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Niseko Opening on Thursday

Japan’s famed ski resort of Niseko has announced it will open for the season this Thursday, November 23rd. The powder snow for which it is most famous has started falling in abundance  with around 100cm blanketing the village over the past week and a further 80cm forecast for the coming few days. Unusually for a Japanese ski centre in the 21st century, Niseko will see two new quad chairlifts go in to service this December in two of its sectors. Both will especially benefit beginner skiers, but there are advantages for more advanced skiers too. Firstly Tokyu Resort Services have upgraded the Grand Hirafu's Ace Family Pair lift to a high speed quad. The original lift was running at capacity

Dozens of Ski Areas Open Across North America

An unprecedented number of ski areas opened across North America at the weekend, several claiming it was their earliest ever opening, or at least the earliest for several decades.  One area said it was their earliest opening for 68 years. The decision by many to open seems to be in response to early snowfalls in some areas whilst others have used ever improving snow making systems to open terrain. In total more than 40 ski areas opened.  Some were open for the weekend only although most say they’ll re-open next weekend. In Canada ski areas opened from East to West Coasts with more than a dozen areas opening.  They included coastal areas Cypress Mountain and Grouse Mountain, as well as

Resorts Opening Early For Ski Season

Ski resorts have been opening early for the 2017-18 ski season in fairly unprecedented numbers – at least in terms of the wide geographical spread. Ski areas have been opening in the Rockies, Alps, Scandinavia and on North America’s East and West Coasts but tomorrow will also see the more unusual early-November openings of ski areas in Europe’s southerly Dolomites and Pyrennean mountain chains. North America In North America among the latest to open in the past few days have been Mammoth and Boreal in California, Killington in Vermont and the two Banff ski areas of Sunshine and Lake Louise (pictured top). The next 48 hours will see the first ski areas to open in BC (Panorama and Cypress Mountain),

Huge Early November Snowfall in Alps and North America

There have been huge snowfalls in Europe and North America over the weekend – and in many areas the snow is still falling and is expected to continue to do so all week. About 25 ski areas are already open for the 2017-18 ski season in the Alps and some of these reported up to 90cm (three feet) of fresh snow since Saturday.  At some areas the snow is expected to continue falling all week.  The Stubai glacier, one of the areas that has had the most snow, is pictured above and below. In North America snow fall that began in Alberta and BC in Canada has expanded to cover much of the west of the continent. Kicking Horse ski

Ski Season Starts Today in Canada After Big Snowfalls

Mt. Norquay in Banff National Park will be the first ski resort in Canada to open for the season later today 11am local time. It will stay then open 7 days/week from 9am to 4pm through to next spring.  (Image taken yesterday at Norquay credit Luke Sudermann) It will be joined on Saturday by Nakiska ski area (video below). https://www.facebook.com/skinakiska/videos/10155199534077956/   A week later the other two Banff ski areas, Lake Louise (below) and Sunshine, are scheduled to open for their six-month ski season to May 2018, along with a fifth Albertan ski area, Marmot Basin up near Jasper. Tera Swanson of SkiBig3 which represents the three Banff ski areas believes sunshine may open even sooner than a week tomorrow, commenting,

Gondola Link Between Two Californian Resorts Aims To Open in 2019

Two Californian Ski Areas Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have announced plans to connect their ski area by gondola, christened The California Express,  in time for the winter after next. The proposed base-to-base gondola connecting The Village at Squaw Valley and the base area at Alpine Meadows has been a long-standing ambition according to the operator of the two resorts, which is now an as yet unnamed conglomerate of a dozen or so US and Canadian resorts, part owned by the owners of Aspen. The lift would mean it was possible to ski the two resorts, with around 6000 acres combined making the area one of the five biggest in North America that you can ski without taking your boots

Kitzbühel’s Earliest Ever Opening (?) Today!

Kitzbühel in the Austrian Tirol has opened for the ski season today, on what is believed to be its earliest ever opening date. The picture above is from last year's opening on 22nd October 2016. It’s the first ski area that doesn’t have a glacier in the Alps to open for winter 17-18. Kitzbühel has one of the lowest ski areas of a major ski area in the Alps with its highest lifts at around 2,000 metres and about a decade ago when global warming was first a big story in the global media some journalists chose to highlight it as a resort that could an early victim of the impact of climate change, so opening in early October seems

It’s Snowing on Ski Slopes Across The World

It’s one of those rare weekends that come each spring and autumn when it is snowing on almost every continent of the world at the same time. Most ski areas in the southern hemisphere have now ended their 2017 season (it’s the last day of an extended season at Australia’s ski areas and also for several more in Argentina, Chile and New Zealand). However 20cm of snow was reported at Mt Hutt (below), which has extended its ski season already and currently reports one of the world’s deepest snow bases at 3.2m (Nearly 11 feet).  Another 10cm is expected there in the coming 24 hours. Unfortunately the fresh snow and other conditions made the snow pack a little unstable and

First Turns in Powder and Park for 2017-18 in the USA

Although no ski areas have officially opened for the 2017-18 ski season yet in North America (well it is still September…), two centres did offer some lift-served skiing at the weekend. Mt Bachelor in Oregon created a small terrain park at its base and opened it top local snowsports enthusiasts on Saturday and Sunday (pictured below).  A spokesperson for the resort said they believed Saturday, 23rd September was their earliest ever opening date. In addition Silverton Mountain in Colorado ran its lifts on Sunday so that some staff could access early snowfall there and some September powder conditions (pictured top). These limited openings followed snowfall across Western North America at the end of last week which led to accumulations of

Last Day of Summer Snowfall for North America

The heavy snow in the Alps this September has been followed in the past few days by some serious snowfalls in Western North America. Snow was first reported on high peaks in Idaho, Montana and some parts of BC north of the border in Canada at the weekend but the past 36 hours have seen much more widespread snowfall. Jackson Hole has already received two snow dumps since Saturday. https://www.facebook.com/jacksonhole/videos/10155089940803042/   Much of the snow fell on the last day of summer – 21st September, according to the astronomical calendar – although in many ski areas it continued snowing through to the first day of autumn, today, too. Few ski areas have been measuring these initially flurries but Marmot Basin