Organizers of next years Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics have turned their attention to their the games’ biathlon track with some parts of the track being labelled as dangerous and come with a high risk of injury.
The head of the Russian Olympic Committee have said that parts of the track will need to be modified with one turn in particular considered “very dangerous” as exemplified by the large number of falls in a recent event held at the track location. The first world cup event to be held at the location saw many athletes fall on steep slopes with some injuries.
Cimmitte member Alexander Zhukov mentioned today in a report that as athletes approached in particular corner of the track, they flew off unable to handle the conditions. “The track won’t be simplified” he said but changes will be made to make it safe for athletes.
Several athletes have commented how difficult the track is and support the changes to be made.
Schweitzer Ski resort in Idaho is offering great lesson plan deals for skiers and snowboarders for 2013. Throughout January, for $39 those who are new to the slopes can get a beginner package which offers lessons, lift tickets and rentals. Once the initial lesson is done, if you then choose to add 2 more lessons for $60 each, you will receive unlimited free spring skiing from March 11 to the end of the 2012-13 season. Not bad at all.
Schweitzer has also invested heavily in its terrain making the overall experience that much more enjoyable. There is a new beginner lift and changes have been made to the flow in the Ski and Ride Center. Schweitzer are also offering quick lessons which offer quick tips to adults and children at all ability levels. This unique lesson plan evaluates your technique, offers effective solutions and then lets you get on your merry way to implement your new teachings.
Not to forget the intermediate level skiers and snowboarders out there. There is also a package suited for this level which for $105 offers a lesson, lift ticket and rental gear. The price is drastically reduced to $45 if you bring your own lift ticket and gear.
Get down and enjoy it today. For more information on these deals, click here. For more information on Schweitzer accommodation and the ski resort itself, click here.
An earthquake has hit Sochi, the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The quake which occurred around christmas also coincided with a major gas pipeline blast.
The quakes measurement of 5.5 did little damage to the city’s infrastructure and fortunately there were no casualties. The city stated that the bast of one of its major gas pipelines occurred before the quake happened counting out the possibility that the quake caused the blast.
Organizers for the 2014 Sochi Olympic have released the route for which the Olympic torch will be run and given Russia is the largest country in the world, it will be prove to a lengthy but rewarding journey.
The whole route will cover all 83 regions of Russia and will be carried in a mix of car, train, plane, foot and sleigh. Some of the regions that will be covered will be Kalinigrad on the Baltic Coast to Vladivostok on the country’s east cost. The distance is roughly 40 000 miles with over 14000 people putting their hand up to be torchbearers.
The carrying of the torch is a traditional pre-olympic event and it is expected the torch will be lit in Olympia in Greece and the transported to Moscow where it will start its journey across the country.
To celebrate the large amounts of snow that have recently failed at the Snowbird Resort recently, they are offering some sweet deals on their lodge rooms with rates starting at $99 per room with kids skiing or riding for free for every night of their reservation.
Snowbird has since grown its facilities and as of next week, they will have 9 out of their 11 lifts in full operation mode for snow worshipers to enjoy. Not to mention, the majority of its ski and snowboarding terrain open to the public.
Booking deals like this however don’t last long and this offer expires on December 14 so get in quick. Reservations can be made at 800-453-3000.
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Sochi 2014 administration are in discussions with the Russian upper house of parliament to make the visitor visa process much simpler for the games. Right now the visa processing time isn’t ideal meaning a lot of people wouldn’t be able to get their visas in time for the games.
Aimed at simplifying the process for foreign volunteers for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Paralympic games, the administration are now waiting on President Vladimir Putin to sign the law off.
With the season opening in Davis, West Virginia about to launch very soon on December 21, there are some great deals on offer for their loyal skiing and boarding community.
Valid December 21-25, March 3-17 and midweek Jan 1 to Feb 28 2013, there is a Canaan Super Saver program which lets avid snow goers stay the night in either a queen or double room, next day lift ticket and discount saving coupons for other facilities like tubing and pool/fitness all for just $49per night. If you want to get up and be the first on the chairlift, then this is your ticket.
If you’re a beginner and want to learn the ropes, perhaps you may want to consider the Learn Ski or Board Package which chucks in daily breakfast, gear rentals and a group lesson for just $89 per night. Not bad.
Check out more information on Canaan Valley right here.
Good News For Hotel Guest for Sochi 2014.
With the upcoming 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, you would expect most accommodation providers to be hiking up their rates to maximize their revenue throughout the games. However, the Russian federal government have taken a stand on this matter capping the rate all fiver star hotels can charge at $450 a night.
A common complaint amongst major sport event goers for years has been the way accommodation providers raise their prices for rooms which only adds to an already expensive experience. Considering many travel afar, both domestically an internationally, the need to factor in travel and day to day costs while at the games is expensive enough with having to think about paying extra for hiked up room rates.
In an effort to combat this, Russian cabinet have stepped in issuing a statement to the Sochi Region to be aware of the capped price change. Afraid that high rates will deter fans coming to enjoy the games, the Krasnodar administration have informed hotel owners that the maximum they may charge is 13, 896 rubles (US$450) which includes penthouse suites and king standard rooms. Regular rooms and lower tier hotels are not permitted to charge more than US$209.
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Great Deals to be had at Granite Peak
Granite Peak in Wisconsin has opened it season in style offering some great deals for students and adults.
Offering over 70 runs and five terrain peaks, this native to Wisconsin has been a local favorite for years boasting skier numbers from Wisconsin and Michigan as well. The runs at Granite accommodate all levels and there is so much room available, you’ll not going to have any of the congestions problems you see on other slopes. Granite boasts over 250 acres of skiable terrain, the state’s tallest ski resort with 700 feet of vertical and has recently renovated its base lodge adding more comfort and slice of home to its traditional feel.
But anyway, back to the deals.
Granite are offering the following special rates. You’ll have to get in quick however.
Adult rates are being offered at a 25% discount at $79 and kids at $41 for skiing between the 15th of December to the 23rd. Students who present their student I.D get 2 for 1 lift tickets. Getting your normal 2 days pass online will also save you around 10% with the price down to $106. Not bad at all. It doesn’t stop there however with super lodging deals combined with lift tickets also available. There’s so much to be saved and too little space to write so rather than inundate you with these deals, we say go the site to check out more. Find out more about Granite Peak and its rates right here.
With warm weather conditions in Vancouver in 2010 forcing the committee to purchase and bring in a trick load of snow, Sochi 2014 are also considering a ‘what to do’ solution given their Mediterranean like climate.
Sochi lies on the Black sea cost in souther Russia and is concerned that warm weather will mean they have to truck in snow like their Vancouver counterparts had to do four years before them. However the organizers of the event say they are on top of the issue with a program me in place to deal with the possibility of little snow.
Their plan is to store snow from winters leading up to 2014 and use that in case February temperatures are warm right before the start of the Olympics. Aside from storing snow, they have also brought in a team of scientists from Moscow State Technological University to make powder from ice.
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