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November 2021

Spanish Resort Expands Into Third Valley

The Spanish ski resort of Cerler, which is celebrating 50 years sine opening this year, will expand its ski area in to a third valley, Castanesa, this season. The new lift, one of Doppelmayr’s efficient D-Line models and able to carry 1,800 skiers per hour (expandable to 2,400), will open up four new runs and take Cerler’s total ski area size up to 80km. The new Castanesa lift climbs 352 vertical metres from 2,043m to 2,395m altitude giving access to the one blue, two red and one black new runs. 18 new snowmaking cannons have been installed along them. However, the new lift it is just the first of the resort’s planned expansion which will see three more new chairlifts…

New Welsh Outdoor Centre With Major Dry Ski Slope Moves Forward

Plans for what has, in previous incarnations, been priced at a £200 million year-round leisure resort development in the Afan Valley of South Wales have been granted conditional planning approval. Originally unveiled as the Afan Valley Leisure Resort project in spring 2017, the centre was originally slated to offer a range of outdoor sports including white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking and what was billed as “the world’s largest artificial downhill ski slope” on 130 hectares of former forestry plantation land on the southern slopes of the River Afan Valley. People would stay in one of 600 lodges and flats or a proposed hotel with facilities also including a spa and restaurants The planned opening year was originally 2021.…

Covid Regulations For Hitting the Slopes in France

Ski areas are opening for the 21-22 season across the Alps.  Something that didn’t happen this time last year in countries like France, Germany and Italy. So far so good, except for the hopefully quick lockdown in Austria anyway, but each ski nation has different rules as to what they require of skiers and boarders to get on the slopes. And the rules keep changing depending on local infection levels from one week to the next. In Italy you need to show proof of vaccination, recovery from infection or of a recent negative test result. In Germany you can now only ski if you’re vaccinated or recovered from as recent infection, having a negative test result is no longer enough,…

Snow-Forecast’s Rolling News on Ski Resorts Re-Opening (2021)

Last Updated 28 November 2021 at 07.00 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 5 May 2020: 1056) The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 100+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in at least 15 Countries on 3 Continents including: Asia: China, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan Europe: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. North America: Canada, USA Browse by country: North America: Canada USA Europe: Andorra Austria Bulgaria Finland France Germany Italy Norway Scotland Spain Sweden Switzerland Asia: China Japan NEW: The UK Government require Brits to self-isolate for two days on return from an international trip, then take a PCR test and wait a clear result before ending quarantine. (28 Nov)NEW: The UK Government report that Switzerland with require UK arrivals in the country to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the country in response to the new variant being found in England. (28 Nov)Slovakia has announced a two week lockdown but that currently ends before the main season begins (26 Nov). New Zealand says it…

Dolomiti Superski Unveils Ride-On-The-Roof Cable Car

Italy’s Dolomiti Superski resort has become the latest to unveil a cable car with an ‘outdoor balcony’ where users can stand and ride up in the open air if they wish. Describing the new lift at Carezza as “a one-of-a-kind convertible cable car,” Dolomiti Superski say it is nearly 4km long, climbs 644 vertical metres in seven minutes connecting San Cipriano with Fromm Alm and has a capacity of 60 people.  Those on the ‘balcony’ will have an uninterrupted view of the stunning scenery of the Catinaccio. DACHSTEIN NEUE PANORAMAGONDEL 18.5.2013 FOTO. HEINZ WEEBER The lift is believed to be the third of its kind following similar installations on cable cars at the Dachstein glacier in Austria (above) and on…

NZ Ski Area Plans to Double in Size Thanks to 230m Long Tunnel

One of New Zealand’s fastest growing ski areas has ambitions to become one of the country’s largest too. The operators of The Remarkables ski area, NZSki, have announced plans to bore a 230 metre long skier’s tunnel in order to access a whole new valley of skiing and more than double the resort’s available terrain. The tunnel, to be created near the top of the Curvey Basin chairlift, would provide access to backcountry terrain in an area behind the existing ski area and known as The Doolans. A 1.4-kilometre long chairlift would be constructed within the new terrain which would add more than 500 hectare’s to the resort’s existing 385 hectares to grow it to 900 hectares (2,224 acres). NZSki…

Snowboard, Skateboard & Surf On The Same Day in Switzerland

A group that has runs an indoor freestyle multi-sports hall in the Swiss ski resort of Crans Montana, and which has recently added a surf park to its attractions is to take over the resort’s snowpark this winter, raising the possibility of its clients being able to snowboard, surfboard and skateboard on the same day. One of the company’s founders described it as a “childhood dream.” From the start of the winter season, the Alaïa group, in collaboration with the company Helvepark and its main partner Tudor, will be taking over the management of Crans-Montana’s Snowpark. Following the opening in May of Alaïa Bay in Sion and Alaïa Wake Surf in Le Bouveret, the young Valais start-up organisation has signed…

Ischgl Spend €700K On Pandemic Safety Measures

Ischgl, the Austrian ski area which is caught up in an ongoing mass legal action focussed on whether the resort and/or wider Austrian authorities acted quickly enough to prevent spread at the start of the pandemic in early 2020,  says its Silvrettaseilbahn AG lift company has spared no effort before the season to ensure the safest possible start to the winter and have invested around 700,000 euros in safety and hygiene measures. Initiatives include new camera and software systems are being used to optimise the queuing areas on the three feeder lifts from resort. This means that waiting times can be passed on to guests in real time as valuable information via the iSki Ischgl app. Extensive disinfection measures are…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #217

Issued: 17 November 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia Roundup WORLD OVERVIEW At least a dozen more ski areas have opened over the past week in the Northern Hemisphere, taking the count of areas operating past 50.  Individual resorts opening in Austria, Switzerland and the USA takes the total number of areas open in each to double-figures.  The weather, however, has not held much excitement for skiers in the past seven days.  True, there have been some small to moderate snowfalls on mountains across Europe and western North America but it has still been too warm to make much progress towards opening in many areas, with North America’s East Coast remaining unseasonably warm.  It’s too warm for some…

Åre Builds a Windshield For a Ski Lift Station

Strong winds are often a problem for ski lift operations at resorts the world over, but some are more prone to it than others. There are many techniques in ski area design to try to ensure that lifts can run as many days of the season as possible, with one of the simplest options being choosing a surface tow rather than an aerial lift, if possible, in an exposed location. Now Scandinavia’s leading ski resort of Åre has announced plans to make its lift network more  “wind and weather safe”. One of the first parts of the plan is a new structure designed to “steer” the wind away from a major lift, the Sadelexpressen 6-seater.  The new ‘wind rack’ or…

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