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January 2021

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…

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