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WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #211

Issued: 06 October 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia RoundupSouthern Hemisphere WORLD OVERVIEW We’re back to ski areas open on four continents with the first ski centre reported to have opened in China for the 21-22 ski season.  This will kick off the winter, when the country will host the next Winter Olympics, in less than four months’ time. After a few stalled weeks when glacier areas in the Alps delayed opening and there wasn’t much to report from Scandinavia either, things are looking much more promising with several Austrian and Swiss glaciers announcing they’ll be opening later this week and Finland’s 21-22 season also due to get underway. In North America after a long, hot summer and…

Californian Resorts Donate $400,000 To Fire-Impacted Employees

The ski resorts of Heavenly and Kirkwood that were in the frontline in the nettle to contain the vast Caldor fire that has been ravaging forests around Lake Tahoe in California have announced that they have survived the flames relatively unscathed. The fire continues to burn and remains a threat but is now 76% contained the two resorts are reporting “minimal growth” in their areas. Both were on the front lines of the battle with the flames for much of September with Heavenly’s huge base car park used as a temporary control base for thousands of fire fighters. In a statement the two resorts, both owned by Vail Resorts, said, ”We are grateful to share we have not found any…

New Zealand Ski Areas Extends Seasons as Australia’s Season Ends

At least five New Zealand ski areas have announced they’ll be staying open to the latter half of October as ski areas in Australia appear to be largely ending their 2021 seasons this Sunday, October 3rd. Cardrona say they’ll stay open to October 24th, and Mt Hutt (*pictured), which was the first in the country to open last June, until the 25th. “We’re extending our season by a week - our new Closing Day is October 24th. Facilities for the last week will depend on snow and resources, but we’re aiming for at least McDougall’s and the Learner Conveyor,” a Cardrona statement reads. On the country’s North Island the two ski areas on Mt Ruapehu, Turoa and Whakapapa are usually…

Legendary American Skier Dan Egan on UK Autumn Tour

Dan Egan, the legendary extreme skier who features in 12 of Warren Miller’s ski movies, has announced a short tour visiting three English cities following his 2021 book launch, 30 Years in a White Haze. Dan Egan is an award-winning broadcaster and film producer, and a ski legend who continues to teach and share his love of the sport around the globe. Dan and his brother John Egan, as the Egan Brothers (pictured below back in the day), travelled to some of the world’s most remote regions following the geopolitical events of the 1980s and 1990s. They made first descents on the Berlin Wall, skied beside the Persian Gulf War, and organized the 1993 Middle East Peace Ski in Lebanon;…

International Study Finds Skiers Keen to Ski

A study of more than 4,000 people living in The UK, France, Belgium and The Netherlands on their attitudes to skiing this winter has produced some interesting results. The study was carried out by French research agency Contours and was carried out on behalf of L’Agence Savoie Mont Blanc which represents 112 ski resorts in the famous French ski region, including several of the world’s best known centres such as Val d’Isère, Méribel, Morzine-Avoriaz and Chamonix. Only 40% of Brits Plan to Travel At All this Winter Of the 1,107 British people interviewed, 20% said they would definitely go on holiday this winter, 20% were unsure still and 60% said they wouldn’t. The main reason for not going on holiday…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #210

Issued: 29 September 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupSouthern Hemisphere WORLD OVERVIEW It has been a second week where we have seen snow falling in both southern and northern hemispheres, as the seasons change on either side of the equator. In the north, as we approach October, more glacier areas have opened in Europe and we're (hopefully) only weeks away from the first resort opening in North America.In the southern hemisphere, by contrast, ski areas are continuing to close and most of those that remain open, are closing either this coming weekend or the one after. Here, temperatures are rising as we move further into spring. The snow hasn't stopped falling though and one area in Tasmania, in…

First Turns of 21-22 Reported in Romania

“Martin, Andy and Santiago” have filmed themselves making the first turns of 21-22 at Păltiniș ski area in Transylvania, Romania, on snowboards. The area, along with many ski areas across Eastern Europe, reported a moderate snowfall at the end of last week, the first of the autumn. Although eight ski resorts have opened in Austria, Italy and Switzerland for the 21-22 season already this is possible the first ride on fresh snow this autumn in the northern hemisphere at a ski area  below 2000m altitude and without a glacier. The Arena Platoș ski area at Păltiniș is located 1440m up in the Cindrel Mountains.…

Resorts & Countries Insist Ski Area Staff Are All Fully Vaccinated

An increasing number of individual resorts and entire countries have announced that all employees at ski areas must be fully vaccinated against COVID 19 in order to be able to work this winter. In Canada and the US a growing number of individual resorts and resort groups, including the largest, Vail Resorts, have now mandated that stuff must be fully vaccinated in order to work there this winter.  In Canada ski areas around Banff have announced similar rules and Whistler is owned by Vail so the rule applies there too. In Europe, Italy has included that requirement in a list of rules agreed to allow ski area to re-open there this winter after being closed last season. All resort staff…

One Of World’s Most Southerly Ski Areas Extends Season

Ben Lomond Snow Sports centre located on Australia’s southerly island of Tasmania has announced it expects to stay open in to October thanks to heavy snow forecast to blanket the region this weekend. The centre says that if the snow arrives in the quantities forecast it hopes to stay open to October 10th, taking in the island’s school holidays. Snowmaking before the snowfall Ben Lomond has had a mixed winter for snow cover with only beginner terrain and snow play areas open for periods so it appears that the best weather is arriving late in the day.  It has though stayed open through the winter. For large parts of August and September the island had the only ski slopes open…

“There Will Definitely be Winter Holidays in Austria,” says Tourism Minister

Several glacier ski areas in Austria are already open and welcoming international skiers again, but for the main season ahead the government is stressing skiers will be required to wear face masks indoors and on lifts and will also need to carry Covid-19 passes to use the ski lifts. However skiers will not be required to be vaccinated in the country where a sizable minority of the population appear to be resisting getting the vaccine. Stubai Skiers will instead have to show they have either been vaccinated, tested or have recovered from COVID-19 when they buy a lift pass. The news came at a government press conference at which it was stressed that winter 21-22 is on, after the country…