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– Congratulations to Menna Fitzpatrick – Concerns of Mafia Involvement in Milan Cortina Olympics – New Mountain Bike Routes in the Tirol – Water and Light Festival in the Italian Alps…..LIVE UPDATED

Here we cover anything that takes our fancy.

Short news stories, eye catching videos, amusing cartoons, things that make us smile/things that make us shout at the screen… in fact anything that catches our eye in the world of snowsports.

Check out all the ‘snippets’ from the past few months:

  • January’s Skiing Snippets
  • February’s Skiing Snippets
  • March’s Skiing Snippets
  • April’s Skiing Snippets

We’re mixing it up:

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Congratulations to Menna Fitzpatrick

She is Britain’s most decorated Winter Paralympian:

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Concerns of Mafia Involvement in Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics

The Italian Anti-Mafia Investigation Department (DIA) has called for measures to be put in place to stop the Mafia becoming involved in the preparations and organisation of the Games.

The warning is reported by Prima Milano and picked up by Inside the Games .

“The message I would like to give to all of you is that there is no more time to waste, prevention is very important even if the risk of infiltration is not totally eliminated,” said Alessandra Dolci of the Milan District Anti-Mafia Prosecutor’s Office.

“Part of the reclamation work has already been done, so in order to stem the risk of mafia infiltration into the construction sites for the Olympics, we must act quickly.

“The construction sector is certainly not a secret, even in the north it has historically been infiltrated.”

Milan-Cortina 2026

Milan-Cortina 2026

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New Mountain Bike Routes in the Tirol

Two new mountain bike routes are getting ready to open this summer in the PillerseeTal, Austria.

The Hoametzl Ride in Hochfilzen is 8.5 km long and climbs 280 vertical metres from the village of Hochfilzen up to the Hoametzl-Hütte.

Alternatively, try the ride up to the Hochhörndler Hütte in Fieberbrunn, which is an adventurous bike and hike trail.

Keen hikers can dismount at Hochhörndler Hütte, pull on their hiking boots, and complete the final push up to the Wildseelodersee lake at around 2,000m by foot.

Overall, the ride is 10.8 km long and the hike ascends 950 vertical metres.

For more information see here.

Summer in the Tirol

Summer in the Tirol. Image © PlanetSKI

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

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Water and Light Festival in the Italian Alps

A water/light festival with 29 big light installations about water in the mountain city Brixen in Northern Italy in the Alps.

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California Ski Resort to Stay Open Until End of May

Palisades Tahoe has seen a recent 2m dump of snow and says it hopes to be open until Monday, May 30th.

It means the ski resort will have Lake Tahoe’s longest winter season.

“There’s no significant precipitation or weather in the forecast (though there may be a few windy days), so we are doing our best to preserve the snow we have,” the resort said in a statement.

“We’ll have our grooming teams out midweek next week even when the resort is not open, and they’ll be harvesting snow from closed areas to prolong the life of other lifts.”

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Heli-ski Guide Dies in Alaska Avalanche

An investigation is underway after a  Valdez heli-ski guide, 46-year-old Michael Hamilton, was killed in an avalanche.

He was carried him approximately 500m down the mountain and over a steep cliff.

He was able to deploy his avalanche airbag system and was equipped with avalanche mitigation equipment.

“Condolences go out to the family and friends of a Local Valdez Legend that passed away on the twenty fifth of April in the Chugach mountains. His passing has left a huge hole in the community, he will not be forgotten,” the Valdez Avalanche Center wrote on its website.

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Investigation Underway After Two Climbers Die in Italy

Two German climbers have died after they were hit by an avalanche on the Ortles mountain in the Alto Adige area.

The accident happened at an altitude of 2,500m.

Post-mortem examinations are being carried out and next-of-kin are being contacted.

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96-year-old Skis for 96 days Last Season

Utah skiing legend hits slopes for 96 days in his 96th year.

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Vail Resorts Reports Skier Visits up by 12.5%

It also says lift ticket revenue was up 19.4% compared to the 2020/21 season.

Ski school revenue was also up 53%, dining revenue was up 73.2%, and retail/rental revenue for North American resort and ski area store locations was up 39.%.

“The prior year was significantly impacted by COVID-19 and related limitations and restrictions, which eased for most resorts in March and April of last year resulting in stronger visitation and revenue relative to the earlier parts of last season,” said the CEO of Vail Resorts, Kirsten Lynch. Related Story:

  • International Report on Snow Moutain Tourism Published

Breckenridge (owned by Vail Resorts). Image © PlanetSKI

Breckenridge (owned by Vail Resorts). Image © PlanetSKI

Image © PlanetSKI

Image © PlanetSKI