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Low-cost airlines, package tourism and massive discounts make ski vacations more affordable; now they're even more convenient. Austrian Airlines recently launched a Skibus service that connects skiers directly to Innsbruck. This service is designed to offer seamless service from the airport to St. Anton, Ischgl and Soelden.

The Skibus offers a timely alternative to other forms of public transportation. For example: passengers leaving London at 6 a.m. will arrive at the resort of their choice shortly after 1 p.m. and may be on the slopes withn the hour.

Skiing in Tyrol

Tyrol is located in western Austria. The state itself is easily identified by its two parts: North Tyrol and East Tyrol. Along the northern border is Bavaria, with Vorarlberg to the west and Italy and Switzerland to the south. Salzburg Austria is directly to the east. Carinthia also shares a border with East Tyrol.

Innsbruck

Innsbruck is the capital of Tyrol and one of the most popular ski areas on Austria. The two primary sports in the area are skiing during the winter and hiking during the summer. Several ski resorts and glacial skiing make this one of the few areas in the world to offer year-round skiing. Innsbruck has hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice. The first was in 1964 and again in 1976. Only two other areas have had the privilege of hosting the Winter Olympic Games twice: St. Moritz, Switzerland and Lake Placid, New York.

Bidding has begun for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics. Innsbruck recently became a finalist in the battle to host the first of many Winter Youth Olympic Games.

St. Anton

As one of the more populated areas in Tyrol, St. Anton has a busy nightlife and even busier ski slopes. The St. Anton area is well-known as a resort for 'serious skiers.' Although it has a reputation for being a hard core ski resort, families and beginners are coming to enjoy all there is to St. Anton. Ski instruction is available for beginners or those wishing to simply improve their abilities.

Ischgl

What was once a farming village is now one of the largest ski areas in Austria. Situated near Vorarlberg, the village of Ischgl has changed its entire image in the last two decades. Travel to the village can be strenuous, and those travelling by car should keep in mind that the village is surrounded by very high, snow-covered mountains. Appropriate snow equipment is necessary to ensure a safe journey. Ischgl has three large ski lifts, intermediate ski runs, great hotels and a busy nightlife.

Soelden

Situated at the base of the Tiefenbach and Rettenbach glaciers, Soelden offers lots of off-slope ski action. Winter and summer skiing are available here due to the location of the glaciers and popularity of 'ski-in, ski-out' convenience. Year-round skiing is becoming very popular among ski lovers around the world. Soelden doesn't have the nightlife some of the other Austrian ski resorts may have, but for skiers looking for great year-round glacial skiing, it's perfect.

Skiing in the Alps

The Alps have a long-running and well deserved reputation for being some of the best ski territory in the world. Beginners and experienced skiers alike can find the ideal ski terrain to fit their ski style. Ski resorts in the Alps often get the opportunity to work with skiers year-round, so they understand what skiers want and how to deliver it in the most convenient way possible.

More skiing information for Austria is available with yourandorra.com For Andorra the travel guide has hotels in Andorra and for France, ski holiday companies who have ski holidays in France

Article Source: Skiing Austria Just Got Easier

 
The 2009 ski season is here, and Andorra ski resorts are planning to offer free ski passes for children less than 14 years of age if the package is booked through an English or Irish tour operator. Andorra's resorts are also looking to broaden their market beyond skiing, snowboarding and other popular winter sports. In fact they are planning to build the Pyrenees' first every ice hotel. The Andorran ice hotel would be the most southerly seated ice hotel in the world.

Ice Hotels

Ice hotels are quite simply what their name implies: hotels carved out of ice. All ice hotels are reconstructed every year. The construction and operation are dependent on sub-zero temperatures. All walls, carvings, sculptures and furniture are made entirely out of ice. Furniture that requires assembly is held together using snice, a substance that takes the place of mortar in "brick and mortar" buildings.

Ice Hotels in Norway

The Kirkenes Snow Hotel hosted its first full season during the 2006-2007 winter season. For the 2008-2009 winter season, the hotel has 21 rooms and is considered the largest snow dome in Norway. The newest addition to the Kirkenes Snow Hotel is the Scandinavian Sauna by the lake.

The Ice Lodge is part of the Bjorligard Hotel in Norway. Due to its altitude of 1,250 meters above sea level, the Ice Lodge is enjoyed much longer into the winter season than other ice hotels. The lodge includes carved, spacious rooms with glistening ice surfaces and a bar. The Ice Bar is a great place to mingle with other Ice Lodge guests and enjoy the drink of your choice.

The Alta Igloo Hotel first came into existence in 2000. Located in the Finnmark region of Europe, it is the northernmost of all currently existing ice hotels. With 28 regular rooms and two suites, it is decorated with ice sculptures and furnishings. The hotel also has an ice chapel, gallery and bar where the drinks are served in ice glasses.

