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Epic Poles - wePowder Special

by Arjen on 4 March 2015

Epic Poles is the story of three friends. Passionate riders who wanted to do something more than riding powder. But what do you do? Build skis? Apparel? No, of course not. Charlie, Luuk and Mickey went to work with the mother of all ski products: the ski pole! In the winter of 2012/2013 they first had the idea to make bamboo poles. The idea stemmed from frustration caused by expensive poles that often cracked after a season. In addition, it just seemed to cool to them ride powder with poles made of bamboo!

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PA#16: N-O-R-T-H Stau!

Boom! There it is!

by meteomorris on 4 March 2015

Er zit een mooie bak sneeuw aan te komen, daarom voor de snelle lezers een samenvatting.

  • Tuesday was pretty good
  • Snow in the complete Alps on Wednesday, but especially in the northwest and the north
  • Continuous snowfall in the northern Stau regions on Thursday 
  • Sunny on Friday, but later more snow in the northern Stau regions between Flumserberg and Dachstein 
  • The last snowfall on Saturday 
  • Sunny after that with spring time conditions 
  • PowderAlert #16 will be the last one for a while. This weekend is a GO!  

Tuesday was a powder day
Tuesday was a beautiful day and because images speak louder than words, I let the reports speak for themselves. The Zillertal

Salomon Freeski TV: Deep in Cortina!

by Arjen on 3 March 2015

Winter 2014 was one of the best they've ever had in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy. The Good Times crew rolled in and took full advantage. And it was deep. 

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PA #16: A powder day and another storm

PA #16 is getting on fire

by meteomorris on 3 March 2015

The rain turned into snow during Monday pretty much everywhere. Fortunately, it was in the inner alpine valleys of Switzerland already cold enough that it was snowing pretty much the whole day in villages like Davos, Andermatt and Zinal, but further to the west and north there was still a lot of rain. Especially in France it was pretty miserable and in many places the snowcover got very wet to a depth of 30-50 cm. The inevitable result of a lot of rain.

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PA#16: North(west)stau galore

Tuesday will be okay, but deeper after that...

by meteomorris on 2 March 2015

Saturday was ON!

Last night it rained in many parts of the French Alps up to 2000 meters and above. The announced warmth arrived during the day and especially in the French Alps and the west of Switzerland, the temperature rose rapidly and was joined by heavy winds. Both the Swiss and the French have scaled up the avalanche danger to BIG (4 on a scale of 5) for large parts of the Isère, Haute Savoie and western Valais.

Corbet's couloir

by Arjen on 28 February 2015

One of the most famous, perhaps the thé most famous, inbound couloirs in the US of A can be found in Jackson Hole. Corbet's Couloir is marked on the slope map and then you might think 'it's on the map, how hard can it be'. Yet a lot of people go tomahawking sown. Corbet's was first skied in 1967. A great movie of Todd McScraffy and Biff Huckneck!

Team Europe wins Skiers Cup

by Arjen on 27 February 2015

This week, the fifth edition of the Swatch Skiers Cup took place in the Swiss town of Zermatt. The concept is simple. Team America against Team Europe. Both teams have nine skiers who will compete against each other in backcountry slopestyle and big mountain freeride. It's one on one, so it's simple: the team with the most points wins.

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PA #15: Saturday is the day

But first a day with sun

by meteomorris on 26 February 2015

Looking at the reports from Wednesday, it's quite clear what the conditions are like in the Alps. It was sunny in the west, while it's still snowing in the east. Today (Thursday) it is sunny everywhere. But this is only for a little while.

Summary:

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Another dump

PA #15 on its way

by meteomorris on 25 February 2015

Although it is still snowing today in many parts of Austria, it's time to look back. The warm front arrived in the night of Monday and as expected the snow line was therefore high. It took until Tuesday morning (and sometimes even to the Tuesday afternoon) before the cold front arrived in Austria and that was not expected. The snow line was therefore pretty high in Austria, but the cold air arrived on Tuesday so it snowed deeper into the valleys.

The sun already came out In the west, and you could ride some nice powder in France under blue skies. Altogether around 20-40, locally 60 cm of freshies, came down. A lot of snowfall was recorded above 1800 meters.Freshies in Les 3 Vallees 

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A rather complex alert

Friday and/or Saturday might be epic.

by meteomorris on 25 February 2015

Forecast for the next 4 days

A series of storms are moving into the Pyrenees the next few days. They already got 30-70 cm of freshies the last few days and temperatures were pretty low. Treeruns were in great shape, but this will change during the next few days.

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