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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…

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…

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…

Ski Areas Open on Six Continents (Maybe all Seven)

It’s the start of the few months each year when it is possible to ski or snowboard on every continent at the same time. In the Southern Hemisphere, ski resorts have opened in Australia (Mt Hotham which opened yesterday pictured below), New Zealand and in Southern Africa.  There have been some good snowfalls in the Andes too but so far only the snow fun area at Farallones in Chile is known to be open enjoying a ‘pre-opening’ with the main opening next weekend. In Europe, there are currently nine areas open with France (Val d’Isere, pictured below last week) and Italy (Passo Stelvio) re-joining Austria, Switzerland and Norway today as their summer ski areas open. It’s the last weekend of…

New Zealand and Southern Africa’s 2019 Seasons Start

New Zealand’s 2019 ski season has got properly underway today (Friday 7th June), six days after the first skiers and boarders took to the slope of the small snow fun area at Whakapapa ski area, part of Mt Ruapehu on the country’s North Island. Mt Hutt ski field (50/100cm), pictured top and below, opened with top to bottom skiing and all lifts operating and all sector opening after significant snowfall there through the past week. One keen snowsports enthusiast, named as Josh from Christchurch in local media, which didn’t say if he was a skier or boarder, spent Thursday night ‘sleeping’ on the chairlift in order to claim first on the chair at 7am this morning. "Not sure if I…

Southern Hemisphere 2019 Season Underway

The 2019 ski season has got underway in the southern hemisphere. Three Australian ski areas have so far announced they are opening early over the coming three days due to the heavy snowfall in the country this week which has seen accumulations of up to 70cm (28 inches) reported so far. Selwyn Snow Resort in New South Wales (pictured above this morning) was the first to open, earlier today.  It says it will be running its new Chum Chair for free through the weekend. Perisher on 28 May 2019 It will be joined by Australia’s biggest resort, Perisher, also in New South Wales, which announced earlier this week that it would open from tomorrow. A third Australian area, Mt Buller…

Slopes in Australia and Andes Dumped on Ahead of Imminent Start of 2019 Season (NZ Next)

It’s looking good for the start of the 2019 ski season in South America, Australia and New Zealand with a week of snow forecast to see these ski regions into June. Falls Creek, Australia, 28 May 2019 Las Lenas in Argentina has already reported a 50cm+ accumulation whilst several ski areas in Australia, and several in Chile, have had 20-30cm of snowfall. Cerro Bayo is pictured below. With snow forecast to continue all week there’s potential for 60-100cm of snow accumulating by this time next week in these two areas.  New Zealand hasn’t had any significant snowfall but that is set to change here too with 20-40cm of snow forecast as temperatures drop from tomorrow. The weather is also good…

More Snow Falling in Southern Hemisphere as 2019 Season 10 Days Away

Excitement is building for skiers and boarders waiting to hit the slopes of Australia, New Zealand, South America and Southern Africa as each area receives news of snowfalls, snow forecasts or snowmaking underway …and in some cases all three.   New Zealand is likely to see the first ski areas open a week on Saturday, June 1st.  Whakapapa will open its Happy Valley snow play area using an all-weathers snowmaking machine and Cardrona ski area has also said they’ll open some terrain. Then the focus switches across the Indian Ocean to the resorts of Afriski (pictured below on 9 May) in Lesotho and Tiffindell in South Africa which are scheduled to open the following week on June 6th and 5th…

Late May in the USA: Aspen To Re-Open And Heavy Snowfall Hits California

Aspen ski area has announced it will re-open for the US Memorial Day long holiday weekend at the end of the month (May 25-27). The resort will re- open 130 acres on Aspen Mountain for skiing and boarding. It will mean that three Colorado ski areas will be open for the last weekend of the month as Breckenridge (pictured above earlier this month) and Arapahoe Basin are yet to end their 2018-19 ski seasons, Arapahoe Basin will stay open daily to June 2nd and recently announced it will re-open the following weekend. Meanwhile in California, where four ski areas are still open, there’s a heavy snowstorm dumping down at present.  Mammoth (pictured top and below) reported 20cm of snowfall in…

Breckenridge Nears 11 Metre 18-19 Snowfall Total and Celebrates Longest Season For Over 20 Years

Breckenridge ski area in Colorado, which operates some of the highest lifts and ski runs in the world including the world’s highest chairlift, has extended its season to the last Monday in May, a public holiday in the US. It’s the first time the resort has stayed open this late in the season until the 1990s and it  seems to have chosen a good season to do it, with snowfall totals currently at 1,092cm   and locals saying some of the snowfalls this winter were the biggest in living memory, with some claiming falls on that scale have not been recorded for 120 years – according to the resort’s marketing department. But the extended season is not a one off due…