SNO news is GOOD news: Sun + Snowy Easter!

March 28th, 2016

It’s been cloudy in parts of the Alps leading into this first Easter week, with the highest resorts seeing a flurry of flakes. Other parts are gloriously sunny with knock-your-ski-socks-off views…

 

 

 

Things came together perfectly on Easter Sunday, when heavy falls were consolidated with temperature drops later on!

 

 

 

Here’s what 10 of our favourite resorts looked like earlier today:

 

 

 

Val Thorens, France

 

Val Thorens Tyrolienne 23 03 16 SNO

Tyrolienne, Val Thorens. Webcam: Val Thorens tourism

Temperature: -10°C to -4°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 280cm

Snow in resort: 160cm

Current conditions: After scouring VT’s webcams this lunchtime, this was the only one that wasn’t a total white out of cloud and snow. It hasn’t stopped 81/81 of the pistes open, which are reportedly covered in fresh snow. Heavy snow is scheduled for Easter Sunday to form a nice base for the week after – great for burning off all those chocolate eggs…

 

 

 

 

Zermatt, Switzerland

 

Schwarzee Zermatt 23 03 16 SNO

Schwarzee, Zermatt. Webcam: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Temperature: -16°C to 1°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 225cm

Snow in resort: 10cm

Current conditions: Light snow up at Klein Matterhorn this morning, then sunshine later on. Clear and sunny tomorrow, with a cloudy and snowy Good Friday to follow. The snow sticks around on the Theodor glacier, well into summer – so the end of the season should be fabulous.

 

 

 

 

 

Lech and Zurs, Austria

 

Strolz Sporthouse Lech 23 03 16 SNO

Strolz Sporthouse, Lech. Webcam: Lech-Zurs tourism

Temperature: -2°C to 0°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 185cm

Snow in resort: 105cm

Current conditions: Keeping up Lech’s rep for getting more snowfall than anywhere else in Austria (or the Alps for that matter) there’s snow, snow, snow, then a bit more snow over the next few days, with temperatures dropping a few degrees over Thurs and Fri. After that, a bit of sun on Easter day.

 

 

 

 

 

Saas-Fee, Switzerland

 

Mittelallalin Saas Fee 23 03 16 SNO

Mittelallalin, Saas-Fee. Webcam: Saas-Fee tourism

Temperature: -6°C to 1°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 320cm

Snow in resort: 105cm

Current conditions: Sun today, and more sun tomorrow, showing off the best of the 4000m+ peaks that surround the village. But after that the weather man’s predicting a good dousing of snow – and if previous years are anything to go by, the white stuff on the Allalin glacier will stay well into the summer for sunny July ski days.

 

 

 

 

 

Obergurgl, Austria

 

Hochgurgl Obergurgl 23 03 16 SNO

Hochgurgl, Obergurgl. Webcam: Obergurgl Tourism

Temperature: -9°C to 0°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 177cm

Snow in resort: 28cm

Current conditions: 105km of 110km runs open and being dusted with fresh snow today. The weather’s expected to be replaced with sun and cloud tomorrow. Then thick clouds on Friday night are expected to bring some extra cover.

 

 

 

 

 

Tignes, France

 

Val Claret Tignes 23 03 16 SNO

Val Claret, Tignes. Webcam: Tignes tourism

Temperature: -11°C to -5°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 240cm

Snow in resort: 143cm

Current conditions: Sun, cloud and light snow with 150/154 pistes open. A bit of snow due on Friday, and more on the menu for Easter Sunday evening… Yippee!

 

 

 

 

 

Solden, Austria

 

Seekogl Solden 23 03 16 SNO

Seekogl, Solden. Webcam: Solden tourism

Temperature: -9°C to 1°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 290cm

Snow in resort: 10cm

Current conditions: The snow gods are being their usual generous selves on Solden’s 2 glaciers and 3 3000m+ peaks. 31 of 33 runs are open and it’s all about the snow today. The sun’s expected to have its hat on for 3-5 hours each day over the next few days, building up to a gloriously sunny Easter Sunday – then a snowy Easter Sunday night.

