The XXV1 International Snow Festival takes place in Dolomiti Superski this week.
Creation of imaginative sculptures begins tomorrow (13/01/16) in San Candido, in the Sextner Dolomiten region, and from the 18/01/16 in San Vigilio in Kronplatz. This year, over 30 artists are participating in teams coming from USA, Russia, Romania, Latvia, France, Netherlands, Mexico, and Italy, as well as Sud Tyrolean teams from the School of Stone Processing in Lasa, School for Sculptors in Innsbruck and from the Ortesei Art School.
The festival promises to be spectacular. The rules are simple:- Fresh snow is pressed into 3 x 3 x 3 metre blocks which are located in the main streetss and areas of the villages. A raffle is drawn to decide the blocks and each team then carves their design ideas into the snow using tools and nothing else but water which will of course quickly turn to ice in winter temperatures. The artists have just 3 days to complete their masterpieces after which time, tourists and local residents can vote for their favourite. The sculptures will be illuminated in the evenings creating amazing effects that differ from daylight views. The sculptures can be admired until mild weather melts them away and this will hopefully be some time in low winter temperatures.
San Candido, SEXTNER DOLOMITEN – snow sculpture building 13 Jan to 15 Jan 2016
San Vigilio, KRONPLATZ– snow sculpture building 18 Jan to 20 Jan 2016
These pictures are of previous year’s sculptures and we look forward to seeing 2016’s creations of this increasingly popular form of artwork. Our Chalet Hotel Diamant, Kronplatz, is within easy access of the San Vigilio festival and with fresh snow this week and more forecast, our guests will definitely be having fun!
Sculpture of skier
Sculptures in 2015 International Festival, Sud Tyrol
According to local folklore, a sweet lady called Frau Holle lives in a piece of paradise and when she shakes the bed sheets from the window, snow falls to the ground. Well Frau Holle can now take a break when she needs to, as these days almost 100% of Dolomiti Superski’s slopes have modern snowmaking systems. To reproduce realistic snowflakes, pure crystal-like water originating from mountain streams and free from any additives, is pumped into the air at very high pressure. As it falls in freezing conditions it is transformed into perfect snow.
Dolomiti Superski has 1200 km of slopes, 90% of which are to be found at an altitude between 1500 and 3269 metres. Every evening when guests are resting after a hectic day on the slopes, 300 snowcats begin their shift to prepare slopes with tender loving care and ensure that pistes are presented in the best possible condition. The task force team of machines smooth the slopes so they retain a good grip making it easy for you to show off your ski style, and careful preparation means that you are far less likely to lose control of your skis so the number of accidents between skiers is greatly reduced.
Regular systematic preparation of the slopes compacts the snow and protects the environment from the sharp edges of boards and skis which can otherwise do harm. The weight of the snowcats is distributed over a large area and it’s impact is actually less violent than that caused by hikers. Dolomiti Superski’s drivers are highly trained in their craft which is not as easy as it may seem. The result? Impeccable slopes each and every morning to welcome skiers.
What more could you wish for other than sweet Frau Holle will choose to shake her sheets all night and stop just in time for sunshine at first lift!
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Waking up to several inches of crisp white snow..what a rare treat for Sussex in the middle of March. But we’re not the only ones currently being blessed with copious amounts of beautiful Spring snow and if you’re thinking of heading out to the Dolomites for a last minute late season ski holiday you will NOT be disappointed! According to one source, over the coming week, they are expecting 39cm of fresh snow in Kronplatz and an impressive 53cm in Alta Badia, more than enough to guarantee maximum fun on the slopes.
Standing at an impressive 3309m and 270 million years coming into being, the peaks of Marmolada are the highest in the Dolomites; offering both breathtaking scenery and hours of fun for skiers and snowboarders alike.
Ascending to the peak of Punta Rocca is not an altogether straight forward journey from the valley resort of Arabba, but you’ll be glad you ventured out as soon as you are on the first cable car up from Malga Ciapel.
Both France & the Italian Dolomites have had heavy snow over the last few days & our resort staff are reporting great conditions.
Espace Killy have opened up the link between Val Claret & val d’Isere as well as parts of Tignes Le Lac. It is expected that most of the area will be open by the weekend or soon after.
AT LAST… it’s been a long time coming this autumn but finally the snow has started to fall across the Alps and it’s making up for lost time in a big way. It’s absolutely dumping and more is forecast over the next few days; it’s settling on solid cold ground and promising a fabulous base for the winter.
TIGNES – Conditions up to now have been good in the high areas & glacier but with fewer slopes open than usual for this time of year. That’s all about to change, finally it’s dumping! The terrace at Chalet Hotel Les Melezes in Tignes Les Boisses at 1900m is covered this morning.
DOLOMITI SUPERSKI – Kronplatz has had several runs open since the last weekend of November & several more opened this weekend. A light snowfall last night has improved conditions & more is forecast over the next couple of days. Alta Badia has a few runs open, as does Cortina, & Val Gardena.
We still have some availability for a white Christmas in the Italian Dolomites, Tignes or Paradiski, either for a full weeks stay or for a short ski break
Snow fell in many parts of the Alps this week. Staff in 2 of our resorts report:-
San Cassiano, Alta Badia, Dolomiti Superski, Italy
Following last winter’s success of our affordable 3 night short breaks in Les Coches, Paradiski, we are now offering 4 night short breaks at Chalet Hotel Les Melezes, Tignes Les Boisses, Espace Killy.
You can arrive ANY DAY, stay 4 nights & get 4 days on the slopes by using our FREE evening transfer service from Geneva airport!
We can’t wait for the winter season to begin so we can get out on the slopes again! Our staff are counting the days till the first lifts……
Grand Motte Glacier – opens 26th September 09 (that’s only 32 days away!)