Ski Areas Open For 2018 Summer & Winter Skiing on 4 Continents

STORY BY Patrick Thorne

Ski resorts have been opening (or are about to open) in Europe and North America for summer skiing as well as in Southern Africa and Australia/New Zealand for the southern hemisphere’s winter.  Heavy snowfall has been reported at ski areas on a fifth continent: South America (below), but ski areas probably won’t open there for another week.

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Val d’Isere has re-opened in Europe this week for summer-skiing on its winter slopes and the Horstman Glacier and Whistler Blackcomb in Canada is due to re-open for five weeks of summer skiing and boarding.

Beartooth Basin in Montana has also opened at the third attempt after staff managed to dig out lift machinery from the accumulated winter snow.  Exuberant boarders have been reported to have been jumping the nearby Highway and been threatened with prosecution for “reckless endangerment.”

South of the equator half a dozen ski areas have opened in New Zealand where it has been a snowy start to the season (although some have since closed again until fully opening next weekend).  Whakapapa is currently open and The Remarkables opened yesterday (pictured below) with Mt Hutt (pictured top) joining it today.

Australia’s ski season has also started today with Perisher (below), the country’s biggest resort, opening one small area today.  Most other Aussie areas open tomorrow.  However there’s little snow at present although that is set to change, hopefully, in the next week with colder weather forecast to bring up to 20cm of snow plus good snowmaking conditions.

In Southern Africa Afriski in Lesotho (below) and Tiffindell in South Africa have opened for their winter seasons, again with limited snow but some terrain open.

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