Ski News - November 2014

Ski News - November 2014

J2Ski Snow Report - November 27th 2014

Published : 27-Nov-2014 11:11

J2Ski Snow Report - November 27th 2014

Snow Report Summary

Still mild in The Alps, but more snow up high, and cooler times coming...

This Week's Headlines

- More heavy snow for Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Alberta and BC.

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World Cup Racing Returns to Aspen

Published : 27-Nov-2014 07:44

After taking a year off, the women's Audi FIS Ski World Cup racing is back this weekend at Aspen in Colorado as the world Cup tour crosses the Atlantic to North America.

Aspen's 'Winternational' takes place on Aspen Mountain this Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30.

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(The Pyrenees in snowier times...)

The ski season in the Pyrenees looks set to be delayed with temperatures currently too warm for snowmaking, little recent natural snowfall and no change currently predicted.

Most areas originally aimed to open this weekend, on the 29th of November, but its currently unclear whether any will be able to.

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Snowsport England Measure ?Sochi Effect?

Published : 24-Nov-2014 12:58

Promotional body Snowsport England report that there was a 12% increase in dry slope and indoor snow slope use, year on year (from 2013 to 2014) during the period February to April due to what has been termed the 'Sochi Effect'

The stats, part of the regularly updated 'SlopeTracker' report compiled by Spike Marketing on behslf of the body, also found an 11% increase year on year during the period May to August.

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Big Name Ski Areas Opening This Weekend

Published : 21-Nov-2014 09:47

A number of leading resorts will be opening for the ski season today (Friday 21st November) and tomorrow, in some cases earlier than planned and also reporting some of the best early season conditions in years.

Among resorts opening early is Whistler in BC, Canada, which is opening five days ahead of schedule thanks to some natural snowfall and what the resort says has been good snowmaking weather. Inland Sun Peaks is also opening early this weekend. On the eastern side of Canada in Quebec Mont Tremblant will also be open, and reports 'exceptional' early season cover after snowfall linked to the snowstorms in North Eastern North America.

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In an unprecedented move, St Moritz has announced that it is inviting 150 families of four to visit the resort for a free hotel stay over the Easter weekend -including half board, ski school lessons and lift passes for all.

The contest is in celebration of 150 years since the world's first winter sports holiday took place in the famous Swiss resort in the winter of 1864-65, when several Brits accepted a bet from a local hotelier that they would enjoy the winter stay there more than in London. The hotelier won his bet and the rest is skiing history!

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J2Ski Snow Report - November 20th 2014

Published : 20-Nov-2014 03:16

J2Ski Snow Report - November 20th 2014

Snow Report Summary

Although it's still mild in The Alps, the snow keeps coming up across the Northern Hemisphere...

This Week's Headlines

- Major resorts opening on each side of the Atlantic.

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Val Thorens opening Saturday 22nd November

Published : 19-Nov-2014 12:45

This just in, fresh from the French Alps...

[Picture courtesy of VT]

Val Thorens wrote:Val Thorens is opening on Saturday!

Thanks to recent heavy snowfalls, Val Thorens will offer excellent skiing conditions from 22nd November. There is 40cm of snow at 2,300m and 60cm at 3,200m. 15 runs and 12 lifts will open ? maybe more if it carries on snowing.

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Big Snow In The Alps (Again) and the Rockies

Published : 18-Nov-2014 10:08

The latest snow reports in from Alpine resorts in the past 24 hours report still more heavy snowfall.

It's difficult to know whether to describe this as the third big snowstorm in the past 28 days, or as some forecasters predicted a fortnight ago, the latter half of 10+ days of sporadic snowfall across the region.

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The internationally little known French ski area of Manigod has an unusual offer for families buying their children a lift pass ? a free ski jacket with their ticket.

The offer from the local LaBelleMontagne lift company is for a free ski jacket with every purchase of a child's 6 day ski pass online.

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Swiss Snow Highs And Lows

Published : 16-Nov-2014 07:48

Wild fluctuations in snow cover at Swiss resorts is currently being reported as some areas are being seriously dumped on, while other report cover from the big snowstorms of the past three weeks has thawed away.

Saas Fee is making the most excited claims, saying that they have had 1.5m (five feet) of fresh snow in the last few days.

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Japan Ski News 2014-15

Published : 14-Nov-2014 07:00

The new season is just a few weeks away in Japan, and the latest news is in from the leading resorts of Rusutsu, Tomamu, Hanazono and Myoko.

On The Slopes:

Tomamu, one of Japan's newest resorts celebrating its 30th season this winter, has invested 4 million on a new a high-speed quad lift and new runs. Tomamu also installed a separate quad lift last season, making it one of the top investors in its lift facilities in Japan in recent years.

