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Olympic Skier Wears Her Rubbish For first Week Of her 40s

Former British Olympic skier and TV presenter Chemmy Alcott has spent the past week, the first seven days of her 40s, wearing the rubbish she created. Chemmy was challenged to wear her rubbish for a week by circular skiwear company EcoSki in a bid to highlight the amount we send to landfill and its impact on climate change. Mum-of-three Chemmy, who turned 40 on 10 July, wore recycled plastic bags filled with the rubbish she “throws out” over the course of a week while attending events in London, doing the school run and even while out paddleboarding. On the final day she weighed it all and found her rubbish at the end of the week was 4.5kg, 100 grammes more…

Suicide Six Ski Centre Re-named Saskadena Six

A ski area in Vermont formerly known as ‘Hill No.6’ and more recently ‘Suicide Six’ has changed its name again to Saskadena Six. The name change, announced as coming soon last month, is the latest of several attempts to remove insensitive business titles and follows the decision to rename the better-known Californian ski area and 1960 Winter Olympics host ‘Squaw Valley’ as ‘Palisades Tahoe’. The word “squaw” is considered a racist slur by many people and using “suicide” considered insensitive when the number of people taking their own lives in Vermont is at a record high. Saskadena (pronounced “sahs-kah-deena), which means ‘standing mountain’ recognises that the land was originally inhabited by the  Abenaki people before Europeans arrived and took it.…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #248

Issued: 13th July 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Southern Hemisphere European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup World Overview Very different pictures from both sides of the world as we move deeper into winter/summer …depending on which hemisphere you’re looking at. In the southern hemisphere, it's an increasingly good picture with more snowfall reported. This last week it's the Andes that are really seeing the most significant accumulations and the first taste of real Andean powder of the season at several centres. In Australia and New Zealand, it's been more a case of further snowfalls improving a mostly already good season start. In the northern hemisphere, however, the picture is a quite sad one of ever more glacier areas in the…

Major Snowstorm Hits The Andes

Ski areas in the Andes are reporting excellent conditions after the region received up to 90cm (three feet) of fresh snow to start the week. Among the big beneficiaries were Chile’s Valle Nevado, which posted 75cm (30 inches) of fresh snowfall from the storm and the famous ski area of Portillo (pictured above and below) which reported 65cm (26”) of snowfall in 24 hours. Other South American ski areas are reporting base depths as deep as two metres (seven feet) now with lots of fresh Andean powder. Valle Nevado is one of the ski areas in Chile and Argentina that have not really opened since 2019. Las Lenas is another with Portillo just opening for a few weeks to locals…

India’s Auli To Become “Global Winter Sports Destination”

The long-established Indian ski area at Auli is to be redeveloped into a “global winter sports destination” according to reports from the region. The announcement was made by the local Uttarakhand region’s Chief Secretary SS Sandhu who said that “…the master plan is almost in its final stage.” Auli, known for its stunning natural beauty, is located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, in the Indian Himalayas in the far north of the country. Currently the ski area is operated by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (GMVNL), a state government agency and existing facilities include a 4 kilometre (2.5 mi) long gondola lift, a chairlift and a drag lift. Chief Secretary Sandhu said the government wanted to press on…

Summer Ski Areas in the Alps Close in Record Heat

Tignes is the latest summer glacier ski area to close after record spring and summer heat continues to impact the Alps. Of the four glacier ski areas in the Alps still open for snow sports in July, most have only part of their usual terrain open. The snow cover was already reported to be around 70% below usual at the end of winter and at record low levels after low snowfall totals were reported across the Alps. This was followed by unprecedented temperatures of +10C at 4,000m for prolonged periods in May rapidly thawing what snow cover there is. The impact on glacial ice integrity goes far beyond losing summer ski and boarding of course, with the catastrophic collapse of…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #247

Issued: 6th July 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Southern Hemisphere European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup World Overview We’re into July, peak season and school holiday times for several ski nations in the southern hemisphere, and getting to the height of summer in the north. The two extremes of weather on each side of the world are quite marked with glaciers closing and sadly even collapsing, leading to the death of several climbers in Italy earlier this week in the north, but more snow falling on the mountains of the southern hemisphere. As the season develops in the southern hemisphere the deepest reported base here has now reached the two metres mark and the largest amount of terrain open at…

“Greatest Snow on Earth” Under Threat?

The famously light dry powder snow of Utah is under threat from the growing needs of an expanding population, and higher temperatures die to climate change, scientists say. Utah trademarked the phrase “The greatest snow on earth” in 1975 and fought legal battles with the circus that trademarked “the greatest show on earth” to be able to keep using it. The argument is that the snow  is particularly fine and dry thanks to unique geographical and climatical conditions. Unfortunately though climate change and the increasing need for water from the growing population around Salt Lake City looks likely to decrease the snow in the Wasatch Mountains, home to Park City, America’s biggest ski area, among others, scientists believe. The Great…

Climber Contemplating Making First Female Ski Descent of K2

ExplorersWeb reports that American ski mountaineer Sarah Strattan is currently at K2 Base Camp and is considering skiing all or some of the world’s second highest mountain. Strattan says she will decide on that depending on how things go. “I am here to try and climb K2 this summer, but I will also have my skis with me. I want to ski what I can safely. Hopefully from the summit,” Strattan told ExplorersWeb. Last year Strattan attempted Broad Peak, another of the world’s 14 peaks above 8,000m and skied from 7,700m. “When I saw K2 towering above Broad Peak Base Camp, I was in absolute awe. It was the most amazing, imposing, and beautiful mountain I had ever seen,” Strattan…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #246

Issued: 29th June 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Southern Hemisphere European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup World Overview After the big June snowfalls first in the Andes then Australia and finally New Zealand, over the first three weeks of June, the past seven days (the first of full wintertime by both astronomical and meteorological measures in the southern hemisphere) have been rather quiet for most ski areas around the world with just light snowfall, if any at all, reported for most. That said, at least some fresh snowfall was reported on all six continents, up high in the northern hemisphere of course. The biggest snowfalls reported though over the past seven days have been in South America. In the northern…