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 ironically the centre had to close early today due to avalanche danger.

In South America almost all centres are now closed but Catedral, the continent’s biggest area, in Argentina, reported 5cm of fresh snow at the start of the weekend.

There has been fresh snow in the Alps too with the same 20cm of snow reported.  Many resorts that aren’t open yet have been posting snowy images (for example Lech above) but for the dozen or so glacier ski centres that are open already there have been more great autumn powder days after the snow clears (eg the Kitzsteinhorn below)

Elsewhere heavy snow has been reported for the third time this autumn in Western North America.  Some of the high centres like Arapahoe Basin look close to opening now and snow is expected to reach ground level in Denver tomorrow.

In Japan snow has been reported on many mountain peaks too, including at the most popular resort, Niseko (below).

Today's Mt. Yotei top ❄️

Posted by Niseko Tourism on Dienstag, 3. Oktober 2017