Ice Hotel in Sweden

The world's first ice hotel was created near Jukkasjarvi, Kiruna, Sweden. The idea to create ice hotels was actually almost accidental. One night, in 1990, French artist Jannot Derid held an art exhibition inside an igloo in Sweden. There were no hotel rooms available in the nearby town so some guests requested permission to sleep in the exhibition hall. The very first guests of the future Ice Hotel slept in sleeping bags on reindeer skin. The first major media attention may have been drawn to the hotel in the late 1990s when the rock group Van Halen recorded their video to the song 'Without You' in the newly built Ice Hotel.

Ice Hotel in Canada

The first Ice Hotel in North America was built in January of 2000. The original was built in the Duchesnay resort area and had only 22 bedrooms. The latest versions have had more than 80 rooms. One thing that sets the Duchesnay Ice Hotel apart from others is its chapel where several weddings are celebrated each season.

Ice Hotels in Finland and Romania

Finland's Mammut Snow Hotel is not necessarily an 'ice' hotel. This hotel is created entirely of snow. Most of Mammut Snow Hotel's furnishings, decorations and sculptures are created of ice. Similar ice decorations and sculptures are also on display in the Lainio Snow Hotel in Finland. The Mammut Snow Hotel is within the walls of the SnowCastle of Kemi, the biggest snow castle in the world. Also encased in the SnowCastle are The Castle Courtyard, The Snow Restaurant and a chapel for weddings.

Near Saariselka is the Hotel and Igloo Village Kakslauttanen. It is a small village of sorts created with snow igloos, glass igloos, an ice chapel, ice gallery and a restaurant made of snow. The impressive snow restaurant has seating to accommodate 150 people.

Balea Lake in the Fagaras Mountains of Romania is home to Eastern Europe's first ice hotel. The hotel was first created in 2006 and is at an altitude of 2034 meters above sea level. This ice hotel has accommodations for more than 150 guests and features attractions such as bobsledding and ice fishing.

Andorra to Offer More than Winter Sports

In addition to the inclusion of an ice hotel, Andorra's resorts have made more than 20 million euros worth of upgrades to existing ski areas. Improvements and additions include low-cost helicopter sight-seeing flights, tubing slopes, new ice rinks and a snowmobile circuit. For the 2008-2009 winter season, Andorra's resorts plan to provide much more than meets the eye.

More information about hotels in Andorra are at yourandorra.com and they also have an Andorra map Other Andorra ski holiday news is also on-line and updated regularly.

Article Source: Andorra Skiing and Ice Hotel

 
As ski resorts face the coming ski season with some trepidation given the economic downturn, Andorra has been successful in having two of her resorts named in a leading ski internet site's top ten - something which might help Andorra win a bigger share of the European ski market this year.

The skiing holidays site suggests nearly a million Brits alone will be hitting the slopes this winter, but with the economic recession other leading travel companies such as Tribune think this figure will be revised down.

The good news for the Andorra resorts comes firstly because of Arinsal.

Arinsal topped the poll and won because, with some sixty per cent of British skiers fitting in the novice category, the Andorra ski holidays resort is perfect for them. Away from top class skiers, the whole village atmosphere makes for happy new skiers - and happy new skiers are likely to continue skiing in future years, boosting the ski holidays industry not just in Andorra but with other resorts too.

As well as friendly ski slopes, Arinsal has a good mix of accommodation. Hotels are from hostel standard to four and five star luxury, while there is self catering too with aparthotels, privately available apartments by the week, and the occasional chalet too. Arinsal offers ski instruction in either groups or on an individual basis from novice to advanced, to complete the ski holidays scene.

The second piece of good news for Andorra is that a second resort also makes the ski holidays travel sites' top ten - an accolade in itself.

They place Pas de la Casa at number four of its top ten ski holiday areas and praise the Andorra resort for its low prices, adding 'The happy hours, discos, lively cafes and restaurants also give the Andorran resort of Pas de la Casa its reputation as one of the liveliest resorts in the mountains.'

Pas de la Casa is Andorra's highest ski resort, and consequently has the earliest and deepest snow, with well known Soldeu at a slightly lower altitude.

Andorra started to develop her ski resorts for tourists back in the 1980's. For the first decade Andorra decided to go for the budget skier, and was able to provide ski holidays at a lot less cost than neighbouring France, and other ski countries in Europe including Austria and Switzerland.

But now Andorra has moved away from the image of the poor man's Switzerland for skiing to one that is pretty upmarket, with ski resorts such as Soldeu, Arinsal, Pal and Pas de la Casa attracting serious skieres to her slopes as well as novices. In Soldeu for example there is a good choice of Andorra hotels, including four and five star ones, while spa hotels are dotted around the country.

