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Earliest Snowfall Since Records Began at Ski Resort in Japan

One of Japan’s most northerly ski areas has reported its earliest ever snowfall – on the morning of August 17th. The snow, on Mount Kuro in the Daisetsuzan Mountains, was reported at the top station of the Daisetsuzan Sōunkyō Kurodake lift, the most northerly cable car in Japan, located on the country’s famous ski island of Hokkaidō, home to numerous ski resorts with a reputation for deep powder in winter including world-famous Niseko. Most of Japan is still in mid-summer mode, and there have recently been record-breaking hot weather in the country, but a cold front crossing the Sea of Japan brought the winter-like conditions even before autumn has arrived. The snowfall at the ski area near the town of…

YUGE PARADISKI SKI APP REVIEW

YUGE PARADISKI SKI APP Free www.paradiski.com Yuge is a free app offered by the Paradiski area which helps you make the most of everything from skiing to après-ski whilst in resort. We’re featuring it as an example simply because our reviewer spends his winters in the area so has plenty of direct personal experience of the app; you can expect apps offered by other resorts to be very similar, although that said Yuge apparently scores highest of all resort apps in user reviews. It’s possible to personalise Yuge so it provides information that’s specific to your skiing ability and where you’re staying in resort, and a potentially really useful feature is real time information on lift queues (or lack of),…

ULLR MOBILE AVALANCHE SAFETY GUIDE APP REVIEW

ULLR MOBILE AVALANCHE SAFETY GUIDE APP $9.99 available on Apple Store This is a brilliant app for anyone interested in avalanche safety – which should be anyone heading off-piste. Ullr works with iPhones to provide up-to-date, detailed avalanche forecasts from the regional centre closest to where you’re skiing. But more than that, it also enables you to record field observations whilst you ski, including location, aspect and slopes angle. Using features of your iPhone such as the camera, GPS, inclinometer, compass and data communication it allows you to provide real-time info on avalanche conditions which can be transmitted to the nearest regional avalanche centre to enhance their avy reports and share the data with other users. No mobile or wi-fi…

Where Can You Ski or Snowboard in August 2018?

August is one of the hottest months in the year in the Northern Hemisphere so it’s no surprise that we’re down to just nine ski areas open this month for lift-served skiing and boarding in Europe and North America. These include three resorts open year-round, four summer-ski destinations and two that have already begun their 9-11 month long 2018-19 ski seasons. Europe A year ago a number of glacier ski areas in the Alps had to shut down temporarily as the intense summer heat melted snow cover from their glaciers.  This August that doesn’t look to quite be the case in the Alps as it hasn’t been quite so hot up high (there’s even been a few quick snow storms…

Norwegian Summer Ski Centre Ends 2018 Season Three Months Early Due to Heat

Norway's Galdhøpiggen summer ski area has closed early for the 2018 season.  The ski area, Norway's highest, had been scheduled to stay open to early November. “The sweltering spring and summer temperatures have been hard for the snow,” a ski area spokesperson said, adding, “We must therefore with heavy hearts close indefinitely.” Galdhøpiggen is on Scandinavia's highest mountain at 2469 metres and usually attracts international race teams for training. The centre’s T bar lifts reaches 2,250m on the Veslejuv Glacier from a base of 1900 metres and accesses up to 1.5km of trails over a 350 metre vertical. Norway has two other summer ski centres but one, Stryn, had already opened and closed for summer 2018 with a very short…

Aussie Slopes Get Big Dump

Australia’s ski slopes have seen big snowfalls over the past few days and with skies due to clear whilst temperatures stay low it’s looking like a powder weekend for many. Hotham in Victoria province (pictured above and bottom) reported the biggest snowfall with 24cm in 24 hours taking its base past the metre mark to 102cm, believed to be the first resort in the country to do so this winter. Perisher and Thredbo in New South Wales reported slightly smaller accumulations and that their bases are up to 99cm apiece. https://www.facebook.com/PerisherResort/videos/10155406516945653/   The Australian snow follows some good snowfalls in South America earlier this week which saw Portillo in Chile post 35cm of fresh snow in the past 72 hours…

Has the 2018 – 19 Ski Season Already Started?

The news that the Swiss ski resort of Saas Fee has re-opened for snowsports on its glacier today less than three months after closing its 2017-18 ski season in April set us wondering when does one ski season end and the new one begin?  Some ski areas are open all year round – the Hintertux glacier in Austria (below) and Zermatt in Switzerland for example, but most resorts, even those with far longer than average ski seasons, open in late autumn then close in early spring. So that main season is pretty obvious.  But several ski areas that opened in early autumn last year – the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Austria or Timberline on Mt Hood in Oregon are STILL open…

Big Snowfalls in the Andes

The Andes mountains of South America are currently enjoying their biggest snowfalls of 2018 so far. Up to a metre of snow is expected to have fallen ion some slopes in Argentina and Chile by the end of this week. Portillo has reported one of the biggest accumulations with 54cm (21 inches) in 24 hours yesterday.  It’s still snowing there and significant snowfall is expected throughout the day today. It now reports its upper slopes snow depth has reached 2 metres, the deepest in the southern hemisphere and the first to hit the 2m mark this winter. It leapfrogs Turoa on Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand which previously was reporting the deepest base at 1.6m Fellow Chilean resort Valle Nevado…

Where’s The Snow in July 2018?

July is of course one of the hottest months of the year north of the equator but in the southern hemisphere it's when the ski season really gets moving and the good news is that 2018 has seen plenty of snow in Australia, New Zealand and South America. (Mt Hutt is pictured above on 24 June) As an added bonus the deep snow left from the exceptionally snowy 2017-18 winter in the Alps seems to be holding up well as there's even been fresh snow in late June in the Austrian Alps at high altitude and in a few less likely places at this time of year like Eastern Canada's like Newfoundland and (earlier last month), parts of BC too.…

How Much Snow Is There in the World?

NASA is reported to have launched a multi-year project to try to accurately measure how much snow cover the world has at any one time, and particularly how much water content there is held in that snow. Winter snow cover in the northern hemisphere is known to extend to over 46,000,000 square kilometres or just under a third of the Earth’s land area each year but scientists are keen to more accurately measure just how much snow there is at any one time – particularly is water content. In some areas snow is a critical water source and its volume can have both positive and negative  effects, supporting agriculture, recreation, and other aspects of local economies, but too much of…