A New Mountain Art Trail in Courmayeur and Morgex

Lago Blu & the Cervino- Soft Pastels, Pan Pastels and Charcoal on La Carte Pastel- 60 x 80 cm. In my shop.
I’ve put together a new mountain art trail in Courmayeur and Morgex of my soft pastels paintings.
 
You can go up and down the valley, enjoying seeing different hotels and bars. At the same time, you can see my paintings. They are in permanent exhibition there. Please note that the hotels close in the low season, and you might have to contact them before going.
Art Trail Map - Mountain Art of Martina Diez-Routh
Art Trail Map – Mountain Art of Martina Diez-Routh – A New Mountain Art Trail  in Courmayeur and Morgex.

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Snow sport practitioners advised to adopt the ‘reapply rule’

Skiing in Alta Badia- photo credits: IDM Sudtirol Alex Moling. Snow sport fans advised to adopt the ‘reapply rule’

The Melanoma Fund has teamed up with the UK’s leading snow sports organisations to get those heading to the slopes this season to improve their sun protection habits, to avoid the risk of sun damage and skin cancer. During summer sports, we know that sunscreen sweats, washes, and rubs off easily, meaning we must reapply more often. However, snow and strong winds erode sunscreen even faster, exposing skin to the intense UV rays, found at high altitudes.

Courchevel photo. Snow sport fans advised to adopt the ‘reapply rule’
Courchevel photo. Snow sport practitioners advised to adopt the ‘reapply rule’
Le Vieux Grenier with Monte Bianco- 80 cm x 60 cm. In my shop.
Le Vieux Grenier with Monte Bianco- 80 cm x 60 cm. In my shop.

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How Much Snow does a Mountain Need to Open its Pistes?

Skiing on top of Piste 2 in Pila, with inversion in the bottom. Photo: The-Ski-Guru. How Much Snow does a Mountain Need to Open its Pistes?
How much snow does a mountain need to open its pistes? With the news of incredible warm temperatures in the Alps, and how many lower ski resorts could not open or needed to close last week, I want to dig in how much snow does a resort needs to open.
 
It is not a straightforward answer!
Evening ski in Pila. Photo: The-Ski-Guru. How Much Snow does a Mountain Need to Open its Pistes?
Evening ski in Pila. Photo: The-Ski-Guru. How Much Snow does a Mountain Need to Open its Pistes?
 
It depends on several factors:
 
*Altitude
*Mountain Orientation
*Depth of Snow before Snowfall
*Has the mountain grassy fields or rocky soil
*Temperatures
*Availability of Snowmaking (man-made snow)
Le Vieux Grenier- 80 cm x 60 cm - £1300 + shipping. In my store. Soft pastels, pan pastels and pastel pencils on La Carte Pastel.
Le Vieux Grenier- 80 cm x 60 cm – £1300 + shipping. In my store. Soft pastels, pan pastels and pastel pencils on La Carte Pastel.
 
Let me delve a bit more on each subject!

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Review of the new RS1 Panda Optics Goggles with Interchangeable Lenses

Panda Optics RS1 with all weather lens. Photo: The-Ski-Guru.

Review of the new RS1 Panda Optics Goggles with Interchangeable Lenses

Just got in the post my new pair of Panda Optics Goggles. I have been skiing with them for a couple of years- just before Covid! I took them first to ski in Morzine, and also ski all the time with the Panda Optics lenses.
 
I am kind of a convert, but this is a new model, which has some new feature which I think it is a game changer!
      
Apart of the super wide lens, which helps for sideways vision, now you can change the lens in one minute. This is thanks to magnets attached to the borders of the lens. I have seen this technology before in a pair of goggles I have for one of my kids, and always thought it was amazing.
 
I have been for years changing lenses and try to fit them in the plastic ream of the googles… That is pretty much mission impossible, more if you are in the mountain and need to take your gloves to deal with it in the cold outside!

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