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Skiing both hemispheres - summer and winter

23 Jun 2010

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Most all of Europe's ski areas are open (France, Scotland, Italy, Switzerland,
Norway, Austria), as are ski areas in New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Canada,
the United States (California, Utah, Oregon) and South Africa.

●    More of Europe's glacier ski areas are opening, reports,
      and they, along with the centres already open, are benefitting from heavy
      snowfalls in recent days.

●    Up to 30cm (a foot) of new snow so far today around Queenstown's ski areas.

●    Up to 50cm (20 inches) of fresh snow in the Alps.

●     Second Californian ski area to open in July.

●    Argentina's resorts start to open

●    More snow in Chile

●    More snow in South Africa

●    Resorts in New Zealand are reporting up to 25cm of new snow so far today.

●    All three summer ski areas now open in France, meaning that 10 areas are
      offering powder snow conditions on their slopes at the moment!

●    In Austria the Hintertux glacier has reported 45cm (18 inches) of new snow

●    The Dachstein glacier has a210cm (7 foot) base and is reporting powder

●   The Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun has reopened, reporting another 5cm
     (two inches) of fresh snow on Tuesday, on top of weekend falls.

●   The Mölltal glacier will re-open this Sunday, 27 June, reporting up to 3.6m
      (12 ft) snow depths on the glacier.

●   Cervina, Italy will open up to four summer ski areas by the weekend with
     fresh snow.

●   The Presena glacier above Passo Tonale, Italy is still open.

●   Passo Stelvio, Italy is still open, as is Val Senales, which reported 20cm of
     new snow in two falls over the past few days.

●   In Switzerland, Zermatt, Europe's highest ski area, has 8km of runs open.

●   In France the ski lifts began running again at the weekend at Tignes on the
     Grande Motte glacier and in neighbouring Val d'Isere.

●   Les 2 Alpes, France, re-opened a week ago with 80cm (2.6 feet) of snow
     at 2600m and 2.8m (over 9 feet) up at 3200m.

●   In Norway, three glacier ski areas are open: Folgefonn with up to four metres
     of snow, Galdhoppigen with up to five metres, and Stryn with up to 4.5 metres.

●   In Scotland, skiers took to the slopes at CairnGorm Mountain on the summer
     solstice on Monday 21st June 2010. Last year 65,000 skiers visited the resort.
     Three years ago they had their worst season ever with only 38,000 skiers.

●   In North America the ski season ended a weekend later than expected in Utah
     when Snowbird decided to open last weekend after all, extending their 2009/10
     season to 189 total days.

●   Timberline on Mt Hood in Oregon is still operating its ski lifts and snow slopes.

●   Mammoth Mountain in California, which currently has 2-6 feet (60-180cm) of
     snow says they'll stay open for two more weekends to July 4.

●   Another California resort, Boreal, has now said they'll open for one weekend
     only, on the 10th/11th July.

●   North of the border, Whistler's summer skiing and boarding area on the Blackcomb
     glacier is now open. The resort is also offering summer snowshoeing and tubing.

●   In South America Las Lenas, the first resort to open in Argentina, has opened with
     a metre of snow on upper slopes.

●   Conditions in Chile are looking good, with the ski centres reporting up to two
     feet (60cm) of snow in the past week. Chapa Verde has a 60cm (two foot) base
     and Chapelco 50cm (20 inches).

●   Valle Nevado and the South American ' three Valleys' that surround it have some
     of the best conditions on the continent with more than 1.6m (over five feet) of
     accumulated snowfall to date.

●   Portillo, which delayed its opening by a week, will open this weekend.

●   Africa's Tiffindell is open for skiing and Afriski in Lesotho has had more new
     snow taking its base depth to 65cm (2.2 feet).

●   More ski areas have been opening in New Zealand. Treble Cone has received
     excellent pre-season snow and will open tomorrow (24 June). Whakapapa is
     scheduled to open on 26th June. Turoa has 80cm (nearly three feet) of snow on
     upper slopes. The Remarkables has 85cm (nearly three feet). Coronet Peak has
     the same amount lying and 15cm (six inches) of new snow so far today. But Mt
     Hutt has trumped both with 25cm (10 inches) of new snow today and a metre
     (3.3 foot) base.
Thanks to Joe D'Aleo for this link





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