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150KG of Waste Removed From Chamonix Valley Ski Area

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A group of school children from the local primary at the village of Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley have been out on the ski slopes collecting rubbish that the every-day skiers and snowboarders left behind.
'A group of school children from the local primary at the village of Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley have been out on the ski slopes collecting rubbish that the every-day skiers and snowboarders left behind.The children and their adult helpers collected around 150kg of waste today. “Thank you to all those little hands that take care of tomorrow,” a spokesperson for the local municipality said.At the time of year with the snow thawing teams of volunteers are collecting rubbish from the slopes at ski areas all over the world.Many of the litter-collections are organised in France by the long-established environmental group Mountain-riders.They were involved in the Les Houches collection and yesterday a team of 650 people collected 367kg of waste from the slopes at Chamrousse (above). Future rubbish collections coming up include the Grand Tourmalet region and St François Longchamp on Saturday 15 th June and Les Arcs and Courchevel a week later on 22 nd June.There are more planned through the summer. . The post 150KG of Waste Removed From Chamonix Valley Ski Area appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Jesper Tjäder steams down CopenHill’s revolutionary new ski slope atop a waste-to-energy plant

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An artificial ski slope is opening this summer in a highly unusual location: atop the roof of a waste-to-energy power plant in Copenhagen, Denmark.In collaboration with Audi Nines, Swedish freeskier Jesper Tjäder stopped by CopenHill to explore the
'An artificial ski slope is opening this summer in a highly unusual location: atop the roof of a waste-to-energy power plant in Copenhagen, Denmark.In collaboration with Audi Nines , Swedish freeskier Jesper Tjäder stopped by CopenHill to explore the possibilities of this convention-defying urban planning and recreation concept.Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm BIG, CopenHill is a waste incineration plant with a sloping, 85-meter high roof that doubles as an outdoor recreation center, complete with trail running and hiking trails, the tallest climbing wall worldwide and an almost 500-meter long ski slope.The power plant, which generates district heating and electricity by incinerating the waste from Copenhagen’s five municipalities, was completed in 2017, while the recreational facilities are scheduled to open later this summer.Jesper and Audi Nines seized the opportunity to get a little creative and explore the possibilities of the CopenHill slopes before they open, creating a custom series of features for the professional skier to navigate on his way down the roof’s switchbacking piste. “This building made it so easy for me to figure out what to do for this project,” said Jesper. “It’s not really about what tricks I do.It’s skiing down a building that’s the cool thing.” Architect Ingels was also excited to see his vision come to life beneath Jesper’s skis. “We want the world to know about this so that people will come and try this new kind of hybrid between a building and a landscape,” he said. “We would also love the people that are best at what they are doing to come and play with it.” Both outside-the-box thinkers in their own fields, Ingels and Jesper hit it off during the skier’s visit to CopenHill. “It was interesting meeting Bjarke, because in fifteen minutes he pretty much figured out the future of freeskiing,” said Jesper.   “What you’re doing as a profession is finding ways to reinterpret some of the things you find in a way that goes beyond the immediate prescribed behavior and takes it to the next level,” Ingels told Jesper.It’s an insight that also describes the architect’s own craft quite well.The CopenHill site—known to locals as Amager Bakke (Amager Hill)—is influenced by Ingels’ philosophy of “hedonistic sustainability,” which seeks ways for sustainability projects to improve upon, rather than restrict, the quality of life of the populations they serve.That’s how this waste-to-energy plant, which produces district heating for 60,000 households and electricity for 30,000, was reimagined as a recreational landscape for Copenhagen residents and visitors to enjoy.Adding to the building’s sustainable aspects, Copenhageners now have the option to ski, climb and hike locally at their new local hill high above the Öresund, reducing the need to travel long distances to the nearest mountains.To delve deeper into this radical vision of “what if” sustainability, check out the full CopenHill documentary click here! . The post Jesper Tjäder steams down CopenHill’s revolutionary new ski slope atop a waste-to-energy plant appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Snowboarder To Strike For Equal Pay and Rights

