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J2Ski Snow Report - February 29th 2024

Published : 29-Feb-2024 07:51

There's been a whole lotta snowing going on; this is the view from Cauterets, France.

Fabulous heavy snow falls across much of the European Alps, with some big snow in the USA and Canada too. Late season skiing is looking pretty promising across the northern hemisphere.

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A Metre Of Much-Needed Snowfall Transforms Pyrenees

Published : 29-Feb-2024 09:53

With some ski areas seeing over a metre of snowfall in the Pyrenees over the past seven days, resorts in the region are reporting transformed conditions for the final quarter of the season.

Many resorts have announced they're finally planning to open all or most of their terrain, with Formigal (pictured above), which has had only about 30% of its runs open all winter, saying it expects to have the most open in the Pyrenees, 140km, available this coming weekend. Larger areas have not yet said how much they'll open though.

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The Boss des Bosses returns to Verbier for an epic bumps show

Published : 27-Feb-2024 05:23

On Wednesday 20 March 2024, Verbier provides the stage for the spectacle that will be the 26th edition of the Boss des Bosses - the inter-resort, freestyle ski contest.

The Boss des Bosses is more than just a competition; it's a true clash of resorts, with bragging rights up for grabs.

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Best Snowfalls Of Year in Western Canada

Published : 27-Feb-2024 07:26

Ski resorts in Alberta and Eastern BC are celebrating after some of the biggest snowfalls of the season.

Ski areas around Banff in Alberta including Norquay (pictured above yesterday), Sunshine and Lake Louise, as well as Kicking Horse and Panorama over the border in BC have posted up to 20cm in 24 hours, whilst Jasper's Marmot Basin to the north posted 25cm in the same period.

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Serre Chevalier Offers Backstage Tour By Ski

Published : 26-Feb-2024 09:50

Serre Chevalier is offering skiers the chance to tour their huge ski area in the southern French Alps and find out how everything works.

More and more ski areas are offering this type of visitor experience, but the majority are for pedestrians using the lifts, Serre Chevalier's two-hour tour take place on skis and the resort spokesperson notes,

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Fresh Falls Brings World’s Thickest Snowpack Towards 5m

Published : 24-Feb-2024 06:39

Heavy snowfall on high slopes in the Alps has seen the deepest snowpack in the world edge towards the 5 metre mark.

Unusually, The alps have had the world's deepest snow all of this season, a title normally held by a US or Japanese ski area, however the 'El Nino Effect' seems to be suppressing snowfall in North America and East Asia.

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The Austrian Tirol - ideal for a late break (now with even more snow!)

Published : 23-Feb-2024 10:27

With longer days, sunnier slopes, and warmer temperatures, late season skiing in the Austrian Tirol is fantastic. As the Tirol is home to five glacier ski resorts, the conditions remain consistent until much later in the year. Plus, many resorts host events from March onwards; fun can be had on, and off, the slopes.

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New Snow in the Alps

Published : 23-Feb-2024 07:58

The snow has started falling again in the Alps and the first snowfall totals for Friday morning are in. The snowfall is expected to continue for several days and bring half-a-metre plus to higher slopes at some areas by the end of the weekend. Most areas report heavy snow falling at present.

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J2Ski Snow Report - February 22nd 2024

Published : 22-Feb-2024 07:46

The view from Les Deux Alpes, France, about to get new snow...

More snow has arrived in the western USA. A cold snap, with a lot of snow, is rolling in for many European Alpine ski areas.

The Snow Headlines - February 22nd

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Huge €70m Spend By Slovenia On Ski Area Upgrades

Published : 22-Feb-2024 03:04

Slovenia's government has made a huge investment in new lifts and other upgrades to many of the country's ski areas.

Slovenia's Ministry of the Economy, Tourism, and Sports Restructuring Funds have splurged on no less than 11 new lifts across nine ski areas and lots of other upgrades too.

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Dry Ski Slope Returning to Burning Man Festival

Published : 21-Feb-2024 09:02

The BRC Snow Club which has been a Burning Man theme camp for several years and last summer brought a dry ski slope to the famously hot, dry and dusty festival in Nevada have announced their intention to return with an enhanced slope in 2024.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Ski Trial Musical Heading to Utah

Published : 20-Feb-2024 06:35

A musical based on the infamous ski trial court case between Gwyneth Paltrow's and optometrist Terry Sanderson is heading to the state where the legal battle took place, Utah, as part of a US tour.

"Gwyneth Goes Skiing" was conceived and created by Awkward Productions and debuted in London shortly before Christmas. In will open in the US at The Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah, although dates have not yet been published.

