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Film for the weekend: Head Straight

by Arjen on 18 July 2014

For every season there is a story to tell. These stories mean just as much to the sport as the riding itself and can make or break the overall experience. Behind each shot is a name, a talent and a tale of success, struggle and heart. Just as the snowflakes we worship, no two stories will ever be the same. This is the story of the guys from Chaoz Productions.

Trailer Time

All the freeride films of 14/15

by Arjen on 17 July 2014

It's that time of the year again. Slowly but shortly we can start our countdown to winter. And that comes with the release of lots of freeride films. The trailers are published these days. It's still summer, but it's enough to get you fired up a little bit for the months to come. What's your favorite?

The end of Les 4 Vallées next season?

by meteomorris on 23 June 2014

Pretty bizarre news in the Swiss Media today. The lift corporations of Verbier, Veysonnaz, Nendaz and Thyon did not come to an agreement about offering Les 4 Vallées on one lift pass. The situation right now is indicating that there will be separate ski areas next season.

Xavier De Le Rue keeps on rocking

by meteomorris on 4 June 2014

When you think of the gnarliest snowboarder on the planet, usually one name comes to mind. That name is Xavier De Le Rue. Xavier has done some of the craziest, and steepest lines in all of snowboarding, and this part from Nation is no exception. Hang onto your seat while watching this part, because it's definitely intense!

Røldal – The deepest snow in Europe?

Two winter camping trips

by viking2 on 25 April 2014

Røldal – The deepest snow in Europe, that is what an old folder from the tourist information said, but is it true?
The powder forecast predicted a 50cm of powder, time to pack everything together and Røldal it was going to be.
After waking up from my first night of winter camping, it was time to gear up and ski down to the lifts. At the parking I met Christian and Ole, who were gearing up for ski touring and asked if I could join them and that wasn't a problem. We discussed where we wanted to go and we skinned up. The slopes weren't groomed yet, so we decided to ski between the lifts, since it was a foggy and sometimes snowing, so the lifts would give us some contours.  After changing from ascend- to descend modus we started skiing. We skied carefully because of the flat light and the presence of large patches of crust snow. Once we were halfway down the visibility cleared and it was time to throttle up. To end with Christians words: ‘det var konge' which would translate into ´it was awesome´. We decided to meet up at 5pm again because the ski area opened up for night skiing until 8pm.

Powder alert Alps

PA #27: Spring pow!

Stretch the season

by Niels on 25 April 2014

In case you've missed the powder during Easter, here's another chance for you to stretch the season. It's clearly spring at the moment in the Alps, the freezing level is around 2800 meters. It's partly cloudy, which is not too good for tour skiers. It's not particularly cold during the nights as well and as a result it's pretty hard for the snow to loose its humidity during the night and get colder again.

Powder alert Alps

PA #26: snowy Easter!

rising freezing level

by meteomorris on 18 April 2014

Still powder to be found

Storm depression Quendolin has reached western Europe and will bring snow for the northern Alps tonight and tomorrow morning. She’s bringing cold polair air and that will cause the snow line to drop rapidly (around 1000-1500 meters, but even to 700 meters in the inner alpine valleys). You can expect around 5-15 centimeters tomorrow morning. The top layer of the current snowpack is pretty much frozen, so 5-15 centimeters won’t be enough for a real powder experience. Except for the steeper north faces, that got some fresh snow earlier this week and where the snow isn’t completely transformed.Quendolin towards the southern Alps

Powder alert Alps

PA #26: After snowfall comes...

...more snow for the higher alpine

by meteomorris on 16 April 2014

Powpow in Austria

PowderAlert #25 was a good one for the higher alpine areas in Austria. Above 2200 meters, around 35-60 centimeters of freshies came down in just 48 hours, so everything is nice and white again for Easter. And that was pretty necessary. Winter came back and repaired the slush puppy snow. It's colder and there are freshies, but the wind is causing a lot of drift snow. Not deep winter, but cold enough for nice conditions. But remember that the position of the sun and the high temperatures will cause the drift snow to settle fast. Check your local avalanche bulletin every day and adapt your plans to it.New low pressure area developing

Powder alert Alps

PA #25: Go East!

Short winter comeback

by meteomorris on 14 April 2014

PowderAlert#25

It has been a while, but winter is back in the eastern parts of the Alps. And it’s even happening in the northeast of the Alps. They’ve been waiting for this dump pretty much whole winter. And just before Easter they’ll get some freshies with snow above a 1000 meters. It’s time to have a look at the webcams (unless you are in the Alps of course!)Pepica on the right

A Kyrgyz Ski Adventure

by Arjen on 5 April 2014

The movie shows the story of four friends travelling to the former soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan in 2012. Super confident they made their way into the Tien Shan mountain range, where they were confronted with snowconditions they have never seen before...

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