Nice weather, huh? And I’m not just talking about cloudless blue skies over the Snow Report office this morning.
It’s also been shining on the team of 20 Austrian cyclists from the Tirol – who are raising money for a British charity, Disability Snowsport UK. Two times overall World Cup winner Stephan Eberharter is among them, and they’re en-route from Innsbruck to London: a 1,300km ride. You can follow their progress thealpsoflondon.tirol.at – and make a donation justgiving.com.
It’s also been sunny on the South Island of New Zealand…
…And in the ski resorts of Chile.
In fact, there’s been so much sun around that this week’s Snow Report is feeling slightly snow-starved. Admittedly, there are a few exceptions to the broad picture. In Perisher, Australia, there was a dusting of snow last week. And on Saturday, Las Lenas in Argentina bucked the South American trend with a decent dump of snow, as this video report shows.
However, in most places it’s been three weeks since the last decent dump.
In New Zealand it’s been warm too – as a big lump of tropical air has swept down from the north, bringing heavy rain and some flooding to the North Island. In the South Island resorts that’s sent the snowline scurrying back uphill, and in some resorts, skiing on-piste is just about all you can do now. Thank heavens it’s been cold enough at night to run the snow cannons to keep the groomers in reasonable shape.
Currently, it looks as though it will be the south-eastern corner of Australia that gets fresh snow first, with snow expected on Thursday or Friday.
Hoping to do some summer skiing yourself? Then read our guide to the summer skiing resorts.
|France: Above Val d’Isere, the Pissaillas glacier is now closed. But there’s still glacier skiing above Les Deux Alpes and Tignes. Above Les Deux Alpes, the cover is up to a metre deep – and thinning steadily in the warm sunshine.
|Switzerland: On Saas-Fee’s glacier the terrain park, half-pipe and four pistes are open today, and the cover is up to 279cm deep. On the glacier above Zermatt four pistes are open today.
|Austria: On the Hintertux glacier The snow cover is around 155cm. It’s worth remembering that this is roughly half what they had at the beginning of last month.
|Italy: Only two pistes are open today on the glacier above Val Senales. You can also ski on the glacier above Cervinia.
|Andorra: Andorra’s ski areas are closed.
|Western USA: All the mainstream resorts in the US are now closed for skiing. However, there is skiing (and a terrain park) on offer at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon.
|Western Canada: You can ski on the glacier above Whistler at the moment. It’s at the top of Blackcomb mountain and is open until July 29.