Showing posts from March, 2017

A Beginners guide to a Morzine ski holiday

A Beginners guide to a  Morzine ski holiday Edward   18th February 2017   0   Adventures ,  Skiing   France If you’ve ever skied before I challenge you to take a long hard look at the picture above, and tell me all that fresh powdery snow doesn’t make your heart beat faster with excitement. Skiing is just too addictive; this was only my first trip and I’m already trying to work out how soon I can get back there. Read on...

Powder snow from a machine?

A Veteran Snowmaker On the Future of Skiing Robin Smith is the go-to guy for snowmaking, which in light of climate change, is more relevant now than ever March 21, 2017 By Megan Michelson Robin Smith, 70, got his start as a ski instructor at an upstate New York ski hill called Swain Ski Center in the 1970s. He went on to own and run that resort for over 20 years and installed the area’s original snowmaking system. When Intrawest bought Mountain Creek, an urban ski area in New Jersey, in the late 1990s, they called up Smith to run the place and help solve their snowmaking woes. Smith, now in business development for the Italian snowmaking company TechnoAlpin, has since become one of the ski industry’s most veteran snowmaking consultants and pioneers. He currently lives in Englewood,

Sneek Peak K2 2017/2018

The whole K2 line has been consolidated and improved. The big change is that the Pettitor ceases to be, replaced with a 120mm pow ski called The Catamaran. The new ski borrows asymmetric technology from the Marksman and from what I've been hearing from those who've skied it, it's a pretty special offering. The Marksman and Poacher return unchanged except for graphics, but the whole retro theme running through the line looks dope. The Sight and Press get some design tweaks and most significantly, sintered bases, meaning the entire jib line is now sintered correcting an issue so many have had with K2 before. Hype!   READ ON

Why the Portes Du Soleil keeps solo skiers coming back!

Why the Portes Du Soleil keeps solo skiers coming back! The solo ski experts at The Ski Gathering tell us what is attracting first-timers and veteran solos to Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets. The Ski Gathering offer  singles ski holidays  for individuals and sociable pairs. They have chalets in Morzine, Les Gets and Meribel. To find out more, visit . Across the board, solo travel has grown enormously in recent years, mirroring a general trend in ‘independent’ and socialising hobbies. Today, people use apps and websites to find flatmates, meet gym buddies, arrange car shares… and plan their solo-travel adventures. This is particularly noticeable with ski holidays, where solo travellers are increasingly making their mark. Some solos prefer to ski alone, enjoying the total freedom of the mountain. But most see it as a social opportunity to meet other skiers or boarders and avoid paying the empty-bed supplement. For the latter group in particular, th

Ski hire is all the same, right?

The Good Ski and Boot Guide: Rental Step-By-Step By  Jock Dun Ski hire is all the same, it’s just a question of getting the  cheapest price – right? Well you couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’re planning a ski trip, then sorting out your equipment hire will be high on your list of things to do. The age, the fit, the suitability and the condition of your equipment all make a massive difference to your ability to ski well and progress, not to mention to your comfort, safety and enjoyment. The internet is awash with sites offering too-good-to-be-true deals on ski hire, and many of the big tour operators will try to sell you ski hire as well. Unfortunately, though, far too often they focus only on the price – as if ski hire was just a commodity – and not on the much more important issues of quality, service and suitability. Yes, of course the price is an issue, but it’s really about the best  value  for money rather than just the cheapest price or the biggest discount.

Which Ski Run Is Better for the Planet?

The method of clearing a ski run can be the difference between a permanent scar on the mountain and a healthy landscape February 20, 2017 By Zach St. George PHOTO: Hank de Vre We’re on a mountain, but at the moment skiing is a distant abstraction. I’m sweating through my shirt and pining for sunscreen, following Jennifer Burt as she leads the way through shoulder-high brush. “In retrospect, maybe I should’ve brought you up the trail,” she says. We’re at Powder Bowl ski area, north of Lake Tahoe, hiking up the middle of a run—if you could even still call it that. One of dozens of abandoned ski areas scattered around the Tahoe Basin, Powder Bowl closed in 1984. If Burt wasn’t here to tell me, I’d have been hard-pressed to pick out the run from the surrounding forest. But that’s kind of the point. Burt, 40, a restoration ecolo

Generations of Skiing

Pure gold! Watch Red Bull's 'Generations of Freeskiing'! The story of freestyle skiing, its origins, and how it continues to develop. 

Winter is a Sign of Climate Change

This Deep Winter is a Sign of Climate Change One season of high or low snowfall doesn't mean winter is back to normal Courtesy   Heather Hansman We could tell by the time we turned onto the Crystal Mountain access road that we were in for a big one. “I’ve never seen this much snow this low,” I told Julie, as we watched a truck fishtail, skidding its tires in the line of traffic snaking up the hill. “I’ve never seen…” seems like the common cry across the ski world this season: Tahoe has its biggest snowpack in two decades; Crested Butte got 100 inches in 10 days; ski hills like Monarch and Arapahoe Basin have had to close temporarily because they can’t keep up with snowfall. Snowfall combined with wind even shut down Jackson Hole for several days last week. This winter has been incredibly snowy, unless you