This weekend and next month skiers can party under the Super Blue Moon!
Celebrating it’s 15th Year – The Full Moon Party in La Clusaz in Annecy Mountains kicks off with Djs and bands playing in the bars and restaurants of La Clusaz in the Crêt du Merle and Beauregard sectors. The resort stays open both Saturdays, 3rd February and 3rd March from 9pm to 1am.
The 4 locations on the le Crêt du Merle area hosting parties are: Chez Arthur; Chalet des Praz, La Ferme and le Salto.
The following lifts will be open:
– TSD Crêt du Merle : 9pm-1am
– TC Ice rink : 9pm-12.30
– TC Beauregard : 9pm to midnight,
– TK Louveteau to access a family ski run: 9pm to 12.30am
Adult from 17 €/ – Child from 10 €
For further info contact: Vanessa Fisheremail@example.com/07957 618525
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It was first organised by a group of ski-crazy brits in 1928, & today it’s the world’d largest amateur ski race. PlanetSKI partakes.
Regular readers will know I’m no virgin Inferno racer.
Bbut this year I am taking part in the Inferno as part of the Super 3, the Inferno Is the second race in a series of three amateur ski races that take place across Switzerland.
The pretty village of Mürren, in the Jungfrau Region, is the Inferno host resort offering stunning views over to the Eiger, spotted only once when the weather cleared.
A brief clear spell and there’s the Eiger
There are fewer than 200 of the maximum 1850 Inferno entrants taking part in the Super 3 and it was great to see some familiar faces from last weekend’s visit to Belalp and the Hexe race – Postcard from Belalp / Hexe Race.
With oodles of snow we were looking forward to skiing a full course but strangely, whereas in Belalp we’d had the total 12km course, here in Mürren, rain had battered the lower slopes.
So the switch back section of the course down to Lauterbrunnen was clearly not skiable.
Arriving to huge snowfalls mid last week, and then violent winds gusting through the area whilst skiing on Thursday, we had a feeling that the top section of the resort would not be open.
As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations we had a new team event to take part in, the day before the main downhill event. Read more here on 75th Celebrations.
I had teamed up with my brother and two friends to make up our team of four.
Being a mass start, based on the original Inferno format of years ago, we lined up side by side at the top of the course.
Sadly this was only at Almendhubel as heavy snow and ongoing wind forced the organisers to choose a lower start point.
(C.Rob Webb) Team 108 at the start with Vanessa in Red
As the wooden board dropped away below our skis, we pushed out of the start gate with our team strategy in place.
Tuck in behind each other, send the fast ones first – one ex army para who is a super fit cross – country marathon skier, my brother, ex-army ski racer, then me and finally a friend and Kandahar Ski Club member Alex.
The course sent us up the ‘woodcutters’ path – an uphill section which also features in the main Inferno event.
Woodcutter uphill section – ©by INFERNO Rennen Mürren/Photographer: Bruno Petroni
The distance between our first two team-mates and Alex and I grew with each uphill strained movement!
No sooner had we reached the end of the long climb, we were careering around the corner past the chairlift and on to the ‘Palace Run’ back to Murren village centre.
Not everyone made it safely around these corners!
Corner Crash ©by INFERNO Rennen Mürren/Photographer: Bruno Petroni
With my team safely down, our individual times were too different to break in to the top 100 teams, but we were far from the slowest!
Vanessa 108-1 and her Team – Inferno 2018
Excitement levels rose when the organisers announced a break in the weather, enabling the Inferno downhill start to be moved up to Birg, still a way below the usual Schilthorn start but long enough to give more than a 3 minute race.
Our friends the German team ‘Racing Team Blitztal’ were found waxing their skis in the workshop close to our hotel – the Germans spending 4 hours on their skis and apparently adding an extra layer for the fast schuss along the upper section.
I left my team in charge of my skis requesting just a bit of wax if time!
Servicing skis pre 75th Inferno
Four hours later, the winds had picked up and once again the start for the 2018 75th Inferno was moved back down to the lower start at the top of the Almendhubel funicular lift with the finish to be in Murren.
As Christoph Egger, Race Director, pointed out – despite being a short course it is still longer than the longest FIS race plus, to give an extra twist, a small jump was placed just above the village centre finish.
The Germans were back in the workshop reapplying different wax, whatsapp messages were flying around my groups of participating friends as to whether a GS ski or a Super G ski would be more beneficial for this short course.
