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October 2022

Tahoe Ski Area Damaged by Wildfires in 2021 Reopening This Winter

Sierra at Tahoe ski area says in California say it will re-open this winter having been devastated by the huge Caldor Fire that swept the region in August-October last year. The fire damaged lifts and some buildings although the resort had prepared for its arrival by dousing buildings and lifts with water via its snowmaking system and cutting fire breaks. The damage left it unable to open last season, with one of the main issues removing thousands of fire-damaged trees that posed a potential danger to skiers. Looking at the positives for skiers, once the fire-damaged landscape is covered in snow, a resort spokesperson told local media that the ski area had been able to increase its inbound ski area…

Japan Ski Resorts You May Not Have Heard Of

By Contributor Mike Humphrey  Intrepid travelers, are you looking to find unknown wintery Japan Ski destinations? Japan's powder, vast expanses, and friendly locals make it a favorite destination for international skiers. Most end up heading to Niseko, Hakuba Valley, Nozawa Onsen, or Shiga Kogen. But Japan has over 500 other resorts offering unique Japanese ski experiences. The following list is different from what you find on most sites. For those adventurous few we’ll have you clicking into your bindings away from the crowds. Not for the faint of heart, this list will require you to brush up on your Japanese and get out of your comfort zone. We scoured Japan's renowned alpine resorts to bring you a list of 11…

Snowy Weather in Western North America As More Resorts Open For 22-23

The weather had taken a turn for the better in western North America over the past week with heavy snowfall for many at the start of the week followed by low temperatures and more snow up high over the past few days. Arapahoe Basin was the first in Colorado to open last Sunday (pictured top), more down to its snowmaking efforts through October than the snowfall but looking good. A second Colorado area, Keystone, will open tomorrow (Friday) and says it has a two-mile long slope ready to roll.  A third area, Loveland, has groomers on the hill and also appears close to opening. The heaviest snowfall so far though has been reported in Utah and Montana where Alta and…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #263

Issued: 26th October 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Southern Hemisphere European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup World Overview The 22-23 season continues to gather pace in the Northern Hemisphere with some the biggest snowfalls of autumn/fall so far in the Alps and North America, after a rather dry October. More ski areas have been opening on each side of the Atlantic too, with Sweden the latest country to see its first areas open. In the Southern Hemisphere though, the last areas that had been open, have now closed. After North America’s season started at two small Minnesota ski areas as we were preparing to publish last week, a third Trollhagen in Wisconsin, joined them on Wednesday. The season is also…

Glaciologists Produce Timelapse of Glacier Melt

Glaciologists in Italy’s Lombardy region have produced a timelapse film of the summer melting of the country’s Fellaria glacier, which accelerated dramatically, as did the melt of most other glaciers in the Alps, during the long hot summer of 2022. The film has been produced by a camera first installed in June 2019 which has since recorded a total loss of 26 metres (86 feet) of ice thickness over four summers or 16 summer months. https://youtu.be/WPMzK8uK0Gk  The glaciologists say that the 7.55m (25 feet) of ice thickness lost on the eastern tongue of the Fellaria glacier at 2650 m is a quantity never previously recorded on any Lombardy glacier. “It is not easy to find the right adjectives to describe…

Japan’s 22-23 Ski Season Gets Underway

Japan’s 22-23 ski season has got underway with a small slope made from artificial snow opening at a ski area located at the base of Mt. Fuji. The Yeti ski area in Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture has a reputation for being the first to open in the country in recent years and there’s a carnival atmosphere on opening day with skiers and boarders often in fancy dress. Local media reports that the resort began snowmaking on October 11th and had made over half a million tons of artificial snow in order to open the slopes. Around 400 skiers and boarders arrived for opening day. All being well the coming season will be the first time since early 2020 that skiers and…

Laax Open Adds Freeskiing

Europe's most prestigious snowboard contest, the Laax Open, will opening its doors to freeskiing this winter. The internationally renowned event taking place at Crap Sogn Gion mountain at 2,252m above sea level will see 300 riders from all over the world will compete at the FIS World Cup from 18-22 January 2023. The freeski athletes bring new momentum to the competition, but they’re not actually new to Laax. “Freeskiers have been sharing the parks in Laax with snowboarders ever since parks were built there. Laax also committed to Freesking already by hosting the European Freeski Open from 2006-2011 and 2014-2016, so it was a natural thing to finally include them in the LAAX OPEN,” explains event director Donald Nader.The Laax…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #262

Issued: 19th October 2022 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Southern Hemisphere European Roundup North American Roundup Asia Roundup World Overview Engelberg resort this week The number of glacier ski areas open in Europe continues to creep up with Engelberg the latest to join the party. There are now more than a dozen glacier resorts open, more than half of them in Austria. There's still not much snow around and little fresh to report over the last seven days and if anything, warmer temperatures in the west too, but they continue to make the best of it.  The only really sad news is France was Les 2 Alpes and Tignes hoping to start the season this month, but both have now decided they…

Midwest Ski Hills Set to be First to Open For 22-23 in North America

Two small ski areas in the Midwest state of Minnesota will open for the season later today, Tuesday 18th October. Wild Mountain plans to open at noon, Andes Tower Hills at 1pm - both with very limited terrain available. "Keep in mind that we’ve only had two nights of snowmaking, so our terrain will be extremely limited. We’ll be opening with the Front Stage trail serviced by the Front Stage rope tow. We’ll have 4-6 terrain park features available as well," a social media post from Wild Mountain explained. Andes Tower Hills, which describes itself as, “…a local ski resort with family values, integrity, and heavy ambitions,” released video yesterday of skiers enjoying a small snow slope. It's plans to…

First 22-23 World Cup Races on in Austria, Switzerland and Italy, Off In France

Hopes of not one but three FIS World Cup tours kicking off this month have had a setback with homes that the World Cup Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross tours would be able to begin in France later this month now ruled out with events postponed or cancelled due to inadequate snow cover on the glacier. The longer established start to the Alpine tour at Sölden is officially go for the coming weekend with GS races given the greenlight International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS) and the Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV). The third planned October World Cup races due to take place on an all-new high altitude cross border course between Zermatt and Cervinia crossing the Swiss Italian border, with…

Several of Japan’s Resorts Included in Multi Resort Passes

By Contributor Mike Humphrey After a two-year hiatus, Japan has fully reopened to travellers this week, with only minimal pandemic travel requirements remaining. As of October 11th, 2022, Japan's borders are open, and ski resorts eagerly await the return of international guests. Powder-hungry adventurers looking to take advantage of cheap travel and snowy conditions may want to consider heading to the land of the rising sun. A trip skiing powder in Japan's world-renowned resorts awaits those interested in beating the crowds. Japan is one of the world’s leading ski nations and is home to more than 500 ski resorts spread across the country, ranging from famous international resorts like Niseko to numerous hidden gems. The ski season in Japan typically…

New Zealand’s Largest Ski Area Enters Voluntary Administration

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Limited (RAL), which runs the Whakapapa and Tūroa ski fields on Mt Ruapehu on New Zealand’s North Island, claiming the two areas combined are the country’s largest ski resort,  has gone into voluntary administration. The move follows tough operating years during the pandemic when New Zealand’s ski areas were able to operate but could not receive international visitors, then a disastrous winter 2022 for snowfall. "The Company has had a very difficult last three years, with the impact of Covid-19 restrictions, paired with poor weather this season, meaning that the business has been placed under significant cash flow pressure," a statement from the newly appointed administrators explains. Local politicians have called for Government support saying the move…

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