 

 

 

 

 

Courchevel, France

 

Le Panoramic La Saulire Courchevel 23 03 16 SNO

Le Panoramic at La Saulire, Courchevel. Webcam: Courchevel tourism

Temperature: -9°C to -1°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 192cm

Snow in resort: 138cm

Current conditions: Le Panoramic bar isn’t doing as it’s name suggests today – Courchevel’s been overcast, with dustings of snow over the next couple of days. Heavy snow predicted on Sunday evening.

 

 

 

 

 

Flaine, France

 

Flaine Grandes Platieres 23 03 16 SNO

Grandes Platieres, Flaine: Webcam: Flaine tourism

Temperature: -7°C to -5°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 358cm

Snow in resort: 123cm

Current conditions: 56 out of 64 slopes open at the moment in a cloudy, sunny Flaine. Things should be the same tomorrow and Saturday, but Good Friday and Easter Sunday are expected to be snowy, with more cover on Tues and Weds next week. Three cheers for the Mont Blanc microclimate!

 

 

 

 

 

Meribel, France

 

Meribel Lac du Tueda 23 03 16 SNO

Lac du Tueda, Meribel (feat. “GABY”!). Webcam: Meribel tourism

Temperature: -9°C to 3°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 192

Snow in resort: 78

Current conditions: There’s a reason those deckchairs are empty: 60/63 of the local runs have been open today, so snow lovers have been skiing in a mix of cloud, sun and snowflakes. More snow due Sunday night :-) .

 

 

 

 

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SNO News is GOOD News >> snowy Easter to come!

March 11th, 2016

What a week it’s been in the Alps – cracking snow cover from last week’s dumps, low temperatures keeping it cool and glorious blue skies and sunshine over the past couple of days. The sun terraces are buzzing, and the views are nothing short of staggering.

It looks like the weekend’s going to be a sunny one in most parts, with more snow to come in the middle of next week. After which, most forecasts are predicting another bluebird Friday. All in all, it looks like we’ve got a glorious Easter to come.

Here’s what 12 of our favourite resorts looked like today:

 

Alpe d’Huez, France

 

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Pic Blanc, Alpe d’Huez. Webcam: Alpe d’Huez tourism

Temperature: -14°C to -6°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 310cm

Snow in resort: 170cm

Current weather: Superbly sunny – both in resort, and up on the Pic Blanc at 3300m. Snow quality on the mountain is fresh thanks to a recent dusting. It’s due to be a sunny weekend, with light snow on Saturday and heavier falls over the following days.

 

 

Cervinia & Zermatt, Italy & Switzerland

 

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Plateau Rosa, Cervinia. Webcam: Cervinia tourism

Temperature: -4°C to 7°C (Cervinia) -11°C to -1°C (Zermatt)

Snow @ top of ski area: 220cm

Snow in resort: 85cm (Cervinia) 50cm (Zermatt)

Current weather: The Cervinia-Zermatt ski area is wonderfully sunny today, with SNO lovers enjoying powder snow up on the hills. A little cloud is expected tomorrow and then snow, snow, snow for the next few days.

 

 

Courchevel, France

 

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Plateau Rosa, Courchevel. Webcam: Courcheven tourism

Temperature: -8°C to -1°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 200cm

Snow in resort: 153cm

Current weather: Sunny and fair, with the freezing point hovering around the 1000m mark. There should be some dustings of snow over the weekend – and heavy snowfalls on Wednesday.

 

 

La Plagne, France

 

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Grande Rochette, La Plagne. Webcam: La Plagne tourism

Temperature: -8°C to -7°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 290cm

Snow in resort: 170cm

Current weather: A mix of sun and cloud today and this weekend, with a decent dump of snow due in the middle of next week.

