of Pierre and Beatrice: the Rock, it will be closed to the public from July 30 to August 2.

The last Borromeo to get married in white Valentino, among the stone statues on Isola Bella was Matilde, in June 2011, his wife went to Antonius Von Furstenberg, prince of the royal family of Germany. Only variant script Borromeo, the bride was very pregnant.

The only one to come out of the male choir Carlo, penultimate in succession: hippe chic ceremony in Pantelleria, in a field overlooking the sea at sunset, with seating on hay and white shawls. Bucolic his yes to socialite Marta Ferri (daughter of photographer Fabrizio and Barbara Frua de Angeli) in July 2012.

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For the Italian part of the festivities is to be expected therefore that the script somehow happen again equal to the sisters, given the choice of celebrating the rite on the lake, but perhaps Isolino di San Giovanni, more secluded location than the majestic Island Beautiful.

weddings-grimaldi Certainly, the part of Monaco’s wedding will be the most simple: everything except the evening party at Jimmy’z, will take place in the Palace closed, as was the case for the parents of Pierre, Carolina and Stefano Casiraghi and Andrea and Tatiana Santo Domingo. One can be sure, perhaps, the marriage to which that of Pierre and Bea will resemble less, at least as atmosphere, to Uncle Albert Charlene Wittstock: cast too, too many royal families invited, bride too rigid.

Beatrice, you know, is quite another kind. Maybe more like the sister Tatiana Santo Domingo, that the yes with Andrea Casiraghi is presented in civil saldali thong Palace. And then he wanted a second episode, religious, indeed, enchanted, under the snow in Gstaad, hooded in a Valentino dress, in cascades of flowers and crystals. Chic, but not easy.

Even Pierre, despite being the son of a Grimaldi, during his childhood he spent much time in the countryside of Provence rather than the Rocher. He and the Borromeo, basically mean part of the jet set, but with the royal families have little to disappear. And then it was not just Beatrice to have declared in an interview: “The aristocracy is just crap anachronistic”?

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Chamonix, Courmayeur, Fashion, Lifestyle

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, bib distribution also in Courmayeur

Courmayeur – The negotiations were conducted by the local authority and not by the association VDA Trailers that will no longer part of the organizational logistics. Provided about 500 athletes from 25 in Courmayeur Tuesday and Thursday, August 27, 2015.
At the foot of Mont Blanc trail it is not just a sport: it is a world of passion and hard work, a microcosm of thousands of fans who come together every summer in Courmayeur, one of the world capitals of extreme racing in the mountains. From 26 to 30 August, the Alpine resort welcomes runners engaged in ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, now in its 13th edition. An extraordinary challenge which runs along a ring that allows you to turn around the roof of Europe, including Italy, France and Switzerland, to discover an endless variety of landscapes, huts and mountain pastures, lakes and glaciers.

Courmayeur will be the heart of the great adventure, welcoming athletes, fans and companions with a big party that will be geared to different events. The first New this year are the bib distribution of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (170 km and 10 000 m of elevation gain) of Courmayeur Champex Chamonix (101 km and 6100 m of elevation gain) and TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie – 119 km and 7250 m of elevation gain), to be held this year at the Forum Sports Center in Courmayeur, as well as in Chamonix.

“The races are held largely in our area and we wanted to have a return and relapse more in terms of economic and hotel accommodation, which is why we struck a deal with the organizers. This solution also facilitates a lot of logistical operations for the participants, “says Ferruccio Truchet, Department of Sport of Courmayeur. About 500 competitors, in a survey conducted recently, had a preference can pick up their numbers in Courmayeur.

Negotiations conducted by the local authority and not by the association VDA Trailers (organizers of the Tor des Giants and Great Trail Courmayeur) as in the past. “It ‘a choice dictated by several factors – said Federica Cortese, Councillor for the Environment and Territory of the Municipality of Courmayeur – ranging from the budget available to the desire to broaden the base of volunteers and sports clubs, but not only , participants in the initiative. Then we want to be more present, as a municipality, from a marketing point of view: we will manage relationships with a control by us, by the region, the organization of the race and by the Mountain Trail (born in 2014 as a ‘ idea of ​​Massimo Domaine, Gigi Riz and Domaine Lorenzo, editor’s note) “.

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The bib distribution of TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie) will be held at the Forum Sport Center Courmayeur Tuesday, August 25, from 16 hours to 20. The departure is scheduled the following day, Wednesday, August 26, at 6 am , Place Brocherel. Next, at 10 am, the start of the big news this year, in the juvenile, the #YCC, always from Place Brocherel.

