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Squaw Valley Name-Change Announcement Due “Early Fall”

California’s Squaw Valley, one of the world’s best-known resorts and the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, is in the process of deciding its new name. The word “squaw” has been deemed a derogatory term for some time but the increasing prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement led the resort to announce last season it would definitely be changing its name ahead of the coming season start in November. The latest development is the launch of a competition by the resort to find a new name for the Squaw Creek Chairlift.  Submissions are invited from the resort’s fans for a new name, with the closing date for entries August 15th. “When it comes to these mountains, our community of…

NASA Photos Show Snow Loss in Californian Mountains

NASA has published images of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains taken 15 years apart to show the amount of snow cover disappearing. The space agency’s Nasa Earth division released the images taken in 2006 and in 2021 show dramatically less snow this year than 15 years ago.  Each image was taken around April 1st when the snowpack is usually at its maximum. In fact the region is famous for, typically, either getting huge snowfalls, or near drought conditions, depending largely on atmospheric conditions and sea temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. It was only a few winters ago that Californian ski areas covered in the images were posting record snowfall in January and February and several opened for skiing through to August.…

Only 5 Summer Glacier Ski Areas Open in Europe in August 2021

The number of summer ski areas open in Europe this August will hit a new low this month with three of the eight centres that had planned to be open announcing they have to close due to the snow cover melting from the glacial ice below, in several cases at record speed, the centres say. The number of summer ski areas open in Europe has been dropping for more than 25 years from a high of around 40 centres in the 1980s.  The length of summer ski season offered by the 20 or so centres that still open for periods has also been reducing. This August the Molltal glacier in Austria (Pictured above last month) is the latest to announce…

Rare Snowfall in Southern Brazilian Mountains

A forecast of heavy snowfall and record cold weather for the region is reported to have led to hotels being booked up in Brazil’s southern state of Santa Catarina. Temperatures potentially getting down to freezing point on the ground and to as low as -8 Celcius in the mountains, with snow forecast too, has led to huge demand for accommodation in the region, with seven key towns reported fully booked and bookings reported to be high as far as 80km/50 miles from the country’s potentially snowy area. (Library picture, as is the image top) The coldest period of the year in late July has become an increasingly major attraction and the main towns in the region now see many private…

Snow-Forecast’s Rolling News on Ski Resorts Re-Opening (2020-21)

Last Updated 1 August 2021 at 11.30 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 5 May 2020: 823 ) The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 80+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in at least 10 Countries on 5 Continents including: Africa: Lesotho Europe: Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland. North America: USA. Oceania: Australia, New Zealand South America: Argentina, Chile Browse by country: North America: Canada USA Europe: Andorra Austria Bulgaria Czech Republic Finland France Germany Italy Norway Poland Scotland Slovak Republic Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Asia: China Japan NEW: Argentina's La Hoya ski area has closed temporarily due to lack of snow cover. Several other ski areas in the country, including Las Lenas, are yet to open…

Portillo to Miss Second Successive Season

The famous ski resort of Portillo in Chile is to miss its second successive season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last winter most ski areas in the country were closed for much of the season by the first wave of the pandemic, although a few were able to open for about a month in August/September 2020 as rules eased, but for most, including Portillo, it was not viable to do so. This winter Chile is one of the world’s leading nations for vaccinating its population and most of the country’s ski areas have been open for about a month although of course operating restrictions are in place. Portillo in happier times However Portillo relies heavily on international visitors and was…

Snowstorm Totals Mount At Locked-Down Aussie Ski Areas

Several ski areas in the Australian state of Victoria have now reported more than 135cm (4.5 feet) of snowfall accumulating in the 10 days since the state went into its fifth lockdown and they were ordered to close.  The state’s government is hoping to stop small outbreaks of the Delta variant there. Ironically the snow started falling just as the lockdown was declared, with the resorts previously only able to open limited terrain to first six weeks of the season as there had not been much snowfall up to that point. The initial lockdown was announced to last Tuesday but has now been extended top next Tuesday and may be extended again. Ski areas in Victoria say they will reopen…

Norwegian Summer Ski Areas Struggle to Stay Open in Hot Weather

Two of Norway’s three summer ski areas have closed early for the season, with the third about to do the same, as the country’s glaciers are hit by prolonged warm weather, melting the snow cover fast to expose the ice below. One centre reported their snow cover had gone, “...at record speed”, another that the snow had gone, “…much faster than we thought possible.” Ice exposed on the ski run at Galdhøpiggen Sommerskisenter The three centres usually open in May as the rest of Scandinavia’s ski areas close and aim to stay open to late summer or autumn in a good year.  Last year one of the centres reported snow lying over 15 metres (50 feet) deep and took a…

Some Australian Ski Areas Close For 5 Days

In an escalation of moves by regional governments in the states of Australia to so outbreaks of the Delta variant of COVID 19, The Victorian Government has declared a state-wide five-day lockdown from 11:59pm Thursday 15 July until midnight on Tuesday 20 July. This means that lifts at the state’s ski resorts which include Falls Creek and Mt Hotham will stop spinning for five days from tonight. “We know that this is devastating news for our guests, employees, and local communities, and we want you to know that we share this sadness with you, and that we’ll ensure to be ready to welcome you back when the lockdown has lifted. The safety of our guests, staff and community is, and…

French Team Skis 8,034m High Gasherbrum II

A French ski teams are reported to have summited Gasherbrum II, the 13th highest mountain in the world at 8,034 metres (26,358 ft) above sea level and one of the 16 so called “8000ers” on earth, then skied back down. The group, led by Alpine Adventure Guides, included two women, Tiphaine Duperier who works at Val d'Isère and Aurélia Lanoe, along with Boris Langenstein and Guillaume Pierrel had to wait for more than a month through bad weather before making their ascent, having arrived in the region in early June. They are then reported to have made the summit and ski descent far faster than previous attempts. The mountain was first climbed on July 7, 1956, by an Austrian expedition…