 

 

Val d’Isere, France

 

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Pisillaillas Glacier, Val d’Isere. Webcam: Val d’Isere tourism

Temperature: -4°C to -2°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 280cm

Snow in resort: 160cm

Current weather: Sunny with the odd wispy cloud higher up. A few more clouds are expected to be appearing from Haute Maurienne tomorrow, bringing a few snowflakes with them. More snow from Sunday, with heavy falls on Wednesday.

 

 

Lech & Zurs, Austria

 

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Muggengrat, Lech-Zurs. Webcam: Lech-Zurs tourism

Temperature: -7°C to 1°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 220cm

Snow in resort: 125cm

Current weather: Sunny today and more sunshine over the weekend. Clouds coming in on Monday, with snow due on Tuesday.

 

 

Les 2 Alpes, France

 

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Bellecombe, Les 2 Alpes. Webcam: Les 2 Alpes tourism

Temperature: -10°C to -2°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 180cm

Snow in resort: 40cm

Current weather: Cloud and sun today and tomorrow, with cloud and snow taking over from Sunday.

 

 

Les Arcs, France

 

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Grizzly, Les Arcs. Webcam: Les Arcs tourism

Temperature: -9°C to 3°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 297cm

Snow in resort: 132cm

Current weather: Sunny, with the freezing level at about 1500m. The weather man’s predicting sun and cloud for the next few days, with snow due higher up on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

 

Meribel, France

 

Meribel Versant Saulire 11 03 16

Versant Saulire, Meribel. Webcam: Meribel tourism

Temperature: -4°C to 7°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 102cm

Snow in resort: 210cm

Current weather: Wall to wall sunshine today, a little more cloud should appear over the weekend and into next week, with temperatures hovering around -7 and 4 in resort, and -7 and -11 up top.

 

 

Verbier, Switzerland

 

Verbier Attelas 11 03 16

Attelas, Verbier. Webcam: Verbier tourism

Temperature: -6°C to 2°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 260cm

Snow in resort: 43cm

Current weather: A sunny Friday, followed by a mix of sun and cloud up to Monday, then snow on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

 

Tignes, France

 

Tignes Val Claret 11 03 16

Val Claret, Tignes. Webcam: Tignes tourism

Temperature: -9°C to 0°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 312cm

Snow in resort: 165cm

Current weather: Sun + cloud today and tomorrow, with temperatures dropping on Sunday. Next week looks like it’ll be snowing every day, with Wednesday expecting the heaviest falls. Then it’s expected to be another Friday of sun-drenched skiing.

 

 

Val Thorens, France

 

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Cime Caron, Val Thorens. Webcam: Val Thorens tourism

Temperature: -8°C to 3°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 300cm

Snow in resort: 185cm

Current weather: The freezing point’s around 1200m and it’s partly sunny, partly cloudy… Up until Tuesday when there’s snow, followed by even more of the white stuff on Wednesday.

 

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Three Cheers it’s >> Mulled Wine Day!

March 3rd, 2016

We’ve mulled over our favourite recipes, from all skiing nations,

to bring you the much-loved après drink in its many forms.

 

 

Happy Mulled Wine Day!

 

 

You’ve just had a jolly good ski, and your fingers are feeling the cold…  What better than a steaming mug of spiced wine from the nearest mountain hut?  Only ever a hop, skip and ladle away in any ski resort, there are all kinds of hot wines around the globe.

 

 

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Mulled wine. Photo: rpavlch Flickr

 

AUSTRIA goes gaga for Glühwein

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Gluhwein. Photo: Basotxerri

Means: “Glowing Wine”. A steaming staple drink of ski resorts and Christmas markets nationwide.

Classic ingredients: Lemon juice + sugar + cloves + cinnamon sticks + orange + vanilla + wine (make it a bottle of Blaufränkisch to keep the whole thing Austrian).

 

 

ITALY brews bellissimo Vin Brule

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Vin Brule. Photo: vinicartasegna.it.

Means: Simply “Mulled Wine”

Classic ingredients: Nutmeg + sugar + cloves + cinnamon + lemon peel + apple + wine (something full bodied and fruity, like a Piedmont Nebbiolo).

