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Massive Spring Snowfall Dumps in New Zealand

There have been huge snowfalls to start the week in New Zealand, with ski areas reporting up to 70cm of fresh snow, and snow falling at rates of up to 10cm per hour at the height of the storm. The heavy snow caused logistical and operational issues initially leading many areas on the country’s South Island, which has had most of the snow, to close on Monday and delay opening on Tuesday until access could be made safe. Once they were able to open, conditions were superb. “We want to thank everyone for their patience today while we got the mountain open. Such a heavy fall of snow on top of the spring snow pack meant patrol had a lot…

Some South American Ski Areas End 2018 Season Early

A number of South America’s best-known ski areas have ended their 2018 seasons early due to poor conditions. Although there were some significant snowfalls through winter 2018 in the Andes, they were few and far between, with the famed Andean powder hard to come by for much of the season at most resorts. (Las Lenas reminded its guests that things looked good back before the season even began ion 29th May) The world-famous resort of Portillo in Chile closed at the end of last weekend – it’s base rarely got above 50cm/20 inches all winter. Most other ski areas in Chile including El Colorado and La Parva also closed on September 10th. However some, including Nevados de Chillan (pictured below…

First Snows of Autumn in North America

Snow has been reported on high slopes across North America over the past week - during the final few days of summer and since the start of meteorological Autumn - which begins on September 1st. Ski areas in the Northwest of the continent in Wyoming in the US and on the Alberta/BC border a little further north were the first to report snowfall.  In the past 24 hours however there's also been fresh snow in Colorado with high resorts like Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge (below) and Copper Mountain (pictured top yesterday) all reporting snow. The sight of snowfall has raised excitement levels for the coming winter in the region and through social media posts as well as focused minds on completing…

Second Wave of Summer Snowfall in the Alps

High slopes in the Austrian Alps have received heavy snowfall for the second Saturday in a row. Last weekend ski areas in the Austrian Alps reported up to 50cm of snowfall (on the Molltal glacier) even though it was still August and summertime.  There was also snowfall down to about 1400 metres in the Italian Dolomites. This weekend the snow has so far been reported falling on Austrian glaciers, with the Stubai Glacier (pictured) reporting 20cm of snowfall on Saturday morning, 1st September, which is also the first day of meteorological Autumn – although still summer be the astronomical measure. Snowfall at the time of year is not really unusual on high slopes, although this year is a few weeks…

Where’s the Snow in September 2018 – Where Can You Ski or Board this Month?

There have been some exciting signs of autumn across the Northern Hemisphere in the last week of August with snowfall recorded in the Alps, Scandinavia and Northwestern North America - up to 50cm of snow in fact. Meanwhile the southern hemisphere's ski season is in full swing with 4-6 weeks of winter left at most resorts there.  Australian areas are having what several report is their snowiest winter for 14 years and in New Zealand base depths have passed 3 metres at a number of centres, the deepest anywhere south of the equator. The Alps We begin the month with just six ski areas currently open in the Alps.  Hintertux and Molltal in Austria were the two that posted the…

August Snowfall in the Alps – Up to 30cm Falls

There’s been heavy snowfall on some high slopes in the Alps as forecast, many other areas have had at least a  dusting of snow. The fresh snow has resulted from a cold front moving across Europe.  The biggest accumulations reported have been, as forecast, in the Austrian Alps where two glacier ski areas – Hintertux and Molltal – are currently open for skiing and boarding. Hintertux, (pictured at the bottom of this report this morning), has reported 30cm of fresh snow so far meaning that it’s an August/ summer powder day! Zermatt, which expected to get around 5cm of snowfall has so far not reported anything.  Italy’s Passo Stelvio (below above morning) does look to have had the 8cm it…

August Snowfall Forecast in the Alps this Weekend

It’s looking like a possible powder weekend on the slopes of some of the half-dozen glacier ski areas currently open in the Alps. The end of August is a very quiet time in the ski year in the northern hemisphere with most summer ski areas having ended their 2018 openings and few glacier areas yet open for the coming autumn and winter, but mother nature appears to have decided to round out the last weekend of August, and summer by the meteorological measure, by ending the sunny weather with a nice snowfall. The snow is forecast above about 2000 metres in altitude as a very cold front crosses the Alps.  That’s not unusual for this time of year, although for…

Australian Resort Reports Best Snow Conditions for 14 Years

Heavy snowfall in Australia throughout August has led at least one of the country’s ski areas to report ski conditions there are now the best for 14 years. “The snow depth is the best in over 10 years and its awesome.  It’s officially the best snow we've had in 14 years!” a spokesperson for Mt Buller ski resort said today. Many of the country’s ski areas reported 30cm or more of fresh snowfall over the weekend and base depths have now reached the 2m mark at four ski area. (Mt Baw Baw) Falls Creek and Mt Hotham (below) both report 215cm bases and it’s at 203cm at Perisher (top) which has more than 100 trails open at present. Of the big…

Earliest Snowfall Since Records Began at Ski Resort in Japan

One of Japan’s most northerly ski areas has reported its earliest ever snowfall – on the morning of August 17th. The snow, on Mount Kuro in the Daisetsuzan Mountains, was reported at the top station of the Daisetsuzan Sōunkyō Kurodake lift, the most northerly cable car in Japan, located on the country’s famous ski island of Hokkaidō, home to numerous ski resorts with a reputation for deep powder in winter including world-famous Niseko. Most of Japan is still in mid-summer mode, and there have recently been record-breaking hot weather in the country, but a cold front crossing the Sea of Japan brought the winter-like conditions even before autumn has arrived. The snowfall at the ski area near the town of…

YUGE PARADISKI SKI APP REVIEW

YUGE PARADISKI SKI APP Free www.paradiski.com Yuge is a free app offered by the Paradiski area which helps you make the most of everything from skiing to après-ski whilst in resort. We’re featuring it as an example simply because our reviewer spends his winters in the area so has plenty of direct personal experience of the app; you can expect apps offered by other resorts to be very similar, although that said Yuge apparently scores highest of all resort apps in user reviews. It’s possible to personalise Yuge so it provides information that’s specific to your skiing ability and where you’re staying in resort, and a potentially really useful feature is real time information on lift queues (or lack of),…