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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

The right destinations to go skiing and see the races of ski champions

The snow has come and the plants are already open. From Trentino to Valle d’Aosta, here is where to do the most spectacular runs and attend the races.

This year the snow is punctual, the plants are open and the desire for fun to share with friends and family is taken.
But where to go? Here is a selection of ski areas based on the beauty of the places, the technicality and the spectacularity of the track. Someone will tell you that they know the best, but these are the favorites of the champions who race every year at the World Cup.

ANDALO AND FAI DELLA PAGANELLA (TN)
At the heart of the Andalo Fai della Paganella ski area, the most beautiful and technical Olympia trail starts from the top overlooking the valley of Adige and Brenta, and goes downhill. New: expanded the La Rocca track to facilitate the return of less experienced skiers. The event: Do not miss the training of the Norwegian Alpine Ski Team on the Olimpionica 2 track (black track) from 9 to 22 December.
Daily cost: 41 euros.

LA THUILE (AO)
Connected to the facilities of Espace San Bernardo, to ski on infinite kilometers of slopes between the Italian and French alpine slopes. In France, two new chair lifts and five slopes
red to meet the most experienced skiers. The track to be tried is the Tre Franco Berthod, one of the most difficult and steep in Italy (76% maximum slope) that this year
was chosen by FIS as a track for the recovery of the men’s and women’s Alpine Ski World Cup races. The event: March 3 and 4 in Courmayeur, not far away
from La Thuile, the Freeride World Tour qualifier circuit breaks.
Daily cost: 40 euros.

BORMIO (SO)
In the Alta Valtellina area, 170 km of pistes in the heart of the Stelvio National Park. The track to be missed is the Stelvio 3,300 meters to do everything in a breath. The event: the World Ski Jump World Cup on December 28th. The novelty: fun area at Bormio 2000 with Funslope Bormio and Familypark Bormio, for skiers and snowboarders. In the resorts of Bormio, Livigno, Santa Caterina Valfurva and San Colombano Valdidentro there is a free ski bus service for those with Superski Alta Valtellina. Daily cost: from 23 euros.

ALTA BADIA (BZ)
A web of 130 km of slopes at various levels of difficulty. The Grand Rise of La Villa is one of the best in the world (450 meters in altitude and 1,300 km in length); with a slope
maximum of 63%, is a black for a few, but there is an easier variant. The event: December 17, giant slalom of the World Cup.
Daily cost: from 43 euros.

VAL GARDENA (BZ)
Ortisei, S. Cristina, Selva di Val Gardena, are part of the Dolomiti Superski domain. From all three resorts you can go, with the Dolomiti Superski ski pass for the Sellaronda, the Sella group’s all-round ski trip. Try the 3.5km Saslong descent with breathtaking curves and goblins, while in December the new 10-seater Piz Seteur cable car, the most modern monofire plant ever made, is to be found. The event: in conjunction with the Ski World Cup (15 and 16 December), big parties are scheduled. The offer not to be missed from 6 to 23 December 2017 is Superpremière; with 4 nights, one is free, who book 6 nights, will have two.
Daily cost: from 43 euros.

MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO (TN)
Here Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta Ski Area has about 150 km of slopes; you can ski throughout the day between Madonna di Campiglio, Folgarida-Marilleva, Pinzolo and there are free shuttles to move between the various locations. Among the 5 Snowparks, the Ursus Snowpark in Madonna di Campiglio, one of the top five of the Alps. Folgarida’s new four-seater Malghette chairlift is in operation. The event: World Cup Men’s Special Slalom, December 22nd. From December 7th to 10th, Marilleva Snow Week has four days of skiing fun snowboarding.
Daily cost: 50 euros.

FIVE MEETS IN THE NATURE FOR WHO LOVES THE FUND
For those who love silence, the scenery to enjoy in solitude is perfect for cross-country skiing. Here are 5 locations to experience an unforgettable experience in nature, suitable for those who have been practicing forever or for those who only start now.

COURMAYEUR (AO)
Not only downhill: in the Courmayeur area, Val Ferret is one of the most scenic and popular alpine ski resorts. In the valley, stretched over to the magnificent amphitheater at the foot of Mont Blanc, you embark on 22 miles of trails in a heaven of peace.
Info: courmayeurmontblanc.it

COGNE (AO)
It is the valdostan queen of cross-country skiing. The pistes wind up for 80km, crossing the villages of Epinel, Lillaz, Valnontey in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park. Do not miss the Marciagranparadiso from 2 to 4 February 2018.
Info: cogneturismo.it.
Dobbiaco and, more north, Anterselva. The Val Pusteria area is a paradise for cross-country skiers: the slopes are well traced, the breathtaking views (Info: valpusteria.com). An unusual race: in the Casies Valley, the Canederli Marathon (January 14th), mix between sport and cooking. Info: valle-di-casies.com.ALPE DI SIUSI (BZ) The largest plateau in Europe offers 80 km of pistes with a minimum length of 2 km for beginners and others extending like the “Giogo” , with its 15 km being the longest in the area.Info: alpesiusi.it.FOLGARIA (TN) Three sports rings are available for 1.5, 4.5 and 8 km, suitable for beginners and experienced riders.Info: alpecimbra.it

Where to ski low cost, map and prices for “having fun” with the autumn snow

While in the south probably someone is still bathing at the sea, in the North is already all ready for the new ski season. If most of the facilities will open between the second half of November and early December, in some regions of Italy in a few days it will be possible to put the skis at the foot

The Stelvio Pass, in Lombardy, thanks to over 20 kilometers of all difficulty, for a total difference of over 700 meters, is one of the most important summer skiing and snowboard centers. Although the heat of summer has created some problems, forcing them to close ski lifts and ski slopes, enthusiasts will be able to enjoy over 20 kilometers of slopes until November 5th with a late-torch torch scheduled for Saturday 4th.

In South Tyrol, the slopes of the Val Senales glacier are already open: skiers have a 3,212-meter Grawand chairlift. “Hope is to be able to open all the systems within two weeks, allowing time,” explains the local operators. Solda has been on the road since October 21, due to the high slopes of up to 3250 meters.

Prices
It is still “early to give a complete picture of any price increases on plant prices” but, as explained by AdnKronos Valeria Ghezzi, president of the Anef (National Association of Operators), “where we should be talking about 2% at most. And I think even from a receptive point of view there will be no significant increases. ” “Investment in the industry amounts to 70 billion – says the Ghezzi – now snow is always guaranteed, also because the trend is that of a mountain to live all year round: even when it is natural you work because it enhances comfort of those who wander. ” “In any case, hope is that this year will be a ‘white Christmas’ – he concludes – not so much because we fear that the sector is affected, but above all, what are the Christmas holidays from the point of view of the collective imagination.”