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July 2022

“Multi-Billion Dollar” Spend At World’s Biggest Indoor Snow Centre To Take Visitor Numbers to 4m

China’s state media agency Xinhua reports that the world’s largest indoor snow centre, Harbin Ice and Snow World, is currently investing in, “a multi-billion-dollar project that will allow people to,  “watch the ice lanterns in summer.” The news agency is referring to a current project to add a “fantasy ice and snow hall” to the indoor ski centre that will recreate Harbin’s famous winter International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. This draws nearly 20 million visitors each winter and generates around $5 billion in revenue, as a year-round indoor attraction. “The ice and snow landscapes that could previously only be viewed outdoors in winter will be presented indoors. After the project is completed, it is expected the centre will receive…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #250

Issued: 27th July 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Southern Hemisphere European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup World Overview We are into the final few days of having ski lifts operational and serving snow slopes on six continents. There are a few weeks of the season left, hopefully, for the only area open in North America. But for Asia, the last centre open in Japan will end its 2022 run at the weekend.In Europe, ski areas are never supposed to close with two centres operating glacier slopes year-round, but limited snowfall last winter followed by a hot spring and summer has put that under pressure. One of the two, Zermatt, with its summer glacier slopes accessed from Cervinia on the Italian…

Climate Emergency Ends Year-Round Skiing at Zermatt

The high temperatures in the Alps through most of spring and summer, which have seen the ‘freezing-point’ height above sea-level at which glaciers and surround ground remain frozen go to appoint high in the air above the highest peaks, is forcing Zermatt to temporarily suspend year-round skiing on its glacier.  The resort will suspend summer skiing from this Friday, July 29th. These are highest lift-accessed slopes in Europe and where the International Ski Federation plans to run four cross-border World Cup Downhill ski races this autumn.  The slopes have been open daily for many years now, except for a break of about three months at the start of the worldwide pandemic in spring 2020. Zermatt, pictured above in snowier times,…

Snow-Forecast’s Rolling News on Ski Resorts Re-Opening (2022)

Last Updated 6 August 2022 at 9.20 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 12 May 2020: 1,356) The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 80+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in 9 Countries on 5 Continents including: Africa: Lesotho. Europe: Austria, Norway, Switzerland. North America: USA South America: Argentina, Chile Oceania: Australia, New Zealand Browse by country: North America: Canada USA Europe: Andorra Austria Bulgaria Finland France Germany Italy Norway Scotland Spain Sweden Switzerland Asia: China Japan Canada has re-introduced random testing at four of its international airports - those used mostly by skiers in Alberta, BC, Ontario and Quebec. The UK's largest tour op says this has led to a dip in sales…

Passo Stelvio Latest Summer Ski Glacier Area to Close – Four Left

Italy’s Passo Stelvio summer ski centre (pictured above in snowier times) is the latest glacier ski area in the Alps to close its lifts, stating, “Unfortunately due to a period of extremely high temperatures, with freezing temperatures only above 4400 meters, we gave up. We regretfully communicate that, despite our best efforts, we will temporarily suspend skiing on the glacier.” It joins the French resorts of les 2 Alpes and Tignes as well as the Molltal glacier in Austria in closing early and means only three glaciers remain open in the Alps, with one in Scandinavia. The numbers were already at an all time low before Passo Stelvio’s decision was forced on it. The rapidly diminishing number of centres open…

Ski Manufacturer Unveils 100% Solar Powered Production Plant

Ski manufacturer Elan has unveiled a new production facility that is 100% solar powered at its base in Begunje, Slovenia about 30 minutes from the ski resort of Kranjska Gora and 10 minutes from Bled. The move follows the company’s switch to sourcing 100% green energy earlier this year and means that it will also now self-produce 12% of that green energy via the new plant. Describing the new factory as “a logical strategic step” the new plant in Elan’s Slovenian homeland has 2,500 solar panels on its roof, covering 5,000 m2, which will generate1,060 MWh of electricity annually.  That’s equivalent to the average needs of 160 households and a reduction in CO2  emissions of more than 498 tonnes. "Independence…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #249

Issued: 20th July 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Southern Hemisphere European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup World Overview Cardrona resort this week Chile and New Zealand have been the big stories of the past seven days for snowfall, although Argentina and Australia have seen plenty of fresh snow falling too. Chile was the most dramatically affected with heavy snow becoming more of a logistical issue at the end of last week as numerous mountain passes and access roads to most of the country’s leading resorts were closed. Obviously, great news for snow cover for the rest of the season but a problem caused in the short term. In New Zealand, ski areas on the South Island were closed for several…

Chairlift and Restaurant Upgrades Above Verbier For 22-23 Winter

Téléverbier SA and Télé-Thyon SA are working with the Swiss lift manufacturer, Bartholet Maschineuabu AG, to replace the fixed chairlift in La Pasay in the Bruson sector of the 4 Valleys with a detachable six-seater chairlift complete with weather hood. The journey time will be reduced from eleven to five minutes and the chair, designed by Porsche Design Studio, will allow guests to enjoy a ride with maximum comfort, whatever the weather. The lift will operate at an initial capacity of 1,600 people per hour and will travel 1,485 metres. Replacing the chairlift is not the only project underway in Bruson this summer, the La Pasay snack bar will be fully renovated and extended to transform it into a traditional,…

Olympic Skier Wears Her Rubbish For first Week Of her 40s

Former British Olympic skier and TV presenter Chemmy Alcott has spent the past week, the first seven days of her 40s, wearing the rubbish she created. Chemmy was challenged to wear her rubbish for a week by circular skiwear company EcoSki in a bid to highlight the amount we send to landfill and its impact on climate change. Mum-of-three Chemmy, who turned 40 on 10 July, wore recycled plastic bags filled with the rubbish she “throws out” over the course of a week while attending events in London, doing the school run and even while out paddleboarding. On the final day she weighed it all and found her rubbish at the end of the week was 4.5kg, 100 grammes more…

Suicide Six Ski Centre Re-named Saskadena Six

A ski area in Vermont formerly known as ‘Hill No.6’ and more recently ‘Suicide Six’ has changed its name again to Saskadena Six. The name change, announced as coming soon last month, is the latest of several attempts to remove insensitive business titles and follows the decision to rename the better-known Californian ski area and 1960 Winter Olympics host ‘Squaw Valley’ as ‘Palisades Tahoe’. The word “squaw” is considered a racist slur by many people and using “suicide” considered insensitive when the number of people taking their own lives in Vermont is at a record high. Saskadena (pronounced “sahs-kah-deena), which means ‘standing mountain’ recognises that the land was originally inhabited by the  Abenaki people before Europeans arrived and took it.…

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