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June 2017

Snow continuing to fall into July on at least 5 continents

After a warm and mostly dry June in some areas of the World that need snow, the white stuff is now falling – or is about to, at the start of July – on ski slopes on both the north and south side of the equator. In terms of areas that expect snow in what it wintertime in the southern hemisphere, Australian ski areas have had a fairly warm and dry June, with some claiming it is one of the two warmest/driest Junes there of the past two decades. Parts of New Zealand, too, have been too warm and too dry leading to a number of ski areas that expected to open at the end of June or in early

Southern Hemisphere 2017 Snow Depths Reach 2m (7ft) Mark

First S. America Ski Areas open for the Season Snow depths in the Southern Hemisphere have reached two metres (almost 7ft) in South America as the first ski areas to open for the 2017 season south of the Equator clock up their first month of operations. Chile’s Valle Nevado (below) is the first to claim a 2m (6.5ft) snow depth following a series of big snowfalls over the past six weeks.  Initial falls that brought snow depths close to the metre mark in late May led to the centre being among four in Chile to open early for winter 2017, in its case, nearly a month early.   La Parva, which also opened early, and Portillo, which only just opened,

Is Greenland About To Get A ‘Proper’ Ski Resort?

Greenland, variously described as ‘Europe’s North-western Frontier’ and ‘North America’s most Easterly point’ (Wikipedia describes it as: “physiographically a part of the continent of North America  (but) politically and culturally associated with Europe”), is of course famous for its glaciers, snow, and for generally not being very green to look at. It’s also an amazing spring ski-touring and heli-skiing destination (the pictures used here were taken by Hans Solmssen who runs spring Heliski trips here each year), it’s also good for dog sledding and polar bear or iceberg watching, and the northern lights look amazing from there. What Greenland has lacked though, so far, is much of a developed ski infrastructure.   There are reported to be a few drag lifts

Big Snow Forecast for Argentina and Chile This Week

Heavy Snow Forecast for Argentina and Chile this Week. Read our latest post for extended forecasts, real conditions snow report roundup and photo tour A major winter storm is heading the Andes mountains. The Argentinean Meteorology Service (SMN) has issued a series of alerts for all the range, from Tierra del Fuego to Mendoza: heavy, persistent snowfalls and intense winds are the most significant ones. Current snow conditions, forecasts and pictures for some of the most important resorts in Argentina and Chile. Las Leñas - Argentina Las Leñas is currently with very little snow, except for the base area, which is covered with artificial snow. However, it will

2017 Summer Glacier Ski Season Gets Underway in Alps, Scandinavia and North America

The summer ski season on high altitude glaciers in the Alps and Canada as well as on high altitude snowfields in the USA and northerly latitude glaciers in Norway is underway. With some glacier ski areas staying open year round (Hintertux and Zermatt) there is no precise ‘start’ to the glacier season, but this week has seen glaciers open for summer skiing and snowboarding at Val d’Isere in France (where no ski areas had been open since early May), Whistler Blackcomb in Canada and the Molltal Glacier in Austria (pictured top). In Norway the Stryn (below) and Galdhoppigen summer ski centres have also opened in the past few weeks joining Folgefonn (Fonna) which opened earlier this spring. More glaciers will

Is Chambéry Airport Getting Better?

Chambéry Airport (or ‘Chambéry Savoie Mont Blanc Airport’ to give it its full name) has been building a reputation as a quicker and easier way to reach some of the big French resorts than flying in to Geneva.  Most are around 100km/2 hours away, some as little as a 90 minute transfer. It’s also much smaller, there’s plenty of parking by the terminal and its closer to many famous ski areas. Plus you also don’t need to negotiate often heavy congestion and a border crossing in Geneva – the roads around Chambéry are usually pretty quiet. But it hasn’t all been good news for Chambéry, it was initially a victim of its own success, it’s only a few years since

Arapahoe Basin Ends (Probably) The Longest Ski Season in the World

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado has ended its 2016-17 ski season after 230 days of operation. “Closing Day was full of costumes, pond skimming on Lake Reveal, tunes from our favorite local band High 5 in the base area, and lots of smiling faces. We had a fantastic season up here at The Legend, and we are proud to be home to the longest ski and ride season in Colorado,” said the resort’s Marketing and Communications Manager Adrienne Saia Isaac. The centre, one of the world’s 10 highest ski centres, opened for the season all the way back on October 21, 2016 – at a time when other ski centres in Western North America that had hoped to open as early

Where in the World is Open For Skiing or Boarding in June 2017?

The southern hemisphere gets its 2017 season rolling, Europe and North America’s glacier resorts start re-opening for summer and some resorts just haven’t closed since last autumn!   So in fact this is the first of three months of the year when you can ski on all seven continents.   Europe In Austria the year-round Hintertux glacier is open and the Kitzsteinhorn above Kaprun is still going from last Autumn as is the Stubai, though it is currently scheduled to close mid-May. The Molltal glacier re-opens a few days later though for its 10 month season through to spring 2018! There are no ski areas open in France at the start of June but the three summer glacier areas above

Ski Areas Re-open in Europe and North America in June and July

The number of ski areas that will re-open for summer skiing or boarding over the next four weeks in the northern hemisphere, just as the main season gets underway in the southern hemisphere, looks set to be more than usual in 2017. Ski areas will re-open in Canada and the USA in North America; Finland and Norway in Scandinavia; and France, Italy and Switzerland in the Alps, in addition to the half-dozen or so ski areas including Mammoth (pictured below), Squaw Valley, Arapahoe Basin and Timberline in the US plus the Zermatt, Hintertux (pictured top) and Kitzsteinhorn glaciers that have been operating since last autumn, 2016. Finland’s Saariselkä ski area announced at the weekend that it will be re-opening for

Skistar Spends on St Johann

Scandinavia’s biggest ski resort operator, SkiStar, recently made their first foray outside their usual northern operating location and snapped up a famous destination in the Austrian Tirol – St Johann, close to Kitzbuhel, when the company became a majority shareholder of the ski business. After spending a first winter reviewing the resort’s operations, SkiStar have announced plans for a big spend this summer, with another 17 Million Euros being invested in a new gondola, chairlift and  snowmaking. “With St. Johann we have found a very good ski resort to establish SkiStar in the Alps. The investment will increase the offer for families, beginners and intermediate skiers, who want to enjoy skiing, surrounded by a wonderful panorama of the Alps,” said

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