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May 2020

No Limit To Numbers on the Mountain in New Zealand, But Later Start and Reduced Operations

In further good news for the 2020 ski season in New Zealand, which is due to start in just over a fortnight, an agreement between the country’s ski areas and government means there’ll be no limit on the number of people allowed on the mountain. The news came after the country moved to a loosened ‘Level 2’ lockdown earlier this week allowing many small businesses to re-open, but there had been a concern in the country’s ski resorts that an ongoing limit on the number of people who could be in one place at the same time would make in impractical for ski areas to operate. But the ski areas have agreed specific guidelines for operations this winter, including managing…

Several US Ski Areas Re-Opening – Lift Tickets Sell Out Fast

Several US ski areas in the state of Oregon are re-opening after the state’s governor signed an executive order allowing them to do so. However one immediately sold out of lift tickets – which must be bought online in advance, the other is only allowing existing season pass holders on its slopes. Timberline is open from today (15th May) although it sold-out of lift tickets for today within an hour of them going on sale.  The centre, on Mt Hood, has North America’s longest ski season, running almost year round from early-autumn through to later-summer the following year, subject to snow conditions. A second Oregon area, Mt Bachelor, has also announced it is re-opening, for nine days, from Saturday 16th…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #139

Issued: 13 May 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American Roundup European Roundup Asia Roundup SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OVERVIEW Hotham Resort this week. There’s been more snowfall reported in Australia, New Zealand and a few other southern hemisphere ski nations over the last seven days although not so much as the previous week Temperatures seem to be on the downward trajectory, as they should be for an approaching winter. But with the start of the season less than a month away for many areas, there's increasing concern about a lack of clarity as to what will be able to open due to the virus pandemic, although restrictions are being gradually eased in most ski nations. It's not yet clear if the…

Bulgarian Ski Resort Plans To Thank Country’s Medics With Free Ski Holiday

Bulgaria’s largest ski area, Bansko, will be offering free ski holiday weekends next winter to the country’s medics who are working to fight COVID-19. The ski area’s operating company Ulen has announced a special partnership with Bansko Municipality and the Alliance for Promotion and Development of Tourism in Bansko, as well as different hoteliers in the resort, to provide free weekend break next winter to all medics in Bulgaria who are fighting on the front line against COVID-19. The free holiday packages for the next winter 2020-21 will include free accommodation in hotels, free meals, free ski passes and, if needed, free ski lessons and free ski equipment rental. "Through this initiative we want to show our gratitude to the…

Latest Giant Chinese Indoor Snow Centre Another of World’s Biggest

The latest huge indoor snow centre in China, which is due to have a soft opening at the end of next month, will be another of the world’s largest. The Chengdu Sunac Cultural Tourism City Water and Snow World in Chengdu has been built by the company behind the world’s biggest indoor snow centre in Harbin, Northeast China, and two other giant indoor snow complexes. Chengdu is on the other side of the country, with a very different climate, and is the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province. Work on the massive facility, covering 367,600 square metres and reported to be the largest reinforced concrete structure to hold an  indoor ski resort in China, was halted during the height of…

Cortina Offers Free Ski Holidays to Health Professionals Fighting Italy’s Coronavirus Pandemic

Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites has announced an initiative by a dozen of the resort’s hotels in partnership with other businesses to offer free holidays to medical staff who worked long hours during the COVID-19 Coronavirus emergency in Italy, and in many cases still are doing. The offer is for a free-of-charge long-weekend break in the mountains, in most cases this summer but in some cases next winter too. The offer does not just cover accommodation but also things like mountain guiding services, ski school lessons, equipment rental, guided activities and restaurant lunches and dinners will also all be provided free-of-charge. “Our gratitude to the commitment and courage of our friends, healthcare workers, doctors, nurses and other emergency staff…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #138

Issued: 6 May 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OVERVIEW This week in Hotham Resort The biggest news of this week south of the Equator is probably the huge snowfalls in Australia in the run-up to last weekend. Most ski areas in the country got at least 50cm (20 inches) of fresh snowfall about six weeks before the season is due to begin there, some as much as a metre (4 inches) over about 48 hours. It has warmed up since but more snow is forecast. There’s also been snowfall reported in southern Africa again in the past week as well as New Zealand.Of course, all areas are looking at whether they will be…

Norway Glacier Area Opens With Nearly 15 Metre (49 Foot) Base

The Fonna Glacier late spring/summer ski area has opened for its 2020 season in Norway. The centre is reporting an exceptional 14.9 metre (49 feet) depth of snow on its upper slopes, with only slightly less at the bottom of the runs. It took well over a month for diggers to dig out the access road to the centre. A few weeks ago there was a concern whether Norway’s three summer ski areas would be able to open due to the pandemic, but the country has begun easing its lockdown and has allowed smaller ski areas to re-open if agreed by their local authorities. At least half-a-dozen smaller centres have re-opened for domestic skiers based locally.  They have strict virus-spread-risk…

Ski Industry Professionals Feel Huge Impact of COVID-19, But Most Believe Resorts Will Open Next Winter

A recent survey of UK snowsports industry professionals conducted by Ski Press,as PR and Marketing company specialising in the winter sports and mountain destination travel sector and Skipedia, which specialises in digital marketing for the ski industry, has revealed the damage that COVID-19 has had on their businesses and what they believe the future might hold over the next year. Some of the key findings concluded that: •             82% of companies suffered reduced sales due to the premature end to the 2019-20 season, with two-thirds experiencing lower than usual sales for winter 2020-21 so far. •             Almost 1 in 5 have made staff redundant and a quarter are concerned they could go out of business. •             Although almost all expect…

Up To A Metre (40″) of Pre-Season Snowfall in Australia

A huge pre-season snowfall in Australia has blanketed ski areas there with up to a metre (40 inches) of snow in the past 48 hours. It’s six weeks until the country’s ski areas are due to open for their 2020 season over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, a holiday weekend in the country and the traditional opening date for ski centres, snow cover or not. But Aussie ski areas are harking back to 2009 when another big autumn snowfall led for one of the earliest ever ski days in the country’s history 11 years ago, with Mt Buller posting this image (and the one above), Charlotte Pass has reported the biggest snowfall with a metre (40 inches) of snowfall since Thursday.…