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GOING OUT WITH A BANG! - James Cove, Ischgl
Friday April 28, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

The season ends with a huge dump of snow across the Alps. The lucky ones, including PlanetSKI, were out as the last main resorts closed for the season. We had deep powder & big plants. UPDATED

Some may want to forget the season of 2016/17 with poor snow over Xmas & New Year, a late Easter with warm weather and not so much snow in between.

It has been somewhat average and that is putting it politely.

But Friday April 28th 2017 will remain long in the memory for those of us who were in an open ski resort.

Saturday was even better.

I was in Ischgl in the Tirol in Austria last week - we were promised half a metre in the middle of the week but it didn't materialise.

There were a few glum faces but little did we know what was coming.

Friday was easily the best snow I have skied in Europe this winter.

I was with my mate Matt, from Fall-Line skiing.

In the powder in IschglIn the powder in Ischgl

















Now I don't know Ischgl that well, but Matt does and he took me to one of his secret spots - sorry I am sworn to secrecy on its exact location.

We lapped the same chairlift again, again and again.

No-one else seemed to know Matt's secret place and we had it to ourselves.

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Taking different lines every time.

But of course selected powder pictures and videos do not tell the whole story

We had a fall or two along the way.

Man downMan down
















Deep in the powder!Deep in the powder!
















And these are my skis - the right one hit a pile of barely covered mud (or was it manure?) and the observant ones among you will see the left ski is facing in the opposite direction of travel.

I leave the image of my fall to your imagination. Wink

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I escaped with a badly bruised ego and a slightly bruised thumb.

A small price to pay for the best powder I have skied in Europe this season.

And this snow covering Matt does not come for a fall - rather the snow billowing over him as we hit the steeps together.

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It once again begs the question why more people don't ski in April.

This April has actually been rather a poor one generally with high temperatures and little snowfall, but it is a month that always produces epic snow in my opinion.

Among those resorts still open last weekend were Val d'Isere, Tignes, Val Thorens, Les2Alpes, Verbier, Zermatt, Engelberg, Hintertux, Stubai, Cervinia and a few others.

See here for our main story on PlanetSKI as we followed the snow falling on Friday.

Some of our readers and friends were out enjoying some end of season turns.

One was Ali Smith from the Irish Association of Snowpsorts Instructors - he was working in Hintertux that saw some of the best snow.

More than 50cm.

"Was in Hintertux mate! Fantastic conditions," he said to PlanetSKI.

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The ski instructor Warren Smith was in Verbier with his son Kalum and they skied the back of Mont Fort together.

"My Sons first time skiing backside of Mont Fort! Proud father, happy son! He skied it amazing," said Warren.

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And one of our readers, Thomas Blyckert, was out on his telemark skis in La Masella with his friends in the Spanish Pyrenees.

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And the BASI Trainer, Steve Ricketts, was ski touring with his friend Helge Runer in Jotunheimen in Norway.

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Reagular readers will know I have been lucky enough to be invited to Ischgl for the Ellis Brigham ski tests as next year's models are put through their paces.

It has been a fabulous experience as I have reported here.

To have perhaps the best day of the winter was an absolute bonus and we had the pick of the best powder skis available.

Playing in the powderPlaying in the powder
















So, that is probably the end of my ski season for PlanetSKI.

It started 6 months ago in Stubai in Austria and I have clocked up 55 different ski resorts across Europe and North America with several skied more than once.

The highlight has to be my month-long road trip round some resorts in the USA and Canada.

The low point is always trying to find decent WiFi so I can run a 24/7 ski web site.

I have met many old friends on my travels and made many more.

So, what am I doing with myself and PlanetSKI in the summer? This.

Yup, I'm back out in the mountains and skiing on the glaciers.

First trip is Les2Alpes/Tignes at the end of June and beginning of July to test skis for Intersport.

In the meantime I can't think of a better way to see out the winter of 2017/18.

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Though turning my back on the winter is not the easiest of things for me to do.

And so it ends...And so it ends...















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