The XXV1 International Snow Festival takes place in Dolomiti Superski this week.
Creation of imaginative sculptures begins tomorrow (13/01/16) in San Candido, in the Sextner Dolomiten region, and from the 18/01/16 in San Vigilio in Kronplatz. This year, over 30 artists are participating in teams coming from USA, Russia, Romania, Latvia, France, Netherlands, Mexico, and Italy, as well as Sud Tyrolean teams from the School of Stone Processing in Lasa, School for Sculptors in Innsbruck and from the Ortesei Art School.
The festival promises to be spectacular. The rules are simple:- Fresh snow is pressed into 3 x 3 x 3 metre blocks which are located in the main streetss and areas of the villages. A raffle is drawn to decide the blocks and each team then carves their design ideas into the snow using tools and nothing else but water which will of course quickly turn to ice in winter temperatures. The artists have just 3 days to complete their masterpieces after which time, tourists and local residents can vote for their favourite. The sculptures will be illuminated in the evenings creating amazing effects that differ from daylight views. The sculptures can be admired until mild weather melts them away and this will hopefully be some time in low winter temperatures.
San Candido, SEXTNER DOLOMITEN – snow sculpture building 13 Jan to 15 Jan 2016
San Vigilio, KRONPLATZ– snow sculpture building 18 Jan to 20 Jan 2016
These pictures are of previous year’s sculptures and we look forward to seeing 2016’s creations of this increasingly popular form of artwork. Our Chalet Hotel Diamant, Kronplatz, is within easy access of the San Vigilio festival and with fresh snow this week and more forecast, our guests will definitely be having fun!
Sculpture of skier
Sculptures in 2015 International Festival, Sud Tyrol
A Via Ferrata is a protected climbing route, the name means “iron road” in Italian. Modern Via Ferratas have a steel cable running along the route which is fixed to the rock every 3 to 10 metres. Climbers can secure themselves to the cable using via ferrata kit, limiting any fall, and use the cable as an aid to climbing. Other aids to climbing such as iron rungs, pegs, carved steps, ladders and bridges may be located on the course and allow potentially dangerous routes to be undertaken with less risk than unprotected scrambling or climbing and without the need for climbing ropes. Relatively inexperienced climbers can enjoy the dramatic positions and access difficult peaks that would otherwise be only accessible to serious mountaineers. Some equipment is required (climbing harness and via ferrata kit comprising of a energy absorbing lanyard with 2 carabiners, plus a helmet) and a good head for heights is essential.
This summer the area of Alta Badia in the Italian Dolomites are going all out to become one of Europe’s top areas for cycling holidays.
The tourist office have created graded routes both for road cyclists and for mountain bikers and increased the number of lifts that can carry cycles.
Road cyclists can take part this summer in a series of guided road bike tours arranged by the Touist Office of Alta Badia in collaboration with Dolomite Biking Guides for just 25€. One of these routes, Passo delle Erbe / Wurtzjoch Tour passes right by our own Chalet Hotel Diamant.
It is even possible to hire electric cycles locally if you need some help with the hilly terrain!
Chalet Hotel Diamant has indoor cycle storage (locked) and an area where you can work on your bike, as well as several bikes guests can hire.
This weekend Kronplatz hosts the Snow Volleyball World Tour for the third time. Courts have been marked out at the top of Concordia 2000, Plan de Corones, and over 200 participants will compete.
Snow Volley ball is volleyball on snow. It took off in Wagrain, Austria in 2008 and was acknowledged as an official sport by the Austrian Volleyball Association in 2011. The annual tour first took place in 2012 and has expanded each year. This winter, tour events have already taken place in Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic before visiting Kronplatz in Italy. The movement are working hard to achieve global recognition for this increasingly popular sport and are seeking venues to host an offical European Championship in 2016.
With the atmosphere of a beach party complete with deck-chairs, palm trees, hot tub and cheerleaders, Kronplatz looks set to have an entertaining weekend.
In the words of Skirama who are promoting the event sponsored by Amway – “Good mood guaranteed!”