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First Ski Lift For 40 Years Begins Operating in Afghanistan

What is believed to be the first ski lift to operate in Afghanistan for more than four decades has begun operation. The lift is the latest development at the Bamyan ski area, located 100 miles west of the country’s capital Kabul. The rudimentary ski lift, like many of the early ski lifts in North America and Europe, utilises a motorbike engine to pull a simple cable lift. The bottom pulley wheel is fixed in an upturned wheelbarrow.  The lift is reported to have been created by an American family who live locally. The lift is the latest development since the creation of the annual Afghan Ski Challenge, originally established by a Swiss journalist in 2011 and now organised by the…

Mürren Open to Telemark Skiers Only For Closing Weekend

The Swiss ski village of Mürren, famous as one of the first downhill ski resorts, home of the world’s longest ski race the Inferno, location for Bond movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ and part of the well-known Jungfrau region which also encompasses the skiing above its neighbouring resorts of Wengen and Grindelwald, has announced that it is going to go ‘Telemark Only’ for the last weekend of the season. Now spread over four days, the resort’s Telemark Only event was started by Paul Flück in May 2016 and to promote Telemark skiing and to increase the number of Telemark skiers.  It has proved a huge success, getting bigger and more popular each year. “How cool is this? Telemark skiers…

New 24 Hour Record Set For Skiing Uphill

Ultra-runner and ski mountaineer Kilian Jornet has set a new 24-hour uphill skiing record, completing 23,486-metres of elevation on his skis. Based at the Tusten Ski Resort in Norway, Jornet was joined by friends and local skiers during the feat. To complete the challenge, Jornet achieved a total of 51 climbs over 195km in 24 hours. The feat, complete on 8th February, is equivalent to over 2.5 ascents of Mt. Everest. “I’ve been feeling great throughout the 24 hours and the sensations have been really good. Thank you to everyone who came to join in and share this experience with me,” said Jornet. Jornet uploaded the incredible feat to Strava, the social network for athletes, to inspire athletes around the…

Skiing Without Snow on World’s Tallest Mountain “Disrespectful to Hawaiians”

A video that appeared online that shows people skiing and snowboarding over dry land on the slopes of Maunakea in Hawaii has been described as disrespectful and damaging to the environment. Maunakea is a dormant volcano with its peak is 4,207 m above sea level, making it the highest point in the state of Hawaii. Most of the mountain is under water, and when measured from its oceanic base, Maunakea is the tallest mountain in the world measuring over 10,000m. The top of the mountain is often snow-capped in winter and can be skied, although there are no lifts.  Official policy is that people are allowed to ski or board on the snow, but not to ski, board or engage…

Tour of Duty

Chamonix and Geneva based journalist Katy Dartford gives us the lowdown on the highs of ski touring, including some suggestions for where to start getting involved. It’s been one of the fastest growing areas in the winter sports sector over the past few years, but is it all just an uphill struggle? Formerly the domain of ‘old beardy’ mountaineer types, with the main aim being the climb to the summit - ski touring - off-piste skiing which involves both uphill and downhill travel - is now growing rapidly. But with lift tickets becoming increasingly expensive and more competition for first tracks on the mountain, it’s now also about the downhill - finding adventurous skiing lines whilst venturing out into remote,…

4 Day, 3 Metre (10 Foot), Snowstorm Hits US

A massive winter snowstorm has brought huge snowfalls to the Western United States, particularly the Californian Sierras, where resorts have reported up to 3 metres (10 feet) of snowfall in total over the past four days - some receiving snow at a rate of more than a metre in 24 hours at times. The snowfall was driven in on very strong winds, sometimes reaching over 100mph, meaning that there were severe blizzard conditions. Several resorts closed as it was unsafe to be outside, let alone on the ski slopes, although others stayed open throughout. https://www.facebook.com/HomewoodMountainResort/videos/377726909721733/ Mammoth Mountain, pictured top, one of the currently closed resorts, posted the biggest total of 3 metres (10 feet) of snowfall since Saturday on its…

Family winter ski adventure in Slovenia

Neil Pedoe and his young family return to Slovenia chasing affordable, late-season Easter snow. Did he find bluebird spring skiing? Or did rain stop play?Stepping out into fresh snow and dazzling sunlight at the top of Kanin-Sella Nevea’s main gondola was a somewhat surreal experience, as only 30 minutes before we were sitting on a grass verge in the sun, pulling on our ski boots – the very idea of snow in this balmy climate seeming fanciful. But now, at 2,200m, we were squinting through the light at pristine, snow-covered slopes rising on three sides from the powder bowl top station. Above us the ever-steeper, rocky ridge summit of Mount Prestreljenic rose towards the Italian border, while below, the snow-draped…

SUPER 3 WOMAN

I’ve taken part in one of the biggest amateur ski races in the Alps, The Inferno, for several consecutive years, it’s addictive - the adrenaline from the race, the friends you make and look forward to seeing the following year, the weekend break away and the hope that you may get a medal - and if not, at least a sticker for your ski helmet. So last summer when a skiing buddy asked if we’d (me and the other half – ‘OH’) like to enter the Super 3 - a series of ski races which he had chatted briefly to us about during the 2017 Inferno ski race, we didn’t take long to say a great big yes. Being a…

Freeride World Tour: Travis Rice’s View During One of ‘the Most Complete Runs’ Ever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBHdSLMfACc Hakuba, Japan: first stop of the Freeride World Tour where everyone was blown away by the historic line that Travis Rice's took, scoring him  95%.  Head judge Lolo Besse said “The only reason he scored 95/100 was because a few more riders were left to go. It would have been 100 score points. It was one of the most complete runs in the Freeride World Tour that we’ve ever seen.”…

Skier Rescued Alive After Being Buried 3 Metres down in an Avalanche for Over an Hour

A skier is rescued to have been rescued alive despite being buried three metres below the snow for more than an hour after getting trapped in an avalanche. Three skiers were skiing in a steep off-piste area at the Swiss destination of Jaun on Monday last week when the avalanche occurred. The avalanche risk at the time was set at 3 (considerable) out of 5 on the European Avalanche Danger Scale and an avalanche 50 metres wide and 250 metres long was set off engulfing the three skiers. A witness called immediately for emergency assistance and a rescue team from REGA (Swiss Air-Rescue) came by helicopter with an avalanche dog and a RECCO detector. A 22-year-old man got buried completely.…