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Canadian Resorts Top Comprehensive Scientific Study Of World’s Top Areas For ‘Skier Comfort’

A new study has rated the top six ski areas in the world for ‘skier comfort’ as locations in North America, and five of them in Canada. What’s unusual for a global survey that puts mostly North American ski areas in the top 10, is that this one has been published in Europe, not the US, and is very methodical, detailed and scientific. In fact the table which ranks the top 50 ski areas for ‘Skier Comfort’ is just one in the latest edition of the annual ‘List of the Worldʼs 100 Largest Ski Areas’ which has just been published by the global ski area experts Ski Welweit and Montenius Consulting. More of a report than a list, the 40…

Are Vail Resorts Now The Biggest Ski Resort Operating Company Ever?

The news today that Vail Resorts have bought another 17 ski areas in what must be the largest single ski resorts purchase in history, taking its total count if ski areas now Vail Resorts owned to 37, begs the question is this now the biggest group of ski resorts ever created? The 17 newly added ski areas, previously owned by the Peak Resorts group and sold for around a quarter of a billion dollars, are mostly small to mid-sized urban areas in seven states in the North Eastern USA, include many areas that are the key local hills for major metropolitan centres in the area including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Columbus, St. Louis, Kansas City and…

Heavy Snowfall in the Andes

There’s powder conditions on the slopes of Argentina this week after a huge snowstorm deposited up to 60cm (two feet) of fresh snow on the country’s ski slopes. The snowfall, described as, “one of the most important of the last 20 years” by a spokesperson at Catedral ski area did cause some problems at some resorts as it fell. Catedral near Bariloche, South America’s biggest ski area by uplift capacity, initially closed terrain as the avalanche danger level reached very high, and then a power outage knocked out the ski area’s electricity supply, along with that of 15,000 homes in the area. The local airport was also closed yesterday by the snow with one airplane reported to have made two…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #96

Issued: 16th July 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. Snow storm totals have now passed the metre mark at some Aussie ski areas (Perisher reports 106cm); a great powder day. Here's Falls Creek. INTRODUCTION: We briefly reached double-figures for the number of ski areas open in the Alps at the weekend as Saas Fee, in Switzerland, became the…

Major Snowstorm Hits Australian Ski Slopes

A major storm is bringing big snow accumulations to Australia. Resorts in New South Wales and Victoria have reported up to half a metre of snowfall over the past few days, and those totals may almost double by the ends of the weekend. The heavy snowfall, at times accompanied by strong winds, is the first major dump in the country since the season got underway five weeks ago. https://www.facebook.com/FallsAustralia/videos/486383178788448/ It follows good pre-season snowfalls at the end of May and in early June which led four areas to open up to a fortnight earlier than planned for the season. There was a warm spell in early June however followed by mostly cold, clear conditions until now. Perisher 12 July 2019…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #95

Issued: 10th July 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: After all the excitement caused by ski areas opening for the season in the Southern Hemisphere and record heat impacting glacier skiing in the Alps, things have been a little calmer in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres over the past week.  Most areas that operate for the southern…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #94

Issued: 3rd July 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. It's the build-up to 4th of July Independence day skiing and boarding at six US resorts. Squaw Valley re-opens today for four days and will finally end its eight month ski season on Sunday. INTRODUCTION: As we enter July winter is really starting to take hold in the Southern…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #93

Issued: 26th June 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. Ski areas are opening for summer and winter seasons in Europe and South America, the Alps, Arctic Circle and the Andes. Austria's Mölltaler Gletscher re-opens for its 10+ month season to May 2020, Riksgränsen in Sweden for 4 days over midsummer and Chile's Chapa Verde starts its 2019 winter…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #92

Issued: 19th June 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. There's been a lot of unseasonal snowfall in the Pyrenees over the past few days. Nowhere is open for snow-sports at present; however, it still looks good.  Here's Spain's Masella. INTRODUCTION: More ski areas have opened over the weekend in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Those ski areas…

Aspen To Re-Open Ski Slopes For Fourth Successive Weekend

Aspen has announced they’ll run their ski lifts this Saturday and Sunday for the fourth weekend in a row. Although it has re-opened slopes for the US Memorial Day holiday in late May before, the re-opening of the Colorado ski area’s slopes through weekends in June is unprecedented. It looks like this weekend will be the final one for summer 2019 however, with the terrain available down from 130 acres over the previous weekends to probably 100 acres this, and the remaining snow cover also diminishing.  Image credit J Swanson / Aspen Ski Co The available ski area is accessed via the Silver Queen Gondola and the Ajax Express chairlift which will run from 9am to 1pm as long as…