The temperature is rising, the snow is melting, and the ski season is drawing to a close. In most parts of the world, the ski season runs from June to October; however, in some regions, it can continue all year round. Thanks to global warming, we’re now seeing an increasing number of ski resorts around the world opening sooner than expected, and some closing down earlier than expected as well. Even in places where the season seems to go on forever, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to predict the end.
Ski Season Is Coming To An End In The Northern And Southern Hemispheres
According to Michael Gorman, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the southern part of the United States and Canada will likely see the end of the ski season around mid-June, and the northern part will follow soon after. This is due to the fact that the northern hemisphere has already gone through the majority of its skiing season, while the southern part is still experiencing some good weather.
The ski season in Canada started early, with the first ski runs being built in Winnipeg in 1899. Nowadays, the most famous ski resort is Saskatoon, where the ski season starts in October and continues until May. Thanks to our planet’s location, the northern parts of Canada are generally cold and snowy, while the southern parts are warmer and less snowy. This is why the winter sport of skiing was mainly associated with the northen parts of the country until very recently.
The Alps are located in the northern part of Europe, and the region is world-famous for its ski resorts. The largest and most popular resort, located in the Swiss Alps, is St. Moritz, which regularly hosts the Winter Olympics. The highest elevation in the Swiss Alps is the Dom, standing at 2,349 meters, while the lowest elevation is the Val Bella, at 1,380 meters. In general, the lower the elevation, the longer the ski season, due to the fact that the air is thinner at lower elevations. On the other hand, the higher the elevation, the shorter the ski season, as there’s more chance of fog and storms at high elevations. One of the most recognizable and longest-running ski festivals is the Vespa Ski Tour, which was first held in 1956 and continues today. In most of the Alps, the ski season runs from late June to October, with the last weekend usually falling in early September.
Further south, the ski season in Chile is quite short, as most of the country’s top ski resorts close down in May or June due to the excessive summer temperatures. The largest and most popular ski resort is Valparaiso, which is the third-largest in the world. Aside from skiing, the city is well-known for its Argentine Tango Festival. This is one of the top 10 Ski Spots in the world, as voted by skiers and snowboarders in 2016.
Why Do Some Countries Have A Longer Ski Season Than Others?
Most parts of the world, with the exception of Argentina, Chile, and the southern parts of the United States, have a relatively short ski season. Michael Gorman, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, places the blame for this trend on a number of factors, the most important of which is our planet’s location. Due to our planet’s location, we get a lot of winter weather, which is great for skiing and other winter sports. However, this also means that we have less time to enjoy the season, as most places have a short ski season. This is something that Michael Gorman feels is a trade-off that we, as a species, need to manage. It’s also worth noting that some places experience very light snow, which melts rapidly, while other places, like Alaska and Canada, get a lot of fluffy white stuff that sticks around for months. The exact opposite is true for the southern parts of the country, where there’s more snow, but the ski season is much longer.
One of the main reasons behind the shortening of the ski season has to do with climate change. The world’s temperature is rising, and with it, the number of days with extreme temperatures. This is having a major impact on our planet’s climate, and with it, the length of the winter season. In the last few decades, we’ve been seeing winters getting shorter and shorter. This is why places like Bali, which used to have a very long and beautiful winter season, are now seeing it end. The same goes for much of Europe, as we’re already seeing some resorts, like Hintertux, close down for the season in May, while others, like Courchevel, open later and later. The same is happening in Switzerland, as the largest and most popular resort, St. Moritz, now closes down in early September. This is something that we’re likely to see more and more, as the world becomes more northern.
Will New Ski Resorts Emerge From The Seaworth?
One of the major changes that we’re likely to see this year is the emergence of new ski resorts. Places like Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are world-class ski destinations, and with the right skierservice and weather conditions, it’s only a matter of time before the winter ski season arrives in these places. Thanks to infrastructure investments, like the new mid- and post-season ski lifts, and the expansion of the old ones, the next few years look very promising for the development of a new generation of Alpine skiing destinations.
How Do I Make My Ski Experience More Luxurious?
Apart from the obvious fact that you’re not going to be able to have as much fun in the powder, the end of the ski season also signifies the end of the summer season; therefore, it’s a great opportunity to indulge in some luxury. With the world’s temperature rising, and the days getting shorter, there’s no better time than now to get away from the snow and head to warmer climates. With that said, there are ways that you can make the most of the last bits of winter and have a luxurious experience. Booking accommodation that’s far from the slopes, or in some cases, eliminating the need to ski altogether, are just a few suggestions that might come in handy. On the other hand, you could extend your skiing experience by taking a winter vacation to one of the many ski resorts scattered around the world. The choice is yours.