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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…

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…

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…

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…

Hintertux Park Opening Is Go from September 30th

There’s currently some uncertainty over opening dates for glacier skiing in the Alps this autumn, because a lack of snowfall at the start of this year and then six months of unprecedented hot weather has left glaciers with no snow cover at present and hoping for big autumn snowfalls in the next few weeks. But while one of the two centres that formerly opened year round,  Zermatt, has been forced to temporarily suspednd ski and snowboarding operations, the other, Hintertuxm, has managed to keep a small area open, thanks in part to a glacier snowmaking system. Traditionally Hintertux glacier kicks off the annual terrain park opening season across Europe, and this year they’re still planning for it with the 18th…

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

Last Updated 22 September 2022 at 11.10 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 12 May 2020: 1,383) The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 75+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in 8 Countries on 3 Continents including: Europe: Austria, Italy, Norway, Switzerland South America: Argentina, Chile Oceania: Australia, 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 Japan is inching closer to re-opening its borders ...or at least making travel there a little easier. (22 September)Spain has extended its restrictions on arrivals from outside the EU to late November and close to the start of the ski season.…

Avalanche Safety Expert On Autumn Tour Through UK

Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT) is back during autumn 2022 with the ORTOVOX off-piste tour, including talks from HAT founder Henry Schniewind, an expert in the field with more than 25 years experience, in 16 venues across England and Scotland. Stops include London, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Manchester, The Lake District and Tamworth. The tour will also include a number of outdoor avalanche transceiver training sessions led by members of the HAT team at Manchester, Wimbledon and Sandbanks. The events are aimed at all skiers and snowboarders looking to venture off-piste or go ski touring: from beginners (as a point of departure) to the more experienced (as a guide to focus on accident reduction) and even for professionals (as a client-training…

World’s Largest Ski Resort Operator Announces Limits on Skier Numbers on Their Slopes

Vail Resorts, which operates more than 40 ski areas in the USA, Australia, Canada and Switzerland, say they’ll be limited the number of people allowed on the slopes at each of their North American resorts every day of the coming ski season. “Lift tickets will be limited every day, across every resort, during the 2022/23 season in order to preserve the guest experience at each resort,” a company statement explains. Limiting guest numbers is not new, resorts like Lech in Austria have done so for decades to preserve the quality of the experience, while all ski areas have safety limits on skier numbers too. “Guests planning to visit this winter – whether one day or every day – are encouraged…