Quick Hits: Fresh snow for Easter in the Alps

Over the Easter weekend, up to 30cm of fresh snow fell on the Eastern side of the Alps according to a report released by the ‘Snow Hunter’.

Mid-winter conditions have returned - albeit briefly - to resorts like the Arlberg region's Lech and St. Anton where the ski season still has a fortnight left to run. 

Although more than half of the northern hemisphere's ski areas had closed for the season by Easter Sunday, some did see fresh snow on closing day after a largely warm and sunny spring to date.

The snow has also fallen at glacier resorts open later in to May like Switzerland's Engelberg and Austria's Molltal Glacier.

Other areas to benefit included the Zugspitz glacier in Germany, but the snow has also fallen to lower levels in some places such as the Zillertal Arena in Austria which reported 21cm of new snow.

The fresh snow in the Alps follows more heavy snow in Western North America and record low temperatures in parts of Sweden for Easter.

Q&A with Alpine ace Ilka Stuhec

Speed sensation Ilka Stuhec (SLO) had a dream season which saw her win the downhill FIS World Championship title as well as the downhill and alpine combined crystal globes. The 2016/17 Audi FIS Ski World Cup season which marked her big breakthrough on the World Cup circuit saw her celebrate seven victories and six podiums.

In this interview, the 26-year old reflects on her season and speaks about her team and how she prepares for life after skiing.

Plans unveiled for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch Relay

In a key milestone, the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) has unveiled its plans for the Olympic Torch Relay routes and the selection of Olympic torchbearers.

Coinciding with the 100-days-to-go mark on 1st November 2017, and following the lighting of the Olympic flame in Olympia (GRE) one week earlier, the Olympic flame will arrive in the city of Incheon. 

The Olympic flame will then spend 101 days making its way around 17 cities and provinces across the Republic of Korea, shining a spotlight on the nation’s culture, technological prowess and landmarks, and enabling people across the host country to share in the excitement of the Olympic Torch Relay.

A total of 7,500 torchbearers will take part in the Olympic Torch Relay. To accompany the relay, a fun programme of events and activities will be staged each evening in the cities along the route. The identity of the final torchbearer, who will have the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron will only be revealed on 9th February, the day of the Opening Ceremony for PyeongChang 2018.