As for the distribution of bibs for UTMB and CCC, the event is scheduled for Thursday, August 27 from 16 to 20. The start of the CCC is scheduled for 9 am on Friday, August 28, yet Place Brocherel while the race queen, the UTMB, will start as usual last, Triangle from Place de l’Amitie, from Chamonix Mont-Blanc, at 18, to transit in Italy between the night of Friday, August 28 and Saturday morning 29.
The first edition of #YCC – Youth Chamonix Courmayeur August 25 to 29
Too old to participate in the mini races, too young to enroll in one of UTMB races, yet the new generation of trailers has a great desire to run and be part of the celebration of the trail … and there was still a race for their part UTMB. Thus it was born the #YCC, another novelty of this year. A challenge (“Défi Sportif”) for young people aged 16 to 19 years that combines a start in Chamonix, Tuesday, Aug. 25, and a path of about 15km with 1100m of elevation gain in Courmayeur, on Wednesday 26. A Video Contest, finally, It involves the construction of a video (or slideshows) 3 minutes maximum to be broadcast on Facebook. Will be judged by a jury chosen by the award-winning and Wednesday, August 29 at 14:30 at the Jardin de l’Ange in Courmayeur.

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Chamonix, Courmayeur, Lifestyle

The first ascent of Mont Blanc, an August 8

229 years ago: The expedition was organized by a famous scientist, but to reach the summit for the first time were a doctor and a crystal-digger.
The first ascent of Mont Blanc took place 229 years ago, on Aug. 8, 1786: the first to arrive at the top were the crystal hunter Jacques Balmat and the doctor Michel Gabriel Paccard, to 18.23, and remained there for just under forty minutes, during which it carried the scientific measurements. With its 4810 meters, the Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and Europe except the Caucasus, The expedition was organized by the famous scientist Horace-Benedict de Saussure, who according to some reconstructions had even promised a reward to anyone who would go up first of Mont Blanc. De Saussure was mainly specialized in the study of glaciers, and for this many years studying the Mont Blanc massif, planning to make the measurements for yourself.

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Paccard had graduated in Turin and had already attempted the climb in 1783. Balmat instead was an expert of the mountains around Chamonix, and it was with great athleticism. They decided to organize an expedition together for convenience, although did not go over well: the idea of ​​Paccard was not to go the traditional route with which it had been attempted the ascent earlier that the Grands Mullets, but to divert first to reach the Dôme du Goûter, through the Grand Plateau, under the north face of Mont Blanc. They risked to go back, because the daughter was ill and the Balmat crystal hunter wanted to go back (he died later that day). After reaching the summit and made the measurements, Balmat and Paccard began the descent: it got dark quickly, but the two had chosen a full moon night, and were able to camp out.
The date of the first ascent of Mont Blanc coincides with the birth of mountaineering that day began the so-called “phase of conquest” of mountaineering, where one by one were climbing all the mountains of the Alps over four thousand meters high. When in 1865 Edward Whymper reached the last major peak, the Matterhorn, the nature of mountaineering was changed: if in the beginning the reasons for the climb were mostly scientific, soon he asserted the idea of ​​mountaineering as a sporting gesture. Today in the center of Chamonix a statue of Balmat showing the Mont Blanc de Saussure remembers the first ascent.

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Chamonix, Courmayeur

Paragliding Mont Blanc: three deaths in four days.

Courmayeur – Driven by the desire to fly through France and grind kilometers. They need good weather, sunny and warm, and then the right wind and, still, of high clouds, the highest of the peaks. Only then can realize his dream: to fly over the giant of the Alps, Mont Blanc with its 4810 meters above sea level; fly over and land on with their paraglider. And the right conditions are in these days, at least – indeed only – in the French side: from the beginning of the week, every day, in the Chamonix area are at least 100 pilots taking off. Many have succeeded in their aim, while four others have renounced crashed on the Italian side.

Accidents

Four incidents from Wednesday to yesterday, when the last pilot crashed and died on the crest of the Brouillard at over 3700 meters above sea level, “Got stuck in a gully – explains Adriano Favre, head of the Aosta Valley Mountain Rescue – was lucky to succeed to see it. ” The victim should be French, like the other two dead, a man and a woman, and as the man who is still hospitalized in intensive care in the hospital in Aosta. Three dead in four days. For rescuers Aosta Valley, now, those colorful sails have become a nightmare.

