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Arapahoe Basin Ends (Probably) The Longest Ski Season in the World

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado has ended its 2016-17 ski season after 230 days of operation. “Closing Day was full of costumes, pond skimming on Lake Reveal, tunes from our favorite local band High 5 in the base area, and lots of smiling faces. We had a fantastic season up here at The Legend, and we are proud to be home to the longest ski and ride season in Colorado,” said the resort’s Marketing and Communications Manager Adrienne Saia Isaac. The centre, one of the world’s 10 highest ski centres, opened for the season all the way back on October 21, 2016 – at a time when other ski centres in Western North America that had hoped to open as early…

Where in the World is Open For Skiing or Boarding in June 2017?

The southern hemisphere gets its 2017 season rolling, Europe and North America’s glacier resorts start re-opening for summer and some resorts just haven’t closed since last autumn!   So in fact this is the first of three months of the year when you can ski on all seven continents.   Europe In Austria the year-round Hintertux glacier is open and the Kitzsteinhorn above Kaprun is still going from last Autumn as is the Stubai, though it is currently scheduled to close mid-May. The Molltal glacier re-opens a few days later though for its 10 month season through to spring 2018! There are no ski areas open in France at the start of June but the three summer glacier areas above…

Ski Areas Re-open in Europe and North America in June and July

The number of ski areas that will re-open for summer skiing or boarding over the next four weeks in the northern hemisphere, just as the main season gets underway in the southern hemisphere, looks set to be more than usual in 2017. Ski areas will re-open in Canada and the USA in North America; Finland and Norway in Scandinavia; and France, Italy and Switzerland in the Alps, in addition to the half-dozen or so ski areas including Mammoth (pictured below), Squaw Valley, Arapahoe Basin and Timberline in the US plus the Zermatt, Hintertux (pictured top) and Kitzsteinhorn glaciers that have been operating since last autumn, 2016. Finland’s Saariselkä ski area announced at the weekend that it will be re-opening for…

Australian Ski Area to Start Season Early Following Heavy Snowfall

Ski areas in Australia, where the 2017 ski season is due to start the weekend after next, have reacted with glee to heavy snowfall over the past 24 hours. Although few official snowfall stats are available yet as the season is not underway, accumulations of 15-30cm have been reported at most of the country’s leading resorts. Temperatures have also been sub-zero allowing snowmaking systems to work at capacity. So far, the country’s largest ski area, Vail-owned Perisher has announced plans to open some terrain a week early – this Saturday, June 3rd.   https://www.facebook.com/PerisherResort/videos/10154393816590653/   The news follows the early-opening of El Colorado, La Parva and Valle Nevado ski areas in Chile, up to a month earlier than planned, after…

Second Big Snowfall Leaves Valle Nevado and La Parva Ready for Today’s Opening | 40+ Photos Of All South American Resorts

Valle Nevado and La Parva ski resorts will open for the season today Friday, May 26th. This way, they will join their neighbor, El Colorado, which opened for the season last week. The Storm By yesterday's morning, Valle Nevado and La Parva had gotten about 40 centimeters of fresh snow. This, added to the consistent snowpack that both resorts already had, will allow them to habilitate lifts and slopes almost one month before the winter starts, and weeks before all other resorts in the Southern Hemisphere. The big storm took place overnight. However,…

Squaw Valley Boss Urges Skiers and Riders to Argue against Trump Plan To Cut US Commitments to fight Climate Change

Andy Wirth, the President and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski areas has published an open letter in which he urges skiers and boarders to encourage the American government department, EPA (the Environmental Protection Agency) to, “…maintain and even increase the critical regulations that combat climate change.” Mr Wirth’s call comes as President Trump, who vowed during his campaign to eradicate President Obama’s policies related to climate change, plans to sign an executive order directing Scott Pruitt, the new E.P.A. administrator, to begin the legal process of undoing Mr. Obama’s regulations surrounding the reduction of greenhouse pollution generated from coal-fired power plants. These regulations are the cornerstone of the Obama Administration’s program that supports our nation’s compliance with…

Rapid Growth In Sales for ‘All Weather’ Snowmaking Machines

Special snow making machines which can produce snow in positive temperatures are seeing a rapid growth in sales around the world. The machines have existed for around 20 years in various forms, and have commonly been used to make snow for events in urban areas and outside the ski season, but the past Northern Hemisphere ski season and the coming Southern Hemisphere one has seen a rapid growth in sales of the machines, in particular to low altitude resorts and ski areas located in areas where snowfall is not guaranteed, particularly at the start of the season. The most popular machine is the ‘Snow Factory’ unit from Techno Alpin, but the units follow a similar model of making the snow…

Season Has Started In Chile and There Is More Snow On Its Way

On Wednesday, Chileans woke up with fantastic news. El Colorado Ski Resort announced that was going to bring forward their opening date... to Friday, May 19th. That is yesterday. The reasons? Heavy snowfalls had brought an important amount of snow, creating an acceptable snowpack for skiing and snowboarding. El Colorado is located just 60 kilometers away from the capital city of Santiago, in an area known as the Three Valleys (it's called like this for being just next to La Parva and Valle Nevado). Usually, resorts in Chile do not open for the season until mid June. In fact, initial opening was scheduled for that month in El Colorado. However, as Snow-Forecast.com had anticipated,…

Heavy Mid-May Snow in North & South America Leads to Unseasonal Resort Openings

It has been snowing heavily, and continues to snow, this week in both North and South America at the same time. Usually, of course, it doesn’t snow in North America during the South American ski season, and vice versa, but this is that grey area between the northern and southern winters when it can snow in either or both hemispheres at the same time – it just doesn’t happen very often. https://www.facebook.com/MammothMountain/videos/10153936267747395/ (Snowfall at Mammoth Mountain California this week) For ski areas the snow – up to 35cm has been reported in Western North America and up to 60cm in the Andes of South America so far – is something of a quandary.  Do North American areas re-open top give…

Winter 2017 continues…

A large storm continues to bring fresh snowfall to the European Alps this week, mostly in Austrian resorts which is luckily where most of the resorts that are open are. The Obergurgl region has seen up to 15cm of new snow, but elsewhere glacier resorts such as Hintertux have had over 30cm in the past 24 hours. A look at our Ski Austria pages shows those resorts reporting the best piste conditions and new powder, so check this out regularly if you're lucky enough to be able to head to the mountains!   Not forgetting French resorts, Tignes reports 20cm of snow in the first 24 hours of May…