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Saalbach Retiring One of Its ‘Pulse Gondolas’

Published : 31-Mar-2024 08:16

The giant Saalbach Hinterglemm ski area, Austria's second biggest, has announced one of its two iconic red pulse gondola lifts will be retired and replaced over the summer.

Pulse gondolas were briefly popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s before funitel style lifts gained in popularity. They featured groups of cabins on a fixed cable that entered the station together allowing larger groups to boards and disembark at once. However with usually art least four clusters of cabins on the cable, it meant skiers stop for periods midway of the ascent/descent while cabins in other clusters load up and unload./

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2/3 Of Skiers Already Booking for 24/25

Published : 30-Mar-2024 07:12

Two thirds of skiers are now booking for next season, according to the long-established chalet package holiday company to France, Ski Beat.

"We launched our 2024-25 ski holiday programme three months earlier this year, in January 2024. A lot of our guests are rebooking soon after returning from this year's ski holiday, and the trend among skiers now very much to book up to a year ahead," said the company's Laura Hazell.

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Alpe d'Huez Back To Posting 5m Base

Published : 29-Mar-2024 11:03

French ski resort Alpe d'Huez is again reporting it has 5 metres of snow lying on its upper slopes, the only centre in the world to reach the 5 metres point this season.

It had also briefly reported a 5-metre base in January, before temperatures warmed and snowfalls diminished for two months until mid-March, although it has consistently been in the dozen or so ski areas in the Alps, Western USA and Japan posting 4m+ bases all season.

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J2Ski Snow Report - March 28th 2024

Published : 28-Mar-2024 07:00

Chamrousse, France, with 30cm of fresh yesterday.

Late season snow keeps coming; Spring skiing is looking pretty good from here!

The Snow Headlines - March 28th

- Great late-March snowfalls across many North American ski areas.

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Nearly A Metre of Snowfall in 48 Hours In Southwestern Alps

Published : 28-Mar-2024 08:49

Very heavy snowfall in the Southwestern Alps over the past few days has given a big boost to snow depths in the region ...but also led to ski areas having to close sizable sectors of their terrain and to avalanche danger hitting high levels in the region just ahead of the Easter weekend.

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Significant Early Autumn Snowfall in New Zealand

Published : 27-Mar-2024 08:12

Ski areas in New Zealand have seen a decent snowfall down to resort base levels overnight.

It's early autumn in the southern hemisphere and nearly three months until the first ski areas are due to open for their 2024 ski seasons, but pictures of the snowfall have received tens of thousands of likes on social media, as skiers and boarders get some early excitement for the winter ahead.

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No Third Time Lucky for Staging Zermatt-Cervinia World Cup

Published : 25-Mar-2024 06:48

Plans to launch the Alpine Skiing World Cup speed events with a series of high-altitude cross-border races in early November won't be attempted for a third time at the start of the 24-25 World Cup season, the International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS) have announced.

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Scotland’s Easter Skiing On A Knife Edge

Published : 25-Mar-2024 06:57

Quite what ski terrain will be open in Scotland over the coming Easter weekend and school holidays remains uncertain.

Four of the five centres have functioning all-weather snowmaking systems and these have successfully been used to create nursery slope areas and short runs as mother nature has failed to oblige for much of the season, again. It seems certain these limited snow areas will be open for the coming fortnight.

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Odermatt Misses Setting New World Cup Record As Final 23-24 Race Cancelled

Published : 24-Mar-2024 12:28

The final Men's World Cup downhill ski race of the 23-24 season had to be cancelled on Sunday, denying Switzerland's current ski racing superstar Marco Odermatt the chance of beating his own record for the most World Cup points scored in the men's competition, which he set himself last year, although the 26-year-old did still easily win his third straight overall title.

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The Longest Giant Slalom Race in the World

Published : 22-Mar-2024 10:15

The 26th edition of the Südtirol Gardenissima race, famous for being the longest giant slalom in the world, will take place tomorrow in Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites.

"The Gardenissima" in a nail-biting 6 km slalom (3.75 mile) long course descending from Monte Seceda and ending at the Col Raiser Valley Station.

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J2Ski Snow Report - March 21st 2024

Published : 21-Mar-2024 07:15

Spring skiing is pretty snowy in Breckenridge, Colorado...

Spring in the valleys, but plenty of snow at altitude - with more fresh arriving on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Snow Headlines - March 21st

- Heavy snowfall in the Rockies brings a powdery start to the week.

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Chamonix Valley Ski Area Extends Ski Season

Published : 21-Mar-2024 01:55

The Compagnie du Mont-Blanc which runs the lifts in the Chamonix Valley has announced that the Brevent ski area will remain open for a further week after its previously planned April 14th closure, now operating to 21 April 2024.

The lift company say that the Planpraz gondola, Parsa chairlift and TK 2000 and Funi 2000 drag lifts will be operational serving the Combe des Vioz, Stade Géant, Blanchots, Retour Planpraz, Verte 2000 and Espace Débutant Funi 2000 pistes.

