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May 2021

Ski Season Extended To At Least End of Month on Europe’s Highest Mountain

It has been announced that the ski season has been extended to at least the end of May with the possibility of skiing in to June of Europe’s highest mountain, Elbrus, in Russia. “There is enough snow on the highest mountain in Europe to prepare quality trails for guests,” a spokesperson for the ski area said.  Around 10km (six miles) of prepared runs are open between the upper station of the Gara-Bashi lift, the at an altitude of 3847 m down to Stary Krugozor at an altitude of 3000 metres. The season had previously been expected to end on May 16th, but a new closing date has not yet been set. “The exact end date of the season is not…

French 2021 Summer Ski Season Starts Soon

French ski areas have been allowed to resume carrying passengers in ski lifts and, barring any last minute changes, the first of the country’s three remaining summerski resorts, Les 2 Alpes (pictured above last summer), will resume offering lift-accessed skiing from Saturday, May 29th. “If you feel frustrated about having missed your winter ski holiday, why not try a summer ski holiday?” a Les 2 Alpes spokesperson asked, adding, “and, after a winter of heavy snowfall, the glacier will be in excellent condition for visitors this summer.” Travel within the EU is resuming although unfortunately so far leisure travel is not possible from the UK. Les 2 Alpes claims Europe’s biggest skiable glacier – skiers and snowboarders can ride every…

New Zealand “Border Exemptions” For International Ski Workers

New Zealand has issued a number of “border exemptions” to ski resort employees allowing them to enter the country and work for centres there during the upcoming 2021 ski season despite being from countries outside the Australia/New Zealand travel bubble. Ski areas had feared they would not be able to find enough workers from the domestic labour pool to be able to open fully and put in an appeal to the New Zealand government in March. This has now resulted in 27 people from outside the Australia / New Zealand bubble being permitted the right to come and work at ski field this season meaning they can be 100% open. The highly-skilled staff are reported to include high level ski…

Haute Route Skied in Just 31 Hours Non-Stop

British adventurer Aaron Rolph has completed the famous Haute Route between Chamonix and Zermatt in just 31 hours. Rolph’s achievement is believed to be the first successful, single push of the most popular Verbier route. Rolph reached the Swiss mountain town of Zermatt after ski touring non-stop for 31 hours from Chamonix covering a distance of 125km (78 miles) and climbing almost 8000m (26,247 feet) in ascent. Upon doing so, he joined a very short list of ski mountaineering elite to complete the iconic ski challenge in a “single push”. The Haute Route is one of the world’s most coveted ski tours. Many experienced off-piste skiers aspire to complete the route over 7 days, staying in mountain huts en route.…

Ski Areas Extending Seasons Past Mid-May

A number of ski areas in Europe and North America that wouldn’t normally be open to the latter half of May have announced extended ski seasons for at least another week. Some are crediting good snow conditions for their decisions, others the e4asing of pandemic restrictions where they’re located, some both. Around 50 ski areas remain open this weekend, but for about a third of these, this Sunday will be the last of the season, including three resorts still open in Finland, two of which (Levi & Ruka) have clocked up a seven month season since opening in early October and now have less than five months to wait until the 21-22 season starts for them. Winter Park Among the…

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

Last Updated 16 May 2021 at 13.00 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 5 May 2020: 677 The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 30+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in at least 10 Countries on 3 Continents including: Asia: China, Japan. Europe: Austria, Norway, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland North America: USA Ski areas in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mongolia, Morocco, Poland and Portugal wanted to open during the winter of 20-21 but governments in their countries or region deemed it not virus-safe to do so.  Most ski areas in the northern hemisphere and all in Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Georgia,…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #190

Issued: 5 May 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia RoundupSouthern Hemisphere WORLD OVERVIEW Åre resort this week Moving into May, the six months of debate over whether or not thousands of ski areas can operate in the Northern Hemisphere (due to different pandemic restrictions in different countries) begins to seem less important as more than 99% of ski areas have now closed anyway as a result of the natural end to the season. Indeed, May is normally one of the quietest periods in the global ski year anyway as the Northern Hemisphere’s season winds down but the Southern Hemisphere’s has not yet started and 2021 is looking no different.  Actually, there may be just slightly more ski areas…

K2 Skier Summits & Descends Previously Unconquered Peak

Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel has become the first man to summit Yawash Sar II (6,178m  / 20,269 ft) in the Karakoram range in Pakistan. He is then reported to have skied down to the mountain’s base. Andrzej Bargiel, who was the first man top successfully summit and ski down the world’s second highest peak, K2, in 2018, climbed with Yendrek Baranowski setting off from Base Camp before camping at 5,100m, then departing for the top at 4am. Images from Andrzej Bargiel Instagram The duo are reported to have made the ascent sooner than originally planned as Pakistan intends to enforce a tourism travel shuts down on May 8 to limit COVID spread during the end-of-Ramadan holidays. Laila Peak Before…