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

Last Updated 27 November 2022 at 7.50 GMT (Updates so far since commenced on 12 May 2020: 1,453) The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 200 Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in 13 Countries on 3 Continents including: Asia: China, Japan, Kazakhstan Europe: Austria, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland North America: Canada, USA Browse by country: North America: Canada USA Europe: Andorra Austria Bulgaria Finland France Germany Italy Norway Scotland Spain Sweden Switzerland Asia: China Japan Japan's 22-23 season - First open to international arrivals since early 2020 - underway (23 October)Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand has gone into voluntary administration after two pandemic seasons followed by a bad snow season (13 October)Japan's…

At Least 8 US Ski Areas in 4 States Expected to Be Open This Weekend

At least eight US ski areas are expected to be open this weekend, thanks to snowfall across the western side of the continent, including some of the first decent dumps of fall in California. Mammoth Mountain has announced it will open nearly a week earlier than planned, this Saturday. A number of other Californian ski areas have hinted they might open, but have not yet confirmed. Sugar Bowl in California Brian Head has also announced it will be the first to open in Utah. Colorado will have five areas open with Loveland joining Arapahoe Basin, Keystone and Winter Park, which posted its earliest ever opening earlier this week on Halloween. The Midwest actually had the first areas open in North…

Japan Ski Resorts You May Not Have Heard Of

By Contributor Mike Humphrey  Intrepid travelers, are you looking to find unknown wintery Japan Ski destinations? Japan's powder, vast expanses, and friendly locals make it a favorite destination for international skiers. Most end up heading to Niseko, Hakuba Valley, Nozawa Onsen, or Shiga Kogen. But Japan has over 500 other resorts offering unique Japanese ski experiences. The following list is different from what you find on most sites. For those adventurous few we’ll have you clicking into your bindings away from the crowds. Not for the faint of heart, this list will require you to brush up on your Japanese and get out of your comfort zone. We scoured Japan's renowned alpine resorts to bring you a list of 11…

Snowy Weather in Western North America As More Resorts Open For 22-23

The weather had taken a turn for the better in western North America over the past week with heavy snowfall for many at the start of the week followed by low temperatures and more snow up high over the past few days. Arapahoe Basin was the first in Colorado to open last Sunday (pictured top), more down to its snowmaking efforts through October than the snowfall but looking good. A second Colorado area, Keystone, will open tomorrow (Friday) and says it has a two-mile long slope ready to roll.  A third area, Loveland, has groomers on the hill and also appears close to opening. The heaviest snowfall so far though has been reported in Utah and Montana where Alta and…

Japan’s 22-23 Ski Season Gets Underway

Japan’s 22-23 ski season has got underway with a small slope made from artificial snow opening at a ski area located at the base of Mt. Fuji. The Yeti ski area in Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture has a reputation for being the first to open in the country in recent years and there’s a carnival atmosphere on opening day with skiers and boarders often in fancy dress. Local media reports that the resort began snowmaking on October 11th and had made over half a million tons of artificial snow in order to open the slopes. Around 400 skiers and boarders arrived for opening day. All being well the coming season will be the first time since early 2020 that skiers and…

First 22-23 World Cup Races on in Austria, Switzerland and Italy, Off In France

Hopes of not one but three FIS World Cup tours kicking off this month have had a setback with homes that the World Cup Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross tours would be able to begin in France later this month now ruled out with events postponed or cancelled due to inadequate snow cover on the glacier. The longer established start to the Alpine tour at Sölden is officially go for the coming weekend with GS races given the greenlight International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS) and the Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV). The third planned October World Cup races due to take place on an all-new high altitude cross border course between Zermatt and Cervinia crossing the Swiss Italian border, with…

New Zealand’s Ski Season Continuing into November

Most of New Zealand’s ski areas have now ended their 2022 seasons, but half-a-dozen or so are planning to keep open for a week or two more, with one aiming for at least partial operation into November. Mt Hutt currently has the deepest base in the country and plans to keep its runs open until November 24th.  It then plans to keep its terrain park operating for ‘spring sessions’  for another fortnight through to at least November the 6th - …less than four weeks from the start of summertime in the country. “Bust out that Hawaiian shirt, pack the sunscreen and get the rig ready for an additional two weeks of park focused skiing and riding. Some choose to don…

Japan Could Be Snowier & Cheaper When Borders Re-open

***Update: on 23 September the Japanese government did officially announce borders will largely reopen from 11 October with visa free travel for vaccinated arrivals, the unvaccinated appear also able to visit if they have a negative PCR test from the previous 72 hours prior to arrival *** There’s been a lot of talk about Japan easing rules to allow people to arrive individually again, a government announcement has been deemed ‘imminent’ by ski holiday companies and others keen to see international tourism allowed to fully return. Currently, only guests signed up with an approved tour group can enter and the numbers doing so have been reported in the low thousands each month so far, compared to the several million that…

World’s Largest Ski Resort Operator Announces Limits on Skier Numbers on Their Slopes

Vail Resorts, which operates more than 40 ski areas in the USA, Australia, Canada and Switzerland, say they’ll be limited the number of people allowed on the slopes at each of their North American resorts every day of the coming ski season. “Lift tickets will be limited every day, across every resort, during the 2022/23 season in order to preserve the guest experience at each resort,” a company statement explains. Limiting guest numbers is not new, resorts like Lech in Austria have done so for decades to preserve the quality of the experience, while all ski areas have safety limits on skier numbers too. “Guests planning to visit this winter – whether one day or every day – are encouraged…

China’s Ski Resort Building Boom Slows But Skier Numbers Grow

The 2022 edition of the China Ski Industry White Book has been published – updating the statistics available on skiing in the country as of the end of the 21-22 season, which included the Olympic and Paralympic period in February this year. China has seen a meteoric rise in the number of ski areas operating across the country from just a handful at the turn of the century to reaching over 700 in 2020.  This gives them currently the most ski areas in the world numerically – although many are small, simple centres with just one or two carpet lifts and a snowmaking machine. The new China Ski Industry White Book, authored by long-time China ski industry expert Wu Bin,…

2022 Ski Season Underway in South America

Most of the leading ski areas in Argentina and Chile have opened for the 2022 season. For some it is their first operations since 2019.  It is also the first time in three years that skiers from around the world can head back to the Andes. Various restrictions remain in place, but it is possible at least to travel so long as you meet the criteria – now largely focused on ensuring you have adequate medical insurance to cover repatriation if required. Conditions at most areas are good after up to a metre (40”) of snowfall in June and generally low temperatures this month. Portillo in Chile opened a week early after big snowfalls there. The centre just managed to…

New Zealand Hit by Huge Snowstorm as 2022 Season Starts

New Zealand’s 2022 season was due to start last Friday at Mt Hutt but that has been delayed due to a huge storm hitting the area over the weekend. There also hadn’t been a lot of natural snowfall or cold weather for snowmaking until the storm began last Tuesday. But now, with up to 1.2m (four feet) of snow lying and three metre (10 feet) drifts left by the storm, resort managers and marketing staff are describing conditions as “epic” and “Perhaps the greatest opening conditions ever”. Cardrona, scheduled to open on Saturday, did so as the storm was still building, with just beginner terrain.  It was forced to close again Sunday as the storm intensified. Cardrona said then it…