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Billionaire’s Ski Resort Using Wastewater For Snowmaking

A private ski resort in Montana which requires all residents to be at least multi-millionaires and has listed several famous billionaires among them (members are reputed to include Bill Gates and multi-millionaire Justin Timberlake) has begun using purified wastewater into snow. Using wastewater to make snow is not new and ski areas in Australia have won eco awards for recycling snow in this way. At least a dozen US resorts are believed do it, but there was a 20 year battle for it to be permitted at the Arizona Snowbowl, this time with environmentalists teaming up with indigenous peoples to object to the concept of using snow made from purified water that had once carried human excreta on mountain peaks…

All Five Scottish Centres Open For First Time This Season

Glencoe and Nevis Range ski areas on Scotland’s West Coast have opened terrain today, Thursday, 18th January, marking their first full in-bounds run openings, other than sledging slopes and nursery slopes, of the 23-24 season. The move follows a week of subzero weather and snow showers which has allowed the other three Highland centres, Cairngorm, Glenshee and The Lecht to open more terrain beyond their nursery slope areas, which are created with TechnoAlpin SnowFactory all-weather snowmaking systems. Glencoe (pictured above this week) has had a nursery slope, sledging and its access chair running for some time, the latter providing access to ski touring terrain above the ski area, but it now has some in-bounds runs open too. “The best of…

5 Must-Visit Resorts for Your Next Ski Trip

If you are looking to explore new resorts and improve your skiing, then look no further! The expert team at Maison Sport, the industry-leading ski instructor booking platform, has rounded up some of the best resorts that offer a balanced mixture of terrain for skiers of all ability levels. Whether it’s a buzzing apres ski scene, beautiful scenery or challenging slopes that you are looking for, keep reading to discover the perfect ski resort for your next trip. If you are looking to explore new resorts and improve your skiing, then look no further! The expert team at Maison Sport, the industry-leading ski instructor booking platform, has rounded up some of the best resorts that offer a balanced mixture of…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #225

Issued: 17th January 2024 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup World Overview A mixed week for snowfall around the world with things getting a little quieter after the big snowfalls a week ago in Europe, but intensifying further in North America and Japan.  Ski areas in the Rockies and Pacific Northwest have reported particularly exceptional accumulations of up to five feet (1.5 m) of snowfall over the past seven days. The snow has brought these regions, which had been suffering from too little snow up to now, back on track. Once lifts and access roads have been dug out, winds eased and areas made avalanche-safe, resorts have finally been able to open much more terrain.…

World’s Longest 8 Seat Chairlift Coming to Montana

Hot on the heels of unveiling their new Lone Peak Tram during the 50th anniversary week of the creation of Big Sky Resort, the Montana ski area has announced they’ll be installing  their second 8-seater chairlift. Big Sky will be the first North American resort to operate two eight-seat chairlifts and the new Six Shooter lift will be its third to feature state-of-the-art D-line chairlift replacing the existing Six Shooter lift. The new eight-place lift will effectively double the uphill capacity while reducing ride time by 30%, offering guests swift and comfortable access to Big Sky Resort’s north side terrain from the Madison Base Area. This lift will also set a new record globally as the longest eight-place installation in…

IT’S (L)A PLAGNE: Meribel and La Plagne top list of best weather ski resorts

New ‘Bluebird Index’ analyses best weather days at 30 popular European skiing destinations to determine the best time to go La Plagne and Meribel top the chart, averaging 4.2 historical Bluebird days during the second week of March – the most of the resorts analysed The second week in March offers the best chance at getting the most Bluebird days in a given week throughout the season Fun-loving holidaymakers in search of glorious ski days may want to consider jetting off to the French slopes of La Plagne and Meribel, as a new report reveals both resorts have the highest number of ‘Bluebird’ days on average. Leading holiday operator, Sunweb, has created the Bluebird Index – historical analysis of weather…

