Telluride joins the EPIC pass in what is another chapter of the saga of two giants to get the biggest market share in North America.

Main street downtown Telluride - Photo credits: Telluride Ski Resort.

In what is another chapter of this saga of the two giants trying to get the biggest slice of the cake, Vail Resorts adds Telluride as one of the resorts you can ski if you purchase the Epic Pass.

Telluride gondola - Photo by Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride gondola – Photo by Telluride Ski Resort

As per Vail Resorts website, they have entered a “long-term alliance” with Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado, adding it to the Epic Pass starting in 2018-19. The Epic Pass now offers access and benefits to a total of 46 mountain resorts worldwide.

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Two British skiers fall to their deaths hundreds of meters in the French Alps of the Grand Montets near Chamonix.

Chamonix, Grand Montets photo

The pair slipped in icy conditions, skiing off-piste with another man. 

Two Cambridge men have fallen hundreds of meters to their death in a skiing tragedy near Chamonix. The two, aged 26 were on holidays in the French resort of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.

Two Cambridge men have died in a skiing tragedy in the French Alps.

The gondolas that go on top of the Mar de Glace, from Aiguille du Midi in France (Chamonix) to Punta Helbronner in Italy (Courmayeur)
The gondolas that go on top of the Mar de Glace, from Aiguille du Midi in France (Chamonix) to Punta Helbronner in Italy (Courmayeur)

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Warren Miller, the ski-movies-guru and pioneer, died at 93 at his Orcas Island home

Warren Miller was the pioneer of the ski films, a real ski movies guru.

I was very sad to hear that Warren A. Miller, the pioneer ski movies filmmaker has passed away yesterday. He was 93, but he did have a great life. He promoted the idea of ‘pure freedom’ that is associated with skiing. He was a self-taught filmmaker who started filming himself for an annual narrated ski movie shown in small theatres. Over the years, he continued narrating all his films, his voice is very warm, and recognisable. He makes fun out of skiing and is ok of making fun out of himself. His company, Warren Miller Entertainment, has produced more than 500 adventure sport films.

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Alterra Mountain Company launches its new IKON Pass to compete with Vail’s EPIC pass.

The famous Jackson Hole Tram - Photo: Alterra Mountain Company

The New Standard in Passes. One Pass. 23 Destinations.

https://youtu.be/MRvst677v_8

Alterra Mountain Company, the newly formed company by KSL Associates and Henry Crown Company – has finally released the name of its new 2018-19 pass product – the Ikon Pass, which will compete head to head with Vail’s EPIC pass.

The New IKON Pass was just now unveiled.
The New IKON Pass was just now unveiled.

North America’s top mountain destinations have joined together to offer skiers and riders the Ikon Pass uniting 12 destinations from Alterra Mountain Company and 11 premier destination partners.

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Spot on: Black Crows Skis

Review of Black Crows skis - Photo by: Black Crows

Here I am showing what I consider the best skis of Black Crows – not only because they look nice, but for their great reviews – check them out!

You can also see my other reviews on the Gear Review tab of our website. We’ll be updating it there. So far, you can see the review of the Rossignol Star Wars kids’ skis and the Roces kids’ ski boots. Or check the 2018-19 new skis on Black Crows – they will cater all these ones underneath plus only some new models for 2018-19.

BLACK CROWS SKIS REVIEW

MENS ALL TERRAIN Skis (all Mountain)

DAEMON

“it’s a bit like having a wild stallion under your feet: the skis pivot ever so easily, they just love to play with the ground. and when you want to dig the edge in, the daemon’s right there, giving you instant bite into the snow whatever the terrain!”
julien regnier

Black Crows Daemon Men's skis- Photo by Black Crows.
Black Crows Daemon Men’s skis- Photo by Black Crows.

description

perfect blend of titanal and full reverse camber.

a very stable ski which goes in to action easily and efficiently due to the full reverse camber. the tonic effect of the flex is counterbalanced by the full reverse camber and allows the daemon to combine speed, bounce and easy handling. Continue reading “Spot on: Black Crows Skis”

Earthquake triggers tsunami warning for coastal Alaska, Canada’s British Columbia and a warning for the US West Coast. – Tsunami warnings cancelled- updated

Massive storm - photo by John Fowler - Unsplash

Updated 1:45 PM GMT time – News from CNN.com

Tsunami warnings canceled after magnitude-7.9 earthquake off Alaska

(CNN)Forecasters canceled tsunami warnings for Alaska and the US and Canadian west coasts Tuesday after an earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska stoked fears of damaging waves.

