Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong
pop quiz: featuring Dick in his 'ski' Gere (sic)
The quest of ski resorts to make themselves bigger and bigger by building new ski lifts and links to their neighbours goes on unabated.
That said, Christoph Schrahe has a lot to answer for; he seems to have thrown every ski resort on Earth into a bit of a spin by comparing their published length of pistes to his own measurements on the ground.
If you’ve read the reports you’ll have seen that some ski resorts ‘fess up, some squirm and claim a different method of calculation and, would you believe it, some were even accurate.
For the 2013-2014 ski season some of the new ski lifts I’ve read about include:
Lech >> Warth-Schrocken
Ski Alberg, which includes St Anton, Austria has become a 340km ski area and an even bigger draw then it was for off-piste freeskiers – powder heaven, thanks to the new Auenfeldjet link.
Lenzerheide >> Arosa
At high altitude in Graubunden, Switzerland, this link creates 225km of piste in an effort to attract many more skiers by becoming one of Switzerland’s 10 biggest ski areas.
Grimentz >> Zinal
Switzerland again, the old fashioned and charming, Val d’Anniviers was a pretty much undiscovered ski area until the 3.6km cable car, capable of carrying 825 skiers an hour opened and created 105km of groomed piste, plenty of off-piste and freeride routes.
St Johann in Pongau >> Waldring/Flachau
Two old ski lifts in St Johann are being replaced and upgraded to take full advantage of the impressive G-link Wagrain, which means its 120km of piste is now connected on the snow as part of Ski Amade in Austria’s South Tirol.
Folgaria >> Fiorentini
Three new lifts will see the reopening of Fiorentini in Italy. The creation of five new pisted runs will result in a 100km pisted ski area.
A faster, longer lift will create a larger ski area by providing access to the whole mountain in Quebec, Canada.
A new 2.5km lift will take 5.5 minutes and allow skiers to explore previously untouched parts of the mountain. It provides a new red run, access to a freeride deep powder slope and fabulous views of the surrounding peaks.
... and that’s before you add in the faster and bigger lifts being built to replace older infrastructure or start to investigate ski passes that cover more than one ski resort, but they are other stories...
pop trivia: for anyone trying to get it, headline is Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warne’s hit from the 80s movie An Officer and a Gentleman.