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Swiss Use Exploding Snowman’s Head to Predict Whether it will Snow in Summer

A long-standing festival in Zurich next month will once again be used to predict how the weather will turn out over the coming spring and summer. Sechselaeuten, Böögg The annual Sechseläuten (or “Sächsilüüte” as it is known in local dialect) is a kind of combination of Britain’s Bonfire Night and America’s Groundhog Day as a snowman is burned on a giant bonfire at the height of the festivities. In a uniquely Swiss twist however, the snowman’s head is packed full of fireworks.  The time it takes between the fire being lit and the fireworks being set off is then used to forecast the weather for the spring ahead. The snowman in question (and he’s a flammable 3.4m/11 feet high effigy…

World Snow Overview #77

Issued: 6th March 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. It's another powder day in Colorado with up to 40cm (16 inches) reported overnight. Winter storm warning in place until noon though. Here's how Copper Mountain is looking. INTRODUCTION: There has been a big change in weather conditions in much of Europe since the end of last week. The…

Winter Sports Travel Insurance

Snow-forecast.com releases travel insurance for its users, with up to 15% off for members. Members can save more on their insurance than the membership cost itself, which starts at £3.99 / €4.50 that also includes: Advanced dynamic weather maps (12 days instead of 6)Extended forecasts multi elevation 12 day, instead of 6 dayHourly detailed forecasts (instead of 6)Full App functionality20 years of snow-history analysis (compare resorts on the same screen)More membership discounts (i.e. up to 50% off ski hire - rental with our additional 10% off promo code etc) Some myths about ski insurance: My bank account or credit card has all the travel insurance cover I needIf I forget to buy insurance when I’m already travelling I can buy…

Second Iraq Ski Rally Highlights Tourism Opportunities in Kurdistan and Unites Skiers from Around The World

The second annual Iraq Ski Rally staged earlier this month brought international skiers from the United States, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Finland and Slovenia to Choman, Kurdistan in northern Iraq. They joined a group of skiers from around Iraq, including as far away as Baghdad, to compete in a backcountry ski race event. 20 skiers competed in total and the event included a long course and short course in the Zagros mountains of Choman, near the border of Iran. The goal of the event was to shed a new and positive light on the recreation and tourism opportunities of Kurdistan, and to bring together a global community around the sport of skiing. The 1st Iraq Ski Rally was held in the same…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #76

Issued: 27th 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. Snow in New Zealand four months ahead of the 2019 ski season; at Mt Dobson Ski Area. INTRODUCTION: Sunshine and unseasonably warm spring-like temperatures have been the order of the day for a third week in much of Europe; certainly the Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees. There was a little snowfall…

New Zealand Ski Area to open this Weekend After Rare Summer Snow Storm

A ski area in New Zealand has announced it plans to open more than three months before the scheduled start date of its 2019 ski season, following a freak summer snow storm. It’s currently the final few days of meteorological summer time in the southern hemisphere but several ski areas in New Zealand reported heavy snowfall over the weekend due to a ‘Polar blast’ of cold air arriving from Antarctica. Mt Hutt, one of the country’s largest ski centres, reported it has received “over 50cm” of snow and whilst temperatures are now rising back up to their seasonal norm, meaning a thaw is underway, they believe there’ll be enough snow left to open some runs on Saturday and Sunday –…

Pretending to be a parent (in a ski resort)

Author and Alps resident Claire Garber ‘pretends’ to be a parent and gives us her perspective on what it’s like to look after a child in a ski resort. If like me (Ed.) you’re already a parent, you’ll likely not require the advice – but at least it’s fun to read it from the perspective of someone thrown into the deep end. Ski resorts are a different place when navigating them with children. This is something I discovered only recently when helping to look after my boyfriend’s daughter of seven. My free-flowing lifestyle of flexible arrangements, unstructured days and easy-going nights was immediately curtailed. My apartment looked different, as did my fridge, my bathroom, my lounge. There was Calpol next…

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…

Australian Brothers Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Build ‘Bodyboard for Snow’

Two Australian brothers have launched a Kickstarter campaign aiming to raise funds to build what they’re describing as, “The world’s first carving sled designed to bring snow bodyboarding to life.”  Co-Founders Ben and Michael Bateman say that they have been working on their ‘Snoogee Board’ which is designed to combine the control of a snowboard with the thrill of bodyboarding for eight years. The inspiration for the Snoogee Board came to Co-founder Ben Bateman during a gap year in The United States. He found himself surrounded by snow, but living far from the country’s ski fields. “I’m an adrenaline junkie, and a bodyboarder since I was 13. I saw people using sleds, but there’s no progression of skill which can…

Riksgransen 2019 Season Start March 1st

Riksgransen will, as usual, be the final northern hemisphere resort (other than a few summer-only areas) to open for the 2018-19 ski season, on Friday, March 1st. The northern ski area, sometimes referred to as the world's spring skiing capital, located 200km within the Arctic Circle in Northern Sweden is famous for offering skiing and snowboarding under the midnight sun from mid-May and then ending its season over the midsummer weekend in late June, when it usually sells out. Last season however there was not enough snow for the centre to stay open that long and it closed in late May after less than three months open. The current snow depth has not been published but it is snowing hard.…