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September 2022

Ski Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson Killed Skiing World’s 4th Highest Peak

American ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson has been killed while skiing the world’s 8th highest peak Manaslu. The accident happened soon after she began her descent as a small avalanche took her skis from under her, leading to a fatal fall. Her partner Jim Morrison reported that her body was recovered on Wednesday after a two day search, far below the point where she fell. Described as “the most accomplished female ski pioneer of her generation,” by Outside magazine Nelson, 49, from Telluride, Colorado, achieved exceptional feats during her life including dozens of first descents. In 2012 she became the first woman to climb both Mount Everest and neighbouring Lhotse within  24 hours. In 2017 Nelson made the first ski descent…

Tignes Expands Mega Dance Venue

In a further sign that the era of social distancing is (hopefully) behind us, Tignes has announced that its new Le Strike venue, which was first unveiled at the end of last season, will be bigger and better still this winter. The huge party venue spreads across 1,200 square metres, and includes four bars, a finger food corner and a VIP area located on an American school bus. Run by Les Étincelles hotel group and entirely dedicated to music, the venue has successfully created a colourful scene inspired by street art and is already very popular amongst partygoers in Tignes. This coming winter, après-ski entertainment will include live bands and resident DJs on Tuesday evenings. Unlike the nightclubs in the…

More September Snowfall in Europe

High ski slopes in the Alps have seen their second September snowfalls in a fortnight, this time with up to 8” (20cm) of snowfall reported so far and more forecast. The fresh snow comes as a great relief following a long spring and summer which melted most snow cover from glacial ice forcing almost all summerski areas to cease operating in July. Hintertux in the Austrian Tirol, the only centre that managed to keep going by using snowmaking to build up some snow on its glacier, was one of the big beneficiaries of the latest snowstorm. It has now been joined by Solden as a second Austrian option and Zermatt has also re-opened as has Passo Stelvio in  Italy. Bith…

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

Last Updated 5 October 2022 at 20.10 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 12 May 2020: 1,411) The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 25+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in 8 Countries on 3 Continents including: Europe: Austria, Finland, Italy, Norway, Switzerland South America: Argentina, Chile Oceania: New Zealand Browse by country: North America: Canada USA Europe: Andorra Austria Bulgaria Finland France Germany Italy Norway Scotland Spain Sweden Switzerland Asia: China Japan Canada have dropped all border restrictions on entry (1 Oct)Australia has said it will end mandatory Covid isolation for five days from 14 October (29 September) Japan is inching closer to re-opening its borders ...or at least making travel there a…

Japan Could Be Snowier & Cheaper When Borders Re-open

***Update: on 23 September the Japanese government did officially announce borders will largely reopen from 11 October with visa free travel for vaccinated arrivals, the unvaccinated appear also able to visit if they have a negative PCR test from the previous 72 hours prior to arrival *** There’s been a lot of talk about Japan easing rules to allow people to arrive individually again, a government announcement has been deemed ‘imminent’ by ski holiday companies and others keen to see international tourism allowed to fully return. Currently, only guests signed up with an approved tour group can enter and the numbers doing so have been reported in the low thousands each month so far, compared to the several million that…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #258

Issued: 21st September 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Southern Hemisphere European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup World Overview Avoriaz resort this week The start of spring or autumn, depending on which part of the world you’re looking at, is here by the astronomical measure of the seasons. So that three weeks when the meteorological season has changed but the astronomical one has not is ended and it’s autumn/Fall proper in the Northern Hemisphere, spring in the Southern, whichever way you look at it. The good news is that it has been snowing in both hemispheres, the heaviest reports of spring snowstorms in Australia and New Zealand. But with more encouraging coverings on high slopes in the European Alps and North…

Fresh September Snowfall in the Alps and Dolomites

The hottest spring and summer on record in Europe's mountain has come to an end with snowfall reported down to around 1500-1800 metres in the Alps and Dolomites overnight. Hintertux, the only ski area that has managed to keep operating its glacier slopes, posted pictures (including the one above) of fresh snowfall there. Ski areas in France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland also posted images of snowfall on their higher slopes. Chamonix in France is pictured at the end of this report. Italy's Dolomiti Superski posted images of snowfall in the Dolomites too, highlighting the wide extent of the snowfall, including this picture of Falcade. A number of glacier resorts have either opened or announced they are opening or re-opening to…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #257

La Hoya resort this week Issued: 14 September 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Southern Hemisphere European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup World Overview This time next month most ski areas in the Southern Hemisphere will have ended their 2022 seasons, hopefully celebrating the first winter in three that they’ve been able to operate without pandemic closures. The first few have already ended their seasons but most will at least make it to the final weekend of September. With spring underway its no surprise that, overall, we have seen temperatures rise and not a lot of snowfall over the last seven days. There has though been some fresh snowfall, particularly in New Zealand and, as the seasons turn on each side…

China Opens Massive Indoor Half Pipe

China has unveiled a huge indoor half pipe located in the Chongli district which staged most of the skiing events during the Winter Olympics earlier this year. Providing year-round training facilities for top freestyle athletes, the indoor halfpipe has been equipped with a TechnoAlpin SnowFactory that produces 1,000 m3 of snow per day, as well as TechnoAlpin TF10 propeller machines and a mobile pump station. Indoor half-pipes are not new, in the 1990s the Japanese indoor snow company SNOVA opened more than a dozen indoor snow centres, each featuring a permanent indoor half pipe. In an era when snowboarders were still banned by dozens of ski areas, particularly in North America, these  centres welcomed an almost exclusive snowboarding clientele before…

Famous Snowboard From 1985 Bond Movie Appears in Colorado Museum

The Bond movie franchise has provided many memory moments in skiing, Roger Moore’s stunt double skiing off a cliff and opening a Union Jack parachute in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, Daniel  Craig driving a planes across the slopes in the Tirol for 2015’s Spectre or the spectacular ski scenes filmed around Murren in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service to name but a few. They’ve led to ski resorts capitalising on the association for, in some cases, decades afterwards. There’s a 007 ski run at Peyragudes in the French Pyrenees where the opening scenes of 1995 film  Golden Eye were shot, a whole Bond audio-visual visitor at Solden and even Bond-themed toilets at Mürren. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hECwcVsJzls But one scene…

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