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World Snow Day Returns

World Snow Day will be back next weekend for its eighth annual staging on Sunday, January 20th, 2019. The worldwide event co-ordinated by the International Ski Federation (FIS) is simply a celebration of snowsports and fun and is particularly targeted at families and children. Ski resorts, regions and in some cases entire snowsports nations take part with a big mixture of fun events and incentives such as free or heavily discounted children’s or beginner ski and snowboard lessons on the day.  2019 will see 469 events in 45 countries. FIS President Gian Franco Kasper remarked, “once again World Snow Day has exceeded 400 events. This is great achievement and testament to how important children and families are to snow sports.”…

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.…

French Resort Using Three Green Technologies To Cover 30% of Energy Needs

The largest ski resort in the Southern Alps, Serre-Chevalier in France, has announced it will be meeting 30% of its energy needs by 2021 using a combination of green energy sources. Work on the project that will mean hydroelectric, photovoltaic and micro-wind turbine electricity will all be generated in the Vallée, is now underway. The resort will generate the energy in a €3.6m project that will create solar power from Serre Chevalier’s average 2,500 hours of sunshine per year, hydro power from its snowmaking water system and wind power from its exposed high-altitude passes. Altogether this provides a multiple natural resource capable of producing nearly a third of the total consumption of electricity (4.5 gigawatt hours out of a total…

Records Tumble As World’s Best Ski Racers Close in on All Time World Cup Wins Record

It has been a remarkable month, and particularly the past week, in the Alpine Skiing World Cup as the planet’s best ski racers prepare for their brief Christmas break ahead of 2019 and the World Championships in Are, Sweden in less than two months’ time. Among the records broken in recent days: America’s Mikaela Shiffrin (pictured top) has become the youngest person to notch up 50 World cup wins, still aged just 23. She’s one of only eight skiers to get to 50 World Cup wins. Her win in the slalom at Courchevel on Saturday also equalling the most slalom wins by any woman to date: 35. Austria’s Marchel Hirscher (29), pictured above, already a record holder for the most…

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…

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…

Arlberg Region Opens for 2018-19 Season

Lech, Zurs and St. Anton in Austria’s famed Arlberg ski region have kicked off their 2018-19 winter. So far snow cover is a little limited with the base given as 20cm and 14 runs, representing a combined 14km of slopes, open for early arrivals. However heavy snow is forecast for Sunday/Monday December 2nd/3rd with up to 40cm of new snow expected in the region within a 48 hour period. (Lech during snowfall on Wednesday 28 November) St Anton has a number of events and attractions laid on to start the winter season over the weekend under the heading of a new event called "Catch Me if you Can". This includes the chance to test new season ski and snowboard gear…

Europe’s most Southerly Ski Area Opens Early with its Biggest Ever Area Open For Last Weekend of November

Europe’s most southerly mainland ski resort and also Spain’s highest ski area, Sierra Nevada, is opening for the 2018-19 ski season tomorrow, Saturday November 24, 2018, a week earlier than planned. What’s more the terrain available will be the largest amount the resort has ever offered this early in the season, staff believe. https://www.facebook.com/sierranevada2.0/videos/2608979242445447/   A total of 9 lifts and 43 kilometres of slopes will be available, providing a vertical drop of 1,100 metres with accumulated snow between 20cm and 150cm depending on the altitude. The news of Sierra Nevada’s early opening came after another Spanish resort, Masella, was one of the first in Europe to open for the season on November 1st following big snowfalls in the Pyrenees…

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…

Zermatt Opening Over 90km of Runs this Weekend, and New 3S Lift with Solar Power Plant

The combined Zermatt-Cervinia ski area will have the biggest ski area in the world open this weekend with more than 90km of runs accessible on the Swiss and Italian side of the border surrounding Europe’s highest ski lifts. Zermatt will also be running it’s new 3S gondola up to the Klein Matterhorn which has been operating daily since 1st November having taken there years to build during 100-day summer construction weather windows at its high altitude around 3,800 metres above sea level. The new lift, which will run alongside the existing cable car, has won attention for lots of features including some cabins with glass floors and others encrusted with Swarovski crystals, but it is also a very environmentally friendly…