Slide on the cheap – Thredbo Club Card

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If you are planning on doing a few weekends up at Thredbo this winter, I strongly recommend buying a Thredbo card. For $41, you get $12 of your lift pass every day, plus you score a free day after 8 days riding (Less if you join early). There are some other benefits too, but the discount ticket is the best reason to buy one.

* Join or renew before April 30th & you score 2 extra points (as if you had skiied 2 days).

* Sign up a newbie, & you score 3 extra points – so do both, & you’re only 3 days riding away from a free day – bargain!

For details, read the Thredbo Club Page & download the Thredbo Club Card PDF.

note: I dont get any kickbacks from any ski resorts – I just want to help you all ski cheaper :)

Indoor Snowpark Opens in Auckland, NZ

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I dont quite understand why you’d build an indoor snowpark in such a cold & snowy country, but anyway, here it is…

Snowplanet Story on Snow.co.nz

Snowplanet site

Euro-freeze

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A few photos from various sources:

Cyprus
Cyprus

Madrid, Spain
Madrid

Granada, Spain
Spain

Northern France
France

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hamburg, Germany

French Alps

Snap freeze: temperatures plummet in Europe

Copied from Sydney Morning Herald

Snow and fog triggered huge pile-ups and the cancellation of air and train traffic throughout Europe as temperatures fell to a 100 year low in Germany, where even fur was not enough to keep the lions warm as heaters were brought to zoos.

Temperatures also plunged to record levels as the continent experienced one of its worst cold snaps in years.

At least 25 people were injured in Germany in two pile-ups on a motorway engulfed in thick fog. Rescuers worked to cut people free from the wreckage while the motorway from Munich to Lindau in southern Germany was blocked in both directions following the crashes involving at least 100 vehicles.

A 30 car pile-up also cut off Scotland’s main highway linking Glasgow to Edinburgh, but no one was injured.

Air traffic was disrupted out of Madrid and Barcelona by snow, with 180 flights grounded in Barcelona’s El Prat airport alone.

Trains were forced to return to stations in Spain’s Grenada and Almeria, while frozen tracks led to the cancellation of dozens of trains in Switzerland.

Ferries were also cancelled between Spain and Morocco due to strong winds in the Strait of Gibraltar, and port authorities in the Spanish enclave of Cueta on the Moroccan coast said winds had damaged several boats, including some police patrol boats.

Records were broken across the continent. The mass of snow covering the Czech Republic was “probably the largest in the last 40 years,” said hydrologist Jan Danhelka.

The Swiss capital Bern registered minus 15.6 degrees celsius, its coldest ever at this time of the year since data began to be collected in 1901.

Croatia had its coldest night since 1963, with minus 21 degrees celsius in the central parts of the country.

France beat records set in 1971. It was coldest in the village of Saugues in the western region of Haute-Loire where thermometers registered minus 29.5 degrees celsius this morning.

Worst hit though was the Berchtesgaden region near Germany’s border with Austria, with temperatures of minus 43.6 degrees celsius, close to the minus 45.9 degree celsius record set in 2001.

At Stuttgart airport, the mercury dropped to minus 18.6 degrees celsius – the lowest temperature in March in 105 years – while in the central German city of Hanover heating was installed in cages at the local zoo to keep lions and leopards warm.

The cold wave also cost millions of euros. Authorities in the southern Spanish city of Huelva said the cold snap has so far caused 80 million euros ($A134 million) worth of crop damage in the region, including 26 million tonnes of strawberries.

Some were sure to enjoy the weather though: children got days off in Scotland and in Spain, where 8,000 stayed home after a 40 cm snowfall stranded school buses.

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