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

Last Updated: 2 July 2020 at 11.30 GMT (Updates so far since 5 May: 84) The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resort's opening around the world. More Than 30 Ski Areas Have Currently Re-Opened Worldwide In 10 Countries on 5 Continents:  Africa: Lesotho; Asia: Japan. Europe: Austria, France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland. North America: USA. Oceania: Australia and New Zealand. Countries where ski areas would normally be open but are currently unable to do so due to the COVID-19 pandemic are: Argentina, Chile and South Africa. Browse by country: North America: Canada USA South America: Argentina Chile Europe: Austria France Italy Norway Scotland Slovak Republic Slovenia Sweden Switzerland Africa: Lesotho South Africa Asia: China Japan Oceania: Australia New Zealand New: North American ski resorts say that as we look ahead…

Increasing Concern For Any 2020 Ski Season in South America and South Africa

There’s increasing concern that any ski area will be able to open in the Andes for winter 2020. It’s not looking good in South Africa either, although one ski area in Africa, Afriski in Lesoho, was the first in the southern hemisphere to open in early June. The Andes have seen big June snowfalls with several areas reporting more than a metre (40 inches) of snowfall in the past week, however Chile has recently extended its state-of-emergency by three more months to mid-September. This is close to the end of the country’s normal ski season. Chile has been one of the countries hardest hit by the virus in South America and is one of the seven worst hit worldwide at…

New Zealand Ski Areas ‘Suffering’ Says Country’s PM

More of New Zealand’s ski areas opened at the weekend after some significant snowfalls brought up to 50cm of new cover.  However, although the fact that the country’s ski areas are the envy of the world, as they can operate without restriction due to the successful suppression of the virus in New Zealand, resorts are suffering from a lack of international travellers. Coronet Peak, Cardrona and Treble Cone have all opened, joining Mt Hutt. Speaking at the opening of Cardrona ski area (pictured top) for winter 2020 New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern noted that the lack of foreign visitor due to New Zealand’s largely closed borders would hit the country’s ski areas hard this winter and asked New Zealanders…

Over A Metre of Snow Falls in the Andes But Ski Areas Can’t Open Due to COVID-19

Ski areas in Chile, where the 2020 ski season should just be getting underway, have been reporting snowfalls of up to 1.2 metres (four feet) in the past few days.  Valle Nevado is pictured top. With South America currently one of the epicentres of the coronavirus-COVID-19 pandemic however, the governments of both countries have them in full lockdown, which means ski resorts can’t open. The situation is being seen as ironic by some who note that recent seasons have seen challenging starts in the Andes due to a lack of snow. Now there’s plenty, people can’t ski due to the pandemic. Portillo on Wednesday 24 June 2020 as the snow continues to fall. So far there’s no immediate sign of when the situation might…

New Gondola Is World’s Longest And Has Biggest Vertical Rise of its Type

A new gondola with eight-passenger cabins is the new world’s longest of its type and also climbs the greatest vertical of a single lift, according to its manufacturer, the Swiss firm Bartholet. The lift, with an inclined length of 5682 metres, has been built at the new Turkish ski area of Düziçi, and is, “the world’s longest monocable gondola lift for eight people in a single section,” the company reports. However it is not only the length that is spectacular, but also the outstanding topography that is overcome. The line leads over rough and smooth terrain, past barren rocks and climbs a total vertical of 1,551 metres, a second world record. “Extreme weather conditions, challenging terrain and limited local resources,”…

Australian Ski Resort Sells Out of Lift Tickets for Much of Season, Bans Snowballing

In the constantly evolving story of Australia’s soon-to-start 2020 ski season, Thredbo, which was reported to be struggling to cope with demand when it put lift tickets on sale a week ago, now reports that its, “first release lift passes have now sold out until 30 August 2020” – that’s about a month before the scheduled end of the ski season. Falls Creek 1st June 2020 It’s believed that Australian resorts are limiting capacity to about half the normal maximum in order to adhere to social-distancing and other pandemic-spread-prevention measures.  It’s also been reported list ticket prices have increased by 20% at some resorts as they attempt to mitigate the financial loss from having fewer skiers whilst requiring more staff.…

The World’s Six Summer-Only Ski Areas All Open

We’re in that short time window each year when the six ski areas that only open during spring or summer are all open at once. Because of unpredictable snow conditions some years, that doesn’t happen every year and in 2020 it’s particularly welcome news as only a few months ago I was unclear whether any would be able to open in 2020 due to the virus pandemic. The ‘summer only’ areas are different to those winter resorts that stay-open, or re-open, high altitude glacier skiing in the summer like Zermatt or Val d’Isere; and they’re not southern hemisphere ski areas where resorts only open between late autumn through winter to early spring. They’re northern hemisphere ski areas in locations which…

New Zealand Ski Season to Operate “Normally”

The delayed start to the New Zealand ski season on Friday will be a fairly normal one with restrictions on the number of people using lifts at any one time or entering mountain restaurants and other buildings no longer an issue. Ski areas had been planning their operations under the country’s ‘Level 2’ lockdown measures for months, which required social distancing and other operating restrictions for skiers and boarders, although the New Zealand government had already said that unlike re-opened ski areas in some countries, there would be no limit on the number of people outdoors on the slope so long as social distancing measures were in place. It is believed some measures, like requiring contact tracing info for skiers…

20% Lift Ticket Price Rise At Australian Ski Area

The cost of lift ticket at one Australian ski area has risen by 20% this season, according to a report on website www.traveltrends.biz The size says that the price of a day pass will increase by 20 per cent to $159 a day at Thredbo and speculates that this is due to lower numbers allowed on the slopes, and more staff needing to be employed, due to COVID-19 pandemic prevention measures. Other ski areas that have re-opened in the US over the past month have had similar issues. They have tended not to increase day pass prices but are only offering limited terrain that they can still open up high in late spring/early summer and operators have said they have…

“Sensational” Summer Ski Conditions in Val d’Isère For Those Who Can Get There

Two French glacier ski areas at Val d’Isère and Les 2 Alpes are due to open for summer skiing and boarding as scheduled this coming weekend as France continues to ease its pandemic lockdown measures. For those in the area who are able to travel to the slopes safely, conditions are looking good, according to a resort spokesperson., “A series of spring storms half-buried the ski area during what would have been the official closing week at the start of May. Consequently, snow conditions on the glacier are nothing short of sensational. Although sadly, it has to be said, that because of international travel restrictions the number of kiers in a position to take advantage of them will be largely…