The check in hall at Düsseldorf International Airport is to create what is believed to be the world’s first indoor-snow-ski-jump-in-an-airport as part of the seventh annual TravelSuperMart which will take place from February 6-7, a few days before the Winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver.
The 40m (130ft) long jump will allow snowboarders and freestyle skiers to make jumps of up to 10m from the real snow surface, which will be declared open by former British Olympic ski jumper Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards.
The ski jump is part of a wider entertainment programme associated with TravelSuperMart, a travel and tourism consumer show with exhibits by airlines, tour and cruise operators, destinations, and bureaus. The event is free and open on both days from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.
More than 80,000 passengers and visitors are expected to pass by the exhibit at Germany’s third largest airport
By Sally Brookes
In France the cold temperatures have kept the snow in excellent condition for skiing. There’s been little new snow, except for a big snowfall recorded on Monday in the country’s Vosges region. Otherwise resorts have received 10 to 20cm (4-8 inches) through the week. However new big snowfalls are expected for tomorrow, Thursday.
Laurie Martin Communications Officer of Montgenèvre told Skiinfo, “Snow conditions are optimal in Montgenèvre with 220cm at the top of the slopes and 160cm at the bottom. The whole area has been open since the end of December and the connections with the “Voie Lactée” (Milky Way) are also open, which is not always the case at this time of the year. The coming February holidays will be good for skiers. It has been snowing steadily since mid-December and we have a very good season, with skiers happy. The snow cover is good and stable and we expect new snowfall on Friday.”
Chamonix will host the Nissan Freeride on Saturday and then stage the postponed opening event on the next suitable day afterwards. The Russian event was due to have been staged in the 2014 Olympic venue of Sochi last week but had to be cancelled due to strong winds and heavy snowfall there.
Chamonix currently has the deepest snowbase in France with 3.9m (13 feet) on upper slopes. Flaine has 2.65m (nine feet), La Clusaz 2.6m (8.7 feet) and La Grave 2.5m (8.3 feet).
Snow began to fall again in Austria and Germany in recent days with more new snow forecast for tomorrow and in to the weekend – especially in the western Vorarlberg, Tirol and Salzburg provinces. Temperatures have been as low as – 20 degrees and colder in some parts. The deepest snow is on the glaciers (Mölltal 330cm/11 feet, Kaunertal 209cm/7 feet on upper runs). Sölden got the most snow in the country this week with 25cm (10 inches) with Kleinwalsertal reporting the biggest single fall of 17cm (six inches). Maria Alm/ Hochkönig and Alpbach had 10cm (4 inches) each.
It’s a similar picture in Switzerland where Elm reported the most new snow of the past week, with 30cm (a foot) accumulated. Disentis, Davos and Saas Fee got 12-15cm (5-6 inches) each. Andermatt has the biggest snow depth with 210cm (7 feet). Saas Fee and St Moritz have only a few centimetres/inches less.
Italy has also had a quiet week although low temperatures have brought some snow at low altitude in the North of the country and also in the central Appennine mountains. It’s snowing there now with Limone and Prato Nevoso in the north west reporting 20-25cm (8-10 inches) so far today. The Presena and Marmolada glaciers both have the most snow with about 3.9m (13 feet) on upper slopes, Bormio has 3 metres (10 feet).
In Germany there were powder alarms on Monday and Tuesday when 15cm (six inches) of new snow fell in Oberstdorf yesterday. The Zugspitze got 8cm (three inches) of new snow too and has the country’s greatest snow depth of 185cm (just over six feet).
The cold weather has extended as far as Belgium where recent fresh snow fall (10cm/4 inches on 24 Jan), combined with the cold temperatures (-5°to -15°C) has led some nordic resorts in the East of the country to re-open their tracks. Baraque Michel, Mont Spinet and Losheimergraben are offering Nordic Skiing on 10cm of snow. Other resorts, and hopefully also the Alpine resorts will follow as more cold and snow is predicted for next week.
(Snow report courtesy of skiinfo.co.uk)
Many resorts in Austria, France, Germanny, Italy and Switzerland have received between 10 and 40cm of new snow in the past week.
By Sally Brookes
In Austria the resort of Loser Sandling Altausee has had some of the biggest snowfalls in Austria in the past week. Egon Hierzegger, director of Loser Mountain Railways commented. “During the past two days 40cm of new snow fell above 1500m. After the snowfalls ceased on Monday night the powder snow conditions – which I enjoyed myself when the lifts opened this morning – were excellent.”
Loser has 120cm (four feet) of snow on upper slopes and 40cm (1.3 feet) on lower ones now. “All four chair lifts and the children’s lift are open. But for the T-bars we need 1,5-2m of snow to prepare the trail”, Hierzegger said.
The top snow depth in Austria is still on the glaciers with the Mölltaler glaciertscher reporting up to .1m (10.3 feet), the Kaunertal glacier 213cm (7.2 feet), the Hintertux glacier 205cm (6.8 feet) and the Pitztal glacier 200cm (6.6 feet).
Other resorts with snowfalls the past seven days include Sölden, Lech Zürs, Zauchensee and Eben with 14-25cm (6-10 inches) of new snow.
In Switzerland 11 resorts have a snow depth of two metres or more, including Saas Fee and St. Moritz. The past week brought at least 20cm (eight inches) of new snow to many resorts including Meiringen, Leukerbad and Lötschental. The latter has the greatest snow depth in the country (223 cm/7.4 feet) but Andermatt-Gotthard has almost the same amount of snow on upper slopes.
On Sunday and Monday Germany had a couple of powder alarms especially in the Bavarian Forest where Hohenbogen got 42cm (17 inches) of new snow in a week. “On the Arber, the highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest, we have about a metre of snow now”, said Ulrike Eberl-Walter of Ostbayern Tourism. “All lifts are in operation and the cross-country trails are prepared.” Hans Amann of Ski Lifts Sankt Englmar said: “We are especially happy to have so much new snow. The slopes that were already well-prepared got up to 40 cm of new snow – which stirred the skiers’ and snowboarders’ blood!” The biggest snow depth in Germany is still on the Zugspitze (180 cm) and at Oberstdorf-Nebelhorn (170 cm).