The customary burning of the devil took place.
It is said to ward off any bad spirits the night before the main Inferno race event, and still it carried on snowing.
Burning the devil ©by INFERNO Rennen Mürren/Photographer: Bruno Petroni
Race day, it was still snowing on and off and heavy winds picked up as the day progressed, confirming the right decision to move the start down by the race organisers.
1705 skiers participated this year, the fastest, Marcel Fassler, coming down at number 525 in 2 mins 46 seconds and with the jump just before a fast left bend in to the finish there was certainly some added excitement to the otherwise short, fast course.
Vanessa at the Jump – Inferno 2018 – Pic: Rob Webb
Vanessa in a racing tuck Pic: Rob Webb
The route was running faster than the team event, I even knocked off over a minute off my time to earn a ‘bronze’ in my category and the 3rd fastest GB female in my category.
So with two races under my belt, it’s on to the third race in Saas Fee, the “Allalin-Rennen” in March.
We’ve had parading witches, burning cauldrons and devils…
I’m wondering what will come next…?
Vanessa in Red, flanked by Other Super-3 skiers after Inferno 2018
To get the feel for the Inferno have a quick look at the video below:
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In Belalp, above the village of Blatten, PlanetSKI’s Vanessa Fisher took part in the “Belalp Hexe” race, the first in the ‘Super 3’ series.
It’s the first of three amateur ski races.
A regular ‘Inferno’ skier – 75 Years of Inferno – I was told about the Super 3 last season.
Looking to try something fun and different I grabbed the opportunity to take part with a small team of others, one of whom had taken part last season – then he was the only British person among 500+ skiers.
This season we initially had a team of five, me being the only British female to enter, then three other British skiers joined us, Cleeves Palmer, President of the Kandahar Ski Club and fellow Kandahar skiers Ed Killwick and Nick Kennett as well as one lively Aussie, Andrew.
We had two days in the resort to check out the course and surrounding the ski area at Belalp.
This looks small on the piste map with only six lifts but a tunnel at the top of the mountain opens up a huge off piste bowl below Belgrat at 3,334m.
Sadly we didn’t have the time (or the fat skis) to explore this off piste area but we skied over to the far side of the resort to see the old Belalp Hotel, built in the late 1850s “to look after English Guests’.
English Naturalist and Alpinist John Tyndell visited for 44 consecutive summers and the black run down to the hotel is named after him.
The views from the hotel up to the Aletsch Glacier are stunning and the original tiny church above the hotel still sits like something out of a fairy tale.
The night before the Hexe race we watched a series of fire throwers dancing wildly around a towering ‘witches cauldron’ before setting this alight, followed by more wild witch dancing and Swiss oompah band joining in the ritual.
Legend has it a witch who could turn into a raven pooed in to the eyes of her cherry-picking husband (she had a more favoured lover).
The husband fell out of the tree and died…
This annual ski race and dressing up witch festival honours this poor man!
Back to race day and we soon realised that our race was just one of the highlights of the day.
The other and far more fun event is the witches’ race.
Costumes are worked on all year apparently and this was evident as the witches gently parade down the course.
This was a far cry from our race earlier in the morning, won by Valais local, Christoph Escher who smashed his own record with a time of 10 minutes flat becoming this year’s “Hexen Meister”.
My 14.25 time earnt me a ‘silver’ place – among our team we had 3 silvers and 5 bronzes between us.
The oldest participant was 81, and among the 478 total racers only 50 were women.
For race day we had perfect conditions, creamy pistes and bluebird skies.
We raced on the full course – the first time in over five years that the full course has been able to run – from the top of Hohstock at 3,118 m down the 12km course finishing in Blatten at 1,322m – 1,800m of descent.
The course starts on the black piste with a couple of scary tight hairpin bends in the steeper upper section with a compression to suck the air out of you and then moves on to a series of straight rollers where the best racers tuck the entire way.
Moving down the valley the track becomes a series of rutted switchbacks past ancient buildings and finishing down in Blatten village.
With all of our team safely down we took the lifts back up to enjoy the party on the slopes as the many wizards and witches entertain the crowds.
Later in the afternoon, the highly contested ‘best dressed witch group’ is awarded to pumping music and a huge crowd.
This years ‘Adams family’ were the stand out winners.
Winning witches – Adams Family
One of the best dressed winning witches rubs shoulders with Vanessa who won Silver: Gold & Silver casting a Hex of their own!
