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It’s Snowing!

The Team October 12th, 2011

As resorts across the southern hemisphere close their doors to skiers and boarders it’s now the turn of Europe, the USA and Canada to get in on the action.  After a week of newsletters bombarding my inbox with “It’s Snowing” in the subject line I’m in no doubt we’ve now seen the first significant snowfall of the 2011/12 season on both sides of the Atlantic.

In Europe, the Swiss Alps were the winners with up to 80cm of fresh snow falling.  In France, Les Menuires in the Three Valleys also fared well with up to 40cm and Chamonix, Courchevel and Meribel awoke to a moderate covering of snow on Sunday morning.  After a month of no resorts being open in France, Tignes re-opened the Grande Motte Glacier which will now remain open all the way through until May 2012.

Monday morning in Chamonix under the Autannes chairlift. Photo: Compagnie du Mont-Blanc

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Record Opening Weekend in Jackson Hole

The Team November 30th, 2010

What an epic opening day Jackson Hole Mountain Resort had on Saturday 27th November, simply incredible!

Justin Bird, from the Terra Resort Resort – Hotel Terra, was out on the mountain “Wow, it was deep and my aching legs are testament to all the fun I had! We have an incredible season ahead of us, please share the news with your friends & family. Let it continue to snow!”

Words can’t do conditions like this justice – watch for yourself:

Want to head out to Jackson Hole and experience this record start to the season? Take advantage of fantastic early season rates at the Hotel Terra – 7 nights at the beginning of December from £959pp.

Top 5 expert runs in North America

Nick November 9th, 2010

We had a heated argument in the pub the other night about the top 5 epic expert ski runs in North America. The debate was fierce – what makes a ski run ‘epic’ – pitch, scale, snow, exposure, elevation, scary terrain features, fear factor, what?

Pitch can be conquered with bullet-proof technique. Scale means stamina. Runs always change their character in different snow conditions, weather, light and time of day. Exposure makes you feel alive. Elevation – no pain, no gain. Scary terrain features? I laugh in the face of ‘mandatory air’! Fear factor – beats the crap out of the X-factor. What should be included, and what criteria should we use? Does Snowbird have better terrain than Kicking Horse? Is the snow depth and quality in Fernie better than Crested Butte? Who can say, but in my opinion a truly epic ski run needs five qualities – (1) a degree of difficulty that keeps you thinking and working hard the whole way down. (2) a fear factor. (3) a tick-the-box factor. (4) an aura. (5) a scale that’s off the dial.

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Experience More With A Twin Centre Ski Holiday

The Team September 7th, 2010

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next ski holiday then how about combining a couple of resorts for a North American twin centre trip?

Here are a couple of our favourite suggestions:

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Big snow in Jackson Hole

Nick January 26th, 2010

With over 5ft of snow in 6 days, Jackson Hole is currently offering what is being said as “some of the best conditions in 10 years”!

Jackson Hole’s snow reporter had this to say yesterday “What a week! Yesterday I found some areas that hadn’t been touched for at least two days.  Luckily, our mountain is steep, because gravity wasn’t enough to keep me going through 3 feet of snow when I tried to traverse across the ungroomed powder on Sublette Ridge.  Instead I pointed my board down the slope and floated easily through the white fluff, trying not to eat the face shots that accompanied every turn.  Conditions were fabulous everywhere, and with 6 new inches atop our already deep snow, today will be just as spectacular.  Enjoy!”

There’s not many words that can describe these conditions so here’s a video from yesterday thanks to www.jhunderground.com and www.davidstubbs.com:

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