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Scottish Ski Centres re-Open With Fresh Snow

Scottish ski areas have begun re-opening after nearly a week of storms which brought winds of up to 75mph (120kph) but also considerable hill snow. The country’s five Highland ski areas have had another challenging season so fare, with stormy weather and record warm temperatures stopping them from establishing bases. Cairngorm on Wednesday. This winter though they have all been able to keep at least some terrain open, typically small areas for novice skiers, as all five areas now have variants on all-weather snowmaking systems which can make snow even when traditional snowmaking systems can’t. Cairngorm in January 2020 before the snow arrived. The latest snowfall, which has been heaviest in the West, has accumulated the most at mid-mountain, with…

Truly unmissable on a family holiday in wintery Zillertal

The anticipation rises for many families as soon as the first glistening snowflakes begin to fall and the temperatures drop: The winter holiday together is near. For many it is a real dream to dive into an idyllic winter wonderland. Zillertal in Tyrol is proof that some dreams do come true. Snow and fun for young and old in Zillertal If the children are happy, so are their parents! This hardly secret recipe is known across Zillertal. And thus highly trained and motivated ski instructors take care of the little ones and look to growing their skills. After all, proper skiing takes practice! There are numerous ski schools that offer special children’s courses in every region of the valley, which…

A New Ski Resort Opens in Uzbekistan

Amirsoy Mountain Resort, billed as the first modern ski resort in Uzbekistan, has officially opened to skiers. The resort, which is in the Charvak Tourism Zone 65km east of capital Tashkent and has been built at a repuited cost of €100m, covers 900 hectares on the northern slope of the Maygashkan Mountain located in the western part of the Tian Shan range. Amirsoy is designed to be a year-round resort, with skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and hiking, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities in summer. Uzbekistan’s winter sports industry dates back to the Soviet period, when ski resorts were built at Beldersay and Chimgan. The Uzbek government has commissioned leading European companies to produce the country’s winter sports…

Ski Area Sees Nearly 5 Feet (145cm) of Snowfall in 72 Hours

Mt Baker ski area in Washington State, located close to the Canadian border in Northwest USA has reported 145cm (58 inches) of snowfall in 72 hours. The resort has now moved to the top of the table of snowfall depths in North America, reporting a  224cm at its base and over ten feet of snow (310cm) lying at the top of the slopes. It’s the first resort in North America to report a 10 foot/3 metre base so far this ski season. Mt Baker is home to the world's greatest recorded snowfall in one season, 21 winters ago, when it recorded 1,140 inches (95 feet; 29 metres) during the 1998–99 season. The resort also enjoys the unofficial highest average annual…

Italian Ski Resort Goes “Plastic Free”

An Italian ski area has declared that it is Europe's first plastic-free ski resort. Pejo 3000 in Italy’s Trentino region is aiming to become “the most sustainable ski area in the Alps” according to the director of the local tourist board. The resort, which is already powered by green electricity from local hydro electric power plants, has grabbed global media attention by announcing it is the first to go “plastic free.” What this means is practical terms is that the use of plastic bottles, bags, cutlery, plates, straws, cups and condiment sachets are banned at Pejo.  Plastic covers from one day lift tickets will also be removed from January onwards. The decision to go plastic free followed the publication of…

New Longest Dry Slope in Wales Opening 4th January 2020

Llandudno Snowsports Centre have completely renewed their main slope with a new Ski-Tech surface using Diamond Mat Technology. The new 200 metre long slope, which required a £250,000 investment from Sport England, Sport Wales and The Nike Group of Companies. It has taken three months to install, required 430 anchors, each drilled more than a metre in the ground to ensure it stays fixed during the extremely windy weather that can affect the area. The new slope has a number of sub-layers beneath it, including one designed to give a bouncier feel to the surface to make it more comfortable to ski and improve grip and  a second to allow moisture to drain through but stop mud coming up. There…

Up To 80cm Of Snowfall in 24 Hours Reported in the Alps

The forecast heavy snowfall has begun to build up in the Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees as Storm Elsa batters a large swathe of Western Europe. Accumulations of up to 80cm (32 inches) of snowfall in the past 24 hours have been reported – although more commonly 20-40cm (8-16 inches). Val d'Isere today: https://www.facebook.com/valdisere/videos/1071480676525376/ Sauze Super Sauze pictured top. The snowfall has been driven in on very strong winds in most areas, with gusts of up to 150kph (90 mph +) reported in some areas so far. There are expectations that some area may see 200kph (125 mph) gusts and many resorts were closed yesterday, with some today too, as a safety precaution. It is also fairly mild still at lower…

Which resorts Have The Biggest Ski Areas Open So Far in 19/20?

As we start December and the start of the ‘main ski season’ is less than a fortnight away, the battle for attention between ski areas switches from which are the first to open to which has the most terrain open this early in the winter? In Austria Ischgl prides itself on its long season running from late November to early May but also makes great efforts to ensure it has a big ski area open from day one, shared with Swiss neighbour Samnuan – when many of the big ski areas that are open perhaps only have 10% of their terrain skiable in the first week of December. How much Ischgl can open varies from year to year depending on…

More than 100 Ski Areas Already Open For 19-20 Worldwide As Base Depths Reach 3m/10 Feet in Europe

More than 100 ski areas have already opened for the 2019-20 ski season as resorts in the US gear up for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday weekend later this month whilst those in Europe take advantage of heavy early snowfalls throughout November. Base depths in Europe have already reached three metres (10 feet) at Italy’s Presena glacier (pictured below this week) following huge snowfalls, particularly heavy in Austria (Stubai pictured top), Switzerland and Italy. Several ski areas have reported more than two metres of snowfall so far in November with Cervinia in Italy saying it had had 2.4 metres (eight feet) of snowfall in one seven day period alone. It’s expecting another 60cm (two feet) of snow this weekend. All the…

Cervinia Reports 2.4 Metres (8 Feet) of Snowfall in Past 7 Days (90cm in Last 24 hrs)

Cervinia, on the Italian side of the Matterhorn from Zermatt, has reported another 90cm of snow has fallen in the past 24 hours, taking its 7 day accumulation total up to 2.4 metres – or eight feet. The ski area is already open for winter 2019-20 and is currently welcoming  skiers and borders with slopes boasting incredibly deep fresh powder for this early in the season – it’s upper slope base depth is already 255cm (8.5 feet) and there’s more than 70cm (over two feet) of snow lying in resort. Temperatures are also reported to be well in to double digits below freezing. Cervinia’s neighbour Zermatt reported 70cm of snow in the past 24 hours and resorts across the Alps…