In these places winter sports are record breakingNovember 27, 2018
- 1 The longest toboggan run in the world
- 2 Largest ski swing for kilometer eaters
- 3 The highest lift capacity per hour
- 4 The most crowded ski resort in the world
- 5 The steepest ski slopes with fear factor
- 6 The cuddliest winter sports resort
- 7 Where skiing is the most expensive
- 8 Best value for money
- 9 In the coldest ski resort in the world
- 10 Stamina on the longest runway
- 11 This is where the best snow in the world falls
- 12 The oldest winter sports resort
- 13 The largest ski resort – north of the Alps
- 14 It does not get any higher
- 15 The most exotic winter sports resort
The longest toboggan run in the world
From the Baaahn! Legs up, steer and just do not brake. Already in 1888, the first winter guests, wrapped in fur, whizzed down from the 2681 meter high summit of the Faulhorn on the Hornschlitten to Grindelwald. First of all Fritz Bohren aka “Pintenfritz”, the enterprising host of the mountain inn “Faulhorn” in the Bernese Oberland.
According to legend, he liked to dine with his guests down in the valley – in his own pub in Grindelwald. Kilometers after kilometer to slither down the mountain in serpentines to visit this pinte, which is still record-breaking. And that’s exactly why the host in honor of this longest toboggan run in the world “Big Pintenfritz”. 15 kilometers long and thanks to 1,600 meters difference in altitude the most spectacular in the world.
If you want to ski this record, you have to earn your sledding fun first. Or rather, run. From Grindelwald the gondola lift only goes up to the First mountain station at 2168 meters altitude. Then we continue on foot, up on the Faulhorn, dragging the sled behind us. After a good two and a half hours on a winter hiking trail, sledging fans will reach the Gasthaus “Faulhorn” of the Pintenfritz, the oldest mountain hotel in Switzerland. Unfortunately, it is no longer farmed in winter.
There are no lifts or ski runs up here, only snow and one prepared track: the start of Big Pintenfritz. The toboggan slope with medium difficulty is neither too shallow nor too steep and therefore also suitable for families with children from twelve years. Also, it is wide enough for overtaking maneuvers, so that the fastest toboggans are not slowed down. So you just have to sit back, steer and enjoy the next 15 kilometers. The fastest will make it in less than 30 minutes.
Winter season until March 31, 2019 during the train operating hours, www.grindelwald.ch
Largest ski swing for kilometer eaters
A dozen winter sports resorts, but only a single ski pass. On the border between France and Switzerland is the up to 2466 meter high ski resort Les Portes du Soleil with now 286 slopes and about 650 kilometers of slopes. That’s gigantesk!
Does anyone even manage to drive them all off, say on a two-week vacation? The pure travel time on boards is calculated by the transnational ski federation, depending on the level: 40 hours for the experienced, 57 hours for advanced and 82 hours for beginners.
Which, of course, numbers play, because nobody travels here only on kilometer scrubbing on the mostly easy to medium difficult pistes. Too tempting is indeed the distraction: For the rest stop there are 99 restaurants and bars right on the slopes. To be fair, one has to say that every now and then you have to take off your skis and get in the ski bus to really get off the last corner.
That’s why another association claims the title of the largest connected ski area in the world: Les Trois Vallées in the French Savoy Alps. There are the mostly easy to moderate 343 runs with a total of 600 kilometers also available with only a single ski pass. A second sensational ski swing for kilometer eaters.
Les Portes du Soleil, Winter Season 22 December to 22 April 2019, Day Pass from 53 euros, de.portesdusoleil.com
The highest lift capacity per hour
In addition, Les Trois Vallées has also unchallenged another world record for sure. The ski resort actually manages to shovel exactly 261,252 people through the mountains thanks to sophisticated logistics – and that every hour. Mass processing every minute in 159 lifts.
Must be: There are 117,000 rooms in the eight ski resorts. Although most guests can definitely go winter sports at the same time, the slopes are not overcrowded. ? H H through?? H H H H H H H H H H H H H through? H H H H H H through? H H H H H H H zwischen H? H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H? H H? Maximum functionality is offered by this ski resort; its purpose architecture must be liked.