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J2Ski Snow Report - November 13th 2014

Published : 13-Nov-2014 04:06

J2Ski Snow Report - November 13th 2014

Snow Report Summary

This Week's Headlines

- Andermatt, Crans Montana and Davos aim to open this weekend.

- Up to a foot of fresh snow in Colorado.

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Ski Hosting Ends In Italy Too

Published : 13-Nov-2014 12:32

Following the decision to end the service known as 'ski hosting' or 'social skiing' on French slopes two seasons ago, leading British tour operators are now set to withdraw the service from Italian resorts too.

'Ski hosting' is typically when an employee of a tour operator who, crucially, may not have formal ski teaching qualifications, takes guests on a basic orientation tour of the easy slopes at the base of the runs. The service is run in many ways in many countries but is currently the subject of an ongoing legal case in France with British tour operators arguing it should be allowed, and the French authorities saying it breaches laws there.

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The world famous violinist and British citizen Vanessa Mae, who became the first person to represent Thailand in snow sports at a winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year has been banned from competition for the next four years after an International Ski Federation (FIS) 'Hearing panel' decided she cheated in achieving the number of points required to qualify for the Olympics.

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With a great deal of variation existing between airlines' ski baggage fees and policies, travel search site Skyscanner has launched a straightforward online guide to the cost of bringing ski equipment on flights to the slopes at: http://www.skyscanner.net/news/ski-fees-guide.

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BRITISH TELEMARK SKIER, JASMIN TAYLOR, AIMING FOR FURTHER WORLD CUP SUCCESS

Jasmin Taylor, two-time British Champion and Telemark World Cup silver medallist will start her 2014/15 winter campaign in just a few weeks time at the opening FIS World Cup race in Hintertux, Austria.

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Sun Out Again In The Alps

Published : 07-Nov-2014 10:34

Ski areas are reporting superb conditions after the latest snow storms to hit the Alps, the second in less than two weeks, move away.

After blizzard conditions on Wednesday and Thursday many resorts now have clear blue skies and are showing images of pristine white slopes.

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J2Ski Snow Report - November 6th 2014

Published : 06-Nov-2014 03:15

J2Ski Snow Report - November 6th 2014

Snow Report Summary

Picture courtesy Cervinia

This Week's Headlines

- Verbier to open early, this weekend.

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Verbier Opening This Weekend

Published : 06-Nov-2014 10:58

Verbier has announced it will open for the season three weeks earlier than planned ? this Saturday November 8th.

The resort has benefited from big autumn snow accumulations, reportedly one of the big beneficiaries of the heavy snowfall a fortnight ago, and the latest snow storms that are currently depositing large volumes of snow on the Alps. Locals reported snow at lower levels rapidly melted away after the first storms a fortnight ago however.

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Snow Starts To Accumulate In The Alps

Published : 06-Nov-2014 08:43

It has been snowing for up to 36 hours now across the Alps and although most areas are not reporting how much has fallen because they're not open yet, stats are starting to come in from the nearly 20 glacier areas that are open in the 'big 4' Alpine nations.

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Tickets are going on sale this week for a new direct service from London Gatwick to Reno in Nevada which is scheduled to launch in just under 14 months' time for winter 2015-16.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is one the closest airports to major ski resorts in North America including Squw Valley and Heavenly. Passengers can see ski runs from the airport's runways upon landing and it is a quick 45 minute to one-hour drive from airport baggage claim to the ski lifts ? compared with 3-4 hours from San Francisco, the nearest major international hub currently used by most to access Tahoe's slopes.

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Ski and Snowboard Boot Sales Up

Published : 04-Nov-2014 01:08

In one of the few recent positive statistical signs for the British ski and snowboard industry, figures just released by trade body Snowsport Industries of Great Britain (SIGB), show a significant jump in sales for last season, compared to the previous winter (and indeed the previous five winters).

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For the past 7-10 days, pretty much all the forecast models have been indicating some significant Alpine precipitation this week.

The leading edge is now within the 48 hour window and Tuesday and Wednesday look like seeing some very substantial snowfall in places. Although still on the mild side beforehand, temperatures will drop significantly as the snow falls and it's likely to be below 1500 metres over a wide area.

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Ski Resorts Open Across USA

Published : 03-Nov-2014 08:53

Cold weather has allowed ski areas to open in Colorado, the MidWest and New England over the past 48 hours, taking the number of ski areas open in the northern hemisphere past the 20 mark and moving the US in to second place behind Austria in terms of 'country with the most areas already open.'

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