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A Swiss professional snowboarder has announced she’ll take part in strike action planned in Switzerland this Friday, 14th June, in the battle for equal pay and pension rights between men and women as well as action on discrimination and sexual
'A Swiss professional snowboarder has announced she’ll take part in strike action planned in Switzerland this Friday, 14 th June, in the battle for equal pay and pension rights between men and women as well as action on discrimination and sexual harassment.Equal rights were enshrined in Swiss law a decade ago but women in Switzerland on average still make 20 per cent less than men. “I find it extremely important to go out in the streets on the 14th of June to demonstrate the importance of women’s participation in our society.When I started snowboarding, women were not allowed to participate in slope style competitions.Men had decided it was too dangerous for women,” 35-year-old Anne-Flore Marxer told Reuters, adding, “And that is still the case today in free ride competitions.The first male skier gets $8,000 while the first woman snowboarder gets $4,000 for the same competition, the same day, on the same mountain.There is still so much to be done to bring gender equality.” Marxer was born in Lausanne and starting snowboarding at an early age as soon as she could walk.She started competing in 2004 and won the Freeride World Tour in 2011.There was a general women’s strike in Switzerland nearly 30 years ago when half a million women left homes and businesses.Friday’s strike has the theme: “more time, more money, more respect”. . The post Snowboarder To Strike For Equal Pay and Rights appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Final Connection in ‘New’ Swiss Region Creates 180km of Linked Slopes for Next Winter

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A new cable car lift that has been completed this week to link the ski areas of Sedrun and Disentis will mean 180km of inter-connected ski slopes will be available from next winter at the SkiArena Andematt-Sedrun-Disentis which straddles the border
'A new cable car lift that has been completed this week to link the ski areas of Sedrun and Disentis will mean 180km of inter-connected ski slopes will be available from next winter at the SkiArena Andematt-Sedrun-Disentis which straddles the border between the cantons of Uri and Graubunden.The region’s redevelopment, which has seen approximately 10 new state-of-the-art high-speed chair and gondola lifts installed, and now a cable car, as well as a new luxury hotel in Andermatt and a new resort base, had been planned for a decade and seen construction ongoing over the past five years.The connection between Andermatt and Sedrun was completed at the start of last winter creating an initial 140km ski area.The new cable car, built at a cost of almost 25 million Swiss Francs, which has a capacity of 70 people per cabin, climbs 724 vertical metres up from Sedrun to the 2,203 meter high Cuolm da Vi connecting it on to the Disentis ski area.The lift’s officially opening ceremony is planned for June 22 nd , a fortnight later than planned due to large amounts of snow still lying on summer trails which had originally been scheduled to open for hiking and biking on the 8 th . . The post Final Connection in ‘New’ Swiss Region Creates 180km of Linked Slopes for Next Winter appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Indoor Snow Centre Electricity Thieves get 40 Hours

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A duo who hid away in an indoor snow centre until staff had shut the doors and gone home, then played on the slopes for several hours, have been sentenced to 40 hours community service for stealing electricity.
'A duo who hid away in an indoor snow centre until staff had shut the doors and gone home, then played on the slopes for several hours, have been sentenced to 40 hours community service for stealing electricity.Ally Law and Ryan Taylor were originally charged with stealing “hot beverages” during their unauthorised stay at Snozone in Milton Keynes in November 2017.The pair, who have millions of YouTube views for their various stunts along similar lines, including entering the Celebrity Big Brother set, entered guilty pleas to the offence at Aylesbury Crown Court and were sentenced to 40 hours of unpaid work.The judge commented that she thought the case was not a good use of the court’s time and said she believed the men would just post their court experience on YouTube for added publicity. . The post Indoor Snow Centre Electricity Thieves get 40 Hours appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Wedding Ring Lost from Chairlift Last Winter, Found After Thaw

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A Sydney man who lost his wedding ring when it fell from a chairlift at Big White ski resort in BC, Canada has got it back four months later.
'A Sydney man who lost his wedding ring when it fell from a chairlift at Big White ski resort in BC, Canada has got it back four months later.Skier Greg Hedges took his left hand out of his ski glove when riding up the mountain on a chairlift at Big White in January as he endeavoured to take a photo of his friends on the chair.He put his hand down on the cold seat to steady himself but the cold temperatures caused his skin to instantly contract and his wedding ring fell off his finger and off the chair into the snow below.Searches at the time and subsequent searches in the snow by resort staff after Mr Hedges had returned home to Australia failed to locate the ring.A Big White staff member carried out a final search under the chair in late May after the thaw and finally found the ring lying on a flat rock.The ring is now on its way back to Australia by secure mail and Mr Roberts is reported to be, “absolutely thrilled,” by the news. . The post Wedding Ring Lost from Chairlift Last Winter, Found After Thaw appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Start of Work on UK’s Seventh Snowdome, in Swindon, Slides Six Months

