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WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #145

Issued: 24 June 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OVERVIEW It’s a big week coming up in the southern hemisphere with the delayed 2020 season finally here. Most of the leading ski resorts in Australia are opening over the first half of this week and a sizable chunk of New Zealand’s leading players will open on Friday and Saturday.  So it feels like the delayed start to 2020 is finally starting to take shape. Against that, though there's no news from South America or South Africa on the lifting of lockdowns and as the season should have started by now here, there's an increasingly ominous feeling, rightly or wrongly, about 2020 happening at all…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #144

Issued: 17 June 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OVERVIEW We now have two ski nations just about fully open in the Southern Hemisphere with New Zealand, which has been very successful at suppressing COVID-19, seeing it's first area open.  More ski areas in the country are due to open this coming weekend and Aussie areas should be operational from next week.  Lesotho's Afriski is opening up as well. Things are not quite normal in New Zealand even though the country has eased its lockdown to the lowest level yet and social distancing and face masks are not necessary. Before this latest easing resorts had already said operations would be limited and, with borders…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #143

Issued: 10 June 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OVERVIEW Excitement is definitely mounting in the Southern Hemisphere with the 2020 ski season now just days away for New Zealand and actually already underway at one small ski area, Afriski in Lesotho.  There’s been a slight delay due to the virus with ski areas opening a week or two later than they would have done without this serious problem.There has been the usual jockeying for position. Afriski had originally set a June 4th opening date before the pandemic became an issue, but then said they’d open a fortnight later, on the 18th. New Zealand’s Mt Hutt, originally targeting the 5th of June before the…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #142

Issued: 03 June 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OVERVIEW The past week has seen further 'firming up' of 2020 season-opening dates with most ski areas in Australia announcing they'll be opening on either 22nd or 24th June, rather than their traditional opening weekend, which is just coming up. But with doubts that they would be able to open in June at all not so long ago, it's a relief that the season will be able to start soon. They join ski areas in New Zealand in confirming dates (the first there was due to have been May 30th before the pandemic became an issue, now its June 12th,  the end of next week. …

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #141

Issued: 27 May 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American Roundup European Roundup Asia Roundup SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OVERVIEW Falls Creek Resort this Week It’s the start of winter, by the meteorological measure, in the Southern Hemisphere next Monday and it is beginning to feel like that in most countries with ski areas. There’s been more fresh snow in the Andes and New Zealand in recent days and Australian slopes got another dusting in the past week too. Dry in the mountains of southern Africa but cold enough to fire up snow-making systems. Things continue to develop in terms of what's going to open when and what's not, as the usual start date of the Southern Hemisphere's ski season comes closer. …

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #140

Issued: 20 May 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OVERVIEW There’s not been much snow to report in the Southern Hemisphere this week. For most areas temperatures are getting lower with the start of meteorological winter less than a fortnight away. Most of the talk has been about whether ski areas will be able to open next month for the start of the 2020 ski season. The good news for New Zealand and Lesotho is that the answer is probably yes; however, both with closed borders.  For Australia and Chile, it's looking more likely to be July; however, nothing is certain yet. For Argentina and South Africa, again, the current picture remains uncertain. AUSTRALIA…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #139

Issued: 13 May 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American Roundup European Roundup Asia Roundup SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OVERVIEW Hotham Resort this week. There’s been more snowfall reported in Australia, New Zealand and a few other southern hemisphere ski nations over the last seven days although not so much as the previous week Temperatures seem to be on the downward trajectory, as they should be for an approaching winter. But with the start of the season less than a month away for many areas, there's increasing concern about a lack of clarity as to what will be able to open due to the virus pandemic, although restrictions are being gradually eased in most ski nations. It's not yet clear if the…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #138

Issued: 6 May 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OVERVIEW This week in Hotham Resort The biggest news of this week south of the Equator is probably the huge snowfalls in Australia in the run-up to last weekend. Most ski areas in the country got at least 50cm (20 inches) of fresh snowfall about six weeks before the season is due to begin there, some as much as a metre (4 inches) over about 48 hours. It has warmed up since but more snow is forecast. There’s also been snowfall reported in southern Africa again in the past week as well as New Zealand.Of course, all areas are looking at whether they will be…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #137

Issued: 29 April 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup This week in Africa. (Afriski) SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OVERVIEW There have been positive signs, with regard to the coming ski season, throughout the Southern Hemisphere. In the past few days snow has fallen and areas may be able to open for winter 2020 as lockdown rules are eased. In terms of snowfall, New Zealand areas posted reports of some snow up high last week and some centres in Chile reported their first pre-season snow of 2020.Afriski, in Lesotho, which is due to open (pandemic permitting) in a little over a month, reported its second significant pre-season snowfall of 2020 on Tuesday.In Australia, it is turning wintery with rainfall…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #136

Issued: 22 April 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE OVERVIEW Broken River this week After the snowfall reported in South America, Australia and New Zealand over the past few weeks it was southern Africa’s turn to report pre-season snowfall last week, just a day after we got our last report published. There was a heavy dusting for both Afriski, in Lesotho, and Tiffindell, in South Africa, meaning all three (or four, if you take the view that Australia and New Zealand are on separate continents) of the Southern Hemisphere’s glaciers with ski lifts on them (ok, possibly five if you include Antarctica which perhaps still has one or two) have now had autumn pre-season…