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Chamonix and Geneva based journalist Katy Dartford gives us the lowdown on the highs of ski touring, including some suggestions for where to start getting involved. It’s been one of the fastest growing areas in the winter sports sector over the past few years, but is it all just an uphill struggle? Formerly the domain of ‘old beardy’ mountaineer types, with the main aim being the climb to the summit - ski touring - off-piste skiing which involves both uphill and downhill travel - is now growing rapidly. But with lift tickets becoming increasingly expensive and more competition for first tracks on the mountain, it’s now also about the downhill - finding adventurous skiing lines whilst venturing out into remote,…

4 Day, 3 Metre (10 Foot), Snowstorm Hits US

A massive winter snowstorm has brought huge snowfalls to the Western United States, particularly the Californian Sierras, where resorts have reported up to 3 metres (10 feet) of snowfall in total over the past four days - some receiving snow at a rate of more than a metre in 24 hours at times. The snowfall was driven in on very strong winds, sometimes reaching over 100mph, meaning that there were severe blizzard conditions. Several resorts closed as it was unsafe to be outside, let alone on the ski slopes, although others stayed open throughout. https://www.facebook.com/HomewoodMountainResort/videos/377726909721733/ Mammoth Mountain, pictured top, one of the currently closed resorts, posted the biggest total of 3 metres (10 feet) of snowfall since Saturday on its…

Supporting POW: Protect Our Winters

Protect Our Winters UK is the UK branch of the global Protect Our Winters movement started in the United States 2007 by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones. They are a registered charity aimed at educating and supporting UK outdoor sports communities to mobilise and take positive action on climate change, starting with snowsports. They do this by engaging individuals and organisations through their snowsports livelihoods and passions. Education is provided to them on the risks of climate change and they are supported to take effective action. Snow-Forecast.com has committed to supporting the POW message to combat climate change. Find out how you can help here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9KVeaeIxhE Our support comprises sharing the message of POW through our website and giving over a…

Family winter ski adventure in Slovenia

Neil Pedoe and his young family return to Slovenia chasing affordable, late-season Easter snow. Did he find bluebird spring skiing? Or did rain stop play?Stepping out into fresh snow and dazzling sunlight at the top of Kanin-Sella Nevea’s main gondola was a somewhat surreal experience, as only 30 minutes before we were sitting on a grass verge in the sun, pulling on our ski boots – the very idea of snow in this balmy climate seeming fanciful. But now, at 2,200m, we were squinting through the light at pristine, snow-covered slopes rising on three sides from the powder bowl top station. Above us the ever-steeper, rocky ridge summit of Mount Prestreljenic rose towards the Italian border, while below, the snow-draped…

The Deepest Snow Depths in the World so far This Season

As we enter February this week it has been snowing hard again, this time with the Pyrenees and the Western Alps, particularly France, seeing the biggest falls.  But where is the snow lying deepest so far? Nine resorts (dominated numerically by Austrian entries, although with Swiss resorts at the very top) are reporting they have more than 4.5 metres (15 feet) of snow lying on their upper slopes. 6 Metres (20 Feet), Andermatt, Uri, Switzerland Andermatt saw huge snow accumulations during the three-week deluge on the eastern Alps between Christmas and mid-January.  It was cut off by road for periods with the only access via a rail tunnel.   5.2 Metres (17.3 Feet), Engelberg, Central Switzerland Engelberg also saw huge snowfalls…

Get your Skiwear Fixed for Free in Resort

Skiwear company Patagonia are taking an unusual approach to selling gear – by offering skiers and boarders the chance to get their damaged skiwear repaired for free, regardless of the brand. The company’s ‘Worn Wear Repair Tour’ has just launched in Innsbruck, Austria and will make its way to snow destinations across Europe over the next few months, repairing zips, buttons, rips and tears, including Gore-Tex apparel. Patagonia have a strong environmental focus, and encouraging people to take good care of their gear - repairing it as necessary, to ensure it lasts as long as it can rather than buying new, is part of that focus. “Fixing your gear and using it for many seasons reduces overall consumption, which is…

SUPER 3 WOMAN

I’ve taken part in one of the biggest amateur ski races in the Alps, The Inferno, for several consecutive years, it’s addictive - the adrenaline from the race, the friends you make and look forward to seeing the following year, the weekend break away and the hope that you may get a medal - and if not, at least a sticker for your ski helmet. So last summer when a skiing buddy asked if we’d (me and the other half – ‘OH’) like to enter the Super 3 - a series of ski races which he had chatted briefly to us about during the 2017 Inferno ski race, we didn’t take long to say a great big yes. Being a…

Freeride World Tour: Travis Rice’s View During One of ‘the Most Complete Runs’ Ever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBHdSLMfACc Hakuba, Japan: first stop of the Freeride World Tour where everyone was blown away by the historic line that Travis Rice's took, scoring him  95%.  Head judge Lolo Besse said “The only reason he scored 95/100 was because a few more riders were left to go. It would have been 100 score points. It was one of the most complete runs in the Freeride World Tour that we’ve ever seen.”…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #72

Issued: 29th January 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: The snowfall never really went away in the Alps after the massive accumulation on the eastern side of the range up to a fortnight ago. But the past week and the past few days, in particular, has seen the rate of accumulation gather strength. This time the Western…

Skier Rescued Alive After Being Buried 3 Metres down in an Avalanche for Over an Hour

A skier is rescued to have been rescued alive despite being buried three metres below the snow for more than an hour after getting trapped in an avalanche. Three skiers were skiing in a steep off-piste area at the Swiss destination of Jaun on Monday last week when the avalanche occurred. The avalanche risk at the time was set at 3 (considerable) out of 5 on the European Avalanche Danger Scale and an avalanche 50 metres wide and 250 metres long was set off engulfing the three skiers. A witness called immediately for emergency assistance and a rescue team from REGA (Swiss Air-Rescue) came by helicopter with an avalanche dog and a RECCO detector. A 22-year-old man got buried completely.…