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Parsenn Derby Celebrates 100 Years Since First Race

Published : 19-Feb-2024 07:26

The Parsenn Derby, one of the world's oldest downhill ski races, will celebrate a century since it was first staged above Davos in Switzerland, with its 2024 staging on 29th February.

The race, still one of the world's longest despite various route changes over the years, takes place on a 12.5km long route from Parsennfurka down towards Küblis over 2,000m of vertical. It was conceived by a 1920s English spa guest, Fred W. Edlin, and created by the Ski Club Davos and the Davos English Ski Club.

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Nissan Create X-Trail Model For Mountain Rescue

Published : 18-Feb-2024 10:23

Nissan have created a version of its X-Trail e-4ORCE extensively modified for mountain rescue needs.

Those modifications include the replacement of the wheels with snow tracks, giving traction on slippery pistes, while the rear seats have been removed to allow the installation of a stretcher, to allow the transportation of injured skiers to the nearest medical facility, and a seat for a medical professional.

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Winter Sessions Announced for The Mighty Coe

Published : 16-Feb-2024 05:23

The events team behind The Mighty Coe festival have announced a day of snowsports action and events – on and off the hill – taking place on Saturday 2nd March 2024.

In place of a full festival, the Mighty Coe Winter Sessions supported by The North Face will provide affordable access to crucial snowsport action, skills and entertainment - all in one day.

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Another Major Snowstorm Hitting US West

Published : 16-Feb-2024 03:33

The second series of big snowstorms in a fortnight is starting to hit the Western US, with most ski areas in California posting at least a foot of snowfall in the past 24 hours.

Donner Ski Ranch posted the biggest overnight snowfall of 17 inches (43cm) with Palisades Tahoe (pictured) and Mammoth Mountain both posting 13" (33cm) in the same period.

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J2Ski Snow Report - February 15th 2024

Published : 15-Feb-2024 08:21

Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, USA; snowy in the sunshine.

Still warm, but cooling, in the Alps, after some snow top-ups. Mixed conditions across America, from not much to some great powder skiing in favoured spots.

The Snow Headlines - February 15th

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Conveyor Ski Slope Coming To Wiltshire

Published : 15-Feb-2024 09:04

A farm in Wiltshire has won planning permission to install a 5.5m high ski simulator machine in its barn, alongside a new climbing wall.

Bapton Manor Farm, located in the Wylye Valley, approximately 10 miles outside Warminster, plans to use the disused barn to provide the indoor mountain activities to locals and visitors alike and provide jobs, according to its successful planning application to Wiltshire Council.

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FWT Kicking Horse - Thursday 15th February - Confirmed!

Published : 14-Feb-2024 04:25

Freeride World Tour - Kicking Horse Golden BC Pro competition confirmed

Second event of the FWT by Peak Performance season to drop this Thursday.

· Competition confirmed for this Thursday, February 15

· Venue moved to T1 South

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The 4,000th Carpet Lift

Published : 14-Feb-2024 02:53

Today, it's hard to imagine that less than 30 years ago, beginner skier and snowboarders often had to master the drag lift almost as soon as they mastered their dreaded snowplough turns, snowboarders sometimes faced with T-bars.

But since the mid-1990s the conveyor or 'carpet' lift has become synonymous with nursery slopes, as well as proving useful in dozens of other on mountain uplift scenarios.

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The Swatch Nines returns to Murren in April 2024

Published : 14-Feb-2024 08:35

The famous 'Nines' freestyle skiing and snowboarding event is returning to the Swiss resort of Murren in April.

Held at the Schilthorn – Piz Gloria sector for the second time at this venue, in the shadow of the iconic Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch peaks, the Swatch Nines guarantees jaw-dropping action as athletes fly through the air.

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Norwegian Glacier Plays ‘Hunt The Ski Lift’

Published : 13-Feb-2024 06:48

A Norwegian glacier ski area, one of three in the country that open in the latter half of spring and aim to remain so through to summer or even autumn each year, is report the snow is currently lying up to 10 metres deep and party burying its drag lift.

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Inghams, UK’s 2nd Largest Ski Hol Co For Sale, Family Holiday Offshoot Closing

Published : 11-Feb-2024 06:49

Hotelplan, the company that runs UK's second biggest (and also second oldest) ski holiday company, Inghams and several other smaller travel companies, has been put up for sale by its current Swiss owners.

In a separate move, which it says is unrelated, Inghams has announced the closure of their childcare division Ski Esprit.

