FIRST SNOW IN NORTH AMERICA
21st August 2016
A cold snap has seen snow at ski resorts in Canada and the USA. It will all melt pretty soon but is an early indication that the season will be changing soon. Check out our pictures! UPDATED
There may well be a heatwave across parts of the UK and Europe, but in North America it is the opposite in places with some unseasonal August snow.
There has been a dusting at altitude at resorts in Colorado.
It of course means nothing for next winter as it is far too early to make any diffference, but it has got the skiers and snowboarders excited.
This is what people have woken up to in Colorado.
Loveland is usually one of the first resorts to open in the USA with its lifts usually turning in mid-October as it opens its first slope.
And further north in Canada there has been some snow in the ski resort of Lake Louise in Alberta:
On the other side of the globe in the southern hemisphere, winter continues.
Australia has seen the heaviest falls.
We could bombard you with statistics – 35cm has fallen at Mount Hotham in Australia with more to come.
The other resorts have a truck load of stats as the snow falls.
We could tell you about snow depths, temperatures and the like.
But instead we’re just going to show you some pictures.
People have had to get their shovels out – but the skiers and snowboarders won’t mind that.
Elsewhere in the southern hemisphere it is looking rather tasty.
Here is South America.
Here is Africa:
And if you want to find out more about the resort of Afriski then see our earlier feature.
And lets not forget New Zealand.
And while we are on the subject of snow this is what it currently looks like in the Alps.
“Another cracking day of winter conditions,” said the Warren Smith Ski Academy, who have been out on the glacier throughout the summer.
See here for an earlier PlanetSKI feature on the best glacier resorts in the Alps.
Back in the southern hemisphere many athletes are now training and preparing for the winter season in Australia and New Zealand, plus the resorts in South America.
See here for a PlanetSKI report on what the Brits are up to.
NEWS UPDATE – GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Katie Ormerod has claimed her first podium of the 2016 southern hemisphere winter season by taking second place at The Mile High competition in Perisher, Australia.
Within a world class field, Ormerod went into the semi finals in 2nd place, and continued her form to take 2nd place overall behind 16 year old Hailey Langland who claimed top spot.
Japanese rider Miyabi Onitsuka claimed 3rd place.
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