This past Saturday Cerro Catedral started its ski season

Catedral Alta Patagonia, Bariloche - Trail Map. This past Saturday Cerro Catedral started its ski season.

This past Saturday Cerro Catedral started its ski season. The mountain resort has its name for having a shape similar to a cathedral.

The resort, located on the lake region of Patagonia, just outside the town of San Carlos de Bariloche, opened its ski season full of snow, looking marvellous.

There are 60 cm at the top of the mountain and 30 cm at the base area.

Skiers and riders can find open the Sextuple chairlift, Punta Nevada and Lynch. Also are open, the Magic Carpet 3 and 4 of the Play Park for beginners.

During the week the rest of the lifts will be opening gradually. For the people just going up the mountain the Cable Carril, the Lynch chairlift and cablecar Amancay will be operating.

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Green light in Formigal for installation of a new chairlift

Formigal Panticosa ski map. Green light in Formigal for installation on a new chairlift.

Green light in Formigal for installation of a new chairlift

The new lift will improve the connections between Izas and Anayet and will increase the transport capacity.

Formigal, the Spanish ski resort has been given the green light for the installation of a new connection chairlift between the Izas and Anayet areas. In addition, the ski lift will improve the transport capacity that currently stands at 50,000 skiers per hour.

Formigal-Panticosa photo. Green light in Formigal for installation on a new chairlift.
Formigal-Panticosa photo. Green light in Formigal for installation of a new chairlift.

The Aragon Institute of Environmental Management (Inaga), has published in the BOA the resolution for the installation of a new lift, once the modification of the project to improve the connection of the valleys of Izas and Anayet in the expansion of Formigal, that ” you do not need to undergo an environmental impact assessment. ”

Formigal has 180 km skiable including Panticosa.

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South America Long Range Forecast by SnowForecast

South America Long Range Forecast by SnowForecast.com. Photo Las Leñas ski resort.

South America Long Range Forecast by SnowForecast

SOUTH AMERICA Long Range Weather Outlook
Meteorologist Christopher Manly from SnowForecast.com sends us this report.

After some heavy snowfalls from the current and expected low pressure system this past Wednesday and Thursday (June 26 – 27)

SnowForecast.com Screenshot of 25 June 2019. South America Long Range Forecast by SnowForecast.com.
SnowForecast.com Screenshot of 25 June 2019. South America Long Range Forecast by SnowForecast.com.

This weekend ending 30 June, we expect a couple of weaker low pressure systems to move through, with snow showers for all resort areas north to Santiago, heavier just south of Santiago including Cerro Bayo Resort in Argentina, as a couple of low pressure systems move through.

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The Pemberton Aerothlon 2019 is open to participants and sponsors.

The Pemberton Aerothlon 2019 is open to participants and sponsors.

The Pemberton Aerothlon 2019 is open to participants and sponsors.

The Aerothlon is a contest that mixes cross-country running, paragliding and mountain biking in that order. There are five international events in Mexico, Peru, Romania, Colombia and in Canada. The Canadian version is in Pemberton, BC and will be celebrated on September 1st.

This event introduces paragliding to runners and bikers and vice-versa. You can form teams or do all three sports if you run, paraglide and mountain bike.

Peter Chrzanowski, the organiser of the Aerothlon in Pemberton. The Pemberton Aerothlon 2019 is open to participants and sponsors.
Peter Chrzanowski, the organiser of the Aerothlon in Pemberton. The Pemberton Aerothlon 2019 is open to participants and sponsors.

This is the second year for the Pemberton Aerothlon after its inaugural event in 2018. The Pemberton Aerothlon will be on September 1st, 2019.

There was a variety of international athletes participating in this event last year. There are not too many people paragliding in Canada as you see in Europe. So, this event can teach many wannabees how to get into the sport.

Aerothlon categories:

  1. Team relay where each person does different sport.
  2. Individual , where hard core athletes such as ones from
    www.redbullxalps.com do all three sports, run, fly and bike.
  3. The Tandem duo, where the athlete who runs and bikes goes with the tandem pilot.

If you run or only bike, and do not paraglide and wish to go tandem, each participant can enter the bike or run only categories for separate prizes in each discipline.

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What is new for Val Thorens for 2019/20.

Works are undergoing at Val Thorens this summer for the next winter season 2019-20. What is new for Val Thorens for 2019/20.

What is new for Val Thorens for 2019/20.

Following the closure at the end of January of the cable car Cime Caron, the replacement of the load carrier cables has started in May. This gigantic project will cost €6 million and will be finished in November, right on time for the start of the winter season 2019/2020.

Lac 2 - lake reservoir for snow making at Val Thorens. What is new for Val Thorens for 2019/20.
Lac 2 – lake reservoir for snow making at Val Thorens. What is new for Val Thorens for 2019/20.

