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Skier and Snowboarder Journal – the UK’s authentic free ski and snowboard journal


by Colin Nicholson

Final month (December 2021) marked the primary likelihood for British skiers and snowboarders visiting Switzerland to take the swish new gondola – the end result of a £400 million challenge – from Grindelwald to the best piste on the Eiger, shaving an astonishing 47 minutes off the journey time.

The brand new Eiger Specific whisks skiers and snowboarders up the mountain

The Eiger Specific gondola truly went into operation in December 2020 however, to the frustration of Brits, this was additionally on the time nations all over the world have been closing their borders to abroad guests due to the pandemic.

At first of this season, Switzerland was capable of welcome these guests again – and the nation has cause to be grateful to the British particularly.

Not solely did an Englishman – Sir Arnold Lunn – stage the world’s first recorded slalom race right here within the Jungfrau ski space 100 12 months in the past this month however that is additionally the place the British successfully launched the ski raise.

British skiers have been visiting the realm for greater than 100 years

Till the early 1900s, the Swiss had run their mountain trains solely in summer time. In winter, with most vacationers gone, they lay idle – till the British persuaded them that they may transport skiers to the area in winter too. So the primary uphill transport for skiers was born.

Examine how a disgruntled Swiss raise firm worker derailed the £400million V-bahn for years within the Skier & Snowboarder Spring situation 2021.

You may see the story within the on-line model of the journal by CLICKING HERE after which flip to pages 6 & 7.

For the total story on how Sir Arnold Lunn organised the world’s first slalom race based mostly on velocity 100 years in the past CLICK HERE

 



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