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  • Location: Hadleigh, Suffolk
  • Weather Preferences: An Alpine climate - snowy winters and sunny summers
  • Location: Hadleigh, Suffolk

    What a wonderful thing to do! It's the FIS World Cup Racing from St. Anton, Austria, this weekend and they've built loads of snowmen to replace the crowds that can't be there because of Covid restrictions. And it's raising money for 'Snowmen for Africa' charity too. This story and a round-up of what's happening around the Alps and USA/Canada from the PlanetSki team:

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    https://planetski.uk/2021/01/04/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-22/

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    Snow blowers out in force this morning. Temps went down to -5c after last nights earlier snowfall cleared away. Stunning day today with snow making out in force on the ski slopes and village centre.

    Fantastic morning, sunshine and snow flurries. Runs groomed to perfection. Just sad to have lack of visitors. C

    What a wonderful thing to do! It's the FIS World Cup Racing from St. Anton, Austria, this weekend and they've built loads of snowmen to replace the crowds that can't be there because of Covid restrict

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  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK
  • Weather Preferences: Northeasterly Blizzard and sub zero temperatures.
  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK

    Clear track again this Monday morning. A cloudless Day followed. Gone very cold at sunset , currently -10c.

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  • Location: Hadleigh, Suffolk
  • Weather Preferences: An Alpine climate - snowy winters and sunny summers
  • Location: Hadleigh, Suffolk

    Oh no! This is very disappointing news especially for @johnholmes who is a regular at the resort and I'm sure was looking forward to this coming weekend's FIS World Cup racing on the telly.

    Lauberhorn Racing Off Due to Covid-19 in Wengen
    One of the most anticipated World Cup alpine racing meetings of the ski season – due to take place this weekend – has been called off.

    With just days to go, the Swiss canton of Bern decided to prohibit racing following a new analysis of the current Covid-19 situation in Wengen.

    The Swiss Ski Federation announced the news on its website this afternoon. “The decision hurts enormously – all the more because the organising committee has done excellent preparatory work,” says Bernhard Aregger, CEO of Swiss-Ski.

    “The cancellation of one of the most prestigious race weekends in the World Cup calendar makes the heart of every ski fan bleed. Nevertheless, it is our job to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Even with difficult decisions like this, health is in the foreground.”

    Full story from PlanetSki: https://planetski.uk/2021/01/11/lauberhorn-racing-off-due-to-covid-19-in-wengen/

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    Ni BW

    Gawd what a blow, I was looking forward to watching it on Euro Ski, Wengen and the Swiss Fed had done a fair bit of prep work. Jungrau railways, I'm told, had various plans to prevent anyone getting into the skiing area on the race days.

    Oh well, I wonder how 'my' hotel is faring with tighter restrictions. I checked the Berne web site for a Covid update the back end of last week and the Jungfrau region was clear for skiing. Lots of folk on the videos and web cams so I wonder if they are going to close the whole lot down?

    Thanks for the info

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
    2 minutes ago, johnholmes said:

    Ni BW

    Gawd what a blow, I was looking forward to watching it on Euro Ski, Wengen and the Swiss Fed had done a fair bit of prep work. Jungrau railways, I'm told, had various plans to prevent anyone getting into the skiing area on the race days.

    Oh well, I wonder how 'my' hotel is faring with tighter restrictions. I checked the Berne web site for a Covid update the back end of last week and the Jungfrau region was clear for skiing. Lots of folk on the videos and web cams so I wonder if they are going to close the whole lot down?

    Thanks for the info

    Hi BW

    Gawd what a blow, I was looking forward to watching it on Euro Ski, Wengen and the Swiss Fed had done a fair bit of prep work. Jungrau railways, I'm told, had various plans to prevent anyone getting into the skiing area on the race days.

    Oh well, I wonder how 'my' hotel is faring with tighter restrictions. I checked the Berne web site for a Covid update the back end of last week and the Jungfrau region was clear for skiing. Lots of folk on the videos and web cams so I wonder if they are going to close the whole lot down?

    Thanks for the info

    been transferred to Kitzbuhel which is where they will be the following weekend. I expect some of the racers and teams may already be in Wengen as they usually leave early the morning after the last race. So, selfishly | suppose I am okay as I can watch both wekends on Eurosport!

