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500m Long Indoor Snow Slope Heading to Wales

Plans for what will be the longest indoor snow slope in the UK have moved forward with a successful public launch. At more than 500 metres in  length, the planned new snow sport centre in Wales, part of the Rhydycar West leisure destination, will dwarf the UK’s current longest slope in Manchester at 180m, and in fact be one of the longest yet built in the world. The Rhydycar West ski resort will resemble an authentic Alpine resort and will also incorporate ski and snowboard schools, competition runs, a freestyle park, a fitness centre, shops and various cafes and bars. But the centre will be about more than just recreational skiing, it will prove vital to the development of the…

Deepest Snow Depths Currently The Same in Northern and Southern Hemispheres

Temple Basin as well as Turoa on Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand have become the first ski areas in the southern hemisphere to post 2m+ bases this season.  Temple Basin says it has a 2.3m base whilst Turoa currently reports a 204cm base following 5cm of fresh snow at the weekend. Elsewhere in the southern hemisphere, resorts reporting the deepest bases in their countries include: In Argentina, Caviahue has a 1.7m base. In Australia, Perisher (below at the weekend), Selwyn Snowfields and Thredbo all miraculously have the same depth posted of 131cm but Mt Hotham's latest snowfall has takenh it to 142cm - bases here are growing daily though (as pictured top earlier today). In Chile (which is not having…

THE GREATEST?

Trying to ski the ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’ isn’t as easy as you might think. By Alf Alderson There’s an urban myth that the Inuit have around a hundred words for snow (although a recent article in the Washington Post claims the figure is actually 50), but North American marketing men seem intent on pushing the number of English words for the white stuff even higher. Steamboat Springs has its ‘champagne powder’ (trade-marked too, so don’t try using it without permission; which I just have); BC skiers float through ‘white smoke’; and, of course, if you’re in Utah you’ll be skiing the ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’. Or will you? Well, last February, me and my mate James decided…

MANBI PARK VISOR KIDS SKI HELMET REVIEW

MANBI PARK VISOR KIDS £74.95 www.manbi.com This in-mould helmet from Manbi comes with a visor that has a category 2 mirror lens – we think visors are an excellent option for kids since unlike goggles they won’t come loose and get lost and there’s no strap to get twisted and tangled, whilst this particular visor also seems to be remarkably resistant to fingermarks. And if your little darling decides they don’t like the visor you can remove it and use the rear goggle strap to go back to the goggles option. The faux velvet interior padding is warm and snug luxurious and will be appreciated on cold days, and there’s a Fidlock buckle which can be operated with one hand…

MOUNTAIN MAJESTY

Alf Alderson enjoys a day amongst the masses and massifs above Chamonix Chamonix is such a peculiar mix – the height of urbanisation and easy living in the town, the height of the Mont Blanc massif above the town, and the surreal combination of the two providing all the thrills any man or woman could want in an average lifetime. There are few places in the world where you can be sipping a breakfast coffee in a swanky ski chalet at 8am, and traversing a knife-edge ridge with death drops either side at 9am. Which is exactly what I’m doing right now, roped up to American mountain guide Zoe Hart and Italian ski journo Luca Cataldini. We’re negotiating…

CÉBÉ STRIKER GOGGLES REVIEW

CÉBÉ STRIKER £35 www.cebe.com BEST BUY Even cheaper than the Sinner Olympia is the Cébé Striker, which cost less than a round in most ski resorts – but unlike the frothy pints in Val d’Isere you don’t get short-changed with the Striker. They come with an optical quality cylindrical double lens which has both anti-fog and anti-scratch coatings, and the double-density face foam gives a comfortable fit against your face (they’re designed for medium to large faces). You can get different lenses for different light conditions, and the understated looks of the Striker will probably appeal to anyone who doesn’t like their gear to be too blingy.…

SINNER OLYMPIA GOGGLES REVIEW

SINNER OLYMPIA £65 www.sinner.eu New for winter 18/19, the Olympia offers superb peripheral vision and great looks, making it a really good value option and proof that you don’t need to break the bank to get a fine pair of ski goggles. They come with a Cat 3 blue mirror lens which matches well with blue outriggers and a blue minimalist frame (with silicone-backed strap to keep it in place on your helmet), and the lens has an anti-fog coating plus good-sized, foam-covered vents top and bottom to further prevent fogging. The Olympia’s hypoallergenic face foam is really soft and snug against your face, and the goggles are helmet compatible, so you’ll have no problem wearing them with your lid.…

SUNGOD REVOLT SKI GOGGLES

SUNGOD REVOLT £95 www.sungod.co The Revolt was so popular it sold out last season, which tells you a lot. They’ve been promoted as the ‘world’s first interchangeable, fully replaceable goggles…customised by you’ so if having your own unique look is important, the Revolt may be just what you’re looking for – after all it’s not often you can be in a big ski resort like, say, Les Arcs and know that no-one else on the mountain has the same goggles as you. Basically, you go onto the Sungod website and choose your own combination of frame colour, lens colour and strap design to create a pair of personalised ski goggles. With four frame colours, six lens tints and ten strap…

Where’s Open For Snowsports in May 2018?

May is one of the quieter months of the world’s snowsports calendar as most of the ski areas in the northern hemisphere close but those in the southern hemisphere haven’t yet opened. That said as we enter May about 50 ski areas (less than 1% of the world total) are still open, and there are even a few areas set to open through the month. But against that about three quarters of these will close through the month leaving only a dozen or so open at the start of June …when the southern hemisphere’s 2018 season will begin to kick off. Europe https://www.facebook.com/valthorens.resort/videos/10156467493617764/   Although a dozen or so ski areas will see it through to May 1st in the…

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