MASTERS WORLD CUP 2006: BRUSSON, ITALY
GENERAL NOTICE FOR REALLY LATE PEOPLE:
The official USA travel package is closed. Entries for USA skiers are also closed. Please plan on attending the 2007 Masters World Cup in Rovaniemi, Finland which will be another outstanding event. Travel info posted on xcskiworld.com and in AXCS print media starting in late February 2006.
Last Update: January 24 (11am PST):
TRIP NOTES (FOR ALL USA SKIERS!!!)
TEAM USA MEETINGS: The first USA contingent meeting is tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 3 at 4pm (16:00 hours) at the Hotel Castor in Champoluc. This will be a short introductory gathering mostly to make contact with as many USA skiers as possible right off the bat. It will likely take only 20-30 minutes. If you cannot make it, please have a representative attend. If all goes well, USA Director J.D. Downing will be able to post a schedule of meetings for the complete week on Friday the 3rd.
Subsequent TEAM USA meetings will be held every evening of the Worlds except for Tuesday, February 7 and Saturday, February 11. The time will depend on how fast J.D. can get back from Team Captain's meetings...something that will be unknown until Feb 3. Hotel Castor is a firm site for every evening but (depending on time/logistics), J.D. may try and hold "satellite meetings" at another hotel.
The USA entry spreadsheet should have your name, birth, class, and race schedule listed. This list is NOT alphabetical so be patient and wade down through the 132 USA racers to find your name and info. It is now impossible to make changes so at this point it will be necessary for you to make do with what your registration looks like at this point.
A useful general outline of travel suggestions, packing tips, and veteran hints is now available for MWC2006 skiers to use.
GROUND TRANSFERS (for official AXCS travel group)
Anyone in the official AXCS travel group that need airport transfers in/out of Torino should check the ground transfer chart. Please note that we are asking for immediate pre-payment for your transfers...if you have not already sent your payment for ground transfers, you are now PAST DUE with payment.
SPECIFIC HOTEL INFO: EMERGENCY CONTACT, NET ACCESS, & DIRECTIONS
Note: If you have not already, you need to double check your hotel listing (pdf format) to determine your final hotel placing.
Everyone in the official travel group should consult this list to make sure of which hotel you have been placed in. Very few changes were made since Summer 2005 but in a few cases we had to shift people due to a variety of reasons. Hopefully nothing here is a total shock or problem. Everyone in the official travel group has your names listed with and bill paid-in-full with each hotel or B&B.
Phone: 39-0125-307117, FAX: 39-0125-308040
Driving -- Castor is on the left side of the main entrance road to Champoluc in the heart of the little downtown cluster. They also have a nice map on their website for driving directions.
Net Acess -- Dial up ISDN...for the connection you need a socket in the computer to accept an Italian telephone plug or an adaptor. Also an internet café here at the Hotel available for 3 euro each 15mins.
Phone: 39-0125-308128, FAX: 39-0125-308133
Driving -- Arrive in the square of Champoluc and turn left. Drive for 100m and turn right. Behind the ristorante pizzeria "Churen", there is a little private road and at the end is the hotel.
Net Acess -- Net access in rooms (not fast they say so probably dial-up). Most likely you'll need a socket in the computer to accept an Italian telephone plug or an adaptor.
Hotel De Champoluc
Phone: 39-0125-308088, FAX: 39-0125-307985
Driving -- In Champoluc you'll find a bridge and a little square; staight on for 700 mt. We are on the right side, 20m before downhill gondola departure.
Net Acess -- Net access in rooms. Most likely you'll need a socket in the computer to accept an Italian telephone plug or an adaptor.
B&B Lo Miete Viei
Phone: 39-0125-308088, FAX: 39-0125-307985
Driving -- In Champoluc take the first little road on the right after the church and you will see the hotel in front of you. Parking outside
Net Acess -- We don't have public Net access in the hotel but there are two in the village at a small charge. The nearest is just opposite us at the Hotel Castor.
