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New “World’s Largest Indoor Ski Resort” is “Expected to be Completed by End of Year”

Reports from China, where the focus is on in imminent Winter Olympics and Paralympics around capital Beijing, indicate that a new “world’s largest indoor snow centre”, including an indoor Olympic standard ski run, will be completed in the country’s second city, Shanghai, before the end of 2022. Now known as WintaStar Shanghai, the spectacular project was first unveiled as Winterland Shanghai in 2015 with a price tag of 13.5 billion yuan ($2.1 billion). Located in the coastal Lingang area it is currently being billed as “the world's largest integrated indoor ski resort.” This follows claims at its launch announcement that it would contain, ”the world's longest indoor ski trail.” (Original image from 2015 announcement) The detailed stats on the snow…

Survey Finds “Over 1/3 Of People Missing Mental Health Benefits of Snow Sports”

A survey of over 2,000 snowsports enthusiasts carried out on behalf of snowsports retailer Snow+Rock has revealed that more than a third (38 percent) have missed the benefits of snowsports to their mental health. 81 percent of respondents said they have missed the mountains more than a summer holiday and 94 percent say the pandemic has made them appreciate a winter sports holiday more. Mountain views and “the feeling of being alive on the slopes” topped the moments they most wished for. "We know that snowsports enthusiasts have pined for the positive impact of being on the slopes and that the current uncertainty is concerning, especially now that restrictions and cancellations are starting to impact holidays. We are all united…

Snow Bobsleigh Wins Sculpture Competition

A bobsleigh sculpture created by Ralf Rosa and Peter Fechtig from Germany has been declared the winner of the annual Shapes in White snow-sculpture competition staged at the Austrian resort of Ischgl. The 28th snow-sculpture competition asked teams to create spectacular winter-sports visions up to 10 metres high, with a British team opting to recreate famous ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” for their entry (below). Other entries included "Ice Skates", a pair of oversized ice skates and "Big Air", which shows a snowboarder performing aerial acrobatics. Guests in Ischgl can admire the icy winter sports landmarks on foot or on skis as they enjoy the resort for as long as they last. Dietmar Walser, Managing Director of the Paznaun -…

New Welsh Outdoor Centre With Major Dry Ski Slope Moves Forward

Plans for what has, in previous incarnations, been priced at a £200 million year-round leisure resort development in the Afan Valley of South Wales have been granted conditional planning approval. Originally unveiled as the Afan Valley Leisure Resort project in spring 2017, the centre was originally slated to offer a range of outdoor sports including white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking and what was billed as “the world’s largest artificial downhill ski slope” on 130 hectares of former forestry plantation land on the southern slopes of the River Afan Valley. People would stay in one of 600 lodges and flats or a proposed hotel with facilities also including a spa and restaurants The planned opening year was originally 2021.…

Snowboard, Skateboard & Surf On The Same Day in Switzerland

A group that has runs an indoor freestyle multi-sports hall in the Swiss ski resort of Crans Montana, and which has recently added a surf park to its attractions is to take over the resort’s snowpark this winter, raising the possibility of its clients being able to snowboard, surfboard and skateboard on the same day. One of the company’s founders described it as a “childhood dream.” From the start of the winter season, the Alaïa group, in collaboration with the company Helvepark and its main partner Tudor, will be taking over the management of Crans-Montana’s Snowpark. Following the opening in May of Alaïa Bay in Sion and Alaïa Wake Surf in Le Bouveret, the young Valais start-up organisation has signed…

Will Winter 21-22 See Record Numbers of First Time Skiers and Snowboarders?

A number of reports published in recent days are pointing to a far higher number of people booking holidays for the coming winter that have never skied or boarded before. The news is being seen as a positive sign by many in skiing, with industry expert Laurent Vanat’s annual International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism report noting each year that the European market is largely mature with skier numbers fairly static, in some cases even declining. Club Med, which runs holiday villages at ski resorts in Europe, Asia and as of this winter back in North America with their new centre at Le Massif in Quebec, has published its own annual report, for the ninth year, and found that…

Japan’s 21-22 Season Underway

Japan’s Fujiyama Snow Resort YETI has become the first in the country to open for the ski season, as it has been most years in recent times. The resort, which also markets itself as the nearest ski area to Mount Fuji uses an all-weather snowmaking machine to create a short stretch of snow. Opening day always brings skiers and boarders in fancy dress to celebrate to the centre near  Hadano City in Shizuoka Prefecture. Most of Japan’s well-known resorts open in the latter half of November.  There have been some light to moderate snowfalls reported in recent weeks. Niseko on 17th October The country’s borders are currently closed to international leisure travel arrivals due to the pandemic but travel companies…

Crowdfunder Launched for Photo Book on The Inside Story of Snowboarding

Photographer Patrick ‘Brusti' Armbruster has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance a new coffee table photo book titled 'Barely Made It' on the evolution of snowboarding, which he has been involved in for three decades. Patrick grew up in a Zurich suburb and through skateboarding discovered snowboarding in the late 80's. In 1994 he had his first pictures published in a Swiss Snowboard Magazine and by 1996 he had become a senior photographer at Snowboarder (Monster Backside Magazine) before moving to Onboard magazine. In 1999 Patrick (above) started to produce one of the first European 16mm snowboard movies together with Drew Stevenson which then turned into the Absinthe Films production company with Justin Hostynek, going on to release a snowboard…

New Film Follows Boarders From Diverse Backgrounds on Human-Powered Alaskan Tour

A new film is released this week following three professional snowboarders – Jeremy Jones, Ryan Hudson, and Rafael Pease - on a human-powered 10-day mission in a remote corner of Alaska's Chugach Mountain Range. Along with showing some incredible boarding in stunning locations, Mountain Revelations sets out to examine how the riders from very different backgrounds evolving into three of the world's preeminent big mountain snowboarders. Ryan Hudson grew up homeless on San Diego's streets to find the mountains and changing his life. Rafael's experiences growing up between Miami, Texas, and Chile and becoming a young, elite mountain explorer, to Jeremy Jones' adventures growing up on Cape Cod. “Despite the differences in socioeconomic backgrounds, skin colour, and opportunity, they each…

Boarder X Exhibition Features Indigenous Artists Who Use Snowboarding To Demonstrate Relationships With The Land

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) in Whistler is the first centre of its kind in Canada, located on the shared, traditional territories of the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation. Two nations have come together to celebrate and share their cultures with the world while creating meaningful employment opportunities for members of both the Squamish Nation, Coast Salish and Lil’wat Nation, Interior Salish Nations. “Boarder X features local and international Indigenous artists that use snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing as mechanisms to demonstrate knowledge and perform relationships with the land,” a spokesperson explained. Works of art reflect cultural, political, environmental and social perspectives in relation to the landscapes and territories humans occupy. In partnership with Indigenous Life Sport Academy, the Squamish…