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Crans-Montana Creates Unique New Ski Touring Routes

In what they’re describing as a world first, Swiss resort Crans Montana has created 15 new ski touring routes with varying levels of difficulty. The resort is positioning itself as one of, if not the, leading ski touring centre in Europe and possibly the world. Working with ski-mountaineering champion, Séverine Pont-Combe, the routes have been created within a vast area of the mountains around the Valais resort which they’ve called The Rando Parc. In total there are more than 40km of marked and secured ski touring routes, which combined include more than 8,000 metres of vertical. Routes are graded blue, red and black and are suitable for everyone from complete beginners to the more advanced. There are three introductory level…

British Instructors abroad

Snow Enthusiast Editor, Rob Stewart, a former full-time ski teacher himself, catches up with some old friends to find out what life is really like in the ‘World’s best office’ during the final winter before Brexit might have a huge impact on how British instructors can work in the EU. Here’s what they have to say: Isla Marsh is a BASI ISIA ski instructor and BASI 1 Snowboard instructor working in Hakuba, Japan and Perisher, Australia for independent ski schools, Hakuba Snowsports School and Perisher Snowsports School. The best thing about her job is: “Watching people get stoked on skiing” and nothing much frustrates her apart from the odd management issues. Would she recommend ski teaching as a career? Isla…

More Huge Snowfalls in BC as Kicking Horse Opens New Terrain

A second wave of massive snowfalls in the Pacific northwest region of Canada is seeing powder conditions across the province of British Columbia and in to Western Alberta. Totals for the first three days of 2019 include 45cm (18 inches) at Whistler, 39cm at Fernie (pictured top, image by Jordan Vlasschaert from Shred Kelly) and 28cm at Lake Louise. Revelstoke Mountain Resort , (pictured below yesterday) which usually is in the world’s top dozen for snowfall totals by the end of the ski season, passed through the 6 metres (20 feet) snowfall-to-date-this-season figure with 29cm in the last 24 hours taking it to 619cm so far. Forecasting models are showing more of the same with potentially up to 70cm more for Big White…

Be the stars in your own ski movie with SkiBro’s Cinematic Pack

SkiBro - the game-changing platform that allows users to find their ideal ski & snowboard lesson provider and book instantly - has launched the Cinematic Pack, a new experience that looks set to change “how was your holiday” water-cooler chats forever! The Cinematic Pack teams some of SkiBro's finest instructors with a top-notch mountain cinematographer, giving clients an unforgettable day in the mountains, all captured in stunning high definition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvT_JkU_pR4 SkiBro Cinematic Pack The Cinematic Pack will appeal to anyone that has dabbled in action cameras and realised how hard it is to capture great footage and how time consuming it can be to edit. Or anyone that loves a great ski video and wished they could be the stars.…

The 5 best ski resorts for beginners in Austria

By CheckYeti In Austria, a total of around 450 ski resorts can be found. In order to find a beginner-friendly resort, factors like the slopes’ level of difficulty, the ski lesson offers, the availability of practice areas and the ski schools’ childcare facilities should be considered. © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Josef Mallaun St Anton Centrally located in the Austrian Alps, St Anton am Arlberg is the biggest ski resort in Austria and one of the 10 biggest worldwide. It can be reached in under 1.5h from Innsbruck and in around 3h from Munich and Salzburg. The ski resort, which includes more than 300km of slopes, has been known long before the Alpine Ski World Championship was held…

New Biggest Ski Area in Central Switzerland Officially Opens

A ‘new’ ski area in Central Switzerland has become a reality after ten years of planning and an investment of nearly 130 million Swiss Francs. The ‘new’ SkiArena Andermatt Sedrun has been made by connecting the ski areas of Andermatt and Sedrun to create an area of 120km.  A further connection the separately-owned area of Disentis is due for completion next summer when a total of 160km The historic Andermatt and Sedrun ski areas have been completely renewed with around 10 new high-speed, high-capacity chair and gondola lifts installed and new created to complete the connection between the two resorts.  It is now being marketed as the “most modern” as well as the largest in Central Switzerland. The connection links…

Sun, Sand, Snow and Spain

Snow Enthusiast’s Rob Stewart takes a family February half-term break in Southern Spain – combining sightseeing, Spanish culture, skiing and even a little beach time. I’d known about Spain’s southern ski resort, Sierra Nevada, for many years and had always had it on the list of ‘must do places’, so when I spotted an opportunity during the February half term week for a multi-activity holiday that didn’t look too price sensitive for a school holiday week, I had to go for it. The itinerary, more enticing (and varied) than a spread of evening tapas served up with a fine sherry, took in the city of Grenada – along with its famous Alhambra palace – four days skiing in the Sierra…

The ultimate ski and snowboard trips for the 2018-19 winter season

At Snow Enthusiast, we’ve been scouring the airways, social media channels and hanging around in dodgy bars for months looking for information to bring you the very best and most interesting ski and snowboard trips for the 2018-19 winter season. Here are some of our favourites: Heliskiing with Chemmy Alcott in Italy Britain’s most successful female skier and BBC sports presenter, Chemmy Alcott, is hosting a four day epic heliskiing trip in Alagna, Italy, this winter. The chance to explore the vast Monterosa ski region, access terrain via a helicopter, eat glorious Italian food and enjoy the company of like-minded skiers and of course the charismatic Chemmy, is surely a trip that should be scrawled on any bucket list. Experienced…

Highest Resolution Photograph Yet Created Shows Mont Blanc in Incredible Detail

A remarkable new photograph is reputed to be the most detailed ever created. The incredible 46 terabytes image (that’s 46,000 gigabytes) depicts Western Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, which has the ski towns of Chamonix below it on the French side, and Courmayeur over the border on the Italian side (where it is Monte Bianco). The image was created over several months with a team of photographers working to create the picture at the highest resolution yet achieved – a resolution of 365 gigapixels (365,000 megapixels!). Working in often difficult conditions, 3,500 metres up, more than 70,000 individual shots were required to create the massive image. “How to celebrate Her Majesty the Mont Blanc? We just wished to represent it…

Les Arcs Invites Ski Tourers to Test The Snow a Week Before Opening

Les Arcs , which will celebrate its 50th season this winter, has announced that it will be opening for one day only a week ahead of its main season opening date of December 15th – but in a novel move it will open the ski area to ski tourers only, and not turn on the ski lifts. The special one day opening on Saturday 8th December has been christened ‘La Belle Aventure’ by the famous French ski resort and will be free of charge to participate in, with all ability levels welcomed. Skiers will gather from 9am on the day in Arc 2000, then from 10am in groups accompanied by mountain guides, steadily go up to either the Igloo Village or…