Browsing entries tagged with Glacier

30 Jul 2019

Grande Motte closes to summer skiers

Grande Motte closes to summer skiers

The Grande Motte glacier in Tignes was closed to skiers last Thursday, more than two weeks before summer skiing was due to finish, thanks to the heatwave that has engulfed Europe over the past few weeks.…

7 May 2019

Tignes opens panoramic deck on Grande Motte cable car

Tignes opens panoramic deck on Grande Motte cable car

The ski resort of Tignes is offer visitors a brand new way to see the Vanoise National Park and travel up to the Grande Motte Glacier this summer — from the roof of the Grande Motte cable car. It’s…

8 Feb 2019

Where in the world is the deepest snow?

Where in the world is the deepest snow?

Where is the snow lying deepest so far this winter? Snow-Forecast.com has compiled a handy list to tell us skiers and snowboarders where the biggest falls have been — but remember that deep snow doesn’t…

13 Sep 2018

Second consecutive weekend of summer snowfall in the Alps

Second consecutive weekend of summer snowfall in the Alps

For the second consecutive weekend in the row, there has been snow falling on the higher slopes in the Alps, the particular the Stubai glacier in Austria which reported 20cm of snow, whilst the Hintertux…

30 Aug 2018

Summer snow in the Alps

Summer snow in the Alps

A cold front which is currently moving central Europe resulted in snowfall in the Alps last weekend. The Austrian glaciers saw the largest fall, which localised over 1500 metres, including the resort of…

30 Apr 2018

Val d’Isère makes summer skiing history

Val d’Isère makes summer skiing history

The French ski resort of Val d’Isère closes its lifts tomorrow, Tuesday 1 May, but has announced it will reopen some of them in June for summer skiing for the first time in its history. Some nine…

13 Feb 2018

Verbier offers bargain ski mountaineering camps

Verbier offers bargain ski mountaineering camps

Verbier is running two excellent-value mountaineering ski camps in the run up to the Patrouilles des Glacier (PdG) race. The camps being run by Téléverbier and Les Guides de Verbier, with the first this…

12 Oct 2017

Kitzbühel opens this weekend

Kitzbühel opens this weekend

Two very different ski resorts are opening this weekend. In Austria, the world-famous resort of Kitzbühel will begin the winter season on Saturday, 14 October, one of the first non-glacier ski areas to…

18 Sep 2017

More September snow for the Alps

More September snow for the Alps

It’s been snowing again in the Alps, which bodes well for anyone planning a spot of autumnal glacier skiing. For the third weekend in a row, snow has blanketed ski resorts across the Alps, delighting…

4 Sep 2017

Heavy snow over the Alps

Heavy snow over the Alps

Heavy snow has fallen in parts of the Alps over weekend — signalling the end of summer and the imminent return of the ski season. The snowline was as far down as 1600m in places, with ski resorts rejoicing…

16 Aug 2017

Join the Great Glacier Clean-Up

Join the Great Glacier Clean-Up

Crystal Ski Holidays is looking for two volunteers to help clean up one of France’s most iconic glaciers. The Mer de Glace in Chamonix is France’s longest glacier and one of the most renowned. Crystal…

3 Apr 2017

Powder day in parts of the Alps

Powder day in parts of the Alps

Skiers in some parts of the Alps are enjoying a powder day today after fresh snowfall over the weekend. Ski resorts close to the French / Italian border, including the Three Valleys, Val d’Isère/Tignes,…

20 Mar 2017

Ski resort map of the Alps launched

Ski resort map of the Alps launched

A new map of the Alps has been launched offering help for skiers and snowboarders planning their own independent adventures. The new Ski Resort Map of the Alps is a traditional, fold-out paper map on a…

21 Dec 2016

Tignes plans snow dome for 365 skiing

Tignes plans snow dome for 365 skiing

The French ski resort of Tignes has had plans approved for a snow dome that will offer year-round skiing.  The plans have been made to mitigate losses from the Grande Motte glacier — which has apparently…

31 Oct 2016

Short skiing breaks

11 Oct 2016

Skiing starts in Kitzbühel next week

Skiing starts in Kitzbühel next week

The ski resort of Kitzbühel in Austria will next week become the first non-glacial ski resort to open its lifts for the winter season.  On Saturday 22 October, skiing will begin on Resterkogel and…

25 Aug 2016

New ski resort to open in Canada

New ski resort to open in Canada

A new ski resort is to be created in Canada which aims to offer the biggest lift-served vertical in North America. Valemount Glacier has just been given the go-ahead by authorities in British Columbia…

23 May 2016

Blizzards hit the Alps — in May!

Blizzards hit the Alps — in May!

