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Where’s Open For Skiing or Snowboarding in May 2019?

The main ski season in the northern hemisphere is drawing to a close but there is no need to despair! Heavy snowfall in many parts of the skiing world through the winter has left bases as deep as 17 feet (5.5 metres) in the US and Canada and 7 metres (21 feet) in the Alps, where there was also lots of fresh snow above 2,000 metres in the last week of April so in many areas conditions are good for late spring skiing and boarding. The further good news is that more than 50 ski areas in over a dozen countries are still open for the start of May and although that number will drop as the month goes on,…

What’s New in Australian Skiing For Winter 2019?

Australia’s ski season kicks off in a little over six weeks’ time and 2019 is looking a little different for skiers and boarders heading to the slopes there. The big news is that American company Vail Resorts which owns about 20 leading ski areas including Australia’s biggest, Perisher, has spent $120m (US) buying two more Aussie ski areas Falls Creek and Mount Hotham. Australia only really half a dozen full-scale commercial ski areas so this gives Vail about half the market – Falls Creek is the country’s third largest resort and Mount Hotham (below) the fifth. The main upside of the deal for skiers and boarders, Vail Resorts would argue, is that Australians can buy their ‘Epic pass’ and ski…

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…

On the trail of St Anton’s legendary pathfinders

Arnie Wilson delves in to the fascinating history of the ‘cradle’ of Austrian skiing It’s almost impossible to have a quiet time in St. Anton. The lion of the Arlberg roars triumphantly both on and off the slopes in this iconic ski area, which likes to fashion itself (with some cause) as “the cradle of Alpine skiing”. But then generally people don’t come here for R+R. They go for the powerhouse skiing – some of the best in the Alps - and the cacophony of celebrated slope-side bars like the Krazy Kanguruh and the MooserWirt. At lunch time, after an exhilarating morning skiing just a fraction of St Anton’s huge and challenging ski domain, concentrating on the Kapall and Gampen…

World Snow Roundup #73

Issued: 06th February 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. INTRODUCTION: It has been a very snowy week in many of the world-leading ski regions with 7-day totals at some areas in the Alps; the Dolomites, the Pyrenees and Western USA passing the 2-metre mark. It's unusual for so many ski regions to get so much snowfall in the…

Major Storm Brings Huge Snow Accumulations to California

A major storm currently hitting the Pacific Coast, and particularly California, has been rated one of the five biggest of the past decade by local weather agencies. The reason it is being given such a high weather danger warning is only partly due to the huge snowfalls it’s bringing with it It is also bringing winds of up to 110 miles per hour and people were advised not to go outdoors overnight. “There is a rare "Blizzard Warning" in effect from 10PM tonight through 7AM tomorrow. Avoid travel at that time as it will become extremely dangerous,” a statement from Mammoth Mountain advises, continuing, “The good news? Heavy snowfall is expected and it's looking like an incredible bluebird holiday weekend…

Be the stars in your own ski movie with SkiBro’s Cinematic Pack

SkiBro - the game-changing platform that allows users to find their ideal ski & snowboard lesson provider and book instantly - has launched the Cinematic Pack, a new experience that looks set to change “how was your holiday” water-cooler chats forever! The Cinematic Pack teams some of SkiBro's finest instructors with a top-notch mountain cinematographer, giving clients an unforgettable day in the mountains, all captured in stunning high definition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvT_JkU_pR4 SkiBro Cinematic Pack The Cinematic Pack will appeal to anyone that has dabbled in action cameras and realised how hard it is to capture great footage and how time consuming it can be to edit. Or anyone that loves a great ski video and wished they could be the stars.…

Legendary Ski Racer and Famous Freerider Battle It Out From 4,000m Peak

The famous freerider Jérémie Heitz and ski racer Daron Rahlves Race have staged a unique giant slalom race down from a 4000-metre glacier summit. Billed as the “ultimate skiing showdown” by sponsors RedBull the duo’s Race the Face in a contest starting at over 4,000 metres down the face of Hohberghorn in Switzerland. The race was part of a film, the idea for which came to Heitz whilst he was filming for his groundbreaking La Liste as he tackled the toughest descents in the Alps for a documentary. His idea was a giant slalom contest from the 4,129m summit of Hohberghorn. His choice for his rival down its sheer face was an easy one. Heitz explained: “He’s my favourite skier. When…

Media Reports Vail To Buy Two More Australian Ski Areas

An Australian publication has today claimed that Vail Resorts are about to purchase two more Australian ski areas giving them an unprecedented dominant position in the Australian ski market. There’s no official statement from Vail resorts as yet but The Australian Financial Review, part of a group which also publishes the Sydney Morning Herald, claim that the Colorado-based company will pay $120 million (Australian) for Hotham (pictured top and below last winter) and Falls Creek. Vail Resorts bought the country’s biggest resort, Perisher, in 2015.  Australia only really has 6 – 8 destination ski areas, depending on how you rank them, so by one measure Vail Resorts may soon own half of them. The company currently operates 18 ski areas in…

Two New Ski Resorts Opening in Europe

New ski areas are a rarity in Europe these days, but two ski areas are set to open this month in Romania – one after more than 10 years’ of construction, the other initially opening just one run to test the market. The ski area at Rarău Massif near Cîmpulung Moldovenesc in the northeast of the country has been completed after 10 years of construction and a long-planned gondola is currently undergoing testing ahead of opening. The ski area has 765 metres of vertical from 1654m altitude and has two ski runs which are 2.8km and 1.4km long respectively. Work on the resort began back in 2009 but stalled in 2012 as funding ran out. However, they recommenced in 2016…