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May 2019

Southern Hemisphere 2019 Season Underway

The 2019 ski season has got underway in the southern hemisphere. Three Australian ski areas have so far announced they are opening early over the coming three days due to the heavy snowfall in the country this week which has seen accumulations of up to 70cm (28 inches) reported so far. Selwyn Snow Resort in New South Wales (pictured above this morning) was the first to open, earlier today.  It says it will be running its new Chum Chair for free through the weekend. Perisher on 28 May 2019 It will be joined by Australia’s biggest resort, Perisher, also in New South Wales, which announced earlier this week that it would open from tomorrow. A third Australian area, Mt Buller…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #89

Issued: 29th May 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. INTRODUCTION: Australia's Perisher ski resort has announced it's opening for its 2019 season a week early, this Friday 31st May, after more than 60cm of snowfall in the past three days. This will make it the first in the Southern Hemisphere to open for 2019 unless somewhere else jumps…

Slopes in Australia and Andes Dumped on Ahead of Imminent Start of 2019 Season (NZ Next)

It’s looking good for the start of the 2019 ski season in South America, Australia and New Zealand with a week of snow forecast to see these ski regions into June. Falls Creek, Australia, 28 May 2019 Las Lenas in Argentina has already reported a 50cm+ accumulation whilst several ski areas in Australia, and several in Chile, have had 20-30cm of snowfall. Cerro Bayo is pictured below. With snow forecast to continue all week there’s potential for 60-100cm of snow accumulating by this time next week in these two areas.  New Zealand hasn’t had any significant snowfall but that is set to change here too with 20-40cm of snow forecast as temperatures drop from tomorrow. The weather is also good…

Summer Snow Camp in Quebec

The Quebec ski area of Saint-Sauveur is to stage a five-day summer snowsport camp at the end of June, running into July. Named the AKAMP it will take place from June 28 to July 3, 2019 at the Saint-Sauveur Versant Avila Summit. The snowpark will be open for day sessions from 10am to 4pm and / or for evening sessions from 5pm to 9pm. Packages are currently on sale for day visitors, including coaching; or with overnight accommodation included; or with overnight accommodation and travel. A number of as yet un-named snowsports stars are expected to take part in the camp. Mont Saint Sauveur on 18 May A week ago Saint-Sauveur was one of the last three ski areas still…

More Snow Falling in Southern Hemisphere as 2019 Season 10 Days Away

Excitement is building for skiers and boarders waiting to hit the slopes of Australia, New Zealand, South America and Southern Africa as each area receives news of snowfalls, snow forecasts or snowmaking underway …and in some cases all three.   New Zealand is likely to see the first ski areas open a week on Saturday, June 1st.  Whakapapa will open its Happy Valley snow play area using an all-weathers snowmaking machine and Cardrona ski area has also said they’ll open some terrain. Then the focus switches across the Indian Ocean to the resorts of Afriski (pictured below on 9 May) in Lesotho and Tiffindell in South Africa which are scheduled to open the following week on June 6th and 5th…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #88

Issued: 22nd May 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. INTRODUCTION: Heavy snow fell in California: 20cm/8 inches at Mammoth Mountain and plenty more was expected. It's open into July (now you know why). We’re now in to the latter half of May with the start of the Southern Hemisphere's ski season and meteorological summertime only 10 days away.…

Changing Eras

2019: Changing Eras In my previous article I mentioned the changing of ‘era’ here in Japan as well as snowfall being in rather short supply from the middle of February and wondering just how long the ski season would last. Now that the season has pretty much ended in all but a few ski hills in Japan, it’s interesting to look back and see how the last part of the season panned out. And it was kind of odd in some places… but in a good way. The last part of March and into early April ended up giving us a run of unseasonably cold conditions and there was even some unexpected decent snowfall in early April. It always feels…

Late May in the USA: Aspen To Re-Open And Heavy Snowfall Hits California

Aspen ski area has announced it will re-open for the US Memorial Day long holiday weekend at the end of the month (May 25-27). The resort will re- open 130 acres on Aspen Mountain for skiing and boarding. It will mean that three Colorado ski areas will be open for the last weekend of the month as Breckenridge (pictured above earlier this month) and Arapahoe Basin are yet to end their 2018-19 ski seasons, Arapahoe Basin will stay open daily to June 2nd and recently announced it will re-open the following weekend. Meanwhile in California, where four ski areas are still open, there’s a heavy snowstorm dumping down at present.  Mammoth (pictured top and below) reported 20cm of snowfall in…

100% Electric Piste Groomer Unveiled

One of the big factors in the battle to make ski resorts 100% green powered has been the grooming tractors (or ‘piste bashers’). Whilst it is possible to power lifts, snowmaking and almost everything else with renewable electricity, in quite a few cases now actually generated on site with local wind, solar or hydro schemes, sometimes producing much more than the ski area needs and exporting to the grid, the groomers have still needed diesel.  There are somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 groomers working on the world’s ski slopes each evening through the season too. There have been big steps forward in efficiency with attempts to run groomers on bio-diesel, with hybrid engines and diesel electric drives. The introduction of…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #87

Issued: 15th May 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. INTRODUCTION: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado have announced their very long ski season will now be even longer, with new plans to re-open the weekend of June 7-9 after ending daily operations on June 2nd.  As we move deeper in to spring (indeed the start of meteorological summertime…

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