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Snow-Forecast’s Rolling News on Ski Resorts Re-Opening (2022)

Last Updated 29 June 2022 at 12.50 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 6 May 2020: 1,319 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 16 Countries on 6 Continents including: Africa: Lesotho. Asia: Japan. Europe: Austria, France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland. North America: Canada, USA South America: Argentina, Chile Oceania: Australia, New Zealand Browse by country: North America: Canada USA Europe: Andorra Austria Bulgaria Finland France Germany Italy Norway Scotland Spain Sweden Switzerland Asia: China Japan New Zealand's COVID-19 Minister Ayesha Verrall has announced New Zealand's pre-departure testing regime would be axed for all arrivals as of Tuesday, June 21, just in time for the peak July…

Saving Snow Through Summer – Good or Bad?

More and more ski resorts are stockpiling snow though the summer ready for use next autumn. Up in Finland resorts like Ruka, Kvitfjell and Levi spread the snow back out on the slopes in early m autumn as temperatures cool and the rate of thaw slows.  Levi say they are aiming to “create a glacier” from 2022 on, by keeping an area permanently snow covered year round. Italy’s Livigno announced they completed piling up and covering over 10,000 cubic metres of snow this week to be saved for next season. “The snow will be used to guarantee good conditions even in the first days of the season, saving water and energy used for the snowmaking,” a resort statement says. Along…

Blackcomb Glacier Re-Opens For Summer Skiing After 3 Years

Summer skiing and snowboarding is possible again on the Blackcomb glacier above Whistler in BC from this weekend. It’s the first time that the glacier has operated in late spring/early summer for snow sports since 2019. It was possible for it to operate during the pandemic and other facilities in Whistler were open, leading to fears summer skiing and boarding were being dropped altogether until this year’s re-opening was announced.  The centre is due to operate for just over a month, to mid-July. However there is a change from before with the glacier exclusively reserved for private ‘summer camp’ ski and boarding schools’ use, not public access.     “Ski and Snowboard ability level must be advanced to expert, no exceptions.…

Australian Resort Closed by Fire Unable to Re-open Due to Snow

In an ironic twist of events, and Australian ski area that was largely destroyed by bush fires at the start of 2020 and had been rebuilding with a big reopening planned on 2nd July, has now had to delay that date due to huge snowfalls in Australia in recent weeks stopping the final rebuilding work.   I appears that the resort will not now open at all this winter after all. Nichole Overall MP, member for Monaro said, “Given these incredible efforts, it makes the decision not to be able to open at this time – brought on by the very thing we’ve been wishing for, record snow – even more heart-breaking, for the operators, everyone on site and the…

Two Alpine Glaciers Cancel Summer Skiing in 2022

Two of the remaining glaciers in the Alps that have still been offering summer skiing in recent years have announced they won’t be doing in 2022. Val d'Isère in France announced last week that they won’t be opening the lifts on their Pisaillas glacier for summer skiing this weekend and were cancelling 2022 summer ski operations. Now the Mölltaler glacier in Austria has confirmed that it won’t open for snow sports this summer either. The two are among an ever-diminishing number of ski centres offering summer glacier skiing. The numbers peaked in the 1980s at around 50 resorts and had dropped to about 40 by the year 2000.  The number has now dropped to fewer than 20 and most of…

New Hydro Electric Plant to Power New Gondola at Tirol Ski Area

The Austrian ski area of Axamer Lizum on the Innsbruck area ski pass in Tirol is installing a new gondola system next winter and has plans to build a hydro-electric system that will cover its electricity needs. The new hydroelectric power plant to be built on the Axamer Bach river near Axams will generate so much clean green electricity - 3.83 gigawatts – that it should cover all of the centre’s electricity needs. The new 10-seater gondola will be in operation from next winter of 2022/23, replacing three old lifts, the Schönboden and Hoadl I+II chairlifts, one of which dates back to 1969. The new Hoadlbahn gondola will feature 75 spacious cabins, each able to carry 10 people up to…

Latest Huge US Wildfire Threatens New Mexico Ski Resorts

Taos is the latest major North American ski town to be threatened by wildfires following the evacuation of South Lake Tahoe in California last Fall. The nearby ski area of Angel Fire is also under threat and residents have been told to prepare for an immediate evacuation order for the past three days. The Hermits Peak Calf Canyon fire approaching Taos has burned a 45-mile long path consuming over 235,000 acres (95,000+ hectares) of up the Sangre de Cristo mountains towards the ski town, which is also one of North America’s oldest continually settled communities with a thousand years of recorded history.  Nearly 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze which is said to be about 35% contained. Much of Southwestern…

Last US Ski Area Still Open on Vail’s Epic Pass For 21-22 Closing Early

The last US ski area on the Epic Pass is being forced to close two weeks earlier than hoped due to warm weather. Breckenridge in Colorado (pictured top in 2018) reported that after 185 days of skiing and riding this season they’ll end their 60th anniversary season on Sunday, May 15th, a little over a fortnight earlier than planned. “While our teams have worked hard to keep the skiing and riding rolling into mid-May, Mother Nature has the ultimate say. We’ve been experiencing warm daytime temps (in the 60s) and our night-time temps haven’t been dipping below freezing, so this has caused snow to begin to melt very quickly,” a statement from the resort explains. The centre had hoped to…

Will North America’s Sole Summer-Ski-Only Ski Area Open in 2022?

Beartooth Basin ski area on the Montana/Wyoming border has said it may not open this year due to inadequate snow cover, a final decision is due imminently. At the start of the month resort staff posted, “We made it to the Basin and were greeted by very low snow. Over the week, Mother Nature began to cooperate and has been snowing. A snowcat is heading up this week to help farm snow into Beartooth Basin. We plan to operate, but we cannot be certain of opening. No tickets are available until we are certain we are going to open. Fingers crossed!” Established in the mid-1960’s by Austrians Pepi Gramshammer, Eric Sailer and Anderl Molterer as an Alpine Ski Racing summer…

One of World’s Largest Ski Resort Operators Switching all Groomers to Biofuel Next Season

The Compagnies de Alpes Group which runs several of the world’s largest ski areas and is Europe’s biggest ski areas operator is stepping up its initiatives to fight climate change. The company, which runs the ski areas of Paradiski (La Plagne, Les Arcs), Tignes and Val d'Isère, much of the 3 Valleys (Méribel and Les Menuires), Serre Chevalier, the Grand Massif (Flaine) and  holds stakes in the ski areas of Megève, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Avoriaz, la Rosière and Valmorel committed last year to achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) by 2030. Among many initiatives the company’s ski lifts mostly run on green electricity but the newly announced commitment for next winter is that the 130 slope grooming tractors maintaining the group’s ski slopes…