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WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #130

Issued: 18 March 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American Roundup European Roundup Asia Roundup A different approach in Japan where most of the ski areas remain open. Appi Kogen reports 15cm (6 inches of snowfall) in the past few days, temps -2 to -4 and great powder conditions. Fresh snow in New Zealand for St Patrick's Day at Mt Hutt. INTRODUCTION NORTH AMERICA The reaction to the coronavirus outbreak has been different in North America with, at time of writing, no national advice to close resorts. However, some states and provinces including Colorado and Quebec have instructed ski areas in their regions to close. And perhaps 80-90% of other ski areas closed over the weekend, many because they are…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #129

Issued: 11 March 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American Roundup European Roundup Asia Roundup INTRODUCTION NORTH AMERICA The past week has been much calmer in North America than recent periods with much less snowfall reported anywhere than has been the case for most of our reports this year. What fresh snow has fallen has largely been in the west of the continent with some good snowfalls of one to two feet (30-60cm) reported in the Rockies, California and further north up in Alaska, Alberta and BC. It's been less good news for eastern parts where, after some good snowfalls recently, temperatures have warmed up considerably with periods of rainfall too. That should improve over the next few days though.…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #128

Issued: 04 March 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup INTRODUCTION NORTH AMERICA Lots of snowfall in Eastern North America right now. Vermont's Smugglers' Notch Resort reports 20" (50cm) in the past 30 hours (that's the same in metric…) which brings them to 203 inches (510cm) season to date. It has been a pretty snowy week across North America with ski areas in the East getting some of the biggest falls, in most cases more than expected, whilst there's been more snowfall in the West where bases are approaching six metres (20 feet) now in the Pacific Northwest corner, where it has hardly stopped dumping since Christmas. Stowe in Vermont posted more than a metre (40 inches)…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #127

Issued: 26 February 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup Summer snowfall reported in New Zealand at Mt Hutt. INTRODUCTION NORTH AMERICA Copper Mountain, in Colorado, had another 10" (25cm) of new snow in 24 hours making this their snowiest February on record with 88 (2.2 metres) so far and it's still falling! In North America there’s been more heavy snowfall in the Rockies. The Pacific Northwests has also received heavy falls almost every week so far this year and resorts in Alaska are continuing the trend this week too.  Western Canada has also seen some more healthy snowfalls with up to 46m (18 inches) in 72 hours to start this week, reported in BC. It’s been…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #126

Issued: 19 February 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Skiing New Mexico anyone? Taos Ski Valley reports 25cm (10 inches) of fresh snow in the past 24 hours. North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup INTRODUCTION NORTH AMERICA Jackson Hole reports it has now had more than 400 inches (10 metres) of snowfall so far this season. Another 1.4 metres (56 inches) of it in the past week alone. "Eyeballs deep" apparently. It has been the President's Day holiday long weekend in the US which got resorts across the country battling for business. Fortunately, most are in good shape at present with fresh snowfall reported once more in the northwest (heavy), Rockies (heavy), Midwest (moderate) and Northeast (moderate) over the past few days.Although…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #125

Issued: 12 February 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup INTRODUCTION NORTH AMERICA The weekend snowstorms in the Rockies brought up to five feet (1.5 metres) of snowfall. Alta Ski Area in Utah, pictured yesterday, was one of the big winners. Although it has kept dumping down for a sixth (or is it seventh?) week in the Pacific Northwest the big snow news story of the last seven days in North America has probably been the huge snowfalls in the Rockies.  The storm has brought deep powder but also, in the short term, lots of less welcome factors like access roads closed by too much snow and avalanche danger. Lifts and runs closed for similar reasons have…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #125

Issued: 05 February 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup INTRODUCTION NORTH AMERICA It's still rather too warm, too often, this winter in the Pacific Northwest and it's due to rain today before more heavy snowfall moves in; but that has not stopped Mt. Baker Ski Area in Washington State, as usual, building the world's deepest base at 4.8 metres (16 feet) up top so far. A real mix of snow and weather news to report across North America with some resorts reporting their snowiest ever Januaries by the weekend. Whilst at the same time there have been record high temperatures reported in parts of Colorado to start February (although it’s now colder and snowier again). Meanwhile,…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #124

Issued: 29 January 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup It's full on winter in Ruka Ski Resort in Lapland where the season runs another 15 weeks right through to May 10th. Actually having opened at the start of October, its 7 month + season is one of the world's longest for a ski area without a glacier, alongside the likes of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and Mammoth Mountain in the US. INTRODUCTION NORTH AMERICA A second “mostly good” week for snowfall and temperatures across most of North America’s ski areas after the very mixed fortunes of the first two months of the season across the continent. The Pacific Northwest region has continued to be dumped on…

Ready, set, go! Active winter holiday in Zillertal

Creating the very first tracks in the snow early in the morning, feeling the fresh air on your skin and a unique alpine panorama all around you ... This is the start to a perfect skiing day. But it takes a bit more to fully enjoy the mountaintops. You can experience what that is in Zillertal in Tyrol. The valley combines fun in the snow in every conceivable form with mountain cabin fun, romantic excursions and off-piste action. The following is an inspiration of what it takes to make the winter holiday with your loved ones perfect. © Zillertal Tourismus GmbH, Andre Schönherr Hintertuxer Glacier: What the King of the Valley has to offer A valley that guarantees piste fun?…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #123

Issued: 22 January 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne North American RoundupEuropean RoundupAsia Roundup INTRODUCTION NORTH AMERICA Some of the best conditions of the season so far right now on North America's east coast, Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort reports 18 inches (45cm) of fresh snow. It has been one of the snowiest weeks of the season so far in North America.  The Pacific Northwest continued to be dumped on, but the snowfall is now covering a much wider area with resorts down in southern California seeing some good snowfalls after a mostly dry month. Even out over the Pacific there was 50cm of snowfall reported on the world's highest mountain, Mauna Kea (albeit with three-quarters of it under-water). The other good…