Question: when was this photograph taken? Mid winter? A couple of months ago? Answer: This morning. The Chamonix-based ski manufacturer Zag posted it on Facebook with the caption “Who said winter was…

2 Nov 2015

Davos opens earlier than ever before

Davos opens earlier than ever before

The ski resort of Davos became the first non-glacier resort in Switzerland to open some skiing this weekend, taking advantage of the early snowfall. The resort opened Totalp, or piste number 15, on Saturday…

1 Nov 2015

Colorado ski areas open for the season

Colorado ski areas open for the season

Two ski areas in Colorado have opened for business. Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, two resorts that pride themselves on long seasons, opened last Thursday. Thanks to more than a foot of natural snowfall…

19 Oct 2015

More glacier ski areas open in the Alps

More glacier ski areas open in the Alps

It has snowed again in the Alps, and more ski resorts are beginning to open! Skiers enjoyed fantastic conditions in Cervinia, Italy last weekend, with 120cm of snow on the 3,500m Plateau Rosà glacier…

2 Oct 2015

Win ski kit from Peak Performance

Win ski kit from Peak Performance

Exclusive skiwear brand Peak Performance is re-launching in the UK this winter, and to celebrate it is running a pre-season warm-up competition. After a couple of years’ absence from the UK market, the…

24 Sep 2015

Heavy snow falls across the Alps

Heavy snow falls across the Alps

The Stubai Glacier will open tomorrow, 25 September, thanks to fresh snow that has fallen across Europe. This picture was sent to us this morning by the tourist board in Tirol — it’s certainly got…

17 Jun 2015

Summer skiing begins in Les 2 Alpes

Summer skiing begins in Les 2 Alpes

Summer skiing will get underway in France this weekend, when the largest skiable glacier in Europe opens its lifts. With 111 hectares of slopes on its glacier at 3,200m, Les Deux-Alpes leads the charge…

4 Jan 2015

Avalanche warnings high in wet snow

Avalanche warnings high in wet snow

As wet snow falls in many Alpine areas, the Swiss Avalanche Institute has issued a warning of considerable danger of dry and wet avalanches over a wide area. “As a result of mild temperatures together…

27 Oct 2014

Hanging bridge a world first for Gstaad

Hanging bridge a world first for Gstaad

The first hanging bridge in the world to connect two mountain peaks has opened in the Swiss ski resort of Gstaad. The “Peak Walk by Tissot” suspension bridge at Glacier 3000 cost in the region of CHF1.8million…

10 Oct 2014

Ski resorts start to crank in to life

Ski resorts start to crank in to life

Winter is most definitely coming. Ski resorts across Europe and North America have been inundating us with pictures of the first snowfalls and the news that their snow-making has cranked in to life. In…

30 Sep 2014

Zermatt, Cervinia and Monterosa Ski to link

Zermatt, Cervinia and Monterosa Ski to link

Zermatt, Cervinia and Monterosa Ski (encompassing Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna) are planning to link up and create one of the largest ski areas in the world. A lift link has long been discussed between…

13 Jun 2014

Les 2 Alpes glacier opens next week

Les 2 Alpes glacier opens next week

The glacier at Les Deux-Alpes will open for skiing and snowboarding on Saturday 21 June. The French resort has the largest skiable glacier in Europe, situated at 3600m. After good snowfalls this spring,…

23 May 2014

Ski instructor course guarantees work

Ski instructor course guarantees work

A UK company has launched a brand new ski instructor course in Austria this summer, with a guaranteed job in St Anton for the winter season. The three-week course with Snoworks on the Hintertux Glacier…

12 May 2014

Record-breaking snow for Lake Louise

Record-breaking snow for Lake Louise

Canadian ski resort Lake Louise has just closed for the season — a week later than originally planned — while celebrating an all-time snow record. March, April and May have brought more snow than ever…

28 Apr 2014

Don’t stop skiing, it’s still snowing!

Don’t stop skiing, it’s still snowing!

It might be nearly May, but winter has returned to the Alps and some ski resorts in North America, bringing with it piles of fresh snow. In Europe, the northern French Alps and parts of Italy and much…

19 Feb 2014

Val Thorens opens highest zip wire

Val Thorens opens highest zip wire

Val Thorens, one of the highest ski resorts in Europe, now has a new accolade: it has the highest zip wire in Europe, too. The highly anticipated ride, which costs €50 a pop (about £42), opened on Monday,…

22 Nov 2013

Stubai loses 42km in remeasurement

Stubai loses 42km in remeasurement

The Stubai Glacier has published new figures for the length of its pistes, losing 42km in the process. The Austrian ski area’s website now offers two measurements — the fall line which is the direct…

