There’ll be no lift-accessed summer skiing in Norway this August after two of the country’s glacier areas which normally stay open to the autumn announced they were shutting up shop early this summer.
Folgefonn (“Fonna”) summer ski centre, pictured top, had planned to operate to early September but called it a day on its 2019 season last week citing high temperatures melting away remaining snow cover. It is still opening for ski teams who had booked glacier times.
The Galdhopiggen Glacier (below) had planned to operate to mid-September but now says that with temperatures set to reach the high teens by the weekend in the area it will end its season this Sunday, July 28th.
Both areas had rep[ported 10-20cm of fresh snowfall during a cold snap at the start of this month.
With the third Norwegian summer ski area on the Stryn Glacier closed last month that means only eight areas will remain open in Europe, two glaciers each in Austria, Italy, France and Switzerland during August.
Across the Atlantic Mammoth Mountain in California has also abandoned its plan to stay open in to August due to hot weather there and will also close this Sunday after a nearly nine-month long 2018-19 ski season.