Four incidents from Wednesday to yesterday, when the last pilot crashed and died on the crest of the Brouillard at over 3700 meters above sea level, “Got stuck in a gully – explains Adriano Favre, head of the Aosta Valley Mountain Rescue – was lucky to succeed to see it. ” The victim should be French, like the other two dead, a man and a woman, and as the man who is still hospitalized in intensive care in the hospital in Aosta. Three dead in four days. For rescuers Aosta Valley, now, those colorful sails have become a nightmare.

Those who leave from Chamonix is ​​upwind, the ideal condition, but when surpasses the peak condition is very critical: “you are downwind – says Joyeusaz – with strong gusts” and with a push down and against the walls and the risk that the sailing closes. And Henriod: “We must Know yourself well microclimate, here the currents are strong, yesterday the wind was at 30 kilometers an hour when you are not sailing a few. Many are professionals but they underestimate the difference between the two sides. Depart from Paris or somewhere because they have seen on the internet that the conditions are ideal, but in our side now are not. These days none of us flew from Courmayeur. ”

Hands tied

In France they have also issued an order to prohibit the flight across the border, but few respect it. And Italian Finance’s hands are tied, “What can we do? hence no part of anyone, “says Viglione. It ‘s home to France this discipline, the practice in 40,000. “On August 8, 2009 – remembers Joyeusaz – 12 people have landed on top. Two years after the landings were 113.duetto

Chamonix, Courmayeur

Courmayeur Mont Blanc tunnel to the festival for the first 50 years

 

“The galleries, such as bridges, helping to negate the obstacles to encounter, mutual understanding, the exchange of cultures and cooperation between peoples. Built at a time when the countries most affected seemed to excel in competition for the conquest of interplanetary space, the Mont Blanc Tunnel is now as then as an example of the capacity ‘and will’ of men to overcome all obstacles on the way of peaceful coexistence. ” So ‘the president of the Societa’ Italian for Mont Blanc Tunnel Riccardo Sessa, today, in the day of celebration in Courmayeur (AO) 50 years after opening to traffic of the Mont Blanc Tunnel. “After 50 years of its commissioning – he said the CEO of the Company ‘Italian for Mont Blanc Tunnel Mario Battle – the Mont Blanc tunnel, while maintaining the original structural, is profoundly changed in equipment in defense of regularity ‘and traffic safety. ” On 11.6 kilometers of the tunnel, tracks each year by about 1.8 million vehicles, there are 37 shelters pressurized connected to a rescue tunnel, 156 cameras placed every 100 meters in addition to the 33 placed outside the gallery. In addition, two barriers placed at the entrances of the tunnel prevent users from access to the tunnel in case of an incident and 36 half-gates each 600 meters also allow you to block vehicles inside the tunnel. ”
“The opening of the tunnel took place on July 16 to 50 years ago – said the president of the region of Valle d’Aosta Augustus Rollandin – was certainly an important moment in our history, not only for the quality ‘and the size of the infrastructure, but also because ‘represent’ a mighty growth of the Italian-French collaboration both bilaterally and in the more ‘broader context of a Community’ European Union that was born only seven years before the entry into force of the Treaty of Rome, had among its own objectives the free movement of goods, services, labor, capital and the abolition of cartels and the development of joint policies ”

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Courmayeur, Lifestyle

A Courmayeur summer “to taste”

The summer of Courmayeur is a journey to discover the local gastronomic traditions. Not only restaurants in the downtown streets, but also the many mountain huts and mountain restaurants, privileged views of one of the most dramatic in Europe, are unique in the gastronomic mountain.
A Courmayeur reach a mountain hut is an experience that stimulates all the senses. After a hike through the breathtaking scenery, enchanting surrounding valleys, it is a pleasure to relax on the terrace of a refuge, forgetting the usual sandwich to be conquered by tasty recipes.
Immersed in a landscape dominated by the highest peaks in Europe, entering a shelter and find scents and flavors of tradition, combined with taste and passion, it is a real gift for the palate. In the valleys surrounding Courmayeur, as the Val Ferret and Val Veny, Lee highlight local flavors with recipes using local ingredients. What makes them unique is the warmth and passion of the owners, some of them even choose to bake the bread and pick fresh vegetables from their small gardens. The facilities are all different: the former pastures, the rustic stone and wood, the historic huts that surround the memory of the time when simply generations lived in the mountains of Val d’Aosta memories of old flavors.
Through the culture of food in Courmayeur tells a whole world of living traditions but also many new features. During July and August, the exhibition “The delights and virtues of Valle d’Aosta” offers a menu full of surprises and events. The Aosta Valley specialties become a tasty accompaniment for appetizers appetizing during the four meetings targati “Aperitif with the chefs” (July 25 and 8, 13 and 18 August): master barman and chef alongside the creation of original cocktails and finger food. At the base are the raw materials, food products unique – mainly dairy products, wines, meats, honey and typical bread.

