IT’S ALWAYS SNOWING SOMEWHERE!
25th July 2016
At the moment it’s the southern hemisphere with heavy snow in Australia, New Zealand, Southern Africa and South America. It has brought danger of avalanche & one man had a lucky escape in NZ. UPDATED
Australia has seen some of the biggest falls in recent days.
Thredbo has seen 25cm of new snow and the resort of Perisher claims 75cm of fresh powder has fallen.
And this is what it looks like:
In New Zealand winter has finally got started after a generally poor start to the season.
There has been 40cm of fresh snow at The Remarkables and another 30m at Coronet Peak.
The temperatures have also been cold enough to make artificial snow and Coronet Peak used 3.5 million litres of water in its snow cannons.
Both resorts in New Zealand claim a depth of 1m at the top of their slopes.
Here are the latest pictures we have received:
“Powder skiing at Coronet Peak today was an out of body experience. It’s absolutely sublime out there!” said the ski area manager of Coronet Peak, Ross Copland.
But the recent snow has come with a downside as a man was caught in a 500m wide avalanche in The Remarkables.
He triggered the slide and then managed to hold on to a rock as the snow slid past him.
He survived the ordeal and on-one else was caught.
The rescue services carried out an extensive search of the avalanche debris.
“The man was in the back country of The Remarkables and roughly a 500 metre wide avalanche has come down. He was on the edge of and managed to hold onto a rock until the avalanche had largely passed,” said a spokesperson for New Zealand Mountain Safety Council to local media.
The fresh snow is sitting on top of an icy crust off piste, making conditions dangerous.
Safety and caution is advised for people skiing in the backcountry.
The snow has also been accompanied by strong winds in New Zealand.
134km/h on the coast and in Wellington a gust was recorded of 100km/h.
Despite the poor start to the season in New Zealand reports claim a rise in visitors.
The resort of Cardrona claims a 20% rise year on year.
Statistics New Zealand say there were record visitor arrivals in June (196,200).
Overall visitor arrivals were up 11% from June 2015, due mainly to a 21% increase in holiday arrivals from Australia, the United States and China.
Most of the rise in skiers are made up of beginners and first timers.
Elsewhere there has been heavy snow in Southern Africa.
Here’s the resort of Afriski in Lesotho. The Gif below shows a section of the road to the ski area being cleared.
— AFRISKI (@SkiAfriski) July 27, 2016
And lets not forget South America.
It’s been snowing there too:
How about a massive faceplant in Valle Nevado? This short gif was posted on 26th July ðŸ‘
— valle nevado (@Valle_Nevado) July 26, 2016
We particularly love this video of Candide Thovex skiing a challenging line in Chile.
Here on PlanetSKI we will be updating this article later with more pictures, videos and information of the snow in the southern hemisphere so do check back for that.
It’s always snowing somewhere!
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