On August 15, 2011 by Administrator
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On November 20, 2008 by Administrator
Winter sports need snow. Skiers all over the globe have been cleaning their skis, ironing their socks, and polishing their snow goggles whilst waiting for a chance to get back on the slopes.
The credit crunch might have dampened a few spirits but Switzerland’s white pistes and the snowy half-pipes of south-eastern France are a world away from the financial jargon that has been splattered across British newspapers over the past few months.
The European ski season began early this year after a series of unseasonal blizzards ripped through the Alps, depositing over two metres of snow in some areas. Zermatt and Saas Fee in Switzerland, Hintertux and Obergurgl in Austria, and Tignes in France all opened at the beginning of November to take advantage of the frosty conditions.
Arctic winds blowing in from the north have been blamed for the premature snow but many media outlets have sent out warnings which state that wintry conditions rarely last longer than a few days in November and December.
Tourists hoping to catch a short break before the Christmas holidays should consider renting a chalet at a high altitude resort such as Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in France or at the permanently frozen glacier near Zell am See-Kaprun in Austria.
On the other side of the Atlantic, ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains, Michigan, and California opened their gates in time for the Thanksgiving holiday but a number of the low altitude resorts are still using cannons to generate snow for the slopes.
England might see a handful of snowflakes fall before the spring arrives but with so many winter sports opportunities available in mainland Europe, holding out for a rare British blizzard should be the last thing on your mind.
On November 11, 2008 by Administrator
The British Insurance Brokers’ Association has warned that British skiers will not be able to claim compensation on their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in the event of an accident.
Winter sports are inherently dangerous. An average of 0.3% of skiers require medical attention every year and many European ski resorts have their own private health care facilities to help nurse battered tourists back to health. These facilities are often outside the jurisdiction of regional hospitals and do not enter into communication with the NHS or the British government.
The EHIC website makes it abundantly clear that the card does not provide insurance cover for every eventuality, and warns that any emergency requiring immediate medical attention will have to be paid for by the patient or their insurance company: “You still need sufficient holiday insurance to cover healthcare costs. Many people don’t take out insurance and they regret this when they have to pay thousands of pounds for an air ambulance back to the UK.”
A survey conducted by insurance company, eSure, revealed that one in five skiers would not buy additional insurance despite the plethora of risks posed by winter sports. The collapse of world markets has been blamed for the slow uptake of travel insurance with many skiers opting out of insurance plans in order to cut costs.
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British fans of winter sports across the country have been celebrating this week after the government announced that a large winter sports resort will be built in Suffolk. The resort is expected to cost approximately £350 million and will be constructed in a disused quarry.
At the moment, there are only a few places in the country where skiers and snowboarders can go to perfect their skills before they head to various resorts across the continent for a week or two on the slopes. However, the Department of Communities and Local Government has caused excitement among winter sports fanatics by giving the development, called the SnOasis, the green light.
The development has, however, caused some controversy in the local area. Local residents and environmental groups including Natural England have expressed concerns about the decision to build the resort but Hazel Blears, the Secretary of State, is said to be “satisfied” that the proposal is “in accordance with the development plan”.
Natural England is concerned that the great crested newts currently inhabiting the site will not be protected adequately and the developer of the resort has decided to focus upon the financial benefits of the scheme rather than addressing such concerns.
Furthermore, the chairman of SnOasis Community Alliance, John Williams, believes that the resort will severely damage the local environment and will lead to increased congestion on the roads of Suffolk, which are already under pressure from vehicles.
The managing director of Onslow Suffolk, Godfrey Spanner, believes that the resort will bring “countless opportunities for jobs, the local and national economies [and] education”.
On September 24, 2008 by Administrator
This blog is great, it’s updated on a regular basis throughout the season by the resort hosts. Not only do you find out what is happening in resort they also keep you posted on snow conditions!
On May 30, 2008 by Administrator
The 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will be in South Africa and not America after Cape Town beat out Colorado for the rights to host the tournament.
On May 29, 2008 by Administrator
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