Igluski.com Latest Ski News List of ski news articles updates on Latest Ski News thoughtout the day en-gb http://www.igluski.com 2014-10-23 The Stars of Team GB Back Snowsport England's Go Ski Go Board Campaign

Snowsport England’s 30 Days of Snowsport has continued to attract big numbers across the country with many visitors trying skiing and snowboarding for the first time.

Already on the line up are Aimee Fuller (Snowboard Slopestyle), Katie Summerhayes (Ski Slopestyle), Chemmy Alcott (Alpine Skiing – now retired), Darcie Mead (Alpine Skiing), James Machon (Ski Halfpipe) and Peter Speight (Ski Halfpipe).



The Go Ski Go Board campaign was launched by Snowsport England last year to introduce people to skiing and snowboarding and to re-engage those that having been on the slopes in a while. In it’s first year of launch 10, 000 people have participated in the sessions across the country.

After the excitement of Sochi and the increase in participation at snowdomes, Snowsport England launched the next stage of the campaign, Go Race Go Freestyle. Now people have the chance to mirror the skills of the Team GB stars by taking part in freestyle and race sessions, with the potential to allow people to get into competitive snowsports.

We were at the Go Race Go Freestyle launch in September.




Jamie Nicholls (featured in the photo above), who started his snowboarding career on the slopes of Halifax Ski and Snowboard Centre and more recently at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, said of the campaign: “Following Sochi 2014, people just seemed to go crazy for snowboarding. It was mind blowing how many people came up to me and said ‘I want to try that. What you guys do is amazing.’ I really want to see more people get into snowboarding, and skiing, which is why I wanted to be involved with the GO SKI GO BOARD campaign. It will hopefully mean people can see a clear way to start snowboarding or skiing, and give it a go at their local slope.”

Find out more about Snowsport England when we met Chief Executive Tim Fawke.



www.goskigoboard.org.uk lists sessions for a variety of levels in skiing, snowboarding and also specifically in freestyle and racing, with people able to find a session, slope or club close to them using the ‘Find my nearest’ search tool.  


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The First Big Snowfall of Winter 2014-15
France

Tignes

   

Val d'Isere

  

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Austria

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Switzerland

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Italy

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150 year anniversary of the ascent of the Matterhorn In 2015, Zermatt, Switzerland, will be celebrating the Matterhorn, the mountain of mountains. Zermatt will mark the 150th anniversary of the first ascent by the Zermatt mountain guides; all year long, celebratory events will take place in Zermatt including an open-air theatre amongst other activities.

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The mountain’s history

Once considered too difficult to climb, the Matterhorn, standing 4,478 metres tall, has long been the fascination of many alpinists. On 14 July 1865, father and son, Peter and Peter Taugwalder and British climber Edward Whymper reached the peak of the Matterhorn. During the descent, the accompanying front four-member rope team sadly fell to their deaths.

The danger of the mountain sparked curiosity and controversy worldwide. It was so much so that the then Queen Victoria campaigned to issue a climbing-ban following the loss of Lord Francis Douglas. This only drew more attention to the mountain, with mountaineers and climbers travelling from all over the world to challenge it. Towering over the quaint village of Zermatt, the Matterhorn was regarded as the most desirable trophy for mountaineers.

Today, roughly 4,000 people attempt to climb the peak each year. Many Zermatt mountain guides are in the third, fourth or fifth generation of guides in their family, passing down their knowledge and experiences through generations. Some guides are also part of a musical group of mountain guides called Bergfühermusik Zermatt – imagine that whilst scaling down the mountain. 2015 will see the re-opening of the Hornli Hut, the starting point for a Matterhorn climb, Zermatt’s first open-air theatre will share ‘The Matterhorn Story’, and you can find out more at the Matterhorn Museum.

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Ski Zermatt

Zermatt welcomes skiiers, snowboarders, mountaineers and history buffs alike to enjoy the majesty of the Matterhorn, the most-photographed mountain in the world. The Zermatt Alpine Centre provides mountain activities all year round.

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Early Season Snow Report | 10 Oct 2014
Even more glaciers in Europe have opened since our last update, yet we are still waiting for that first big dump of snow to start building up the base lower down on the mountains.

Austria

Austria has had a fantastic week with beautiful bluebird skies on the Hintertux Galcier. Team GB Aimee Fuller is already shredding up the Glacier this week, with 13 lifts already running and the sunshine is set to continue over the weekend. Check out her rad photo from yesterday...



The deeluxe boots team taking advantage of opening weekend at Hintertux. What we would do to swap the rain for those blue skies and mountain views! #isitwinteryet?



Switzerland

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 still has an incredible 200cm base with good chances of snow falling next week. Zermatt has had 15 lifts running and plenty of groomed pistes for skier and snowboarders to enjoy. The Matterhorn is looking beautifully white after a recent snowfall. 



France

The Glacier at Tignes opened up just last weekend, there was a small sprinkling of snow on Tuesday then sunshine has dominated the rest of the week. This photo shows the beautiful conditions on the Grande Motte this week


Alpe d'Huez woke up on Monday to fresh snow overnight at 3060m. The mountains are finally starting to look snowy from down in the town.




USA

Over is the USA it is just 24 days until opening day at Breckenridge Ski resort, it's looking like a great start to the season with another 9 inches falling last night. 



Most resorts do not open until December with package holidays not starting until 6th December, so for many of us we still have 8 weeks before our first trip to the mountains.

See more photos of early season snow 

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Keep your kids busy this half term with fun snowsport activities
Half Term Ski Camps at Skiplex

Skiplex is a revolutionary revolving indoor ski slope. There are no lifts, no queues and all equipment is provided. Learn to ski and snowboard, improve technique, learn tricks and downhill racing throughout the day on the slope or chill out with some arts and craft time plus trampolining, table tennis and group games.

Starting 27th October at Reading Skiplex it is £28 per day running Monday to Friday 9-3.

Chiswick Skiplex are part of the multi-sport camps run by Dukes Meadows Golf & Tennis. From 27th-31st October, 9-3, kids will have the options of tennis or golf, or multi-sports (which includes skiing at Skiplex). £60 per day, discounts are available for multiple days.

For more info visit http://www.skiplex.co.uk

Claim one of 7 pairs of free ski lessons at Reading Skiplex to use on Saturday 8th November



Skiing and Snowboarding at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead

Keep the kids entertained on their school break with 2 day ski or snowboard holiday courses. Available for ages 4 – 16 years, The Snow Centre offers 2 x 2 hour lessons over the 2 days.

When? Monday 27th - Tuesday 28th October & Wednesday 29th - Thursday 30th
Cost? (4 - 6 years) £55 (7-16 years) £99

For more info visit www.thesnowcentre.com

 

The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show

The Snow Centre will have a stand at the London Ski and Snowboard Show, where they will be giving away 10,000 FREE Lift Passes to use on the 160m Main Slope at The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead. The Snow Centre’s Instructors will be delivering Beginner Ski and Snowboard Lessons at the show and tickets can be bought in advance online.

When? Thursday 30th October – 2nd November

Read about exciting new events at this year’s Ski & Snowboard Show

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