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October 2017

Initiative to Measure Climate Change in the Alps wins UN Award

An initiative on Mont Blanc to measure the true effect of climate change has been awarded a UN Climate Change Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity award. The awards recognize the most exciting and innovative climate change initiatives worldwide ahead of the upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, German from the 6th to 17th November,  2017. CREA Mont Blanc’s CLIMB initiative has built a system of over 70 tailor-made measuring systems to see the true effect of climate change on the mountain environment. The organisation installed their first temperature measuring station in 2004 and it has been measuring temperatures ever since. Data for the entire French Alps can also be accessed from here. The organisation also has a large number of sensors on

The Hoff Hits The London Ski Show

TV personality David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhoff caused excitement on the opening day of the London Ski Show The star of cult TV shows Baywatch and Knight Rider who has also had a career as a pop star and media personality posed for selfies with delighted show visitors, appearing permanently cheerful throughout the day. The Hoff was at the show helping to promote online ski rental business Alpinresorts.com which he has been working with in Europe for the past year, creating promotional videos and attending events. The Hoff claims to have recently ‘discovered’ skiing and to have switched from his trademark Baywatch red Speedos to a gold ski jacket and goggle tan. Alpinresorts.com, who say they are the biggest ski

Gondola Link Between Two Californian Resorts Aims To Open in 2019

Two Californian Ski Areas Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have announced plans to connect their ski area by gondola, christened The California Express,  in time for the winter after next. The proposed base-to-base gondola connecting The Village at Squaw Valley and the base area at Alpine Meadows has been a long-standing ambition according to the operator of the two resorts, which is now an as yet unnamed conglomerate of a dozen or so US and Canadian resorts, part owned by the owners of Aspen. The lift would mean it was possible to ski the two resorts, with around 6000 acres combined making the area one of the five biggest in North America that you can ski without taking your boots

Ski Trips On Offer To Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan This Winter

Several travel companies have announced they’re offering ski tours to destinations previously considered ‘off the ski map’ this coming winter.    Untamed Borders, which specialises in winter and summer trips to this type of destination has organised trips to Afghanistan for eight seasons now, and will be back in the Kurdish north of Iraq for the second time this coming winter after an initial trip at the start of this year (pictured top and below). The area does have one basic ski area with a chairlift, Korek, which is included in the tour, along with participation in Iraq’s first ever ski touring race due to be staged this winter, but the ski area rarely has enough snow for the lift

Kitzbühel’s Earliest Ever Opening (?) Today!

Kitzbühel in the Austrian Tirol has opened for the ski season today, on what is believed to be its earliest ever opening date. The picture above is from last year's opening on 22nd October 2016. It’s the first ski area that doesn’t have a glacier in the Alps to open for winter 17-18. Kitzbühel has one of the lowest ski areas of a major ski area in the Alps with its highest lifts at around 2,000 metres and about a decade ago when global warming was first a big story in the global media some journalists chose to highlight it as a resort that could an early victim of the impact of climate change, so opening in early October seems

North American Ski Season To Start Friday, Or Sooner?

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado has announced that it will open for the ski season this Friday, October 13th “Our snowmaking efforts have gone very well with cold temperatures and high streamflows. I just walked High Noon. The snow coverage is really good. The snowmakers are already moving fan guns to Ramrod and Dercum's Gulch. Two snow cat drivers will be in Wednesday to start pushing the snow around,” said Alan Henceroth, the resort’s CEO. The Black Mountain Express lift will start turning at 9:00 a.m., giving skiers and snowboarders access to the intermediate High Noon trail.  The picture above was taken on October 6th. It’s possible, if highly unlikely, that another ski area will sneak in and open in the

It’s Snowing on Ski Slopes Across The World

It’s one of those rare weekends that come each spring and autumn when it is snowing on almost every continent of the world at the same time. Most ski areas in the southern hemisphere have now ended their 2017 season (it’s the last day of an extended season at Australia’s ski areas and also for several more in Argentina, Chile and New Zealand). However 20cm of snow was reported at Mt Hutt (below), which has extended its ski season already and currently reports one of the world’s deepest snow bases at 3.2m (Nearly 11 feet).  Another 10cm is expected there in the coming 24 hours. Unfortunately the fresh snow and other conditions made the snow pack a little unstable and

Amazing Australian 2017 Ski Season Ends This Weekend

Australian ski areas will call it a day on their 2017 ski season this Sunday, October 8th after what most are reporting as their snowiest winter for 17 years. All resorts were originally due to have closed last Sunday October 1st or earlier but four of the largest, Perisher, Mt Hotham, Falls Creek (pictured top and below) and Mt Buller (video snow report on 2nd Octiober below) decided to extend their seasons by a week because of all the snow in early September. For closing weekend perisher is still reporting a 2.4m base and the other centres between 80 and 120cm, even though temperatures are now heading towards double digits above zero. The last snowfall reported was a few centimetres

Ski Areas Close to Opening after up to 50cm/20” of Snowfall in Colorado

There’s been heavy snowfall in Colorado, and other ski regions in Western North America, over the past 48 hours. Ski areas have reported up to 50cm/20” of snowfall from the current storm system. Social media posts have revealed skiers and boarders keen to hit the slopes after seeing all the snowy images and focus is concentrated on two areas in particular. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland (pictured above yesterday by Dustin Schaefer), two of the world’s highest ski areas, traditionally do battle each autumn to see which will be the first to open for the season. Both had already started snowmaking operations a week ago in readiness to open. However as yet neither has announced an expected opening date. Copper Mountain