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The lure of off-radar resorts by Ed Leigh

Ed Leigh is publishing weekly money saving tips for skiers on his Facebook and Instagram pages which are well worth checking out. Snow-Forecast.com is all about finding the best snow in even better locations that may not necessarily be the big-hitting resorts. In the video below, Ed encourages us to consider some alternatives. Of course, always check out our own snow picks giving the best of the forecast and reported conditions before heading out... https://youtu.be/vtoBQCTnmYU The Chamonixs, the Val d’Iseres, the Courchevels and all the other spots that always feature on the Telegraph’s most popular ski resorts list: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/…/the-top-20-ski-resorts-voted…/ Instead I’m going to tell you about some real hidden gems. Resorts that may not all have vast piste networks, banging nightlife…

Avalanche Danger Reaches Maximum Level 5 in Parts of Austria

The avalanche danger level has been moved up to the maximum level 5 in several provinces of northern Austria today after several days when safety services were thought likely to make the move. Some ski areas in Austria, Eastern Switzerland, southern Germany and Slovakia have had 3 metres (10 feet) of snow in the past week and the amount of snow falling has intensified again. The snow has also been falling accompanied by winds reaching at times 100kph in places, increasing the instability of the snow pack. The Austrian regions where the danger level has been raised to level 5 (“extreme: black”) risk are Salzburgerland, Oberösterreich (Upper Austria) and Steiermark (Styria). The description for this is: “The snowpack is generally…

Snowfall in Austria and the Eastern Alps Gets Ever More Epic

The huge snowstorm that has been sat over the Eastern Alps for several weeks now has brought ever more remarkable volumes of snowfall to the region, and there’s no real sign of it ending any time soon (although current forecasts are for the amount of snow falling to decrease). (Image top: SkiStar St Johann in Tirol) The snowfall initially brought as much at 2.1m (7 feet) snowfall tallies to some areas in 7 days but as the snow has continued falling total accumulations have now passed 3 metres (10 feet) for some resorts. Infact Austria’s Tauplitzalm says it has had 3 metres (10 feet) of snow in the last week, Saalbach 2.7 metres (9 feet). Upper slope base depths are…

More Huge Snowfalls in BC as Kicking Horse Opens New Terrain

A second wave of massive snowfalls in the Pacific northwest region of Canada is seeing powder conditions across the province of British Columbia and in to Western Alberta. Totals for the first three days of 2019 include 45cm (18 inches) at Whistler, 39cm at Fernie (pictured top, image by Jordan Vlasschaert from Shred Kelly) and 28cm at Lake Louise. Revelstoke Mountain Resort , (pictured below yesterday) which usually is in the world’s top dozen for snowfall totals by the end of the ski season, passed through the 6 metres (20 feet) snowfall-to-date-this-season figure with 29cm in the last 24 hours taking it to 619cm so far. Forecasting models are showing more of the same with potentially up to 70cm more for Big White…

The 5 best ski resorts for beginners in Austria

By CheckYeti In Austria, a total of around 450 ski resorts can be found. In order to find a beginner-friendly resort, factors like the slopes’ level of difficulty, the ski lesson offers, the availability of practice areas and the ski schools’ childcare facilities should be considered. © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Josef Mallaun St Anton Centrally located in the Austrian Alps, St Anton am Arlberg is the biggest ski resort in Austria and one of the 10 biggest worldwide. It can be reached in under 1.5h from Innsbruck and in around 3h from Munich and Salzburg. The ski resort, which includes more than 300km of slopes, has been known long before the Alpine Ski World Championship was held…

Sun, Sand, Snow and Spain

Snow Enthusiast’s Rob Stewart takes a family February half-term break in Southern Spain – combining sightseeing, Spanish culture, skiing and even a little beach time. I’d known about Spain’s southern ski resort, Sierra Nevada, for many years and had always had it on the list of ‘must do places’, so when I spotted an opportunity during the February half term week for a multi-activity holiday that didn’t look too price sensitive for a school holiday week, I had to go for it. The itinerary, more enticing (and varied) than a spread of evening tapas served up with a fine sherry, took in the city of Grenada – along with its famous Alhambra palace – four days skiing in the Sierra…

The ultimate ski and snowboard trips for the 2018-19 winter season

At Snow Enthusiast, we’ve been scouring the airways, social media channels and hanging around in dodgy bars for months looking for information to bring you the very best and most interesting ski and snowboard trips for the 2018-19 winter season. Here are some of our favourites: Heliskiing with Chemmy Alcott in Italy Britain’s most successful female skier and BBC sports presenter, Chemmy Alcott, is hosting a four day epic heliskiing trip in Alagna, Italy, this winter. The chance to explore the vast Monterosa ski region, access terrain via a helicopter, eat glorious Italian food and enjoy the company of like-minded skiers and of course the charismatic Chemmy, is surely a trip that should be scrawled on any bucket list. Experienced…

Arlberg Region Opens for 2018-19 Season

Lech, Zurs and St. Anton in Austria’s famed Arlberg ski region have kicked off their 2018-19 winter. So far snow cover is a little limited with the base given as 20cm and 14 runs, representing a combined 14km of slopes, open for early arrivals. However heavy snow is forecast for Sunday/Monday December 2nd/3rd with up to 40cm of new snow expected in the region within a 48 hour period. (Lech during snowfall on Wednesday 28 November) St Anton has a number of events and attractions laid on to start the winter season over the weekend under the heading of a new event called "Catch Me if you Can". This includes the chance to test new season ski and snowboard gear…

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Opening 34 New Runs Served by New Quad Chairlift

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) in Coliorado, USA will today open its newest terrain expansion, The Beavers. The 468-acre terrain expansion is served by a new quad chairlift running from 9am to 3:15pm daily and marks an expansion of the existing ski area - one of the world’s highest, by almost a third. The 34 new runs of the expansion include two new intermediate groomed runs, open bowls and what the centre claims is some of the best glade (tree) skiing in Colorado. “We’ve been fortunate to have received good snow in October and November. This past week’s storm of an additional 22” has given us the opportunity to put the finishing touches on the new terrain. The conditions are…

Europe’s most Southerly Ski Area Opens Early with its Biggest Ever Area Open For Last Weekend of November

Europe’s most southerly mainland ski resort and also Spain’s highest ski area, Sierra Nevada, is opening for the 2018-19 ski season tomorrow, Saturday November 24, 2018, a week earlier than planned. What’s more the terrain available will be the largest amount the resort has ever offered this early in the season, staff believe. https://www.facebook.com/sierranevada2.0/videos/2608979242445447/   A total of 9 lifts and 43 kilometres of slopes will be available, providing a vertical drop of 1,100 metres with accumulated snow between 20cm and 150cm depending on the altitude. The news of Sierra Nevada’s early opening came after another Spanish resort, Masella, was one of the first in Europe to open for the season on November 1st following big snowfalls in the Pyrenees…