Ski News - March 2015

Ski News - March 2015

Vail Buys Perisher

Published : 31-Mar-2015 10:34

America's Vail Resorts have bought Perisher ski area in Australia, the continent's largest, making it the first ski resort operator in over a decade to run ski areas on two continents.

The company says the purchase fits with its strategic aims, hoping to take a greater share of the estimated one million Australians who head to Europe and North America skiing each year, and to build on its core 'Epic' season pass which allows pass holders based all around the world to ski at resorts on five continents, year round, with the one ticket.

...read more...

 Read the full Article : Vail Buys Perisher
 Join the conversation : Discuss this in the J2Ski Forum (5 comments so far)

Big Snow At Big Resorts

Published : 30-Mar-2015 09:59

(Val Thorens this morning picture by Jane Cross)

Some of the biggest snowfalls in the Alps for a month have been reported in the past 24 hours.

Cervinia in Italy and Val Thorens in France have each reported 50cm/20 inch snow falls since yesterday on their higher slopes. St Anton in Austria has had a foot (30cm) of fresh snow and Val d'Isere 35cm.

...read more...

 Read the full Article : Big Snow At Big Resorts
 Join the conversation : Discuss this in the J2Ski Forum (15 comments so far)

Well, it's been in the forecast all week and got started this afternoon...

A fairly major snow/rain (depending on your altitude) storm across a wide area of the Northern and Central Alps is now in progress. The snow line is expected to vary between 2000m and 1300m generally, possibly lower in places and later in the week, with considerable volumes of precipitation.

...read more...

Two New Ski World Records Set

Published : 27-Mar-2015 03:33

(Pic Credit: Flo Hagena or Hannes Niederkofler)

The list of world records on skis it's possible to set keeps getting longer and two records were broken in the past few days.

In the sport of Speedriding ? descending a steep slope wearing a small parachute on your back, Armin Senoner, has set a new world record at Königspitze in Solda in the Italian Ortler Alps at just over 95mph ? or 152.9 km/h, not only breaking the existing world record but also passing the 150 km/h speed for the first time.

...read more...

 Read the full Article : Two New Ski World Records Set
 Join the conversation : Discuss this in the J2Ski Forum (1 comment so far)

J2Ski Snow Report - March 26th 2015

Published : 26-Mar-2015 02:06

J2Ski Snow Report - March 19th 2015

Snow Report Summary

This Week's Headlines

- A foot of snow at Jackson Hole takes it past 300 inch/7.5m season total.

- Heavy snow in Norway; up to a foot (30cm) of fresh snow in the last 24 hours.

...read more...

Cheaper Skiing in the Chamonix Valley

Published : 25-Mar-2015 07:49

Chamonix's lift company has reduced the price of its Rapid Card lift ticket from 50 to 25 Euros for the rest of the season and is also offering the first day of skiing it using it for free, saving up to 19.50 Euros.

The Rapid Card is a kind of combination lift ticket and loyalty card. Users pay the up front fee to buy it then are sent special offers and also get their seventh day of skiing free ? not so much use for people on the regular 6 day ski holiday, but anyone staying 7 days or more now get two days free on the ticket for the rest of the season ? which runs to May 11th.

...read more...

 Read the full Article : Cheaper Skiing in the Chamonix Valley
 Join the conversation : Discuss this in the J2Ski Forum

Fresh Spring Snow

Published : 24-Mar-2015 02:33

The start of spring has seen fresh snow reported in parts of the Alps, Pyrenees and Scotland in the last 48 hours.

In Switzerland 15-20cm snow fell in 24 hours at the weekend at several resorts including Saas Fee, Verbier and Zermatt.

In Austria there were similar falls in resorts including Brand and in Germany at the Zugspitz glacier.

...read more...

 Read the full Article : Fresh Spring Snow
 Join the conversation : Discuss this in the J2Ski Forum (2 comments so far)

Stay At The Top of the Holmenkollen

Published : 23-Mar-2015 03:58

A rapidly expanding accommodations listing company has offered people the chance to stay in a specially created bedroom at the top of Oslo's iconic Holmenkollen ski jump at the end of this month.

Describing the opportunity as, "the ultimate ski in ski out," Airbnb say the property offers, "spectacular views over Oslo" and describes the accommodation as, "a glass-walled penthouse apartment with private rooftop terrace decorated with Nordic contemporary design."

...read more...

 Read the full Article : Stay At The Top of the Holmenkollen
 Join the conversation : Discuss this in the J2Ski Forum

J2Ski Snow Report - March 19th 2015

Published : 19-Mar-2015 11:38

J2Ski Snow Report - March 19th 2015

Snow Report Summary

This Week's Headlines

- Up to four feet (1.2m) of fresh snow in the Alps, although many resorts haven't had anything this week.

