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On the trail of St Anton’s legendary pathfinders

Arnie Wilson delves in to the fascinating history of the ‘cradle’ of Austrian skiing It’s almost impossible to have a quiet time in St. Anton. The lion of the Arlberg roars triumphantly both on and off the slopes in this iconic ski area, which likes to fashion itself (with some cause) as “the cradle of Alpine skiing”. But then generally people don’t come here for R+R. They go for the powerhouse skiing – some of the best in the Alps - and the cacophony of celebrated slope-side bars like the Krazy Kanguruh and the MooserWirt. At lunch time, after an exhilarating morning skiing just a fraction of St Anton’s huge and challenging ski domain, concentrating on the Kapall and Gampen…

World Snow Roundup #75

Issued: 19th 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. INTRODUCTION: An unusual week for snowfall, this season, in Europe. Particularly compared to the start of this year as there’s hardly been any new snow. After the huge snowfalls in the Eastern Alps in January and the decent snowfalls pretty well everywhere else over the past month, it has…

All-time Record February Snowfalls in California

Several ski resorts in California have reported they've reached all-time record February snowfall totals with the month only just past halfway through. “How buried are we? #FEBRUBURIED. We smashed our February snowfall record of 196" (498cm) last night. We now have more than 205" (519cm) of snow, and it's still coming down,” said a spokesperson for Squaw Valley. The resort, which currently has the second deepest base in North America, currently has teams hand-digging out chairlift routes up the mountain so that the lifts can operate. Mammoth Mountain, which recently announced it was extending its 2019 opening to at least US Independence Day, July 34th, also says it has had record snowfall in February. “With almost 15 feet (4.5 metres)…

Mürren Open to Telemark Skiers Only For Closing Weekend

The Swiss ski village of Mürren, famous as one of the first downhill ski resorts, home of the world’s longest ski race the Inferno, location for Bond movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ and part of the well-known Jungfrau region which also encompasses the skiing above its neighbouring resorts of Wengen and Grindelwald, has announced that it is going to go ‘Telemark Only’ for the last weekend of the season. Now spread over four days, the resort’s Telemark Only event was started by Paul Flück in May 2016 and to promote Telemark skiing and to increase the number of Telemark skiers.  It has proved a huge success, getting bigger and more popular each year. “How cool is this? Telemark skiers…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #74

Issued: 13th 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. INTRODUCTION: Much of last week was fairly benign in the Alps with some great sunny days on fresh snow in the middle of last week. But the snow started to arrive on Friday/Saturday in the area and most resorts got at least 20cm of snow, some as much as…

The Athlete Interview: EMILY SARSFIELD, Olympic ski cross racer

Kerry McCarthy, Features Editor from The Great Outdoors Agency caught up with British Olympic ski cross athlete, Emily Sarsfield to hear about the sport she loves and what’s been happening since the Winter Olympics in South Korea.  K: You have enjoyed skiing since the age of 3, and you started competing in the English Alpine Squad at the age of 13. What was it about the emerging sport of ski cross that won you over in your early twenties? ES: I started skiing on family holidays and school ski trips at the age of 3 and was always chained to my elder sister - I think this had a lot to do with my skiing progressing quickly! I competed in…

New 24 Hour Record Set For Skiing Uphill

Ultra-runner and ski mountaineer Kilian Jornet has set a new 24-hour uphill skiing record, completing 23,486-metres of elevation on his skis. Based at the Tusten Ski Resort in Norway, Jornet was joined by friends and local skiers during the feat. To complete the challenge, Jornet achieved a total of 51 climbs over 195km in 24 hours. The feat, complete on 8th February, is equivalent to over 2.5 ascents of Mt. Everest. “I’ve been feeling great throughout the 24 hours and the sensations have been really good. Thank you to everyone who came to join in and share this experience with me,” said Jornet. Jornet uploaded the incredible feat to Strava, the social network for athletes, to inspire athletes around the…

Skiing Without Snow on World’s Tallest Mountain “Disrespectful to Hawaiians”

A video that appeared online that shows people skiing and snowboarding over dry land on the slopes of Maunakea in Hawaii has been described as disrespectful and damaging to the environment. Maunakea is a dormant volcano with its peak is 4,207 m above sea level, making it the highest point in the state of Hawaii. Most of the mountain is under water, and when measured from its oceanic base, Maunakea is the tallest mountain in the world measuring over 10,000m. The top of the mountain is often snow-capped in winter and can be skied, although there are no lifts.  Official policy is that people are allowed to ski or board on the snow, but not to ski, board or engage…

World Snow Roundup #73

Issued: 06th 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. INTRODUCTION: It has been a very snowy week in many of the world-leading ski regions with 7-day totals at some areas in the Alps; the Dolomites, the Pyrenees and Western USA passing the 2-metre mark. It's unusual for so many ski regions to get so much snowfall in the…

Tour of Duty

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,…