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Electric Fat Bikes – not just for Christmas

If you’re a happy fair-weather biker, close your ears. Fat biking obliterates all obstacles and all excuses for getting out in the mud, sludge, sand and best of all –  snow! Not just a ploy of the bike industry to sell more bikes, or a fad for old people - the once ridiculed monster trucks of cycling are fast becoming a big fat force to be reckoned with. Now every good bike shop has a fatty in its window, and someone in the shop to extol its virtues. Fun, versatile, all-weather machines to tackle any trail at any time of the year. There are now fatbike-specific festivals, races and an annual World Championships. Even the ski industry has stopped chuckling

Indoor Snow Centre Installing 1000 Solar Panels To Go Fully Green Energy Powered on Sunny Days

How will the skiing world look 100 years in the future if climate change continues at even the best rate forecast? Maybe we will all be skiing on Mars? One possible option though is that skiing will be more and more indoors. This year the new largest indoor snow centre on the planet opened in China and the first indoor snow centre in Africa opened in Cairo. There are now indoor snow centres on every continent except Antarctica – more than 100 have been built over the past 30 years and around 70 are currently operational in 30 countries worldwide. On the whole environmental groups are not happy about these ‘giant fridges’ and the energy their refrigeration systems need, although

Where To Ski or Board in the USA During The Solar Eclipse

There’s a lot of excitement in the US about the coming solar eclipse this Monday 21st August, the first to cross the entire country in just under as century,  and some commentators have been debating whether it’s possible to be skiing or boarding on snow when the eclipse occurs, for the full cosmic experience and a probably once-in-a-life-time on-snow achievement that will give you bragging rights for the rest of your life. Skiing or boarding in North America in August is always a possibility if you’re prepared to hike up to your snow.  There’s even been some fresh snow reported in the past week on northerly high peaks on the continent.  There’s only one ski areas on the continent at

An Evening of Skiing on Real Snow in Summer in Italy

The Italian ski region of Alta Badia has plans for a very special night of snowsports celebration later this month. The ski and snowboard school at the village of La Villa are so dedicated to their sport that they have kept a big stock of real snow, left over from last season, preserved under a tarpaulin and they’ll be getting it uncovered and spread out on a slope by their office in the village on the evening of  Thursday 17th August. Their “Summer Ski Show” – back for its second year – promises a night of skiing celebration, excitement and fun during one of the hottest month of the year. And once the show is over, the ski school throw

Mammoth to Continue Skiing in to August for only Second time in its History

Mammoth Mountain ski area in California says its ski season will last until the end of Sunday, August 6th this year, the second time in its history that it has made its season stretch in to August. In total staying open to August 6th will mean it has been operating for 270 days since its season started nine months earlier at the start of November last year. It’s one of Mammoth’s longest ever seasons but it has managed longer in the past, staying open for 300 days to August 14th back in the 1994-95 season 22 years ago. Mammoth still has a 90cm snow base and ten trails open served by three lifts.  That’s about 10% of the snow depth

Ski Holidays to Iran Available Next Winter

A British-based ski company better known for its well-serviced chalets and apartments in the French Alps than for organising ski holidays to what might be considered exotic destinations is to offer packages to Iran next winter. Mountain Heaven boss Nick Williams visited and skied Iran with his son in spring 2016 after UN sanctions against the country had ended and international trade became possible again.  He had hoped to offer holidays for small guided groups there last winter, but faced logistical problems. “We did not run the trips last year because although we had a lot of interest getting a visa was very complex,” said Nick, “However as Iran now has an embassy open in London, it’s much easier for

Ski Holidays to Antarctica this Winter

Australian-owned adventure company Aurora Expeditions, who specialise in polar trips, is expanding its portfolio of Antarctic activities for the 2017/18 season with the introduction of ski touring as well as snowshoeing trips to Antarctica this winter. “Fuelled by a passion for thrilling new wilderness experiences, these unique skiing and snowshoeing activities will take intrepid travellers to sights of unimaginable beauty in the most exhilarating way possible,” Emma Savage of Aurora Expeditions commented. Antarctic Ski Touring will offer the experienced and the bold the opportunity to ski near-virgin glacial slopes, traverse remote areas to iceberg-studded bays rarely seen by human eyes, gaze at penguin rookeries and breaching whales in hard to access locations, or even follow in Shackleton’s footsteps across South

Is a City in Northeast China About To Become One of the World’s Great ‘Ski Towns’ ?

‘Harbin’ up in China’s northeasterly province of Heilongjiang is not known as one of the world’s best-known ski destinations, but that could all change in the coming decades as China’s richest man (or second richest depending on which report you read) has decided to spend $6 billion (or $3 billion according to some reports) on the world’s biggest indoor snow centre to date.  It officially opened at the weekend after four years of construction. Former army officer and now business tycoon Wang Jianlin, who has an estimated net worth of more than €30 billion, and who’s Dalian Wanda Group already runs several conventional ski areas across China  said that he was committed to make Harbin one of the leading winter

Clean-up days Underway at Mountain Resorts

Volunteers are busy walking the slopes of ski areas around the world cleaning up the ski slopes in the quiet season between the end of winter and start of the main summer season. A number of charity and environmental groups, as well as businesses operating at ski resorts and just volunteers from resorts and mountain communities have been hitting the slopes armed with buckets and bin bags to clean up trash left behind after the snow melts. The Respect The Mountains environmental charity, now part of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), has been one of the big organisers of mountain clean-ups and in 2016 took to the slopes of mountains from sun-baked Tenerife, and famous resorts of the

Yoga for Skiers & Snowboarders

The yoga videos below are a series originally made by Sian Leigh of Health Shed for Whitelines snowboard magazine. They aim of the series is to help winter sports enthusiasts in the lead up to their trips to avoid the injuries that beset many people to one extent or another. The first video is great for complete beginners or those out of practice and progress as you do. The main secret with yoga is to listen to your body, and to be kind to yourself. It’s a practice, not a punishment! Part 1: 45-minute beginner yoga for skiers & snowboarders This is the first in the series to prepare you for your time on the snow. We will be opening

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