December’s Ski News In Brief – Live & Updated

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– Lionel Messi Compared to Ski Legend Alberta Tomba
– George Ezra Kicks Off Spring Concerts in Ischgl
– Jackson Hole Tram Opens this Weekend
– FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup Season Set to Kick Off
– GB Athlete on BOA Athletes’ Commission…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.

See here for November’s Ski News in Brief

Latest main news:

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Lionel Messi Compared to Ski Legend Alberta Tomba

Poland’s coach, Czeslaw Michniewicz, said “Messi behaves on the pitch like Alberto Tomba on the slopes.”

Tomba is the Italian skier from the 1980s and ’90s who won Olympic gold medals in slalom and giant slalom.

“He is able to avoid everyone, like Alberto Tomba was able to get around everything. So we need to put players around Messi. If he is able to ride through everyone, we won’t be able to stop him.”

He made his comments ahead of the Poland/Argentina game on Wednesday night.

Argentina won the match 2-0.

Now while we are on the subject of Lionel Messi, did you know there is another skiing connection

Lionel Messi owns a ski resort hotel in the Pyrenees.

It is being reporter that the Argentine star is the owner of the MiM Hotels chain which has a property in the Spanish resort of Baqueira Beret in the Pyrenees.

It is a four-star hotel with 141 rooms, a spa, swimming pool, fitness centre, and mountain guide services.

It is located at the base of a gondola.

Where else can you can stay in a ski hotel that’s owned by perhaps the greatest football player of all time?

Baqueira Beret Piste Map

Baqueira Beret Piste Map

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George Ezra Kicks Off Spring Concerts in Ischgl

The British singer-songwriter will start a four-week season of spring skiing events on 30th March 2023.

 The 29-year-old’s repertoire includes well-known hits such as “Budapest”, “Shot Gun”, “Barcelona” and “Blame It On Me” as well as songs from his new album “Gold Rush Kid”.

The open-air live concert starts at 13.00. in the middle of the ski area at the Idalp at 2,320 metres above sea level.

George Ezra. Image credit: Adam Scarborough.

George Ezra. Image credit: Adam Scarborough.

The other acts performing will be named shortly.

The “Spring Blanc” event series presents a programme  of culinary delights and music

All information can be found  here.

Ishgl, Tirol, Austria. Copyright © TVB Paznaun-Ischgl

Ischgl, Tirol, Austria. Copyright © TVB Paznaun-Ischgl

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Jackson Hole Tram Opens this Weekend

The iconic US resort has received a steady stream of snowfall with 2.8m of snow already recorded this season.

More is forecast throughout the week and into next.

The Sublette and Marmot lifts and the Bridger Gondola also open this Saturday, December 3rd.

Image c/o Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Image c/o Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

“We are elated to open the Aerial Tram and upper mountain on Decembed 3rd. The snowfall we have received thus far this season is providing some of the best early-season conditions we have seen in decades,” stated the resort President, Mary Kate Buckley.

Skiers and snowboarders will be able to access 4,139 vertical feet of terrain, including:

  • Rendezvous Bowl
  • Cheyenne Bowl
  • Gros Ventre
  • Tram Line

Five other lifts are currently operating: Teewinot, Après Vous, Sweetwater Gondola, Casper and Teton.

We reported earlier on the resort opening and what’s in store for the winter.

The newly replaced Thunder Lift is scheduled to open on December 10th, with an opening ceremony including live music and a ribbon cutting to follow on December 17th.

Further details about Jackson Hole can be found in here:

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FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup Season Set to Kick Off

Due to the lack of snow, the season will start off with a little delay than originally anticipated, in Les2Alpes in France on Friday 2nd December.

This will not only be the first race of the season, but also the first Snowboard Cross World Cup race run on this glacier.

See here for a trailer of the competitons:

The Snowboard Cross World Cup tour will come to a close with the World Cup Finals which will again take place in Veysonnaz, Switzerland from March 15-16.

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The Snowboard Cross World Cup tour will come to a close with the World Cup Finals which will again take place in Veysonnaz, Switzerland from March 15-16.

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GB Athlete on BOA Athletes’ Commission

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London City Airport Invests in Next Generation of Security Scanners

Travellers can leave all items in their hand luggage, without removing laptops and liquids.

The new CT scanners will see an even faster airport security experience for passengers.

Chief Operating Officer, Alison FitzGerald, said: “Following our one-lane trial this year, we know the new CT scanners are high performing and our passengers love them.”

“The journey through the airport in 2023 will be even slicker.”

London is a popular route for skiers who use Swiss as it flies into Zurich and Gatwick.

Other airports are also looking at the scanners.

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This article was originally published by Planetski.eu. Read the original article here.

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