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The start of work on the long-planned Snoasis indoor snow centre in Swindon has been delayed for around six months, its developers say.Work on the site was due to begin around now, but won’t start until the end of the year developers Seven Capital
'The start of work on the long-planned Snoasis indoor snow centre in Swindon has been delayed for around six months, its developers say.Work on the site was due to begin around now, but won’t start until the end of the year developers Seven Capital told the local Swindon Advertiser.Swindon snow centre rendering A Seven capital spokesperson told the advertiser there had been a delay in securing finance, which he said was partially due to Brexit uncertainty, but said that the money required was now secured and that the next stage was detailed design for the construction of the development.The £270m development will be the UK’s seventh and most southerly indoor snow centre when it opens, now scheduled for 2022, and will be managed by the team that runs The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. . The post Start of Work on UK’s Seventh Snowdome, in Swindon, Slides Six Months appeared first on InTheSnow .'

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State-of-the-Art Chairlift For Finland’s Levi

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The leading Finnish resort of Levi is working on a new high-speed six-seat chairlift as it continues to build on its new West Point Village which was announced last season and is due to start opening from winter 2020/21.
'The leading Finnish resort of Levi is working on a new high-speed six-seat chairlift as it continues to build on its new West Point Village which was announced last season and is due to start opening from winter 2020/21.The new lift will take skiers and boarders from the foot of the West Slopes all the way to the top.The older anchor ski lift (11) will be moved in the future to Vesirikka-autto to provide backup for the Lift 13 there.This will ensure that the routes around the fell will continue to provide optimal service to the visitors also in cases where, for example, the Gondola2000 cabin lift has to be closed due to strong winds.The Tieva anchor ski lift next to Levi West’s lower station will stay where it is and serve as a backup for extreme situations where even the Levi West chairlift would have to be closed due to exceptionally strong winds or some other reason.The lift stations themselves utilise a completely new type of design and the latest engine technology, minimising for example the noise resulting from the operation of the station.The Levi West chairlift is especially windproof due to its Premium chairs that are not only heavier than normal chairs but they are also equipped with efficient swing suppression.The seats of the Levi West ski lift are heated, wider than normal and individually moulded, enabling greater safety and comfort.Additional safety is provided by the safety beams which lock between the passengers’ legs and make the lift extremely safe also for children.The see-through protective shell of the lifts keeps the wind and snow out from the passenger seats.Cameras have been positioned at the upper and lower stations of the new ski lift so that construction progress can be viewed in real time on the resort’s website.The images are updated every 5 minutes.In the next phase of the project, the slopes 11.1 and 10.1 to the right from the Levi West chairlift will receive their own snowmaking systems and led lighting, and will also serve as a venue for giant slalom in the future.The Slope 10.1 will be rebuilt quite a bit wider, but the profile and the shape of the slope will remain the same.When completed, Levi West Point will include accommodation, restaurants and a significant amount of commercial space.The total investment in the project is approximately 30 million euros which includes the 8 million invested in the construction of the Levi West chairlift. . The post State-of-the-Art Chairlift For Finland’s Levi appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Vail Resorts Put Investment Focus on Longer Season

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Vail Resorts say their spending priority in Colorado ahead of next winter is on ensuring a longer ski season for purchasers of their Epic Pass season ticket.
'Vail Resorts say their spending priority in Colorado ahead of next winter is on ensuring a longer ski season for purchasers of their Epic Pass season ticket.The company had already said that investment in snowmaking at Keystone resort, which operates lifts which place its slopes amongst the ten highest in the world, was intended to ensure it was the first in North America to open each October for the ski season.They had also announced that Breckenridge would in future stay open to late May each year (It’s actually currently still open at weekends in June for at least one more weekend), giving the group a Colorado ski season of more than seven months.Now the company has announced that extensive snowmaking upgrades for Vail too which they say will, “…ensure a pre-Thanksgiving opening day each year.” The new snowmaking will cover another 200 acres terrain with the aim of providing top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding from two base areas, and improved early season ski school terrain as soon as next season starts on November 15, 2019.Beaver Creek will also expand snowmaking capabilities at Red Buffalo Park, providing more reliable early season terrain in a key beginner area of the upper mountain.The resort will aim to offer more than 1000 vertical metres of top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on opening day each year which this year will be on November 27, 2019. . The post Vail Resorts Put Investment Focus on Longer Season appeared first on InTheSnow .'

