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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!


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.

Snow surfing in Japan

by meteomorris on 15 October 2014

An arriving swell. Falling snow. Two forces, or one and the same? Two board sports legends, Pipeline master Gerry Lopez and snowsurf pioneer Taro Tamai, have spent a lifetime practicing the art of flow. The Northern Sky digs down to the roots of that shared sensation, as experienced in the mountains above Niskeo, Japan. This Farm League film is the first episode in the #Find_Away series of Patagonia. This is snow surfing!


First slopes groomed in St. Moritz

#winteriscoming... slowly

by meteomorris on 15 October 2014

Winter in the higher alpine

The first signs of snow in the higher alpine (3000 meters and higher) came in yesterday, but more news coming in from the Swiss region of the Engadin, where you can find ski areas like the Corvatsch, Diavolezza and Corviglia (pretty much all around St. Moritz). Especially on the Diavolezza (the mountain in the south of the Engadin), they take matters into their own hands. With more wind and higher temperatures in the forecast, they decided to give the snow a good old groom with the Pistenbully, to be sure that this snow will make it into winter.Pistebully in action


It's winter above 3000 m!

by meteomorris on 14 October 2014

It's not much, but every snowflake is one. The images below are from today and that's more winter we've seen for the last couple of days, weeks and months. It even was an occassion for the SLF to publish an avalanche bulletin

Salomon Freeski TV: Iceland

by meteomorris on 7 October 2014

As the youngest land mass on earth, Iceland is an ever-evolving paradise for skiers. Littered with volcanoes, the ski lines here plunge straight to the ocean's edge. Andreas Fransson, Chris Rubens, and Mark Abma visit Arctic Heli Sking on the Troll Peninsula.

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