1st October 2023
– High Number of Summer Deaths in Valais Canton in Switzerland
– Booking.com Acquisition Blocked
– Ryanair Forced to Cancel Some Winter Flights
– US Resort of Silverton Bought by Heli Adventures Inc
– US Ski & Snowboard Wins Jake Burton Award…NEW
Here we cover anything that takes our fancy over the autumn months.
Short news stories, eye catching videos, amusing cartoons, things that make us smile/things that make us shout at the screen.
Mainly it is just plain news stories to keep you updated.
It is also anything that catches our eye in the world of skiing and snowsports.
See here for the earlier summer ski news:
High Number of Summer Deaths in Valais Canton in Switzerland
Latest figures show that 32 people have died in hiking or climbing accidents.
About a third of the deaths recorded were individuals hiking in the mountains
The annual average is 24 mountain deaths.
“Time and again I see hikers walking in difficult terrain in trainers. They overestimate their physical abilities and at the same time underestimate the distances,” said Bruno Jelk a member of the Valais mountain rescue team.
“All this then inevitably leads to more accidents, he added.
Due to the heat there have been increased dangers of rockfall and crevasses opening up on glaciers.
Booking.com Acquisition Blocked
It had been wanting to take over eTraveli in a €1.6b deal, but the European Commission has blocked the move.
Many skiers and snowboarders are now using online search companies to book accommodation and travel in the mountains.
It is a significant growth area.
- Booking.com is the top hotel OTA in Europe, with a 60% market share.
- Sweden based eTraveli is the number two OTA for flight bookings
It is the first EU merger of its kind to be blocked this year.
The Commission said it received feedback from stakeholders that the transaction would expand Booking’s dominant position, reduce competition, and increase prices for hotels and consumers.
The decision “not only departs from settled law and precedent, but it deprives consumers of travel options that they are entitled to have,” said Booking Holdings’ Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Fogel.
Booking.com has said it will appeal.
US Resort of Silverton Bought by Heli Adventures Inc
The Colorado resort is a centre for heliskiing.
Heli Adventures Inc. is an adventure-travel company based in Aspen, Colorado.
Silverton does not groom its slopes , but avalanche prevention work is done to prevent slides.
Visitors are required to carry safety equipment, including a transceiver, shovel, and probe.
Apart from a few weeks in the spring, skiers and snowboarders must be accompanied by a guide.
It has no restaurants or toilets, and has few other basic facilities.
Silverton was founded in 2001 by Jen and Aaron Brill who moved from Montana to create a no-frills ski area for expert skiers and snowboarders.
Overall the terrain is steep, with an incline that generally ranges from about 30 degrees to 55 degrees.
Ryanair Forced to Cancel Some Winter Flights
It is due to delays in receiving more aircrafts from Boeing.
Ryanair had expected to receive 27 aircraft by December, but it is now expected to receive only 14.
It is unclear if ski routes will be affected.
“These flight cancellations will take effect from the end of October and will be communicated to all affected passengers by email over the coming days,” said Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary.
“Passengers will be offered alternative flights or full refunds as they so wish.”
US Ski & Snowboard Wins Jake Burton Award
The award is given out by Protect Our Winters and reconises people and organisations who have created cultural shifts needed to take on climate as a community.
The criteria for the award include:
- Influencing the cultural shift through brand platforms,
- A willingness to challenge the status quo
- Integrating climate action into the DNA of the brand.
“Jake Burton’s passion and dedication built a movement in snow sports. He challenged the status quo every step of the way paving the path for a new sport, lowering barriers to entry and instilling the ethos that we should preserve the outdoors for all future generations,” said Torrey Udall, Executive Director of POW.
“This year, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team honored Jake’s legacy by bringing the urgency of climate to the forefront and using its voice and influence to affect change. We are grateful to U.S. Ski & Snowboard for their partnership, collaboration and dedication.”