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August 2022

Only One Ski Area Likely To Be Open In Northern Hemisphere After 21st August

As hot weather continues to impact the Alps and many other mountainous areas around the world, it looks like only one ski area will be open for the final 10 days of August and into September in the northern hemisphere. The number of centres currently open is already at a historic low, with just two areas left open to the skiing public in Europe and one in North America. Two of these have announced they plan to end their seasons on August 21st. This will leave, all being well, Hintertux in the Austrian Tirol (pictured top today) the only ski area still operating. It’s one of two ski centres that usually aim to keep their glacier slopes open 365 days…

Saudi Arabia Bids to Host Asian Winter Games at As Yet Unbuilt SkI Area

Saudi Arabia has submitted a bid to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games at a ski area it plans to build in the Sarawat mountains, about 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of the Red Sea coast. However work on the ski area has not yet commenced. Trojena Sports City has been promoted as an “all year ski village” but it remains unclear how this will be achieved. The Sarawat mountains, which peak at 3,666m over the border in Yemen, are a little cooler than the surrounding area and occasionally see a dusting of snow in winter, but it seems too warm for conventional snowmaking machines. Promotional videos for the project, which appear to show animations of skiers skiing uphill into…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #251

Issued: 3rd August 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Southern Hemisphere European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup World Overview Perisher resort this week We’re about midway through the 2022 ski season in the southern hemisphere now as we startAugust and almost all of the ski centres in the Andes, Australia, southern Africa and New Zealand arereporting good conditions. Most are now fully open and building decent snow depths.Most of the more active weather of the past seven days has been reported in Australia andNew Zealand, both of which have seen big new snowfalls and great powder conditions some days,but also blizzard conditions and gale force winds closing slopes to deliver that snow on others.In the northern hemisphere, there was more bad…

Apex Latest Ski Resort Threatened By Wildfire

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have issued an evacuation for the ski resort community of Apex Mountain Village in British Columbia, Canada. It’s the latest ski area to be threatened by the growing number of wildfires as temperatures rise and drier conditions prevail. The Keremeos Creek wildfire threatening Apex has grown to cover 22.6 square kilometres. Apex has been using its snowmaking machinery to spray mist at buildings in an attempt to protect them from the blaze, a technique that is becoming increasingly popular as ski areas seek to protect themselves. James Shalman, the resort's general manager, told CBC that several hundred people live in the village during the summer months and said that currently the resort was not…