This video has been doing the rounds this weekend, of a few lads (and a dog) skiing in the Mourne Mountains over Easter. The peak, Slieve Donard, which is at 850m looks to have gotten quite a few inches of fresh powder. The hike up did look quite exhausting, and not for the faint hearted. The also attempt a decent of Slieve Bearnagh, 727m, on the north side near the 4 minute mark, which looks quite amazing. It’s always great to see these videos showing that it is indeed possible to ski in Ireland.
Here is a quick review from Declan Doherty, one of our readers who sent in his trip report on how he got from Dublin to Glencoe, Scotland. By organising a ferry through and travelling through Northern Ireland he was able to realise his dream ski holiday with his kids at an affordable price.
Skiing for the first time with my family in Scotland
Taking 2 adults and 4 children for a week in the Alps is an expensive proposition, worse still, what if they didn’t like it ?
Here is a quick review from Martha, one of our readers who sent in her trip report on how she got from Cork to SkiWelt, by organising everything herself. Organising your holiday gives you more flexibility and can save quite a bit from package holidays.
Cork to Munich to Wörgl
The Cork flight (booked in Sept. cost around €200) landed around 11am on Saturday morning and we followed the green S signs through the airport to the S Bahn station. The world’s most pleasant and helpful staff sorted us out with our Bayarn Karte purchase , as well as the additional supplement to travel from Kufstein (the end of the ‘Bayarn Karte zone’) to Wörgl. The total train journey cost around €50-for all four if us on one ticket-then took around 2 hours. We changed at Munich Ostbahnhof, Rosenheim and Kufstein. It was a really easy journey- all of the connections were straightforward, no panic or rushing!
Ski Amadé is Europe’s largest skiing area
Located in Austria, the Ski Amadé (http://www.skiamade.com/en/winter)is the largest skiing area in Europe with approximately 280 lifts and almost 900 kilometers of slopes. The Ski Amadé consists of five individual regions, in surrounds 28 villages are located.
The Ski Amadé, is a widely known area, and is famous for its annual events in Flachau, Planai,
Schladming and Zauchensee where they host the skiing World Cup. In fact it was in Schladming that Lindsey Vonn crashed out in spectacular fashion last week.
This week in Schladming, Austria US downhill skier Lindsey Vonn managed to tear her two knee ligaments in a crash on Tuesday. Vonn was in the middle of her Super-G run, and landed awkwardly after a jump, and screams can be heard as she came to a stop on the slope. She was evacuated off the slope by helicopter. According to the United States ski team’s medical director, Kyle Wilkens, Lindesy Vonn sustained a tear on the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee, and received a tibial fracture. The question remains as to whether she will be able to make a recovery before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The latest in helmet technology has just been announced from Giro (www.giro.com) with the unvailing of their first ‘soft helmet’, Combyn. Using new materials, like high density foam and flexible plastics, they made a ski helmet that is designed to take both high and low impacts while maintaining the helmet integrity. With traditional helmets, once you get a big bang, you are likely to crack it, and will need to replace it. With the Combyn you will be able to reuse it, as it’s less likely to shatter and break. Giro have even offered that you can send your helmet back to them for free to test the helmet integrity after you’ve had a knock.