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Snowfall Returns to the Alps

Published : 10-Feb-2024 07:58

After three weeks of largely dry conditions and temperatures much warmer than they should have been for late January and February, temperatures and dropping and snow is falling again.

The change, after the three-week warm spell which led to widespread media stories that there was no snow for skiers in the Alps despite most resorts remaining fully open, is bringing stormy weather this weekend to many areas, leading many to close slopes or in some cases (including Lans en Vercors) the whole resort until Sunday.

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(Much Needed) Snowfall in the Pyrenees

Published : 09-Feb-2024 10:20

Heavy snowfall is reported in the Pyrenees as colder, snowier conditions arrive in the southerly European mountain range that's home to more than 50 ski areas in Andorra, France and Spain.

Although most of Western Europe has been suffering from a prolonged period of warm temperatures and dry conditions for the past three weeks, thankfully now ending, the problems caused had been greater in the Pyrenees where there had been less snowfall in November/December last year for base-building and temperatures had been the warmest - with highs of +22C reported.

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J2Ski Snow Report - February 8th 2024

Published : 08-Feb-2024 09:47

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 2 feet in 2 days, photo by Stephen Shelesky

Snow piles in to the western USA, storms bring snow to Scandinavia and temperatures are dropping (with snow falling) in the Alps.

The Snow Headlines - February 8th

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Californian Resort Reports 7 Feet Of Snowfall in 6 Days

Published : 08-Feb-2024 03:26

A huge snowstorm that has hit America's Pacific Coast over the last seven days has brought torrential rain and flooding to some low lying areas, but heavy snowfall to the region's ski areas.

Mammoth Mountain was one of the big winners, reporting 7 feet (2.1m) of snowfall in six days.

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Alterra Raise $3 Billion

Published : 05-Feb-2024 07:07

The Alterra Mountain Company which was established in 2017 and run 17 of North America's leading ski areas including Mammoth, Deer Valley, Palisades, Steamboat and Tremblant, are reported to have raised a further $3 billion to invest in improvements at their resorts.

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J2Ski's Where to Ski in February 2024

Published : 04-Feb-2024 08:12

A return to winter on the cards for Europe, and fresh snow in parts of the USA, are setting things up nicely for February.

Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, just got 30 inches of fresh - and seem quite pleased about that!

Where to Ski in February 2024

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Ingunn Brings Powder Dump to Scandi Ski Slopes

Published : 03-Feb-2024 05:59

Storm Ingunn which battered northern Scotland with severe gale force winds but wasn't named in the UK, gathered force to become the most violent recorded storm in Scandinavia for 32 years, and where it was given a name, closing many ski areas in Norway and Sweden on Thursday and Friday. Winds of up to 180kph were reported, blizzard conditions and much damage done.

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New Gondola From Base of Vallee Blanche Opens

Published : 03-Feb-2024 09:09

The new Mer de Glace gondola that takes skiers and boarders up from the glacier at the end of the world-longest lift-served ski run, the Vallée Blanche above Chamonix, has opened this morning.

The lift replaces a gondola built three decades ago to where the ice was in the early 1990s. Subsequently more than 550 metal steps had to be created below its base station and the glacier as it rapidly thawed away. Ascending the steps at the end of the run in your ski boots carrying your skis became a greater challenge than the run itself.

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Chamonix Snow Report [Video]

Published : 02-Feb-2024 03:04

Iain from The Ski Podcast has been out in Chamonix this week. Yesterday he skied on the Brévent/Flégère sector and today at the Le Tour/Balme sector.

Listen to his thoughts on the current snow conditions here:

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Big Snowfalls Hit California

Published : 02-Feb-2024 07:08

February has started well in California with the biggest snowstorm of the season so far hitting yesterday and more snow on the way.

Officially Mammoth Mountain reported 12-14 inches (30-35cm) at its main Lodge yesterday morning, but unofficially there was much more higher up the slopes too

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J2Ski Snow Report - February 1st 2024

Published : 01-Feb-2024 09:21

Norefjell-Skisenter, Norway, where it's cold and snowy...

Unusually mild in the Alps, pending a change in the weather. Storms in Scandinavia and snow inbound for the USA, Canada and Japan.

The Snow Headlines - February 1st

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Man Makes 24km Vertical Climb on Skis In 24 Hours to Break World Record

Published : 01-Feb-2024 07:20

A professional ski mountaineer, Jakob Herrmann, has set a new world record by ascending a total of 24,242 vertical metres in 24 hours.[/b]

This beat the previous record of 23,486 vertical metre set by Kilian Jornet in Norway five years ago by 756 vertical metres.

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