Les Trois Vallées, winter season 8 December to 5 May 2019, day pass from 62 Euro, www.les3vallees.com
The most crowded ski resort in the world
Quite different in South Korea. Here you almost step on your feet: ten lifts, six kilometers of slopes. In the Daemyung Vivaldi Park in Gangwon-do you can hardly see the snow in front of a lot of people. Does not bother anyone, except a few irritated guests from Europe.
This park is the most visited ski resort in the country, only 45 minutes away from the capital Seoul. Up to 20,000 day visitors, most of them winter sports beginners, sneak down the slopes. It is anyway posed more than driven.
But that does not matter, because winter sports play only a minor role in the Daemyung Vivaldi Park. After the piste show, the theme park is complete with pools, spa, karaoke, billiards, bowling, go-karting, carousels and many restaurants. You have to have seen.
Excursion with shuttle bus, snowboard rental and ski pass from 63 Euro from / to Seoul, www.klook.com; www.daemyungresort.com
The steepest ski slopes with fear factor
Their slopes can not be jet black enough, best as a dive vertically into the depths. For extreme skiers, the thrill starts then really, while normal skiers is already bad from watching.
“Get down!”, It says on the sign at the beginning of the Harakiri slope in Mayrhofen in the Zillertal. It is so steep that even the piste bullys have to be roped up for dissection because otherwise they simply tumble down. Their gradient is 78 percent. Anyone who survives this descent, counts himself to the “Harakiri” club, and only then may he even have the T-shirt, on which all are keen: with the inscription “I survived Harakiri”.
Even more frightening is the world championship piste “Manni Pranger” in Steinach on the Brenner in Tyrol, the steepest machine-groomed piste in the world. The extreme steep slope has a gradient of up to 102 percent. Here it is felt almost perpendicular to the valley. Only something for dizziness with sharp edges underfoot. Other daredevils rave about the Streif in Kitzbühel. On the way in the mousetrap, the distance drops by up to 85 percent.
And the most terrifying runway in the world? This trophy goes to the Rocky Mountains. Corbet’s Couloir in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a gully, from which even professionals surrender. First, you have to dare to jump from the cliff five to six feet in free fall into the depths. Then you end up in a kind of narrow funnel with more than 120 percent incline. And you have only one swing to turn around so you do not hit the cliff face. On Shoot like in a hoistway and only for well-insured kamikaze skiers.
www.mayrhofen.at, www.bergeralm.net, www.jacksonhole.com
The cuddliest winter sports resort
The counter model to the action ski. Far from the shot. It is hardly possible to be quieter. One of the smallest ski resorts in the world – and at the same time snow sure: Pfelders lies at 1622 meters in a secluded South Tyrolean side valley, a basin at the end of the Lazinser valley. The village has just under 160 inhabitants – and just 300 guest beds. Cars are parked, with a few exceptions, in front of the village entrance.
From the lift to the accommodation it is at most three minutes walk. Three lifts and a gondola lift bring the skiers up to the 2502 meter high Karjoch: 18 km of slopes, from medium to easy. Children up to the age of eight can even ski for free.
Every Thursday you meet for night skiing at the Gampenlift, every Wednesday evening the ski tourers run up the slopes, and every now and then there is a village disco on the natural ice rink. Here it is just more contemplative.
Winter season 8th December to 29th April 2019, day ticket 37 Euro, www.pfelders.info/en
Where skiing is the most expensive
Who thinks that skiing in the Alps has become outrageously expensive, should take a look to North America. By contrast, Zermatt, with currently 174 euros per ski day the most expensive alpine ski resort, is almost a bargain. If you want to ski in the ski resorts Vail or Beever Creek in Colorado, you can double this amount, if not triple it. Overnight, equipment, food and ski pass you get there on average 500 euros per person. Per day!
But the day pass costs in the new season from 145 euros. The cheapest room? Not under 400 euros per night, without breakfast. Then you’d better meet Peggy and Brian right away casual in the “Little Diner”, the classic breakfast, at Crêpes and Eggs Benedict (14 dollars) or in the “Big Bear Bistro” on the Hanson Ranch Road with sensational omelets.
Winter season starts with Snow Days on December 13, www.vail.com
Best value for money
Ski holiday with lots of sun and snow and then also cheap? That too is possible. The alpine classics got competition. Kranjska Gora is located in the extreme north-west of Slovenia, on the border with Austria and Italy, at an altitude of 813 to 1295 meters. You will not find glamor, but spectacular World Cup slopes in the Julian Alps.
