Latest news on skiing and snowboarding

Read exciting travel reports live from the resorts, news and tips for preparing ski holidays and special weather and snow reports in the Snowplaza ski blog. The Snowplaza team reports regularly from the mountains and keeps you informed about the latest trends in skiing and snowboarding. In addition, you will find tips and news about interesting new products; skis, snowboards, gadgets, clothing and equipment as well as advice and ideas for your next ski holidays.

22 June 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Sölden is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Austrian Alps, and there’s no better way to experience this skiing hotspot than by treating yourself to a ski holiday in a ski-in, ski-out hotel. There are plenty of options at Sölden if you’re looking for a place right on the slopes, ranging from inexpensive guesthouses to four-star hotels. Skiers and snowboarders even have the option to stay at a car-free accommodation at Giggijoch, smack dab in the middle of the ski resort. If you’re rea... Read more ›

20 June 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

The popular Königstour ski circuit in Austria’s Hochkönig ski resort is getting a facelift, with several lift upgrades and new pistes planned for the 2018/19 ski season. The new lifts will grant access to the Königstour from the Maria Alm, thanks to two cable car projects that will link the Natrun and Aberg ski areas. Renovations will also target the top and bottom cable car stations and increase water reservoir capacities for artificial snowmaking. Hochkönig ski resort boasts around 150km of... Read more ›

17 June 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

This gut-churning video analyses Simon Billy’s infamous crash in 2017 while vying for the speed skiing world record at Vars, France. Billy started out fine and reached a promising speed of 245km/h before his left ski caught an edge and sent him flying head over heels down the slope, finally coming to a stop some 30 seconds (and many metres) later. Billy walked away from his crash with just a few minor injuries, but it would take him a year of rehabilitation before he was physically and mentall... Read more ›

15 June 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

As temperatures high up in the Austrian Alps drop below freezing, the first ski resort is getting ready to open its doors for the 2018/19 ski season. Yes, you read that right: the Mölltal Glacier is scheduled to open for the summer season starting tomorrow, Saturday, June 16. Depending on the snow conditions, skiing at this glacier ski area in Carinthia will be possible until well into spring 2019. Are you tired of the beach and ready for next winter’s ski season to start already? Check the ... Read more ›

13 June 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

It’s the sexiest sport around but it sure has come up across its fair share of opposition! The decades-old debate among skiers and snowboarders has seen snowboarders vilified and banned from many a ski resort. But the sport has prevailed in spite of the naysayers, thanks in part to pioneering resorts like the Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park. Famous for creating the world’s first snowboard-only snow park in a time when snowboarders were seen as second-class citizens, this American resort has rec... Read more ›

10 June 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

It was a fantastic ski season for the Alps, with ski resorts opening early and receiving plenty of snow throughout the season. But as we’ve seen over the last few decades, snow cover has been generally dwindling in the Alps. In hopes of avoiding the painful season openings we’ve witnessed in the past few years, some alpine ski resorts have resorted to snow farming. The process involves shielding batches of snow from the heat to stop them from melting over the summer, an optimistic stopgap mea... Read more ›

8 June 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

It's all very well to hear about exotic ski resorts on the other side of the world, but for those of us who don't have the time or money to go gallivanting to the four corners of the world, how are we supposed to survive the summer without skiing? Well, we've got good news: you can have (almost) just as much fun shredding the slopes at an indoor ski hall right in your own backyard! From Glasgow to Tamworth, these 5 indoor ski halls in the UK have real snow and even moguls and snow parks. And ... Read more ›

6 June 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Thinking of Africa conjures images of vast desert landscapes and exotic safari animals. It’s hardly the first place you’d imagine going skiing. Nevertheless, this incredible continent offers several ski resorts, not only in northern Africa’s Atlas Mountains but also in the south of the continent. For truly adventurous souls, there is even dune skiing in the Namib Desert! Skiing in Africa is not exactly skiing in the Alps, so don’t expect 200km of groomed pistes surrounded by stunning glacier... Read more ›

3 June 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Learning to ski is a rewarding but challenging experience. When you’re hurtling at breakneck speeds down the nursery slopes with no idea how to stop, it’s nice to be able to communicate your panic to your instructor. And although most ski schools in the Alps nowadays claim to have English-speaking instructors, it’s no fun to be left in tears thanks to communication difficulties! This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some schools that are reputed to have excellent (often British... Read more ›

1 June 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

It's almost summertime in the Alps – time to get the lifts running and groom the slopes for the start of summer ski season! Yup, you heard that right. At the Stelvio Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in Austria, there is no skiing in winter due to the insane amounts of snow. In fact, it takes the crews until May to clear the snow from the road. Once the way is clear and the slopes can be groomed, this ski resort on the border between Austria and Italy offers an enticing option for sum... Read more ›

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