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The Shadow Campaign

by Arjen on 29 October 2014

Heavy sun and low snow has left Valle Nevado ski area reduced to bare rock, a lost season. Lifts shut down and skiers flee towards Santiago in droves. Hot tubs and pisco prevail for the DPS crew. But one morning they awake to find condors filling the sky--scavenging to prepare for an oncoming storm. While the resort hunkers down and weathers the whiteout, they disappear into clouds that boil with a meter of snow. The desert becomes an ethereal sanctuary, dissolving into the sky.

Trip report: Glacier Alert

Bluebird and deep snow

by RP on 27 October 2014

After I came back from my long 4x4 weekend with kids and friends and I checked wePowder, there was instant stoke: the first snow of the season! Ladies & gents: wax on and start your engines: PA # 1 of the 14-15 season is a fact and we call it the Glacier Alert! After some thinking about this alert I got a PM from a guy named Guy: hey RP, I see that you also have plans to go. Erm, yes, I certainly have! What do you say? Shall we ride together? Well, why not! My Toyota Landcruiser is in the garage for maintenance, what do you have? Mini Countryman 4x4. Say no more, where are we going?

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Live: So much snow!

What a dump!

by meteomorris on 24 October 2014

Yes, this picture is from this morning!

We'll proceed in this article where we ended yesterday and the day before yesterday. The storm isn't that strong anymore in the Alps and it's time to have a look at the conditions at the moment. How much snow came down? Are the any lifts open? Where can you find the best conditions? We'll post updates all day! And your help is more than welcome. Post you pictures, live reports, links, powdersprays and everything else you think is relevant in the comments of this article. This will give you a good overview of the dump and we're helping the riders that are on their way to the Alps with relevant information. Thanks!

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The Glacier Alert: day 2

Follow this days liveblog!

by meteomorris on 23 October 2014

Kleinwalsertal this morning

We'll proceed in this article where we ended yesterday. The storm isn't that strong anymore in the Alps and it's time to have a look at the conditions at the moment. How much snow came down? Are the any lifts open? Where can you find the best conditions? We'll post updates all day! And your help is more than welcome. Post you pictures, live reports, links, powdersprays and everything else you think is relevant in the comments of this article. This will give you a good overview of the dump and we're helping the riders that are on their way to the Alps with relevant information. Thanks!

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Live updates: Glacier Alert!

by meteomorris on 22 October 2014

Because of the crazy weather in the Alps at the moment, we've decided to send you live updates throughout the day. Until the storm settles you can find all the information here. And your help is more than welcome. Post you pictures, live reports, links, powdersprays and everything else you think is relevant in the comments of this article. This will give you a good overview of the dump and we're helping the riders that are on their way to the Alps with relevant information. Thanks!

Gear

New avalanche airbag: Black Diamond Jetforce

by dr.Gear on 22 October 2014

In recent years it has gone hard with the innovation in freeride land. When Dr. Gear rode powder back in in the 90s, he met hardly any other skiers and boarders in the backcountry. Nowadays, it seems that more people are riding off piste then on the groomers. And everyone is wearing an airbag. Dr. Gear hopes that this doesn't mean that riders doesn't want to invest in knowledge anymore, because ultimately it all starts with knowledge. Anyway, avalanche airbags are a good development, because they have proven their worth by now. This season, a new airbag makes its appearance.

CMH Dreamland

Salomon Freeski TV episode 2

by meteomorris on 21 October 2014

CMH, the longest running heliski operation in the world, claims to have the best tree skiing in the world. Mike, Cody and Alexi spend a week there trying to determine if the claim is true. Have you ever been with CMH?

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PowderAlert for the glaciers: 100 cm+

Where to go?

by meteomorris on 21 October 2014

Wax on! This is going to be one hell of a ride. High winds, the temperature will drop 15-20 degrees, lots of snow and three days of crazy weather. But the reward will be waiting for you: the first powder turns of winter 14/15. No, it's not going to be epic and yes, there are several warnings. Check out this text from my previous forecasts: 'This is going to be the first dump for the northern Alps, there's no such thing as a base and even on the glaciers there isn't much snow. This front will pass rapidly, with lots of wind and a fast incoming high pressure area'. This is going to be an alert for the die-hards, the usual suspects and for those who don't suffer from the crisis in a financial way and still can head to the Alps after this PowderAlert to enjoy a long winter. Stoke in a nutshell that we all like to see.

And I concluded: 'If you need a fix, you'll have to be fast. I'll update you tomorrow with some tips where to go. But you don't have to leave earlier than Wednesday to enjoy the freshies.' So, send me some powder pics, share them on the PowderQuest app or here on the forum!

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Glacier Alert: snow and wind

But winter is here!

by meteomorris on 20 October 2014

I just grabbed the first sentences of yesterday's forecast. 'Let's start the season with some warnings. This is the first significant dump for the northern Alps. There is no base at all and even on the glaciers the snow is scarce. This is a low pressure area that will pass rapidly, with lots of wind and a high pressure area right after it.' And the wind will kick in. Big time. Check out this link for an animation of the wind (Earthschool is another amazing project to see what's possible with data) or check out this image.Force 11 and higher!

There will be a storm in the Alps. Force 11 and more on the highest peaks. The wind will kick in in the main alpine ridge and south of it between Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning. You can expect gusts of wind of 130 km/h and higher. Now that's what we call wind. This is the result of some teamwork between former hurricane Gonzalo and storm depression Noa a and a fast advancing high pressure area from the Azores. The isobaric lines are pushed against each with huge force (because of the teamwork of Gonzalo and Noa on the right and the incoming high pressure area on the left) and the pressure differences will be immense. The result: wind. Mindblowing wind. Add the orographic features of the Alps, Rhone Valley and the Po Valley and you probably can guess the result. Yes, snow, but also....wind.Gonzalo and Noa are ready to rock 'n roll!

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PowderAlert for the glaciers

by meteomorris on 19 October 2014

The first northern Stau of winter 14/15

Let's start the season with some warnings. This is the first significant dump for the northern Alps. There is no base at all and even on the glaciers the snow is scarce. This is a low pressure area that will pass rapidly, with lots of wind and a high pressure area right after it. Let's put it in a simple way: this is a dump to get stoked and maybe for some first powder turns on the slopes on one of the glaciers in Austria. Let's proceed with the current situation in the Alps.

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