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Will Romania Create A Ski Area Four times Bigger than Anything It Has So Far?

Romania’s Minister for Tourism, Mircea Dobre, has announced plans to build the country’s biggest ski area by some distance. The planned new resorts, in the Fagaras Mountains, known colloquially as the ‘Transylvanian Alps’ though actually a part of the Southern Carpathians, would have 150km of ski runs – nearly four times as many piste kilometres as the country’s current largest ski area at Sinaia. The project is included amongst a number of proposals listed in a new Tourism Master Plan just approved by the Romanian government. Minister Dobre told media who asked him about the proposal that in fact the idea was almost 50 years old. “Actually the idea dates back to 1968,” he said adding that resort plan was,

Portillo, Chile Stops Selling Day Tickets As From Tomorrow Due To Lack Of Snow

Portillo Ski Resort in Chile announced that is going to stop selling day tickets as from tomorrow, Saturday, due to lack of snow. In a statement posted last Wednesday on their website and social networks, they argued that the reasons for the decision were the current snow conditions. The text also highlighted that Portillo will resume selling day tickets once conditions get better. According to Portillo's general manager, Miguel Purcell, 85% of the ski area was opened for skiing on Tuesday. The hotel is full and people are skiing normally. However, the snow cover is thin, and won't last for too long if it doesn't snow soon. Portillo's

52m High Crane Flown In At 3775m to Work on World’s Highest 3S Lift

One of the most exceptional feats of lift construction work is currently in to the second of its three successive summers of extreme building work. The new 3S gondola lift that will access the highest lift station in Europe, on the Klein Matterhorn above Zermatt alongside the existing cable car, has reached the halfway point in its 300 day construction schedule. The lift, being built by the Italian lift company Leitner, will be the highest three-cable gondola lift in the world, reaching nearly 3,900m above sea level. The state-of-the-art facility, powered by the efficient and low-emission DirectDrive system, will  provide an additional capacity of 2,000 people per hour on the route. When complete it will operate with 25 comfortable cabins

Mammoth to Continue Skiing in to August for only Second time in its History

Mammoth Mountain ski area in California says its ski season will last until the end of Sunday, August 6th this year, the second time in its history that it has made its season stretch in to August. In total staying open to August 6th will mean it has been operating for 270 days since its season started nine months earlier at the start of November last year. It’s one of Mammoth’s longest ever seasons but it has managed longer in the past, staying open for 300 days to August 14th back in the 1994-95 season 22 years ago. Mammoth still has a 90cm snow base and ten trails open served by three lifts.  That’s about 10% of the snow depth

Squaw Valley Abandon Plans to keep Skiing Through 2017

California’s Squaw Valley ski area has just completed one of its longest ever ski seasons – with 200 days open (26 more than the average) - and has posted its latest ever closing date, July 15th. However the July closing still comes as a little of a surprise after the resort suggested it could potentially stay open right through to the start of next winter 17-18 after the huge snowfalls last winter built bases up to the six metre mark in February – the second deepest in the world. But it seems that as Mother Nature giveth, she also taketh away, and there’s been a rapid thaw due to very warm weather now at Lake Tahoe. “With unseasonably warm temperatures

Bases Build, “Fresh Lines in Abundance” in New Zealand Ski Resorts

There has been some wild weather in New Zealand for the past week bringing extremes of wind, rain and snow that's proved challenging for the country’s ski areas. It seems to be settling down again now,  leaving base snow depths of up to 1.6 metres and powder conditions to enjoy at most centres, with blue sky days too. Prior to this however, snowfalls of up to a metre in 24 hours were posted, but there was also torrential rain and strong winds at some centres washing away at snow cover and cutting power supplies. This made lift operations unsafe, blocking access roads, burying resort facilities and increasing avalanche risk. Many of the country’s ski areas were temporarily unable to open,

All Time Conditions In Southern Andes After Big Snowfall and Storm

Last week, we said that most ski resorts in Argentina and Chile were experiencing an important lack of snow. Now, conditions have changed dramatically. A massive snowfall and storm took place in the Southern Andes during the last few days, forcing authorities to block routes and causing power outages in hundreds of Patagonian towns: a nightmare for residents, the skier's dream. Bariloche, Chapelco and Ushuaia had to close their airports because of the extreme weather conditions. There is still no electricity in neither Bariloche nor San Martin de los Andes (Chapelco). However, Cerro Catedral was able to operate thanks to a electric generator. Also, all important roads remained closed by today morning. Cerro Catedral (Bariloche), Argentina 40 cm (base) snowfall past 24 hours // 70 cm (top) snowfall past

South America Snow Conditions Roundup (6th July)

In South America, especially in Argentina, ski resorts don't tend to provide very accurate information regarding snow conditions. In fact, they rarely measure or carry official records about snow depths and total season snowfalls. When they do, these numbers are not always correct. Here is our quick summary of real snow conditions in the most important Chilean and Argentinean ski resorts, from Cerro Castor to Portillo. SNOW CONDITIONS IN ARGENTINA Cerro Castor Snow covers the whole resort, and all slopes -except for Halcón Peregrino area- are open. However, due to the lack of recent snowfalls and some rain, trails are extremely hard, icy and fast. Snow is forecast for the next week, which is excellent. Cerro Castor, on

Is a City in Northeast China About To Become One of the World’s Great ‘Ski Towns’ ?

‘Harbin’ up in China’s northeasterly province of Heilongjiang is not known as one of the world’s best-known ski destinations, but that could all change in the coming decades as China’s richest man (or second richest depending on which report you read) has decided to spend $6 billion (or $3 billion according to some reports) on the world’s biggest indoor snow centre to date.  It officially opened at the weekend after four years of construction. Former army officer and now business tycoon Wang Jianlin, who has an estimated net worth of more than €30 billion, and who’s Dalian Wanda Group already runs several conventional ski areas across China  said that he was committed to make Harbin one of the leading winter

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,