National Schools Snowsport Week Packs Powder This Month

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National Schools Snowsport Week is back this month (24th to 30th June) at clubs and ski slopes across England, aiming to encourage children to try skiing and snowboarding.
'National Schools Snowsport Week is back this month (24 th to 30 th June) at clubs and ski slopes across England, aiming to encourage children to try skiing and snowboarding.National Schools Snowsport Week, organised by Snowsport England , is in its fourth year and is set to reach over 75 schools and 3,500 young people, making it the biggest yet.Many dry and indoor slopes across the country will be running free or discounted taster sessions to give young people from all backgrounds the chance to take up snowsports.Tim Fawke, CEO of Snowsport England, commented: “For many young people this will be their first time on skis or snowboards and for others it will be an opportunity to try a different snowsport discipline, for example freestyle, racing or ski/snowboard cross. “We want to show that getting involved in snowsports is accessible for everyone, whatever their background, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to make new friends, learn new skills and improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing. “Snowsport England is committed to raising awareness of mental health through physical activity.We also recently launched our ‘Snow More Stigma’ mental health and wellbeing campaign to create awareness of mental health and wellbeing in snowsports.” Snowsport England athlete ambassadors and Paralympic champions Menna Fitzpatrick MBE and Jen Kehoe MBE are backing the National Schools Snowsport Week and will be lending their support on the campaign launch day.Also backing the campaign is corporate sponsor Halsbury Ski , which specialises in organising ski trips to Europe, Canada and the USA for secondary schools all over the UK.The company aims to enhance education through international travel, particularly via physical activity such as snowsports.The National Schools Snowsport Week launch day will take place on 20 th June at Chill Factore in Manchester.Members of the press are invited to attend the launch day and will have the opportunity to take photos, interview Snowsport England’s athlete ambassadors and get further information on the campaign.Please contact emma@weareshootingstar.co.uk to register your interest. . The post National Schools Snowsport Week Packs Powder This Month appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Inghams Offering New Lapland 5 Star Hotel Next Winter

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Inghams will be one of the first British tour operators to offer ski holidays based in a brand new five-star hotel currently under construction in Finland’s largest resort, Levi.
'Inghams will be one of the first British tour operators to offer ski holidays based in a brand new five-star hotel currently under construction in Finland’s largest resort, Levi.The new Design Hotel Levi is set to open on November 1 st this year and is part of the same large complex as the existing four-star Levi Hotel Spa, and guests at the Design Hotel will have access to some of the existing hotel’s facilities, including its huge complex of themed swimming pools, whilst also having their Design-Hotel-only space and amenities.Inghams has more than 20 years of experience working in Lapland and it is one of their most popular destinations.They have a separate Lapland-only holidays division for non-ski trips there.The boutique hotel will feature 77 deluxe rooms, which will combine traditional Lappish style with a chic design: materials sourced from Finland will include grey pinewood, natural stone, and black and copper finishes.The rooms will span across four floors and Inghams guests will have the choice of a Deluxe Double/Twin room (with king size bed), Deluxe Loft room (with a mezzanine, for sleeping a family of four) or Deluxe Suites (which will feature balconies for admiring the Northern lights and private saunas).  Single occupancy rooms are available for a supplement.Stays at the Design Hotel Levi are already available to book on the company’s website from £1,599 per person based on two sharing in December 2019.The price includes return flights from London Gatwick, Manchester or Bristol to Kittilä and airport transfers.In a separate development, Inghams have also launched a ‘Big Three’ excursion bundle to Lapland, including a shared snowmobile safari, a husky safari and a reindeer safari and farm visit for £112 per adult, and for children aged 13 and over, a saving of £85 per person.For children aged four – 12 years, the price is £85, down from £113.The offer is only valid on 7 night ski holidays in the resorts of Levi, Ylläs and Saariselkä in Lapland taken in January or February 2020, must be booked online and are subject to availability.  “All excursions are more than just a ‘taster’ and last between two and three-and-a-half hours (depending on resort and conditions),” a company spokesperson said. . The post Inghams Offering New Lapland 5 Star Hotel Next Winter appeared first on InTheSnow .'

