Aprica, a ski-resort in the Italian Alps, saw a staggering snowfall of 425 cm last week! The resort has access to 16 individual pistes, and 24 ski-lifts that cater to 22000 snowboarder/skiers every hour. It has a 40 km stretch of downhill skiing. The resort enjoys a maximum height of 1130m, with its highest lift set at an altitude of 2310 m. Its lowest piste is set at a height of 1180 m. The base snow depth at an altitude of 1175 m, is currently at 290 cm.
The Valtellina area is known for its cross country skiing, with trails running through altitude circuits and a national park in the surrounding area. The resort has 13 km of cross country pistes. The snow cover here is usually reliable as the skiing happens above 2000 m. The resort conditions are great for snowboarding and novice skiers, with the Super panoramica being especially popular among the latter. The Superpanoramica runs for over four miles, all the way up to the town.
Passo Tonale, scattered between Val di Sole and Vallecamonica in the Italian dolomites, finished the week as the snowiest ski resort in the world. With 400 cm of snow, it presently offer skiers and snowboarders a lot of powder to work with. If your New Year vacation isn’t over just yet, Passo Tonale beckons!
The ski resort received 10 cm of snow on Jan 19th. It is expected to receive 13 km of fresh snow over the next two days. One of Passo Tonale’s most interesting features is its fabulous altitude views. Extending from 1884m to 3100m, it offers 100 km of slopes for sports and adventure. Passo Tonale has 87 km of pisted ski runs and 30 individual pistes. It is served by 30 lifts. The resort’s ski facilities are among the first to open in the Alps and one of the last to close.
It’s never too late to play catch up. While Fernie hogged most of the heavy snowfall in December, Sunshine and Louise were relatively dry. But it has been snowing insanely in the mountain parks since the weekend and if you’ve read the Ryder report you’ll know that conditions are as good as it gets right now – with more snow on the way!!
Now That’s Powder! – Back Bowls at Lake Louise
But before you start accusing me of being Calgary focused… let’s look at the numbers from the rest of Western Canada (yeah yeah, now I’m too Canada focused :0)
Mount Washington – 100cms in 48hrs (ridiculous!!!)
Big White – 60cms in 48hrs (hell ya!!!)
Powder King – 38cms in 24hrs (do they really need any more snow?)
Kicking Horse – 44cms in 48hrs (outstanding!)
Whitewater – 38cms in 48hrs (brilliant!)
Fernie – 25cms in 48hrs (normally I’d be pretty excited about that)
OK but let’s get back to Sunshine and Louise. Sunshine had 24cms of new snow today and 50cms in the last 2 days. Look no further than the Ryder report to see just how epic it has been. Lake Louise was reporting 31cms of new snow today and 58cms in the last 48hrs. I absolutely love Lake Louise when it has that much snow. I can’t believe I’m missing out on it. I’ll be combing the web for more pics and videos from Louise this week and I’ll be sure to share them with you. But even better, get out there and experience it for yourselves – and send me some pics!
Eaglecrest received a phenomenal snowfall of 356 cm last week, with a 94 cm deep snow on its lower slopes! The American ski-resort, located in Douglas island, Alaska, has 640 acres of ski-able area. It reported a snow of 2cm on Jan 12. The ski-resort has 31 individual pistes and 3 ski-lifts. The ski lifts cater to 2800 snowboarders / skiers every hour, and its cross country pistes run a stretch of 5 km. The 3 snow cannons at the resort add to its natural snow really well.
The ski-resort enjoys a maximum vertical of 420 m, with its highest lift set at an altitude of 790 m, and its lowest piste set at a height of 370 m. Since the resort is set at a relatively low altitude, the snow cover varies form place to place. From beginners to experts, the ski-resort suits all levels of skiers, with the conditions also being excellent for snowboarders.
This video from Jan 3 has me believing that conditions have gotten a whole lot better at Whistler this week. More snow is expected to move in this week with heavy snowfall forecast for Friday. This could be the tipping point!
Located in one of the oldest villages in Switzerland, Andermatt reported a whooping 350 cm snow last week. Its last snowfall, on Jan 4th, was reported to be a staggering 35 cm and it is expecting a snowfall of 4cm on Jan 10th. More commonly referred to as the crossroads of the alps, this ski resort is situated to the north of St. Gothard Pass.
Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy downhill skiing that runs a length of 56km and crossroad pistes that run a stretch of 20 km in Andermatt. The resort has 24 individual pistes and 13 ski-lifts(10 open). The lowest piste is set at a height of 1450m, while the highest lift is set at a height of 2960 m. The ski-lifts cater to nearly 4,100 snowboarders/skiers ever hour. The conditions are said to be excellent for snowboarders and intermediate level skiers, although, it is equally frequented by expert skiers and beginners alike.
Andermatt is a ski-resort located in one of the oldest villages in Switzerland. The resort is set at an altitude of 1440m. As it is situated to the north of the St. Gotthard Pass, it is popularly referred to as ‘crossroad of the Alps’. The resort reported a heavy snowfall of 350cm last week. It last received snow on 26th December; the snow is currently at a depth of 20cm.
The resort has 24 individual pistes and is served by 13 ski lifts(10 open). The pistes are situated above 2500m and the highest lift is set at an altitude of 2960m. The resort’s downhill and cross country pistes run a length of 56km and 20km respectively. Its conditions are excellent for snowboarders and intermediate level skiers, and the ski lifts carry up to 4100 skiers/snowboarders every hour.
While the piste skiing at Andermatt is enjoyable, it has two smaller areas that offer good off-piste skiing.
Solitude Ski Resort is 45kms from Salt Lake City and right beside Brighton Ski Resort. Park City is only 40Kms away. The cool thing about Utah is the shear number of resorts within a 1 hour drive. I don’t think any place in North America can match that.
I’m having a look at Solitude because they’ve been highly recommended by powderhounds.com for their powder snow, best chance for freshies, tree skiing, and uncrowded slopes. These are the things that are dear to my heart!
Solitude receives an average annual snowfall of 12.7 meters which is comparable to Whistlers average of 11.9 meters annually. (OK it’s better but who’s counting really?) Similar to the Canadian Rockies, Utah is known for it’s dry powder and Solitude get’s more than it’s share!
Solitude offers a variety of skiing that I look for in a resort. This includes open bowls, steep chutes, some groomies and great glade skiing. I love skiing the bowls and steep chutes but when it’s dumping there’s nothing better than thrashing waist deep powder in the trees. I find it close to a spiritual experience.
Solitude is small at 1200 acres of terrain – that’s only about a quarter the size of Lake Louise (4200 acres) and much smaller than the big resorts in the area, Park City (3300 acres), Alta (2200 acres). But the snowhounds like Solitude.
“It remains a mystery as to why Solitude Utah is still somewhat of a secret when compared to neighbouring resorts. However the low profile tranquility of Solitude Ski Resort is what makes it such a great resort, especially for powder hounds, so shhhhh….. don’t tell anyone. “ – snowhounds.com
NO, DO SKI SOLITUDE
POWDER DAY FROM 2012
With the best resorts and snow conditions in the world all within driving distance, I find it a waste of time and energy to look beyond Alberta, BC, and a tiny bit of Montana for great skiing. But this morning I find myself with my wife and my neighbour’s cat (Chaos) sleeping on the couch beside me so I have all the time in the world too look outside my box. Turns out there are some pretty cool places to ski in Utah. It would seem that they have the best resorts and snow conditions in the world as well :-)) Perhaps I need to investigate a bit further. But for now enjoy this promo video from skiutah.com.
Best of 2012-13 Deep Powder – Ski Utah from Tim Roberts on Vimeo.