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Snow, not just skiing: between active and relaxing, the ideas to enjoy the mountains

Descents with fat bikes and Nordic walking, snowshoeing and sledding. But not just sports activities. Among the “alternative” ideas for the skiing week, thermal relaxation and mountain cooking courses are always valid. Or even a romantic balloon ride on the snowy peaks

White week, yes or no? The debate comes on especially when in the family or in the group of friends not everyone knows how to ski and there is someone who does not want to know about the teacher and lessons. Today, however, the mountain in winter offers much more besides the slopes. According to Federalberghi research, then, the Italians prefer the ski resorts of their country: 97% of holidaymakers preferred to stay in Italy in the first three months of 2017.

And it is precisely the Belpaese to offer tourists interesting alternatives to skiing, in many places. Snow activities for all tastes and ages, with children or friends. If you do not want to put skis or boards do not worry, you will not get bored. Nowadays everything can be done on the snow, from riding a bike with fat bikes to Nordic walking. But it’s not just about sports. Among the “alternative” ideas to enjoy the mountains, thermal relaxation and mountain cooking courses are always valid. But even a romantic balloon flight on the snowy peaks gives great satisfaction. Just choose the right destination.

Snow throughout Italy, three meters in Friuli The forecasts up to the Epiphany

Abundant rainfall throughout the Alps and the Apennines. The record at Sella Nevea, on Mount Canin. New snowfalls expected, but also rains, in the coming days

On Monte Canin, in the Friuli region Sella Nevea – power of the name! -, the three meters have been reached. At Aprica you get two meters and twenty meters and not much below two meters there are Tarvisio (175 cm) and Forti di sopra (160). You are above the metro at Limone Piemonte (130), at Abetone (130) and at San Candido (100). And a little below, around 90 centimeters, are Chiesa in Valmalenco, Sestola and Montecampione. These are the most snow-covered towns in Italy with a distribution covering all the regions of the Alps and the Apennines. But beyond the medium, peaks between one and two meters are recorded everywhere in the main ski resorts

Other significant rainfall is expected towards the end of the week. And already today are announced for the evening snowfall in the border Alps over 1,500 meters. “The first days of 2018 will be rather movements on the country, because of some rapid perturbed fronts, driven by the Atlantic currents, which at the average of one per day, will also engage most of our regions – explains the meteorologist Francesco Nucera on the site of 3BMeteo -. The weather will remain very dynamic with sudden changes even during the same day, waiting for a more full-bodied and prolonged worsening for Epiphany ». In short, other rainfall on arrival, although in many cases, especially at low altitudes, it will be rain.

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.”

STUBAI – SKI WALKING ON OCTOBER 14 WITH LAST OKTOBERFEST

Skiing season on the Stubai glacier, Tyrol starts on October 14th.

The first curves of the season, on the weekend of 14 and 15 October, will be celebrated with a vintage party with many skiers presenting on the track with traditional clothes in wool and wooden skis. Which, combined with beer running through rivers, will give the Oktoberfest the snow. In addition to the fun, there will also be an opportunity to win some prizes as the four “best-looking” couples will be awarded with: € 500, € 300, two skipasss for two days skiing on the Stubai Glacier and a voucher of 50 Euros for the Schaufelspitz gourmet restaurant boasting 2 Gault Millau hair.

Two nights with skipass on the day of the opening are promoted starting from 146 euros (overnight stay, breakfast, ski pass and ski bus included).

Stubai events on the 2017 2018 Autumn Ski Glacier

From 24 to 26 November 2017, the world’s best freeskiers will face a slopestyle showdown at the Stubai Zoo snowpark. About 120 athletes challenge the Stubai glacier for the first FIS Freeski World Cup race.

The Moreboards Stubai Premiere runs from 20th to 22nd October and offers a lively and colorful show with snowboarders in action at the Stubai Zoo Snowpark and the opportunity to try the latest equipment news at the Brand-Saloon at Eisgrat Station.

Appointment with test materials with the SportScheck Glacier Testival, from 9 to 11 November, with more than 3,600 materials to be tested on the slopes of the glacier.

Freeride appointment is the SAAC Basic Camp on November 18 and 19, to learn how to move on off-track tracks safely.

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