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March 2019

Who turned the tap off?

This is how I ended my last piece as we were approaching the middle of February: “Once we get towards the end of February various signs of early spring start to appear, even in the mountainous regions. I always try to ignore them at first but come March it gets more difficult to, and people start talking about spring skiing. More on that next time. Here’s to the second part of the Japan winter season!” Soon after that was written, the fresh snow supply to Japan dried up. At first, we all believed that it was going to be a short-term blip - just some of those early signs of spring that I mentioned last time. Surely, we’d be getting…

Now More Ski Areas and Snowdomes in China Than Any Other Country

China now has 742 ski areas, according to Wu Bin, author of the country’s annual ‘White book.’ Depending on how you determine what constitutes a ‘ski area’, this may be the most of any country in the world. However what constitutes a ski area in China is different to most other countries. The vast majority of these areas are fairly flat centres the size of a football field with one or two conveyor lifts and a few snowmaking machines.     There are only 149 chairlifts in the country and most of these are located at a small number of larger destination areas. Despite the ongoing political drive to grow winter sports ahead of hosting the next Winter Olympics in 2022,…

North America Overtakes Europe for World’s Deepest 2019 Snow Base

North American ski resort Squaw Valley in California (pictured in the past few days) has overtaken Andermatt in Switzerland to report the deepest snow base in the world, today at 617cm (20.5 feet). https://www.facebook.com/squawvalleyalpinemeadows/videos/564106037332504/ Andermatt had been reporting the deepest base in the world throughout 2019, at 6 metres (20 feet) following huge snowfalls on the Eastern side of the Alps through the first three weeks of this year. However record-breaking snowfalls in February in California has left ski resorts there with very deep bases with many resorts now reporting the snow lying at least 4.5m (15 feet) deep.  Mammoth Mountain had been reporting the North American continent’s deepest base for over a month, but in the past 24 hours…

Who turned the tap off?

This is how I ended my last piece as we were approaching the middle of February: “Once we get towards the end of February various signs of early spring start to appear, even in the mountainous regions. I always try to ignore them at first but come March it gets more difficult to, and people start talking about spring skiing. More on that next time. Here’s to the second part of the Japan winter season!” Soon after that was written, the fresh snow supply to Japan dried up. At first, we all believed that it was going to be a short-term blip - just some of those early signs of spring that I mentioned last time. Surely, we’d be getting…

Swiss Use Exploding Snowman’s Head to Predict Whether it will Snow in Summer

A long-standing festival in Zurich next month will once again be used to predict how the weather will turn out over the coming spring and summer. Sechselaeuten, Böögg The annual Sechseläuten (or “Sächsilüüte” as it is known in local dialect) is a kind of combination of Britain’s Bonfire Night and America’s Groundhog Day as a snowman is burned on a giant bonfire at the height of the festivities. In a uniquely Swiss twist however, the snowman’s head is packed full of fireworks.  The time it takes between the fire being lit and the fireworks being set off is then used to forecast the weather for the spring ahead. The snowman in question (and he’s a flammable 3.4m/11 feet high effigy…

World Snow Overview #77

Issued: 6th March 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. It's another powder day in Colorado with up to 40cm (16 inches) reported overnight. Winter storm warning in place until noon though. Here's how Copper Mountain is looking. INTRODUCTION: There has been a big change in weather conditions in much of Europe since the end of last week. The…

Winter Sports Travel Insurance

Snow-forecast.com releases travel insurance for its users, with up to 15% off for members. Members can save more on their insurance than the membership cost itself, which starts at £3.99 / €4.50 that also includes: Advanced dynamic weather maps (12 days instead of 6)Extended forecasts multi elevation 12 day, instead of 6 dayHourly detailed forecasts (instead of 6)Full App functionality20 years of snow-history analysis (compare resorts on the same screen)More membership discounts (i.e. up to 50% off ski hire - rental with our additional 10% off promo code etc) Some myths about ski insurance: My bank account or credit card has all the travel insurance cover I needIf I forget to buy insurance when I’m already travelling I can buy…

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