Let’s face it, the UK isn’t particularly renowned as a mecca for skiers the world over.
While some may rave over the skiing supplied by the scottish resorts, it’s surely rare that the combination of perfect snow and glorious sunshine is achieved. More likely to find freezing temperatures and horizontal sleet in my experience.
Having said that, the current cold weather seems to have given most of us in the UK the chance to ski on our own doorstep, with normal gentle green slopes becoming ideal learning or training slopes.
Don’t have any skis? I reckon you should check out eBay. There are scores of skis on there, quite a few with very little use and most used pairs going for very reasonable prices – and no, I don’t currently have any skis for sale on there or I’d have a link to them from here..!! 🙂
If you can find a cheap set of skis and collect from someone living close to you (and you’re not too bothered about having last years styles or colours) then a set of skis from eBay could well get you out and about this time next week.
And just think of all the exercise you’ll get trudging up the hills, that should get you ready for those long alpine runs later in the season.
Embrace the cold and snow and happy skiing!
In Scandinavia it seems there’s nothing holding back the snow right now. It continues to accumulate from last week causing problems for traffic and transport like buses and railways and leading to some roof collapses in the south of Sweden while at the same time adding to the great snow depths at ski resorts across the whole country.
This means there are really great conditions from the north to south of the region, right in time for the second week of Sweden’s current winter holiday period.
During the last week ski resorts further up north have had some serious amounts of snow fall as well. The small resort of Nalovardo got the most with 33cm (13 inches) followed by Branäs 27cm (11 inches), Tandådalen 17cm (7 inches) and Åre 10cm (4 inches). The forecast for the rest of the week looks really promising, especially in the north. Riksgränsen, which recently re-opened for its 2010 ski season through to June up in the Arctic Circle is expecting massive snow falls starting on Thursday.
In Scotland the weather service recently confirmed it has been the coldest winter since 1962-3, nearly 50 years ago. Still more heavy snow has left all five centres fully open, with Cairngorm needing to blast terrain above the ski area for the first time to minimise avalanche danger.
By Sally Brookes
Courtesy of skiinfo.co.uk
Scotland’s Cairngorm Mountain had the unusual problem of having too much snow in the first half of January, which led to a huge community effort to ‘dig out’ key parts of the ski area including access roads, lifts and the summit restaurant so that skiers could reach the slopes, closed by too much snow.
The Managing Director of nearby Tomatin Whisky Distillery, Tom McCulloch, was so impressed by the team effort that went into the snow clearing over the week from January 12th to 17th that he commissioned forty eight bottles of finest blend Scotch Whisky, named Big “D” , to mark the team’s efforts. The commemorative bottles have now been presented to CairnGorm staff and organizations who took part in the massive dig out operation by Graham Nicolson, Tomatin’s Regional Sales Manager. Every bottle is individually numbered and contains a blended Scotch whisky of Highland blend.
“I was talking to Dr Mike Langran, who is often on the hill assisting ski patrol at CairnGorm Mountain and gained an insight into just what efforts were being made to get the ski road and train ready to receive the public. It was a team effort on a huge scale involving paid employees as well as volunteers and contractors and it reminded me of the sense of community which is very much part of Tomatin Distillery’s heritage – one worth acknowledging and celebrating”. said Mr McCulloch.
“This generous and unexpected gesture from Tomatin is hugely appreciated by all of us who work at CairnGorm Mountain.” said Ian Whitaker, Chief Executive at CairnGorm Mountain Ltd. “Like employees at the distillery, many of CairnGorm’s staff have made a lifestyle choice to work in this environment and it is a way of life for many of them. Running a ski centre on a Scottish mountain side presents huge challenges at times and it is not often that the effort that goes into getting lifts and tows up and running is so publicly recognized. I would personally like to thank all the staff, volunteers and contractors who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in these past few weeks and to Tomatin for recognising those efforts with this gesture.”.
As well as staff form CairnGorm Mountain, volunteers from local businesses including; The Ski School, G2 Outdoor Activity, Cairngorm Mountains Rescue Team were assisted by local contractors, Jerry Job and Allan Munro Construction who provided heavy plant to assist with snow moving.
Conditions remain great for skiing and boarding and CairnGorm Mountain are expecting a busy half term holiday
By Patrick Thorne
Courtesy of skiinfo.co.uk
All five ski areas in Scotland are open, although conditions are reported to be better at the Eastern resorts of Cairngorm, The Lecht and Glenshee where the main problem has been getting access to the ski slopes with snow and ice on access roads.
CairnGorm Mountain was closed for the past week as staff attempted to ‘dig the resort out from, ‘too much snow’
Over the past decade CairnGorm and other Scottish ski areas have more often been forced to close their ski slopes because of too little snow, rather than too much, but CairnGorm has received nearly two metres of snow on its upper slopes in the past month and strong winds caused drifts up to five metres deep which buried the resort’s access road and parts of the funicular railway, as well as causing a high avalanche risk.
This winter has had one of the best starts for 30 years according to some reports in terms of snow conditions and visitor numbers, with more than 30,000 skiers and boarders reported to have visited CairnGorm so far this season.
( Snow report courtesy of Skiinfo )