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ULLR MOBILE AVALANCHE SAFETY GUIDE APP REVIEW

ULLR MOBILE AVALANCHE SAFETY GUIDE APP $9.99 available on Apple Store This is a brilliant app for anyone interested in avalanche safety – which should be anyone heading off-piste. Ullr works with iPhones to provide up-to-date, detailed avalanche forecasts from the regional centre closest to where you’re skiing. But more than that, it also enables you to record field observations whilst you ski, including location, aspect and slopes angle. Using features of your iPhone such as the camera, GPS, inclinometer, compass and data communication it allows you to provide real-time info on avalanche conditions which can be transmitted to the nearest regional avalanche centre to enhance their avy reports and share the data with other users. No mobile or wi-fi…

Where Can You Ski or Snowboard in August 2018?

August is one of the hottest months in the year in the Northern Hemisphere so it’s no surprise that we’re down to just nine ski areas open this month for lift-served skiing and boarding in Europe and North America. These include three resorts open year-round, four summer-ski destinations and two that have already begun their 9-11 month long 2018-19 ski seasons. Europe A year ago a number of glacier ski areas in the Alps had to shut down temporarily as the intense summer heat melted snow cover from their glaciers.  This August that doesn’t look to quite be the case in the Alps as it hasn’t been quite so hot up high (there’s even been a few quick snow storms…

Norwegian Summer Ski Centre Ends 2018 Season Three Months Early Due to Heat

Norway's Galdhøpiggen summer ski area has closed early for the 2018 season.  The ski area, Norway's highest, had been scheduled to stay open to early November. “The sweltering spring and summer temperatures have been hard for the snow,” a ski area spokesperson said, adding, “We must therefore with heavy hearts close indefinitely.” Galdhøpiggen is on Scandinavia's highest mountain at 2469 metres and usually attracts international race teams for training. The centre’s T bar lifts reaches 2,250m on the Veslejuv Glacier from a base of 1900 metres and accesses up to 1.5km of trails over a 350 metre vertical. Norway has two other summer ski centres but one, Stryn, had already opened and closed for summer 2018 with a very short…

Aussie Slopes Get Big Dump

Australia’s ski slopes have seen big snowfalls over the past few days and with skies due to clear whilst temperatures stay low it’s looking like a powder weekend for many. Hotham in Victoria province (pictured above and bottom) reported the biggest snowfall with 24cm in 24 hours taking its base past the metre mark to 102cm, believed to be the first resort in the country to do so this winter. Perisher and Thredbo in New South Wales reported slightly smaller accumulations and that their bases are up to 99cm apiece. https://www.facebook.com/PerisherResort/videos/10155406516945653/   The Australian snow follows some good snowfalls in South America earlier this week which saw Portillo in Chile post 35cm of fresh snow in the past 72 hours…

Has the 2018 – 19 Ski Season Already Started?

The news that the Swiss ski resort of Saas Fee has re-opened for snowsports on its glacier today less than three months after closing its 2017-18 ski season in April set us wondering when does one ski season end and the new one begin?  Some ski areas are open all year round – the Hintertux glacier in Austria (below) and Zermatt in Switzerland for example, but most resorts, even those with far longer than average ski seasons, open in late autumn then close in early spring. So that main season is pretty obvious.  But several ski areas that opened in early autumn last year – the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Austria or Timberline on Mt Hood in Oregon are STILL open…

Big Snowfalls in the Andes

The Andes mountains of South America are currently enjoying their biggest snowfalls of 2018 so far. Up to a metre of snow is expected to have fallen ion some slopes in Argentina and Chile by the end of this week. Portillo has reported one of the biggest accumulations with 54cm (21 inches) in 24 hours yesterday.  It’s still snowing there and significant snowfall is expected throughout the day today. It now reports its upper slopes snow depth has reached 2 metres, the deepest in the southern hemisphere and the first to hit the 2m mark this winter. It leapfrogs Turoa on Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand which previously was reporting the deepest base at 1.6m Fellow Chilean resort Valle Nevado…

Where’s The Snow in July 2018?

July is of course one of the hottest months of the year north of the equator but in the southern hemisphere it's when the ski season really gets moving and the good news is that 2018 has seen plenty of snow in Australia, New Zealand and South America. (Mt Hutt is pictured above on 24 June) As an added bonus the deep snow left from the exceptionally snowy 2017-18 winter in the Alps seems to be holding up well as there's even been fresh snow in late June in the Austrian Alps at high altitude and in a few less likely places at this time of year like Eastern Canada's like Newfoundland and (earlier last month), parts of BC too.…

How Much Snow Is There in the World?

NASA is reported to have launched a multi-year project to try to accurately measure how much snow cover the world has at any one time, and particularly how much water content there is held in that snow. Winter snow cover in the northern hemisphere is known to extend to over 46,000,000 square kilometres or just under a third of the Earth’s land area each year but scientists are keen to more accurately measure just how much snow there is at any one time – particularly is water content. In some areas snow is a critical water source and its volume can have both positive and negative  effects, supporting agriculture, recreation, and other aspects of local economies, but too much of…

Current Snowstorm in Australia Claimed to be Biggest For 18 Years

After 6 days of mostly cold and snowy weather, accumulations at resorts in Australia have reached up to 90cm (three feet) bringing great start-of-winter snow which is being branded 'Japan-like' by the country's snow enthusiasts. Australian ski areas opened a fortnight ago with very little snow cover and warm temperatures but things changed dramatically a few days later with what is widely being described as "the snowiest start to the season for 18 years.' Bases are reported to have reached more than 75cm already at ski areas including Falls Creek and Mount Hotham and the cold weather is expected to continue. even though the snowfall should ease off over the coming days, giving Aussie areas a great start to winter…

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…