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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…