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Zero-Emission Hydrogen-Powered Snow Groomer Launched

Italian-company Prinoth has released a snow grooming tractor powered by hydrogen, which it says has zero-CO2-emissions when in use. The new Leitwolf h2Motion is set to debut on the slopes of Alta Badia in the Dolomiti Superski region when the resort hosts its annual World cup races on the Gran Risa race course on Sunday 20th and Monday 21st December. The groomer is the latest development after the company launched its Husky eMotion all electric groomer, but has more power and can perform for longer on a tank of hydrogen, than the electric groomer can on a full charge. The Husky eMotion, the lightest groomer in the world, can run at full power for up to three hours on a…

Swiss Ski Resort Launches ‘Last Day Lift Passes’ – Each Offsetting One Tonne of CO2

Swiss ski resort Laax has come up with a novel way to raise attention about the rapid thawing of its Vorab glacier, and perhaps even slow its current rapid melting. From 18 December 2020, visitors to the resort can purchase a ‘Last Day Pass’, a biodegradable, wooden card produced locally in Laax, and contribute to the cost to offset carbon emissions. All proceeds from the Last Day Pass will be used to offset CO2 by planting 5,000 - 6,000 indigenous trees, slowing down the melt and pushing back the last day of the Vorab Glacier.  That’s currently very precisely predicted on or before 3rd April 2056, after which date the glacier is predicted to have disappeared entirely. Each card sold,…

New Ski Resort Planed for Kamchatka

A ski resort project has been unveiled for the remote Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East of Russia. The resort, to be named Three Volcanoes Park will be built in a spectacular location with views of the Moutnovsky V, Vilyuchik and Gorely Volcanoes, according to local reports. Kamchatka is known for its spectacular, remote, generally snowsure mountains and has long been a cult destination for heliskiers to aspire to visit. The global HKS architectural firm has won the contract to design the mountain resort, working with the resort’s creators Three Volcano Park LLC, with the objective of creating a year-round mountain destination “rather than a pure ski resort” reports say, “with a focus on the ecological side of the Kamchatka…

Snow Competency Centre Aims To Cut Snow Waste

A novel new organisation based in Norway has begun operations with the aim of helping ski resorts manage snow more efficiently, and thus cut energy use and help the environment. The Snow Competency Centre has grown out of a research project called Snow For the Future and has won some big name backers including the International Ski Federation (FIS). The centre’s website, published in English and Norwegian, is choc-full of ideas on how ski destinations can make best use of their snow resources, with the minimum energy use. Ruka snow-farming The four key sections of the site include: Snow Production – how to maximise efficiency in a warming climate; Snow storage – efficient storage through summer (the increasingly popular “snow-farming”…

Skier Aims To Fund Planting of 100,000 Trees By Climbing 100,000 Metres on Skis 

A professional skier based in New-Zealand, Pete Oswald, is funding the reforestation of by skiing uphill. Pete Oswald's 'Ski For Trees' initiative has already proved so successful that it has funded the planting of nearly 50,000 trees in Madagascar, and Pete hopes to reach 100,000 trees by the time the snow has gone. The initiative seeks donations for every metre Pete skis uphill, so far that total has passed 26,000 vertical metres climbed, mostly at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski areas, and enough money donated to plant more than 48,000 trees so far. "I've set it up to draw attention to how little money it costs to put a lot of trees in the ground in a place where…

Protect Our Winters Ask Skiers & Boarders To Join Mass Virtual Lobby of MPS on 30 June

The UK branch of Protect Our Winters (POW), the global movement of skiers and boarders to fight climate change, is urging skiers and boarders to join a virtual lobby, aimed at asking British MPs to take action for a better future. The virtual lobby is being organised by a group called The Climate Coalition, a group of over 100 member organisations including POW. “We are at a turning point. As we build back from the current health crisis, we can choose to tackle climate change and nature’s decline, and rebuild a resilient economy that benefits everyone in society. Or we can let the moment for change pass us by, go back to old ways and wait for new crises to…

New Gondola Is World’s Longest And Has Biggest Vertical Rise of its Type

A new gondola with eight-passenger cabins is the new world’s longest of its type and also climbs the greatest vertical of a single lift, according to its manufacturer, the Swiss firm Bartholet. The lift, with an inclined length of 5682 metres, has been built at the new Turkish ski area of Düziçi, and is, “the world’s longest monocable gondola lift for eight people in a single section,” the company reports. However it is not only the length that is spectacular, but also the outstanding topography that is overcome. The line leads over rough and smooth terrain, past barren rocks and climbs a total vertical of 1,551 metres, a second world record. “Extreme weather conditions, challenging terrain and limited local resources,”…

Scottish Ski Centre Plans Post Lockdown Events

Nevis Range ski area near Ben Nevis and Fort William in Scotland is facing the biggest challenge in its 30-year history, according to a resort spokesperson.  With safety for staff and visitors always the main priority, Nevis Range closed its doors on Friday 21 March 2020 as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The venue had already had a tough winter season, with unprecedented storms affecting the first few months. At the end of February things were starting to look a lot brighter, with lots of snow on the hill and beautiful blue bird days; it truly promised to be one of the best spring ski seasons for many years. “Following last year’s difficult winter and this year’s Covid-19…

New Longest Gondola in The World Ready to Open

Serbia is reported to be set to open what is claimed to be the new longest gondola lift in the world once the country’s coronavirus pandemic lockdown is eased. Dubbed the “The Zlatibor Gold Gondola” the new lift in nine kilometres (5.5 miles) in length and will carry skiers and boarders from the centre of Zlatibor, a small mountain town in western Serbia, to the local ski area at Tornik. The lift will be a mile longer than the current holder of the world’s longest gondola lift title, the 7.4km (4.5 mile) long Tianmen Shan cable car in Zhangjiajie National Park in China, according to the local Municipality of Čajetina who are behind the development. The lift was officially due…

Les Arcs Commits to ‘Flocon Vert’ Sustainable Development Strategy

French ski resort of Les Arcs-Bourg Saint Maurice has announced that it will commit to the ‘Flocon Vert’ (or 'green snowflake') label, as the resort continues to grow its sustainable development strategy. The ‘Flocon Vert’ was created in 2011 by the ‘Mountain Riders’ association, which has been working for over 20 years to help support mountain resorts work towards more sustainable operations. The label is issued based on fulfilling 20 criteria divided into four themes: local economy, social and cultural, governance and destination, environment and natural resources. By joining the ‘Flocon Vert’ approach, Les Arcs - Bourg Saint Maurice is pledging to becoming more eco-responsible and make environmental issues a corner stone of its future development. Les Arcs – Bourg…