 

 

NORWAY does glugs of gorgeous Gløgg

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Glogg. Photo: Lemsipmatt Flickr

Means: From “glödgad vin” = “glowing, hot wine”

Classic ingredients: Orange + raisins + cardamoms + cloves + ginger + almonds + cinnamon + dash of Muscatel/Port + wine (a dry red, like a Svenska from neighbouring Sweden).

 

FRANCE says Vive la Vin Chaud

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Vin Chaud. Photo: Jf2C Flickr

Means: “Hot Wine”

Classic ingredients: Cinnamon + orange zest + sugar + cloves + cardamom + cheeky splash of cognac + wine (go for a good old red vin de france).

 

SLOVENIA snuggles up with mugs of Kuhano Vino

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Kuhano Vino. Photo: Christine tasteofdivine.com

Means: “Boiled wine”

Classic ingredients: Clementines + lemon + orange + nutmeg + star anise + cinnamon + cloves + wine (there are some super Slovenian Merlots like Quercus).

 

 

FINLAND has glorious Glögi

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Glogi. Photo: Raija Lehtonen Visit Finland

Means: “Glow Wine”

Classic ingredients: Blanched almonds + berries + raisins + cinnamon + sugar + cloves + fruit juice (grape / orange / blackberry) + wine (maybe a Scandi merlot).

 

Want to Join In?

There’s no ready-made mulled wine in the supermarkets right now, so throw these trad’ spices into a bottle (or two) of red, simmer-up and sip away!

 

Vanilla pod

½ grated nutmeg

Cinnamon stick

Orange studded with cloves

2 lemons, sliced up

2 star anise

100-150g caster sugar

 

Mulled SNO

Mulled SNO – slightly blurred, which seems appropriate…

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SNO news is GOOD news >> March Powder-Fest

March 2nd, 2016

It’s a cool and snowy start to March in the Alps, and there’s MUCH more to come!

 

The white stuff is due especially thick and fast on Friday evening and Saturday morning in most French resorts, providing oodles of fresh powder for the lucky devils skiing next week.  Italy is getting a good dusting, with the Milky Way already seeing half a metre of snow over the last 3 days.

 

Here’s what ten of our favourite resorts looked like earlier today:

 

 

Meribel, France

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Roc Fer, Meribel. Webcam: Meribel tourism

Temperature: -8°C to 4°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 180cm

Snow in resort: 90cm

Current weather: Heavy snow this afternoon, bringing the daily pile up to around 15cm. More snow is forecast over next few days, including a big dump of over 20cm on Saturday.

 

 

Cervinia, Italy

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Plan Maison, Cervinia. Webcam: Cervinia tourism

Temperature: -9°C to 5°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 255cm

Snow in resort: 95cm

Current weather: You’ll find plenty of the white stuff falling in Cervinia at the moment – there’s been 30cm of snowfall in the last 3 days and tomorrow should see about 18cm of snowfall. The weather man’s predicting even more to come on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

 

 

Courchevel, France

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Le Signal, Courchevel. Webcam: Courchevel tourism

Temperature: -7°C to -2°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 180cm

Snow in resort: 131cm

Current weather: Overcast with oodles of snow (a good 15cm+ by the end of today) and the freezing point hovering around 1500m. Big snow’s due on Thursday and Saturday mornings (20cm is expected on Sat), with winds calming down as we near the weekend.

 

 

Saas-Fee, Switzerland

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Mittelallalin, Saas-Fee. Webcam: Saas-Fee tourism

Temperature: -15°C to -1°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 350cm

Snow in resort: 120cm

Current weather: A socking great 40cm of snow fell yesterday in glorious Saas. Today’s seen another snow filled afternoon, and there’s much more snow to come – especially on Saturday when they’re expecting to see 23cm of new snowfall.

 

 

Courmayeur, Italy

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Corba Dzeleuna, Courmayeur. Webcam: Courmayeur tourism

Temperature: -12°C to 6°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 210cm

Snow in resort: 94cm

Current weather: Super snowy over the next few days: 15cm of fresh snow is predicted by the end of today, then over 20cm is due tomorrow, followed by a light dusting on Friday and another 20cm+ on Saturday.

