Travel Archives - The Whiteroom
Search Our News Hub
Category:

Travel

Are Vail Resorts Now The Biggest Ski Resort Operating Company Ever?

The news today that Vail Resorts have bought another 17 ski areas in what must be the largest single ski resorts purchase in history, taking its total count if ski areas now Vail Resorts owned to 37, begs the question is this now the biggest group of ski resorts ever created? The 17 newly added ski areas, previously owned by the Peak Resorts group and sold for around a quarter of a billion dollars, are mostly small to mid-sized urban areas in seven states in the North Eastern USA, include many areas that are the key local hills for major metropolitan centres in the area including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Columbus, St. Louis, Kansas City and…

Now There Are Two Places To Ski or Board in Egypt

A second indoor snow centre has opened in Egypt, close to the capital. Snow City Cairo which has opened in the past week joins Ski Egypt, which opened a little over two years ago and was created by the same company that runs Ski Dubai, and is currently working on a third giant mall with indoor ski slope in Saudi Arabia (you can guess what the name is to be). The new indoor snow centre, Africa’s second, has been built by the Abdullah Al-Othaim Leisure & Tourism Company as part of the huge CityStars mall in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis. Covering 5,500 square metres (60,000 square feet) the centre’s onus is on snow and ice play rather than skiing…

New Gondolas With Saunas in Japan

Japanese ski area Happo One will unveil several grounded gondola cabins designed to be used as saunas later this month. The sauna-gondola-cabins are part of a new ‘Mountain beach’ wellness facility being created 1400 metres above sea level at the Hakuna Valley ski area in the Nagano Olympic Prefecture.  It is set to open on July 26th as a the resort’s latest year round attraction, with the saunas due to remain operational through the winter season too. So far it is unclear whether the saunas are in converted gondola cabins or sauna cabins designed to look like gondola cabins. Sauna above the slopes in Yllas Happo One is not, however, the first ski area to put a sauna in a…

New Zealand and Southern Africa’s 2019 Seasons Start

New Zealand’s 2019 ski season has got properly underway today (Friday 7th June), six days after the first skiers and boarders took to the slope of the small snow fun area at Whakapapa ski area, part of Mt Ruapehu on the country’s North Island. Mt Hutt ski field (50/100cm), pictured top and below, opened with top to bottom skiing and all lifts operating and all sector opening after significant snowfall there through the past week. One keen snowsports enthusiast, named as Josh from Christchurch in local media, which didn’t say if he was a skier or boarder, spent Thursday night ‘sleeping’ on the chairlift in order to claim first on the chair at 7am this morning. "Not sure if I…

Southern Hemisphere 2019 Season Underway

The 2019 ski season has got underway in the southern hemisphere. Three Australian ski areas have so far announced they are opening early over the coming three days due to the heavy snowfall in the country this week which has seen accumulations of up to 70cm (28 inches) reported so far. Selwyn Snow Resort in New South Wales (pictured above this morning) was the first to open, earlier today.  It says it will be running its new Chum Chair for free through the weekend. Perisher on 28 May 2019 It will be joined by Australia’s biggest resort, Perisher, also in New South Wales, which announced earlier this week that it would open from tomorrow. A third Australian area, Mt Buller…

Slopes in Australia and Andes Dumped on Ahead of Imminent Start of 2019 Season (NZ Next)

It’s looking good for the start of the 2019 ski season in South America, Australia and New Zealand with a week of snow forecast to see these ski regions into June. Falls Creek, Australia, 28 May 2019 Las Lenas in Argentina has already reported a 50cm+ accumulation whilst several ski areas in Australia, and several in Chile, have had 20-30cm of snowfall. Cerro Bayo is pictured below. With snow forecast to continue all week there’s potential for 60-100cm of snow accumulating by this time next week in these two areas.  New Zealand hasn’t had any significant snowfall but that is set to change here too with 20-40cm of snow forecast as temperatures drop from tomorrow. The weather is also good…

Summer Snow Camp in Quebec

The Quebec ski area of Saint-Sauveur is to stage a five-day summer snowsport camp at the end of June, running into July. Named the AKAMP it will take place from June 28 to July 3, 2019 at the Saint-Sauveur Versant Avila Summit. The snowpark will be open for day sessions from 10am to 4pm and / or for evening sessions from 5pm to 9pm. Packages are currently on sale for day visitors, including coaching; or with overnight accommodation included; or with overnight accommodation and travel. A number of as yet un-named snowsports stars are expected to take part in the camp. Mont Saint Sauveur on 18 May A week ago Saint-Sauveur was one of the last three ski areas still…

More Snow Falling in Southern Hemisphere as 2019 Season 10 Days Away

Excitement is building for skiers and boarders waiting to hit the slopes of Australia, New Zealand, South America and Southern Africa as each area receives news of snowfalls, snow forecasts or snowmaking underway …and in some cases all three.   New Zealand is likely to see the first ski areas open a week on Saturday, June 1st.  Whakapapa will open its Happy Valley snow play area using an all-weathers snowmaking machine and Cardrona ski area has also said they’ll open some terrain. Then the focus switches across the Indian Ocean to the resorts of Afriski (pictured below on 9 May) in Lesotho and Tiffindell in South Africa which are scheduled to open the following week on June 6th and 5th…

Breckenridge Nears 11 Metre 18-19 Snowfall Total and Celebrates Longest Season For Over 20 Years

Breckenridge ski area in Colorado, which operates some of the highest lifts and ski runs in the world including the world’s highest chairlift, has extended its season to the last Monday in May, a public holiday in the US. It’s the first time the resort has stayed open this late in the season until the 1990s and it  seems to have chosen a good season to do it, with snowfall totals currently at 1,092cm   and locals saying some of the snowfalls this winter were the biggest in living memory, with some claiming falls on that scale have not been recorded for 120 years – according to the resort’s marketing department. But the extended season is not a one off due…

The World’s Biggest Season-End ‘Pond Skimming’ Contest

The concept of the end-of-season meltwater pond skimming competition is long-established and has spread to ski areas around the world. The world’s oldest, The Slush Cup, at Sunshine ski area near Banff in Canada (below) will take place on Monday, May 20th – it will be the 91st. But one French resort takes the ‘skiing/boarding down a snowy slope and then seeing how far you can get across a pool of water’ to another level. La Clusaz in the Aravis mountains near Lake Annecy stage their Défi Foly contest, not on a pool of meltwater, but on the local Lake Confins with competitors seeing how far they can get across it before they sink. The hope is that one day…