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More Snow Falling in Southern Hemisphere as 2019 Season 10 Days Away

Excitement is building for skiers and boarders waiting to hit the slopes of Australia, New Zealand, South America and Southern Africa as each area receives news of snowfalls, snow forecasts or snowmaking underway …and in some cases all three.   New Zealand is likely to see the first ski areas open a week on Saturday, June 1st.  Whakapapa will open its Happy Valley snow play area using an all-weathers snowmaking machine and Cardrona ski area has also said they’ll open some terrain. Then the focus switches across the Indian Ocean to the resorts of Afriski (pictured below on 9 May) in Lesotho and Tiffindell in South Africa which are scheduled to open the following week on June 6th and 5th…

Late May in the USA: Aspen To Re-Open And Heavy Snowfall Hits California

Aspen ski area has announced it will re-open for the US Memorial Day long holiday weekend at the end of the month (May 25-27). The resort will re- open 130 acres on Aspen Mountain for skiing and boarding. It will mean that three Colorado ski areas will be open for the last weekend of the month as Breckenridge (pictured above earlier this month) and Arapahoe Basin are yet to end their 2018-19 ski seasons, Arapahoe Basin will stay open daily to June 2nd and recently announced it will re-open the following weekend. Meanwhile in California, where four ski areas are still open, there’s a heavy snowstorm dumping down at present.  Mammoth (pictured top and below) reported 20cm of snowfall in…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #87

Issued: 15th May 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. INTRODUCTION: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado have announced their very long ski season will now be even longer, with new plans to re-open the weekend of June 7-9 after ending daily operations on June 2nd.  As we move deeper in to spring (indeed the start of meteorological summertime…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #86

Issued: 7th May 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. INTRODUCTION: Snow has begun falling in Australia ahead of the 2019 ski season starting early next month. Up to 50cm expected by the weekend. Here's Mt Hotham today Although the ski season continues to wind down as we move in to May, mother-nature doesn’t seem to have got the…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #85

Issued: 1st May 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. INTRODUCTION: It has been a snowy end to April at still-open ski areas in Colorado including Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (pictured), Breckenridge Ski Resort (open to the end of May) and Winter Park Resort. Loveland Ski Area has reported the most so far with 43cm (17 inches) of fresh. …

Where’s Open For Skiing or Snowboarding in May 2019?

The main ski season in the northern hemisphere is drawing to a close but there is no need to despair! Heavy snowfall in many parts of the skiing world through the winter has left bases as deep as 17 feet (5.5 metres) in the US and Canada and 7 metres (21 feet) in the Alps, where there was also lots of fresh snow above 2,000 metres in the last week of April so in many areas conditions are good for late spring skiing and boarding. The further good news is that more than 50 ski areas in over a dozen countries are still open for the start of May and although that number will drop as the month goes on,…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #84

Issued: 23rd April 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. INTRODUCTION: The first light snowfalls of 2019 have been reported at Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho, Southern Africa. The ski season starts here in just over a month's time. Although most of the ski areas that were still operating up to the Easter weekend have now closed for the…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #83

Issued: 16th April 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. INTRODUCTION: Fernie Alpine Resort, in BC, had a nice 30cm (ft) of fresh snow for their final day of the 18-19 season. Picture by Thomas Hopkins. With Easter finally here this coming Sunday there has been a real mix of weather in many of Europe's ski regions. Along with…

Summer Ski Areas Opening Take World’s Deepest Snowbase to 10 Metres (33 Feet)

Two ski areas that open only for spring and summer skiing in the northern hemisphere opened at the weekend, both claiming they have more snow lying on their slopes than the resort that had been open all winter and had previously claimed the current deepest base in the world. Gassan’s famous Tsukiyama Ski Area in northern Japan’s Yamagata Prefecture opened for its 2019 ski season at the weekend, immediately posting the world’s deepest snow depth at 10 metres (33.3 feet). Normally open for 3 months to mid-July, subject to snow conditions, it says it's closed today due to a whiteout. Pictured above and below from Sunday. Meanwhile, Norway’s Folgefonn or ‘Fonna’ glacier also opened for spring and summer skiing at…

World Snow Roundup #82

Issued: 09th April 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. INTRODUCTION: The big news of the past week for lovers of snowsports is, undoubtedly, the huge snowfalls in the Alps and the Dolomites at the end of last week.  One Italian ski area claimed to receive over 2 metres of snow in 72 hours; the most in the country…