News and Events

Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

This Weeks Headlines (19-Aug-08)

Snow Hunter's World Weekly Snow News, August 18, 2008

Andorra To Offer Free Lift Tickets for Children And Build Ice Hotel

Andorra’s ski areas have made preliminary announcements of their plans for the coming winter, with full details to follow shortly.

The country lost market share last winter which tour operators believe is due to its ongoing efforts to reposition itself as a quality rather than budget destination.

In a move to re-establish its high value credentials, for all Andorran ski areas and for the first time, Andorra will offer free ski passes for children under 14, booking through an English or Irish tour operator.

The principality’s ski resorts are also aiming to further widen their appeal beyond the conventional ski and snowboarding market including the first ice hotel in the Pyrenees, the most southerly in the world, at Grau Roig; several new ice rinks, snowmobile circuit, low-cost helicopter sight seeing flights and tubing slopes. Between them Grandvalira (including Soldeu / Pas de la Casa) and  Vallnord (Including Pal, Arinsal and La Massana) have spent more than 20 million Euros on upgrades which include more snowmaking and a new chairlift at Arinsal.

New Snow Making Machines In New Zealand Buried By Record Snow

Heavy snow has been reported at most ski areas in New Zealand over the past week with Mt Ruapehu reporting recent snowfalls are some of the heaviest of the past two decades. This morning (Tuesday August 19th), Turoa, one of Ruapehu’s two resorts, has reported the greatest ever recorded accumulated snowdepth in New Zealand of 455cm (just over 15 feet).

Staff initially had some difficulty finding the resort’s 3.8 metre (13 feet) high snowfall measuring stick after it got buried and an extension was required to measure the record snow depth. Staff are busy digging out the lifts with over a metre of fresh snow having fallen in the past four days. Ironically, new snow making machines are now reported to be buried by the natural stuff. More snow is forecast.

In Queenstown snow fell to lake level recently and the nearby ski resorts reported more fresh powder on the ski slopes above. Coronet Peak received 15 centimetres (six inches) on top of a metre base and The Remarkables 10 centimetres (four inches) to add to its base of a metre and 20 centimetres (four feet).

The Remarkables manager Ross Lawrence said, “It’s such a buzz to look around and see The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Queenstown and the entire Wakatipu Basin just blanketed in snow.

More Heavy Snow in Australia

The great snow season is continuing across the southern hemisphere as it did the northern last winter.

In Australia Perisher Blue has received regular snowfalls throughout July and now into August cold temperatures and consistent snowfalls have been in abundant supply. The resort has received 286cm (nine and a half feet) of snowfall since opening weekend. Weather forecasters are predicting snowfalls to continue right through into September.

At Mt Hotham Saturday night (August 16th) saw the resort recording its coldest temperature for the season yet with the mercury dropping to -10.2 degrees Celcius in the Valley. Temperatures were up a little at the village sitting on - 8.1 degrees.

The recent cold snap has created ideal conditions for the resort’s snowmaking crew to pump out some more flakes to add to Hotham's snowbase of more than 150cm which should keep the slopes in good shape through the rest of the winter.

Guided Walks Down Adelboden’s World Cup Run

Guided walks are being offered down the new World Cup Trail Chuenisbärgli at Adelboden which first opened last year. The tours give participants the chance to “walk the course” of the world-famous FIS

Ski World Cup on Chuenisbärgli piste and experience it in a completely different way.

The FIS Ski World Cup on Chuenisbärgli is of great sporting and economic significance to Adelboden and its neighbouring regions. The annual event is among the most important winter sports competitions held in Switzerland and each year, over 30,000 excited fans watch the ski action live from the slopes or finishing arena.

Along the World Cup themed trail between Chuenisbärgli and Boden, ten information stations provide a fascinating insight into the legendary grand slalom race. During the tour you will learn all about the races, their preparation and their history. Ursula Josi, a member of the organising committee for the international ski days in Adelboden, leads you on a trail of discovery embellished with many interesting background details. 

Guided tours run every Thursday through August, meeting at 1.30pm at the Adelboden Tourist Center. A ticket costs SFr. 10.- per adult and SFr. 5.- per child. Reservations can be made until 5pm on Wednesdays for the following day's tour.
   
First Triple Cable Giant Gondola For Italy

A new ‘tri-cable’ gondola, the Rittner Seilbahn, will open this autumn in Italy. The new Leitner built lift will provide improved access to Rittner Horn mountain from the lovely north Italian city of Bolzano, which is located through the Brenner Pass to the south of Innsbruck.

The new lift will carry eight giant gondolas, each capable of carrying 35 passengers, 27 of them seated. The cabins will arrive at four minute intervals and together will have a capacity of  550 people per hour.

The lift replaces an old cable car (tram) on the routé but the base building will undergo a complete re- construction with the new building incorporating office and retail space as well as 130 underground parking spaces on three levels. The 4,541-meter-long lift cable will follows the identical route of the former lift and seven support towers will be built in the same locations of the seven towers of the former lift also.

St Moritz To Bid For 2015 

Undeterred by their loss to Schladming in the battle to host the 2013 World Alpine Skiing Championships, St Moritz, together with Switzerland's skiing federation, has announced that it will be bidding to host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships of 2015.

Hugo Wetzel is President of the association "Alpine Sport Events St. Moritz/Engadin" (ASESE) that was founded for this purpose. He sees the St. Moritz bid as a logical sequel to the successful and widely praised FIS Alpine World Ski Championships of 2003 also run under his stewardship. According to him, a renewed bid would effectively leverage the competencies, know how and connections that were built up during the former event – giving the Swiss candidacy a good chance of success.

Hugo Wetzel further refers to St. Moritz' long-standing tradition and event strategy that tops its regular seasonal events with a major sports happening every 10 to 20 years. After two Olympic Winter Games – the only ones ever held in Switzerland – and four Alpine World Ski Championships (1934, 1948, 1974 and 2003), St. Moritz is looking to run the World Ski Championships for a record fifth time.

With its renewed bid, St. Moritz is targeting three main goals – to consolidate its image and reputation as a world leader among alpine resorts, to take advantage of and continuously upgrade its mountain infrastructure, and to further develop its regional resources in volunteers and leading staff at regularly run World Cup events.

The next World Alpine Skiing Championships will be staged in Val d’Isere this winter, to be followed by Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany in 2011.
 
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