 

 

Les Arcs, France

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Mont-Blanc lift, Les Arcs. Webcam: Les Arcs tourism

Temperature: -8°C to 3°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 282cm

Snow in resort: 112cm

Current weather: It’s snowing in the Paradiski, with the freezing level at 1800m and about 15cm due to fall by the end of the day. Thursday morning is expected to see a big dump, with even more of the same on Saturday.

 

 

 

Solden, Austria

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Giggijoch, Solden. Webcam: Solden tourism

Temperature: -4°C to 7°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 302cm

Snow in resort: 15cm

Current weather: Cloudy with 5cm of fresh snow so far and heavy snowfalls due this evening. The snowfall looks set to continue, with the forecast of a seriously snowy Saturday afternoon where the grand total is expected to be around 30cm.

 

 

 

Tignes, France

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Val Claret, Tignes. Webcam: Tignes tourism

Temperature: -11°C to -2°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 300cm

Snow in resort: 165cm

Current weather: So snowy (over 25cm predicted today!) – with a touch of sun late afternoon. Better yet – there should be a similar ammount of white stuff over the next couple of days. Friday night’s due to be really snowy, and the flakes should continue falling on Saturday morning.

 

 

Sestriere, Italy

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Trebials Monte, Sestriere & Via Lattea tourism

Temperature: -4°C to 3°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 80cm

Snow in resort: 50cm

Current weather: Sestriere has seen a whopping 50cm of fresh snow in the last three days, and there are heavy snow storms this afternoon. Friday night is expected to see more dumpings, followed by 20cm or so of snowfall on Saturday morning.

 

 

 

Val Thorens, France

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Cime Caron, Val Thorens. Webcam: Val Thorens tourism

Temperature: -8°C to -4°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 250cm

Snow in resort: 150cm

Current weather: VT has 22cm of new snow today and expects about the same tomorrow. Big dumps are due on Friday night and Saturday morning, with moderate snow falling either side.

 

 

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Who Invented Ski Holidays?

February 29th, 2016

Want to know who really Invented skiing and mountain holidays?

 

Here are the Pioneers and their Stories:

 

 

Johannes Badrutt, St Moritz

Began winter tourism with a simple wager.

Copyright by: Kulm Hotel St. Moritz By-line: swiss-image.ch

Johannes Badrut. Kulm Hotel St. Moritz & swiss-image.ch

The gorgeous Engadin valley was already a popular tourist destination in the summer. But in the autumn of 1864, hotelier Johannes Badrutt bet the English guests that winter in St Moritz was sunny, spectacular and worlds away from dreary English winter. He offered them free lodging if he was proved wrong. They loved it, stayed until spring, and then returned to Britain to spread the word. Winter tourism has been thriving ever since, and Badrutt’s hotel – The Kulm – remains one of the best ski hotels on the planet.

 

 

 

 

Isabella Straton, Chamonix

Mountaineering pioneer, inspiration for female adventurers and women’s rights.

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Isabella Straton. Pointe Isabelle Hotel

Having been born and raised in Sussex, Isabella lost her family in her twenties and inherited the Straton family fortune. She left her home to become a mountaineer in the French Alps.

Straton found a love for climbing through her friend Emmeline Lewis Lloyd; they attempted the Matterhorn in 1869 and became the first women to climb Mont Viso a year later. When Emmeline gave up climbing, Isabella climbed with Chamonix mountain guide Jean Charlet (who later became her husband). Together they climbed Mont Blanc four times – one of which was the first ever winter ascent.

An influence for women adventurers and the women’s rights movement, Isabella stayed in the region for the rest of her life and raised her family there. Her sons climbed Mont Blanc aged 13 and 11 and her grandchildren opened the Pointe Isabelle Hotel in Chamonix, naming it after the mountain Isabella famously climbed in 1875.

 

 

 

 

Franz Reisch, Kitzbuhel

Skied Austria’s first ski run.

