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Snow-Forecast’s Rolling News on Ski Resorts Re-Opening (2020-21)

Last Updated: 20 January 2021 at 10.50 GMT (Updates so far since 5 May: 449) The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 3000+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in at least 40 Countries on 4 Continents including: Africa: Morocco Asia: Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey. Europe: Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine. North America: Canada (except Ontario), USA Ski areas in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Mongolia, Scotland, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia as well as the province of Ontario in Canada want to…

What did we discover during lockdown?

Back when we all thought the world would end due to the Millennium Bug (it didn't), we made a t-shirt. It was the first one we produced and features an early logo derived from the fridge in our home office. If you're like us, you may have whiled away some lockdown hours tidying your shed. "be part of snow-forecasting history with a chance to own one of our first ever t-shirts!" That's what I did, and in a Tesco bag full of broken snowboard bindings I discovered this rare example. It gave us an idea: make a limited run of these shirts and surprise the first few hundred Snow-Forecast.com fans who subscribed by sending them one. Now you can own…

First Turns of 2021 in Southern Hemisphere

It’s midsummer and nearly six months until the start of the 2021 ski season in the southern hemisphere, but there have been some unseasonal snowfalls reported on ski slopes in the Andes and Australia in recent days. The ‘cover’ in Australia is only a centimetre or two but that was enough for what ski resort Mt Buller described as a “local maniac and all-round legend” to take to the slopes in the small hours of the morning. Lydia Syme @lymecity hit the slopes for the first ski of 2021 in jeans. “It is Summer after all,” Mt Buller explained.…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #174

Issued: 13 January 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia Roundup EUROPE INTRODUCTION What will hopefully be the biggest snowfall of the year so far (ok, it is early days) is underway in the Alps, following a big storm down in the Pyrenees, of which more is mentioned below. Otherwise, a mixture of sunshine and light-to-moderate snowfall for much of Europe over the past week with some of the heaviest snowfalls in recent days reported in western Norway. The main attention remains on the virus though with the start of the season set back in France, Germany and Italy to later this month or possibly February now, whilst resorts in Andorra, Austria and Spain remain open to locals only.  The slopes…

Up To 55cm Of Snowfall So Far As Big Storm Hits the Alps

Ski areas in the Swiss Bernese Oberland have reported the biggest accumulations so far, but many areas in France, Italy and Austria too have reported 30cm (a foot) or more of fresh snow in the past 24 hours, and for many it is still dumping down. Up to 55cm (22”) of snowfall has been reported falling so far in the Alps, where the first major storm of 2021 is underway. St Anton this morning. The Swiss Jungfrau region has posted 50cm (20 inches) of snowfall so far. This ski region is currently open but unfortunately the Lauberhorn races due to have taken place there this weekend have been moved to Kitzbuhel due to a COVID-19 outbreak which has infected more…

Will Some Ski Resorts Stay Open Later This Season?

With many ski resorts in Europe either prevented from opening or only able to open to locally-based skiers at present, and that date at which they may be allowed to open being repeatedly set back by ski nation after nation, there is some speculation that some resorts will stay open later in to the spring than they might normally do, if the state of the pandemic allows it. Of course it is early days and with all things pandemic related, things can and do change, but at least one of the ski resorts that usually closes with a deep snow based in spring is already talking about possibly staying open later this year – in part to compensate season-pass holders…

French Season Start Delayed Again And Remains Uncertain

The French ski season is yet to get underway and the hoped for January 7th date the country’s ski areas were working towards has now passed. Instead, on that day, French ministers announced infection rates remained too high and said at a press conference on Thursday evening that they’d look again at when ski areas might open on January 20th …but that it would not be before February, probably at least mid-February. Most French resorts are in fact currently open and offering most activities except lift-access to their main runs. As a result most are reporting business levels down 75-95%. February is another busy period, normally, in French mountain resorts with holiday weeks sold out due to school breaks, so…

Learn How To Survive in Avalanche Terrain In Online Chat With A Pro Skier

A professional skier says he has developed a personal method for staying alive in an avalanche and is ready to chat to anyone who would like to find out more about it at an online session on Monday 11th January, 2021. Stian Hagen, a pro skier and mountain guide with decades of experience and a wealth of stories to tell will be online for a live chat at 8pm next Monday, organised by retailer Ellis Brigham. Here he will share stories and insights about how he has used his skill and judgment to stay alive both as a pro skier and professional mountain guide. At the age of 19, Stian took the world by storm with his freeskiing skills and…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #173

Issued: 06 January 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup EUROPE INTRODUCTION Cold is perhaps the keyword to describe conditions in Europe this past week and indeed forecast around most areas for the week ahead.  It is still early January and therefore, the darkest part of winter. You'd like to think that's how it would and should be, but the warm weather which has impacted much of the continent at times through the autumn and much of December makes you doubt it will get cold enough. Most resorts in the Alps, Pyrenees, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe have seen some fresh snowfall, as much as 60cm (several feet) reported for some in Austria over the weekend.  But most have…

Some Leading Austrian Ski Areas Opt Not To Open Yet

Several leading Austrian ski resorts are yet to open to locally-based skiers, even though they now can.The leading ski nation allowed ski areas to open beginning on Christmas Eve, for people living local to the slopes, although hotels and restaurants are still locked down. Two of the country’s biggest resorts, Ischgl and Saalbach-Hinterglemm, are yet to open however, although parts of their ski areas away from the main resort are. Saalbach, which is Austria’s most popular resort by visitor numbers, says it isn’t opening because they were unprepared for the government mandated requirement, announced just a few days before Christmas, that all skiers and boarders must wear medical-grade FFP2 face masks to ride the lifts. Other parts of the wider ski…

Andorra Opening Slopes to Locals Free-of-Charge This Weekend

Andorra has announced it is opening its ski areas for the season this Saturday, 2nd January, initially just for people resident in the principality. Grandvalira, the largest ski area in the Pyrenees, says the lifts will operate free of charge on opening weekend. The other main ski region, VallNord, also says its slopes will be open for free this weekend, issuing this statement: “It's time to say goodbye to 2020 and what better than doing it with this great news? Thank you all for the patience you have had, we will be opening 70 % of the Pal sector for the local public with free access on the 2nd and 3rd. From Monday a reduced rate for the day pass…