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Magic Pass expands for 2024/25

Published : 20-Mar-2024 09:30

Next winter the 'Magic Pass' will provide unlimited access to 80 ski resorts and 37 summer destinations in Switzerland, France and Italy.

The addition of Italy will be a first, with the resorts of San Domenico and Devero, located an hour north of Milan added.

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2024 Spring Ski Opening Dates Announced

Published : 19-Mar-2024 06:17

Although most ski areas in the northern hemisphere will be ending their season in or before April, for half a dozen ski centres in Asia, Europe and North America their seasons are just about to begin.

Different to the summer glacier openings of up to a dozen or so ski centres in the Alps, which have already enjoyed a regular winter season, these areas are only open from mid-late spring into summer.

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Epic & Ikon 24-25 Passes Go On Sale

Published : 18-Mar-2024 06:52

According to industry stats from the North American National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), more than half of Americans now buy one of the multi-resort season passes now, rather than a pass for a particular resort by the day or week.

Most of America's big resorts are now owned by one of half-a-dozen multi-resort groups, dominated by vail, who have more than 40, and the Alterra Group with more than a dozen. Their Epic and Ikon season passes dominate the market and the 24-25 passes have just gone on sale at what will be the lowest price for those prepared to commit six months before the season starts.

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Most Terrain Open of Season So Far at Big Resorts

Published : 17-Mar-2024 07:27

Although we're into the final quarter of the season for most of the world's ski resorts, its only now that the world's largest ski areas are nearing full operations.

To be clear, most of Europe's largest ski areas have had 85-95% of their slopes open since before Christmas, and although the snow arrived late, the same is true of most North American resorts since early in the New Year.

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Les 2 Alpes Plans To Stay Open For Skiing To July

Published : 16-Mar-2024 10:59

French glacier ski resort Les 2 Alpes is aiming to stay open for skiing to the start of July this year, all being well.

Last season the resort (pictured above in April last year) switched from its traditional June to August glacier opening period, and decided to close for a week at the end of the main season then reopen for spring skiing through May and June.

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It Seems Suffolk's Indoor Snow Centre Dream Has Finally Ended

Published : 15-Mar-2024 09:57

A 25-year-old plan to build an indoor snow centre in a former quarry at Great Blakenham near Ipswich in Suffolk appears to finally be over.

The original SnOasis development (above) was first mooted in the late 1990s by local businessman Godfrey Spanner, who in 2001 proposed a British wintersports centre of excellence with a 400 metre indoor snow slope (more than twice the length of existing British indoor slopes) and facilities for other winter sports.

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J2Ski Snow Report - March 14th 2024

Published : 14-Mar-2024 08:13

Someone having the perfect run, at Keystone, Colorado...

Late season snow is looking great on both sides of the Atlantic, with a lot of fresh snow this last week. It's Spring, so go high!

The Snow Headlines - March 14th

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Details of Saudi Arabian Ski Resort Emerge

Published : 14-Mar-2024 02:35

A PR agency has published information and artistic renderings on the Trojena ski area that Saudi Arabia is planning to build and for which it has already been awarded host status for the 10th Asian Winter Games in 2029.

Called Trojena, first announced several years ago now, and part of a larger carbon-neutral future-living city project called Neon, the ski resort is being built in some of Saudi Arabia's highest mountains, which see overnight temperatures below freezing at times in winter and very occasional dustings of snow.

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Swiss Centre Posts World’s Deepest Snow

Published : 13-Mar-2024 03:22

A Swiss ski resort has overtaken a French area to post the deepest snow in the world at present – ever closer to 5 metres/15 feet.

Laax reports the snow is lying 489cm up on its glacier, overtaking the 480cm at Alpe d'Huez. It follows a third week of wintery weather with heavy snowfall on higher slopes.

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Scottish Dry Ski Slope Goes For Charity Status To Prevent Closure

Published : 13-Mar-2024 07:25

Locals at the latest under-threat-of-closure British community dry ski slope have set up a charity with the aim of taking over operation of the slope.

The group behind the move are local parents and others who are bidding to make a "Community Asset Transfer" of Polmonthill Ski Slope near Falkirk from the local council.

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Verbier Snow Report

Published : 12-Mar-2024 08:53

Iain from The Ski Podcast has been skiing in Verbier this week. He's reporting for us here on the skiing and conditions.

Tuesday was spent in the lesser-known area of Bruson. To get there takes about 30 minutes, down by the gondola from Medran to Le Chable at 821m, then an immediate change onto a gondola which connects to the extremely comfortable and fast 6-man La Passy chairlift.

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Mikaela Shiffrin Returns With 96th Win, 8th Slalom Globe

Published : 10-Mar-2024 06:16

The greatest Alpine ski racer of all time has returned victorious to the World Cup Tour in the final weeks of the 23-24 season, seven weeks after she was sidelined by an injury sustained whilst racing in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Racing in the slalom at Are in Sweden, Mikaela Shiffrin, who turns 29 this week, won her 96th World Cup race at the same resort where she won her first ever World cup at age 17 in December 2012. This was her 59th slalom win.

