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Snow-Camp Wales Gets £10,000 Funding Boost

Snow-Camp are the UK’s only registered charity to use a unique combination of snowsports, life-skills sessions, qualifications and vocational opportunities to support inner-city young people. The charity, established nearly 15 years ago in 2003, has a small, dedicated team who are passionate about delivering an alternative approach to engage young people by providing a year-long Programme Journey making use of artificial and indoor ski slopes in the UK.  So far they’ve helped nearly 8,800 young people get on in their lives. Snow-Camp’s ambassadors and patrons include Sir Steve Redgrave and Olympic medallist Jenny Jones. On Snow-Camp’s 10th anniversary in 2013, the charity embarked on an expansion from its South East England base to go national with a vision to be…

Heavy Snowfall in the Pyrenees

There's been a lot of snow in the Pyrenees over the past few days, leading to powder conditions. Snowfall of up to a metre has been reported in the past 72 hours in the French Pyrenees, but there's been heavy snow in Andorra too, and good falls on the Spanish side as well. This was Vallnord yesterday. https://www.facebook.com/vallnord/videos/10156073647715419/   Grandvalira, the region’s largest resort with 210km of runs, reported 50cm of snow in 48 hours yesterday and it was still snowing hard last night. Snowfall is expected to continue through today followed by clear sunny weather the rest of the week. https://www.facebook.com/andorralovers/videos/874301926074165/   Porte Puymorens in the French Pyrenees has reported the biggest snowfall so far at 105cm (3.5 feet)…

The Skier Climbing Everest To Raise Funds for Snow-Camp and Protect Our Winters

On the 1st April 2018, professional chef, Dave White, whose day job is that of a professional chef on a super yacht, will be boarding a plane from London to Kathmandu in Nepal to take on a life changing expedition, attempting to summit the North Col of Mt Everest. Why? Well apart from wishing to challenge himself, Dave will be raising funds for snowsports charity  Snow-Camp, the snowsports youth charity dedicated to changing the lives of inner-city young people with snowsports. He is also going to be raising money for POW UK (ProtectOurWinters) as well as documenting the changes in the Himalayas on my journey to raise awareness about climate change . “Being on mountains has become a big part…

Skiing in Japan: a story of the past 30 Years…

Welcome to the first of a new series of White Room articles coming to you directly from snowy Japan. In each of these articles, we’ll try to update you on the current snow situation as well as introduce you to some interesting aspect of the Japan winter season. When I first came to Japan nearly 30 years ago, there was hardly any information available in English about skiing in Japan and you hardly ever saw any ‘foreigners’ on the ski slopes. The few foreigners that you did meet were mostly either expats living in the city or those living locally and teaching English. There may not have been many foreigners about, but the ski slopes themselves were frustratingly busy. The…

Warren Miller Has Died

Warren Miller, whose ski films made him a legend in the ski world in his own lifetime, has died at the age of 93. Miller was born in 1924 in depression era USA.  Being keen on skiing, surfing and photography as a boy he joined the navy during the war and shot his first ski films at Yosemite on a borrowed cine camera whilst on leave at Christmas 1944. Leaving the navy in 1946 he spent his winters working as a ski instructor at Sun Valley, Idaho where he filmed fellow young ski teachers to help them improve their technique. His films became increasingly popular, not just for their commentary but for humorous commentary and scenes Miller added in.  In…

Zermatt To Be Cut Off For Third Day

Tourism officials in Zermatt say that the famous resort will be cut off by road and rail for a third day tomorrow, Tuesday, 23rd January, due to avalanche danger which is currently at maximum level 5, “Extreme” It’s the second time in a fortnight that the resort has been cut off, this time 9,000 guests are reported to be stuck in resort, compared to 13,000 a fortnight ago. The ski area, which closed its rail and road links at 10pm on Saturday 20th January, has been able to fly some guests in and out by helicopter whilst rail and road access has been closed. However its plans to fly out 1500 people today were unsuccessful due to a combination of…

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…

Best Scottish Snow Conditions for Several Years

Several Scottish ski centres are today experiencing one of the best snow days for several years following heavy snowfall over the past 72 hours. The snowfall arrived after several weeks of sub-zero temperatures post-Christmas in which centres were able to open limited terrain, and build a modest base for the new snow. With the heaviest of the snowfall arriving from the north and west, conditions are particularly good at west coast resorts Nevis Range (pictured top and above today) and Glencoe (below). The latter reports that 60 to 70cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 72 hours meaning that all runs on the mountain now have a great cover of windblown fresh snow. “This should provide some amazing…

Snowfall Returns to The Alps

Snowy conditions are set to return to the Alps (as well as the Dolomites, Pyrenees, Scandinavia and Scotland) after a relatively peaceful week where many areas were able to ‘regroup’ following the extremely heavy snowfall in the Western Alps and storm conditions in the first 10 days of 2018. Snow has already begun falling in many areas with a few dozen resorts, mostly in Switzerland, reporting up to 25cm of fresh snow in the last 24 hours, bringing to an end a period of blue skies for many. The snowfall will also be accompaniued by strong top gale force winds at times. Many areas are expected to get 40-60cm, in most cases with the heaviest snow on Wednesday and Thursday;…

Deepest Base In Europe Passes 5 Metre Mark

The deepest reported snowbase in Europe has already passed the five metres mark – a total hardly touched on throughout last winter. Engelberg in Switzerland says it has 515cm (over 17 feet) of snow lying on its upper slopes following weekend snowfall. https://www.facebook.com/EngelbergTitlis/videos/2020702154606554/   The total comes as heavy snowfall returned to the Western Alps on Monday and Tuesday. Following Storm Eleanor last week this time there was a real focus of the especially heavy snow on the French –Italian border with resorts reporting up to 1.2 metres (four feet) of snow at Bardonecchia.  Pila reported 1 metre (40 inches) in the same period, as did ski areas like Sestriere and Sauze D’Oulx in the Milky Way. (Picture above credit…