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July 2020

Fresh July Snowfall on Four Continents, North and South of The Equator

There’s been fresh snowfall in the past few days in Europe and North America in the Northern Hemisphere, as well as in South America, Australia and New Zealand. The most unusual snowfall was in Norway where the Fonna Glacier (pictured top today), one of three currently open for skiing in the country, was closed on Friday 3rd June as 35cm (14 inches) of snow fell, closing the centre’s access road. It’s not that unusual for fresh snow at any point in the summer on Norwegian glaciers, but it’s less common for it to happen as part of snowfall happening around the world. Higher slopes in parts of North America have also reported fresh snow although all but Timberline in Oregon…

“Face Coverings Are Part of Our Culture”

Whilst acknowledging there are many questions about how ski areas will operate next winter, senior management from North American ski centres have said that part of the message they’d like to convey is that ski centres remain good for physical and mental well-being. "It's important to share the benefits ski areas have to offer - there's space to spread out," said Kelly Pawlak, president/CEO of the National Ski Areas Association in the USA, pointing out that the majority of the day is spent outside on a ski trip and that snowsports are great for one's mental health.  “Face coverings are part of our culture," she added. Kelly Pawlak was speaking at an online briefing for journalists organised by the North…