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Do not miss the summer edition of Shopping & Gourmet (August 8), an unprecedented combination of signatures exclusive boutiques of Courmayeur and small producers in the area.
Historians ovens of the village will be the precious venue of the two gourmet atelier (July 20 and August 3), real cooking workshops that come to life within the walls of some of the symbols of a whole community. To attend the workshop please send an email to info@courmayeurmontblanc.it. The participation fee is 20 euro per person and places are limited, up to a maximum of 20 participants for each workshop (reservations required).
Also in the name of tradition and the development of a world of gastronomic excellence the other events of the summer: the Marché Agricole de la Valdigne, five events with the exhibition of local products (28 July and 4, 11, 18 and 25 August ) and, in September, The Matson (5 September), important food and wine fair dedicated to the flavors of Courmayeur and surroundings.

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Courmayeur

Courmayeur

COURMAYEUR – It ‘OPEN THE NEW CABLE CAR MONT BLANC.

COURMAYEUR – After four years of work at height and investments have exceeded 100 million euro, the eighth wonder of the world, or the new cable car of Mont Blanc – Skyway, it became a reality. The first race was conducted Saturday, May 30, and in 19 minutes brought the first passengers to 3,462 meters of Punta Helbronner, in the heart of Mont Blanc. The new plant, in two sections, joins Pontal d’Entreves (fraction of Courmayuer) with Pavillion and Pavillion with Punta Helbronner and replaces three old cable cars which covered the same route with a stop in more.

The new cable cars will bring in altitude skiers freeride but also hikers and tourists alike that 19 minutes uphill iperpanoramica (cable car cabins have large windows and are rotair, or turn on themselves during the trip) can get in one of the the most scenic spots of the Alps. At this point, the offer of Courmayeur is very competitive with those cousins ​​of Chamonix, on the other side of the “Roof of Europe”.

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To achieve this extraordinary feat of engineering were employed 200 workers who for four years have worked in difficult conditions given the odds and weather conditions. The round-trip ticket costs 40 Euros in low season and in winter and EUR 45 in high season (from 20 June to late August) and the parking is free pre the first half hour, costs 1 euro for 1 to 4 stops hours, up to 10 euro for the whole day. The official opening will take place between 22 and 26 June in the presence of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, while the work will be completed next year when it will be finally dismantled the old three cable cars which started from La Palud.

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Fashion, Zermatt

Tourism 5 stars Andermatt, pretty village at the foot of the Gotthard

 

Surrounded by green pastures and forests, in the background of magnificent rocky peaks, embellished with sparkling glaciers. A valley postcard paradise for nature lovers and mountain, with a “calling card” that alone is worth the trip: the daring cable car to the summit of the Gemsstock, at 2,963 meters, from where you can admire over six hundred peaks.
“Of all the places I know, is the most interesting to me”, said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, as he crossed the Ursern for the third time. The Ursern in Canton Uri, at the foot of the Gotthard Pass is one of the most impressive upland valleys in Switzerland. Andermatt, 1436 meters above sea level, the largest of the three villages in the valley, it is proposed to tourists as an ideal holiday destination in all months of the year, with all the papers in order to give an unforgettable stay. From families with children to climbers, golfers from the fans of snow at any cost, everyone can find congenial attractions and activities, thanks to excellent facilities for receiving and leisure. Despite being exactly at the intersection of two major roads – the director of the International Gottardo from north to south, and the road of the Furka and Oberalp passes from west to east – Andermatt has retained a friendly and comfortable atmosphere of the country (slightly more than a thousand inhabitants), surrounded by green pastures and forests, in the background of magnificent rocky peaks, embellished with sparkling glaciers. A valley postcard paradise for nature lovers and mountain, with a “calling card” that alone is worth the trip: the daring cable car to the summit of the Gemsstock, at 2,963 meters, from where you can admire over six hundred peaks!

A lookout exceptional, with the choreographic Gurschen Glacier, which lies at the foot of a vast network of paths and trails, where make countless walks and hikes, on foot as mountain biking, with dozens of lakes, streams and waterfalls. There are also numerous opportunities for relaxing excursions to places of great beauty: the famous Gotthard Pass (2108 meters), with its museum and the historic hospice, reached by the romantic stagecoach pulled by five horses; the Oberalp Pass (2046 meters), which reach the source of the Rhine at Lake Toma; the spectacular Furka Pass, a well 2,431 meters, which in summer passes a nostalgic steam train; the horrid Schöllenenbahn, with the legendary Devil’s Bridge, the Medieval Gotthard road, and much more.

