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Southern Hemisphere 2022 Ski Season Starts 2 Months Early

The 2022 ski season has got underway at South America’s largest ski area by uplift, Argentina’s Cerro Catedral are near the ski town of Baroiloche. There has been heavy snowfall in the Andes and other mountainous  areas of South America over the past week, and Cerro Catedral reports they’ve had a 1.5 metre (five foot) accumulation. This is unprecedented for April – which is still early autumn in the southern hemisphere. Chile's Nevados de Chillan this week. Cerro Catedral has opened limited terrain for this weekend only and for a maximum of 300 skiers and boarders. The terrain was prepared in less than 48 hours and access is limited to experienced skiers and boarders aged over 12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoEcpCFq-Xg South America’s…

World’s Best Known Snowboarder Visits Ski Dubai

Arguably the world’s best known and most successful snowboarder, three-time Olympic gold medallist in half-pipe snowboarding Shaun White, has paid a visit to Ski Dubai and met with some of the centre’s sponsored athletes. White (pictured fifth from left above), who has competed at five Olympics and holds the world record for the most X Games gold medals and most Olympic gold medals by a snowboarder, retired after the Beijing Games earlier this year. Ski Dubai 15 young athletes met White including Emirati snowboarder Amenah Almuhairi (13), who had just posted a victory at the FIS (International Ski Federation) Platak Open 2 Competition in Croatia where she won a total of 11 medals and became the first female athlete to…

Spring Terrain Park Shaped Daily Until June in Austria

Betterpark Hintertux on the Hintertux glacier in the Austrian Tirol is launching its annual Spring Park Sessions from Saturday, April 23rd onwards. The park, 3,200m up on the glacier, will be shaped daily until June 6th so that the freestyle can enjoy the best conditions for all riders, who haven’t had enough of winter yet. “The park is calling, with good snow conditions at the glacier right now,” a Hintertux spokesperson said. The park is built and maintain by Wille Kaufmann from betterparks.at who has worked on the park for 18 years and whose mission has always been to build parks, where everyone feels welcome with features for every riding-level. There’s something for everyone from first-timers enjoying their first freestyle-experiences…

New World Record For Snowboarding Vertical Set

A new Guinness World Record has been set for the most vertical feet snowboarded in 12 hours. Myles Silverman made 56 laps of the mountain at Sugarloaf in Maine, USA, to clock up “just shy of 100,000 vertical feet” (30,500 vertical metres). Sugarloaf set up a special priority lane to give Myles unrestricted access to the resort’s fast Superquad chairlift. Myles passed the former Guinness World Record of 62,355 vertical feet around 1:30 in the  afternoon after 46 laps completed and with two hours of his time left. The previous record of 62,336 ft (9,000m) was set in 2017 by Brit Keith Hayes at Sun Peaks Resort, in British Columbia. Keith spent 9 months training for his attempt which raised…

Naked Ski-Touring For Women Only in Colorado

A woman’s group is planning a naked ski run as part of an all-female ski festival at a Colorado ski area. The idea behind the Boot Tan Fest, which launched last winter at the new Bluebird Backcountry ski area, is to make backcountry skiing a “more inclusive, accessible and empowering sport,” the organisers say.  Bluebird Backcountry has no lifts and is for back country skiers only. Last year’s event included an impromptu naked lap in which more than 20 people took part, this spring the plan is to make it a more official event with a maximum of 300 people. The naked ski lap is not something participants need to feel they have to take part in, but it’s there…

Saudi Arabia to Build Outdoor Ski Area

Saudi Arabia have announced plans to build a ski-resort in the desert as part of the Kingdom’s Neom megacity project. The ski resort, named 'Trojena', will contain a “folded vertical village” and a three-kilometre man-made lake. “Trojena will redefine mountain tourism for the world by creating a place based on the principles of ecotourism, highlighting our efforts to preserve nature and enhance the community’s quality of life,” Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said, adding “[It] will be an important addition to tourism in the region, a unique example of how Saudi Arabia is creating destinations based on its geographical and environmental diversity.” The Neom development, which covers a vast area, has raised eyebrows around the…

US Boarder & Skier Duo Set New World Record For Most Resorts Skied/Boarded in 24 Hours

A boarder and a skier from the US state of Michigan believe they have broken the Guinness World Record for the most ski areas skied or boarded in a 24-hour period. Kyle Kelly and Brad Dykstra drove 763 miles across the state of Michigan to ski at 22 ski areas over the final weekend of February, clocking up five more ski areas than the previous record of 17 set in Japan five years ago. “Michigan is the perfect place to attempt this record,” Kelly said, adding that according to the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) no matter where you are in the state, you are within a two-hour drive of a ski area. Michigan is also tied with New York…

New Photo Book Features Famous Female Snowboarders

A new book: Heroes: Women in Snowboarding has been published by ACC Art Books. Photographer Jérôme Tanon spent two years travelling the world to photograph these inspiring and talented female boarders and he is now ready to tell their stories in his new book. Among the snowboarders featured are Olympic Gold Medalists Anna Gasser and Jamie Anderson, Silver Medalist Laurie Blouin among other famous snowboarders. While the images are the heart of the book, each snowboarder gave snippets of their story which are included in the book alongside their artistic action shots. Heroes: Women in Snowboarding is available worldwide on Amazon.…

Finnish Resort To Create “Glacier” For Skiers

Finland’s leading ski resort of Levi has announced plans to create a permanent snow slope with a combination of snow-farming, snowmaking and protecting the slope from summer heat with hi-tec insulation. They’re calling it the ‘Levi Glacier’. Levi already uses snow-farming to open a slope in early October each year at the beginning of a seven month season, but rather than store piles of snow over summer to spread on the slope each autumn, they will now keep building on a permanent snow slope. Levi’s commercial director Marko Mustonen said that for now the run will still open in early October, but that the ultimate goal is to stretch the season for as long as possible. “After 2-3 years, we…

World’s Most Northerly Ski Area Opens for 2022 Season

The world’s most northerly full ski area has opened for its 2022 ski season today, 29th January. The volunteer-run Nordvågen ski area on Norway’s North Cape is located far north of the Arctic  Circle and hundreds of kilometres north too of internationally better known ski areas like Narvik and Riksgransen. It opens each year as the period of 24-hour night at its latitude begins to end although its slopes are fully floodlit anyway. There are two varied slopes served by a modern 837 metre long T Bar lift. “We have an alpine cabin with ski rental and a small cafe which is also run on a voluntary basis,” a statement from the Nordkapp Alpinklubb (North Cape Alpine Club) which runs…