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January 2019

The Deepest Snow Depths in the World so far This Season

As we enter February this week it has been snowing hard again, this time with the Pyrenees and the Western Alps, particularly France, seeing the biggest falls.  But where is the snow lying deepest so far? Nine resorts (dominated numerically by Austrian entries, although with Swiss resorts at the very top) are reporting they have more than 4.5 metres (15 feet) of snow lying on their upper slopes. 6 Metres (20 Feet), Andermatt, Uri, Switzerland Andermatt saw huge snow accumulations during the three-week deluge on the eastern Alps between Christmas and mid-January.  It was cut off by road for periods with the only access via a rail tunnel.   5.2 Metres (17.3 Feet), Engelberg, Central Switzerland Engelberg also saw huge snowfalls…

Get your Skiwear Fixed for Free in Resort

Skiwear company Patagonia are taking an unusual approach to selling gear – by offering skiers and boarders the chance to get their damaged skiwear repaired for free, regardless of the brand. The company’s ‘Worn Wear Repair Tour’ has just launched in Innsbruck, Austria and will make its way to snow destinations across Europe over the next few months, repairing zips, buttons, rips and tears, including Gore-Tex apparel. Patagonia have a strong environmental focus, and encouraging people to take good care of their gear - repairing it as necessary, to ensure it lasts as long as it can rather than buying new, is part of that focus. “Fixing your gear and using it for many seasons reduces overall consumption, which is…

SUPER 3 WOMAN

I’ve taken part in one of the biggest amateur ski races in the Alps, The Inferno, for several consecutive years, it’s addictive - the adrenaline from the race, the friends you make and look forward to seeing the following year, the weekend break away and the hope that you may get a medal - and if not, at least a sticker for your ski helmet. So last summer when a skiing buddy asked if we’d (me and the other half – ‘OH’) like to enter the Super 3 - a series of ski races which he had chatted briefly to us about during the 2017 Inferno ski race, we didn’t take long to say a great big yes. Being a…

Freeride World Tour: Travis Rice’s View During One of ‘the Most Complete Runs’ Ever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBHdSLMfACc Hakuba, Japan: first stop of the Freeride World Tour where everyone was blown away by the historic line that Travis Rice's took, scoring him  95%.  Head judge Lolo Besse said “The only reason he scored 95/100 was because a few more riders were left to go. It would have been 100 score points. It was one of the most complete runs in the Freeride World Tour that we’ve ever seen.”…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #72

Issued: 29th January 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: The snowfall never really went away in the Alps after the massive accumulation on the eastern side of the range up to a fortnight ago. But the past week and the past few days, in particular, has seen the rate of accumulation gather strength. This time the Western…

Skier Rescued Alive After Being Buried 3 Metres down in an Avalanche for Over an Hour

A skier is rescued to have been rescued alive despite being buried three metres below the snow for more than an hour after getting trapped in an avalanche. Three skiers were skiing in a steep off-piste area at the Swiss destination of Jaun on Monday last week when the avalanche occurred. The avalanche risk at the time was set at 3 (considerable) out of 5 on the European Avalanche Danger Scale and an avalanche 50 metres wide and 250 metres long was set off engulfing the three skiers. A witness called immediately for emergency assistance and a rescue team from REGA (Swiss Air-Rescue) came by helicopter with an avalanche dog and a RECCO detector. A 22-year-old man got buried completely.…

SHORT BREAK SKIING GATEWAY TO THE SUN…AND SNOW

Sports Journalist and ski instructor Bruce Pope tries out Morzine-Avoriaz for the first time and finds far more than just a stash of snow anda short transfer time. Trees are rushing by on either side as I dart down a snowy track. I’m loading my outside ski nice and early, determined not to miss the enticing entrance to a chute on my right that flashed by too quickly on my previous run. The timing is good this time and with the speed I’m carrying I’m airborne for a split-second as the chute dips down, eliciting an involuntary “whoop” along with a small jolt of adrenaline. I’ve come to Morzine for a few days and I’m loving every minute of it,…

World Snow Roundup #71

Issued: 22nd January 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: 'Quieter' perhaps best describes the weather in the Alps this past week after the heavy snowfall that lasted for three weeks from Christmas to mid-January in the Eastern Alps. The snow there is now lying up to six metres (20 feet) deep and should be enough to last…

Crans-Montana Creates Unique New Ski Touring Routes

In what they’re describing as a world first, Swiss resort Crans Montana has created 15 new ski touring routes with varying levels of difficulty. The resort is positioning itself as one of, if not the, leading ski touring centre in Europe and possibly the world. Working with ski-mountaineering champion, Séverine Pont-Combe, the routes have been created within a vast area of the mountains around the Valais resort which they’ve called The Rando Parc. In total there are more than 40km of marked and secured ski touring routes, which combined include more than 8,000 metres of vertical. Routes are graded blue, red and black and are suitable for everyone from complete beginners to the more advanced. There are three introductory level…

Vail Resorts To Open To Late May at Breckenridge Each Season

Vail Resorts have announced that they’ll aim to have the resort that’s the first to open in Colorado each season in each autumn, as well as the resort that’s last to close in spring. The announcement comes as the multi-resort group said it aims to reach agreement with the US Forest Service to keep the slopes open at Breckenridge later in to spring, and said it planned to keep the resort operating at least until the US Memorial Day holiday at the end of May, starting this season (May 27th this year). “Combined with Keystone’s recent capital announcement to enhance snowmaking and position the resort to be the first to open in Colorado, the two Summit County resorts will offer…