A New French-Swiss Border Crossing in the Portes du Soleil

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A new lift connection between Avoriaz and the Swiss side of the giant cross-border Portes du Soleil ski region is under construction this summer and will open for next winter 19-20.Two new six-seater chairlifts are being built in a €15million
'A new lift connection between Avoriaz and the Swiss side of the giant cross-border Portes du Soleil ski region is under construction this summer and will open for next winter 19-20.Two new six-seater chairlifts are being built in a €15million project to make the connection.The slow old Léchère triple chairlift is to be upgraded to a high-speed six-seater chair that will continue around 600 metres further uphill than the lift it replaces.Then a second new high-speed six-seater, named Cases, will carry on from the top of that lift to a new border crossing point with Switzerland, accessing runs down to Les Crosets on the Swiss side.The new lifts, will each have a capacity of 2600-2700 people per hour, should be a great improvement for those wishing to pop in to Switzerland who previously have only had the options of the notoriously challenging Swiss Wall ski run (or taking the chairlift down the mountain above it) or a notoriously unreliable slow Mossettes chairlift route which often has queues and is prone of wind closures.The new lifts are reported to be being built in a less exposed location and to be of a more windproof design. . The post A New French-Swiss Border Crossing in the Portes du Soleil appeared first on InTheSnow .'

One-Way Connection Creates Austria’s New Biggest Ski Area in 19/20

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'A new lift and a new lift pass will complete the connection between Austria’s huge Saalbach ski region and the Schmitten ski area at Zell am See next winter to give a combined area of nearly 350km of slopes, but the jury is still out as to whether this can be considered the new biggest ski area in Austria… yet.The current largest area is the Arlberg around St Anton and Lech Zurs, with 305km of runs.However the opening of the new “zellamseeXpress“ gondola lift in winter 2017 was the first step in the process of connecting the Schmittenhöhebahn with the Glemm valley with a  3.5 kilometre long descent created.Now the lower section 1 of the ZellamseeXpress will open on 7th of December 2019 meaning that from the 2019/20 winter season, skiers and snowboarders arriving at the connection on skis from the Saalbach side on the area’s blue piste 68 will be transported directly from the valley station in Viehhofen into the Schmittenhöhe ski region above Zell am See via the 10-person gondola.However, travelling in the opposite direction from Zell am See, skiers need to take a short bus ride from the gondola’s base station to connect back into the Saalbach network as there’s no direct lift back from the bottom of blue run 68 into the Saalbach ski area (bottom left of the piste map below). Some industry insiders say that until that lift direct from Viehofen into Saalbach’s lift network is completed, the two areas can’t be considered properly connected.The two ski areas themselves are not promoting the area as fully linked, with another reason, insiders say, being that there’s no snowmaking on the blue run number 68 down to Viehofen meaning it is not always open and again the resorts don’t want to promote the link until it is fully two-way and more snowsure – probably a few years away.However the international independent expert in ski-area measurement, Christoph Schrahe , says that in his opinion because it will be possible to ski the connection in at least one direction it will be a connected area from next winter and he has put the combined piste length at 344km.In any event the Zell am See area is currently going for a figure of 408 kilometres of slopes and 121 lifts in its publicity, by including the unlinked Maiskogel-Kitzsteinhorn ski area above Kaprun that’s part of its ski area.The resort is launching a new lift pass, the Ski Alpin Card, to cover the combined 408km area. . The post One-Way Connection Creates Austria’s New Biggest Ski Area in 19/20 appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Where To Ski or Snowboard in June 2019

