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CheckYeti – The No. 1 for ski school booking

With over 2 million users, CheckYeti is an Austrian start up that has become a pioneer in ski school booking. An incredible success story, the brand has grown exponentially since its conception in 2014 and is now Europe’s largest online ski booking platform, allowing skiers across the world to easily find, compare and pre-book certified ski schools and fully qualified ski instructors.Using the 24346 customer reviews available, you can find your perfect adventure, whether you are looking for a private instructor, a freeride guide, a group course or a one-off lesson. Users can perfectly match their bookings to their own schedule, ability and preference, so you have complete flexibility and are able to easily book exactly what you need. Say goodbye to information…

US 2019-20 Ski Season Underway

The 2019-20 ski season in North America has got underway this weekend at two of the world’s highest resorts up in Colorado’s Summit County. Three ski areas – Arapahoe Basin, Keystone and Loveland – had all been snowmaking and building up bases here for more than a week before heavy snowfall arrived late on Wednesday and continued through Thursday, bringing up to about a foot (30cm) of fresh snow to the highest slopes. Keystone was the first to announce it would open, saying on Friday that it would open next morning, Saturday 12th October. At that point Arapahoe Basin announced it would be opening too, but even sooner, just a few hours after it’s announcement at 3.30pm on Friday 11th. …

Southern Hemisphere’s 2019 Ski Season Extending in to November

The southern hemisphere’s 2019 ski season is nearly over with ,more than 80% of ski areas in South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand now closed until 2020 as far as snowsports are concerned. But about half-a-dozen areas, mostly in New Zealand, are still open, although for most the coming weekend is the last one. The largest ski area in Australia, Perisher, is due to close, as is Catedral near Baroiloche in Argentina, above, South America’s largest. However two ski areas on one mountain in New Zealand are planning to stay open to later in October and today one has announced plans to open at weekends in November too – the last month of meteorological spring ion the southern…

Everest Skier Abandons Attempt

Polish skier Andrzej Bargiel has abandoned his plan to be the first person to skin up and then ski down Mount Everest without using supplementary oxygen. Bargiel, who became the first person to ski the world’s second highest peak, K2, last year, had been in the region for some time acclimatising ahead of his attempt, joined by his brother and a film crew, but decided it was unsafe to make the attempt. The reason was a huge serac, a massive block of ice measuring 50 by 30 metres in this case, that is hanging over one of the most treacherous sections of the mountain, making an attempt too dangerous.  Bargiel’s decision to attempt the feat in the autumn was already…

Big Snowfalls as North America Prepares to Launch 2019-20 Ski Season

Heavy snowfall at the week and Monday in the north-western corner of North America has raised excitement levels for the start of the 2019-20 ski season in the USA - potentially just days, and definitely at worst only a few weeks away. Montana got the biggest falls, with reports of up to four feet (1.2 metres) of “heavy wet snow” in parts of the state. The governor declared a temporary state of emergency in the affected areas. https://www.facebook.com/jacksonhole/videos/1013737695684800/ Just to the south in Wyoming, Jackson Hole (video above posted yesterday and pictured top) was dumped on too. Further north in BC, Canada, several ski areas reported at least 60cm (two feet) of snowfall. This was Apex resort. NASA took this…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #107

Snowy times as the season end nears for New Zealand. Mt Ruapehu reports 40cm of fresh on the lower mountain and over 50cm on the upper mountain at both Whakapapa and Tūroa. Issued: 2 October 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. INTRODUCTION: We’re in to October and more Northern Hemisphere ski areas are opening for an early start…

Youth Charity Snow-Camp Launch New 2019-20 Fundraising Challenge in Courmayeur

Snow-Camp, the UK’s only registered youth charity using snowsports to change the lives of inner-city youth, is launching a brand-new fundraising challenge, the ‘AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic’ this winter. Snow-Camp uses a combination of snowsports, life skills sessions, qualifications and vocational opportunities to support inner city young people. The charity's programmes enable young people to reflect on the key issues impacting their day-to-day lives, and help them develop new skills to support their futures. The challenge will take place at the Italian resort of Courmayeur from the 30th January to the 2nd of  February this winter. Over two action packed days in the Alps, participants will undertake ski orienteering, laser biathlon, parallel slalom racing, a team distance challenge and a snow-shoe…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #106

Issued: 25 September 2019 Austria's Kaunertaler Glacier is due to be the next to open for its 19-20 ski season, this Saturday. Tignes had hoped to start their season on that day too but decided yesterday that the snow there isn't yet good enough and have postponed. By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. It's not quite Autumn yet but…

‘Snow-Cannon’ on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Saturn’s moon Enceladus seems to be acting like a "snow-cannon," pumping water into Saturn's orbit and covering its neighbouring moons in snow, which has made them highly reflective, new research suggests. A team of researchers looked at 60 radar observations of Saturn's inner moons — Mimas, Enceladus and Tethys — made by NASA’s spacecraft Cassini, and found that the radar brightness of these moons is double that than previously thought. The researchers determined the extreme brightness is a result of ice and snow falling and coating their surfaces, which are not protected by any atmosphere, after it has been ejected by powerful geysers on Enceladus, in as process described in the report as being like a “giant snow cannon.” The…

Ski Touring By Boat in Norway’s Sunnmøre Alps

A company called Fjord Adventures which specialises in ski touring adventures bin Norway’s Sunnmøre Alps, has invested £500K in an “eco facelift” of the historic ship, HMS Gåssten, which they use as the base for their trips. After the darkest of winters, HMS Gåssten will begin a new ski touring programme from February 2020. There is a blanket ban on snowmobile and helicopter assisted access to the Sunnmøre Alps which provides those arriving by boat access to untracked powder perfection. "The boat allowed us access to some of the most remote parts of the Sunnmøre Alps, the guides took to us to some of the best terrain I have ever skied, with fresh powder every day,” said skier Charles Ziar…

The Off-Piste Awareness Tour 2019

Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT), which over recent years has become a leading source of advice on the dangers of avalanches and how to avoid them when heading off piste, is launching a tour of venues in the UK to give skiers and boarders the chance to gain valuable advice on saying safe in the mountain. The 2019 Off-Piste Awareness Tour will kick off next month and includes more than 30 live events in venues across the UK, along with several in  France. The talks focus on how to manage risk when skiing or snowboarding off-piste and are aimed at all levels of riders from off-piste first timers to experienced veterans looking to reinforce their knowledge. Participants can sign up for…