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WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #105

Colorado’s first snowman (or snowwoman...) of 2019-2020 spotted at Keystone Resort.. Issued: 18 September 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. Poland's turn to post 'first snows of the autumn' pics in the Tatra mountains. Here's Kasprowy Wierch near Zakopane this morning. INTRODUCTION: It is beginning to feel a little like the start of the end of the season…

Three Alpine Glaciers Open in 24 Hours Following Heavy Snowfall

Three glacier ski areas have opened in Austria and Switzerland this weekend following the heavy snowfalls a week ago. The Stubai and Solden (above) glaciers in Austria opened for their 2019 - 20 seasons on Friday and were joined by Val Senales in Italy on Saturday.  All four areas reported at least 40cm of fresh snowfall in the past week, the Stubai (below) 55cm. Ski conditions were reported to be superb today with blue skies and fresh snow. They joined four currently open glacier areas in Austria, Italy, Norway and Switzerland to bring the total number of areas open in Europe and the northern hemisphere to seven, the most open since July. Austria's year-round Hintertux ski area (below) has the…

4th Biggest French Ski Region Goes 100% Green-Energy Powered

Les Sybelles, one of the world's biggest ski areas (4th biggest in France) with more than 300km of slopes, nearly 150 runs and 70 ski lifts inter-connecting half-a-dozen resorts in the Maurienne region is the latest to announce that all of its electricity needs will be met by 100% renewable energy sources. From this winter 2019-20 the region will receive 100% certified renewable electricity from local hydro-electric centres, as well as solar and wind power source, for all lifts, snowmaking and other operations thanks to a partnership with power company EDF. Les Sybelles is just the latest of France’s and the World’s biggest ski areas to go 100% green-energy  powered. The country’s second biggest, the Paradiski region combining the skiing…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #104

Issued: 11 September 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. Australia's snowy 2019 season is set to get a September boost with 20-50cm in the forecast for the last week. Picture Hotham Alpine Resort. INTRODUCTION: As we move a little further into meteorological autumn north of the equator and springtime to the south, there's been plenty of snow for…

New Ski Area Opening in Park City This Winter

What is being described by its creators as “America’s first all-in-one actions sports and ski resort” is due to open in November at a location in Park City, Utah, already home to the country’s largest ski area as well as Deer Valley ski area. Woodward Park City will combine a huge indoor freestyle hall that will be open year round, and an outdoor terrain park and tubing area, complete with chairlift, which is currently being installed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=MlilXA2-4Nk The resort is being created by the POWDR group which runs more than half-a-dozen leading US ski areas including Copper Mountain in Colorado, Mt Bachelor in Oregon, Killington in Vermont and Snowbird in Utah, as well as the existing Woodward facilities at Copper…

Heavy September Snow Forecast for Alpine Glaciers

Snowfall map for the Alps. A cold front is expected to cross the Alps over the coming week bringing up to 60cm (two feet) of snow to higher slopes over the next six days. Currently only five glaciers are open for late summer/early autumn skiing but half-a-dozen more will open over the latter half of September, although in some cases this is snow-cover dependent. Hintertux, (pictured above in late summer last year), one of the world’s two year-round open ski areas and currently the only centre open in Austria, posted that it expects heavy snowfall today then three days of 10-15cm of snow daily snowfall from Saturday to Monday. The other open areas – Saas Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #103

Issued: 04 September 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. INTRODUCTION: If you’re in the northern hemisphere then autumn, or ‘fall’ if you prefer is here, in the southern hemisphere it’s the start of spring, in both cases at least by the meteorological measure of the seasons. Whether you’re north or south of the equator or prefer to measure…

Fresh September Snow in Norway as 19-20 Scandinavian Ski Season Starts Nears

Norway’s Galdhøpiggen ski area has targeted Friday, 20th September as it’s re-opening day after 10cm (four inches) of snow fell overnight (pictured below) and forecasts pointed to cooler weather in September after the hot temperatures of July and August. The ski slopes are one of three summer ski areas in Norway, located on the country’s (as well as Scandinavia and Northern Europe’s) highest peak at 2,469 m (8,100 ft) above sea level. The centre normally has a six month ski season from spring to late autumn, but this year was forced to close in late July by hot weather causing “unprecedented melting).  It had originally stated its intention to re-[open on September 15th, but the latest date is five days…

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #102

Issued: 28 August 2019 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne Our latest roundup of snow conditions around the world. Each section that follows below goes into detail country by country. Clicking the map thumbnail will take you to our dynamic snow forecast map for the latest detail (where you can also overlay live weather & reported conditions). Weather outlooks for Europe and North America can be found at the end of this roundup. More snow falling in New Zealand, here's The Remarkables today. INTRODUCTION: The coming week brings the start of the meteorological season spring (it’s still winter for the first three weeks of September by the astronomical way of looking at it) in the southern hemisphere.  For most ski areas south…

Battle of the American Super Ski-passes Intensifies as Ikon Pass Adds Zermatt

The Ikon Pass, one of the two big American season passes, has added Zermatt to its offer for the 2019-20 ski season, taking the tally of mostly top-level ski resorts around the world included on its season pass to 41. The pass, offered by the Alterra ski resorts group in North America, competes with Vail Resorts' Epic Pass, with both offering access to the dozen or so ski areas they own or operate in Canada and the US, plus more limited access to partner ski areas in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. Ikon Pass holders will have seven-day access to Zermatt and the Matterhorn ski paradise network on the season ticket with no blackout dates, and five-day access on…