Josef Burger, chief executive of Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel, talks to Breaking Travel News during preparations for the 2016 World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony. Speaking from the famous starters hut at the top of the Hahnenkamm race course, he tells Breaking Travel News about the significance of the ski season to the destination, how the organisation continues to drive visitor numbers ever higher, and what his hopes are for the winter ahead.
Michael Huber, president of the Kitzbühel Ski Club, is the man charged with leading preparations for the Kitzbuhel Downhill, part of the Hahnenkamm race weekend, each year. One of the most prestigious events on the global ski circuit, it brings an international crowd numbering in the tens of thousands to the Alpine resort. Here he talks to Breaking Travel News during the World Ski Awards about the significance of the event.
Legendary French ski destination Val Thorens has taken the title of World’s Best Ski Resort at the 2016 World Ski Awards. The fourth instalment of the red-carpet event took place at the five-star A-ROSA Kitzbühel this evening, welcoming the elite of the ski hospitality industry to Austria. Also among the winners were W Verbier, walking away with the title of World’s Best Ski Hotel, and LAAX, recognised by voters as the World’s Best Freestyle Resort.
Final preparations are being put in place as A-ROSA Kitzbühel prepares to welcome the 2016 World Ski Awards. The fourth instalment of the red-carpet event will take place in Kitzbühel from November 18th-20th, welcoming the elite of the ski hospitality industry to Austria. An extensive weekend programme is in place which will see guests invited to engage in three days of exclusive networking events, private skiing, sight-seeing tours and a host of other activities.
George Best Belfast City Airport has launched a new ski route to Salzburg, in conjunction with leading ski holiday operators Topflight and Crystal Ski Holidays. Starting on Christmas Eve and running every Saturday until March 11th, 2017, the weekly Aer Lingus charter flight will provide direct access for local passengers to a wide range of Austria’s finest ski resorts.
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has announced two new senior staff appointments ahead of this coming winter season. Richard Leuenberger will join the iconic hotel as general manager, tasked with continuing the Grande Dame’s principles of tradition and innovation. At the same time, Yves Gardiol will take on the role of chief executive, following 12 years as general manager.
Leo Trippi has announced the acquisition of UK-based luxury accommodation specialist Alpine Guru for an undisclosed fee. The deal sees the two brands of Alpine Guru, Villa Guru and Alpine Guru, join Leo Trippi to create a specialist group of travel companies with a worldwide portfolio of more than 2,000 luxury summer and winter vacation properties.
Back for its second season at Battersea Park, The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show will bring the mountains to the city in an immersive après experience for the whole family. Located at Battersea Evolution, the show takes place over half term and just before Halloween, from October 27th-30th.
A perfect combination of elegant design, comfort, and safety, Kitzbühel has become the first ski resort in the world to use the exclusive Premium Chair from LEITNER ropeways. The Brunn eight-seater chairlift, which was opened in December 2015, represents a new highlight for the Kitzbühel ropeways, demonstrating the premium character of the award-winning ski area.
Skiers looking for the best way to travel to the slopes can start planning their winter adventure with Eurostar. The high-speed passenger rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe opens sales for its popular service from London St Pancras and Ashford International to the heart of the French Alps on July 20th.
Verbier has announced the appointment of Ed Leigh as its new resort ambassador. Widely respected as one of the premiere winter sports and off-piste ski resorts in the world, Verbier offers 191 runs of varying difficulties and is no stranger to playing host to some of the biggest names in skiing and culture.
Olympic ski champion Stein Eriksen had died at the age of 88 his family has announced. His name has been synonymous with style and elegance among ski fans since his gold and silver medal victories in the 1952 Oslo Olympics Games. Having also won three gold medals at the World Championships in Äre, Sweden in 1954 in slalom, giant slalom and the combined races, he was the first alpine skier to win triple gold at the event.