Night skiing; coming to a resort near you
31st July 2010
Park City in the US is expanding its skiing after hours and so are a few other resorts. If you haven’t skied at night you should maybe give it a go.
Last month Park City’s plans to expand night skiing to the Three Kings lift were approved by local authorities.
The runs from the lift, Three Kings, Quicksilver and Pick ‘n Shovel , will also have extra snowmaking facilities as 7 new snow cannons are installed.
The resort is expecting it to be popular.
The resort also has night skiing at the PayDay and First Time lifts. These runs will have new and brighter lighting.
The new system will use less energy than the existing lights.
The resort is replacing the old 1500 watt quartz lights on PayDay with 150 watt metal halide lights.
After the work is complete the night skiing area will have expanded by 23%.
So, what are the attractions of night skiing?
It is something different to do and makes for an alternative to après ski or blobbing out on a sofa.Here at PlanetSKI we have been night skiing at a number of resorts, including Sestierre in Italy.
The resort opens its racing slope on some evenings for the general public to use after the sun sets.
It already has lights in place for night-time competitions that are great fun and somehow more atmospheric under the dark sky.
On the times we have done very few others have been around and it is fun have the slopes pretty much to ourselves.
A rapidly increasing number of ski resorts in Europe are offering it too including Soll in Austria, Alpe d’Huez in France, Sierra Nevada in Spain, Hinterglemm in Austria and Passo Tonale in Italy to name just a few.
Next time you are out in your resort next winter ask if they offer it and perhaps give it a go.
This winter in Australia and New Zealand more night skiing is on offer.
It’s held several times a in resorts such as Perisher, Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Coronet Peak.
“It’s a whole different atmosphere at night – skiing under the stars then enjoying music and hot mulled wine on the deck – it’s very special,” says the Coronet Peak ski manager, Hamish McCrostie.
The normal safety measures are in place with the piste patrol on hand. People are advised to put an extra layer on though as it is colder.
Australia’s longest beginner run, Wombat’s Ramble, in Falls Creek has opened for night skiing for the first time this season.
Now here at PlanetSKI we are not the only ones who like night time skiing.
We have been looking at a US ski blog site, about.com;skiing, quite a lot recently as it is rather good and the author, Mike Doyle, seems to like it too.
And if you really like skiing in the hours of darkness then perhaps you should have a go at skinning up and then skiing down under the light of the full moon. Hard work but great fun!
If you are interested in different things to do in the mountains on your ski holiday then take a look at this PlanetSKI guide into alternative activities.