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Heavy Snow Across the World

Another record year for Marmot?


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28 Sep 10 - (Excerpts) - "This has been a pretty amazing time for some resorts around the world."

CANADA: Marmot Basin above Jasper and Banff - Lake Louise, all in the Canadian province of Alberta, have reported big snow falls in the past week. We reported on it here a few days ago.

Over 20cm of snow blanketed Banff-Lake Louise in one fall alone.

Jasper's Marmot Basin also received over 10 cm of snow on 20th September with considerably more accumulation at higher elevations.

Last winter Marmot opened on November 11, its earliest opening date ever, with ideal snow conditions.

Another record year for Marmot?

So far this fall is shaping up to deliver a repeat performance of last year's early season snowfalls which helped contribute to Marmot's record setting year for attendance.

In Whistler the mountains have already received a dusting of snow and the resort is currently scheduled to open on November 25

FRANCE: In the Alps Tignes opened for business less than a month since it ended its summer snow season.

AUSTRIA: Six glacier ski areas are now open in Austria: the Stubai and Kaunertal glaciers along with Hintertux, Solden, Molltal and Pitztal glaciers. 

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier, closed for a while, opened again last Wednesday with a 42cm base

SWITZERLAND: In Switzerland it's either Saas Fee or Zermatt with a 1m to 1.5m lying and terrain parks open. 

"OK, we didn't need to dig out the cars and wear down jackets, but it's been snowing in resort this morning and settling just a tad above Verbier," says one of our readers/reporters, Guy Ordway.  He works for the ski school

ITALY: In Italy Val Senales still has 1m base. It received a dusting of 5cm of new snow last weekend to freshen up its slopes.

FINLAND: In Finland, Ruka, has announced it plans to open next week on October 1st. It has Europe's longest ski season for a resort without a glacier, maintaining a snow slope for nearly nine months a year.

NEW ZEALAND: It's getting towards the end of the season in the southern hemisphere but New Zealand is seeing the biggest snowfalls of the winter to date at present.

"We have received heavy snow mainly from the west and north west since late last week. Whakapapa has gone from  a depth of 1.3m's a week ago to over 2m,' said a statement from Mt Ruapehu

"Turoa has received just as much snow but it has come with higher winds meaning the snow stake measurement hasn't changed as much.  Don't be fooled though, conditions will be way better when the storm passes."

The extreme weather means most have had to close their slopes until the storm passes over.

"The spring storm of 2010 is frankly the worst in a generation. The last big dump of snow we had was 14 years ago in the winter of 1996, while the last time we had anything this severe was 38 years ago," said one farmer in New Zealand.

AUSTRALIA: There's been no fresh snow in Australia but conditions are still good at most ski areas thanks to the huge falls in August and subsequent top ups. 

Thredbo for example still have 1.7m of snow lying at mid mountain. 

 At Falls Creek snow depths are a little lower, just above 1m, although deeper in the snow making areas. 

It's a similar story at Mt Hotham that says it has finished snow making for the season.

CHILE: In Chile, Valle Nevado is in to the last few weeks of the season, but temperatures are still below freezing and the snow tally for the season has just passed the four metre mark. 

At Portillo snow depths are 25-50cm with no new snow in the past week and Spring-like conditions. 

ARGENTINA: Cerro Catedral is still open with a diminishing snow pack on upper slopes - now down to 1.7m.
Thanks to Tom McHart for this link




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