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SNOW NEWS UPDATED 2 JULY 2015

Lake Tekapo and the Godley Valley, Roundhill

INTRODUCTION Yet more fresh snow was falling on Thursday in New Zealand, continuing the excellent start to the season. Across in Australia snow was also falling, refreshing the pistes around the country and hopefully enabling some more terrain to open up over the weekend. Meanwhile in South America the very slow start to the season continues, with all resorts awaiting more snow. Up in the Northern Hemisphere the temperatures have risen significantly and the sun has been shining, so head up to the glaciers early in the morning for the best conditions.

AUSTRIA The heatwave that has hit the UK has also hit the Austrian Alps, with temperatures hitting 20C at our glacier resorts and freezing levels rising to almost 5,000m. That being said, some decent skiing is on offer although head up early for the best conditions as the strong sunshine is melting the snow rapidly during the day. Friday 3rd July represents the last day of lift served skiing on the Stubai (0/200cm) glacier before the area closes to facilitate the construction of the new Eisgrat Gondola. For the best skiing head to the Hintertux (0/220cm) glacier where 21km of pistes were in operation and it was still possible to ski back to the Tuxer Ferner Haus at 2,660m. Both the Molltal (0/290cm) and Dachstein (0/262cm) glaciers continued to offer some decent skiing on their small glacier ski areas. Again head up early for the best conditions.

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FRANCE We're currently seeing strong spring-like skiing conditions in France at the moment. The weather is very hot at the moment so the slopes are becoming very slushy early in the day. Tignes (90cm) and Les Deux Alpes (250cm) are the only featured resorts that we are reporting on this summer and on Thursday 2nd July each had plenty of slopes available, particularly Les Deux Alpes, which had an impressive 23 lifts in operation.

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SWITZERLAND At present we only have Zermatt (145cm), Switzerland as one of our featured resorts but Saas Fee will be opening on the 19th July. In Zermatt the sun was shining again on Thursday 2nd July with 13 lifts in operation. Europe is very hot at the moment, so the slopes are naturally quite slushy but the clear skies were providing some amazing views of the Matterhorn.The weekend should be quite sunny although expect a few spots of cloud at times – sunscreen should certainly be in your packs this weekend.

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ITALY Cervinia (0/145cm) was sunny on Thursday 2nd July. Typically spring-like conditions were seen due to the current heatwave in Europe so pistes started out firm in the morning but quickly became slushy as the sun rose higher. That being, said the views were spectacular and the slopes on the Plateau Rosa were in a decent state owing to their exceptionally high altitude.

NORTH AMERICA A heatwave has also hit western Canada, with temperatures in the valley at Whistler (100cm) hitting 35C in recent days. As a result head up to the Horstman Glacier as early as is possible in the morning and then enjoy the spectacular hot and sunny weather down in the valley in the afternoon.The sun continues to shine at Timberline Lodge, Oregon USA. Thursday 2nd July was bright and sunny and three lifts were running throughout the day. The glacier is the only place you can ski at the moment and it is only piste skiing as the conditions off the piste have become patchy and rocky. Early forecasts are showing another sunny weekend awaits too so plenty of sunscreen is highly encouraged.

AUSTRALIA The skiing across Australia has been improved by fresh snow during Thursday 2nd July, however our featured resorts are still awaiting the big dump needed to open up more terrain. There is more light snow in the forecast, with the possibility of some heavier falls in places on Monday so hopefully further terrain should open up in the coming days Thredbo (5/20cm) caught the most fresh snow on Thursday, with 10cm falling on the upper slopes and around 5cm lower down. As a result of this and thanks to some great snowmaking conditions, the Supertrail is set to open over the weekend. Falls Creek (5/48cm) is boasting a deep base thanks to some good snowmaking in recent days and a 5cm top up of fresh snow on Thursday. Mt Buller (2/38cm) also caught some fresh snow, with 2cm falling over the resort, freshening the pistes underneath the ABOM high-speed 6-man chair. Selwyn Snowfields (5/10cm) reopened on Thursday thanks to 5cm of fresh snow and a great few nights of snowmaking. Two lifts were turning, including the Township Triple Ben Lomond remains closed awaiting further snowfall.

Lake Tekapo and the Godley Valley, Roundhill

NEW ZEALAND High winds led to many closures across New Zealand earlier in the week but normality returned soon after. On Thursday 2nd July most of the resorts saw a mixture of sunshine and cloud and chilly temperatures that sat around the freezing mark. Thicker clouds moved in in the afternoon and fresh snow started to fall. There has been lots of snow falling since the resorts opened for the season so the conditions are in a good state Treble Cone (131/195cm) currently has the highest base depth and Thursday brought sunshine earlier on but clouds developed later in the day, which brought around 5cm of fresh snow. All four lifts were operating and the slopes were in an excellent state Whakapapa (25/40cm) and Turoa (35/59cm) have gotten off to a slow start so skiing is quite limited when compared to the majority of the other resorts in New Zealand. Mount Olympus, Mount Lyford and Rainbow are all expected to open this weekend. As mentioned earlier, clouds have developed across New Zealand and weather forecasts are indicating that more fresh snow could well be falling over the weekend in our featured resorts.

SOUTH AMERICA Little has changed in recent days in Argentina, with partly cloudy weather conditions bringing no new snow to the mountains. As a result Cerro Catedral remains closed for the foreseeable future. Limited skiing is on offer at Chapelco (0/40cm) where five lifts were running on Thursday 2nd July and at Las Lenas (51/51cm) which was running three lifts. More snow is needed to expand the terrain on offer and to reduce the current reliance on artificial snow. The good news is that snow is forecast to fall between Sunday and Wednesday, with as much as 60cm forecast for Cerro Catedral and 15cm of Las Lenas. Chile is still struggling for natural snow, with most resorts remaining closed awaiting further snowfall. Forecasts earlier this week indicated that heavy snowfall was possible from Monday 6th July, however this has been revised down in recent days and as of Thursday 2nd July only light falls were forecast.As a result, many Chilean resorts are still waiting to begin their winter ski seasons, including Portillo (0/0cm) which has delayed opening until at least the weekend of the 11th July. The whole Tres Valles area remains closed and look set to be for the near future as little new snow is expected. The only one of our featured resorts to offer skiing on Thursday was Nevados de Chillan (20/35cm). Five lifts were in operation and 10 slopes were freshly prepared overnight, offering some decent albeit relatively limited skiing. Lots of new snow is also in the forecast which is great news, with as much as 1m possible by Thursday 9th July on the upper slopes.