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Stubai Zoo opens this weekend

The Stubai Glacier snow park, located on the south side of the ski area is set to open this weekend. The Stubai Zoo opening has been blessed with plummeting temperatures and fresh snow so landings should be all the softer should mid-air trajectories go awry. There will be a real carnival atmosphere on the glacier – expect a seriously busy car park and base-station.

The south side of the Stubai Glacier is far smaller than the main northern slopes but is well worth a look all the same. With read more

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More snow for the glaciers

With snow forecast from tomorrow for the coming days the Austrian glaciers are continuing to open more terrain. A couple more significant dumps and we will be looking at the ski areas having the majority of their terrain open. For a taster of a day in fresh snow take a ride down piste blue 6 on the Stubai Glacier. The views over to the Oetztal valley and the Sölden ski area are pretty special. Blue piste 6 on the Stubai Glacier:

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Last chance to ride the Eisgrat gondola

The diggers have been busy on the massive project to upgrade the Eisgrat gondola on the Stubai Glacier to a whopping 32-person 3S gondola. The resulting lift that opens for the winter 2016 season is set to decimate the queues and make those precarious windy day ascents a thing of the past – the Eisgrat stage 2 could be a bumpy affair when the winds were blowing hard close to 3000m.

For those unable to get on the Eisgrat gondola this winter we have recorded the experience to enjoy over and over again read more

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Take a ride down the Sölden Glacier

With fresh snow falling on the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach Glaciers above Sölden we thought we would share the Piste View of blue 32 on the Rettenbach Glacier. This piste is the alternate route to the ski tunnel connecting the Tiefenbach Glacier and seriously wide. After the mid-station the mountain falls away and the pitch is decidedly steeper forming the black FIS race piste. For now take a ride down Sölden blue 32.

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Winter arriving

Ask a Hintertuxer and they would say that winter never actually ends – they having the luxury of 365 day skiing. But elsewhere winter is very much upon us now with the Rettenbach Glacier above Soelden about to open for action this weekend. The glacier will be hosting the inaugural event on the FIS race calendar late October and we are hoping to be there.

To give you a birds eye of the upper glacier we took our Piste View cameras on the Schwarze Schneide 2 gondola and you can get a feel for read more

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Ischgl online like you’ve never seen it before

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We have been seriously busy over the last couple of winters developing Piste View – a digital journey along the ski pistes of the leading ski areas in Austria. The first person perspective is filmed in incredible detail and stability so you won’t get car sick watching it! We have augmented reality controls overlaying the videos so that just as on skis or boards, a turn, lift, restaurant or whatever approaches and you the user can click to take that run. We are rolling out a number of Piste read more

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Half Hahnenkamm – 58 laps under the safety car

The most fearsome ski race in the world took place In Kitzbuhel yesterday and has caused much controversy. The most dramatic sections, which also happens to be the most dangerous were pulled on the weekend and the race started midway down the famous Streif. The outcome was that 58.16 seconds was enough to win the most famous ski race in the world there will be a famous gondola cabin named after Kjetil Jansrud – the winner of the race. Normally the winner would be taking twice as long and this, read more

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Air & Style shakes medieval Innsbruck

You could be forgiven for thinking Innsbruck was a quaint little city. From the pretty cobbled streets in the old town to the dashing young waiters serving local beers in their lederhosen, the city epitomises Alpine charm. But take a trip to the Bergisel ski jump stadium this weekend and you will see a whole different side to the Tyrolean capital. The dashing young waiters are swapping their lederhosen for baggy pants and a beanie: Air+Style is in town.

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The new Pardatschgratbahn – Ischgl just gets better

Pardatschgratbahn

The huge ski area above the world famous ski holiday resort of Ischgl has long drawn masses of people from season opening through to season closing. With endless ski pistes and high capacity lifts in the ski area it is hard to appreciate the popularity of the place as the skiers and boarders disperse far into the distance. However try getting an early lift up the mountain in the winter season and the queues demonstrate the downside of being such a great ski area. There are 3 separate lifts read more

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Robbie Williams entertains Ischgl

Robbie Williams in Ischgl

Make no mistake, the party in Ischgl after the Robbie Williams concert was probably the biggest that the village had ever seen – and this is Ischgl – the absolute apres ski epicentre of the world. Every spare m² of tarmac in the resort centre was given over to beer tents, even shops were getting in on the act with beer taps and benches aside doorways. There were an estimated 25K fans in the resort for the concert such is the mass appeal of Robbie Williams in Austria and Germany. Ischgl was read more

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Molltaler glacier – April skiing as good as it gets

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There can’t be many better places to ski right now than the Molltaler glacier in the southern Austrian province of Carinthia. This area of the Southern Alps got whopping amounts of snow over the winter and the Molltaler glacier was no exception with over 4m of snow pack still on the slopes in the last week of April. We were on the slopes this week and after a day waiting for the skies to clear we were rewarded with exceptional spring snow conditions under fantastic skies. The views were read more

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Snowbombing 2014 shakes the Zillertal Valley

Snowbombing

The annual Snowbombing festival in Mayrhofen has drawn to a close with droves of immune-system shattered revellers heading back to their daily lives after days of excess and amusement on the slopes of the Mayrhofen ski region. This annual event throws together international DJ’s, headline bands, random celebrities and serious riding on the slopes of the Zillertal 3000 ski region in Mayrhofen. This event is an officially package product with accommodation and events thrown together but many read more

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Electric Mountain festival finale, Solden

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On Friday we were lucky enough to be in Solden for the season finale of the Electric Mountain festival, an event that ran throughout the winter at the Giggijoch terminal in Solden and drew to a close with a 3 day festival this week. Thousands packed the arena for the last day of the festival and the drinks were in full flow early on Friday evening.

Klingande, Martin Solveig, Chuckie and Showtek as well as Tube & Berger, DJane Juliet Sikora, AKA AKA, Wild Culture or DJ Shany & read more

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End of March powder in Kitzbuhel

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The slopes of Kitzbuhel were deep in snow yesterday and the fewer skiers and snowboarders on the slopes had left many un-tracked areas for those lucky enough to be on snow. Statistically the 2013/14 winter hasn’t been an epic in terms of snowfall yet there have been several dumps dating back to October which have delivered some really great skiing. Conditions yesterday were outstanding after the big falls that came last weekend and earlier this week.

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Altitude festival, Mayrhofen – escape the daily grind

It hasn’t been an easy few months – floods, a new Cold War and missing planes. So the good people at the Altitude festival have put on a program to banish the gloom and help people discover a lighter side to 2014. From the 31st March to the 4th April there are back-to-back comedy sessions around Mayrhofen in the Zillertal Valley, Austria. Fortunately the organisers have recognised that there is seriously good skiing and snowboarding on offer in Mayrhofen and the schedules run through the read more

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