WATLES – 9 ROYALS IN VINSCHGAU FROM 27 MARCH TO 1 April

Event from March 27 to April 1 in the Watles ski area, Val Venosta, for the 2017 edition of Suzuki Royals 9, the classic freestyle event bringing together the best

freestylers in a super cotest adrnealinico that takes place in a castle snow.

There will be professional athletes, including 14 women (7 for skiing and snowboarding for 7) and 13 men (6 snowboarders and skiers 7), including our

compatriots Simon Gruber for snowboarding and Silvia Bertagna, who recently won a stage of world Cup.

The castle, full of jumps, ramps, wall … will be built with 60,000 cubic meters of snow.

To achieve it will need a team of 12 people and you will reuse the snow used to down the path to the stage in the world of ski cross Watles Cup. The concept of

this event, conceived by Nico Zacek in 2008, aims to give a chance to the world’s best athletes to showcase their skills in a fantastic setting.

In this regard could not choose a better location in the Val Venosta, land of the sun at high altitude and the Watles ski area (great for freestyle but also for

downhill skiing) is located in one of the Vinschgau area that is close to the borders with Switzerland and Austria.

Switzerland

In Switzerland there are more than 70 peaks higher than 4000 meters above sea level, 55 of which are fully in Swiss territory and 19 on the border with Italy.

The highest peak of Switzerland Dufour, de 4634 meters, in the Monte Rosa massif, on the border with Italy.

The highest mountain entirely on Swiss territory is the Dom of 4545 meters, between Zermatt and Saas Fee.

The best known is probably the top Swiss Matterhorn (Cervino, 4,478 meters), south of Zermatt.

The group consists of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps is considered one of the most fascinating mountain areas of Europe.

 

March 4 – DINNER + NIGHT + BUS PASS FROM LOMBARDY ST.MORITZ FOR ONLY 49 EURO

4 March – Dinner + Night + bus pass from Lombardy to St. Moritz for only 49 €
ST. MORITZ. Who said that the location most IN Switzerland is also the most expensive? Saturday, March 4 Dovesciare takes you to ski in St. Moritz Corvatsch, the longest floodlit piste in Switzerland, to a quite exceptional price. With only 49 euro you can have dinner at altitude, night ski pass, insurance and round-trip bus from the main cities of Lombardy. Tourist coaches will offer you a round trip during which you can easily chat while on the return trip will be possible to rest after skiing. For those who can not renounce to their car the price will be even lower, EUR 35 for dinner + ski pass. Given the success that the initiative is having, it has just added the option of booting from Brescia with a small surcharge of 3 €

Zermatt

Zermatt is a beautiful Swiss village on Mount Rosa, at the foot of the Matterhorn . And ‘it is lying in the bottom of the Mattertal Valley and you arrive only by train; in village works only electric vehicles. And ‘one of the few ski resorts without a car.

Attention to the environment that is also seen in the approach unusual for lifts (ISO 14001) and energy in self-sufficiency of the top restaurants, given by photovoltaic and solar panel systems.

Zermatt is one with Italian Valtournenche and Breuil Cervinia in the district Matterhorn Ski Paradise, with 350 km of slopes. Very spectacular and the descent from the Klein Matterhorn extremely long (almost 3900 m) to the country through the glacier of Plateau Rosa.

The facilities are very modern, but there are still signs of the tradition like the little train from the village of Zermatt reaches 3200 meters Gornergrad between incomparable scenery, tracks, tunnels and walls of snow.

Another example of modernity is the underground funicular to the ski area Sonnegga. Upon arrival of the Klein Matterhorn cable car you can visit the Ice Palace, a series of caves dug at 15 m depth in the glacier.

Thailand: 15 experiences to do in the Land of Smiles

jungle islands that overlook clear waters, majestic Buddhist temples and street food at all hours. Winter in Thailand in 15 moves

It has a shape that resembles the head of an elephant. With its trunk jutting into the Indian Ocean, to browse through Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malesya. And its location in the heart of Indochina makes it versatile and diverse cultural influences. But with a very strong personality that distinguishes it from all its neighbors. Thailand is the most accessible face of Asia, smiling and less turbulent. An exotic destination that combines culture, nature, shopping, great food and a bit of adventure. We propose 15 experiences to do to savor the atmosphere and beauty in all its facets. From the skyscrapers of Bangkok to the white beaches of dell’Andamane Mar (this is the best time to visit the southwest coast without the excessive humidity of the summer months).

