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January 2022

Snow Bobsleigh Wins Sculpture Competition

A bobsleigh sculpture created by Ralf Rosa and Peter Fechtig from Germany has been declared the winner of the annual Shapes in White snow-sculpture competition staged at the Austrian resort of Ischgl. The 28th snow-sculpture competition asked teams to create spectacular winter-sports visions up to 10 metres high, with a British team opting to recreate famous ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” for their entry (below). Other entries included "Ice Skates", a pair of oversized ice skates and "Big Air", which shows a snowboarder performing aerial acrobatics. Guests in Ischgl can admire the icy winter sports landmarks on foot or on skis as they enjoy the resort for as long as they last. Dietmar Walser, Managing Director of the Paznaun -…

Mürren Celebrates Centenary of the First Ever Timed Slalom Race

The famous Swiss ski resort of Mürren is celebrating the centenary of the first ever modern slalom race this week. The anniversary itself is this Friday, January 21st but the celebrations began on Monday 17th January with William Lunn (great grandson of Sir Arnold Lunn who set the first ever race) and Swiss slalom queen Erika Hess (41 world titles) unveiled a tribute to Arnold. Wooden poles Ski racing pioneer Arnold Lunn set the course for, “a turning race around flags on the practice slope” at Mürren in the Bernese Oberland’s spectacular Jungfrau region on January 21st, 1922. It was the first time that a race was decided on time alone, over two runs with no marks for style, it…

Snow-Forecast’s Rolling News on Ski Resorts Re-Opening (2022)

Last Updated 24th January 2022 at 13.00 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 5 May 2020: 1,161) The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 4000+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in at least 57 Countries on 4 Continents including: Africa: Morocco Asia: China, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mongolia, North Korea, Pakistan, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine. North America: Canada, USA Browse by country: North America: Canada USA Europe: Andorra…

Four Race Lauberhorn World Cup Meeting Underway

Following cancelled races in 2021 due to an outbreak of Covid in the area, the 2022 edition of the Lauberhorn World Cup ski races is due underway with 4 races, a GSD, two downhills and the slalom, taking place up to Sunday 16th in the resort of Wengen, Switzerland, part of the Jungfrau Ski Region that also includes the resort of Grindelwald. Spectators who show proof of Covid vaccination status (or evidence of recovery from Covid or a negative test) are allowed to attend and British tourists are permitted to enter Switzerland without quarantine under certain conditions. The four days began on Thursday with perfect conditions for a GS race which has been twice rescheduled. It was won by the…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #225

Issued: 12 January 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia Roundup WORLD OVERVIEW Approaching mid-January should be cold and snowy in most of the northern hemisphere's ski regions and the past week hasn't disappointed. The heaviest snowfall has been reported in North America's Pacific Northwest, the Rockies and Japan, as is often the case. But it has also been snowing almost everywhere else, including a heavy snowfall for more southerly states in the eastern US, which was one of the regions which had been suffering a prolonged warm and dry start to the season until now. Most areas have stayed below freezing too, with Scottish centres re-opening slopes beyond their beginner runs for the first time since mid-December.  Some…

Colorado Resort Dig Up Buried Snowcat

Although Colorado, in common with much of North America started off with a largely warm and dry first month of the season, more recent weeks have seen a succession of snowstorms bringing huge snowfall accumulations for some areas. Wolf Creek ski area reported a remarkable 127” (12 feet/4 metre) snowfall to start the New Year and now the weather has settled down a bit went searching for their buried Horseshoe Bowl Snowcat, having left a marker post "Horseshoe Bowl at Wolf Creek is prominently displayed on the trail map, but what is not shown are the details of the journey required to get there. From the top of the Alberta Chairlift one can take a short hike to the Knife…

Swiss Region Steps up Efforts To Reduce Avalanche Risk

The Swiss canton of Valais, home of several of the world’s leading ski resorts including Crans Montana, Verbier and Zermatt, has introduced additional measures to minimise the danger posed by avalanches. During the 2020/2021 winter season 11 people were killed by avalanches in the canton and about a dozen bodies involved in mountain safety, guiding and tourism in Valais have come together to  revisited existing measures and see which could be further strengthened or better publicised. The resort of Verbier has agreed to act as a test resort for this benchmark programme. The group noted that the number of deaths on the roads in Valais has fallen sharply over the past 50 years few decades (117 deaths in 1970 versus…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #224

Issued: 05 January 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia Roundup WORLD OVERVIEW Europe saw a largely dry and alarmingly warm end to 2021 with temperatures getting to double-digits above freezing and setting new high-temperature records in some places for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day at the weekend. Thankfully, things have changed since the start of this week though with temperatures dropping back down towards freezing and below with a return to snowier weather as well. In North America the stormy end to 2021, which saw record snowfall totals for some areas on the western side of the country, has continued to some extent into the new year with more dynamic weather for the east as well…