Furthermore, two Gazex will be installed under the line of the cable car in order to secure even more the area and allow a faster opening to customers in the mornings.

The water reservoir Lac 2, used for snow making, will be expanded with a capacity going from 88 000m3 to 306 000m3.

Snow guns are added at the top of the blue piste Plateaux in order to improve customer satisfaction on this highly frequented area between the snowpark and the Family Park. In addition, it will facilitate the access to Funitel Grand Fond at the beginning of the season.

Col, the last fixed-grip chairlift of Val Thorens, will have its 25 years “Grande Inspection”. The top of the lift offers stunning views over Glacier de Chavière and Parc de la Vanoise.

Val Thorens- Lorries are carrying the loading cables. Photo: Val Thorens TO. What is new for Val Thorens for 2019/20.
Val Thorens- Lorries are carrying the loading cables. Photo: Val Thorens TO. What is new for Val Thorens for 2019/20.

Funitel Peclet, situated at the spine of the ski area, will undergo a major check-up, starting this summer with a three-year implementation timeframe.

The descent speed of Cairn and Caron gondolas will be increased. For our non-skiing customers, those two lifts link the summit of Cime Caron from the resort centre.

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Red, White and Basin: Ski the 4th of July at Arapahoe Basin!

Solstice Skiing at Arapahoe Basin. Photo: Arapahoe Basin Resort. How can we envision ski resorts opening with social distancing for the 2020-21 ski season?

Red, White and Basin: Ski the 4th of July at Arapahoe Basin!

Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin) will be open for skiing and snowboarding on Thursday, July 4, 2019. July 4 will be the official closing day for A-Basin’s 2018-19 winter season, capping off the longest ski season in Colorado that began October 19, 2018. The last time A-Basin was open on July 4 was 2011. Its longest season was in 1995 when the ski area stayed open until August 10.

Solstice Skiing at Arapahoe Basin. Photo: Arapahoe Basin Resort. Red, White and Basin: Ski the 4th of July at Arapahoe Basin!
Solstice Skiing at Arapahoe Basin. Photo: Arapahoe Basin Resort. Red, White and Basin: Ski the 4th of July at Arapahoe Basin!

A-Basin is able to stay open in large part thanks to higher-than-average snowfall totals and lower-than-average temperatures in the months of March and May, including nearly seven feet of snow falling during March. Even so, it was not a record snowfall year for the ski area. At the start of June, A-Basin was at 106 percent of average snowfall (about 375 inches). Other contributing factors to A-Basin’s late season are its northern-facing frontside slopes and high elevation (10,780’ base; 12,500’ at the top of the highest lifts; 13,050’ peak).

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An ‘ephemeral lake’ appeared on the Mont Blanc massif due to warm record temperatures

The Rochefort group with the distinctive Dent de Gént viewed from Courmayeur. An ‘ephemeral lake’ appeared on the Mont Blanc massif due to warm record temperatures.

An ‘ephemeral lake’ appeared on the Mont Blanc massif due to warm record temperatures. The phenomenon, witnessed by a guide of the Società  Guide Alpine Courmayeur has been reported by the “Montagna Sicura” foundation about the repercussions of the hot temperatures of these days. The training is near the Rochefort group.

Un lago blu dipinto quassù!!#laghi #laghialtamontagna @guidemontblanc #courmayeur #courmayeurmontblanc

Posted by Guidemontblanc on Friday, 28 June 2019

 

From AostaSera.it, Montagna Sicura and Guides du Mont Blanc

The canicular temperatures of these days have shattered the primates of heat in the valley floor, but their effects in altitude still worry those who deal with climate. On the Mont Blanc, due to the effect of a zero thermal that reached a height of four thousand meters, in addition to having created the sporadic conditions for which at least 150 paragliders managed to land on the summit the other day, a lake was formed in recent hours due to of the rapid melting of snow .

Technically speaking, we are seeing an “ephemeral lake”. The “Montagna Sicura” foundation reports this on its Facebook profile , sharing a photograph of the guide of Courmayeur Gianluca Marra (author of a video), which reproduces the unusual phenomenon, testimony to the “many repercussions on the high mountains” of the “Record temperatures these days” .

In the post, the foundation remembers that it is “the same place” (in the Rochefort group, whose most significant peak is the Dente del Gigante) ” in which it had already been observed in 2016 , when our technicians carried out an inspection of land that had not highlighted any problems “. An effect certainly suggestive from the point of view of landscape, but which can only give to reflect on the climatic evolution.

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Today opens Chapelco #AbreChapelco.

Chapelco ski map. Today opens Chapelco #AbreChapelco.

Today opens Chapelco #AbreChapelco.

Chapelco Ski Resort is opening the winter ski season in Cerro Chapelco. Starting this morning at 9.30 AM the following ski lifts have opened: Telecabina, silla 36, magic carpet 1600, Silla Graeff, T-Bar and Filo. As soon as snow conditions allow it, the other sectors of the mountain will open.

