1st November 2022
– World’s Longest Passenger Train Runs in Swiss Alps
– The Ski Videos Keep On Coming
– Tour de France Returns to Morzine in 2023
– Park City Mountain Resort Staff Get Pay Rise…NEW
Here we cover anything that takes our fancy.
Short news stories, eye catching videos, amusing cartoons, things that make us smile/things that make us shout at the screen… in fact anything that catches our eye in the world of snowsports.
Plus links to some of our main stories on PlanetSKI so you can keep up to speed on the ever changing world of snowsports.
We’re mixing it up:
Latest main news:
World’s Longest Passenger Train Travels Through Swiss Alps
A Swiss railway company, The Rhaetian Railway company, ran the 1.9kms train (1.18 miles) with 100 coaches.
It travelled along the Albula-Bernina route that is 25kms long (15.5 miles), from Preda to Bergün in the Alps.
The world record attempt took place to highlight Switzerland’s engineering achievements, as well as to mark 175 years of Swiss railways.
“We really did it ! The world record on sat 29th October 2022 the longest travel train in the world is a success! We would like to thank all the helping hands, our partners, sponsors and guests! We would like to show you again the most beautiful pictures of the event.”
See the company’s Facebook post that can be translated:
The journey took more than an hour with people lining the route to watch the train.
See more on the BBC including a spectacular video.
The Ski Videos Keep On Coming
It’s that time of year.
The release of ski videos ahead of the coming season.
One is a ski film by Legs of Steel about a new breed of skiers that LOS claims will redefine the way you look at the pistes, the bumps and the side country.
“Let’s celebrates the beauty of speed, control and full commitment of playful all mountain skiing: The art to send it with style and beauty in any given terrain,” says the team from LOS.
Check it out…
Beauty Full Send – A film by Legs Of Steel presented by Völkl
Madison Rose Ostergren (USA), Kenja 88
Jim Ryan (USA), M6 Mantra
Tim Fritz (GER), Kendo 88
Anne Kissling (GER), Deacon 72
Directed by: Christoph Thoresen
Cast: Anne Kissling, Madison Rose Ostergren, Tim Fritz, Jim Ryan
Locations: Davos Klosters (SUI), Madrisa (SUI), Stubaier Gletscher (AUT)
Filmed by: Christoph Thoresen, Andre Nutini, Mathias Kögel, Michael Haunschmidt
Edited by: Christoph Thoresen
Color Correction: Lukas Cairns
Sound design: Alex Haslinger
Tour de France Returns to Morzine in 2023
It will be the 22nd time the famous cycling race has passed through the ski resort in the Portes du Soleil.
The 110th Tour de France will take place in 2023, and Morzine will host a stage finish on 15th July 2023.
Morzine hosted a stage of the Tour de France last summer.
To reach Morzine riders will complete a gruelling route from Annamasse that comprises climbing two passes around the resort: the col de la Ramaz and the renowned col de Joux Plane.
“It’s very unusual to host the Tour de France two years in a row, so we’re incredibly proud that it’s returning to Morzine again in 2023. With 25 cols within 50 km, Morzine is the perfect spot to ride,” said the President of the Tourist Office, Georges Coquillard.
In addition, just six days before the tour arrives in Morzine on 15 July 2023, amateur cyclists will have the chance to ride the exact same stage as the professionals, in the Etape du Tour event.
The Etape du Tour gives amateur riders the opportunity to ride one of the mountain stages of the Tour de France, with the same stage towns, the same roads, the same mythical climbs, and also the same conditions as the Tour.
Staff at Park City Mountain Resort to Receive Pay Rise
Vail Resorts, which owns PCMR in Utah, is raising starting pay for all hourly employees to $20-per-hour.
It was previously $15-per-hour.
Jobs that require specific certification such as ski patrol, will start at $21-per-hour.
It is hoped the rise will attract more staff and ease some of the staff shortages seen last season.
Blow to Vancouver 2030 Olympic Bid
The Government of British Columbia in Canada has said it will not support a Vancouver bid to stage the 2030 Winter Olympics.
In a statement it said “the Province is declining to support a bid”.
It said that the billions of dollars in direct costs and indemnity liability risks could weaken its ability to address current problems.
It says it want to focus on “the cost of living, health care, housing, public safety and building a strong work force”.
“We are disappointed to hear that the Government of British Columbia has declined to support the indigenous-led efforts to bring an Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games back to Canada,” said the Canadian Olympic Committee in a statement.
Current likely bidders include Sapporo in Japan, but that has been weakened by corruption scandals over the recent Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.
Salt Lake City in the USA is in the running, but it is thought it would prefer to host the 2034 Games.
A Pyrenees/Barcelona bid has already folded.
100 Days To Go…
The Aline Skiing World Cup has just begun and the countdown to one of the season’s highlight has started.
The Meribel-Courchevel 2023 World Championships:
1️⃣2️⃣ days of competition 1️⃣3️⃣ races 6️⃣ disciplines 5️⃣4️⃣ medals ???????????? 7️⃣5️⃣ participating countries ???? 6️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Athletes ⛷
Winter X Games is Sold
ESPN has sold its majority stake to MSP Sports Capital, a sports-focused private equity firm that also has stakes in McLaren Racing and some European football teams.
The Winter X Games pushed minority skiing and snowboarding disciplines into the mainstream and created some superstars.
The most well know being Shaun White.
GB athletes have shone too:
“We’re proud of what we’ve created with our employees and the athletes over nearly 30 years of world-class X Games events and content,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN and Sports Content.
ESPN will remain a minority partner in the events and will continue to televise them.
Next winter’s Winter X Games are due to take place January 27th – 29th in Aspen, Colorado.
Tributes to Red Bull Co-Founder Who Has Died
Dietrich Mateschitz, the co-founder and owner of the Austrian energy drink, has died.
He was aged 78.
Red Bull has supported legions of ski and snowboard athletes.
Last Sunday at the opening alpine ski race of the season the winner, Marco Odermatt, pointed at the Red Bull logo on his helmet after the race.
“I hope I have given him something to take along,” said Marco Odermatt.
“We spoke with the Red Bull team here and I passed on my condolences.”
“He has done so much for our sport, for the skiers, for other sports. An incredible human being, and I am very grateful for what he has done for me and for other athletes,” said the Norwegian racer, Henrik Kristoffersen, who took third place in Soelden.