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Franz Reich. Kitzbuhel Tourism

Inspired by the writings of Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen, Reisch ordered a pair of “planks” from Norway and started to teach himself to ski. Despite fellow locals thinking he was bonkers, he stuck at it and skied all the way down the Kitzbuheler Horn on the 15th March 1893. From then on he led tours, arranged races and saw the birth of Kitz as a sporting destination and founded the Kitzbühel Ski Club (KSC).

 

 

 

 

Johann Müller, Warth / Lech

Started the skiing trend in the Arlberg.

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Johann Mueller. Warth-Schrocken tourism

Müller was a Pastor in Warth in the early 1890’s. On the winter of 1894, he read a magazine article about Scandinavians using skis.

After impulsively ordering some, he taught himself to ski in the evenings when the village was asleep, so nobody could see and laugh at him. Then early one morning – before anyone was awake – he set off for Lech, and successfully arrived a few falls and 1.5 hours later.

For Müller, skis were a means of transport to facilitate his ministerial duties during Arlberg’s snowy winters. Local schoolboys soon started to copy him. Including Hannes Scheider, who lived in the same valley…

 

 

 

 

Johann “Hannes” Schneider, St Anton (1890-1955)

Developed Arlberg Technique, fought in the Dolomites in WWI, trained British and American troops in WWII.

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Hannes Schneider. St Anton Arlberg tourism

After discovering skiing as a ten year old in 1900, Johann Schneider got his first set of skis three years later. Aged seventeen, he was hired by Hotel Post and became the Arlberg’s first ski instructor.

But the preferred way of skiing at the time – taken from Nordic skiing – didn’t work well with the alpine terrain. So Schneider worked on a method that combined crouching, shifting weight forward and turning movements. Which became known as the Arlberg Technique.

Then came WWI, when Schneider taught the Austrian Army to ski, and fought with them in the Dolomites. After, he came home to Hotel Post – promoted the Arlberg Technique, won a series of international ski competitions, starred in ski films, wrote a book and organised the Kandahar races with Arnold Lunn.

But when the Nazis took over, he was imprisoned. After being released and moving to the USA, Schneider took over Cranmore Mountain and developed it as a ski resort, then trained British and US troops for WWII.

 

 

 

 

Countess Paula von Lamberg, Kitzbühel

First woman’s ski jump.

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Paula Lamberg. Kitzbuhel tourism

Born in Kitzbühel, Paula von Lamberg became a Pioneer of women’s ski jumping in Europe. She famously took to the slopes in 1911 and jumped 22 metres, which became the first officially measured jump by a woman. She was wearing a long dress at the time, and her billowing skirts earned her the name the “Flying Countess”.

 

 

 

 

Anton ‘Toni’ Seelos, Seefeld

The pioneer of parallel skiing.

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Toni Seelos. Seefeld tourism

Seelos was a racer (4 time world slalom champ) and coach (of the French team, including Emile Allais) in the late twenties and early thirties.

He replaced the stem and telemark turns (which separated the skis) by developing a turn that didn’t separate the skis – what we know and love as the parallel turn.

“Toni skied kind of forward, kind of in, driving his way. He was God. It really was Toni Seelos who invented skiing” Anderl Molterer

 

So there you have it – the Real Inventors of Skiing and Mountain Holidays as we know them!

 

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SNO news is GOOD news >> snowy half term to come!

February 11th, 2016

Snow, sun and oodles more snow to come… The snowfall of the past couple of days has paused to let SNO lovers enjoy the pistes in glorious sunshine today.

There’s more snow on the menu over the weekend, with Mother Nature kindly topping up the slopes for anyone heading to the alps for half term.

Check out the webcams in 12 of our favourite resorts this morning:

 

Avoriaz

 

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Amara, Avoriaz. Webcam: Avoriaz tourism

Temperature: -13°C to -10°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 190cm

Snow in resort: 100cm

Current weather: There was a healthy 30cm of fresh snow yesterday. Today is sunny and cloudy, with more snow due to fall tomorrow.