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Andorra’s Slopes Over 90% Open For First Time This Season

Published : 10-Mar-2024 02:29

[b]Snow is continuing to fall in the Pyrenees with some resorts now reporting that they've had more than two metres of snowfall in the last three weeks, having received less than that in total through the previous first three months of the season.

As a result, ski areas are finally opening most of their terrain, having previously been limited by lack of snow cover and temperatures often too warm for snowmaking.

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Beginner Area's Upgrades at Australia’s Hotham

Published : 09-Mar-2024 02:40

Australia's Hotham ski area has announced an improved learning area for the upcoming 2024 season.

Welcome Bunderool! Hotham's first beginner-only terrain re-imagines the beginner experience at Victoria's highest mountain village ahead of the 2024 snow season

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International Women's Day - Women In Travel

Published : 08-Mar-2024 08:07

Exploring Empowerment: International Women's Day and the Transformative Power of Travel

From our brilliant friends at Heaven Publicity

As the world commemorates International Women's Day on March 8th, we take this opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements and contributions of women in the travel industry. From fearless adventurers to innovative entrepreneurs, these women have shattered glass ceilings and inspired countless others to pursue their passions and dreams.

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J2Ski Snow Report - March 7th 2024

Published : 07-Mar-2024 05:40

Stubai Glacier were late opening the lifts today, after a metre of snow overnight...

Major snow storms for the West Coast, USA and continued heavy snow in parts of the Alps and the Dolomites; with more to come.

The Snow Headlines - March 7th

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Over 3 Metres of Snowfall From Californian Storm

Published : 07-Mar-2024 10:42

A huge four-day long snowstorm that led to "Do not travel!" warnings in California and completely closed most of the states ski areas through the start of this week has finally blown through.

Slopes are starting to reopen and the snowfall stats are in with Sugar Bowl ski area reporting the most - 3.2 metres (10.7 feet) of fresh snow over the four days.

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Untamed Borders supporting grassroots projects for women in hard-to-reach countries

Published : 06-Mar-2024 03:24

With International Women's Day fast approaching Untamed Borders has updated us on their achievements in supporting grassroots projects for women around the world.

They have just returned from the Iraq Ski Rally in Kurdistan, an event they sponsor and take international tourists to annually.

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Work starts on new chairlift at Perisher in Australia

Published : 06-Mar-2024 08:01

Perisher ski resort in Australia is upgrading its Mt Perisher chairlift.

Removal of the old Mt Perisher double chair will begin in coming weeks with the removal of the lift's haul line.

Constructed in 1961, the fixed-grip chairlift has carried Perisher guests at a speed of 2 metres per second, taking 11 minutes to reach the top.

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Wine Cellar Planned for Top of Les 3 Vallées

Published : 06-Mar-2024 07:03

Cîme Caron, at 3195m one of the highest points of the world's largest ski area, Les 3 Vallées, is to become home to a new building incorporating a wine cellar.

Europe's highest major resort, Val Thorens, which lies 900 vertical metres below, has already begun transforming the Cîme Caron area and is starting work on the new building, expected to open late next year.

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Riksgränsen Revises Midsummer Skiing

Published : 04-Mar-2024 08:49

The world's most northerly major ski area, Riksgränsen, has announced it will reopen for skiing and boarding for three days over midsummer this June.

The resort, located 250km north of the Arctic Circle, has traditionally opened for Midsummer but in recent years, due to the pandemic and climate change impacting snow cover, has not opened for midsummer so often. When it does do so, it is usually booked up far in advance.

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New Superpipe Opens At St Moritz

Published : 02-Mar-2024 09:36

A rare new half pipe - of superpipe dimensions - has opened at the Corvatsch ski area in the Swiss Engadin region, above the ski resorts of St Moritz and Silvaplana.

Located in the Corvatsch Park at the Murtèl middle station, it sits 2,700 metres above sea level, is 170 metres long, has 7-metre high walls. It's one of the largest superpipes on the planet and has opened against a trend of resorts closing halfpipes to focus on less effort intensive terrain park features.

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J2Ski's Where to Ski in March 2024

Published : 01-Mar-2024 06:15

Winter has piled snow into Europe and North America this week, with more expected, to setup March very nicely for some great skiing this Spring.

Palisades Tahoe, California will have Alpine closed today (1st March) due to abundant snow!

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Californian Ski Areas Close as Huge Snowstorm Hits

Published : 01-Mar-2024 07:43

A number of Californian ski areas have announced they won't open today as a massive storm which began on Thursday continues to intensify.

America's National Weather service has issued a severe weather warning predicting up to 12 feet of snowfall by the end of Sunday, accompanied by winds as strong as 100 mph.

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