Top Five Fridays - February 26, 2016 // Ski Industry News
#1: China to Build World’s Highest Resort:
Fresh off securing hosting duties for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China has just unveiled another ambitious snow goal in their recently released Five Year Plan. As part of their plan, China has announced that they will aim to build a ski resort in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. In building this resort, China sets out to soothe relations with the autonomous region of Tibet, while also working towards a long term goal of harnessing the regions glaciers and snowcapped mountains to create an industry of tourism and entertainment for winter sports enthusiasts. While the plan to build a ski resort in Tibet is news in and of itself, the highlight of the article is probably the height at which this resort will reside. While no specific mountain has been mentioned yet, it’s worth noting that the capital region, Lhasa, is listed at 11,975’, meaning the base of the mountain is likely around 12,000’ in elevation. China Daily also makes sure to mention that Tibet has, “five mountains higher than 8,000 meters, more than 70 mountains higher than 7,000 meters, and no fewer than 1,000 mountains higher than 6,000 meters.” For reference, the ski resort with the highest lift access in the United States is Breckenridge, CO, who’s top lift reaches 3,914 meters (12,840’), or about 1,000’ higher than the base of this new resort in Tibet. It’ll be interesting to see what the final elevation measurements of this new resort will be, as well as what skiing at that altitude will be like.
#2: Bad News for East Coasters:
If you’re on the East Coast this winter, it’s no secret: things have been rough. While we’ve been able to enjoy plenty of great on trail skiing thanks to dedicated snowmakers, those of us who like to venture off trail or go touring have been feeling the pain. But just how bad of a year is it? Well, this week our local newspaper, Stowe Today, published an article highlighting the woes of those working at Vermont ski resorts. One person they interviewed was Mike Miller, the head of Killington’s Mountain Meadows ski touring center. In his words, “This is a year of survival.” It’s a stark difference from last year when it seemed like powder days were endless and the season could’ve lasted well into May. Instead, this year the Mount Mansfield stake has just over 20” of snow. On average, there is typically about 56” of snow at the stake around this time of year. Last year, there was 60”. So yes, this Winter has been bad. Real bad. But you know what? If that last comparison means anything, it’s that next year is likely going to be way better and we’ll all appreciate it that much more! Chin up East Coasters!
#3: PyeonChang 2018 Winter Olympic Slopestyle Qualifier Results:
In other Winter Olympic and skiing in Asia news, the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic slopestyle qualifier event went down last weekend and as we pointed out last week, the course looked absolutely amazing. Despite everyone’s skepticism, it seems like the course was met with unanimous support- something that’s rare in the world of competitive sports. So, who walked away with medals? On the men’s side of things it was Canada’s Alex Bellemare in first place, Henrik Harlaut in second, and Josi Wells rounding things out in third place. For the women, it was Norway’s Tiril Sjaastad in first, the United States’ Maggie Voisin in second, and Sweden’s Emma Dahlstrom securing the third spot. Congratulations to all, and it’s safe to say that we absolutely cannot wait for the official PyeonChang 2018 Winter Olympics slope style competitions!
For a complete list of results, head over to the FIS website.
#4: You Could Have a Day Just Like Candide Thovex:
If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume 2 things: you’re a skier, and you have an internet connection. Now if those assumptions are corrected, I’m going to conclude that your mind has already been blown by Candide Thovex’s “One of Those Days” video series. Earlier this week, Candide released the third part of this video trilogy, and once again, jaws were dropped. This time though, Quicksilver has taken the marketing buzz to the next level by introducing their “One of Your Days” contest, which allows skiers to enter footage of themselves in hopes of winning $1,000, plus an expenses paid trip for five days of skiing at Verbier resort, one of which will be with Candide Thovex. Sounds pretty incredible right? Well, here’s the good news: it’s super easy to enter. All you have to do is upload some POV clips to Instagram, hashtag #OneOfYourDays and tag @Quicksilver. Unfortunately, that’s where the ease ends though. If you’re one of 10 entries selected by Candide, you’ll have to create a longer, 1 minute POV edit to submit and try to collect as many votes as you can. At the end of the contest, a winner will be chosen for the grand prize. Sound good? Yup, we thought so. Now go grab those GoPros and get filming!
You can find all of the contest’s details over at the Quicksilver website.