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                Four Italian Ski Areas Confirm May Skiing as Re-Opening Gets Official Go Ahead

                Four Italian ski areas have so far announced they¡¯ll be opening before the end of the month as the country¡¯s Council of Ministers give the go ahead for ski lifts and runs to re-open from this Saturday, 22nd May. The first to open, on Saturday 22nd looks set to be the Presena Glacier in Trentino.  It is not yet clear how long it plans to remain open after this initial weekend. Cervinia, which shares a summer ski area with Zermatt, says it will re-open its ski lifts from next Wednesday 26th May.  It has put tickets on sale for the following two weeks initially but is usually open for much of the summer and autumn. The resort says that the…

                French and Italian Ski Areas Start Seasons this Weekend

                Lift-served piste skiing will return to France and Italy for the first time this season this weekend. The French ski resort of Les Gets will run its ski lifts free of charge on Sunday and Monday whilst Italy¡¯s Pontedilegno-Tonale in the province of Trentino will open for skiing on the Presena Glacier on Saturday and Sunday. Both ski areas will require advanced ticket reservations and have limited numbers available. In the case of Les Gets the resort has announced tickets will be free of charge. Les Gets say there¡¯s plenty of snow left on their Balme ski slopes and the snow is also reported to be lying deep on the Presena glacier.? There has also been fresh snowfall this week…

                Snow-Forecast¡¯s Rolling News on Ski Resorts Re-Opening (2020-21)

                Last Updated 23 May 2021 at 15.10 GMT?(Updates?so?far since commenced on 5 May 2020:?708 The web's most comprehensive guide of ski resorts opening around the world during the pandemic. An estimated 30+ Ski Areas Are Currently Open Worldwide in at least 10 Countries on 3 Continents including: Asia: China, Japan. Europe: Austria, France, Italy, Norway, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland North America: USA Ski areas in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mongolia, Morocco, Poland and Portugal wanted to open during the winter of 20-21 but governments in their countries or region deemed it not virus-safe to do so.  Most ski areas in the northern hemisphere and all in Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada,…

                WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #192

                Issued: 19 May 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia RoundupSouthern Hemisphere WORLD OVERVIEW It is a little over a week until the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere, by the meteorological measure of the seasons. In the Southern Hemisphere that means the 2021 ski season start is just over a fortnight away. In most countries conditions look promising with temperatures dropping away as they should and fresh snow reported in Australia and New Zealand, so currently things are looking hopeful. Elbrus resort this week It is a little more mixed, depending on continent, in the north. In Europe, there seems to be an upbeat feeling with the continent's nations opening up,…

                WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #191

                Issued: 12 May?2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia RoundupSouthern Hemisphere WORLD OVERVIEW The number of ski areas open worldwide is at around its lowest of the year with almost all non-glacier ski areas in Europe now closed, the numbers in North America also down and Japan¡¯s ski season also reaching its end. Next week should mark the turning point though, with more centres opening than closing over the coming seven days.  The numbers open should then increase more rapidly as the Southern Hemisphere¡¯s 2021 season gets underway in just a few weeks¡¯ time now and more glacier areas open in the Alps. As to the past week¡¯s weather, Europe has seen unseasonably low temperatures bringing snow to…

                Ski Areas Extending Seasons Past Mid-May

                A number of ski areas in Europe and North America that wouldn¡¯t normally be open to the latter half of May have announced extended ski seasons for at least another week. Some are crediting good snow conditions for their decisions, others the e4asing of pandemic restrictions where they¡¯re located, some both. Around 50 ski areas remain open this weekend, but for about a third of these, this Sunday will be the last of the season, including three resorts still open in Finland, two of which (Levi & Ruka) have clocked up a seven month season since opening in early October and now have less than five months to wait until the 21-22 season starts for them. Winter Park Among the…

                WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #190

                Issued: 5 May 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia RoundupSouthern Hemisphere WORLD OVERVIEW ?re resort this week Moving into May, the six months of debate over whether or not thousands of ski areas can operate in the Northern Hemisphere (due to different pandemic restrictions in different countries) begins to seem less important as more than 99% of ski areas have now closed anyway as a result of the natural end to the season. Indeed, May is normally one of the quietest periods in the global ski year anyway as the Northern Hemisphere¡¯s season winds down but the Southern Hemisphere¡¯s has not yet started and 2021 is looking no different.  Actually, there may be just slightly more ski areas…

                WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #189

                Issued: 28 April 2021 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne European RoundupNorth American RoundupAsia Roundup EUROPE INTRODUCTION There is, overall, a feeling of optimism in Europe, even if it is rather ironic that it has arrived as the main ski season nears its end. Vaccination numbers are increasing and infection numbers decreasing in most countries now.  After Slovenia and Slovakia allowed their slopes to re-open, the big alpine nations of France and Italy have been easing restrictions now too and Austria says tourism can resume from mid-May. The result of all that is increased confidence that glacier summer skiing will be back in France and Italy in about a month and in Austria more glacier areas plan to open now they have a hope…

                No Skiing When Scottish Ski Centres Can Re-open on Monday

                The last Scottish ski centre that had hoped to be able to offer some very late season skiing when Scottish centres are allowed to re-open to the public on Monday (26th April) has decided it won¡¯t be able to do so. Glencoe ski area issued a statement on Friday afternoon saying, ¡°Sorry folks only ski touring or hiking for turns available from Monday when we re-open. Unfortunately while it will still be good for touring there is no longer a complete run back to the bottom of the Main Basin. Without the groomer having moved snow around during the winter lots of gaps are now appearing and the snow is currently too soft for the groomer to get around to…

                Australian Ski Area Starts Snowmaking, Expects Busy Winter

                At least one of Australia¡¯s ski areas say they have started making snow ahead of the 2021 ski season, due to start there in less than 50 days¡¯ time, at the start of June. The country has seen cold weather in April and two periods of natural snowfall. Mt Buller reports that the latest cold snap brought a light covering of fresh snow earlier this week and the resort¡¯s all-weather ¡®SnowFactory¡¯ snowmaking machine is helping out with huge mounds of snow now taking shape on the Bourke Street ski run. (You can see it on the live cam) Mt Buller¡¯s SnowFactories can make snow in any conditions and produce up to 330m3 of snow per day, building an important stockpile…