 

 

 

La Plagne

 

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Montalbert, La Plagne. Webcam: La Plagne tourism

Temperature: -17°C to -11°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 230cm

Snow in resort: 30cm

Current weather: LP saw 10cm of fresh snow this morning and the rest of the day’s been a mix of cloud and sun. More snow is set to fall over the weekend.

 

 

 

Grindelwald

 

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Grindelwald-First. Webcam: Jungfrau tourism

Temperature: -9°C to -1°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 154cm

Snow in resort: 15cm

Current weather: There’s 6cm of new snow and it’s sunny in the gorgeous Jungfrau region today! The forecast is cloudy with sprinklings of snow over the next few days. Heavier snow’s expected around Tuesday.

 

 

 

Meribel

 

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Roc de Fer, Meribel. Webcam: Meribel tourism

Temperature: -15°C to -3°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 180cm

Snow in resort: 80cm

Current weather: Cloudy with some snow this morning, tomorrow should be sunny first thing, followed by snow in the afternoon, and more snow on Saturday.

 

 

 

St Anton

 

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Rendl, St Anton. Webcam: St Anton & Arlberg tourism

Temperature: -8°C to -1°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 135cm

Snow in resort: 95cm

Current weather: Today has been sunny with a bit of cloud, and the same kind of conditions are predicted up until Monday, when there should be more cloud and snowflakes. Freezing point’s currently at 900m.

 

 

 

Courchevel

 

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La Croisette, Courchevel. Webcam: Courchevel tourism

Temperature: -16°C to -8°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 180cm

Snow in resort: 129cm

Current weather: 5cm fresh snow in resort, 7cm at summit. Freezing point is currently at 500m. It should be overcast tomorrow, with snow falling later on followed by a snowier Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

 

Flaine

 

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Grandes Platieres, Flaine. Webcam: Grand Massif Tourism

Temperature: -11°C to -6°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 260cm

Snow in resort: 100cm

Current weather: Partly cloudy, with sunshine above 1600m. 15cm of fresh snow in resort, and 20cm up top. Heavy snow is forecast until Monday, then a couple of days of light snow before the sun reappears.

 

 

 

Alpe d’Huez

 

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Les Marmottes, Alpe d’Huez. Webcam: Alpe d’Huez tourism

Temperature: -10°C to -7°C

Snow @ top of ski area:

Snow in resort: 250cm

Current weather: Alpe d’Huez has 7cm of fresh snow in resort and 10cm up top. At the moment it’s fabulously sunny. Light snow is predicted this evening, with heavier snow Friday night & Saturday.

 

 

 

Verbier

 

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Savoleyres, Verbier. Webcam: Verbier tourism

Temperature: -9°C to -3°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 200cm

Snow in resort: 27cm

Current weather: Cloudy with a bit of sun and 5cm of fresh snow up at Les Ruinettes. Snow due tomorrow – and similar conditions over the weekend.

 

 

 

Les Arcs

 

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Mille8, Les Arcs. Webcam: Les Arcs tourism

Temperature: -17°C to -13°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 230cm

Snow in resort: 125cm

Current weather: 3cm fresh snowfall today, where the freezing level is hovering around 600m. Lots of sun this morning – with a few more clouds this afternoon. Snow is expected tomorrow and over the weekend.

 

 

 

Tignes

 

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Val Claret, Tignes. Webcam: Tignes tourism

Temperature: -5°C to -18°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 235cm

Snow in resort: 134cm

Current weather: Sun and snow this morning, more snow should be falling this evening. Tomorrow’s due to have a sunny morning with snow clouds coming in from the afternoon onwards – and more throughout the weekend.

 

 

 

Val Thorens

 

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Cime Caron, Val Thorens. Webcam: Val Thorens tourism

Temperature: -16°C to -11°C

Snow @ top of ski area: 250cm

Snow in resort: 150cm

Current weather: Sun and cloud, with more of the same tomorrow plus some snow. The freezing level is currently at 400m.

 

 

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