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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…

More Resorts Opening Early as Heavy Snowfall Hits Colorado

Three more ski areas will open in Colorado today (November 7th, 2018), and they're all opening earlier than planned. The early-openings, which will take the number of areas already open in the famous ski state to six, are all the result of heavy and repeat snowfalls since early October.  Most of the state's ski areas have now seen more than a metre of snow and those already open report 60-80cm bases. Breckenridge and Keystone are both opening three days ahead of schedule, Eldora 10 days. https://www.facebook.com/eldoramountainresort/videos/10156036480567998/ Breckenridge (pictured below yesterday) has announced it will have 10 runs open today - three greens, two blues and five black diamond runs: Callie’s Alley, Spruce, High Anxiety, Rounders and Little Johnny It's a…

HELLY HANSEN MAROI WOMEN’S SKI JACKET REVIEW

Helly Hansen Women’s Maroi ski jacket £500 www.hellyhansen.com This bomb-proof jacket from Helly Hansen is packed with features and built to withstand all that you and the winter can throw at it. The outer is made from super tough waterproof/breathable Helly Tech Professional fabric which, say the manufacturers, will over time ‘…create a personalised look much like your favourite jeans’ – not essential, of course, but it’s quite nice to have a jacket which develops an individual ‘patina’ of use after a season or two. There’s an integrated and removable 3D mesh ‘H2Flow’ vest in bright orange and black for use on colder days – it’s light and takes up very little space so can easily be stashed in your…

500m Long Indoor Snow Slope Heading to Wales

Plans for what will be the longest indoor snow slope in the UK have moved forward with a successful public launch. At more than 500 metres in  length, the planned new snow sport centre in Wales, part of the Rhydycar West leisure destination, will dwarf the UK’s current longest slope in Manchester at 180m, and in fact be one of the longest yet built in the world. The Rhydycar West ski resort will resemble an authentic Alpine resort and will also incorporate ski and snowboard schools, competition runs, a freestyle park, a fitness centre, shops and various cafes and bars. But the centre will be about more than just recreational skiing, it will prove vital to the development of the…

Deepest Snow Depths Currently The Same in Northern and Southern Hemispheres

Temple Basin as well as Turoa on Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand have become the first ski areas in the southern hemisphere to post 2m+ bases this season.  Temple Basin says it has a 2.3m base whilst Turoa currently reports a 204cm base following 5cm of fresh snow at the weekend. Elsewhere in the southern hemisphere, resorts reporting the deepest bases in their countries include: In Argentina, Caviahue has a 1.7m base. In Australia, Perisher (below at the weekend), Selwyn Snowfields and Thredbo all miraculously have the same depth posted of 131cm but Mt Hotham's latest snowfall has takenh it to 142cm - bases here are growing daily though (as pictured top earlier today). In Chile (which is not having…

THE GREATEST?

Trying to ski the ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’ isn’t as easy as you might think. By Alf Alderson There’s an urban myth that the Inuit have around a hundred words for snow (although a recent article in the Washington Post claims the figure is actually 50), but North American marketing men seem intent on pushing the number of English words for the white stuff even higher. Steamboat Springs has its ‘champagne powder’ (trade-marked too, so don’t try using it without permission; which I just have); BC skiers float through ‘white smoke’; and, of course, if you’re in Utah you’ll be skiing the ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’. Or will you? Well, last February, me and my mate James decided…