2008/9 Season improvents at Åre, Sweden
Wed 17 September 08
A new lift is under construction connecting the ski area Åre Björnen with Copperhill Mountain Lodge plus improved snowmaking are the big changes for 2008/9 season
The number of guests from other countries increased by as much as 20 per cent, setting a new visitor record. The resort is expecting this to continue and so are working hard to adapt and facilitate things for non-Swedish speaking visitors. One example is changing the sign systems in the ski area, with instructions in English and by using pictograms to overcome interpretation problems. The long-term work of attracting major international events continues and the frequency of charter flights to Åre is expected to grow.
Changes for 2008/9
New lift in Åre Björnen
A new lift is under construction connecting the ski area Åre Björnen with Copperhill Mountain Lodge.
Increased snow-making capacity
The existing snow-gun installations in Störtloppet (the downhill run) have been made more efficient to enable the production of more snow in shorter time.
Permanent avalanche fences
Åre is the first Swedish ski resort to build permanent avalanche fences. To further the work of preventing avalanches and increase the safety of our guests, avalanche fences have been built on the south-facing slopes of Mount Mörvikshummeln, where avalanches have occurred on several occasions.
Expansion of children’s areas & theme parks
The children’s area in Åre Björnen is being expanded and the theme parks Björnlandet and Vildmarksstigen are under development with more attractions for the youngest guests.
The very youngest of Åre’s visitors are welcome to Snöflingeklubben, offering child-minding when the parents want to take on the pistes on their own. In Snöflingeklubben activities range from storytelling, drawing and singing to tobogganing, snow-man making and other fun activities. Those who wish can try skiing on a playful first level
[Adapted from official press release]
Wed 17 September 08, Laax, Switzerland
In January, they will be filled with confetti, streamers and candles as The Burton European Open (BEO) Snowboarding Championships, the fourth event of the Burton Global Open Series 08/09, will celebrate its birthday in LAAX, Switzerland from January 9-16, 2009
Thu 18 September 08, Steamboat, USA
US$1m spent on Snowmaking and and 2 new grooming machines make up the bulk of the changes for the new season
Thu 18 September 08, Stratton, USA
2 new trails, new Natural terrain park run in the Emerald Forest glade, the terrain parks & pipes are being moved around a bit, new groomers and a few other enhancements
Thu 18 September 08, Winter Park, USA
No specific on-mountain improvements this season but a new base and open gondola to get you from the carpark to the base
Thu 18 September 08, Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada
Everything is one time and on target for the ambitious project to link the 2 mountains with the huge gondola