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For those who, like us, love their snowsports year round, the good news is that spring 2019 has ended snowy in the northern hemisphere, and autumn 2019 has ended snowy in the southern hemisphere.
'For those who, like us, love their snowsports year round, the good news is that spring 2019 has ended snowy in the northern hemisphere, and autumn 2019 has ended snowy in the southern hemisphere.So that means more ski areas staying open longer, and with fresh snow, north of the equator; whilst ski areas have already opened early for the season south of the equator!In Europe we have dropped to a low of just half a dozen ski areas open in three countries as we start June, but that number is due to climb and double by the end of the month with glacier ski areas like Val d’Isere and Passo Stelvio in France and Italy opening on June 8 th and Cervinia, Tignes and les 2 Alpes later in the month.Three of the glaciers currently open, some of them have had more than a metre of snowfall through May, are in Austria.The snow is still over 6 metres deep on the Stubai glacier (pictured above on 29 May) which stays open to June 9 th .  The Kitzsteinhorn closes the first weekend of June but re-opens for summer skiing the last weekend; Hintertux is open right through the month and the Molltal glacier will re-open for its 10 month season to May 2020 on June 20 th . Zermatt’s glacier with the highest ski slopes in Europe is also open right through the month.In Scandinavia three Norwegian summer ski areas are open – Galdhopiggen, Fonna (pictured above mid-May) and Stryn.They have some of the world’s deepest snow at the moment and had to close May 31 st due to blizzard conditions and more fresh snow.Riksgransen in Sweden will re-open for four days of skiing over midsummer – its 24-hour daylight there.Over in North America records have been set for the amount of May snowfall in California and Mammoth says they’ll be staying open until at least August, Squaw Valley to July.Also still open are Arapahoe Basin (pictured above on May 20, they got 10cm more snow on the last day of the month) and Breckenridge in Colorado (both open at weekends) and Snowbird in Utah (all three open at weekends). Timberline in Oregon is also open and the Beartooth Basin summer ski area due to open on June 8 th for a month long season.Killington in Vermont has also made it to June but will close on the 2 nd . In Canada Whistler’s Blackcomb glacier will open for a month of summer skiing and boarding from the weekend of 8/9 June.South of the Equator the 2019 ski season has just kicked off in Australia and New Zealand.Actually the three areas open in Australia – Selwyn, Perisher and Buller – have opened a week early after huge snowstorms brought up to 70cm of snow to their slopes.In New Zealand just the Whakapapa area, which has an all weather snowmaking system, is open so far but more resorts start opening from Friday 7 th (Mt Hutt) and most will be open by the end of the month.There’s been less snow there so far but it’s building.In South America the last week of May saw heavy snowfall in the Andes too where about 40 ski areas will open over the next few weeks for their 2019 season, Australia’s Las Lenas is among the first scheduling June 8 th for day one of 2019 there.Finally Southern Africa’s two ski areas are due to open in early June and have also had some snow showers and have also used their snowmaking systems to turn their slopes white.Lesotho’s Afriski is due to be first, opening on the 6 th June, with Tiffindell in South Africa (pictured above last month) due to follow in the second week of June. . The post Where To Ski or Snowboard in June 2019 appeared first on InTheSnow .'

GB Alpine Squads Announced For 2019/20

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A World Cup podium, two World Championship top 10s and some historic Europa Cup results highlighted the past season however GB Alpine will be chasing just as lofty goals following this week’s selection of the 2019/20 squads.
'A World Cup podium, two World Championship top 10s and some historic Europa Cup results highlighted the past season however GB Alpine will be chasing just as lofty goals following this week’s selection of the 2019/20 squads.Forty-one skiers have met selection eligibility, led by World Cup Squad members Dave Ryding, Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley.The trio – along with Europa Cup squad member Laurie Taylor – helped GB to a 2018 Olympic top five in the team event and last season delivered a top 10 result at the World Championships.Ryding produced GB Alpine’s outstanding result of 2018/19 when he earned a World Cup podium on New Years’ Day in Oslo, while Guest became GB’s first-ever female alpine skier to win a Europa Cup race in March.Eleven skiers have been nominated for the Europa Cup Squad including Taylor,  Charlie Raposo and Jack Gower who will all benefit from the experience of heavy World Cup racing in 2018/19.Raposo in particular was one of the standout performers of the past season, earning GB’s first-ever Europa Cup podium in giant slalom.Newcomers to the Europa Cup squad include US-based Alex Barounos and Reece Bell along with speed specialist Roy-Alexander Steudle.Cara Brown, Iain Innes and Rob Poth – who all won races at the 2019 GB Alpine Championships – have also earned selection along with Billy Major and Zak Vinter.Twenty-seven more athletes have been nominated to the GB Alpine FIS Squad and will be pressing for results to earn them places in the senior squads in seasons to come.GB Alpine Director Paul Trayner said while 2019/20 is without an Olympics or World Championships, the season will play a vitally important role in the athletes’ development towards those major events. “The depth we’re now showing in GB Alpine is great to see and the standards we expect from our athletes gets higher year after year,” he said. “Dave Ryding became GB’s most-decorated alpine skier at World Cup level last season, Charlie Guest won a Europa Cup race and was second in another, Charlie Raposo was on a Europa Cup podium too; these are really outstanding results and proves to a lot of those developing athletes in the FIS squad that anything is possible. “We’re striving to make those standout results come along even more consistently and we’ve got the coaches and support staff in place to assist these athletes achieve the best results they can.” The 2019/20 FIS alpine season kicks off in the southern hemisphere during the European summer before the World Cup season commences in October.   2019/20 GB ALPINE WORLD CUP SQUAD Charlie Guest (25, Perth SCO), Dave Ryding (32, Lancashire ENG), Alex Tilley (25, Aberdeenshire SCO) 2019/20 GB ALPINE EUROPA CUP SQUAD Alex Barounos (23, Colorado USA), Reece Bell (17, Vail USA), Cara Brown (25, London ENG), Jack Gower (24, West Sussex ENG), Iain Innes (21, Edinburgh SCO), Billy Major (22, Essex ENG), Robert Poth (21, Hertfordshire ENG) , Charlie Raposo (23, London ENG), Roy-Alexander Steudle (25, Berkshire ENG), Laurie Taylor (23, Hampshire ENG), Zak Vinter (20, Glasgow SCO) 2019/20 GB ALPINE FIS SQUAD Diaco Abrishami (17, London ENG), Jess Anderson (20 Hampshire ENG), Jack Beney (18, Vermont USA), Will Beney (20, Vermont USA), Abi Bruce (18, Surrey ENG), Thomas Butterworth (16, West Wales), Honor Clissold (21, North Yorkshire ENG), Jack Cunningham (17, Oxfordshire ENG), Daisi Daniels (16, Greater Manchester ENG), Jake Doyle (18, Villars-sur-Ollon SUI), Rory Fitzgerald (19, Trondheim NOR), Olivia Foster (18, Surrey ENG), Edouard Guigonnet (17, St Martin de Belleville FRA), Robert Holmes (16, Lancashire ENG), Tom Hudson (18, Suffolk ENG), Lois Jackson (17, Newcastle ENG), Leonidas Karavasili (19, Montreux SUI), Calum Langmuir (16, Aviemore SCO), Darcie Mead* (22, London ENG), Victoria Palla (18, Zell am See AUT), Charles Rankin (17, Midlothian SCO), Arie van Vuuren (21, Colorado USA), Max Vaughton* (20, Haute Savoie FRA), Owen Vinter (17, Glasgow SCO), Oliver Weeks (17, Warwickshire ENG), Angus Wills (20, London ENG), Sarah Woodward (17, Hampshire ENG) * denotes currently injured   . The post GB Alpine Squads Announced For 2019/20 appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Copenhagen Power Plant Ski Slope Opening May be Delayed Further