Ski and Snowboard School, Kids nursery and kindergarden will be opened, as well as the equipment and clothing rental at the base area. The mountain restaurants Torino Winter Point, Patagonia Truck, the Base restaurant, the Riche Patagonia Chocolate Store, Antulauquen and the Casita del Bosque (little house in the forest) will be opened.

Today opens Chapelco #AbreChapelco.
Today opens Chapelco #AbreChapelco.

The snow sledging pulled by huskies will be operating, the snowshoeing circuits open and backcountry, as well as the rental of snowmobiles. Chapelco Fotos (Photo company) will also be operational.

CHAPELCO AND JUAN CRUZ ADROGUÉ AWARDED IN THE WORLD SKI AWARDS 2018

The Argentinean snow entrepreneur Juan Cruz Adrogué received the “Monumental Contribution to Ski Tourism” award in Austria as part of the 2018 World Ski Awards. Chapelco Ski Resort was the winner for the third time of the “Best Ski Resort in Argentina” award ”

Juan Cruz Adrogue of Chapelco receives his award for a Monumental Contribution to the Ski Tourism at the World Ski Awards. Photo: World Ski Awards & Cerro Chapelco. Today opens Chapelco #AbreChapelco.
Juan Cruz Adrogue of Chapelco receives his award for a Monumental Contribution to the Ski Tourism at the World Ski Awards. Photo: World Ski Awards & Cerro Chapelco. Today opens Chapelco #AbreChapelco.

The Academy of the World Ski Awards gave it special recognition for its monumental contribution to ski tourism as part of the sixth edition of the World Ski Awards, the Oscars of skiing, which were held at the gala on November 17, 2018 in the city Kitzbühel, Austria.

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A Feltrinelli bookshop at an altitude of 3466: Europe’s highest bookshop opens on Mont Blanc

Skyway Monte Bianco, Punta Helbronner, Courmayeur. A Feltrinelli bookshop at an altitude of 3466: Europe's highest bookshop opens on Mont Blanc.

A Feltrinelli bookshop at an altitude of 3466: Europe’s highest bookshop opens on Mont Blanc

From IlLibrario.it

60 square meters at an altitude of 3,466 meters and a literary proposal addressed to those who love walking in the woods, surrounded by nature, to those who are always looking for stimuli and points of view, to those who challenge their own limits and to those who feel the need to escape (and find themselves) in open solitudes. The images are of the new library in the Punta Helbronner’s station of the  Rotating Funicular Skyway Mont Blanc.

Skyway Monte Bianco. La Feltrinelli at 3,466 m. Photo Lorenzo Passioni. A Feltrinelli bookshop at an altitude of 3466: Europe's highest bookshop opens on Mont Blanc
Skyway Monte Bianco. La Feltrinelli at 3,466 m. Photo Lorenzo Passioni. A Feltrinelli bookshop at an altitude of 3466: Europe’s highest bookshop opens on Mont Blanc

On the Mont Blanc, inside the Punta Helbronner station– The SkyWay, the third floor of the Skyway Monte Biancodi Funivie Montebianco S.p.a.: here Feltrinelli has chosen to inaugurate the highest bookshop in Europe.

“What makes the mountain unique and the lucky explorer is the possibility of looking at the world from a different and exciting point of view. And this is precisely what makes a good book and the mountain, the reader and the traveller, so similar”, reads the presentation of LaFeltrinelli 3466 (the photos are by Lorenzo Passoni, ed).

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A Pilot may face punishment after landing on the Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc. Photo: The-Ski-Guru. A Pilot may face punishment after landing on the Mont Blanc.

A Pilot may face punishment after landing on the Mont Blanc

From Swissinfo.ch

A Swiss pilot who landed a light aircraft on Mont Blanc in France faces a maximum fine of €38 (CHF42, $43) in France thanks to a legal loophole. However, Swiss aviation authorities could crack down harder, including stripping him of his licence.

The mighty Monte Bianco - seen from Morgex, Aosta Valley. Photo: The-Ski-Guru. A Pilot may face punishment after landing on the Mont Blanc.
The mighty Monte Bianco – seen from Morgex, Aosta Valley. Photo: The-Ski-Guru. A Pilot may face punishment after landing on the Mont Blanc.

The Piper aircraft touched down on Tuesday at an altitude of 4,450 metres (14,600ft), apparently at an unauthorised landing spot on Europe’s highest mountain, according to the Swiss news agency Keystone-SDA. French police intercepted two mountaineers who had flown in to climb the summit.

The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation  (FOCA) said it had yet to be officially informed about the incident and did not know the full facts. But a FOCA spokesperson said it could take action if the pilot is found guilty of offences in France.

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