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WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #121

Issued: 08 January 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup INTRODUCTION NORTH AMERICA The big news for North America over the past week has really been the big snowfalls in the Northwest which have moved resorts in the region, which were languishing at the bottom of the snow depth table for the continent and struggling to open for lack of snow cover after a warm wet autumn, right up to the top of the table in just a few weeks. Elsewhere, conditions remain pretty good in the Rockies with low temperatures, decent snow depths in most areas and some fresh pow.  The Midwest is continuing its battles for weather stability as temperatures yoyo up and down above…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #119

Issued: 25 December 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North America's Pacific Northwest region looks to be making up for lost time after a warm, wet autumn. The good news is it's finally dumping down big time.  Cypress Mountain in BC reported 39cm in 24 hours. INTRODUCTION NORTH AMERICA The news is largely good for North America over the past seven days. There have been some large snowfalls in the north and west of the continent, parts of which had not received any snow worth counting. So, it's an improving picture up in the Pacific Northwest at last. On the east side, where it had been too warm and dry (or wet rather than snowy) in several areas, there hasn't been…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #118

Issued: 18 December 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne INTRODUCTION EUROPE It has been a snowy week again in the Alps as the main season gets started with some resorts receiving more than a metre of snowfall in total between Monday and Sunday. This was mostly from two big snowstorms at the start and end of that period; however, it wasn't entirely good news with some of the precipitation falling as rain at times and in places up to about 1600 metres altitude. There were also gale force winds bringing blizzard conditions. The experts at Henry's Avalanche Talks have warned that the off-piste avalanche danger has climbed to 4 out of 5 on the danger scale. The rain froze after hitting…

WORLD SNOW OVERVIEW #117

Issued: 11 December 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne With 20 to 30cm of fresh snow Spain’s Baqueira Beret, in the Pyreneees, now has 156 km (97 miles) of piste skiable with 60 to 90 cm of snow lying and 33 lifts operating. It's one of the biggest areas already open in the world. Beware though, the fresh snow has pushed the avalanche risk off-piste up to 3 on the scale to 5. INTRODUCTION EUROPE It has been a fairly quiet week for most ski areas in Europe in terms of fresh snow with nearly two weeks since the last big snowfall; however, it has been snowing in the Alps again in the past few days and more heavy snow is…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #116

One North American ski area has now reported over a metre of snowfall this week. Powder Mountain, in Utah, reports 102cm (41 inches) of fresh snow and it opens for winter 2019-20 tomorrow! Issued: 04 December 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne INTRODUCTION December began with heavy snowfall in both Europe and North America.  For the Alps this was simply 'more of the same' after a very snowy November 2019. For North America, particularly the west where most of the snow had fallen, it was quite a relief after a mostly dry November. The snowfall in the Alps was heaviest again in the west and south with less snow further east.  This picture was mirrored to some extent in the US,…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #115

It's less than a week until meteorological summertime in the Southern Hemisphere but one New Zealand ski area, Whakapapa, is still open at weekends for skiing and boarding. Issued: 27 November 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne INTRODUCTION It has been another exceptionally snowy week in the Alps with much of the snowfall coming over the weekend, althou wfall was reported with the southern Alps along the French/Italian border seeing the heaviest snow. Some areas have now had more than 3 metres (10 feet) of snowfall this month with more to come in the final days of November. Along with the snowfall, there were strong winds in many areas, temporarily closing a lot of the resorts that have already opened and…

Toboggan tips from a traditional toboggan maker in Bavaria

If you want to experience winter in Germany, you have to pay Bavaria a visit. There is something for everyone here - whether relaxed days in the snow or unforgettable adventures in the forest. And who better to tell you about it than those who have been calling winter their favourite time of the year here since childhood? Locals tell of cross-country skiing, winter hiking, snowshoe tours, winter survival, tobogganing or game feeding in Bavaria. They cultivate their customs and traditions - but they also know where the perfect winter spots are and the best part: They even reveal their secret tips.  A small brick house, located in sleepy, wintery Franconia. Smoke rises from the chimney. In the middle of…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #114

Issued: 20 November 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Saas-Fee had access roads closed by record November snowfall a little while ago but now have the world's longest run (9km) and biggest vertical (1,800m) open anywhere so far this season :) INTRODUCTION It has been another fairly sensational week of snowfall in the Alps as more ski areas open for the 19-20 season.The biggest snowfall total fort the past seven days was reported at Cervinia (80/265cm) in Italy which claims it has had 2.2 metres (over seven feet) of snowfall since this time last week. Other areas haven’t had so much but some now far off. Austria’s Pitztal glacier (60/300cm) for example says it has had 1.8 metres (six feet) of…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #113

Free skiing for dads at Lapland's largest ski area, Levi, as Finland celebrated their Father's Day. Less than a fortnight now until the World Cup tour is in town... Issued: 13 November 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne INTRODUCTION: Winter (by the meteorological measure) is now less than three weeks away in the Northern Hemisphere and the 19-20 ski season continues to build on both sides of the Atlantic. There are now more than 50 areas open worldwide, with a fairly even split between Europe and North America. The snowy November conditions have continued in the Alps where a few more big-name resorts, including Gstaad and Verbier, opened at the weekend. The snow kept falling, interspersed with dry, sunny days to…

Survival tips for your adventure in the Bavarian winter woods

The forest in Bavaria is a real adventurous playground. No one knows that better than those who live here! That is why locals who are connected to Bavarian culture and tradition reveal the most beautiful places, the most impressive experiences and the best activities to do in Bavaria.  The trees are covered in snow, the hoar frost glistens on the branches and it is unusually quiet. You can find peace and relaxation in the winter woods as you get in touch with nature. However, there are Bavarians who claim that you really can spend more time in the wilderness and forest in the winter. Now you might be wondering how? The wilderness educator Tatjana and her husband Momme Torsten Falk…