15 Nov 2013

More ski resorts open lifts early

More ski resorts open lifts early

This week’s snow report reveals a promising start to the season and there is more snow forecast this weekend — great news for those of us itching to get on the slopes. Whether you are in Europe or…

28 Oct 2013

Snow storms help ski resorts open early

Snow storms help ski resorts open early

It’s not just the UK that has been in the grip of a storm — in the past 24 hours there has been heavy snowfall in Canada’s Banff-Lake Louise-Sushine Village. The tourist office has issued a statement…

20 Oct 2013

Ski racer injured in Tignes lift accident

Ski racer injured in Tignes lift accident

French downhill skier Brice Roger was among six people injured when a ski lift derailed in Tignes yesterday. State investigators were assessing the scene of the accident this morning, Sunday 20 October,…

14 Oct 2013

Skiers queue for first lift at A-Basin

Skiers queue for first lift at A-Basin

Arapahoe Basin has again been the first ski resort to open in Colorado. A-Basin opened one the Black Mountain Express lift at 08:30 yesterday morning, opening up one intermediate run — the High Noon…

30 Sep 2013

Climber finds Mont Blanc jewel stash

Climber finds Mont Blanc jewel stash

If you go out climbing in the Alps, the last thing you expect to find is a stash of jewels worth £200,000. But this is exactly what one 20-year-old Frenchman found while climbing Mont Blanc earlier this…

23 Sep 2013

Glaciers open for skiing in the Tirol

Glaciers open for skiing in the Tirol

Over the past two weeks we’ve had reports of snow falling in the Alps — and last weekend the Stubai Glacier and Rettenbach Glacier (Sölden) opened in the Tirol, Austria, meaning that all five of…

12 Jul 2013

Verbier opens for skiing this weekend

Verbier opens for skiing this weekend

Verbier is opening to skiers and snowboarders this weekend as a one-off thanks to the good layer of snow at the top of Mont Fort. The cold, prolonged spring and excellent snow conditions means there is…

25 Jun 2013

Skiers flock to summer glacier

Skiers flock to summer glacier

The summer season has begun in Les Deux Alpes, France, where the glacier opened last Saturday, 22 June. More than 3,000 skiers and snowboarders headed to the French ski resort to enjoy “excellent”…

7 Jun 2013

Excellent summer skiing in Europe

Excellent summer skiing in Europe

What a weird summer we are having. The flooding of last weekend in Austria, Germany and Switzerland has calmed, but the snow on the mountains across Europe has stayed and resorts are gearing up for their…

26 May 2013

Winter continues in the Alps

Winter continues in the Alps

Heavy snow is wreaking havoc in the Alps, where winter refuses to give up its grip and unusually cold conditions continue to prevail. This photo of the Col du Petit Saint Bernard, the route between Italy…

19 May 2013

Snow still falling in the Alps

Snow still falling in the Alps

A handful of ski resorts in the Alps are still open this weekend, and Engelberg (pictured here on Tuesday), closes on 26 May. This weekend skiers have enjoyed an unexpected treat after 15cm of fresh snow…

28 Oct 2012

Snowfall allows ski resorts to open early

Snowfall allows ski resorts to open early

Winter has arrived in ski resorts across Europe and North America. While we were digging out our winter coats in the UK this weekend, snow started to fall across the Alps. It’s dumping in Verbier, Tignes,…

25 Oct 2012

Laax unveils Porsche-designed ski lift

Laax unveils Porsche-designed ski lift

Topping the list of swanky chair lifts for this season is the new Porsche-designed ski lift, which opens in the Swiss resort of Laax this December. The six-man Lavadinas-Fuorcla Sura chair boasts a top…

19 Oct 2012

A-Basin first resort to open in the US

A-Basin first resort to open in the US

Around 2,000 skiers and snowboarders visited Arapahoe Basin in Colorado this week, the first US ski resort to officially open for the 2012-2013 ski season. Arapahoe, near Keystone, is an exceptionally…

15 Oct 2012

Autumn snowfalls hit the Alps

Autumn snowfalls hit the Alps

Monday morning has brought snow across France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland — with particularly heavy dumps on the

28 Sep 2012

Australia extends ski season

Australia extends ski season

As Tignes prepares to open to skiers this weekend, ski resorts in Australia have extended their season and are hailing it as one of the best ever. Thredbo and Perisher in New South Wales and Mt Buller…

20 Sep 2012

It’s snowing in the Alps

It’s snowing in the Alps

The Alps have been hit by more snow for the third week running — in time for more glaciers to open this weekend.  Austria and Switzerland both reported fresh snowfall last night, with temperatures…

