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July 2021

New Zealand Sees Record Warm Temperatures in First Month of Ski Season

Temperatures during June 2021, the first month of winter and for most ski areas in New Zealand when the season normally starts, have hit a new record high. Although book-ended by two “Antarctic Polar Blasts” at the start and end of the month, temperatures in the country overall last month were 2C higher than normal, and two dozen locations reported record June highs.  Records from the country’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s (NIWA) go back more than 110 years to the start of the 20th century. As markedly warm and dry as the weather was, there were also clear weather extremes with a “once in a century” snowstorm hitting the country at the start of the month depositing…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #198

Issued: 07 July 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia RoundupSouthern Hemisphere WORLD OVERVIEW We’re in that brief period of the year when it’s possible to take a lift up the slopes at ski areas on six continents. That didn’t happen due to the impact of the first wave of the pandemic a year ago, but this time the first ski areas have opened in South America for their 2021 season before the last in Asia end their 20-21 season, possibly as soon as this Sunday. So the cross over will only have lasted less than a fortnight.There are still less than 100 ski areas open worldwide, just one each for Africa, Asia and North America and around a…

Colorado Ski Resort Wins Top Award For fighting Climate Change

Colorado’s Eldora ski resort has won the highest ‘Golden Eagle’ title in the annual awards run by North American ski areas’ trade body the NSAA, taking top marks in the “Environmental Excellence, Climate Impact” category. Eldora has instilled a desire to achieve ever higher environmental management goals in every area of its operations and with every employee asked to play their part. They work with Xcel Energy to meet carbon reduction goals at the resort. The resort has committed to changing to all electric vehicles and upgrading to energy efficient lighting. They are also investing in more efficient snowmaking equipment that will use less water and energy. A grant has been applied for to purchase and install recycling stations in…

Ski Areas Stress Mental Health Benefits As Ski Slopes Reopen After 2 Years

Some ski areas in Chile have re-opened for the first time since winter 2019 as the country’s government eases restrictions as COVID infection levels drop. Many are stressing the mental health benefits for people able to travel to the mountains again for ski holidays. Valle Nevado, 50 kilometres from capital Santiago, is one of the country’s major resorts which did not open at all in winter 2020. Its manager Ricardo Margulis told news-agency Reuters that he let  skiing fitted perfectly with the government’s campaign for people to bolster their mental and physical health with outdoor exercise. Nevados de Chillan this weekend, open for the first time since 2019, also pictured top and below. Ski areas were allowed to open in…

New All-Weather Snowmaking System Launched

The Italian-headquartered snowmaking company Demaclenko has created a new all-weather snowmaking machine which the company says offers, “…an unprecedented solution for efficient and powerful snowmaking when it’s not freezing.” https://youtu.be/FF5LfeS-5CU Working with the Austrian-based company 3CON, a specialist in interior production systems, Demaclenko has christened their technology ‘Snow4Ever 200’ and states, “What’s revolutionary about Demaclenko’s technology is that real technical snow, rather than flake ice, is produced inside the system, regardless of external climatic conditions and with significantly reduced energy consumption.” They state that the machine’s production volume of 200 m³ (260 Yd³) per day makes it the most powerful temperature-independent snow producer on the market so far, and stresses that unlike existing all-weather snowmaking machines, “…its snow doesn’t differ…

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