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World’s Deepest Reported Snow Depth Passes 7 Metre Mark After Huge Snowfalls in the Alps

Engelberg is reporting that the snow depth on its Titlis glacier has reached 7.3 metres (24.3 feet) after the resort received a metre of snowfall on its upper slopes between Wednesday and Friday this week. It is the first time any ski area in the world has posted a snow depth figure of over 7 metres this year. The heavy  snowfall across the Alps has seen some massive accumulations reported with a number of resorts including Solden in Austria, Gressoney (pictured above yesterday) and the Schnalstal glacier in Italy and Bellwald in Switzerland reporting a metre (40 inch) of snowfalls in 24 hours. 48 hour totals of as much as 185cm (over six feet) have also been reported. Of the…

Will Scottish 2018-19 Ski Season Re-boot for Third Time?

Scottish ski areas are hoping that the recent arrival of heavy snowfall may allow them to re-open terrain for the Easter holidays. Winter 18-19 has been a challenging one flor the country’s five Highland ski areas with a long dry period at the start meaning the season hardly got going until February.  Then the warmest ever recorded temperatures thawed all the cover. This re-built through the first half of March allowing all five areas to re-open for a few weeks with, at the high point a fortnight ago, more than 70 runs open.  However subsequent further thawing at the end of the month had meant Cairngorm, Glenshee (pictured above on Sunday when officially closed for snowsports) and The Lecht had…

Early Snowfall in Australia

It has been snowing in Australia, a little over two months before the start of the 2019 ski season there is due to commence. https://www.facebook.com/PerisherResort/videos/2717756121586126/ Temperatures dipped to as low as -4C overnight at the weekend, on the last two days of March. Thredbo is pictured top on Sunday, Perisher below. Although there were few proper snow depth measurements taken, with the snow likely to thaw fast as temperatures rise to double digits above freezing over the next few days, some visitors posting on social media guesstimated 5-10cm fell. https://www.facebook.com/hothamalpineresort/videos/2295280290743205/ Australia's ski resorts are traditionally among the first in the southern hemisphere to open in early June each year, whether or not they have snow cover. Thredbo Aussie resorts open…

The Deepest Bases and the Longest Ski Seasons 2019

The ski season will draw to a close at most of the northern Hemisphere’s ski areas over the next five weekends, although a good selection will stay open later in to May and June, when the southern hemisphere’s 2019 season gets underway. Several ski areas are currently sitting on bases at, or near, 6 metres (20 feet) and they’re open in to May or beyond. Here’s the lowdown*: 636cm / 21.2 feet, Switzerland, Engelberg, open to 26 May. The current world’s deepest base is in Engelberg (pictyured top and above), where it often reaches 5 or 6 metres on the Titlis glacier by the end of the season. There’s still almost two months of snowsports left here for winter 18-19…

Two US Giant Ski Resort Groups Promise Combined 1/3 Billion Dollar Off-Season Spend

The two giant US ski resort owners have each promised to spend huge amounts on upgrades totalling between $356 and $361 million dollars at their respective collections of ski resorts this summer, ahead of the 2019-20 ski season. The two, which between them now run 34 Canadian, US (and in Vail’s case Australian) resorts including many of the continent’s leading ski areas, have committed remarkably similar totals ahead of next winter. Vail Resorts have committed “$175 Million to $180 Million in capital investments to reimagine the guest experience,” whilst the Alterra Group say they’ll spend $181 million (coincidentally $1 million more than Vail, announced a few months after Vail announced their spending plans) this summer, as part of a $555…

Red Mountain Expanding Again For Winter 2019-20 To Be 9th Biggest in North America

Formerly marketed as BC’s “Favourite Little” Resort,” Red Mountain in Canada’s Kootenay region has announced they’re installing a new chairlift this summer which will expand its terrain to become the 5th biggest in the country and the 9th biggest in North America. The resort’s Topping Chair expansion will give the resort a total of 300 additional acres skiable taking it to 3,840 acres and will include six new Intermediate runs with tree-skiing, “squirrel trails” and “slots”. Resort managers say it also accesses terrain that has a reputation for holding some of the best snow at the resort, thanks to its southeast facing aspect. This new lift-accessed acreage is just another addition to RED Mountain that makes it one of the…

All 5 Scottish Ski Centres Re-Open

All five Scottish ski centres have now re-opened at least some terrain following regular snow showers and cold weather since the start of March. Glencoe and Nevis Range on the West Coast of the country were the first to re-open upper runs last weekend but they’ve been joined in the past few days by Cairngorm, Glenshee and The Lecht. “All runs are now complete with a wide and deep cover of snow. What we need now is the wind to die down enough to allow us out to play. Winds tomorrow are again forecast to be strong WNW so may be worth checking in the morning before traveling or having a plan B,” a statement from Glencoe today reads, highlighting…

Now More Ski Areas and Snowdomes in China Than Any Other Country

China now has 742 ski areas, according to Wu Bin, author of the country’s annual ‘White book.’ Depending on how you determine what constitutes a ‘ski area’, this may be the most of any country in the world. However what constitutes a ski area in China is different to most other countries. The vast majority of these areas are fairly flat centres the size of a football field with one or two conveyor lifts and a few snowmaking machines.     There are only 149 chairlifts in the country and most of these are located at a small number of larger destination areas. Despite the ongoing political drive to grow winter sports ahead of hosting the next Winter Olympics in 2022,…

North America Overtakes Europe for World’s Deepest 2019 Snow Base

North American ski resort Squaw Valley in California (pictured in the past few days) has overtaken Andermatt in Switzerland to report the deepest snow base in the world, today at 617cm (20.5 feet). https://www.facebook.com/squawvalleyalpinemeadows/videos/564106037332504/ Andermatt had been reporting the deepest base in the world throughout 2019, at 6 metres (20 feet) following huge snowfalls on the Eastern side of the Alps through the first three weeks of this year. However record-breaking snowfalls in February in California has left ski resorts there with very deep bases with many resorts now reporting the snow lying at least 4.5m (15 feet) deep.  Mammoth Mountain had been reporting the North American continent’s deepest base for over a month, but in the past 24 hours…

Winter Sports Travel Insurance

Snow-forecast.com releases travel insurance for its users, with up to 15% off for members. Members can save more on their insurance than the membership cost itself, which starts at £3.99 / €4.50 that also includes: Advanced dynamic weather maps (12 days instead of 6)Extended forecasts multi elevation 12 day, instead of 6 dayHourly detailed forecasts (instead of 6)Full App functionality20 years of snow-history analysis (compare resorts on the same screen)More membership discounts (i.e. up to 50% off ski hire - rental with our additional 10% off promo code etc) Some myths about ski insurance: My bank account or credit card has all the travel insurance cover I needIf I forget to buy insurance when I’m already travelling I can buy…