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October 2021

New Film Follows Boarders From Diverse Backgrounds on Human-Powered Alaskan Tour

A new film is released this week following three professional snowboarders – Jeremy Jones, Ryan Hudson, and Rafael Pease - on a human-powered 10-day mission in a remote corner of Alaska's Chugach Mountain Range. Along with showing some incredible boarding in stunning locations, Mountain Revelations sets out to examine how the riders from very different backgrounds evolving into three of the world's preeminent big mountain snowboarders. Ryan Hudson grew up homeless on San Diego's streets to find the mountains and changing his life. Rafael's experiences growing up between Miami, Texas, and Chile and becoming a young, elite mountain explorer, to Jeremy Jones' adventures growing up on Cape Cod. “Despite the differences in socioeconomic backgrounds, skin colour, and opportunity, they each…

Snow-Forecast’s Rolling News on Ski Resorts Re-Opening (2020-21)

Last Updated 26 October 2021 at 6.40 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 5 May 2020: 966) The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 40+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in at least 9 Countries on 3 Continents including: Asia: China Europe: Austria, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland. North America: USA Browse by country: North America: Canada USA Europe: Andorra Austria Bulgaria Czech Republic Finland France Germany Italy Norway Poland Scotland Slovak Republic Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Asia: China Japan NEW: China’s Wanlong ski centre has opened for the 21-22 ski season which is due to see it host the snowboarding parallel slalom at the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics next February. (25 October)…

Lift Manufacturer Installs Huge Solar Energy Array

Although new ski lifts are ever more energy efficient, with an increasing proportion running, at least partially, on renewable energy, often generating power through solar panels built in to their structures and increasingly exporting the heat generated by their motors to warm nearby buildings, there remains the question of the energy required for the new lifts’ production in the first place. Lift-manufacturer Garaventa, part of the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, the world's largest ropeway manufacturer, has had over 2,000 solar panels installed on its roof of its subsidiary at Goldau in Switzerland, creating an array that can meet more than a third of its annual energy requirements. The new facility of 2,122 panels covers an area of 5,400 square metres and has…

Mammoth Mountain To Open A Fortnight Early, For Halloween Weekend

Mammoth Mountain ski area in California has announced that thanks to October snowfalls and with more heavy snowfall on the way, it plans to open a fortnight earlier than expected. With its original opening day target already one of the world’s earliest on November 13th, the new dates of October 29th will make it one of the first in the world without a glacier to open for the 21-22 season. Forecasts indicate the resort will receive up half a metre (20 inches) of snowfall from a storm due to hit at the start of the new week from lunchtime Sunday 25th. Three Colorado ski areas have already opened, the first in North America. Wolf Creek opened on the 16th and…

A Century of Slalom Racing

This coming January marks an important anniversary in the history of ski racing. Mürren in the spectacular Jungfrau Region of Switzerland is preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first slalom race held on 21 January 1922. This was the first Alpine ski race ever to be a battle to be the fastest down a gated race course with no marks for style and no prescribed turns. Mürren’s ties with the British go back to the Victorian era and tour operator Henry Lunn launched it as a winter resort before the First World War and it was Henry’s son Arnold who campaigned for recognition of the then new sport of Alpine ski racing which culminated with the first Alpine…

French 21-22 Ski Season Underway

Tignes has opened for its 21-22 Ski season, the first in France to do so. The glacier has 50cm (20”) of snow lying on it. Although the French alps have not had the heavy snowfall of some Austrian and Swiss glaciers in recent weeks, there has been some snow this month and Tignes reports 8cm (3”) freshly fallen in the past few weeks and current temperatures on the glacier at -4C. There’s about 6km of slopes open so far with Tignes reporting the funiculaire and cable car are running from 8:30am to 3:15pm and the Vanoise and Panoramic chair lifts as well as the Champagny and Termignon lifts running too. The French national ski team were training on the slopes…

Boarder X Exhibition Features Indigenous Artists Who Use Snowboarding To Demonstrate Relationships With The Land

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) in Whistler is the first centre of its kind in Canada, located on the shared, traditional territories of the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation. Two nations have come together to celebrate and share their cultures with the world while creating meaningful employment opportunities for members of both the Squamish Nation, Coast Salish and Lil’wat Nation, Interior Salish Nations. “Boarder X features local and international Indigenous artists that use snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing as mechanisms to demonstrate knowledge and perform relationships with the land,” a spokesperson explained. Works of art reflect cultural, political, environmental and social perspectives in relation to the landscapes and territories humans occupy. In partnership with Indigenous Life Sport Academy, the Squamish…

Forest Fire Damage To Californian Ski Area “More Than Originally Thought”

A Californian ski area that initially thought it had survived relatively unscathed when a huge forest fire passed through the property has now reported than most of its lifts were damaged in the blaze, among numerous other issues. Sierras at Tahoe ski area was one of three, along with Heavenly and Kirkwood, threatened by the huge Caldor fire which has now been burning for nearly two months and has extended to well over 200,000 acres. The battle is ongoing but the fire has so far been contains away from Heavenly and Kirkwood but burned through Sierra At Tahoe. The resort had taken mitigating measures ahead of the fire arriving, including spraying buildings and lifts with water from snowmaking cannons to…

North American Ski Area Announces 21-22 Season Starts This Sunday

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado says it will open for the season this Sunday, possibly sparking a race among other US areas to open before it and claim the title of “first in North America to open for the 21-22 ski season. *** Update: Wolf Creek says it will open a day before A Basin, on Saturday 16th October *** After along hot, spring, summer and early Autumn there’s been unusually heavy snowfall for the first-half of October coupled with low temperatures giving excellent snowmaking conditions. Many resorts like Mammoth in California and snowbird in Utah have announced snowmaking is underway whilst Keystone says its system is now running 24-7. “Black Mountain Express will be running and skiers and riders can…

Tougher Testing for the Unvaccinated On Austria’s Slopes If Cases Rise

Austria has announced a number of rules and regulations for skiers and boarders holidaying at the country’s ski resorts this winter. The headline news is that unvaccinated skiers can still access the slopes if they have a recent negative lateral slow test result, but the Austrian government has inserted a number of ‘provisos’ that make for stricter rules if the pandemic worsens this winter in the country, as many experts think likely (along with for most of the rest of the world). Essentially, the rules will be tweaked if the number of patients in Austrian intensive care beds with COVID 19 rises above certain levels. The first cut off point is at 300 patients in ICU at which point the…

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