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Look out for roaming cattle in Lech next Autumn

 

The managing director of Austrian resort, Lech has devised a unique way of preparing the ski slopes for the upcoming winter ski season.

 

Last year, Michael Manhart put 23 Highland cattle out to graze on the slopes of the Austrian ski resort. The idea was to get the cattle to churn the ground over with their hooves and remove the shrubbery to allow the new snow to stick on the slopes better.

 

Match your skis to your outfit

 

A ski hire company has launched a hire package for women – skis in every colour to match your outfit.

 

Ski Republic, which has stores throughout France, Switzerland and Andorra, has teamed up with the ski brand Coreupt to launch the ‘Up & Down’ women’s ski which comes in 6 different colours. This ski is aimed at intermediate to expert skiers and is also suitable for ski touring. The ski comes in lengths of 163, 170, 177 and 182.

 

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Is Back!

 

Britain’s most famous ski jumper, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, is to fly again after nearly two decades.

 

He has been invited to take part in a ski jump event in Bavaria on New Year’s Day. Unfortunately, the ex-Olympian isn’t actually competing, but will act as a ‘fore-jumper’ by setting the time and speed for the competitors. Edwards said “I'm excited because I'm fitter now than I was 20 years ago".

 

Free ski passes on the 7th December!

 

Meribel is giving away 100 free lift passes and 400 free breakfasts on Saturday the 7th of December to celebrate the opening day of the new ski season.

The first 100 people to show their faces at the reception of the tourist office will be given a Meribel Vallee pass, worth around £40, plus a free breakfast. The next 300 people will be given the free breakfast too, which starts at 08:30.

Channel 4 announces new Celebrity ski programme

 

In the months before the Sochi Winter Olympics, Channel 4 will be screening a live prime-time show where 12 celebrities will be put through their paces in skiing, luge, skeleton, slalom and ski jumping events. The celebrities will all compete against each other over 10 nights in the various winter sports.

Training will be provided by expert coaches and Olympians, including Warren Smith, who is a professional ski coach based in Verbier, Switzerland.

Hate low light skiing days? Fret no more!

 

Ever gone skiing in flat light and not been able to see the little lumps and bumps on the slopes which can put you off balance and cause a crash? Well panic no more as there is a new technology being tested to improve visibility in low light conditions.

Val D’Isere has recently invested in a set of ‘sunshine-makers’ to make sure that skiers and snowboarders have good visibility when racing down black and red runs. They will be tested in resort this year and are designed to improve the conditions in low light.

Make sure you’re insured this winter!

 

According to Columbus Direct the cost of being rescued on the mountain could me as much as £40,000.

Those that are lucky enough to visit North America this year risk this large bill for a helicopter rescue off the mountain and a flight home if you’re not covered! European travellers are also in danger of a large bill, but only up to £10,000 for the rescue and transport home.

Ski Hosting is back in France

 

A number of our chalets across the French Alps will be offering ski hosting days throughout the season. The ski hosting will be carried out by a ski school instructor and a member of staff from the specific chalet and is free to use and no instruction will be given.

 

Instructors will be able to take groups of up to 12 people on tours of the mountain showing the best spots to go for the particular skiing you are after! The hosting will be done on a first come first serve basis and last 2 hours for one day of the week.