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Australian Ski Season Underway Following “Warmest Autumn on Record”

Australia’s 2018 ski season got underway today and almost all of the country’s ski areas will be opening this weekend, regardless of the snow conditions. The country traditionally starts its ski season in early June for the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend in the country. Perisher (pictured top) was the first to open, but says snow isn't great yet, but hopefully will be by this time next week. “Although the start to this years snow season is rather damp and disappointing, it is an improving picture over the coming week. Skies will clear and temperatures will drop below zero over the next few nights, allowing for some good snow making conditions. From Tuesday, a succession of fronts will sweep across the…

1 More North American ski area Closes for Season But 2 Open For Summer

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado in USA, North America, rounded off its 234 day 2017-18 season last Sunday June 3rd. A-Basin kicked off its season on October 13, 2017, opening first in the state – and was the last to close. It was not the snowiest of seasons, but altogether the ski area, which is among the 10 highest in the world, reported about 300 inches (7.5 metres) of snowfall. “Have no fear, powder hounds - ski season will be here again in the high country before you know it… it’s only about 135 days away!” said A Basin’s Marketing and Communications Manager Adrienne Saia Isaac. Elsewhere in the USA, Mammoth Mountain (below last week) is open for one more week…

If Vail Resorts Was A Country It Would be 8th In The World For Ski Areas

Vail’s latest acquisition of four more US resorts takes its tally of ski areas to 18 – most of them in the US, but also Canada’s leading resort of Whistler Blackcomb and Australia’s Perisher.  The company has actually purchased 19 ski areas but merged The Canyons and Park City Mountain resort in Utah in to one to create the biggest ski area in the United States. With the purchase of Crested Butte, Vail Resorts now own five resorts in their home state of Colorado whilst Stevens Pass is their first resort in Washington State in the US Northwest.  They’ve also added to their US East Coast collection with Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire and Okemo in Vermont adding to Stowe.…

First Ski Descent of Pakistan’s Laila Peak

A first ski descent of Pakistan’s Laila Peak has been made by French skiers Carole Chambaret, Tiphaine Duperier and Boris Langenstein. Located in the Hushe Valley near Gondogoro Glacier in the Karakoram range Laila Peak has an elevation of 6,096 metres (20,000 ft) and a distinctive spear-like shape. Its northwest face has a slope of 45 degrees for more than 1500 vertical metres. The mountain was first climbed in 1987 when a British expedition climbed the west wall and in 2005 Scandinavian extreme-skiers Fredrik Ericsson and Jörgen Aamot made an attempt to ski the mountain but were forced to turn back 100 metres from the summit due to poor weather conditions. Subsequent attempts to ski the mountain over the past…

Where’s Open For Skiing and Boarding in June 2018?

The start of June marks the turning of the seasons with meteorological summer in the northern hemisphere, winter beginning in the southern. A low point in ski area numbers open – with less than 20 operational as we enter the month – that’s all about to change over the next few weeks as most of the 100 or so ski areas in the southern hemisphere will be open by the start of July, along with a number of glacier summer ski destinations north of the equator. Southern Hemisphere Most of the leading ski resorts in Argentina, Australia, Chile and New Zealand will be opening in June, the majority on 9th, 16th or 23rd of the month. It’s difficult to know…

Three New Zealand Ski Areas To Start 2018 Seasons This Saturday

Three ski areas in New Zealand are to open for the first weekend in June.  Two of these are opening earlier than planned. One, Cardrona,  week earlier than their planned June 9th opening date, the other, Coronet Peak, two weeks ahead of their published June 16th opening date. Cardrona will open for a ‘bonus weekend’ on June 2nd and 3rd ahead of their planned opening day. The ski area has received 90cm of fresh snowfall over the past week so has top-to-bottom snow cover. “We’ve been absolutely frothing to get out skiing and snowboarding when it’s looking this good – and it’s amazing to be able to bring all our guests up to get their fix too,” Cardrona general manager…

Riksgransen Cancels Midsummer Skiing

Riksgransen ski area in Northern Sweden has cancelled its annual midsummer ski in late June and will close for the season this Sunday, May 27th, not making it in to June. The resort which has a long standing reputation as Europe’s spring skiing capital is located 200km north of the Arctic Circle and on the Norwegian border has been a ski destination for about a century, since the railway line arrived here. Riksgransen is located in an area of 24 hour darkness in midwinter and does not open for its ski season until late February each year, normally ending a four month ski season with a sell-out midsummer ski festival in late June. This year however the snow cover has…

Beartooth Basin Delays Opening Due To Too Much Snow

North America’s only ‘summer-only’ ski area, Beartooth Basin, has delayed its 2018 season by a week due to there being too much snow. “We have so much snow! Too much in fact - all this snow has given us a big load of lift maintenance to attend to. We are now planning to open on June 2nd. Thanks for understanding. The good news is that we'll easily be skiing the Basin until mid July!” The ski area, located on the border of Montana and Wyoming, is one of half-a-dozen or so ski areas in the northern hemisphere worldwide that only open during the summer months, either because the roads that access them are closed mountain passes in winter, or because…

Mid-May Snowfall in the Alps

There’s been heavy snowfall over the past week in the Alps.  Up to 35cm of snow was reported falling between Monday and Friday, in many cases building on snow bases still lying metres deep from heavy snowfall earlier this season. Val d’Isere (pictured below this week) reported some of the biggest accumulations, with 30cm in 24 hours at the start of the week.  This is particularly good news as the resort plans to re-open some of its winter slopes for summer skiing for the first time in its 82 year history due to the huge snowfalls it received in the winter and the snow that is still lying.  The resort re-opens to skiers in just under a fortnight on June 3rd.…

Ski Ballet Reborn

The briefly popular activity of ski ballet was revived at an indoor snow centre recently. The weird and wonderful art of Ski Ballet will be unknown to many, but it did appear on various TV shows in February during the South Korean Olympics as a novelty feature as TV stations featured unusual snowsports from Olympics past. Consisting of a choreographed routine of jumps, spins and tricks – all performed on skis – the impressive sport of ski ballet, occasionally referred to as ‘acroski’, was alleged to have inspired the freestyle skiing we know today. Ski ballet was never officially an Olympic sport but it was a demonstration sport was competed on a World stage at the 1988 Games in Calgary…