And while the skiing fraternity might be a bit more upmarket with money to match, so are the new residents who move to Andorra to live there full time and take up residency in Andorra.

While Andorra property averaged between three and hundred thousand Euros a few years ago to new residents, the average now is closer to double that. Not because Andorra has seen her property prices rise that much necessarily, although it is true to say it has risen close to fifty per cent in the three years preceeding the current worldwide recession, but because more and more people are choosing Andorra over Monaco as a tax haven.

Ski holidays in Andorra can be found at yourandorra.com For ski resort news including Andorra's Pas de la Casa visit yourandorra.com Other ski holiday to Andorra things are available, such as for new visitors an Andorra map

Article Source: Andorra Skiing Gets 2009 Vote Of Confidence

 
As winter season is quickly approaching, we start to think about doing all of our favorite winter activities and all that we can do outdoors. One of the most common sports and recreational activities that a lot of us participate in each year is skiing. Most of us have enjoyed hitting the slopes and feeling our skis skate over the powder slopes and we can look forward to relishing your time in the cool winter air.

For some of us, skiing is a major pastime and we want to make sure that we are taking care of our bodies and doing what we can to make sure that we are going to be able to enjoy it for a long time to come. One of the reasons that some of us are unable to continue enjoying the sport of skiing is due to knee injuries that occur while we are on and off the slopes. One of the most common injuries that occur from skiing is damage to the knees.

Why is this such a common occurrence? For one, it happens to skiers of every ability, from novices to pros and the longer that a person skis, the more at risk they are for developing a knee injury. The high speed bending, twisting and turning can place a lot of stress on your knees.

There are different degrees of knee injuries that can occur while we are hitting the slopes. It can start out as a little bit of discomfort in the knee during your time on the slopes or afterwards when you are at the lodge. It can also progress quickly to an ACL tear, an MCL tear, or a meniscus tear.

What can you do to protect yourself from developing a knee injury?

Although some injuries to the knee can not be prevented, there are steps that you can take to help ensure that you are not going to develop an injury or that the pain you are feeling in your knee will not worsen. One of the easiest things that you can do is to purchase a skiing knee brace to wear while you are on the slopes. Knee braces for skiing are designed to allow for the maximum amount of movement that you need to make your moves on the slopes and navigate down the steep runs, all the while keeping your knees protected. They also help stop excessive movements that will be the ones that cause the painful knee injury, or worsen one that you might already have. If you spend a lot of time on the slopes and enjoy skiing, you should consider finding a good skiing knee brace to wear.

If you would like more free information about your knees, and knee braces, then visit us online today at http://www.drbraceco.com We are brace specialists that have helped thousands of people get the best knee brace for their needs, and we can help you too.

Article Source: Knee Pain Relief - Skiing Knee Braces - Do You Want to Survive Your Knee Pain While on the Slopes?

 
When water skiing the boat operator and the skier must work as a team. They both need to learn safe skiing skills. Before you hit the water, you should know your equipment, general and local boating laws, and the basic fundamentals of the sport.

What the Boat Operator should know

All boats should allow a minimum of a 100 foot ski area. This means, that if two ski boats are in the same vicinity of each other they should be at least 200 feet apart. Before pulling a skier up carefully check the path ahead for obstacles and make sure the towline is not caught in the propeller or wrapped around the skier. Never accelerate until the skier is holding the towline handle, with the ski tip or tips showing above water. Skiers should have a smooth acceleration as they come up on a plane. As the boat operator, you should ease the throttle at first with a slight increase in speed.

You should never attempt sharp turns with the boat, especially if the skier is cutting sharply outside the wake on either side. If you have to make an unexpected turn, throttle back as you turn. Signal to the skier, that you have to turn, remembering that it is safer to dunk the skier than risk an accident.

If a skier falls, return immediately. Other boaters may not notice a skier in the water, and the presence of the tow boat may keep other boaters away from the general area. You should approach with caution from the driver's side so the skier is always in view and on your side of the boat. Never back the boat up to someone in the water. Shut the engine off when you are near the skier so there is no danger from the propeller. Be aware that when boat engines idle, even in neutral, the propeller may still turn and injure the skier or entangle and cut the tow lines. If a skier falls and is injured, you must proceed with caution. Any injury might be aggravated by pulling the person aboard. It is best to get into the water to support the skier until the nature of the injury is known.

What the skier should know

A skier should be alert for cross-wakes, partially submerged objects, swimmers, or anything that might come between them and the boat. It is recommended that you wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device designed for water-skiing at all times. This will allow you to rest in the water while waiting for the boat, it protects the rib cage and cushions falls. Its bright color will make you more visible to others in the area. Ski belts are not Coast Guard-approved and do not offer positive protection to a fallen or injured skier.

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Article Source: Ski Boats And Skiing Safely

 
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