Ski News - May 2019

Ski News - May 2019

A new gondola under construction above the Austrian resort of Schladming will bring new levels of comfort and increased capacity on a key route up to the resort's Planai sector slopes next winter the resort claims.

The new Doppelmayr lift is the biggest investment in the Planai-Hochwurzen Bahnen's history and uses the manufacturer's patented 'D-Line technology' for a smooth ride, high level of comfort and maximum operating efficiency. more...

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The Selwyn Snow Resort in New South Wales has quietly opened early for the 2019 Australian ski season and in so doing has also become the first in the Southern Hemisphere to do so.

The small family-run ski area opened without fanfare today, more than a week earlier than its planned opening day and 24 hours before the country's biggest ski area, Vail-Resorts owned Perisher, opens tomorrow. more...

Southern Hemisphere 2019 Season Starting Early

Published : 29-May-2019 09:18

The ski season in the southern hemisphere will start early ? this Friday May 31st ? after heavy snowfall in Australia.

Perisher, the country's biggest ski area, says it will open on Friday after more than 60cm (two feet) of snow fell in the past 72 hours. more...

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Forecast snow has begin falling on Australia's ski slope less than a fortnight before the 2019 ski season is due to start there.

It appears to be a dream start to the season with 20-30cm of snowfall in the first 36 hours of a snowstorm that is due to continue all week. more...

Heavy Snow on Alpine Glaciers To End May

Published : 26-May-2019 04:01

The snow has been falling already in Zermatt where skiers and boarders reported amazing mid-winter conditions this weekend.

The resort reports 25cm of fresh snowfall on the glacier, which is open year-round, in the last 24 hours. J2ski forecasts project a total of a metre of snowfall there by June 1st. Zermatt will be the only ski area open in Switzerland next week and until Saas Fee re-opens in July. more...

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Andermatt has reported a 30 per cent jump in the number of resort guests last winter, compared to the previous season, and 36 per cent more skier days were reported on the slopes.

This level of growth is unusual for any ski area in Europe, particularly Switzerland, where lower single-digit increases or declines are the seasonal norm with the mature European skier market. more...

Excitement is building in Australia, New Zealand, Southern Africa and South America with the first ski areas due to open for the season in just a week's time on Saturday, June 1st, in New Zealand.

Southern African centres in Lesotho and South Africa follow a few days later and most Australian resorts along with the first in South America the following weekend. Most of the rest will be open by mid-June. more...

British Alpine Squads Announced For 2019/20

Published : 23-May-2019 03:30

The British team has been announced for next season with three racers selected to compete at World Cup level and eleven more at Europa Cup level.

Last season saw another World Cup podium for slalom skier Dave Ryding, now 32, the sole male member of the World Cup squad. more...

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[b]A dozen US ski areas will be open for the last weekend of May after three areas (so far) announced they'd be re-opening this Saturday.

Monday, May 27th, is a national holiday for Memorial Day in the country meaning Saturday to Monday is a long weekend there. more...

Three ski centres in Austria and California have reported 60cm (two foot) snowfall accumulations in the past week.

The Hintertux and Stubai glaciers in the Austrian Tirol, and mammoth mountain in California have all reported the fresh snow for late May, the latest falls in an often cold and snowy month. more...

It's currently 'Mental Health Awareness Week' (13th to 19th May), and Snowsport England have launched its own national mental health and wellbeing campaign, christened 'Snow More Stigma.'

As Snowsport England aims to connect snowsport enthusiasts, inspire new participants and develop routes to success for future athletes the organisation is mindful of the pressures this can create and have teamed up with Natalie Pennicotte-Collier, a Mind Coach from Mind Tonic Therapy to lead on the 'Snow More Stigma' campaign along with Georgina Morris. more...

Three of the Austrian ski areas that were 'buried' by huge snowfalls during the first three weeks of January this year have announced plans to re-open their ski slopes this weekend ? as there's still a lot of snow left.

One of the areas, Hochkar in Upper Austria (pictured above earlier today, prepping), made mainstream headlines around the world when town officials decided to evacuate it completely at the time due to the extreme avalanche danger. When teams were able to safely measure the snow depth again they reported it 6 metres (20 feet) deep. Apparently its still 70-130cm deep at the top and 5km of runs are to open. more...

New Gondola Upgrade for 4 Valleys

Published : 16-May-2019 09:59

The Nendaz ski area within the Swiss 4 Valleys ski region has announced a major lift upgrade is underway this summer ahead of next winter.

A new gondola with eight-passenger cabins is being installed to connect Prarion to Plan du Fou to replace the Fontaines ski lift and the old Plan du Fou cable car. The latter will be demolished but the T Bar lift will continue to operate. more...

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More ski areas are staying open later in the season than ever before in the USA, and there's been a good deal of fresh snowfall to help them along, with more forecast this weekend.

The dozen ski areas currently open in the US equals what's still open in the rest of the world combined. more...

One of the world's leading manufacturers of snow grooming tractors has unveiled its first 100% electric groomer at the Interalpin trade show currently taking place at Innsbruck in Austria.

The new PistenBully 100 E from the German-based manufacturer Kässbohrer, contains a battery with an energy capacity of 126 kWh with a rated voltage of 400V. It can be 75% charged within 5 hours, and 100% after 6.5 hours. This provides an average driving time of 2.5 to 3 hours the company says ? not really enough for a regular night shift but a promising first step. more...

Fresh Snow in Scandinavia as Season Winds Down

Published : 08-May-2019 03:15

The cold Arctic air that has been impacting much of Europe for more than a week is affecting Scandinavia too with the ski area of Saariselka in Finnish Lapland reporting fresh snow today, some weeks after the season ended there.

Currently there is one ski area open in each of Finland, Norway and Sweden each with a very different season ahead or behind it. more...

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Australia's largest resort, Perisher, reported that pre-season snowmaking got underway earlier today there with the 2019 ski season only four weeks away.

J2Ski are also forecasting heavy snowfall for ski slopes in New South Wales and Victoria on Thursday and Friday this week, with temperatures dropping to around -3C as a cold front arrives from the Antarctic, a fact also noted by the resorts themselves. more...

Kitzbühel Clocks Up 200 Day Ski Season

Published : 06-May-2019 11:52

Kitzbühel completed a ski season that lasted from mid-October to the start of May last week, with more than 200 days of operations.

The famous resort in the Austrian Tirol has one of the lowest altitude ski areas of the world's leading resorts uses snow-farming techniques to open early and builds up snow on its highest runs to stay open at the end of the season into spring too. more...

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Around 30 ski areas in more than a dozen countries across the northern hemisphere will close at the end of today's ski day leaving a few dozen glacier, northern latitude or just very snowy ski areas to continue operating later into May and in some cases beyond. more...

Massive Lift Replacement Programme For Murren

Published : 03-May-2019 04:53

Following the news of a huge upgrade to the lift network above Grindelwald and Wengen in the Swiss Jungfrau region announced last autumn, the regions third classic ski resort, Murren, has now confirmed the details of its own huge upgrade programme. more...

The US has the most ski areas open of any country for the start of May with seven areas: Alpental, Jay Peak, Loveland, Mt Hood Meadows, Purgatory, Sugarbush and Sugarloaf due to close after the first weekend and three more; Winter Park (Mary Jane slopes), Snowbird and Jay Peak a week later on the 12th. more...

J2Ski's Where to Ski in May 2019

Published : 01-May-2019 06:13

J2Ski Snow Report 1st May 2019

The Gemstock, Andermatt, Switzerland - open weekends until the 19th May

Welcome to our guide to where to ski this May!

This Week's Snow Headlines - 1st May more...

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