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Following the driest December in the Haute-Savoie region of France for 135 years, last week it was reported that over 50 ski resorts may be forced to turn off their snow cannons following new fears of a severe drought.
Since 2011, France has consistently been the most popular destination in the world for winter sports travellers. However, due to a lack of snow across Europe during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, France has been toppled by its old rival – the USA.
The 2015/16 winter season did not get off to a great start, due to a serious lack of snow fall across much of the key European resorts. However, now that the snow is finally falling, skiers and snowboarders are now facing another setback, as the pound has fallen in value.
Every year hundreds of people return from the slopes with a string of injuries, ranging from minor bumps and sprains to broken bones and head injuries. Unfortunately, some people don’t make it home, and now Mountain Rescue Teams have appealed to Brits, asking them to be careful on the slopes.
Last season the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) teamed up for a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of quality winter sports travel insurance when skiing or snowboarding abroad.
The hit Channel 4 show ‘The Jump’, which involves a group of celebrities attempting to master a series of winter sports challenges, has been confirmed for a third series which will air in 2016.
When visiting a ski slope, the majority of winter sports enthusiasts would expect to see other skiers and snowboarders tightly wrapped in suits and gloves, but back in April over 1,800 winter sports enthusiasts took to the Russian slopes armed with just their equipment and a swimming costume.
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