In the winter sports area, which is considered to be the best in the country, there are 18 ski slopes of all difficulty levels. The lifts are reached on foot in a few minutes. Here is the price-performance ratio. 34,90 Euro costs the day pass, a double room from 42 Euro with breakfast. Easily accessible by train via the Austrian town of Villach, then 25 kilometers to Kranjska Gora. The nearest airports are Ljubljana and Klagenfurt, both about 60 kilometers away.
The season has already started, until March 31, 2019, www.kranjska-gora.si
In the coldest ski resort in the world
Skiing at minus 35 degrees? This is only for the hard-core. Here, the eyeglass frames freeze on the skin, and every smartphone shock-freezes. Sisimiut in Greenland is the coldest ski resort in the world. The perceived temperature in the T-bar then tends to minus 40 degrees. After driving over just two kilometers of slopes, you can thaw in a café on the slopes.
Season January through April, sisimiutcity.com
Stamina on the longest runway
Starting point is at 3568 meters altitude. The prepared ski slope of the Dôme de la Lauze at the ski resort of Les Deux Alpes in the French Ecrins massif measures exactly 17 kilometers. World record! The height difference is 2288 meters. Those who make the descent into a go have done an enviable amount for building muscle in the calves and thighs.
In second place: the 15.3 kilometers long descent from Klein Matterhorn to Zermatt. The third longest runway in the world has the Russian ski resort Rosa Khutor near Sochi in the Caucasus. Start is at 2468 meters overlooking the Black Sea, 14.9 kilometers to the valley. Then in the sauna, helps against muscle soreness.
www.les2alpes.com; www.zermatt.ch; https://en.rosaski.com
This is where the best snow in the world falls
Dry like powdered dust. Soft as cotton. Drive through waist-high powder snow. But where does this best snow fall in the world? In the Rocky Mountains, thanks to arctic cold fronts that prevent the snowflakes from sticking and melting as they sink.
The Steamboat ski area in the State of Colorado has adopted the term “champagne powder” Although secure, but actually the driest powder snow falls further to the west: in the state of Utah. He rightly advertises with the slogan “The Greatest Snow on Earth“. The winter sports resort Alta actually measures 13.2 meters of fresh snow per season, measured over a period of 110 years despite climate change. Only six to eight percent water contains the freshly fallen snow. A powder room.
The season until May has already started, www.steamboat.com, www.alta.com, www.vail.com
The oldest winter sports resort
With a clever bet, the Swiss hotelier Johannes Badrutt lured the first tourists into the snow in 1864. The owner of the “Kulm Hotel” in St. Moritz persuaded a few English summer guests to come to Christmas. They could stay as long as they wanted. If they did not like it, the holidays would be free.
The English promptly took the bet, were thrilled – and stayed in the Upper Engadine until Easter. From now on the winter guests came in droves; played curling, cricket, drove Cresta and Bob. Logically, that the first bobsleigh track and the first ski school in the world were opened in St. Moritz.
So far, three of 350 pistes are open until April 7, day pass from 40 Swiss francs, www.stmoritz.ch
The largest ski resort – north of the Alps
The Sauerland also has winter world records. His Mühlenkopfschanze, for example, the “largest large ski jump in the world”. Of course, only professionals jump down there, as in the World Cup in February 2019. With 150 lifts, 200 hectares of pistes and 500 kilometers of trails, the Winter Sports Arena Sauerland is actually the largest ski resort north of the Alps. 680 snow cannons are ready in case the real snow is coming up.
It does not get any higher
Here, the air is scarce. The gondola actually goes up to 4000 meters. Gulmarg in the Indian Himalayas is the highest ski resort in the world. With a unique view of the 8126 meter high Nanga Parbat. Enormously snowy, ideal for deep snow fans, but due to the danger of avalanches it is only allowed to drive off-piste with a guide.
The most exotic winter sports resort
First lying on the beach, then a round of ice hockey under the palm trees? Better snorkel or skate in a bikini? In the Maldives, the first ice rink was opened in the summer of 2018 at 35 degrees heat. Winter sports on the beach in the Indian Ocean.
The hotel island “Jumeirah Vittaveli Resort” has become the most exotic winter sports resort. Two hours of ice hockey or ice skating cost $ 75 including equipment rental and ice cooling for cooling off.