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Work Resumes on World’s Highest Tri-cable Gondola Lift

Work’s on the world’s highest ‘tri-cable’ or ‘3S’ lift has resumed above Zermatt for the second summer. The new lift, which will offer an additional way of reaching the year-round skiing area known as the ‘Matterhorn Glacier Paradise’ besides the existing cabled car, is due to open for winter 2018-19. Work commenced last year and, due to the high altitude and exposed nature of the site, the lift is being built during 100 day ‘weather windows’ each spring and summer over three years. Ascending to 3,883m (12,740 feet) above sea level, the tricable’s 25 modern Pininfarina cabins will have 28 seats each. The new gondola lift will make the journey up to the Matterhorn glacier paradise significantly more comfortable and…

Second Big Snowfall Leaves Valle Nevado and La Parva Ready for Today’s Opening | 40+ Photos Of All South American Resorts

Valle Nevado and La Parva ski resorts will open for the season today Friday, May 26th. This way, they will join their neighbor, El Colorado, which opened for the season last week. The Storm By yesterday's morning, Valle Nevado and La Parva had gotten about 40 centimeters of fresh snow. This, added to the consistent snowpack that both resorts already had, will allow them to habilitate lifts and slopes almost one month before the winter starts, and weeks before all other resorts in the Southern Hemisphere. The big storm took place overnight. However,…

Squaw Valley Boss Urges Skiers and Riders to Argue against Trump Plan To Cut US Commitments to fight Climate Change

Andy Wirth, the President and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski areas has published an open letter in which he urges skiers and boarders to encourage the American government department, EPA (the Environmental Protection Agency) to, “…maintain and even increase the critical regulations that combat climate change.” Mr Wirth’s call comes as President Trump, who vowed during his campaign to eradicate President Obama’s policies related to climate change, plans to sign an executive order directing Scott Pruitt, the new E.P.A. administrator, to begin the legal process of undoing Mr. Obama’s regulations surrounding the reduction of greenhouse pollution generated from coal-fired power plants. These regulations are the cornerstone of the Obama Administration’s program that supports our nation’s compliance with…

Rapid Growth In Sales for ‘All Weather’ Snowmaking Machines

Special snow making machines which can produce snow in positive temperatures are seeing a rapid growth in sales around the world. The machines have existed for around 20 years in various forms, and have commonly been used to make snow for events in urban areas and outside the ski season, but the past Northern Hemisphere ski season and the coming Southern Hemisphere one has seen a rapid growth in sales of the machines, in particular to low altitude resorts and ski areas located in areas where snowfall is not guaranteed, particularly at the start of the season. The most popular machine is the ‘Snow Factory’ unit from Techno Alpin, but the units follow a similar model of making the snow…

Extreme Las Leñas: The Side Of The Coin That Makes It Special

On one side, a small, hidden ski resort at the foot of the Andes mountain range. Ideal for families, friends and beginners, and host to one of the most exciting après-ski of the entire world. On the other side, a place that hardcore skiers and snowboarders from all corners of the planet should visit at least once before they die: Las Leñas is a mind-blowing playground for extreme skiing. Today, we'll focus on this side of the coin. Location With a population of aproximately 40 million, Argentina is the world’s eight largest country, and the largest Spanish-speaker country in the world. There are about fifteen ski resorts in Argentina, located along the border with Chile. Las Leñas is one of the most important ones,…

Season Has Started In Chile and There Is More Snow On Its Way

On Wednesday, Chileans woke up with fantastic news. El Colorado Ski Resort announced that was going to bring forward their opening date... to Friday, May 19th. That is yesterday. The reasons? Heavy snowfalls had brought an important amount of snow, creating an acceptable snowpack for skiing and snowboarding. El Colorado is located just 60 kilometers away from the capital city of Santiago, in an area known as the Three Valleys (it's called like this for being just next to La Parva and Valle Nevado). Usually, resorts in Chile do not open for the season until mid June. In fact, initial opening was scheduled for that month in El Colorado. However, as Snow-Forecast.com had anticipated,…

Clean-up days Underway at Mountain Resorts

Volunteers are busy walking the slopes of ski areas around the world cleaning up the ski slopes in the quiet season between the end of winter and start of the main summer season. A number of charity and environmental groups, as well as businesses operating at ski resorts and just volunteers from resorts and mountain communities have been hitting the slopes armed with buckets and bin bags to clean up trash left behind after the snow melts. The Respect The Mountains environmental charity, now part of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), has been one of the big organisers of mountain clean-ups and in 2016 took to the slopes of mountains from sun-baked Tenerife, and famous resorts of the…

Heavy Mid-May Snow in North & South America Leads to Unseasonal Resort Openings

It has been snowing heavily, and continues to snow, this week in both North and South America at the same time. Usually, of course, it doesn’t snow in North America during the South American ski season, and vice versa, but this is that grey area between the northern and southern winters when it can snow in either or both hemispheres at the same time – it just doesn’t happen very often. https://www.facebook.com/MammothMountain/videos/10153936267747395/ (Snowfall at Mammoth Mountain California this week) For ski areas the snow – up to 35cm has been reported in Western North America and up to 60cm in the Andes of South America so far – is something of a quandary.  Do North American areas re-open top give…

Winter 2017 continues…

A large storm continues to bring fresh snowfall to the European Alps this week, mostly in Austrian resorts which is luckily where most of the resorts that are open are. The Obergurgl region has seen up to 15cm of new snow, but elsewhere glacier resorts such as Hintertux have had over 30cm in the past 24 hours. A look at our Ski Austria pages shows those resorts reporting the best piste conditions and new powder, so check this out regularly if you're lucky enough to be able to head to the mountains!   Not forgetting French resorts, Tignes reports 20cm of snow in the first 24 hours of May…

Tree wells

Whoever heard of tree wells? Everyone knows about avalanches, but isolated ski fatalities from tree wells don’t attract the same hysterical coverage. Some figures claim tree wells are responsible for a whopping 20% of ski deaths, and in recent experiments carried out in N. America where volunteers were placed in tree wells, 90% were unable to free themselves. Yet they can be avoided. First, check out this very illustrative video below then read on... A tree well is where snow fails to compact around the bottom of the tree trunk, prevented by the lower branches. Extremely common after heavy snowfall, coniferous trees with big lower branches weighed down by snow leave a bowl shaped mini-crater around the trunk. Loose powder,…