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Snowbird Uses Cogenerators To Cut CO2 Emissions

Snowbird ski resort in Utah has invested in it’s own power system fuelled by natural gas to meet its energy needs. The new 5.3 megawatt cogeneration facility uses 62,000 less dekatherms of natural gas a year, equivalent to removing the carbon dioxide emissions produced from burning nearly 2,000 tonnes of coal. “The creation of Snowbird Power Systems means we have not only updated our stand-alone power grid, ensuring we can be self-reliant, but we have also reinforced Snowbird’s Play Forever corporate responsibility commitment to the environment by becoming more efficient,” states Snowbird President and General Manager Dave Fields. Snowbird’s new power system also recycles the heat produced through generating power with the heat used to warm water for the resort.…

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

Last Updated 25 July 2021 at 19.30 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 5 May 2020: 814 ) The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 70+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in at least 11 Countries on 6 Continents including: Africa: Lesotho Asia: Japan. Europe: Austria, France, Italy, Norway, 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: Portillo in Chile to stay closed to at least August 14th as country delays re-opening international borders, which it had been hoped might happen at…

New Zealand Sees Record Warm Temperatures in First Month of Ski Season

Temperatures during June 2021, the first month of winter and for most ski areas in New Zealand when the season normally starts, have hit a new record high. Although book-ended by two “Antarctic Polar Blasts” at the start and end of the month, temperatures in the country overall last month were 2C higher than normal, and two dozen locations reported record June highs.  Records from the country’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s (NIWA) go back more than 110 years to the start of the 20th century. As markedly warm and dry as the weather was, there were also clear weather extremes with a “once in a century” snowstorm hitting the country at the start of the month depositing…

Colorado Ski Resort Wins Top Award For fighting Climate Change

Colorado’s Eldora ski resort has won the highest ‘Golden Eagle’ title in the annual awards run by North American ski areas’ trade body the NSAA, taking top marks in the “Environmental Excellence, Climate Impact” category. Eldora has instilled a desire to achieve ever higher environmental management goals in every area of its operations and with every employee asked to play their part. They work with Xcel Energy to meet carbon reduction goals at the resort. The resort has committed to changing to all electric vehicles and upgrading to energy efficient lighting. They are also investing in more efficient snowmaking equipment that will use less water and energy. A grant has been applied for to purchase and install recycling stations in…

Sole North American Summerski Area Open Ends Ski Day Early as 99F Temps Forecast

The Palmer snowfield on Mt Hood in Oregon closed at noon on Sunday, June 27th, after what the area said were record high temperatures for the region were forecast. Forecast highs were 95F (35 Celcius) on Sunday 27th and 99F (37 Celcius) at Government Camp, the town closest to Timberline Lodge and the ski slopes above. “Due to extreme heat, we will be closing skiing and snowboarding at noon on Sunday, June 27th and there will be no terrain parks open this day. We are sorry for the inconvenience but we have never seen temperatures like this in our region,” a statement from the ski area said. The centre, which is currently the only lift-accessed ski area open to the…

Apparent Go Ahead For One of World’s Longest Ski Lifts

It appears that a huge lift project talked about for decades now has finance secured and will finally be built, with a 2025 opening date given. The ‘Funiflaine’ lift which envisages a lift up from the valley floor to the Flaine ski resort has been talked about for about as long as the nearly 60 years the resort has existed. In the early 2000s a serious study in to the realities of such a lift was commissioned and the project was revisited around 2009, but the project has never got off the ground primarily because it fell short of a perceived cost/benefit ratio …up to now. Now though, climate change concerns seem to be behind the project finally getting the…

4 Companies Owning 71 North American Ski Areas Agree Joint Climate Change Fight

Four companies which between them run many of North America’s leading ski resorts have agreed a joint ‘Climate Collaborative Charter’ in which they agree common priorities in the battle against climate change. The Alterra Mountain Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR and Vail Resorts are reported to have spent two years compiling the Charter which they describe as the ski industry’s first unified effort to combat climate change with shared commitments around sustainability and advocacy. All four ski industry leaders have agreed to operate their respective resorts with sustainability at the forefront and use their collective voice to advocate for effective public policy on climate action in order to leave a positive legacy for future generations of skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts.…

Design Museum Exhibition Dedicated to Famous French Female Ski Resort Creator

London’s Design Museum is to stage an exhibition dedicated to the work of French designer  Charlotte Perriand, whose work includes being a major contributor to the creation of the famous French ski resort of Les Arcs, in the 1960s. The exhibition ‘Charlotte Perriand: the Modern Life’, will run from 19 June to 5 September 2021. Today recognised as one of the giants of 20th century modern design, Charlotte Perriand was a free spirit who loved nature and championed good design for all. The exhibition pays tribute to Perriand’s incredible visionary spirit and creative force. As well as recognising her pioneering designs and modern ideas, the exhibition also recounts her passion for the mountains, notably through her contribution to the creation…

Greenland “Becoming Darker” As Less Fresh Snow Falls

American researchers have found that Greenland is “becoming darker” as the ice and snow that formerly permanently covered much of it is melting away due to climate change. The increasingly darker landmass means the rate of melting is likely to accelerate as the darker land absorbs heat, rather than reflecting it away as white snow does. The findings of a 2016-17 study of Greenland's ice sheet by scientists from Dartmouth College have been published in Geophysical Research Letters. "As snow ages, even over hours to a few days, you get this reduction in reflectivity, and that's why the fresh snow is so important," says Erich Osterberg, associate professor of earth sciences and the principal investigator of the study. The scientists…

Plan For New Vallee Blanche Access Lift Takes Shape

Chamonix has confirmed an ambitious 27 million Euros project, involving a new lift to provide access to the glacier for skiers and boarders reaching the end of the skiable section of the Vallee Blanche, is moving forward. The Vallee Blanche, a world-famous off-piste descent and also the longest lift-served run in the world by most measures, has become increasingly problematic in recent years at its lower end as global warming has dramatically reduced the glacier’s depth and extent. 30 years ago there were just three steps up from the snow-covered blue ice surface to the lift up to Monenvers for the train ride back to Chamonix.  By 2000 the declining thickness of the glacier meant that gap had grown to…