Ski News - December 2018

Ski News - December 2018

Two More Records for Mikaela Shiffrin

Published : 31-Dec-2018 10:57

After becoming the youngest ever skier to reach 50 world cup wins last week 23-year-old American racer Mikaela Shiffrin has achieved more records in the final World Cup race of 2018.

Shiffrin set two more records with her victory in the final race of the season at the weekend, a slalom at Semmering, Austria.

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New Snowfall in the Alps

Published : 30-Dec-2018 03:36

Some fresh snow has been reported in the Alps over the last 36 hours with some Austrian and German resorts reporting up to 40cm of snowfall in the last 24 hours.

The biggest accumulations claimed include the Nordkette ski area near Innsbruck (pictured above) posting 40cm, the Dachstein Glacier reporting 30cm and Saalbach and Mayrhofen reporting 25cm each since yesterday.

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A study of 50 sports helmets from the world's top manufacturers used for snowsports, skating and cycling by American institution Virginia Polytechnic in partnership with the US Institute for Highway Safety has determined that the 13 best all feature the Swedish MIPS technology.

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Debate Over Future of 2018 Olympic Downhill

Published : 29-Dec-2018 10:11

The future of the controversial downhill ski slope that was used at the South Korean Winter Olympics earlier this year remains controversial and still to be confirmed.

The Jeongseon Alpine Ski Center, complete with gondola lift, was created especially to host the downhill races at the 2018 Olympics as existing downhill ski runs in the country did not quite have enough vertical to meet the minimum requirements of an Olympic downhill.

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J2Ski Snow Report - December 27th 2018

Published : 27-Dec-2018 08:14

J2Ski Snow Report 27th December 2018

Dawn breaking over a snowy Andermatt this morning...

With our last weekly round-up of 2018, we'd like to wish you a Happy New Year!

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After the success of two all-weather snowmaking machines at Glencoe and The Lecht allowing the Scottish 2018-19 ski season to get underway on December 1st, a third of Scotland's five commercial ski fields looks set to open imminently after it purchased one of the machines too.

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Snowy conditions in the Alps over the past week have increased in intensity over the past 24 hours with dozens of leading resorts reporting at least 20cm of fresh snow in the past 24 hours and some as much as 50cm.

The snowfall is widespread but the biggest reported accumulations have been in Switzerland in Austria ? both in terms of the number of resorts reporting big snowfalls and the amount of snow reported.

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Britain's Dave Ryding posted his second best ever result yesterday, taking fourth place in the World Cup Slalom at Madonna de Campiglio, Italy.

Ryding was lying in 27th place after the first run but made the fastest second descent of all competitors to move up 23 places to take his 4th place.

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The remarkable Mikaela Shiffrin took her 50th World Cup win today in the slalom at Courchevel.

It was the 35th slalom win for Shiffrin who only recently became one of only seven racers in history to win races in all five Alpine disciplines.

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Val Thorens Unveil Second Zipwire

Published : 21-Dec-2018 11:42

Val Thorens has joined Whistler Blackcomb in being amongst the few ski areas worldwide to offer multiple zip lining experiences.

Val Thorens made headlines back in 2014 when it opened the highest zipwire in Europe at around 3,2000m above sea level.

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J2Ski Snow Report - December 20th 2018

Published : 20-Dec-2018 08:08

J2Ski Snow Report 20th December 2018

La Clusaz, France, fully open from this weekend...

Some big snowfalls reported, and good skiing for a fairly typical December so far.

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The ownership of the Bulgarian ski resort of Bansko has long been the subject of conspiracy theorists.

The ski area has fought a long-time battle with environment campaigners over the past few decades who accused it of illegal expansion on to National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site land.

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7 Feet of Snow in 7 Days at Whistler

Published : 18-Dec-2018 04:12

There have been huge snowfalls in the Pacific Northwest area of North America which includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State in the USA and British Columbia in Canada.

Whistler, pictured today after another 26cm (11 inches) of new snow overnight, has been one of the big winners reporting 210cm (7 feet) of snowfall in the last 7 days.

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Snow Falling in the The Alps Again

Published : 16-Dec-2018 09:01

A few days after one of the biggest early December snowfalls in the Alps, it is snowing again in many areas with significant accumulations forecast today and tomorrow.

The biggest snowfall totals of the past 24 hours have come from France and Switzerland with Tignes reporting 30cm, Les 2 Alpes 27cm and Serre Chevalier 23cm.