Next up in the Super 3 series is the ‘Inferno in Murren’, taking place later this week.
Good Luck in the Inferno .. the word is loosly defined “as a large fire that is dangerously out of control” – could that be an apt description of the race?
Vanessa will report back next week!
PlanetSKI’s Vanessa and Aletsch glacier
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Calling all Snow Geeks….
Gaming becomes a reality in Les Menuires, 9-10 December 2017, at the inaugural Les Menuires Geek Festival.
Gaming events are scheduled to take place all around the ski resort, situated at the heart of the Three Valleys ski area, over the opening weekend of the new winter season.
Gamers and geeks will be able to enjoy laser quest, animations that are virtually real as well as life-size video games – all on snow.
It’s the first time an event like this has been held in a mountain environment and Les Menuires are very proud hosts.
Les Menuires has dedicated a further 1000m2 inside to gaming during the festivities:
Geeks and guests can indulge in historical ski and snowboard console action in the Retro-gaming area.
The next generation of gaming technology is on show on snow for people to get their hands on in the Experience section and discover an escape game hidden in an igloo on the mountainside. At the snow front in La Croisette watch the NEW illumination of the area on Saturday 9th December with a ‘pyro’ show and concert.
Divided in 4 teams, gamers and skiers – comedians, Youtubers, artists and free riders will also compete for the Menuires Geek festival Cup, awarded during the evening Raclette Party.
And as the sun sets and apres ski begins so does ‘GAMEAT’ – which is gaming and eating of course! www.menuiresgeekfestival.com/en/
…and Female Fitness Freaks.. Pop in!
9000 women have participated in urban events ‘Pop in the City’ since its inception in 2012. Now for 2018 it’s in back in the mountains…
Pop in Les Menuires is just for the girls and takes place on 10 March 2018.
Intrepid females from all over Europe will take on a series of mental, strategic and physical challenges over 8 hours culminating in an evening extravaganza and prize giving.
‘Pop in’ originated in the cities of Europe and moved to the mountains for the first time in 2014.
Estelle Roy, Press Officer, Les Menuires adds, “We are excited to host these two ‘first time’ events, the Geek Festival over our opening weekend and ‘Pop in Les Menuires’ later in the season. We offer so many events season long and this ‘Pop in’ girls-only challenge will be great fun and really complements our other activities.”
ENDS: For further information and images please contact Les Menuires UK PR
firstname.lastname@example.org +44 7957 618525
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Ski-Lifts Hat-trick – BEST SKI TRANSFER OPERATOR 2017 for the Third Time at the World Ski Awards
Ski-lifts are delighted to announce their WIN as the World’s Best Ski Transfer Operator 2017 at the World Ski Awards held this weekend in Kitzbuhel, Austria. This is the third year Ski Lifts have won this award positioning them as THE leading ski transfer company in the Alps and beyond.
Richard Smith, Director at Ski Lifts comments, “We are delighted to win this prestigious award for the third year. We are competing with businesses around the world, not just in Europe so this is a fantastic award for us to have been given again.
Ski Lifts is one of the biggest operators of ski transfers providing over 50,000 transfers each season. We pride ourselves on our excellent levels of service both with our clients who book directly online and with our many industry partners – tour operators and travel agents including, TUI, Ski Independence, Erna Low, Ski Solutions and the Ski Club of Great Britain.”
NEW for winter season 17-18 Ski Lifts are offering a wider range of transfers from train stations across Europe.”
To celebrate the win, Ski Lifts are launching a mega competition to win an all-inclusive wintersports holiday to Morzine, France including seven nights Chalet board accommodation, flights, ski passes, ski goggles, ski rental and of course, transfers: https://www.ski-lifts.com/blog/biggest-ever-giveaway/
About Ski Lifts
Ski-Lifts.com was founded in 2003, providing airport transfers from Geneva Airport to Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets in its own fleet of minibuses. Since then, Ski-Lifts has seen considerable growth and now via a trusted network of partners offers airport transfers to ski resorts in 10 different countries, over 200 ski resorts and transports around 50,000 passengers per winter season.
Ski-Lifts offer every mode of airport transport available from private or shared minibuses, to coaches, executive cars and limousines. Ski Lifts experienced and knowledgeable team are can also build a bespoke transfer package where required.
Press Contact: For more information, images, or interviews with Director Richard Smith, please contact Vanessa Fisher: 07957 618525 email@example.com
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