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March 2022

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #233

Issued: 30 March 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia Roundup WORLD OVERVIEW March is ending having been a mostly warm and sunny month for much of Europe, not ideal for snow conditions. The exception was down in the south of the continent which was colder and snowier although here too conditions are now getting more springlike. But the weather is finally changing in the Alps as we enter April with something much colder, snowier, and generally much more like winter coming later this week as we near the start of April. Springtime is of course making its presence felt in North America too although here the snow has kept falling in many parts of the continent. Elsewhere in the…

South America’s Biggest Ski Centre Adding Lifts and Runs for 2022

Argentina’s Catedral Alta Patagonia ski area near Bariloche is working to install a new quad chairlift  and create new slopes ahead of the 2022 season start in just under three months’ time. It has already been snowing there over the past week though, with autumn just getting started. The new lift and runs are the latest part of a modernisation master plan announced in 2020 as the ski centre, which has the most ski lifts on the continent, celebrated 80 years of operations. The plans also include snowmaking upgrades a remote avalanche triggering system. The new French-built POMA quad chairlift is being erected in the resort’s "Connection" sector climbing up to 1,900 metres above sea level with an uplift capacity…

Treeline

Our friends Neil and Matt over at the Movement Project brought this incredible film to our attention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCEaYInJbos Treeline - a Patagonia film about the secret life of trees A large part of the film focuses on ancient fragments of temperate rainforest in British Colombia. These are magical places and it's worth seeking these out and getting to know them. Here in the UK Guy Shrubsole's Lost Rainforests of Britain attempts to find, map, photograph, and restore them. Abundant cycles of life in a temperate rainforest at Cabilla, Cornwall[photo: Nick Russill]…

15th Freeride World Tour Concludes At Xtreme Verbier 2022

The 15th edition of Freeride World Tour (FWT) is complete with all four tour winners are first-time FWT Champions. The new champions were crowned in Verbier, Switzerland at the Xtreme Verbier, the final stop of FWT 2022. The Xtreme closes a competitive season that will be remembered for breakout performances from Wildcards and rookies, and new world champions in all four categories. Challenging conditions couldn’t hold back the talented field of riders, who set new performance standards for mixing freeride and freestyle on the steep, gnarly slopes of the Bec Des Rosses venue. Austria’s Manuela Mandl delivered a masterful run to take a dominant win in Snowboard Women. She was out of contention for the world title, but won by…

Major Manufacturer Announces “Highly Recyclable” Skis Going on Sale this Autumn

Following a challenging 2020-21 winter season, in common with most businesses around the world, the Rossignol Group is recording a strong rebound for winter 2022 with 28% growth in activity across its portfolio of brands. The French group which has more than a century of history has announced that it plans to build on this momentum and accelerate its transformation with further commitments toward sustainable development, eco-conscious design, product life-cycle and recycling solutions. Rossignol say they will launch their first “highly recyclable” ski, The Essential, in Fall 2022, as part of their goal of developing one third of their ski ranges through a sustainable and circular economy approach within the next six years.  The all-new ski, designed to be easily…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #232

Issued: 23 March 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia Roundup Arapahoe Basin resort this week WORLD OVERVIEW Spring is now here by the astronomical as well as the meteorological measure of the seasons with the equinox behind us.  That's the Northern Hemisphere, of course, in the Southern it's autumn/fall and excitement for the coming 2022 season, hopefully largely pandemic-rules free for the first time since 2019. It certainly feels very springlike in much of Europe with the northern half of the continent seeing predominantly sunny, warm weather. Unusually March has seen colder, snowier weather in the south, both in the Pyrenees and the wider Iberian peninsula, but especially the south-east around Bulgaria and Turkey. In North America, winter seems…

Ski Area With Western World’s Deepest Base Extends Season to Mid-May

Alyeska Ski Resort in Alaska, which has been posting the deepest base of any major ski-area outside of Japan for much of 2022, has announced it will be staying opening longer into Spring than it had planned, opening weekends through to May 15th after the original season-end date on April 24th. Alyeska is one of the few ski areas to exceed a 4 metre base this year, currently posting the snow lying 4.2 metres (14 feet) deep on its higher slopes.  It says it has had nearly 17 metres of snowfall so far this season. “After last night’s storm, we are well above 660 inches of snowfall for the season, with a base depth of around 165, give or take,…

Protect Our Winters (POW) Europe Launches Initiatives To Help Skiers & Boarders To Cut Travel Emissions

Emissions from transport from our homes to the slopes are the main source of CO2 when it comes to our ski and snowboarding, representing an average 70% of total emissions on a ski holiday, so Protect Our Winters (POW) Europe is launching a mobility campaign. "We all love to be in nature to practise our favourite outdoor sports. It seems absurd that by going out to do what we love, we contribute to a warming climate and consequently the destruction of these places" says Sören Ronge, POW Europe coordinator. Skiers and snowboarders can now visit the POW Mobility website to learn how transport negatively affects our climate and how we can reduce our footprints while moving around. The car is…

Man Rides Every Ski Lift in the USA

A man from Wyoming says he believes he has ridden every ski lift in the USA. Peter Landsman, who works at Jackson Hole, says it took him more than two decades to complete his task of riding what turned out to be nearly 2,400 ski lifts operating across the US. The Colorado Sun reported that Landsman started his journey riding and photographing every lift aged only 10, and that it took him 22-years to ride all 2,381, spread between around 480 ski areas, photographing each one along the way. Landsman writes about his experiences on Liftblog, a website which also carries news about the ski  industry, particularly new lifts.…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #232

Issued: 16 March 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia Roundup WORLD OVERVIEW It is something of a déjà-vu report for readers of last week's edition as we have had the second week of largely sunny weather in the European Alps, but with snowfall down in the Pyrenees, then across in North America more fronts coming across bringing fresh powder for ski areas from West to East coasts. At the same time though there are signs of change as e move further into springtime (by the meteorological measure of the seasons), with the first ski areas in North America announcing early closure due to an inadequate snowpack to carry on despite recent storms and the world’s deepest reported snow depth,…

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