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Cairngorm Mountain Announce Plan To Switch to Biofuel

Snow making, road clearing and other diesel-fuelled machinery at Cairngorm Mountain is set to be powered by biofuel in the new year in a move which is expected to cut carbon emissions from the equipment by up to 90%. Operator, Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited (CMSL), has issued a tender to biofuel traders on the National Fuels Framework to supply the centre with hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), as a replacement for diesel. A groomer preparing the terrian park at Cairngorm Mountain. HVO is described as “a second-generation biofuel made from renewable, sustainable raw materials.” It’s the latest Scottish ski area to increase its use of renewable energy. Nevis Range introduced its own hydro-electric plant to cover its energy needs several years…

Back to the roots in Ruhpolding: Finding your inner balance in the winter woods

Technology is advancing as one innovation follows the other and the world keeps turning faster. In these times, some people are longing for the simple things in life. Occasionally the winter woods, some time off and your snowshoes are all it takes to find your inner balance in this fast-paced world. How about a bit of deceleration? Then it's time for a snowshoe tour in Ruhpolding, Upper Bavaria. The motto is: Back to the roots - in many ways. Head out into nature, inhale the fragrances of the trees and let the calming atmosphere have its effect on your soul and body. But why snowshoes?  Being one with nature while snowshoeingIn Ruhpolding everything is possible, from flat areas in the…

Toboggan tips from a traditional toboggan maker in Bavaria

If you want to experience winter in Germany, you have to pay Bavaria a visit. There is something for everyone here - whether relaxed days in the snow or unforgettable adventures in the forest. And who better to tell you about it than those who have been calling winter their favourite time of the year here since childhood? Locals tell of cross-country skiing, winter hiking, snowshoe tours, winter survival, tobogganing or game feeding in Bavaria. They cultivate their customs and traditions - but they also know where the perfect winter spots are and the best part: They even reveal their secret tips.  A small brick house, located in sleepy, wintery Franconia. Smoke rises from the chimney. In the middle of…

Japan Ski Touring Adventure To Raise funds For Protect Our Winters

A ski company is planning to fly skiers to Japan to highlight the impact of climate change and raise funds for environmental advocacy group Protect Our Winters UK (POW UK). Mabey Ski’s ‘4 Volcanoes in 4 days’ will carbon offset the climate damage caused by the flights to Japan by engaging in a tree-planting project with POW’s partner, Mossy Earth. Thirty adventurous, self-motivated skiers and snowboarders will hike dormant volcanoes, tackle steep terrain, and push their physical, mental and emotional limits in a bid to to raise awareness for climate change. The 4-day trip is open to confident skiers and snowboarders who are fit and self-motivated. Each participant will be tasked to raise a minimum of £500 for POW UK.…

Why you should not miss out on Bavaria’s Ruhpolding as a cross-country skier!

Gentle hilly landscapes framed by the Chiemgau Alps. Lakes combined with snow-white plains and quiet forest areas. Perfectly traced cross-country ski trails, which also excite cross-country and biathlon professionals at the mere sight, coupled with idyllic views that remind you of Canada. An infrastructure that is fully committed to winter lovers on two skis. An arena in which the love for biathlon is felt by top athletes every year and which drives them to peak performances. Ruhpolding, the Mecca of cross-country skiing in Germany, is all of that. So, what does this place offer that others do not and that no cross-country skier should miss out on?  1: Exceptional snow sports schools and biathlon crash courses Because we all start…

Skier Completes 10 Years of Skiing Every Month of the Year on Scottish Snow

A Scottish skier has managed to make some turns on Scottish snow every month of the year for ten straight years. That’s 120 consecutive months on Scottish snow. Former Geography teacher Helen Rennie said that over the past decade she has had increasing difficulty finding surviving snow patches to ski in late summer/early autumn each year. Helen, now 65, started her monthly ski trips, aged 55, when she was recovering from oesophageal  cancer in 2009 and looking for a personal challenge. She has found snow in the Cairngorms every month except for September 2013, 2017 and 2019, when she had to ski a snow patch at Aonach Beag by Nevis Range, a feat that required a six mile hike there…

Big Snowfalls as North America Prepares to Launch 2019-20 Ski Season

Heavy snowfall at the week and Monday in the north-western corner of North America has raised excitement levels for the start of the 2019-20 ski season in the USA - potentially just days, and definitely at worst only a few weeks away. Montana got the biggest falls, with reports of up to four feet (1.2 metres) of “heavy wet snow” in parts of the state. The governor declared a temporary state of emergency in the affected areas. https://www.facebook.com/jacksonhole/videos/1013737695684800/ Just to the south in Wyoming, Jackson Hole (video above posted yesterday and pictured top) was dumped on too. Further north in BC, Canada, several ski areas reported at least 60cm (two feet) of snowfall. This was Apex resort. NASA took this…

‘Snow-Cannon’ on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Saturn’s moon Enceladus seems to be acting like a "snow-cannon," pumping water into Saturn's orbit and covering its neighbouring moons in snow, which has made them highly reflective, new research suggests. A team of researchers looked at 60 radar observations of Saturn's inner moons — Mimas, Enceladus and Tethys — made by NASA’s spacecraft Cassini, and found that the radar brightness of these moons is double that than previously thought. The researchers determined the extreme brightness is a result of ice and snow falling and coating their surfaces, which are not protected by any atmosphere, after it has been ejected by powerful geysers on Enceladus, in as process described in the report as being like a “giant snow cannon.” The…

Ski Touring By Boat in Norway’s Sunnmøre Alps

A company called Fjord Adventures which specialises in ski touring adventures bin Norway’s Sunnmøre Alps, has invested £500K in an “eco facelift” of the historic ship, HMS Gåssten, which they use as the base for their trips. After the darkest of winters, HMS Gåssten will begin a new ski touring programme from February 2020. There is a blanket ban on snowmobile and helicopter assisted access to the Sunnmøre Alps which provides those arriving by boat access to untracked powder perfection. "The boat allowed us access to some of the most remote parts of the Sunnmøre Alps, the guides took to us to some of the best terrain I have ever skied, with fresh powder every day,” said skier Charles Ziar…

The Off-Piste Awareness Tour 2019

Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT), which over recent years has become a leading source of advice on the dangers of avalanches and how to avoid them when heading off piste, is launching a tour of venues in the UK to give skiers and boarders the chance to gain valuable advice on saying safe in the mountain. The 2019 Off-Piste Awareness Tour will kick off next month and includes more than 30 live events in venues across the UK, along with several in  France. The talks focus on how to manage risk when skiing or snowboarding off-piste and are aimed at all levels of riders from off-piste first timers to experienced veterans looking to reinforce their knowledge. Participants can sign up for…