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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…

Snowsports Charity Running Virtual Auction on 4th of July

The Ellie Soutter Foundation is staging a virtual auction, this Saturday, July 4th, 2020. The charity, which is dedicated to supporting talented young people in snow sports, will stream the auction live from the French Alps on Saturday 4th July between 4:30-7:30pm CET. Items available to bid for include a holiday in Thailand, game fishing in Portugal, a pair of limited-edition skis, a 3-night B&B stay in Morzine and much more. The online auction is already live now and will close at 7pm CET on Saturday 4th July, to bid simply follow this link. There is also a raffle featuring a whole host of amazing prizes to be won, including: ski lessons with LGS Snowsports tuition, a pair of Summit…

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…

No Summer Skiing at Whistler Blackcomb This Year

Whistler Blackcomb have confirmed they won’t open their glacier for summer skiing this June and July. The resort will be open for summer tourism, but the resort’s chief operating officer Geoff Buchheister has told staff that with the onus firmly on safety in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, snowsports would mean an unacceptable "…layer of complexity over an already complex situation," "By narrowing our focus to our summer operation, we can ensure that our team is preparing a plan that is careful, measured and realistic, while in keeping with provincial health guidelines," he told staff in a memo. Whistler has offered glacier skiing on the Blackcomb Glacier every summer for many decades. The glacier is booked up by race team…

Skiing in June and a look forward

At the time of my last report a few ski areas around Japan were still bravely remaining open in increasingly pressured circumstances. That situation did not last too long as the Japanese government was forced to announce a country-wide ‘state of emergency’. Interestingly, the Japanese government is not actually able to legally declare a ‘lockdown’ like other countries have experienced over the last few months. The Japan state of emergency was essentially more of a strong request for co-operation, and it was one that most people and businesses complied with. As of late May, the state of emergency has now been lifted in all regions of Japan. There has been skiing and snowboarding available in May though. The Yokoteyama and…

Re-opening US Ski Resort Sells Lift Tickets by Lottery

Arapahoe Basin ski area in Colorado has resorted to selling lift tickets for its re-opening day, 27th May, by lottery after an online ticket reservation system failed to cope with demand. “Due to incredibly high volume, we are not able to use our original reservation system. Access to Arapahoe Basin, at this time, will be via a random drawing. We are only doing one day at a time. …No need to rush. One entry per person. No purchase necessary to enter this random drawing,” an online statement posted on the 26th said. Those who win in the lottery will then be contacted have the option to purchase up to four $99 lift tickets. Arapahoe Basin is the fourth US ski…

Leading Argentinian Ski Area Cancels 2020 Ski Season

The leading Argentinian ski area of Las Leñas appears to have decided not to open for winter 2020 – due to commence next month and run to late September or early October. In a media statement the resort essentially said that the realities of operating with the additional limitations that working during the pandemic would entail meant it was not feasible for them to open this season, even when restrictions on doing so were lifted. “We are obliged to act with the greatest responsibility and safeguard both our workers and the general public,” the statement concludes. Argentina has had one of the world’s most stringent lockdowns, most recently extended to this Sunday May 24th. The government there has also banned…

No Limit To Numbers on the Mountain in New Zealand, But Later Start and Reduced Operations

In further good news for the 2020 ski season in New Zealand, which is due to start in just over a fortnight, an agreement between the country’s ski areas and government means there’ll be no limit on the number of people allowed on the mountain. The news came after the country moved to a loosened ‘Level 2’ lockdown earlier this week allowing many small businesses to re-open, but there had been a concern in the country’s ski resorts that an ongoing limit on the number of people who could be in one place at the same time would make in impractical for ski areas to operate. But the ski areas have agreed specific guidelines for operations this winter, including managing…

Several US Ski Areas Re-Opening – Lift Tickets Sell Out Fast

Several US ski areas in the state of Oregon are re-opening after the state’s governor signed an executive order allowing them to do so. However one immediately sold out of lift tickets – which must be bought online in advance, the other is only allowing existing season pass holders on its slopes. Timberline is open from today (15th May) although it sold-out of lift tickets for today within an hour of them going on sale.  The centre, on Mt Hood, has North America’s longest ski season, running almost year round from early-autumn through to later-summer the following year, subject to snow conditions. A second Oregon area, Mt Bachelor, has also announced it is re-opening, for nine days, from Saturday 16th…