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Last Weekend of the Californian 2017-18 Ski Season

In 2017 they made it to August after one of the snowiest winters on record, in 2018 the last Californian ski area still operating, Mammoth Mountain, will close for the season at the end of the ski day on Sunday, June 17th.   It’s quite a good result considering the poor winter snowfall in much of western North America, but Mammoth Mountain benefited from a snowy spring and will have clocked up more than 220+ days of skiing and riding by the time it closes its 17/18 winter season on Sunday. In celebration resort staff will be giving away Mammoth Beanies, coffee and pastries at the base of Face Lift Express [Chair 3] at 7:30am while supplies last.  The lifts will…

Where’s Open For Skiing and Boarding in June 2018?

The start of June marks the turning of the seasons with meteorological summer in the northern hemisphere, winter beginning in the southern. A low point in ski area numbers open – with less than 20 operational as we enter the month – that’s all about to change over the next few weeks as most of the 100 or so ski areas in the southern hemisphere will be open by the start of July, along with a number of glacier summer ski destinations north of the equator. Southern Hemisphere Most of the leading ski resorts in Argentina, Australia, Chile and New Zealand will be opening in June, the majority on 9th, 16th or 23rd of the month. It’s difficult to know…

Riksgransen Cancels Midsummer Skiing

Riksgransen ski area in Northern Sweden has cancelled its annual midsummer ski in late June and will close for the season this Sunday, May 27th, not making it in to June. The resort which has a long standing reputation as Europe’s spring skiing capital is located 200km north of the Arctic Circle and on the Norwegian border has been a ski destination for about a century, since the railway line arrived here. Riksgransen is located in an area of 24 hour darkness in midwinter and does not open for its ski season until late February each year, normally ending a four month ski season with a sell-out midsummer ski festival in late June. This year however the snow cover has…

Beartooth Basin Delays Opening Due To Too Much Snow

North America’s only ‘summer-only’ ski area, Beartooth Basin, has delayed its 2018 season by a week due to there being too much snow. “We have so much snow! Too much in fact - all this snow has given us a big load of lift maintenance to attend to. We are now planning to open on June 2nd. Thanks for understanding. The good news is that we'll easily be skiing the Basin until mid July!” The ski area, located on the border of Montana and Wyoming, is one of half-a-dozen or so ski areas in the northern hemisphere worldwide that only open during the summer months, either because the roads that access them are closed mountain passes in winter, or because…

Team of Mums Raise over £95,000 for ‘Everest in the Alps’ Charity Challenge

Seven mums from Twyford are about to take on the challenge of scaling the height of Everest on skis in just four days in a charity fundraiser. Tanya Ritchie, whose ten-year-old son Toby, has a low grade brain tumour, heads up Toby’s Team, which, along with six other teams, will take on the epic challenge on Monday 26 February to raise funds for vital research into childhood brain tumours. The four-day challenge will test all skiers to their limits. They’ll be ascending over 2,500 metres every day to reach their target, burning off the equivalent calories of running several back-to-back marathons on each of the four days. “The challenge next week has ruled our lives for months now. The training,…

World Record Broken for Speed on a Snowboard

Britain’s Jamie Barrow has broken his own world record for speed on a snowboard. Barrow hit 149.65 km/h (92.99mph) being towed behind a Maserati Levante SUV car on his snowboard on frozen Lake St. Moritz on Monday, 19 February. Barrow broke his own record of 99.87 kilometres per hour which he had set almost exactly two years previously at the same location. This time however the snow was less sticky and his course longer. https://www.facebook.com/barrowboarder/videos/1693783640672213/   Barrow, who has dual Swiss citizenship, has made his name in recent years getting faster and faster on a board, but usually travelling horizontally, often being towed behind a car or even a plane, across a frozen lake, usually in St Moritz.  On one…

Coldest ever start fo the Winter Olympics ?

One of the Olympic news commentators’ most consistent comment in their coverage of the start of the 23rd Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, is that it’s cold.  Many saying it’s “very cold.” Various temperatures have been reported which the commentators consider cold or very cold, ranging between -5C and a (“threatened”) -25C.  The commonest number quoted has been -10C although an excited BBC reporter showed a reading of -20C on his phone. Reuters produced a report saying that conditions were so cold they warped racing skis and some journalists have questioned how cold it has to be before events are cancelled. As it is competitors scheduled to compete in the first day or two of competition this weekend were…

More Than 500 Events for World Snow Day 2018 This Weekend

World Snow Day, the global celebration of all things snow is back this weekend for its seventh  edition. The annual special snow day was conceived by the International Ski Federation to be a day when the global snowsports community got together to help promote snowsports and snow fun – especially to families and children. This year’s World Snow Day is this Sunday, January 21st, 2018. Ski resorts, as well as regional and national groups of ski resorts, all around the world offer special fun events, free or discounted snowsports experiences. This year 521 events and actions have been registered to take place in 46 countries around the world. “It is humbling to see so many various stakeholders from so…

Swiss Company Offers a Fondue in a Gondola Cabin

A Swiss events company is to stage three evenings of in-gondola-cabin fondues this winter. After the success of initial events in the resort of Villars, Tête à Tête events will be staging their inaugural “Fondue in the Sky” at Verbier and Crans Montana this season, as well as returning to Villars for a fourth staging of the event which sold out on the three previous occasions this year and last. The concept works by the company taking over a gondola lift in its entirety after it has finished its service to skiers for the day. Depending on the lift, the company can temporarily convert up to 70 cabins in to mini pop-up restaurants, inserting maid-to-measure tables between the two benches.…

A Big New Music Festival Coming to Chamonix

Music festivals have become big business in the mountains.  There are no dozens and dozens of them, some run by independent companies, others by the resorts themselves, often a combination of the two. For ski resorts the festivals care seen as good news as they bring in more people including some who wouldn’t normally visit a ski resort and they’re usually staged in quieter weeks at the start of end of the season. Now Chamonix has announced it will partner with a major French summer festival to launch the first winter version of the event next April. The first Musilac pop-rock festival in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc will take place from 19th – 21st April and the famous French resort is expecting…

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