The tsunami alerts were canceled “because additional information and analysis have better defined the threat,” said the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska
Tsunami warnings in Alaska and Western British Columbia and US Coast. Photo by Michael Dam - Unsplash
Tsunami warnings in Alaska and Western British Columbia and US Coast. Photo by Michael Dam – Unsplash

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Zermatt, Andermatt and Davos affected with massive snowstorms.

The avalanche risk due to massive snowstorms have again prevented the access by road and rail to Zermatt ski resort. SWI – swissinfo.ch informs that Andermatt and Davos are also affected.

The police of Valais has asked everyone not to travel unless necessary in its territory. The Insitute of Investigation of Snow and Avalanches had elevated the danger of avalanches to the maximum level (5 “very high”) in all the north Cordillera of the Swiss Alps. A combination of very heavy precipitations and winds up to 130 km/h in the mountains have created a very insecure scenario for travel.

In the low lands, very big precipitations have considerably increased the risk of flooding and mudslides.

If you need to travel in the mountains, you can check our tips here.

The risk of avalanches (in the picture black and red, is level 5, the maximum) by this morning.

Switzerland Avalanche risk - SRF - SWI
Switzerland Avalanche risk – SRF – SWI

Now is not the time to go skiing off-piste please – you can check another grim article we covered on avalanche deaths in this region in Switzerland here.

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Buying the first pair of skis for my kids at Finches Emporium in Forest Hill

Buying skis for your kids - Finches Emporium - SE London, Forest Hill. Photo by The-Ski-Guru

After purchasing my two boys of 7 and 9 years old, the Roces ski boots that grow with their feet (I’ve written about this in this article) – I got tempted and got them now skis with bindings -(that will not need to be changed each season with a new pair of boots). At least I can get a couple of seasons of them!

Off we went to Finches Emporium, our local shop in Forest Hill, and as we took our adult skis to get their bases done there, we’ve decided to buy our kids’ skis in the same place and support our local businesses.

The boys are very happy waiting for their skis to be set up! Photo by The-Ski-Guru
The boys are very happy waiting for their skis to be set up! Photo by The-Ski-Guru

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The UK Ice Maiden Women Only British Army team celebrates Antarctica ski record

Ice Maiden Expedition - largest female only group to cross Antarctica from the UK Army

The largest women-only group composed of six women from the British Army was the largest all-female group to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica.

Ice Maidens - Antarctic crossing. Unsupported, and with only two resupply points along the route, they have carried all the supplies and equipment needed to survive for up to 600km at a time
Ice Maidens – Antarctic crossing. Unsupported, and with only two resupply points along the route, they have carried all the supplies and equipment needed to survive for up to 600km at a time

This expedition started for the Ice Maiden team on 20th November and went on for 1,000-miles, pulling an 80 kg sledge behind them.

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Crowfunding Campaign to keep the International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism by Laurent Vanat Free for all and sustainable to be renewed in an yearly fashion

Laurent Vanat has launched a crowfunding campaign to keep on the sustainability of his yearly International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism- Photo copyright: Laurent Vanat.

In order to both keep the International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism available for free download on the Internet and to ensure the sustainability of its yearly update, several individuals, companies and organisations get mobilised since 2016 and participate to the crowdfunding campaign. This support enabled up to now to cover about half of the investment in the preparation of the 2016 and 2017 reports.

Laurent Vanat at the UNWTO 2nd Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference. Photo copyright of Laurent Vanat.
Laurent Vanat at the UNWTO 2nd Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference. Photo copyright of Laurent Vanat.

2018 will see a new updated issue of the International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism, which will be released next April. The subscription to the 2018 crowdfunding campaign is therefore now open and a renewed call is addressed to all the fans of this world acknowledged international report to support it with a voluntary contribution. Independent of the amount of its contribution (over a technical minimum), each contributor will be listed in the acknowledgments section of the report. Continue reading “Crowfunding Campaign to keep the International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism by Laurent Vanat Free for all and sustainable to be renewed in an yearly fashion”