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French Ski Area Adds New Slopes and Lifts for 18-19

A (these days) rare expansion of a French ski area will open this winter in the Tarentaise Valley, as  La Rosière plans to open its new Mont-Valaisan sector this December. La Rosière is a popular resort sitting on the border and linked by ski lifts and runs to the slopes above La Thuile in Italy.  The shared ski region is called Espace San Bernardo and is well known for its above average snowfall (it received more than 10m of total snowfall last season 2017-18). The Mont Valaisan expansion means not only new terrain but also a new higher lift, up to 2800m.  This is one of two new six-person detachable chairlifts which are being installed to make the expansion, which…

First Snows of Autumn in North America

Snow has been reported on high slopes across North America over the past week - during the final few days of summer and since the start of meteorological Autumn - which begins on September 1st. Ski areas in the Northwest of the continent in Wyoming in the US and on the Alberta/BC border a little further north were the first to report snowfall.  In the past 24 hours however there's also been fresh snow in Colorado with high resorts like Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge (below) and Copper Mountain (pictured top yesterday) all reporting snow. The sight of snowfall has raised excitement levels for the coming winter in the region and through social media posts as well as focused minds on completing…

Second Wave of Summer Snowfall in the Alps

High slopes in the Austrian Alps have received heavy snowfall for the second Saturday in a row. Last weekend ski areas in the Austrian Alps reported up to 50cm of snowfall (on the Molltal glacier) even though it was still August and summertime.  There was also snowfall down to about 1400 metres in the Italian Dolomites. This weekend the snow has so far been reported falling on Austrian glaciers, with the Stubai Glacier (pictured) reporting 20cm of snowfall on Saturday morning, 1st September, which is also the first day of meteorological Autumn – although still summer be the astronomical measure. Snowfall at the time of year is not really unusual on high slopes, although this year is a few weeks…

Where’s the Snow in September 2018 – Where Can You Ski or Board this Month?

There have been some exciting signs of autumn across the Northern Hemisphere in the last week of August with snowfall recorded in the Alps, Scandinavia and Northwestern North America - up to 50cm of snow in fact. Meanwhile the southern hemisphere's ski season is in full swing with 4-6 weeks of winter left at most resorts there.  Australian areas are having what several report is their snowiest winter for 14 years and in New Zealand base depths have passed 3 metres at a number of centres, the deepest anywhere south of the equator. The Alps We begin the month with just six ski areas currently open in the Alps.  Hintertux and Molltal in Austria were the two that posted the…

August Snowfall in the Alps – Up to 30cm Falls

There’s been heavy snowfall on some high slopes in the Alps as forecast, many other areas have had at least a  dusting of snow. The fresh snow has resulted from a cold front moving across Europe.  The biggest accumulations reported have been, as forecast, in the Austrian Alps where two glacier ski areas – Hintertux and Molltal – are currently open for skiing and boarding. Hintertux, (pictured at the bottom of this report this morning), has reported 30cm of fresh snow so far meaning that it’s an August/ summer powder day! Zermatt, which expected to get around 5cm of snowfall has so far not reported anything.  Italy’s Passo Stelvio (below above morning) does look to have had the 8cm it…

Last Week of the French 2018 Summer Ski Season

Summer glacier skiing and boarding bin France will end this Sunday as Les 2 Alpes winds up its summer ski season. The resort has operated its glacier area – one of the largest in Europe – since late June and most reports have indicated it has been a much better summer for snow depth and quality than recent years, thanks in part to the well above average winter snowfall preceding it. The French national squad are currently training on the glacier. France has two other summer ski destinations – Val d’Isere and Tignes, but they both ended their summer snowsports operations several weeks ago. The next lift-served skiing in France will be from September 29th when Tignes re-opens for the…

Australian Resort Reports Best Snow Conditions for 14 Years

Heavy snowfall in Australia throughout August has led at least one of the country’s ski areas to report ski conditions there are now the best for 14 years. “The snow depth is the best in over 10 years and its awesome.  It’s officially the best snow we've had in 14 years!” a spokesperson for Mt Buller ski resort said today. Many of the country’s ski areas reported 30cm or more of fresh snowfall over the weekend and base depths have now reached the 2m mark at four ski area. (Mt Baw Baw) Falls Creek and Mt Hotham (below) both report 215cm bases and it’s at 203cm at Perisher (top) which has more than 100 trails open at present. Of the big…

World’s Coolest Ski Lift Version 2 Unveiled

A new version of arguably the world’s coolest ski lift has gone in to service. The Tschuggen Express lift which first began operating in 2009 is a private ski lift for guests of the luxuriuous Tschuggen Grand Hotel in the Swiss ski resort of Arosa, which also boasts one of the biggest and best spa facilities in the skiing world. The lift is a small and luxurious private funicular railway which quickly climbs a steep and undulating track to deposit skiers up on the slopes of the huge Arosa – Lenzerheide ski area in just two and a half minutes. Guests leave the hotel’s boot room and board the lift, which has two self-levelling, six-seat cabins using their hotel room key.…

Ski Areas Begin Announcing 2018-19 Oct-Nov Opening Dates

Some ski areas in Europe and North America are gearing up for the start of the 2018-19 ski season already with a number of Colorado ski areas announcing their target opening dates in early November – now less than 100 days away. Colorado has some of the world’s highest ski areas and is home to some of the earliest opening ski areas on the planet, with the temperatures often low enough to begin snow making at some in late September some years and mid-late October opening also a possibility if the weather complies. Arapahoe Basin (pictured) and Loveland are usually the first in the state (and the first in North America if you exclude the year-round Timberline snowfield on Mt Hood…

YUGE PARADISKI SKI APP REVIEW

YUGE PARADISKI SKI APP Free www.paradiski.com Yuge is a free app offered by the Paradiski area which helps you make the most of everything from skiing to après-ski whilst in resort. We’re featuring it as an example simply because our reviewer spends his winters in the area so has plenty of direct personal experience of the app; you can expect apps offered by other resorts to be very similar, although that said Yuge apparently scores highest of all resort apps in user reviews. It’s possible to personalise Yuge so it provides information that’s specific to your skiing ability and where you’re staying in resort, and a potentially really useful feature is real time information on lift queues (or lack of),…