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A plan to build a ski slope on the specially designed sloping sides of a giant power station in Copenhagen has been making world headlines ever since the idea was first unveiled more than six years ago.
'A plan to build a ski slope on the specially designed sloping sides of a giant power station in Copenhagen has been making world headlines ever since the idea was first unveiled more than six years ago.The building appeared ready for the slope to be installed nearly two years ago and work began on the install last winter with the first skiers allowed on it to ‘test it’ earlier this year, then on several subsequent occasions, but the operators have been vague about when the slope would fully open to the general public. (Work starting on the ski slope last year) Now the Copenhagen Post newspaper has revealed that the delay may not be so much down to completing the slope installation, but on getting the correct health and safety operating permissions.Existing health and safety guidelines in Denmark require that a public space where people gather should not be located below or indeed above a boiler room or similar facility so the slope, now named ‘Copenhill’ and reported to have required a nearly £11 million investment, needs special permission to operate above the huge heat-from-waste power station.It has transpired that the test runs on the slope so far have only been possible because when the incinerator in the power plant has been closed for technical reasons.It is currently estimated that the ski slope will be fully complete and ready to operate next month, but being allowed to open may take longer whilst the operators await official exemption from the health and safety norm.The Copenhagen Post reports they submitted the request for permission to operate the slope in June last year, more than five years after work on the plant began, but it is not known how long it might be until a decision is made. . The post Copenhagen Power Plant Ski Slope Opening May be Delayed Further appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Introducing… THE WHITE OUT! Watch Episode 1 Now

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Here at InTheSnow we absolutely love bringing you top ski content, from reviews of all the latest gear, interviews with legends of the sport, new and unique destinations and of course all the latest mountain news from across the globe.This year, we
'Here at InTheSnow we absolutely love bringing you top ski content, from reviews of all the latest gear, interviews with legends of the sport, new and unique destinations and of course all the latest mountain news from across the globe.This year, we want to take it one step further and give you all of this (and more!) in a brand spanking new TV format!Thus, The White Out was born!Our first episode rounds up what’s been an awesome 2018/19 season and looks ahead to next winter, when we’ll be bringing you monthly episodes!Alongside this season’s news, snow reports, viral videos and interviews, The White Out Episode 1 includes… I Never Knew You Could Ski There – Georgia We travel to Georgia, a country not known for its skiing but which boasts a number of great ski areas, awesome snow and a fascinating, friendly culture.Buyer’s Guide – Ski Goggles Our experts discuss all the key things you need to think about when buying ski goggles and look at some of the game-changing goggles on the market next season.Team GB 2018/19 Roundup What a year it’s been for our British snow sports athletes!We look back on the podium places, incredible recoveries and our very own slopestyle World Champion!Keep up with all the latest news on our social channels: Facebook: @inthesnow Twitter: @inthesnowmag Instagram: @inthesnow_magazine Or, get in touch with any questions or comments at hello@inthesnow.com  . The post Introducing… THE WHITE OUT!Watch Episode 1 Now appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Southern Hemisphere 2019 Season Start Moved Forward to May 31st After Huge Snowfalls