Cardrona To Become New Zealand’s Largest Ski Area From 2025

New Zealand’s Cardrona Alpine Resort has announced that it will be expanding its terrain to include  Soho Basin in their ski area boundary from the winter after next. With about 150 hectares of skiable terrain, equivalent to 150 rugby fields, it will increase Cardrona’s lift-accessed skiable terrain by 24%, taking the resort from 465ha to 615ha – which will make it the biggest commercial ski area in New Zealand. Cardrona’s newest offering will open up an area similar in size to, and directly behind, Captain’s Basin. Soho Basin is the massive area directly below the resort’s existing “Queenstown Return” trail. It will have a mix of playful intermediate terrain alongside more technical, advanced lines – plenty for confident skiers and…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #224

Issued: 10th January 2024 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup World Overview It’s been a good week for snowfall in many of the world’s ski regions. Perhaps the best news has been for North America where ski areas on the western and eastern sides of the continent have in many cases seen their first decent dump and powder days of the season. In the Alps, meanwhile, up to a metre more snow has taken base depths further above the long-term average and given great conditions for those lucky enough to be there now. Although, with more areas posting 3m (10 feet) plus bases, its looking good for the rest of the season even if it…

Newfoundland’s Marble Mountain: An Unconventional Winter Playground! 

By: Frederick Wallace At the summit, you are drawn to three captivating elements: the Gulf of St. Lawrence which opens up into the vast Atlantic Ocean, the meandering Humber River, and the iconic Governor's Balls – the latter are two colossal glacial erratics bestowed by retreating glaciers. These remarkable rocks rival the unforgettable trail names that descend from the iconic Marble Mountain, creating an indelible experience for every ski enthusiast. Marble is unlike any mountain you have skied before. Size isn't everything, and Marble proves it. Sure, it may not be the biggest, but what it lacks in sheer acreage, it more than makes up for in character and charm. With an exquisite blend of intermediate and expert terrain, Marble…

Cairngorm To Open Upper Runs To Experienced Skiers

Cairngorm ski area has announced that two of its best-known slopes will open from Friday, but with the funicular out of action and limited snow cover on the lower mountain, the centre advises that  the experience is “only suitable for experts” at present. “From Friday we will have the M1 Poma running for more experienced skiers and boarders to access the White Lady piste and the M1 piste. This uplift is only suitable for experts and requires a walk from the top of the conveyors, to the M1Poma,” the centre noted in a social media statement. Skiers commenting on the statement estimated the walk, in ski gear carrying equipment, at about half a mile. Up to now Cairngorm has been…

‘Polar Preet’ Fastest Woman to Ski to the South Pole

A British Army medical officer from Derby, Harpreet ‘Preet’ Chandi, who broke two Guinness World Records for polar exploration last year, has broken yet another record, becoming the world’s fastest woman to complete a solo unsupported South Pole ski expedition. The speed record saw Preet cover 11,30km of Antarctic ice, which she completed in 31 days, 13 hours and 19 minutes (to be confirmed by Guinness World Records), beating the record previously set by Canadian Caroline Côté just this January by 1 day 14 hours and 34 mins. Having set off from Hercules Inlet on the Ronne Ice Shelf on the 26th of November, Preet arrived at the South Pole on 28 December at 02:24 (GMT) to claim her latest…

Keystone Opens 555 Acre Expansion

Colorado’s Keystone Resort will open the 555 acres of newly-lift-accessible high alpine terrain in Bergman and Erickson Bowls today. The new high-speed 6-passenger Bergman Express chairlift installed over the summer will start turning and offers a variety of skiing and riding from mellow and welcoming bowl terrain to adventure glades to the steep and rocky terrain in Erickson Bowl.  The added terrain is Keystone Resort’s first lift access expansion since the Outback Express debuted in 1991, more than 30 years ago. “Bergman Express will be a gamechanger for skiers and riders at Keystone. This new lift makes the high alpine more accessible to a wide range of ability levels, including experienced beginners which is really unique for this type of…