Winter has returned to the Alps! After a worrying lack of snowfall and unseasonably spring-like conditions since Christmas, the Alps were finally blessed with another dump of snow on Monday night and Tuesday, replenishing the slopes with several inches of fresh pow. One of our followers sent us this picture from Tignes on Wednesday where conditions were apparently awesome!
Unfortunately the fresh snow does little to change the fact that poor conditions before now have resulted in an extremely unstable snowpack and one of the highest avalanche risks
for years. It’s therefore more important than ever to ensure that you know what you’re doing and are properly equipped before venturing off piste. Whitelines Magazine has recently published a good article on Avalanche safety that it’s worth checking out. If you haven’t already got the necessary kit to go off piste (transceiver,shovel, probe), you can pick up everything you need from Ellis Brigham. And remember, there’s no point just carrying the equipment – you need to know how to use it too!
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few weeks you’ll know that North America has been getting absolutely pummeled with snow this winter, which means that the ski resorts are in excellent shape. Recent pictures from Vail and Breckenridge in Colorado show people riding waist deep powder!
If you’re looking to book a snowboarding holiday to either North America or Europe check out our resort reviews for a first descriptions of the best places to go, and make sure you follow our blog for the latest deals.
But if you’d rather stay a little closer to home, conditions here in the UK are looking pretty good too. The fierce storms that have lashed the mountains over recent weeks have finally died down and all but one (The Lecht) of the ski areas are open for business. The west of the country has fared the best so far and Nevis Range looks incredible!
It’s only 3 weeks until the Winter Olympics in Sochi and those members of the British freestyle snowboard team who are yet to secure a place on Team GB are in Stoneham, Quebec this weekend for the last pre-Olympic World Cup Slopestyle and Half Pipe events. Aimee Fuller, Katie Ormerod, Jamie Nicholls and Sam Turnbull are competing in the Slopestyle qualifiers today with the finals being held on Sunday. Dom Harington and Ben Kilner competed in the Halfpipe qualifiers yesterday with both making it through to the semi-finals! Jenny Jones and Billy Morgan, who have already qualified, have stayed in Breckenridge to train. Good luck to everyone competing and congrats to Dom and Ben!
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