Ski News - December 2019

Ski News - December 2019

Bumper Start To the Season in the Alps

Published : 31-Dec-2019 08:18

Ski resorts across the Alps are reporting bumper business over Christmas and New Year, crediting the generally good conditions to be found in most areas.

In France the Association Nationale des Maires des Stations de Montagne reported bookings running at 70%, up 3% on last winter, with the biggest numbers growth coming in the northern Alps and in the Pyrenees. January bookings are also running at 3% above average.

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Vegan Ski Holidays for Veganuary 2020

Published : 30-Dec-2019 08:37

Those planning to participate in `Veganuary' from Wednesday and switch to a vegan diet for the month, as well as those who are vegan anyway, may be interested to know that one of the UK's largest ski holiday companies, Ski Beat, now offer vegan menus in each of their 59 chalets.

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Big Sky Resort in Montana has announced it will install the new fastest six-person chairlift in North America, the Swift Current 6, for next winter (2020-2021).

In a resort statement Big Sky, which has one of the continent's five biggest ski areas with almost 6,000 acres of skiing, said the new lift is the next step in their strategy to create the most technologically-advanced lift network in North America, a key pillar of the Big Sky 2025 vision.

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St Moritz have announced that they won't be staging their traditional New Year's Day firework display over the lake, but will instead stage a ten-minute long drone show.

A fleet of 100 drones will work in formation 100 metres above the frozen lake at the famous Swiss resort to create a multi-coloured display and three-dimensional images in the sky on the evening of January 1st, 2020.

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J2Ski Snow Report - December 27th 2019

Published : 27-Dec-2019 09:47

J2Ski Snow Report 27th December 2019

Thanks to J2Skier Sleekpony, for this picture; getting stuck in above Champoluc, Italy last week.

More snow, but clearer days coming for Europe...

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There have been some huge snowfalls in Alberta and BC over the past few days giving exceptional powder conditions.

Resorts along the Alberta/BC border have seen some of the biggest accumulations with Panorama (pictured) in BC and Sunshine, over the border near Banff, both reporting more than a metre (40 inches) of snowfall in the past 7 days.

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The biggest snowfalls reported in the Western Alps have again passed the metre mark for the second weekend in as row.

At this point we should note:

? It's not everywhere, that's the biggest total reported.

? It's still "a bit mild" with less snow down low.

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New Comedy Festival for French Alps in January

Published : 21-Dec-2019 02:34

A new comedy festival is heading to the French ski resort of Les Gets, at the heart of the Portes Soleil, next month.

Let's Get Comédie, which will take place from 20th to 24th January 2020, is being billed as Europe's first dual lingual comedy festival, featuring 'Frenglish' comedians.

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Another major snowstorm is moving in to Western Europe with forecasting models predicting some resorts could see several feet (60cm+) of fresh snowfall in 24-36 hours over the next few days and some totals of more than a metre more snow by Monday.

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J2Ski Snow Report - December 19th 2019

Published : 19-Dec-2019 08:18

J2Ski Snow Report 19th December 2019

Forecast snow accumulations (purple is lots!) to Sunday, courtesy of Ventusky

Merry Christmas to you and yours; may it bring you snow in abundance!

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All Five Scottish Ski Areas Open This Weekend

Published : 18-Dec-2019 10:33

It's currently looking good for the popular Christmas Holiday period on Scottish ski slopes after all five Highland ski areas announced they'd have terrain open from this weekend ? with most already open or about to.

Cairngorm opened first, the weekend before last with Glencoe and The Lecht joining them last weekend.

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There's been heavy snowfall in the Alps with a number of resorts reporting more than a metre of snowfall on Friday ? Sunday.

Ski areas in France, Italy and Switzerland have all passed the magic metre mark combing snowfall on Sunday-Tuesday at the start of last week and the latest accumulations on Friday-Saturday.

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It's snowing hard in the Alps for the second time this week, after big snowfalls on Monday.

With tour operators beginning their 19-20 programme tomorrow in most cases it seems like perfect timing ? so long as related disruption is minimal.

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The huge Vail Resorts group which now runs 37 ski areas in the US, Australia and Canada ? including many of the top resorts in all three countries- has announced they'll be investing "approximately $210 million to $215 million" during 2020 to "enhance the on-mountain guest experience."

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J2Ski Snow Report - December 12th 2019

Published : 12-Dec-2019 07:53

J2Ski Snow Report 12th December 2019

Corduroy at Ax 3 Domaines, French Pyrenees, this week... picture (c) Ax Tourist Office

More snow this week, and freshies for the weekend?

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Snow depths have started building in the Alps again as conditions turned wintry once more of Monday morning following a largely dry and sunny period over the past fortnight.

Within 24 hours some resorts had reported 70cm (28 inches) of snow had fallen with the biggest accumulations reported in the Swiss Valais and Bernese Oberland regions, followed by ski areas in Northwestern Austria, and also some areas in the Northern French Alps.

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Revelstoke in BC, Canada, has announced that it is opening its full vertical for the first time thiswinter, the biggest in North America, following a week of heavy snowfall.

The full 1,730 vertical metres (5,620 vertical feet) is open with the lower mountain is skiable via The Last Spike run.

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Courmayeur Announce ?New? Red-Black Ski Slope

Published : 06-Dec-2019 06:26

Courmayeur have announced a 'new' ski slope will open this season offers panoramic views of the 2750m high Arp Ridge and of Mont Blanc.

The resort has invested just under ?1.5million in the new Arp slope which begins as a 700m red-grade descent which provides access to a north-facing black piste with a further 600m descent at a 70% gradient.

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A new direct flight route from London Luton to Sarajevo with national carrier FlyBosnia has opened up the possibility of easy access to the ski slopes of Sarajevo, which hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics.

In recent years the pistes on which the Olympic races were originally held have been restored following the devastation of the area during the subsequent Balkans War and the Olympic rings are now on display at the base of the slopes, to remind visitors of its legacy.

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J2Ski Snow Report - December 5th 2019

Published : 05-Dec-2019 07:54

J2Ski Snow Report 5th December 2019

Mammoth Mountain got over 5 feet of snow this week... nice!

More snow in Europe, and heavy snow in the western USA.

The Snow Headlines - 5th December

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Scottish Ski Season Starting on Saturday

Published : 03-Dec-2019 01:35

The 2019-20 ski season in Scotland will officially kick off on Saturday at Cairngorm ski centre above Aviemore.

The centre's 'Snowsports Festive Launch Event' will take place from 10am-3pm, and include snowsports taster sessions for under 5s, demos from Cairngorm Ski Club, Scottish Ski club and Gordon Ski Club and Cairngorm Snowboard Club as well as mince pies and mulled wine and the chance to meet Santa and his reindeer.

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Still More Heavy Snow in the Alps

Published : 02-Dec-2019 05:58

There have been yet another few days of heavy snowfall in the Alps to round off a very snowy November and start December on a good note.

Things are starting to look good almost everywhere for the main start of the season and the first package holiday departures of the 19-20 season in less than a fortnight's time.

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Big Snowfalls Get The Season Moving in USA

Published : 01-Dec-2019 08:55

The ski season is back on track in western North America after huge snowstorms dumped up to 1.5 metres (five feet) of snow on resorts in the major ski states of California, Colorado and Utah.

The snow fell through the Thanksgiving long holiday weekend which saw more than 100 ski areas open across the country.

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