1.Fate a tour of the canals of Bangkok: can only start from the capital of the tour in this fascinating country. One of the most characteristic corners and slow? Are channels (khlong) that unfold from the Chao Phraya River. Omit the larger boats and tourist. Smaller channels have narrow passages and hidden and only reach with traditional long tail. Sitting on the water sbircerete between dilapidated piles, delicious overwater villas, gardens and hidden temples.

2.Ordinate a cocktail on the panoramic terraces: Bangkok also has a more trendy face, vibrant and futuristic. The best point of view of the megalopolis that grows and reinvents it from the terraces of the skyscrapers. Among the most spectacular is the Sky Bar, the local to the sixty-ninth floor of the Lebua Tower where you embrace the city to 360 degrees from the counter-island or from the windows of the dome-lit icon.

3.Rendete tribute to the Emerald Buddha, one can not remain indifferent to the wealth of the royal palace in the capital decorations. Here, among golden spiers, strange mythological creatures and ornate pavilions, patiently in line to enter the temple that houses the most revered Buddha of the country, a small statue covered in gold and emerald which is FORBIDDEN to photograph. Take time to sit back and observe the extraordinary frescoes that cover the entire room.

4.Provate street food: at any time of day or night you will find stalls and kiosks cooking nonstop. Thailand, for that matter, is the home of street food. The aroma of spices, the fumes of the grids and the oil sizzle. This is one of the experiences made in Thailand which we can not escape.

5.Salite on a tuk tuk is a strange hybrid between a van and a motorcycle. To pick up on these colorful and noisy three-wheeled open taxi it takes a little bit of agility and adaptability. But the effect is assured.

6.Immergetevi of the most beautiful backdrops in Asia: within an hour and a half boat ride from Khao Lak, the Similan Islands are an eco-natural paradise protected. Nine uninhabited islands where divers can indulge themselves with a dozen dive sites between canyons, caves, arches and coral gardens inhabited by turtles and multicolored fish. But the show also continues on the surface with white beaches interrupted by granite boulders.

7. Discover the trendiest island of the moment: it is located far south of the west coast, right on the border with Malesya. Koh Lipe, until a few years ago only known by divers, is now experiencing a real boom (with all its pros and cons). The long beaches invite you to relax under palm trees and tropical plants. There are no resort but small bungalows on the sand and places to contemplate the sunset listening to music.

8.Pedalate among the ancient temples of Sukhothai: home to the first Kingdom of Siam (1238-1378), this area 450 km north of Bangkok is perhaps the most impressive archaeological park of the country. Unesco heritage, boasts dozens of temples surrounded by canals and ponds where water lilies bloom stretches. Given the extent (about 45 sq km) it is recommended and enjoyable turn cycling.

9.Andate hunting for a treasure hidden in the jungle on the island of Ko Muk, Trang in the southern province, the high limestone walls covered with vegetation hides natural jewels. Among them is Emerald Cave, a dark tunnel to reach at low tide, which opens onto an emerald lake surrounded by rock walls and jungle.

10.Cercate the head of the Buddha among the roots of a plant: another archaeological jewel Heritage UNESCO, Ayutthaya was the second Siamese capital from 1350 to 1767. It was destroyed by the Burmese, before falling into disrepair, the time was a thriving fortified island He had more inhabitants of London or Paris. Today fascinates with its ruins of pagodas, columns and statues of Buddha. Just one of these was included in the centuries from the roots of a plant, and it has become a symbol, beautiful and decadent together.

11.Provate Thai massage: this massage is an art and combines Chinese medicine with ayurveda. Each spa offers massages and traditional treatments, but to be sure there is the oldest school of Thai massage at the Watpo of Bangkok, where the students do practice.

12. Go shopping local crafts: thirst fine, chiseled silver, wooden statues and umbrellas made of rice paper hand-painted. The best craft comes from the tribes who inhabit the north, and Chiang Mai is their capital.

13.Navigate on the typical long tail boat: you can not think of an island in Thailand without the noise (not exactly pleasant) of wooden boats from the “long tail.” Once used by fishermen, today the water taxi, or river, from the long shaft with propeller acting as a rudder. The bow is always decorated with flowers and colored ribbons.

14.Concedetevi of time on Phi Phi Island: yes it is true, are the most tourist islands of the Andaman. But the limestone theaters covered with vegetation that reflect the transparent waters, are too tempting. The secret to enjoy it without too much trouble? Avoid cruises of a day that crowd the bay from 9 am to noon, and enjoy a few days in these tropical gems to explore “after hours” on board a long tail.