At high altitude and of course in the cooler months, in a fairytale, Andermatt is transformed into a ski resort “for connoisseurs”, with descents of the highest level, and with great possibilities for off-piste skiing, or the so-called freeride. In particular, from the summit of the Gemsstock (2963 meters) down the dizzying “black run” Bernhard-Russi-Run, named after the eponymous Swiss Olympic champion in skiing, which he characterized as: “My favorite track, and one of the best of ‘Alps “. Finally, Andermatt is one of the stations of the famous Glacier Express train, with which an unusual trip from Zermatt to St. Moritz (or Davos): lightning-hour journey along through 91 tunnels and 291 bridges. The opening of the Chedi Andermatt, a luxury resort of 104 rooms, housed in a modern chalet with several restaurants (including one Japanese), indoor and outdoor pools and a large spa was the first phase of development still going on and that He sees in building new buildings, houses, five other hotels, a golf course with 18 holes to play this sport at high altitude. Throughout the summer, the Chedi, are scheduled appointments in key spiritual alpine-chic. The monaco Buddhist Loten Dahortsang holds sessions retreat of three hours a day, accompanied by vegetarian menu and afternoon tea. Package Rejuvenate in Style Yoga Retreats is available on the dates: June 15 to 19; July 20 to 24,; 24 to 28 August; September 21 to 25 from CHF 850 ​​per night for two people.

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Courmayeur

Easter is celebrated with the Mont Blanc at the Refuge Bertone

Courmayeur – The nature guides of “Alpine trails” to describe our “Mountain and around” the path that leads from Courmayeur to the Bertone refuge. A path in the arm to the Mont Blanc!
It seems almost impossible that after a few steps away from the hamlet of Villair, located above the village of Courmayeur, one can find in the nature and in absolute silence that characterizes it: ideal conditions to treat yourself to a very special Easter to Bertone Refuge, located at 1985 m on the ridge that divides the Val Sapin from Val Ferret. Let’s talk about one of the most beautiful places in the Alps, dominated by the highest mountain and famous of Europe, there one step away from us: the majestic Mont Blanc. The path to reach this paradise of nature is the trail 42 – AV1 – TMB which starts from the parking place above the town of Villair, the first pole of prohibition of access to the private road. This first part of the route is characterized by a dense forest of trees that give the name to the whole valley, the Spruces, in French precisely Sapin.

This little side valley has an incredible history that dates back to the time of the Romans, who already used it for the extraction of lead, silver from its mines known as Trou des Romaines. Still remains a valley severe, characterized by steep slopes and wild vegetation, but rich in a certain charm and almost forgotten, typical of places secluded mountain. Our path climbs on the orographic right side of this valley with steep sections and other more gentle. The

the ground is covered by bracts of cones of spruce, remains typical meal of red squirrel in this season is a semi-hibernation alternating moments of sleep a feast of food around in the woods. Exposed to the sun during the ascent, rising sea level and away from the cool, damp valley floor, the trail comes out slowly from the thick forest to get into an area populated by ancient larches, trees with a diameter huge, certainly over the age of 300 year old. Looking around you realize that it is almost at our destination, as the landscape becomes increasingly open and that we are walking by a couple of hours. In fact, around a bend of the path, suddenly appears Rifugio a few dozen meters from us; you feel the nice smell of polenta that cooks on a wood stove, but most can be seen, busy in his work, the manager of the refuge Renzino Cosson, “historic” and expert mountain guide, one of the most special people that you may be lucky enough to meet in the mountains, which with its warmth and passion in telling “his mountain”, will make it even more unique this Easter at the Refuge Bertone.

April 5 after the unmissable dinner prepared by Lorenzino Cosson (the real polenta made with “the oula” and cooked on a wood fire) the Guides have “The Veillà mountain” will be a time to enjoy the mountains and through stories images of beautiful environments unique, majestic and mysterious animals that populate them, ancient traditions and epic climbs fearless climbers. All this in front of the majestic Mont Blanc.
The next day, Easter Monday April 6, hike around the hut and then down to the valley.

Rise Time: 2:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. about
Vertical drop: 650 m approximately
Starting altitude: 1388 m
Arrival altitude: 1985 m
Info and reservations:
349 7821454 – info@percorsialpini.com

www.percorsialpini.it

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