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Weekly Snow Report - Monday 03 June
The week ahead
Hello, and welcome to our June Snow Report.
The start of June typically sees fewer than 20 ski areas open worldwide - unless the southern hemisphere ski season starts early! That doesn’t look likely this year, although there have been promising signs for a good winter south of the equator.
By the end of June more than 100 should be operational and although there’s another dip in September before the autumn glacier pre-main-2013-14 season kicks off in the Alps, the numbers shouldn’t drop quite so low.
June 22nd looks like a particularly auspicious day in world skiing, as resorts on four continents are all supposed to be open - among them Portillo in Chile, South America; The Remarkables in New Zealand, Oceania; Les 2 Alpes in France (Europe) and Whistler Blackcomb in Canada, North America.
Mid to late May has seen some very heavy snowfall in the Alps and northern Europe - unprecedented snowfall in fact with up to a metre of snow on the high points of the alps in the last week of May. That’s good news for the areas still open or due to re-open soon for summer skiing in Europe although in the short term there have been bad weather closures and a high avalanche risk.
There have been significant pre-season falls south of the equator throughout May too.
It’s a remarkable spring-ski season in Austria, which as usual at this time of year has more ski areas open than any other country on the planet - although that is still only five. But what’s remarkable is the heavy snow for the latter half of May - up to a metre of fresh, with on-going conditions in to June. The Stubai glacier has a base of 1.9m and is staying open into July. It’s -7C at the Hintertux glacier where the snow depth is up above 3m after another 20cm of snow in the past 24 hours. The Dachstein reports 3.3m of powder.
Austrian glaciers due to re-open later in the month: 9 June: Kaunertal; 21 June: Molltal; 28 June Kitzsteinhorn (also open 1st and 2nd of June before three week closure).
All French ski areas had closed by mid-May, but in an unprecedented move the Pyrenean resort of Porte Puymorens decided to open the first weekend of June due to the cold weather, deep snow still lying from last winter. It may open more in June depending on the idea’s popularity and conditions.
Up in the French Alps, Val d’Isere’s brief summer ski season kicks off on 8th June and runs to 14th July 2013 on the Pissaillas glacier, with Tignes opening their summer ski season a week later on the 15th and keeping it open through July. Winter 2012-13 was a record season for Les 2 Alpes. The resort had a total of 10.75m of snow at 2,600m, which is the biggest snowfall since 1982 when the resort started to record the winter snow and it is still snowing at the end of May. The glacier, which claims to be Europe’s biggest skiable glacier, is opening on 22nd June, The snow conditions for this summer will be outstanding, they promise. The glacier opens every day from 7.15am to 1.30pm, until 31st August.
In Italy Passo Stelvio is scheduled to open on June 1st, with 20km of terrain to enjoy. It joins the only Italian area still operating for winter 2012-13, the Presena Glacier above Passo Tonale, which still reports a 4-5m base. Only two red runs are open there and the centre usually closes by mid-June. However Cervinia will re-open for summer skiing after a two month closure, with cross-border skiing to Zermatt, at the end of the month from June 28th.
In Switzerland only Zermatt is open in June, with Engelberg and Glacier 3000 closing in late May. The resort reports 15 runs are currently open served by five lifts. Verbier announced it might open for one day only on 2nd June due to all the fresh snow, but then decided it wouldn’t due to too much fresh snow! However it is now talking about possible summer skiing in July.
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