15.Rinfrescatevi in ​​a cascade: not only beaches and temples, Thailand boasts lush natural parks where trekking in the jungle and admire the impressive waterfalls such as water architectures.

New Fiat 124 Spider, the rebirth of the legendary car

Nearly 50 years after its debut back the car with eight different liveries, designed by the Fiat Style Centre in Turin and the factories built by Mazda in Japan

If they have traveled a lot of way to that distant 1966, while the Beatles were publishing “Yellow Submarine”, he debuted the Fiat 124 Spider, a car just as young and radiant, who conquered soon also the US market. Today, the 124 Spider (unveiled at the LA Auto) returns built on the platform of the Mazda MX-5, just as stylish and sporty, with clear references to its past. Originally designed by Pininfarina, the new 124 Spider comes from the Fiat Style Centre in Turin with the added value of technology and innovative materials. Body significantly lighter, eight colors available (two pastel, Passion Red and Black Ice, the five metallic Vesuvius Black, Silver Grey, Grey Fashion, Magnetic Bronze, Blue Italy; and finally the three-layer White Ice), the soft top vintage and strictly controls manuals.

Fiat 124 Spider features a four-cylinder engine turbo MultiAir 1.4-liter that delivers 140 horsepower (103 kW) and 240 Nm of torque, which combined with lightweight materials and refined mechanics and innovative guarantees an exciting experience guide.

Two specifications (commercializati as of April 2016): 124 Spider and Luxury. Which adds the limited edition Anniversary in 124 specimens passionate red with black leather seats.

It falls on the first autumn snow on the northern coast of Alaska, the city of Barrow is tinged with white

First snow of the season on the northern coast of Alaska in the next few days the snow whiten even the north of Eastern Siberia
Despite the many difficulties the cold, gradually, begin to appear along the Arctic coasts of North America. In recent days, the first major wave of autumn chill has affected the northern coast of Alaska and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, where the influx of very cold air from the Arctic cap, has plunged the thermometer below the threshold of + 0 ° C. Even at some stations the Canadian Arctic Archipelago were recorded the first minimum below -9 ° C -10 ° C. The arrival of the first cold Arctic was accompanied by the arrival of the first snows fall on the northern coast of Alaska, overlooking the Sea of ​​Beaufort, now completely free of ice.

The first snow of the season has whitened the city of Barrow, last Tuesday, September 8, 2015, leaving the ground a small deposit of just 1.2 cm. The snow is falling at times mixed with rain, because of the positive temperature, but also of sustained winds from E-NE and NE who these days have swept the largest city in northern Alaska, with gusts that reached their peak 60 km / h. But these days far more abundant snowfalls have cloaked in white most of the northern coast of Alaska, leaving the first accumulations also on the northern plain, at the foot of the imposing mountains of the Brooks Range, which also impose a great “sto” to damp and cold northerly currents coming from the cold Beaufort Sea, which in this period and for much of the ice-free. The first snow showers have filed the first snow accumulations further south, the central mountains, which during the long summer were completely bare, from the high altitude.

You notice the white stripe that begins to cover the far north of Alaska after a very hot summer season (credit NOAA)
You notice the white stripe that begins to cover the far north of Alaska after a very hot summer with high temperatures (credit NOAA)
In the areas affected by the recent snow in the coming days it will also determine the effect “Albedo” significant that will help to lower temperatures, favoring the advent of the first true frost also on the ground, especially on the inner areas. The cold wave that hit about Alaska Northern was caused by the passage of a deep depression extratropical, headed by the polar vortex, full of cold air to all units, that the Beaufort Sea has shifted to the Canadian Arctic Archipelago . This extratropical cyclone, a cold heart, filled with very cold air to all units of the troposphere, appeared along its southern edge and western intense “pressure gradient horizontal” which facilitated the activation of strong stormy winds, first from North and N-NE subsequently rotated from NE and E-NE, that the Beaufort Sea have rapidly propagated to the northern coast of Alaska. The strong winds from O-NO and NO, which blew with gusts to over the 70 km / h in the post-frontal, channeled a portion of the block of very cold air, of Arctic origin (cold air and heavily produced over the Hood ), present in the Beaufort Sea, north to Alaska and the western Canadian Arctic Archipelago, where temperatures have plummeted under the wall of the “freezing” at sea level, allowing the arrival of the first snowfalls of up to shares flat.
With the gradual shift of deep depression Arctic to the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, the storms from NE and E-NE have spread to the rest of the northern coast, from the Bay of Mackenzie, across the Canadian border. In the coming days the first snowfall of the season, on a straight flat, will continue to affect the northern coasts of Alaska and even the territories of north-eastern Siberia, especially the coasts bordering the East Siberian Seas. Everything about the isolation of a deep cyclonic circulation, cold in character, headed by the “Siberian lobe”, that the coast of Siberia, Central and Eastern Europe will move in the direction of the central sector of the Arctic Ocean, as a result of the action of ” forcing “a promontory anticyclonic dynamically expanding on southern Siberia, deepened further.

