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Last Paradise Revealed

It has taken a lifetime to create the film “Last Paradise” and now its underlying messages have become extremely relevant in these times of pandemic and enforced isolation. The film dips in to a 45-year story of adventure and innovation to reveal the big picture of our world today. In these times of global lockdown people are being challenged to evaluate and rethink their lives and the true meaning of “wealth”. Our lifestyle and even our investments are suddenly facing the ultimate acid test. Whilst some that have focused on wealth creation are seeing their castles crumble, others who have focussed more on lifestyle are seeing their investments pay off like never before. Some people are trapped in concrete caves…

The Skiers Helping in the Fight Against Coronavirus

There are numerous reports of ski resorts, ski businesses and individual skiers trying to help in the fight against coronavirus all over the world. A common theme is creating protective clothing for everyone working in health on the front line against the virus. The medical teams at ski resorts have been donating their stocks of now hard-to-obtain goods in many countries, including gloves, sanitisers and masks to hospitals and in the US an organised campaign to get ski googles to medics has got thousands of sets of protective eyewear to hospitals, particularly in New York state in just a few days. Individuals are doing their bit too. In the French resort Alpe d 'Huez ski instructor Françoise Berthet, is making…

World’s Biggest Resort Operator Closes All Centres For the Season, But Hopes Some Could Re-open Late Spring

Vail Resorts, the world’s largest operator of ski resorts, has announced that all of its North American resorts will remain closed for the 2019-20 winter ski season amidst the continued challenges associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Company’s had initially announced a one week closure from last weekend as mass ski resort closures picked up speed across Europe and North America but has now decided that’s it for winter 2019-20. “The Company will consider reopening Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia in late April/early May, dependent on the situation with COVID-19 as well as weather conditions,” a statement from the group says. Whistler Blackcomb normally stays open in…

Many Major US and Candian Ski Areas Start Closing Early Due to Coronavirus

Many of the leading ski resorts in the USA are closing due to the coronavirus outbreak in a major change from the policy of the past week. The country's two biggest groups Vail Resorts and Alterra, which together operate nearly 50 of North America's resorts, flipped from saying they intended to stay open at the start of yesterday to announcing closure of their resorts later in the day. This includes resorts such as Whistler, Heavenly, Vail, Breckenridge (pictured above last week), Park City, Stowe, Tremblant and many others. Aspen, which has had at least nine positive coronavirus cases but had said it would keep operating, is also now closing, as are quite a few other resorts. Vail says the closure…

More than 500 Ski Areas in Europe Now Closed by Coronavirus

The number of ski areas closed by the coronavirus outbreak in Europe is accelerating rapidly and is now believed to have passed the 500 mark. Around half of those closed are in Italy, where the country went in to ‘lock down’ with many measures including closing all ski resorts earlier this week. Today it has been announced all ski areas in the Austrian province of Tyrol will close from this weekend. That includes many of the world’s most famous destinations including Kitzbuhel, Innsbruck, Solden and St Anton. Many of Norway’s ski areas have also announced they are closing too including Trysil, pictured. Here resorts decided whether or not they should stay open, based on government advice that they ensure they…

The Ski Map of the World

The biggest ever ski map, basically a ski map of the entire world, is now available online, and is looking for any skiers or boarders anywhere to help make it bigger and better still. OpenSnowMap is a community-created and maintained ski map of the world, displaying more than 150,000km of ski pistes on its website. Skiers and snowboarders can browse the map from Antarctica to Alaska, from California to Japan and look at the pistes available in each and every resort, from the smallest to the largest. The coverage goes from the incredibly dense network of nordic trails around Oslo (Norway), to the biggest Alpine resorts of the Alps, to tiny hills in small Slovenian villages. The project doesn’t ‘own’…

New Secondhand Skiwear Reselling Site Launched

A new website where skiers can buy and sell send hand skiwear has launched. The site’s co-founders Nicola Davenport and Sally Warren say they were inspired by the  #ClimateEmergency and the success of the trend for second-hand fashion to create their peer-to-peer marketplace: WhoSki.com “Outdoors clothing is almost impossible to recycle because of the mixed fabrics and specialised coatings. In landfill, it takes literally hundreds of years to decompose. At the charity shop, it’s hard to shift. If you haven’t got a family or friends network to pass on your unwanted or outgrown ski wear, it’s unlikely to find a new home,” said Nicola Davenport. WhoSki.com is marketed as, “…the off-piste way to boost you and your family’s on-piste style…

Dave McCoy, Founder of Mammoth Mountain, Dies Aged 104

Dave McCoy, one of the remaining legends from the early history of downhill skiing, and one of the biggest names in ski resort development through much of the twentieth century, has died at the age of 104. Born in 1915, McCoy’s legend include the fact that he made his first skis himself whilst still at school, and then became Californian state skiing champion aged 22. He set up his first rudimentary ski area in 1938, before hitting on the more snowsure location for Mammoth Mountain in 1942. Mammoth started with a simple home-made roadside rope tow, powered by an old truck engine, but over the next 63 years, McCoy and his wife Roma, whom he’d met in the late 1930s,…

Brit and Aussie Win First Ever ‘Augmented’ Skiing World Championships GS Races

The first ever Augmented World Skiing Championships has taken place in the French ski resort of Alpe d’Huez with hundreds of people attending the weekend of competition and just under 50 people entering the race itself. The event is designed for skiers who are assisted with exoskeleton devices and included a giant slalom race and a ski trail tournament. The men’s giant slalom winner was former British Team skier Ashley Kay with a time of 61.61 seconds with the women’s number one spot going to former Australian Winter Olympic skier, Marilla Guss with a time of 63.32 seconds, giving her second place overall in the competition. “It was great to be part of this competition, the first ever of its…

Ready, set, go! Active winter holiday in Zillertal

Creating the very first tracks in the snow early in the morning, feeling the fresh air on your skin and a unique alpine panorama all around you ... This is the start to a perfect skiing day. But it takes a bit more to fully enjoy the mountaintops. You can experience what that is in Zillertal in Tyrol. The valley combines fun in the snow in every conceivable form with mountain cabin fun, romantic excursions and off-piste action. The following is an inspiration of what it takes to make the winter holiday with your loved ones perfect. © Zillertal Tourismus GmbH, Andre Schönherr Hintertuxer Glacier: What the King of the Valley has to offer A valley that guarantees piste fun?…