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Saalbach: a vibrant winter sport hot-spot

Saalbach is one of Austria’s premier ski resorts and probably one of the most popular and lively winter-sports holiday destinations in the Alps. It offers a wide range of runs and challenges for skiers of every level and a vibrant apres-ski. Originally comprising two sides of the long Glemm valley the resorts Saalbach and Hinterglemm have been connected to include Leogang and Fieberbrunn both one valley across. And even a further extension to Zell am See is planned. On the basis of the …

Written by skiweather on Saturday November 11, 2017

Kitzbühel defies climate change

The first non-glacier resort in the Alps opened on Saturday, on what is believed to be it's earliest ever opening date. For the 4th time in a row, Kitzbühel repeats the stunt to open ahead of any other non-glacier ski area in the Alps. However Kitzbühel has not opened with new snow or even snow making but by using snow stored from last season. It’s a technique called snowharvesting and successfully used by several Scandinavian ski resorts with Ruka in Finland and Geilo in Norway opening the …

Written by skiweather on Thursday November 2, 2017

Prolongued summer heat in the Alps decimates European Glaciers

ummer skiing on Europe's glaciers is severly limited at the moment after the exceptionally long period of high temperatures melted away a substantial part of the snow and ice cover and left exposed granite rock surfaces. The Molltal glacier is now the third of seven Alpine glaciers -open for summer skiing- that has been forced to cease snowsports recently. The news from the Molltal follows the announcement last month from Austria's Dachstein glacier that it will no longer operate a terrain …

Written by skiweather on Monday August 21, 2017

Doom and gloom for low-altitude ski resorts

Snow in Europe's low-altitude ski resorts will become a rare event according to recent research. Bare Alpine slopes could be a much more common sight in the future. The poor snow cover below 1500m of snow-scarce winters, like we have seen the last few years, can be expected to be the norm rather than the exception. Towards the middle of the century there will only be a few days with snow at low elevations and winter sports could potentially be forced to begin up to a month later than they do …

Written by skiweather on Thursday June 8, 2017

Maybe the last dumpalert of the season?

Up to metre of snow fell in parts of the Austrian Alps last week. This week, there could be just as much as another cold front moves down from the north and settles over the region. It will also become much colder mid-week, especially on the northern side of the Alps, where snow could fall well into the valleys. However, the heaviest snowfalls over the next few days are likely to be in higher parts of the central Alps, including resorts such as Passo Tonale, Madesimo, St Moritz, …

Written by skiweather on Thursday April 27, 2017