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A charity race planned as part of the Alpine World Championships in Åre, Sweden in February will see some famous racing names from the past competing against one another in a ski race that will raise funds for charity.

The SkiStar Invitational 2019 on 12th February will see several generations of Alpine stars come together for an evening of parallel ski slalom racing.

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Danish Power Plant Ski Slope Complete

Published : 14-Dec-2018 02:04

An artificial surface ski slope down the sloping side of a power plant has been completed, at least in terms of top to bottom coverage, in the past few days.

The ski-slope-on-a-power-plant project, near Copenhagen, has attracted global coverage since first announced more than six years ago but its completion has been repeatedly delayed over the past few years.

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An analysis of hotel prices offered by leading ski destinations in Europe and North America by price comparison site Trivago has found that, on average, Madonna di Campiglio attracts the highest 'clicked price' ? the price at which people actually clicked through from Trivago to the local booking site.

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J2Ski Snow Report - December 13th 2018

Published : 13-Dec-2018 06:27

J2Ski Snow Report 13th December 2018

J2Ski have been making tracks with Snoworks in Tignes, France, this week.

Big snowfalls across The Alps, as the weather goes cold!

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An Austrian newspaper has claimed that there were, in fact, passengers on board a gondola when cabins collided with one another on a line during extreme wind conditions last Sunday.[/b]

The Hichzillertal ski area's lift company, said the gondola cabins were empty and returning to the station for storage when the incident occured, but one of the last passengers to have got off the lift before the accident has told the Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper he believes there were people on board.

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It's snowing heavily in Western BC, Washington state and Alaska ? also known as the Pacific Northwest of North America.

That's not unusual of course, the area's ski resorts consistently place in the world top 10 for their huge average annual snowfall stats ? 10 metres is a bad year at many of them. One, Mt Baker in Washington State, holds the world record for the most snowfall reported in a single season.

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The giant snowstorm that has been bringing big accumulations of snow to resorts in the Alps is finally easing.

At the same time three-day snowfall totals are beginning to appear with resorts in Austria and Switzerland posting totals of up to 1.15 metres (nearly four feet) of new snow since Saturday.

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The biggest 7 day snowfall total in the Alps has passed the metre mark has a huge snow storm continues to dump down.

Most of the snow making up these totals has fallen in the past 48 hours and with the snowfall expected to remain intense today, it seems likely some resorts will past the metre total for 72 hours by this time tomorrow.

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Strong winds and heavy snow at Tignes and Val d'Isere is causing a headache for World Cup race organisers.

Yesterday the men's races went ahead at Val d'Isere but this morning's slalom race has been cancelled due to conditions the resort described thus,

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It has been getting increasingly snowy in the Alps since the start of December with ski areas like Engelberg, Laax and Andermatt posting 50cm total snowfalls in the past week, Germany's Zugspitz glacier, nearly 60cm/2 feet.

The only real downside to this snowy good news is that the snow has been falling high up, mostly above 1800m, lower slopes have tended to see rain instead. With the exception of Andermatt which says it has 1cm of snow at resort level, the other three reports 0cm at the base of the slopes ? a picture common in the Alps at present and not unusual this early in the season.

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2019-20 Ski Holidays Go On Sale

Published : 07-Dec-2018 11:08

The 2018-19 ski season hasn't quite got underway yet for Britain's tour operators, but as has become tradition Crystal Ski Holidays has launched its programme for next winter just before the first holidays for this winter take off.

There's not a great deal of news for next winter at this stage (that tends to be announced in late spring), it's more about people wanting to plan well ahead and perhaps secure accommodation or dates being given the opportunity to do so.

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J2Ski Snow Report - December 6th 2018

Published : 06-Dec-2018 03:21

J2Ski Snow Report 6th December 2018

Solden, Austria, earlier this week

J2Ski Snow Report 6th December 2018

Mild weather giving way to cold and snow from the weekend.

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In an unusual move, the International Ski Federation has given the go ahead to the Men's World cup races this weekend but has cancelled the Women's Races planned for the weekend after, even though forecasts currently indicate it will get colder and snowier over the week ahead.[b]

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Big Snowfalls on Higher Slopes in the Alps

Published : 03-Dec-2018 09:19

The first snow totals for the past 24 hours are arriving from the Alps this morning, with so far resorts reporting up to 27cm - at Grimentz in Switzerland - reported since Sunday morning.

Other resorts reporting big totals include St Anton and Solden both posting 20cm of fresh cover and the Pitztal and Stubai glaciers 15cm each. There has also been 15cm of snowfall in Geilo, Norway.

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