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First Ski Lift For 40 Years Begins Operating in Afghanistan

What is believed to be the first ski lift to operate in Afghanistan for more than four decades has begun operation. The lift is the latest development at the Bamyan ski area, located 100 miles west of the country’s capital Kabul. The rudimentary ski lift, like many of the early ski lifts in North America and Europe, utilises a motorbike engine to pull a simple cable lift. The bottom pulley wheel is fixed in an upturned wheelbarrow.  The lift is reported to have been created by an American family who live locally. The lift is the latest development since the creation of the annual Afghan Ski Challenge, originally established by a Swiss journalist in 2011 and now organised by the…

Mürren Open to Telemark Skiers Only For Closing Weekend

The Swiss ski village of Mürren, famous as one of the first downhill ski resorts, home of the world’s longest ski race the Inferno, location for Bond movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ and part of the well-known Jungfrau region which also encompasses the skiing above its neighbouring resorts of Wengen and Grindelwald, has announced that it is going to go ‘Telemark Only’ for the last weekend of the season. Now spread over four days, the resort’s Telemark Only event was started by Paul Flück in May 2016 and to promote Telemark skiing and to increase the number of Telemark skiers.  It has proved a huge success, getting bigger and more popular each year. “How cool is this? Telemark skiers…

The Athlete Interview: EMILY SARSFIELD, Olympic ski cross racer

Kerry McCarthy, Features Editor from The Great Outdoors Agency caught up with British Olympic ski cross athlete, Emily Sarsfield to hear about the sport she loves and what’s been happening since the Winter Olympics in South Korea.  K: You have enjoyed skiing since the age of 3, and you started competing in the English Alpine Squad at the age of 13. What was it about the emerging sport of ski cross that won you over in your early twenties? ES: I started skiing on family holidays and school ski trips at the age of 3 and was always chained to my elder sister - I think this had a lot to do with my skiing progressing quickly! I competed in…

New 24 Hour Record Set For Skiing Uphill

Ultra-runner and ski mountaineer Kilian Jornet has set a new 24-hour uphill skiing record, completing 23,486-metres of elevation on his skis. Based at the Tusten Ski Resort in Norway, Jornet was joined by friends and local skiers during the feat. To complete the challenge, Jornet achieved a total of 51 climbs over 195km in 24 hours. The feat, complete on 8th February, is equivalent to over 2.5 ascents of Mt. Everest. “I’ve been feeling great throughout the 24 hours and the sensations have been really good. Thank you to everyone who came to join in and share this experience with me,” said Jornet. Jornet uploaded the incredible feat to Strava, the social network for athletes, to inspire athletes around the…

Skiing Without Snow on World’s Tallest Mountain “Disrespectful to Hawaiians”

A video that appeared online that shows people skiing and snowboarding over dry land on the slopes of Maunakea in Hawaii has been described as disrespectful and damaging to the environment. Maunakea is a dormant volcano with its peak is 4,207 m above sea level, making it the highest point in the state of Hawaii. Most of the mountain is under water, and when measured from its oceanic base, Maunakea is the tallest mountain in the world measuring over 10,000m. The top of the mountain is often snow-capped in winter and can be skied, although there are no lifts.  Official policy is that people are allowed to ski or board on the snow, but not to ski, board or engage…

4 Day, 3 Metre (10 Foot), Snowstorm Hits US

A massive winter snowstorm has brought huge snowfalls to the Western United States, particularly the Californian Sierras, where resorts have reported up to 3 metres (10 feet) of snowfall in total over the past four days - some receiving snow at a rate of more than a metre in 24 hours at times. The snowfall was driven in on very strong winds, sometimes reaching over 100mph, meaning that there were severe blizzard conditions. Several resorts closed as it was unsafe to be outside, let alone on the ski slopes, although others stayed open throughout. https://www.facebook.com/HomewoodMountainResort/videos/377726909721733/ Mammoth Mountain, pictured top, one of the currently closed resorts, posted the biggest total of 3 metres (10 feet) of snowfall since Saturday on its…

Get your Skiwear Fixed for Free in Resort

Skiwear company Patagonia are taking an unusual approach to selling gear – by offering skiers and boarders the chance to get their damaged skiwear repaired for free, regardless of the brand. The company’s ‘Worn Wear Repair Tour’ has just launched in Innsbruck, Austria and will make its way to snow destinations across Europe over the next few months, repairing zips, buttons, rips and tears, including Gore-Tex apparel. Patagonia have a strong environmental focus, and encouraging people to take good care of their gear - repairing it as necessary, to ensure it lasts as long as it can rather than buying new, is part of that focus. “Fixing your gear and using it for many seasons reduces overall consumption, which is…

Crans-Montana Creates Unique New Ski Touring Routes

In what they’re describing as a world first, Swiss resort Crans Montana has created 15 new ski touring routes with varying levels of difficulty. The resort is positioning itself as one of, if not the, leading ski touring centre in Europe and possibly the world. Working with ski-mountaineering champion, Séverine Pont-Combe, the routes have been created within a vast area of the mountains around the Valais resort which they’ve called The Rando Parc. In total there are more than 40km of marked and secured ski touring routes, which combined include more than 8,000 metres of vertical. Routes are graded blue, red and black and are suitable for everyone from complete beginners to the more advanced. There are three introductory level…

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.…