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June 2021

Apparent Go Ahead For One of World’s Longest Ski Lifts

It appears that a huge lift project talked about for decades now has finance secured and will finally be built, with a 2025 opening date given. The ‘Funiflaine’ lift which envisages a lift up from the valley floor to the Flaine ski resort has been talked about for about as long as the nearly 60 years the resort has existed. In the early 2000s a serious study in to the realities of such a lift was commissioned and the project was revisited around 2009, but the project has never got off the ground primarily because it fell short of a perceived cost/benefit ratio …up to now. Now though, climate change concerns seem to be behind the project finally getting the…

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

Last Updated 20 June 2021 at 15.00 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 5 May 2020: 767 The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 50+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in at least 12 Countries on 5 Continents including: Africa: Lesotho Asia: Japan. Europe: Austria, France, Italy, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland. North America: USA. Oceania: Australia, New Zealand. Ski areas in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mongolia, Morocco, Poland and Portugal had wanted to open during the winter of 20-21 but governments in their countries or region deemed it not virus-safe to do so.  Besides those not permitted to open, most ski areas in the northern hemisphere and all…

Midsummer Skiing This Saturday at Glencoe

Glencoe ski area in Scotland has announced it is to run its now traditional Midsummer ski this coming Saturday 19th June. The ski centre usually runs its lifts as close as it can to the longest day each summer – which is particularly long in the Highlands of Scotland – for an hour or so to allow determined skiers to access the remaining snow patches on the slopes. Some recent Midsummer skis have been cancelled due to pandemic restrictions or too little snow but this year it is back on, all being well. “The longest snow patch left is on the Spring Run at between 250 and 300m long. The longest patch in the Main Basin is now only 120…

Norwegian Glacier Ends Summerski Season With National Monoski Championships

Norway’s Stryn glacier summerski area will end its very short 2021 season this Sunday by staging the Norwegian 2021 Monoski Championships. The resort only opened for its 2021 season less than a month ago, on May 27th, but says that recent strong winds and rain have so severely impacted its snow cover it will be forced to close much earlier than expected for the season. “The snow disappears at record speed,” confirmed a ski area spokesperson. In fact the bad weather has led to it closing from Monday to Wednesday this week, but it hopes to open from Thursday through to Sunday and there’s good weather forecast for the weekend. Stryn To bring a bit of cheer for the early…

4 Companies Owning 71 North American Ski Areas Agree Joint Climate Change Fight

Four companies which between them run many of North America’s leading ski resorts have agreed a joint ‘Climate Collaborative Charter’ in which they agree common priorities in the battle against climate change. The Alterra Mountain Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR and Vail Resorts are reported to have spent two years compiling the Charter which they describe as the ski industry’s first unified effort to combat climate change with shared commitments around sustainability and advocacy. All four ski industry leaders have agreed to operate their respective resorts with sustainability at the forefront and use their collective voice to advocate for effective public policy on climate action in order to leave a positive legacy for future generations of skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts.…

Huge Snowfalls For Australia’s 2021 Season Start

There have been huge snowfalls for most of Australia’s ski resorts ahead of the main  season start on Saturday, although not everywhere has benefitted. The biggest accumulations, of up to 60cm (2 feet), were reported by ski areas in New South Wales with Perisher, which has already opened a week early, and Charlotte Pass posting the biggest numbers. The heavy snowfall came after a week of low temperatures in which ski areas had already been able to build a snowmaking base to runs, so this combination of machine made snow with lots of natural snow on top has created unusually great conditions for opening weekend. Australian areas traditionally almost all open over the Queen’s Birthday long-weekend in the country and…

Design Museum Exhibition Dedicated to Famous French Female Ski Resort Creator

London’s Design Museum is to stage an exhibition dedicated to the work of French designer  Charlotte Perriand, whose work includes being a major contributor to the creation of the famous French ski resort of Les Arcs, in the 1960s. The exhibition ‘Charlotte Perriand: the Modern Life’, will run from 19 June to 5 September 2021. Today recognised as one of the giants of 20th century modern design, Charlotte Perriand was a free spirit who loved nature and championed good design for all. The exhibition pays tribute to Perriand’s incredible visionary spirit and creative force. As well as recognising her pioneering designs and modern ideas, the exhibition also recounts her passion for the mountains, notably through her contribution to the creation…

US Posts 5th Best Season on Record For “Pandemic Winter” 20-21

The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) in the US has announced that skier visit numbers to the country’s ski areas last winter totalled 59 million for the 2020-21 “pandemic” ski season, the fifth best season on record since the group began making an annual study of the stats in 1979. They also found ski areas stayed open an average of 112 days compared to an average 99 days in winter 2019-20 when most areas closed early in March due to the first lockdown. Through the past winter most areas stayed open, with pandemic safety measures in place. More skiers chose to ski at local slopes and midweek compared to a ‘normal’ winter. "What a year it has been. From utter…

Big Snowfall Bodes Well for New Zealand’s 2021 Season Start

Ski areas in New Zealand are even more excited about the imminent start of the 2021 season following a major storm which brought big snow accumulations to many of the country’s ski areas. Some have optimistically dubbed the size and timing of the snowfall the “storm of the century” and say opening conditions are the best they’ve been in a decade or more. (Porters) “We have received more snow at higher elevations than we first thought. Some drifts up to 4m (13 feet) in depth on the summit.  The lower mountain has maintained a 30-40cm pack which had some rain events on it during the storm.  Opening day is just around the corner June 11th, let’s go!” said a spokesperson…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #194

Issued: 02 June 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia RoundupSouthern Hemisphere WORLD OVERVIEW This week marks the start of winter, by the meteorological way of measuring the seasons, in the Southern Hemisphere and the of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Perisher resort this week It’s hard to know where excitement levels are greater. In the Southern Hemisphere the 2021 season is about to kick off in just a few days’ time. There’s snow and cold weather in the Andes, cold weather for snowmaking in Australia and southern Africa and lots of (slightly wet) snow in New Zealand. Australia’s largest ski area, Perisher, just announced they plan to open this Friday, 4th June; probably the first to open in…

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