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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…

Is North America the Final Frontier for Indoor Snow Centres?

North America has proved an interesting testing ground for indoor snow centres. More than 100 of these centres have been built in around 40 countries on six continents over the past three decades, yet an indoor snow centre – at least one for skiing or snowboarding - is yet to actually open in the US or Canada. It’s rather odd and it’s not for want of trying. There have been dozens and dozens of indoor snow centres proposed in both countries since the late 1980s, when the first appeared in Europe, Australia and Japan. One was actually built just over a decade ago in a multi-billion pound leisure and retail development currently known as 'American Dream Meadowlands' (but then as…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #92

Issued: 19th June 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. There's been a lot of unseasonal snowfall in the Pyrenees over the past few days. Nowhere is open for snow-sports at present; however, it still looks good.  Here's Spain's Masella. INTRODUCTION: More ski areas have opened over the weekend in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Those ski areas…

South America’s 2019 Season Starting Tomorrow

Several ski areas in South America have announced they’ll be starting their 2019 ski seasons tomorrow, Thursday 20th June. Chile’s Chapa Verde plans a full scale opening on the 20th with DJs and a barbecue. There have been several big snowfalls over the past month in the Andes, but also some warm, thawing periods at times, so it is not yet a ‘vintage start’ to the season. Some areas have already opened 'snow play' areas and ski tourers have been making their own way up the slopes at resorts like La Parva (above on 6 June). Chile’s El Colorado say they’ll have a limited opening on Thursday running just the Penguin lift and associated ski slopes. https://www.facebook.com/nevadosdechillan/videos/628634440971464/ The main opening…

Measuring Powder Snow From Space

A new method to work out where the finest, freshest powder snow is lying has been determined by the European Space Agency (ESA). The agency found that the freshest, lightest snow with the smallest snowflake grain size was the most reflective of sunlight bouncing back off it. Older snow tended to lose its granularity and also, the ESA found, its reflective quality, giving off a duller reflection or lower ‘albedo’ – a measure of the amount of radiation that is reflected back toward space from the Earth’s surface. Fresh, dry snow tends to have a small grain size that is under 0.5 mm in diameter. As it melts, the grain size grows and the larger grains reflect less sunlight, so…

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…