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The southern hemisphere’s 2019 ski season will begin this Friday, May 31st, after Australian ski areas received a big pre-season snowfall this week.The first areas that had been scheduled to open were in New Zealand, a day later on Saturday, June
'The southern hemisphere’s 2019 ski season will begin this Friday, May 31 st , after Australian ski areas received a big pre-season snowfall this week.The first areas that had been scheduled to open were in New Zealand, a day later on Saturday, June 1 st , with Cardrona and Whakapapa opening some terrain.However the Antarctic snowstorm that has so far deposited up to 65cm (two feet, two inches) of snow in 72 hours (at Mt Hotham, pictured top) and is still going, has led Australia’s largest area, Perisher, to announce it is opening a week earlier than planned.The ski area says it has had 60cm (two feet) of snow in the past 72 hours. “Front Valley will be open for skiing and boarding with the Village Eight Express making its 2019 debut, and for the beginners a carpet will be running too. …It’s looking like a winter to remember, with the best Early Opening conditions in years!” an online statement reads.Another Australian area, Mt Buller, will also open early, and it plans to run its lifts free on Saturday, June 1 st , to celebrate.Sick of hitting F5 on the snowcams?We're OPENING EARLY this weekend with FREE skiing on Saturday! 🥇🏂☃️ Posted by Mt Buller on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 Australian areas traditionally open, snow or not, over the long weekend at the start of June which includes a public holiday in celebration of the Queen’s birthday on the Monday.This year that’s June 8-10.It is possible other Australian areas may open early too and there’s also heavy snowfall at present in the Andes mountains in South America so a resort could potentially open early there too.There are about 100 ski areas in the southern hemisphere compared to more than 6,000 north of the equator.Most are located in Argentina, Australia, Chile and New Zealand although there are also several in southern Africa in Lesotho and South Africa where the ski season will begin next week. . The post Southern Hemisphere 2019 Season Start Moved Forward to May 31st After Huge Snowfalls appeared first on InTheSnow .'

Heavy Snow in the Alps to end May (and Spring)

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'Only four glacier ski areas are currently open in the Alps, all in Austria or Switzerland with nowhere currently open in France of Italy, but the snow gods don’t seem to care and conditions are back to ‘mid-winter’ like up high with more heavy snowfall over the past few days and continuing for a few days more to round off one of the snowiest Mays in memory.The Kitzststeinhorn, Stubai (pictured top earlier this month) and Hintertux glaciers are all still open in Austria, although the Kitzsteinhorn above Kaprun will close after this coming weekend for about a month before re-opening for July snowsports (the Molltal glacier is also due to re-open to commence its nearly 11 month ski season). In Switzerland, with Engelberg closing at the end of the weekend, only year-round Zermatt will be open for the next 7 or 8 weeks until Saas Fee re-opens and joins it.Glacier areas have reported up to 30cm (a foot) of fresh snow in the past 72 hours but the snow is forecast to keep falling for the final days of May.Zermatt had 25cm in 24 hours at the weekend and the Stubai, which currently has the deepest base, still over 6.6 metres (22 feet), 15cm (6 inches) of fresh snow.The four areas are likely to see 30-60cm more snowfall over the coming 72 hours.In Italy Passo Stelvio was due to start its 2019 summer and autumn season this coming Saturday but has postponed a week to the 9 th due to issues prepping the slopes and making them avalanche safe as another 60cm of snowfall is forecast there this week.It should be great conditions when it does open.That delay means it will re-open the weekend Val d’Isere opens for glacier skiing, the first French area to do so, and due to be followed a fortnight later by Les 2 Alpes and Tignes.Three ski areas are also open in Norway, one in Japan and seven in the US, where it was also snowy last week (Breckenridge, which is open weekends into June, is pictured below last week). The southern hemisphere’s ski season is due to start on Saturday, June 1 st but with heavy snow in Australia and the Andes too, ski areas could potentially open early later this week in order to claim to be the first. . The post Heavy Snow in the Alps to end May (and Spring) appeared first on InTheSnow .'