- Up to two feet (60cm) of much needed new snow in Western Canada.

...read more...

 Read the full Article : J2Ski Snow Report - March 19th 2015
 Join the conversation : Discuss this in the J2Ski Forum

Return of the Snow

Published : 16-Mar-2015 12:02

Increasingly significant snowfalls are being reported after the dry week in most of the northern hemisphere's major ski regions last week.

Perhaps most welcome is the snow in Western Canada, where powder has been sadly lacking this season.

Kicking Horse in BC (pictured above this weekend) reported nearly a foot of snow on Sunday. Nearby Panorama also had a similar snowfall.

...read more...

 Read the full Article : Return of the Snow
 Join the conversation : Discuss this in the J2Ski Forum (5 comments so far)

J2Ski Snow Report - March 12th 2015

Published : 12-Mar-2015 01:57

J2Ski Snow Report - March 12th 2015

Snow Report Summary

This Week's Headlines

- Huge snowfalls in Bulgaria and the far South of Europe.

- Spring in the Alps with almost no fresh snow this week.

...read more...

(Mt Baker in a snowier year...)

The ski resort that holds the world record for receiving the most snow in one season is currently closed due to lack of snow cover, and may post its worst ever season.

Mt Baker in Washington state, Western USA, regular receives 750 inches (62 feet/19 metres) of snow each season on average and in the winter of 1998-1999 set a world record when it received 95 feet (29 metres) of snow through the season.

...read more...

Scottish Snow and Storm Situation Stabilises

Published : 10-Mar-2015 08:53

The five ski areas in the Scottish Highlands have seen a weather roller coaster over the last four days with temperatures climbing towards double figures, leading to a serious thaw at the weekend, followed by up to 115mph+ gales battering the mountain sides over the last 36 hours.

...read more...

 Read the full Article : Scottish Snow and Storm Situation Stabilises
 Join the conversation : Discuss this in the J2Ski Forum

Bulgarian Snow Storm Biggest For 30 Years

Published : 09-Mar-2015 03:12

(Bansko last week before the snow storm hit)

A snow storm currently dumping on Bulgaria is reported to be possibly the heaviest for 30 years, according to comments from locals reproduced in the Sofia Globe newspaper.

The country's ski regions (and much of the rest of the nation) are currently on yellow and amber severe weather warnings for snow and the storms, which really picked up over the weekend, have blocked roads and brought down power lines across the country, with the south particularly badly affected.

...read more...

J2Ski Snow Report - March 5th 2015

Published : 05-Mar-2015 05:02

J2Ski Snow Report - March 5th 2015

Snow Report Summary

Well, it kept on snowing...

This Week's Headlines

- Deepest snow cover in the world passes 5m mark on March 1st - in the French Pyrenees!

...read more...

 Read the full Article : J2Ski Snow Report - March 5th 2015
 Join the conversation : Discuss this in the J2Ski Forum

Austria's Brixen im Thale, part of the giant Skiwelt area, has announced it will be installing what it claims will be the world's fastest chairlift in time to begin operation next winter 2015-16.

The new Jochbahn, a detachable eight-seater chairlift, will operate on the resort's Sonnseite ("Sunny Side") and be nearly two and a half times faster than the lift it replaces, travelling at a world beating six-metres per second (mps) compared with the 2.5mps of the older lift.

...read more...

Six weeks after the Swiss Central Bank ended its exchange rate fix with the Euro simultaneously caused the franc to soar ion value against most other countries, including a 20% jump against the pound, causing in-resort costs to soar still higher in Switzerland for British skiers, the exchange rate has stabilised and is back to a similar level to where to it was a year ago.

...read more...

World?s Deepest Snow Base Passes 5m Mark

Published : 01-Mar-2015 05:57

The huge snowfalls in the Pyrenees over the past week have led to ski areas on the French side of the southern European mountain chain reporting the first 5m+ snow depth in the world this season.

Piau Engaly reported its base had reached 5.4m (18 feet) today. It has received over 2m of snow in the last five days ? the picture above was taken on Wednesday after the first 80cm had fallen.

...read more...

 Read the full Article : World?s Deepest Snow Base Passes 5m Mark
 Join the conversation : Discuss this in the J2Ski Forum

Warning:- Snow Sports are Dangerous The information on j2ski.com, where not clearly factual, is opinion only. It is not definitive, nor is it exhaustive and you must confirm it for yourself before you act upon it. Wherever and whenever you decide to ski, you do so entirely at your own risk. Skiing is an action sport with many dangers, which you must identify and accept before participating. If you do not accept these risks and your responsibility for understanding them - please do not ski.

});