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December 2020

Ed Leigh’s Money (Covid) Saving Snow Tips – Ep. 48

Exciting on the vaccine rollout front, but still not good if you were holding out hope of a Christmas or New Year snow trip. Find out more with COVID saving snow tips in Ed Leigh's latest video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1evy_KdXbxM&t=23s The Italian government has essentially said no skiing and snowboarding until Jan 7th at least, both for holidaymakers and those with second homes. French resorts are also still looking like they’re going to be closed but resort workers are gathering in protest and petitions are flying around calling for the government to open resorts. Have a link at the Twitter account CetHiverJeSkie so you can see what I mean, and here’s a petition is about to sail past 30k signatures https://www.change.org/.../professionnels-du-ski-cet...? Macron…

Concerns Over Ski Touring Safety When Resorts Closed

One unexpected consequence of closing ski areas during the pandemic has been people heading out on to the slopes of closed ski areas, skinning up to ski down empty slopes normally accessed by lifts. This led to concerns of injury in the Alps during the first lockdown in the spring when ski patrol staff weren’t working or were involved in work associated with the pandemic. In the Andes from June to September there were concerns of tourers on slopes with high avalanche danger when resort staff who would normally make the slopes safe weren’t working. Commenting on the fact that ski lifts are due to be closed, but resorts themselves open in France over Christmas and New Year Henry Schniewind…

Growing Resort Anger at Christmas Closure of French & Italian Ski Slopes

There appears to be growing anger amongst Alpine communities, particularly in France and Italy, at their governments’ closure of ski slopes through Christmas and New Year. The ski workers argue that the closures are an easy way for politicians to appear to take strong measures, but aren’t really needed, aren’t fair, and will do more damage to health and well-being than good. After multiple local protests in individual ski resorts, yesterday protestors from multiple resorts moved to a number of Alpine towns. This included a gathering of more than 1,500 elected officials, traders, instructors, restaurateurs, ski patrollers and seasonal workers from the resorts and villages of Oisans (Alpe d'Huez, les 2 Alpes, La Grave, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas, Oz-en-Oisans and Auris-en-Oisans…). Among…

London Photographic Exhibition by Olympic Skier

Konrad Bartelski, former Winter Olympic skier turned photographer, has a new exhibition that reflects the dramatic scenery of mountain landscapes from across the world. The exhibition, from Sunday 6th December to Wednesday 23rd December, 2020, will be held at Wimbledon Fine Art, London. Konrad Bartelski with Filippo Guerrini-Maraldi, Curator of the Howden Family Contemporary Art Collection Following on from his successful debut exhibition ‘My Keys to the Secret Garden’ in 2018, Bartelski brings a new collection of limited edition prints that capture many of his expeditions to the remote and extreme corners of the world; to the Norwegian Arctic, Antarctica (below), volcanoes in Iceland, Northern California, Kamchatka, Russia and Japan, as well as the uncharted slopes of Kyrgyzstan, the back-country…

“People Need Hope” Says Ski Areas Leader

The president of Quebec's association of ski areas has said people need hope after nearly a year of pandemic. Speaking to Canadian broadcaster CBC News as ski areas in the province began to re-open under COVID operating restrictions, "The mood is relief and joy because we're back on the boards…" said Yves Juneau, president of Quebec's association of ski areas told CBC, "…these are little sacrifices that people are willing to make, because at the end of the day, what really matters is to be able to go out on the slopes. And that's how people felt. They were happy." Quebec is divided in to a number of zones determined by the rate of infection. More than 40 of the…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #168

Issued: 02 December 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup EUROPE INTRODUCTION It’s a very strange start to December in Europe with far fewer ski areas open than would normally be the case at this point of the season, the start of winter by the meteorological measure of the seasons.There are two factors at play, the main one being the virus and the response of governments to it, with those in many countries preventing ski areas opening for now for fear that they might spread the disease. That’s been greeted with anger and frustration in many areas which say they have protocols in place to avoid that. So far France, Germany and Italy have said ski…