Ski News - August 2018

Ski News - August 2018

Ollie Davies came into the World Junior Championships with high hopes after a breakthrough season in 2017/18 and he fulfilled his promise with a near-faultless display on his way to winning today's ski cross final in Cardrona, New Zealand.

Seeded sixth after qualifying yesterday, Davies won his quarter-final before finishing second in the semis to earn a place in the final four.

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Up top 30cm of fresh snowfall has been reported above 3000 metres in the Alps this weekend as a cold front crosses central Europe.

The Hintertux glacier ? which was forecast to receive 35cm of snow by Monday ? has reported the biggest accumulation so far. It endeavours to open for snowsports 365 days a year so a summer powder day is now on the cards. It is pictured above this morning.

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La Folie Douce Moves in to Hotels Market

Published : 25-Aug-2018 07:08

The Folie Douce brand which brings together a wide range of cuisine, an apres ski atmosphere and its signature slopeside cabaret show is expanding in to the hotel market.

In recent years the group, which began with its original on mountain restaurants at Val d'Isere, has added more big on mountain venues at top resorts across the French Alps and this season will unveil the first La Folie Douce hotel in Chamonix.

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Australia is having a great season ? in fact the consensus is that it's the best for 14 years.

Most areas are scheduled to be open for another month until 30th September, but the largest, Perisher, has just announced it will be extending its season by a week, to Sunday 7th October.

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Some Snow in the Andes

Published : 24-Aug-2018 09:48

As ski resorts in Argentina and Chile enter their final month of the 2018 ski season, they may be reflecting that it has not been the most memorable winter for snowfall in the region.

Few areas have built base depths of more than a metre ? half that of leading areas in Australia ? and the famous resort of Portillo only has a 45cm base.

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August Snow Forecast For The Alps

Published : 23-Aug-2018 09:38

Snow is expected to fall above 2000 metres in most of The Alps this coming weekend ? the last in August and meteorological summer.

In terms of ski areas currently open for summer skiing, currently forecasts suggest up to 30cm of snow could fall at Hintertux and nearly 20cm at the Molltal glacier, both in Austria.

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The Million Pound Ski Holiday

Published : 21-Aug-2018 03:22

A heliski operator has launched what the company believes may be the most expensive ski holiday ever with a 1 million price tag for a seven night holiday for up to 12 people.

Why so pricey? Well the holiday involves a week heli-skiing in Greenland, based aboard super yacht MV Cloudbreak which sleeps up to 12 guests in six bedrooms and carries a crew of 22. So it could well be good value.

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A lift link to connect two of the biggest ski areas in the French alps will hopefully be built ahead of the 2022-23 ski season, it has been announced.

The two ski areas have a combined total of 450km of ski runs, both have glacier skiing and both are in the world top 20 for lift served vertical, so the combined ski area is set to become one of the world's top five.

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The leading Finnish Lapland resort of Ruka is set for a big expansion with news of a second resort base development: Ruka Valley.

The expansion is centred on the construction of the new 'Village2Valley' gondola due to open for the coming ski season which will run over the fell between original and new base villages.

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Despite not generally having the reputation for deep powder that the other three major southern hemisphere ski destination nations have, Australia appears to be enjoying a better 2018 ski season for snowfall than those other countries.

Ski areas in Argentina, Chile and New Zealand started off in June and early July posting good season-start snowfall stats, but bases have not grown much at any of them over the past six weeks whilst ski areas in Australia have seen a snowy August, taking the base depth at several of the country's leading ski areas including Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass to the 1.8 metre (six foot) mark.

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Volcano Erupts Near Ski Resort in Andes

Published : 11-Aug-2018 05:57

A volcano has erupted at a ski resort in Chile, but the area's operators say it is still business as usual.

The volcano erupted at around noon on Wednesday and skiers riding a chairlift up in the direction of the erupting volcano posted dramatic video of the ash cloud, which was estimated to rise around 2000m above the volcano's summit in to the clear air.

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More Heavy Snow for Australia

Published : 07-Aug-2018 08:50

[b]Australian ski areas appear to be having the snowiest winter, at present, of the four major southern hemisphere ski nations (Argentina, Australia, Chile and New Zealand).

The latest accumulations today has seen most of the country's half-dozen leading areas reporting 25-35cm of fresh snow.

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A new survey published today which combines responses from more than 130 companies working in seasonal travel from the UK to Europe has found that business are already contracting their operations in ski resorts in EU countries this season ahead of Brexit, and states that this is the beginning of much worse to come.

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Snowbility, an organisation that specialises in helping people with additional needs learn to ski and snowboard, has launched a program for the very first time at the SnowDome, Tamworth.

Following the venture's very successful operation at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, which they say continues to go from strength to strength, Snowbility and The SnowDome will now offer the opportunity to provide specialist coaching to adults and children in the West Midlands region and beyond.

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US media is reporting on a cancer sufferer who has had his request to cancel payments for Vail Resorts' seasonal 'Epic Pass' lift ticket rejected by the company, despite the fact he won't be able to make use of it this winter.

The skier concerned was diagnosed with prostate cancer in June and now faces around five months of chemotherapy. Even in the best-case scenario he does not think he'll be skiing this winter.

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Where To Ski or Snowboard In August 2018

Cardrona, New Zealand, looking good yesterday...

J2Ski's Where To Ski or Snowboard In August 2018

It's just about peak season in the southern hemisphere, with fresh snow in Australia and New Zealand.

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