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Big Snowfalls to Start May in the Alps

There has been up to a metre (40 inches) of new snowfalls reported at still open ski areas in the Alps to start May. Several glaciers in Austria have reported up to 50cm of fresh snow so far over the weekend, and the Presena Glacier in Trentino, Italy, says it has had a metre (40 inches) of fresh snow above 3,000 metres over the past 72 hours.  It is scheduled to stay open for another fortnight. Temperatures have dropped in to double digits below zero and although the snowfall is now expected to ease off, it will remain very cold all week at most ski areas. For most ski areas this meant it was a powder weekend, although as it…

Where’s Open For Skiing or Snowboarding in May 2019?

The main ski season in the northern hemisphere is drawing to a close but there is no need to despair! Heavy snowfall in many parts of the skiing world through the winter has left bases as deep as 17 feet (5.5 metres) in the US and Canada and 7 metres (21 feet) in the Alps, where there was also lots of fresh snow above 2,000 metres in the last week of April so in many areas conditions are good for late spring skiing and boarding. The further good news is that more than 50 ski areas in over a dozen countries are still open for the start of May and although that number will drop as the month goes on,…

Summer Ski Areas Opening Take World’s Deepest Snowbase to 10 Metres (33 Feet)

Two ski areas that open only for spring and summer skiing in the northern hemisphere opened at the weekend, both claiming they have more snow lying on their slopes than the resort that had been open all winter and had previously claimed the current deepest base in the world. Gassan’s famous Tsukiyama Ski Area in northern Japan’s Yamagata Prefecture opened for its 2019 ski season at the weekend, immediately posting the world’s deepest snow depth at 10 metres (33.3 feet). Normally open for 3 months to mid-July, subject to snow conditions, it says it's closed today due to a whiteout. Pictured above and below from Sunday. Meanwhile, Norway’s Folgefonn or ‘Fonna’ glacier also opened for spring and summer skiing at…

Norway’s Summer Ski Season Starts Saturday

The first of Norway’s three summer ski resorts will begin its 2019 season this Saturday, 13th April, 2019. Managers at the country’s Folgefonna glacier, better known as Fonna, say their 2019 season will kick off at 10am tomorrow. Resort teams have been working for weeks to clear access roads and prepare slopes and resort infrastructure after the winter shut down during which everything gets buried in snow.  The snow is currently lying several metres deep. The Galdhøpiggen Sommerskisenter plans to open second on May 9th, 2019 https://vimeo.com/229096989?fbclid=IwAR2fc4gJ7UGGCGuwZV9ONU9si3_d2zS9dUUCjQmR_HcTa2JNd7dxTUZdhhg Finally the country’s Stryn summer ski area will join them on 29th May. This picture was published by Stryn this week of how conditions are looking ahead of the start of the seasion…

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…

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…

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…