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  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK
  • Weather Preferences: Northeasterly Blizzard and sub zero temperatures.
  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK

    Fantastic conditions presently with plenty of powder and low temperatures. Many of the lifts are closed due to lack of visitors but will all be in full operation at the weekend. This picture taken off piste just above the village. So plenty of nice snow but will need a bit of a hike !

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    Further to the Lauberhorn being moved due British Covid into the village, it seems that similar has occurred in Kitzbuhel, where the slalom and downhill were rescheduled for. The downhill will still go ahead in Kitzbuhel on Friday 21 st, but the slalom and the Kitzbuhel slalom are due at Flachau; super G and Hannenkham Saturday 23 and 24 th Kitzbuhel

    Hopefully I can watch them on EuroSport. 

     

    Ironic really as the race today would have been postponed due heavy snow still falling, ? over the weekend IF they had been able to shift the new snow. Monday should have seen me in Wengen so having to make due to the 6 cm I got yesterday!

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  • Location: Hadleigh, Suffolk
  • Weather Preferences: An Alpine climate - snowy winters and sunny summers
  • Location: Hadleigh, Suffolk

    Absolutely loads of snow falling across the Alps. Such a shame..... talk about wish you were there!

    Huge Snowfall Continues in the Alps

    If you’d rather not see pictures of the huge amounts of snow that have fallen, then look away now.   Most ski resorts remain closed and international travel is prohibited, but it does look fabulous for the lucky few able to enjoy it.

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    Full story and more pics from PlanetSki: https://planetski.eu/2021/01/15/huge-snowfall-continues-in-the-alps/

    Meanwhile a similar story in Scotland with lots of snow but the resorts closed. Lecht today:

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  • Location: Surrey Hills - Holmbury St Mary 184asl
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and Thunder
  • Location: Surrey Hills - Holmbury St Mary 184asl

    Well my trip to St Moritz the week before Easter had now officially been called off... and the snow is fantastic, a shame no one will get to enjoy it😥 so another year without the ski fix... and my daughter and my self still wait to use our new helmets with built in goggles/ visors.. fingers crossed for next year

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  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK
  • Weather Preferences: Northeasterly Blizzard and sub zero temperatures.
  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK

    Well here we are mid-season. So sad this Saturday, most lifts empty, bars closed , no mountain huts. Fantastic pistes and hardly a soul to be seen. Think some of the hotels have given up all hope of welcoming visitors. Even the locals who have the mountains all to themselves, complain its not the same without the tourist.  The Tv news does not offer much hope for the rest of the season as much of Euro land is in a blame game for who gets the vaccination first.  Its a mess compared to proficiency of the NHS back in blighty.

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  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK
  • Weather Preferences: Northeasterly Blizzard and sub zero temperatures.
  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK

    My daughter sent me this one yesterday from a very cold Stockholm. The park is less than a mile from the city centre and has its own ski cross country circuit. Note the snow blowers working at -16c ! No hills in Stockholm but a new craze of Ski Kiting taking place using the uplift winds off the Baltic.  A great city to live in with so much open space.

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  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK
  • Weather Preferences: Northeasterly Blizzard and sub zero temperatures.
  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK

    Lovely day on the local mountain. Sad hardly anyone on them today. Lifts closed early at 3pm . No Apre !

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  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK
  • Weather Preferences: Northeasterly Blizzard and sub zero temperatures.
  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK

    Another Sunday morning coming up .

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  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK
  • Weather Preferences: Northeasterly Blizzard and sub zero temperatures.
  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK

    The best way to spend Valentines Day ! On the lift up from Zauchensee.

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  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK
  • Weather Preferences: Northeasterly Blizzard and sub zero temperatures.
  • Location: Salzburger Sportwelt Lungau/ Pongau Region. Somtimes Skipton UK

    Well thats it folks. Last runs of a very strange season. The resort officially closes on 5 th April. This weekend will see very warm and sunny conditions so should be busy with locals getting their last fix !  The irony is 40 cm of fresh snowfall forecast for Monday going into Tues with the approach of the Arctic front ( what a waste we ask ). Lets hope next season returns to some sort of normality with travel restrictions being a distance memory. Also, if that the snow conditions are good as this season , its going to be a good un.

     

    Farewell and prost.

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    I do hope that the next ski season we will be closer to "normal" and the pistes will be filled once again.

     

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