This deep depression Arctic will be fed, along its western edge, from air masses rather cold aspirated directly from the Arctic Ocean. The low pressure area, while moving towards the Arctic Ocean, will push to the plateau of Eastern Siberia very cold air will invade the northern area of ​​eastern Siberia, leading to a sharp cooling and also facilitating the floodgates of the first snowfall weak and moderate intensity. By next weekend the extent of snow cover over Eurasia should begin to grow, embracing part of Eastern Siberia and the coasts of Central Siberia, where temperatures are falling at the turn of + 0 ° C at sea level. For many of these areas it will be the first snow fall, after the latest snowfall last spring. Soils snow will cause a massive cooling of the air layer present in the lower layers.

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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) “.

The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 2012

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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Cortina InCroda

Seven great hosts for the 2015 edition of Cortina InCroda
Thursday will start the 7th edition of Cortina InCroda, the festival that combines the right mix poetry, adrenaline, writing, cinema, music, mountains, dreams, adventure, technology and journalism.
Thursday will start the 7th edition of Cortina InCroda, the festival that combines the right mix poetry, adrenaline, writing, cinema, music, mountains, dreams, adventure, technology, journalism, characters, memories and future. Until September 10 we will be offered events dedicated to the passion for the mountains, with seven great guests and the screening of the films presented at the Trento Film Festival.
Thursday debut, at 20.45 at the Alexander Girardi, with an exceptional protagonist: Catherine Destivelle, mountaineer and climber world famous, for years considered the best climber in the world.
July 16, directly from the Trento Film Festival, will be screened at Cinema Eden “Valley Uprising” by Nick Rosen, Peter Mortimer, Josh Lowellm US film that got the Golden Gentian City of Bolzano for the best film on exploration and adventure the Trento Film Festival in 2015.
July 23 will be the turn of Piero and Rocco Rava, who will talk about thirty years of life spent traveling.
For the film will be screened on July 30, directly from the Trento Film Festival, two films: “China Jam” of Evrad Wendenbaum, and “Only, Escalada a la vida” Jordi Ciudad Varela (Spain 2014).
August 6 on the stage of the Alexander will rise another great character: Beat Kammerlander. Austrian climber and photographer, will present his life in the mountains and will provide an overview of 30 years of history of arrampicatela, through a multimedia show exciting.
Do not miss the Naturalistic Trekking to the discovery of the Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites. Nature enthusiasts and mountain on August 9 will be accompanied by the Director of the Park, Michele Da Pozzo, in Sotecordes, to learn the secrets of the flora and fauna of the Dolomites.
Very exciting evening of August 13, dedicated to the emergency in Nepal, area heavily devastated by continuous earthquakes. The link between Cortina and Nepal is solid and long-standing, as mountain guides, Squirrels and local climbers have reached the area for a trek or climb Himalayan peaks. Fausto De Stefani, founder of Without Borders non-profit organization, will tell the demands of Nepalese after the devastating earthquake in April. On stage, Marco Sala, mountaineer of Rocciatori Caprioli, who was at the Everest Base Camp during the shock.
For the first time the British world-class mountaineer and adventurer Leo Houlding will Cortina August 27. It is known in the world of free and for his exploits on the big walls of earth, Houlding has worked extensively for television and film.
It closes on 3 and 10 September, with the cinema. Directly from the Trento Film Festival on the first Thursday of September we will be proposed “Life in Paradise” by Roman Vital (Audience Award at the Trento Film Festival 2015) and “Always Above Us” Eric Crosland. In closing an evening dedicated to the exploitation
of water. At Eden cinema it will be screened on September 10 “Damnation” Ben Knight and Travis Rummel. The film is the story of a growing movement of activists who, through spectacular actions, are fighting to ensure that rivers can return to their beds free of dams.

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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 ”

Looking out from the Italian Reststop at the Mont Blanc Tunnel