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Freeride Week in Off-Piste Favourite La Grave

PFD Skis (Pure Freeride Design) has launched a brand new dedicated freeride week in the legendary ski area of La Grave, France which will run in the last week of the coming wintertime, from March 14-21, 2020, when snow conditions should be at their best. La Grave is known as ‘The Freeride Mountain’ with its reputation for big lines and uncontrolled terrain that makes it a unique proposition for skiers in search of the ultimate freeride adventure. In recent years the resort’s fans have battled to ensure the future of the area in its ‘unspoilt’ state but that future appears to now be secure. It’s the first time that PFD Skis is have run a dedicated freeride week that combines…

Why you should not miss out on Bavaria’s Ruhpolding as a cross-country skier!

Gentle hilly landscapes framed by the Chiemgau Alps. Lakes combined with snow-white plains and quiet forest areas. Perfectly traced cross-country ski trails, which also excite cross-country and biathlon professionals at the mere sight, coupled with idyllic views that remind you of Canada. An infrastructure that is fully committed to winter lovers on two skis. An arena in which the love for biathlon is felt by top athletes every year and which drives them to peak performances. Ruhpolding, the Mecca of cross-country skiing in Germany, is all of that. So, what does this place offer that others do not and that no cross-country skier should miss out on?  1: Exceptional snow sports schools and biathlon crash courses Because we all start…

The Off-Piste Awareness Tour 2019

Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT), which over recent years has become a leading source of advice on the dangers of avalanches and how to avoid them when heading off piste, is launching a tour of venues in the UK to give skiers and boarders the chance to gain valuable advice on saying safe in the mountain. The 2019 Off-Piste Awareness Tour will kick off next month and includes more than 30 live events in venues across the UK, along with several in  France. The talks focus on how to manage risk when skiing or snowboarding off-piste and are aimed at all levels of riders from off-piste first timers to experienced veterans looking to reinforce their knowledge. Participants can sign up for…

Live Information and Advertising Displayed on More Chairlift Safety Bars

A company which puts digital display boards under skiers’ noses as they ride up the mountain on a chairlift is going from strength to strength. Alpine Media Technology was first established a couple of years ago but has received $1m in funding and says it is set to more than double the number of ski areas using its tech by the end of the year. The basic concept is that the safety bar on the chairlift is fitted with an iPad sized digital screen in front of every skier sat on it.  The screen provides live information and also has advertising permanently in view, although Alpine Media Technology are keen to stress that the ads don’t take up more than…

New Uphill Ski Run Created at French Ski Resort

Ski touring has become increasingly popular in recent years.  There are multiple reasons for this – the equipment has improved and the number of people with the fitness levels and drive to skin up mountains as well as ski down them has also grown. There is also an environmental issue with some (particularly the people who are already fit and determined enough to skin up before skiing down) arguing that if skiers really care about fighting climate change they should forego the lifts and skin up the slopes. The popularity of touring has caused some issues for resorts though as tourers tend to skin up the edges of groomed slopes, which some resorts see as a potential hazard for a…

First Man To Ski K2 Aims to be First to Ski Everest Without Extra Oxygen

Andrzej Bargiel, the man who became the first to successfully complete a descent of the world’s second highest peak, K2, last summer, has announced his intention to become the first to ski down Everest without using supplementary Oxygen, this autumn. Speaking in an interview in his native Poland, Bargiel said he plans to climb at the end of September, late in the season when its likely there will be more snow and fewer climbers. Whilst he says the team has ideas on routes and approaches to the challenge, they’ll adjust these according to the actual conditions during his time on the world’s highest mountain. The first descent of Everest on skis was made in 1970 by Japanese skier Yuichiro Miura…

Ski Tourer Crosses The Alps in Less Than 29 Hours

A skier has completed the Transalp, skiing from the northern side of The Alps in Germany, through Austria and down into the south Tyrol of Northern Italy in less than 29 hours, completing the task in 28 hours and 45 minutes. Normally is takes professional athletes three to six days to conquer the 210km (131 mile) distance with its 10,500 metres of vertical. 41-year-old Benedikt “Beni” Böhm who describes himself as a ‘Speed Alpinist’  and also works as the General Manager for Dynafit pushes the limits by skiing non-stop without any long breaks or sleep during his marathon effort last weekend, March 9-10, 2019. Böhm had previously crossed the Alps back in 2006, together with five colleagues, in a then…

Winter Sports Travel Insurance

Snow-forecast.com releases travel insurance for its users, with up to 15% off for members. Members can save more on their insurance than the membership cost itself, which starts at £3.99 / €4.50 that also includes: Advanced dynamic weather maps (12 days instead of 6)Extended forecasts multi elevation 12 day, instead of 6 dayHourly detailed forecasts (instead of 6)Full App functionality20 years of snow-history analysis (compare resorts on the same screen)More membership discounts (i.e. up to 50% off ski hire - rental with our additional 10% off promo code etc) Some myths about ski insurance: My bank account or credit card has all the travel insurance cover I needIf I forget to buy insurance when I’m already travelling I can buy…

CheckYeti – The No. 1 for ski school booking

With over 2 million users, CheckYeti is an Austrian start up that has become a pioneer in ski school booking. An incredible success story, the brand has grown exponentially since its conception in 2014 and is now Europe’s largest online ski booking platform, allowing skiers across the world to easily find, compare and pre-book certified ski schools and fully qualified ski instructors.Using the 24346 customer reviews available, you can find your perfect adventure, whether you are looking for a private instructor, a freeride guide, a group course or a one-off lesson. Users can perfectly match their bookings to their own schedule, ability and preference, so you have complete flexibility and are able to easily book exactly what you need. Say goodbye to information…

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…