B&B Le Vieux Rascard
Phone: 39-0125-308088, FAX: 39-0125-307985
Driving -- Centre of Champoluc turn left out of "round" (which I think is a roundabout), after at around 400m find B&B on the right side
Net Acess -- Computer available for short periods to guest.
HOW TO DRIVE TO CHAMPOLUC
Hotel directions are provided for those getting to Champoluc/Brusson on their own via rental car or other methods.
Also...All the hotels used by AXCS are in the main village cluster and within easy walking distance of each other. If you go past the downhill tram/lift on the right side of the main road you've gone too far! Worst comes to worst, go to Hotel Castor and find J.D. or see posted info for USA group.
A useful web mapping tool for Europe is found here...however, you will need a strong Net connection to make it work.
TO CHAMPOLUC FROM TURIN AIRPORT
Car hire is opposite arrivals in multi storey car park.
(TIP: On motorway tolls – go through ‘cash’ black and white desks not via card or telepass)
Follow main road out of the airport and follow green tangenziale signs for about 10 minutes – take the third exit marked Aosta and Frejeus and follow Aosta M Blanc (right lane) where road divides. Continue along the A5 motorway for 30 minutes until the Verres exit (after Pont St Martin)
Take the Ayas road (SR45) up for 20 miles through Challand and Brusson and arrive in the main square of Champoluc with the church on your right.
TO CHAMPOLUC FROM MALPENSA AIRPORT
Car hire is downstairs by train station
(TIP: tolls – go through ‘cash’ black and white desks not via card or telepass)
Follow green signs to Torino and Novara out of the airport bearing left.
The small ‘A’ road will take you to Novara where you take the Novara est motorway entry to A4 towards Torino.
Stay on A4 until the Mont Blanc /Aosta exit after Santhia.
Take the A5 turn past Ivrea and towards Aosta.
Exit at Verres and climb up the Ayas valley road (SR45) up for 20 miles through Challand and Brusson and arrive in the main square of Champoluc with the church on your right.
General Info About The MWC2006 Event
Brusson is composed of several villages running the length of a wide basin of the Ayas Valley, in the Monte Rosa area. Perched above the Aosta Valley Region, Brusson itself is situation at 1330 m/4363 ft. above sea level. Its natural beauty and mild weather make Brusson a pleasant winter and summer holiday resort.
The calling card of the area is a tremendous cross country ski facility including a massive hotel/office/team room complex at the stadium area, an international-quality biathlon range, World Cup-caliber trail system, and a minimum of 7.5km of trails covered by a state-of-the-art snowmaking system. Note: Organizers believe that this system will cover the entire 15km of the MWC2006 by Winter 2006.
Brusson is also rich in history and culture. Once an important crossway of the alpine traffics, it was an ancient fief of the Challant Family and it’s dominated by the medieval castle of Graînes (XIth century).
Today, Brusson has about 900 inhabitants and today has become a famous tourist resort which reaches 12,000 people during high Summer and Winter seasons. The surrounding villages also have many attractions including the Crest alpine ski area situated above the village of Champoluc. Cross country ski trails run nearly the entire length of the Evançon River offering changing mountain vistas around every turn.
No visa is needed for USA citizens and permanent residents traveling to Italy. Languages in the area are mostly Italian, English, and French. German is also common. With a vehicle (or arranged tour) trips to view Monte Blanc, the Aosta Valley, and other nearby sights are possible.
For racing action, the MWC2006 will unveil the brand new specifications for MWC courses set in place by the World Masters Association over the past year. Male skiers 30-59 years will have their choice of freestyle or classic races in 45, 30, and 10km distances. Female skiers 30-69 years will have their choice of freestyle or classic races in 30, 15, and 10km distances. Male skiers 60-74 years will have their choice of freestyle or classic races in 30, 15, and 10km distances. Females over 70 years and Males over 75 years will now have their choice of freestyle or classic races in 15, 10, and 5km distances.
The Brusson courses offer an enticing mix of rolling hillside terrain as well as flowing road skiing up, down, and across the Evançon river drainage. The distance races look to be a pleasure and the short distances a fun roller coaster ride...the perfect mix.