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New 8km (5 Mile) Long Ski Descent Opens in Switzerland

A new ski descent some 8km long has opened this week at the Glacier 3000 ski area near Les Diablerets and Gstaad in Switzerland. It’s believed to be the longest new groomed descent to be created in Western Europe for some years. Currently named simply ‘The Red Run,’ the piste – which links some existing sections piste together to make its full 1,670 vertical metre descent – descends from Scex Rouge (2,971m) up to the base of the lists at 1,300m. https://www.facebook.com/glacier3000/videos/1131131153656395/   The Red Run’s route takes it under the Oldenhorn lift station and below the Cabane station from where it then joins the existing Martisberg Run. It took Glacier 3000 three years to get approval to create the…

Snowiest Resort in the World Passes 5 Metres Snowfall Season-To-Date Total

Mt Baker in Washington State which holds the record for the most snowfall in a season is now the first ski area in the world to post more than 5 metres of snowfall so far in the 2017-18 season. It’s snowing heavily their now but the most recent stats published last night report 26 inches (66cm) in the past 24 hours, taking the area’s season to date snowfall tally to 224 inches or 5.7 metres. The ski area is home to the world's greatest recorded snowfall in one season, 1,140 inches (95.0 ft; 29.0 m), recorded during the 1998–99 season. Mt. Baker also enjoys the unofficially highest average annual snowfall of any resort in the world, with 641 inches (53.4 ft; 16.3 m). The…

Snow-Forecast Data Shows This is The Best Start to the Season in The Alps for 21 Years

Research in to early season snow stats has revealed that this is the snowiest start to the season for 21 winters “Although 1998, 2011, 2012 and 2008 were just as snowy in some Alpine resorts, we have to go all the way back to 1996 to find a ski season that was notably better in terms of early season snow depths across the whole of the Alps,” says Snow-Forecast’s Robert Davies, who adds, “Let's not forget that over that two-decade period we have suffered some disastrous seasons with hardly any natural snow below the Alpine glaciers until mid-January.” (Lech is pictured top) Why so good this year? Davies says that first, we avoided a weather event is usually the cause…

Swiss Company Offers a Fondue in a Gondola Cabin

A Swiss events company is to stage three evenings of in-gondola-cabin fondues this winter. After the success of initial events in the resort of Villars, Tête à Tête events will be staging their inaugural “Fondue in the Sky” at Verbier and Crans Montana this season, as well as returning to Villars for a fourth staging of the event which sold out on the three previous occasions this year and last. The concept works by the company taking over a gondola lift in its entirety after it has finished its service to skiers for the day. Depending on the lift, the company can temporarily convert up to 70 cabins in to mini pop-up restaurants, inserting maid-to-measure tables between the two benches.…

Exceptionally Snowy Start to the 2017-18 Ski Season in the Alps (Dolomites, Pyrenees…)

The main ski season in Europe is having its best start for five years and if the snow continues to fall at its current rate, potentially the best start this century, with resorts in the Alps reporting up to 1.5m (five feet) of snow in the past week, up to 1.3m (4.3 feet) of bit in the last 72 hours. All this snow fall comes on top of regular snow dumps through October and November in many areas, along with low temperatures for snowmaking meaning there’s deep fresh powder on a good base at many areas, and pristine groomed slopes too.  60-90cm more snow is currently forecast coming up to the weekend in many regions too. https://www.facebook.com/avoriaz1800/videos/1897476413628377/   Around 80%…

$50m+ Of New lifts coming to Whistler Blackcomb For 2018-19

The new ski season is just starting but Vail Resorts, which bought North America’s biggest ski area Whistler Blackcomb in Canada late last year, has announced a bit spending spree at the famous BC ski resort. Vail will spend more than $50m (US) on three state-of-the-art new lifts to dramatically improve uplift speed and capacity on key routes, the company says. The first and biggest of the lifts will be a new gondola with 10-passenger cabins connecting to the famous Peak-2-Peak lift from Blackcomb base. It will replace the Wizard and Solar chairlifts and ascend to the top of Blackcomb Mountain, terminating adjacent to the existing PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which transports guests to and from Blackcomb and Whistler. Upon…

A Big New Music Festival Coming to Chamonix

Music festivals have become big business in the mountains.  There are no dozens and dozens of them, some run by independent companies, others by the resorts themselves, often a combination of the two. For ski resorts the festivals care seen as good news as they bring in more people including some who wouldn’t normally visit a ski resort and they’re usually staged in quieter weeks at the start of end of the season. Now Chamonix has announced it will partner with a major French summer festival to launch the first winter version of the event next April. The first Musilac pop-rock festival in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc will take place from 19th – 21st April and the famous French resort is expecting…

4 of 5 Highland Scottish Ski Centres Open For 17-18, Earliest Opening Ever for One

Four of the five Scottish ski centres have opened for the 2017-18 ski season this week. The first to open, Glencoe on the West Coast (pictured above this morning and in video below), said this was their earliest ever opening. https://www.facebook.com/GlencoeMountain/videos/1959031034124668/   Cairngorm opened a top-to-bottom run serviced by their funicular railway yesterday and posted the image below of some of the first arrivals.   The Lecht and Glenshee have both opened limited terrain today too. The four centres opening follows the opening of the ski runs by the Lowther Hills Ski Club in the south of Scotland last weekend. All four Highland centres report ‘early season conditions’ with thin, in some cases very thin, cover on parts of their open…

Mixed Weather Messages as US Resort Opens Then Closes Again

Conditions in Western North America seem to be fluctuating dramatically with some big snowfalls but also high humidity and rain at times.   As a result whilst some resorts are still opening earlier than expected due to the big snowfalls, others, sometimes in the same state, are delaying opening and in at least one case, has announced it is closing again after opening for the season. The biggest name casualty if the warm temperatures was Snowbird in Utah which opened last Wednesday for the US Thanksgiving Holiday but was forced to close again by Saturday.  An online statement said, "While a strong effort was made from our operations team, unseasonably warm weather has forced a "Delay of Game" and put…

Scottish 17-18 Ski Season Close To Kick Off

Hopes of an early start to the Scottish ski season have risen as more snow has fallen through the past 24 hours. The Lowther Hills club field in southern Scotland (image from the local area taken this morning below) looks set to get bragging rights for being first in the country to open for 17-18 as it plans to open its slopes to members this evening after fresh snow overnight – subject to being able to persuade enough volunteers to man the facilities. In the Highlands Glencoe (pictured top) reported 10cm of snowfall in an hour today as part of ongoing snowstorms there. The snow cover at the five Highland centres is so far too thin but several centres have…