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Infographic of the week: The impact of Glacial Retreat

This week we focus on the impact of global warming on the retreat of glaciers. Glaciers worldwide have lost significant ice mass and the impact is not only on the enjoyment of winter mountain sports, but the spring meltwaters are crucial sources for crop irrigation. A quick meltdown could cause rising flood waters that could spell devastation for the underlying valleys below as we saw with the early summer floods in Calgary this summer.  Since the 1970’s the Mont Blanc glacier has receded by 25% and the World Glacier Monitoring Service suggests that if the pace of global warming continues most glaciers in Europe will be reduced by 5-10% of what we see now. What action do you think is feasible to save the world’s glaciers? We’d love to read your thoughts. Continue reading ‘Infographic of the week: The impact of Glacial Retreat’

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Norway’s Trysil opens run using last season’s snow

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Cutting the slopes in Trysil, two hours from Oslo

Trysil ski area in Norway tried an innovative way to save snow using a thick layer of bark to preserve the snow at the base of the Kids Adventure Hill at the resort which led to early season opening today.

The snow had been stored below a thick layer of bark chipping through the summer at the base of the Kids Adventure Hill at the resort.

“This is the first time we’ve tried this and it worked as planned. Our guests are happy, that’s the most important thing,” said Wegard Matsson,  Snow and Land Manager at Skistar Trysil.

Guests came from as far as Oslo and Sweden to take advantage of the opportunity for September snow fun, which was offered free of charge by the resort.

Trysil is one of the first non-glacier ski areas in the world to open each season, at the start of November. Until then, skiing will be free just as long as it lasts.

 

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Aspen takes ‘Green’ to the next level

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Aspen is taking Green to the next level

 

The Aspen Skiing Company is going to take waste methane from a local coal mine and transform it into enough electricity to power up lifts, buildings and snowmaking at four of its resorts for an entire season.   Continue reading ‘Aspen takes ‘Green’ to the next level’

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Controversial plans to link Czech Republic and Austria by ski lift angers environmentalists

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President Václav Klaus (pictured above) is a keen skier who wants to be the first on the new controversial lift when it opens.

Czech Republic Environment Minister Tomáš Chalupa (ODS) has given the light in draft zoning law to build a ski lift in protected Šumava National Park despite environmental reports reporting the project should not proceed.

Continue reading ‘Controversial plans to link Czech Republic and Austria by ski lift angers environmentalists’

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Environmental groups and ski resorts standoff in Bulgaria

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Another ski resort in Bulgaria is coming under harsh scrutiny by environmental groups.

The company that runs the Vitosha ski area, the main Bulgarian ski centre for the country’s capital Sofia, has said it won’t open the ski centre this winter as the long-running conflict between environmental groups and ski resort operators intensifies. Continue reading ‘Environmental groups and ski resorts standoff in Bulgaria’

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SnowWorld plans major expansion to France and Spain

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A skier trains takes a run at Snow World Landraaf.

The Dutch Snowworld indoor snow centre operators have announced plans to invest 40-50 million euros ($64m USD) to build two new facilities in France and Spain by 2014. Continue reading ‘SnowWorld plans major expansion to France and Spain’

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Boom in winter sport investments paying off dividends for Siemens

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Skier powers down a run powered by Siemens technology.

Electronics giant Siemens invested heavily into winter sports events and is now finally seeing the dividends with more than 600 million Euros (850 million USD) in orders for the Sochi 2014 that include new trains, and a new power plant that will provide most of the electricity during the Games. Continue reading ‘Boom in winter sport investments paying off dividends for Siemens’

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