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Only North American Summer-Ski Only Area is Crowd Funding

Beartooth Basin, the only summer-ski only ski area in the US, is crowd-funding to raise much-needed finance to maintain and improve its existing operation. The centre, then known as The Red Lodge International Ski and Snowboard Camp, was originally established in the mid-1960’s by Austrians Pepi Gramshammer, Eric Sailer and Anderl Molterer as an Alpine Ski Racing summer training ground. It aims to open every year from late May to early July with a mission to keep the spirit of skiing alive with two surface lifts atop the iconic 10,000 foot elevation Beartooth Pass, over the Montana/Wyoming border. The centre usually opens when the road is cleared. Since 2003 a younger generation of skiing enthusiasts now open the area to…

The World’s Biggest Season-End ‘Pond Skimming’ Contest

The concept of the end-of-season meltwater pond skimming competition is long-established and has spread to ski areas around the world. The world’s oldest, The Slush Cup, at Sunshine ski area near Banff in Canada (below) will take place on Monday, May 20th – it will be the 91st. But one French resort takes the ‘skiing/boarding down a snowy slope and then seeing how far you can get across a pool of water’ to another level. La Clusaz in the Aravis mountains near Lake Annecy stage their Défi Foly contest, not on a pool of meltwater, but on the local Lake Confins with competitors seeing how far they can get across it before they sink. The hope is that one day…

Ski Racing on Crete

Although Cyprus can claim to have the most southerly ski slopes in Europe (and there are even a few ski lifts there), the island of Crete, just a fraction of a degree further north, also has snow covered slopes most winters and once even had its own ski area. These days however it has become a Mecca for ski tourers who arrive from around the world each winter, heading for the island’s Psiloritis mountains, the highest of which, Mount Ida, at 2,456 m (8,057 feet), is the highest in Crete – not to mention being the legendary birth place of Zeus, no less. The height of the ski touring season comes in March every two years when a race, Pierra…

Top of Grands Montets Ski Area Only Accessible to Ski Tourers For Next 3 Years

A new lift to the top of the Grands Montets Ski Area in the Chamonix Valley is at least three years from completion, according to the boss of the Compagnie du Mont Blanc lift company which is responsible for managing the ski area. Speaking six months after a fire destroyed the recently renovated Lognan Cable Car mid-station, destroying lift access above and below the station, Mathieu Dechavanne said that the company was looking at multiple options including repairing the existing old cable cars, or building all new lifts, possibly on a new route. Mr Dechavanne said there would be no fast decisions and said he thought it would be at least three years before the old lift was working again…

Ski Tourer Crosses The Alps in Less Than 29 Hours

A skier has completed the Transalp, skiing from the northern side of The Alps in Germany, through Austria and down into the south Tyrol of Northern Italy in less than 29 hours, completing the task in 28 hours and 45 minutes. Normally is takes professional athletes three to six days to conquer the 210km (131 mile) distance with its 10,500 metres of vertical. 41-year-old Benedikt “Beni” Böhm who describes himself as a ‘Speed Alpinist’  and also works as the General Manager for Dynafit pushes the limits by skiing non-stop without any long breaks or sleep during his marathon effort last weekend, March 9-10, 2019. Böhm had previously crossed the Alps back in 2006, together with five colleagues, in a then…

Who turned the tap off?

This is how I ended my last piece as we were approaching the middle of February: “Once we get towards the end of February various signs of early spring start to appear, even in the mountainous regions. I always try to ignore them at first but come March it gets more difficult to, and people start talking about spring skiing. More on that next time. Here’s to the second part of the Japan winter season!” Soon after that was written, the fresh snow supply to Japan dried up. At first, we all believed that it was going to be a short-term blip - just some of those early signs of spring that I mentioned last time. Surely, we’d be getting…

Winter Sports Travel Insurance

Snow-forecast.com releases travel insurance for its users, with up to 15% off for members. Members can save more on their insurance than the membership cost itself, which starts at £3.99 / €4.50 that also includes: Advanced dynamic weather maps (12 days instead of 6)Extended forecasts multi elevation 12 day, instead of 6 dayHourly detailed forecasts (instead of 6)Full App functionality20 years of snow-history analysis (compare resorts on the same screen)More membership discounts (i.e. up to 50% off ski hire - rental with our additional 10% off promo code etc) Some myths about ski insurance: My bank account or credit card has all the travel insurance cover I needIf I forget to buy insurance when I’m already travelling I can buy…

Second Iraq Ski Rally Highlights Tourism Opportunities in Kurdistan and Unites Skiers from Around The World

The second annual Iraq Ski Rally staged earlier this month brought international skiers from the United States, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Finland and Slovenia to Choman, Kurdistan in northern Iraq. They joined a group of skiers from around Iraq, including as far away as Baghdad, to compete in a backcountry ski race event. 20 skiers competed in total and the event included a long course and short course in the Zagros mountains of Choman, near the border of Iran. The goal of the event was to shed a new and positive light on the recreation and tourism opportunities of Kurdistan, and to bring together a global community around the sport of skiing. The 1st Iraq Ski Rally was held in the same…

Pretending to be a parent (in a ski resort)

Author and Alps resident Claire Garber ‘pretends’ to be a parent and gives us her perspective on what it’s like to look after a child in a ski resort. If like me (Ed.) you’re already a parent, you’ll likely not require the advice – but at least it’s fun to read it from the perspective of someone thrown into the deep end. Ski resorts are a different place when navigating them with children. This is something I discovered only recently when helping to look after my boyfriend’s daughter of seven. My free-flowing lifestyle of flexible arrangements, unstructured days and easy-going nights was immediately curtailed. My apartment looked different, as did my fridge, my bathroom, my lounge. There was Calpol next…

Australian Brothers Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Build ‘Bodyboard for Snow’

Two Australian brothers have launched a Kickstarter campaign aiming to raise funds to build what they’re describing as, “The world’s first carving sled designed to bring snow bodyboarding to life.”  Co-Founders Ben and Michael Bateman say that they have been working on their ‘Snoogee Board’ which is designed to combine the control of a snowboard with the thrill of bodyboarding for eight years. The inspiration for the Snoogee Board came to Co-founder Ben Bateman during a gap year in The United States. He found himself surrounded by snow, but living far from the country’s ski fields. “I’m an adrenaline junkie, and a bodyboarder since I was 13. I saw people using sleds, but there’s no progression of skill which can…