Ski Amadé, Austria

ski-amadeSki 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.

Lindsey Vonn crash this 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.

Giro Combyn soft helmet

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.

National Skiing Styles

There are differences to ski technique, and often where you learn to ski, it will effect what style you will learn. Some techniques are more rigid, like the Austria style where body position is static in turns, compared with some others, like the French, which have a more fluid nature to them. This is a great video if you want to see examples of differences in technique along with great examples of advanced skiers.

Ski in Style for less this year

Skiing in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria…with probably the best après-ski in the world.

About St. Anton am Arlberg

Vital resort statistics :

  • Resort height 1,300 m / 4,265 ft
  • Top ski elevation 2,811 m / 9,222 ft
  • Vertical 1,511 m / 4,957 ft
  • 274 km of ski piste
  • 83 ski lifts
  • Located in the South-eastern tip of Austria, known as the ‘Drei Laender Eck‘ or three country corner – it shares a border with Switzerland, Germany and Italy.

Snow Day in Dublin

We came across the following tweet today on twitter


With all the snow that’s been falling since Monday, a few avid skiers and snowboarders have take their own initiative and taken to the mountains. While it can be quite hard work hiking up mountains, it’s worth it none the less ! Here is one of he videos of a few lads snowboarding this week in the Dublin mountains, near Hell Fire or Montpelier_Hill.