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April 2021

Slovenian Ski Areas Re-Open, Aim To Stay Open in to May

Several ski areas in Slovenia have re-opened after the country’s latest lockdown restrictions were eased. The country is now back to a tiered system, with the highest ‘red level’ now in force. However ski areas are allowed to re-open and three have chosen to do so despite the natural ends of the season being near. Two of there, Krvavec and Kanin, say they intend to stay open to at least early May. Kanin ski area (pictured in May last year) was actually one of the first areas in Europe to re-open last spring after the first lockdown. It re-opening due to good conditions up high from 14th May, 2020 and the Slovenian national squad were training there and organised the…

Snow-Forecast’s Rolling News on Ski Resorts Re-Opening (2020-21)

. Last Updated 21 April 2021 at 11.00 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 5 May 2020: 641 The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 500+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in at least 25 Countries on 3 Continents including: Asia: Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey. Europe: Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany (some), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine. North America: Canada, USA Ski areas in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany (most) Greece, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan*, Poland, Portugal, Scotland and the Slovak Republic want to open but governments in their countries or…

Slovakia Re-opening for Skiing

Just as most of the ski areas in the northern hemisphere close down for the season, Jasna, the leading resort in the Slovak Republic, has announced it hopes to re-open its slopes. “And it's here! Spring skiing in Jasna starts on Thursday, 22nd April!” a spokesperson for the resort said. Ski areas in Slovenia operated up to January 12th, 2021 when the government announced ski areas would be closed for three weeks to try to slow pandemic spread. Ski areas were initially closed to at least February 7th, but this date had been constantly put back, in to April, as the pandemic continued at quite high infection levels in Slovakia. Jasna on 10th December, 2020 The Jasna slopes that still…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #187

Issued: 14 April 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia Roundup EUROPE INTRODUCTION Even as we approach the middle of the month,April continues to be a more wintery month than March was, with the snow returning to the Alps over the past few days and the mercury dropping to double-digits below freezing. Up to 35cm (14 inches) of fresh snowfall has been reported for some high altitude slopes, but the snow has been falling down to resort level in the valleys too. The snowfall has also continued up in Scandinavia and Scotland and it has even been cold, at times, in the southeast as well as the northeast of the continent. Despite that though, of the hundreds of ski areas…

Snowboarders Can Make Up for a Missed Winter By Riding Sand Dunes in Qatar

The Middle Eastern kingdom of Qatar is offering boarders the chance to hit the hot desert sand this summer to make up for missing out on the snow version of the sport this past winter. “For 2021, the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) is inviting those who missed out on a ski or snowboarding trip to visit the country when borders re-open to get out of their comfort zone and try something new - at a fraction of the cost,” a spokesperson for the organisation said. The QNTC is working in partnership with Q Explorer Tourism to offer this novel alternative in the spectacular dunes of Khor Al Adaid at up to a third off the price of the normal…

Ski Areas Extend Seasons Into May

Despite the pandemic operating restriction affected ski areas the world over, a number of resorts have announced extended operating periods this spring. It is good news for those lucky enough to be able to reach the still-open ski-areas. For the first time ever, Swiss ski resort LAAX (below) is extending its ski season by three weekends, due to favourable conditions on the pistes. The resort had planned to close its slopes this Sunday 11th April, but have decided that thanks to what they say is great snow conditions, they will remain open every weekend until Monday 3rd May, the longest the winter season has ever run in LAAX. “This extended ski season will run alongside the resort’s newly launched spring…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #186

Issued: 07 April 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup EUROPE INTRODUCTION With Easter weekend behind us, there’s a rapid shutdown of ski areas in the Alps; areas in countries like Austria, where the slopes were open to locals and bigger resorts in France that had stayed open hoping for the news that never came (that the ski lifts could open).  They are closing as temperatures actually drop in the Alps and many areas have seen fresh snowfall over the past few days.  They are not all closing though, many areas with higher slopes are staying open, some planning to do so into May or (for glacier areas) later in the season still. Many leading Swiss areas…

Home Ski Slopes Sales Boom During Lockdown

Artificial ski slope manufacturer Skitrax has reported a mini-boom in sales of mini-ski slopes for home use during the pandemic lockdown. “Many young people in Germany have decided to build a small fun park themselves. Dozens of kids have bought between 15-30 sqm of our Slopetrax mats and added their own obstacles to further increase the fun!” said Wolfgang Schmidt of Skitrax. One snowboarder, Tom Avisic, built a launch ramp with a height of about 2m out of wood. A few metres of wood were then laid across at an angle of inclination of approx 25% to create the slope with the Slopetrax surface attached with wood screws. For the run, the sliding mats were then laid on the lawn…

Frost On Mars

One of the big questions for the first human inhabitants of Mars later this century is what will the skiing be like? The good news is that despite being one of the smaller planets in the solar system, Mars is home to the biggest mountains yet discovered, so can offer the biggest vertical in the solar system. The giant former volcano Olympus Mons is 21km (13 miles) high and rises three times higher than Earth's highest mountain (above sea level) Everest. What Mars has not yet been found to have a lot of though is snow, but the good news is that the world’s space agencies are finding more and more evidence of at least thick frost – so thick…

New Zealand Ski Area Plans for Full Opening

New Zealand ski areas are beginning to publish details of the upcoming 2021 ski season there, and it is looking like it will be more ‘normal’ than 2021. New Zealand has managed to almost completely suppress the virus by strict border controls from day one, and strict quarantine when cases arise.  As a result it came out of its initial lockdown around a year ago with ski areas able to operate fairly normally. However a number of the country’s bigger ski areas rely on international tourism for revenue, so some were forced to limit opening to long-weekends outside peak season, after opening a few weeks later than planned for winter 2020. This, along with social-distancing and similar measures in the…

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