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Not long to go now!

It is always an interesting and exciting time of the year. While some areas of Japan are in various stages of enjoying spectacular autumn foliage across the mountains, others are experiencing the first blizzard of the winter season. Over the last week or so many parts of the northern island of Hokkaido and some northern parts of the main island of Honshu have enjoyed the first snowfalls of the season down to base level. And as of today, Monday 18th November, there has been over 30cm of snow in Hirafu village recorded at the base of Niseko. Excellent! November 23rd November 23rd is Labour Thanksgiving Day in Japan and it is a national holiday (either on that day or the…

Survival tips for your adventure in the Bavarian winter woods

The forest in Bavaria is a real adventurous playground. No one knows that better than those who live here! That is why locals who are connected to Bavarian culture and tradition reveal the most beautiful places, the most impressive experiences and the best activities to do in Bavaria.  The trees are covered in snow, the hoar frost glistens on the branches and it is unusually quiet. You can find peace and relaxation in the winter woods as you get in touch with nature. However, there are Bavarians who claim that you really can spend more time in the wilderness and forest in the winter. Now you might be wondering how? The wilderness educator Tatjana and her husband Momme Torsten Falk…

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…

Spotlight on Japan

Spotlight on Japan The Rugby World Cup is the first of two major global sporting events that are being hosted by Japan over the next 12 months, the other one of course being the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The idea of holding the Olympics during the heat and humidity of late July and early August is certainly questionable but I have no doubt that, intense heat aside, the host country will put on a good show and visitors (and viewers) will get another positive impression of Japan. As a Japan long-timer I may well be somewhat biased, but it’s hard to imagine that people could visit Japan and not be charmed by the country in various ways. Current coverage of the…

Youth Charity Snow-Camp Launch New 2019-20 Fundraising Challenge in Courmayeur

Snow-Camp, the UK’s only registered youth charity using snowsports to change the lives of inner-city youth, is launching a brand-new fundraising challenge, the ‘AJ Bell Courmayeur Classic’ this winter. Snow-Camp uses a combination of snowsports, life skills sessions, qualifications and vocational opportunities to support inner city young people. The charity's programmes enable young people to reflect on the key issues impacting their day-to-day lives, and help them develop new skills to support their futures. The challenge will take place at the Italian resort of Courmayeur from the 30th January to the 2nd of  February this winter. Over two action packed days in the Alps, participants will undertake ski orienteering, laser biathlon, parallel slalom racing, a team distance challenge and a snow-shoe…

Big Snow and Strong Winds hit New Zealand’s Ski Areas

The long awaited full start to winter 2019 seems to be well and truly underway in New Zealand as a series of fronts from the Antarctic slam in to the country. The weather fronts are bringing heavy snow but are being driven in on strong to gale force winds, both of which are causing ski areas to shut up shop for a period whilst snow is cleared and winds ease to safer levels. Snow depths in the country had been lagging behind ski areas in South America and even in some cases the Andes but have now shot up with Managanui reporting a metre of snow at base level and snow levels now three metres deep at the top –…

Increasing signs of investment

Increasing signs of development… During the previously discussed ‘ski boom’ in the late 80s Japan there were some mind-bogglingly ambitious ski resort developments happening in the country, though some of the wilder ones were put to a halt by the economy slowing down in the early 1990’s. While snowboarding came to the rescue and kept numbers somewhat steady, generally the next decade or so saw an increasing amount of ski hill and ski lift closures around the country and news of the total numbers of people enjoying winter sports continuing to decline. Incredibly, at the peak of the boom there were over 700 individual ski hills throughout Japan. In 2019 that number now stands at around 500. So after a…

First Big Snowfalls of the 2019 Season as Big Name resorts Open in The Andes

The 2019 ski season in the Andes mountains of South America had got underway at half a dozen smaller ski areas over the past few weeks but most resorts in the Andes have been waiting a big snowfall. That has arrived over the past week with a number of resorts reporting up to 40cm (16 inches) of fresh snow in 48 hours, transforming thin cover to deep powder. Nearly all of the continent’s biggest resorts including Portillo, Valle Nevado and Nevados de Chillan (pictured top) in Chile and Catedral and Las Lenas in Argentina, along with several others, have opened with fresh powder this weekend. Caviahue after the sunshine returned on 30 June Argentinian ski areas including  Caviahue and Las…

Man Skis Off Mont Blanc Cliff and Lives

Professional skier and B.A.S.E. jumper Matthias Giraud has successfully skied from the peak of Mont Blanc to a nearby cliff where “Ski-BASE-jumped” off, parachuting down above the mountainside to land perfectly on his skis on a lower slope.   The jump, which took place at 9.45am on Monday after Giraud spent the weekend climbing Western Europe’s highest peak, carrying 20kg of base jumping gear, set a new record for the highest ski-BASE jump ever made. “I skied the Mont Blanc north face and jumped off the serac next to the Roches Rouge at 4359m (14298ft) and landed on the Grand Plateau,” Giraud explained. Known as “Super Frenchie” the 35 year old, who grew up skiing at St Gervais-les-Bains/Megeve, France but…

After the World Cup Finals in 2020 and Alpine World Championships in 2021, Cortina d’Ampezzo will Host Winter Olympics in 2026

Things have taken a positive turn in a big way for Italian resort Cortina d’Ampezzo just a few years after it failed in its bid to host the 2019 Alpine Skiing World Championships to Are in Sweden, staged last season. Cortina went on to win the bidding to host the 2021 Championships in February 2021 and will also host the World Cup Finals at the culmination of the coming 2019-20 season and now it has won the ultimate winter sports event hosting crown, the Winter Olympics, which it will host in 2026. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1-vhP6Z8-E The decision was made this evening by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting at their headquarters in Lausanne.  It was a reverse of that decision to award…