16 Mar 2012

Marmolada or bust

27 Oct 2011

Laax starts season

Laax starts season

The winter season begins in Laax, Switzerland, this weekend, with the opening of the Vorab glacier. Skiing and boarding will start on the high glacier slopes a little earlier than usual, following this…

17 Oct 2011

Hintertux welcomes US 9/11 hero

Hintertux welcomes US 9/11 hero

Austria’s Hintertux glacier has welcomed a special visitor to its autumn snow: an American hero from the 9/11 US bombing tragedy. Keen skier Richard Picciotto is the highest-ranking survivor…

18 May 2011

Saas Fee restaurants scoop awards

Saas Fee restaurants scoop awards

Two Saas Fee restaurants have been voted top-notch in the country’s Best of Swiss Gastro Awards 2010/11. The restaurant in the Panorama Hotel Alphubel and the Berghaus Vernissage Plattjen won…

15 May 2011

Winter in May?

Winter in May?

Fancy a bit of powder skiing in May? Gazing at Ski Austria’s latest photos of the Stubai glacier, we had to check the date. Sure enough, the snow is falling thick and fast today. And the Stubai has…

7 May 2011

Free activities in Tignes

Free activities in Tignes

With resorts looking for more ways to attract visitors in summer as well as winter, Tignes is giving access to many of its activities for free this year, as well as the opportunity to combine them with…

4 Nov 2010

Kaprun kicks off with White Start and new spa

Kaprun kicks off with White Start and new spa

‘It’s more wintry than usual for the time of year,’ said a spokesman for the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, above Kaprun. So, the ski area’s season-opener event really will be a ‘white…

13 Sep 2010

Shuttle for Sölden - and first snows

Shuttle for Sölden - and first snows

It has been snowing in Sölden today, Monday 13 September, and the race is on to get new developments completed before winter arrives properly. This year that includes a modern new gondola and a new shuttle…

2 Sep 2010

Metre of snow saved on Italian glacier

Metre of snow saved on Italian glacier

It’s a bit of a sorry sight in September but … Italy’s Presena glacier will unveil its slopes again on 13 September, to prepare for some autumn fun before the main season. The good news…

17 Jun 2010

Summer skiing kicks off in France

Summer skiing kicks off in France

The French summer ski season has started this week. Les Deux Alpes was the first French resort to open its glacier for snowsports – and with fresh snowfall. Cover is very good at present, with 80cm…

30 Apr 2010

Spring on the Stubai

Spring on the Stubai

The ski season may be over for most resorts, but the Stubai glacier takes late spring and summer snow seriously: learning about avalanches. But they also have fun on the slopes too. The weekend of 8/9…

19 Apr 2010

Summer ski camps on the Tux glacier

Summer ski camps on the Tux glacier

Why stop skiing when summer starts? Head for the Hintertux glacier and sign up for a summer performance camp. The Austria Racing Camps and Fishcer Racing Camps run weekly during the summer, offering adults…

13 Apr 2010

New activity card for Zell-Kaprun

New activity card for Zell-Kaprun

Austria’s Zell am See and Kaprun have introduced a new summer activity card for guests, which offers free entrance to lots of leisure attractions that you could combine with a summer ski trip. One…

20 Nov 2009

Freeride fun in Kaprun

Freeride fun in Kaprun

Kaprun will have three new ski-routes this winter, as part of the resort’s development of Freeride XXL – a combination of information, guidance and fun off the pistes. The glacier ski area already…

3 Nov 2009

Powder for Stubai Testival

Powder for Stubai Testival

That fresh powder will do nicely … The SportScheck Glacier Testival’ kicks off on the Stubai glacier this week, and slope conditions look just the ticket for some neat turns on new skis or boards.…

25 Sep 2009

New season-opener event for Les Deux Alpes

New season-opener event for Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes has traditionally launched its new winter season with a couple of weekend festivals in October, some partying and glacier skiing until the main season gets going. This year, the renowned…

18 Sep 2009

Glacier snow report summary

Glacier snow report summary

Every few centimetres helps! Well, we know it’s early days, but snowfall in the Alps this week is better news for the glaciers after their long, dry summer. And it has allowed more areas to open…

17 Sep 2009

September snow - a little refreshment

September snow - a little refreshment

The first signs of winter have been felt in the Alps this week ... It’s only small, but at last the glacier resorts have reported some fresh snowfall: between 10-20cm have fallen across parts of…

17 Sep 2009

Pitztal season gets a head start - and new snow

Austria’s Pitztal glacier has opened for the new season, with a little help from an Israeli snowmaking system ... Skiing and boarding started again at Pitztal at the weekend (11 September) - the…

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