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Fonna Glacier Reports 11 Metre (36 Feet) Snow Depth

Fonna Glacier Reports 11 Metre (36 Feet) Snow Depth

Norway's Fonna Glacier reports that the snow is lying 11 metres (36 feet) deep on its glacier. The centre is one of three summer-ski areas in the country and had planned to open for the season at Easter. All ski areas in Norway are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic so that date looks unlikely.  However the huge snow depth means the centre could open later in the spring or early summer if restrictions can be lifted. The ski season in Scandinavia has been very mixed, even without the impact of the virus.  Record average high temperatures in central and southerly parts of Finland, Norway and Sweden had caused operating difficulties due to lack of snow for many areas.

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Crowdfunding Keeps US Centre’s Slopes Groomed and Open, But Lifts not Running

Crowdfunding Keeps US Centre’s Slopes Groomed and Open, But Lifts not Running

A small US ski resort has successfully crowdfunded $6,000 in the past week or so to keep its slopes groomed even though the lifts aren’t running. Snow King Mountain is one of a large number of ski resorts in states not yet in complete lock down where people can hike up the hill and ski down. “It’s a little different picture for us because we’re shut down, and there’s no income for us, but I think it’s a positive thing people are getting out and enjoying the hill, and that’s why we’re doing this campaign,” Snow King General Manager Ryan Stanley told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. More than 150 people contributed to the fundraising since the centre closed

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Is This The Last Ski Area in North America That’s Still Open?

Is This The Last Ski Area in North America That’s Still Open?

Ski areas in North America have been closing down over the past fortnight due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there has not been the national lockdown that several European countries have enacted, and decisions have been made at state or province level and in some cases left to individual resorts. The last ski area open in Canada, the fairly remote Hudson Bay resort in northern BC (pictured below) had its last skiing day on Sunday and the number of centres still open in the US has been declining by the day too.  Montana, Idaho and Washington State in the lightly-populated North-western US still had more than half-a-dozen areas operating at the weekend between them, each arguing that they had measures

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WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #131

WORLD SNOW ROUNDUP #131

Issued: 25 March 2020 By Patrick "Snowhunter" Thorne They're still skiing in Sweden. Most resorts are still open at present, all taking strong measures to prevent virus spread. Here's Idre FjälL. North American Roundup European Roundup Asia Roundup INTRODUCTION NORTH AMERICA Ski Apache, believed to be the last ski field operating this winter in New Mexico, will close today after what they say has been a "phenomenal season". The number of ski areas still open in North America can now be counted on one hand as shutdowns continue in the fight to limit the spread of coronavirus. That hasn’t stopped people skiing and boarding in many areas with a number of areas welcoming ski-tourers still, although others are stressing this isn't

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Les Arcs Commits to ‘Flocon Vert’ Sustainable Development Strategy

Les Arcs Commits to ‘Flocon Vert’ Sustainable Development Strategy

French ski resort of Les Arcs-Bourg Saint Maurice has announced that it will commit to the ‘Flocon Vert’ (or 'green snowflake') label, as the resort continues to grow its sustainable development strategy. The ‘Flocon Vert’ was created in 2011 by the ‘Mountain Riders’ association, which has been working for over 20 years to help support mountain resorts work towards more sustainable operations. The label is issued based on fulfilling 20 criteria divided into four themes: local economy, social and cultural, governance and destination, environment and natural resources. By joining the ‘Flocon Vert’ approach, Les Arcs - Bourg Saint Maurice is pledging to becoming more eco-responsible and make environmental issues a corner stone of its future development. Les Arcs – Bourg