Quick Hits

Japan sees continued growth in incoming skier numbers

According to a report by the Snow Hunter, Japan has seen further growth in the number of skiers visiting its resorts, which has been at record-breaking levels of over 10 million per year for the last five years straight.

The number seems set to be increased again in 2017. In April alone, the tally rose 23.9 percent compared with the previous year to a new record of 2,578,900, shattering the previous all-time single-month high set in July 2016. 

The 10-million visitor mark has already been passed this year, in mid-May; late year the tally wasn’t reached until June.

Australians are particularly keen on skiing in Japan, thanks to its geographical proximity compared to Europe and North America. Aussie travel magazine recently found Japan ranked as the most popular ski destination for Australians, overtaking New Zealand for the first time. Canada placed third, the US fourth and Switzerland fifth.

Early season opening in Australia

Skiing and snowboarding is underway in Australia following an early opening last weekend in Perisher and Mt. Buller. The upcoming weekend will see further resorts opening traditionally for the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend with a full line-up of entertainment and festivities, both in Australia and New Zealand.

Is it snowing on Jupiter?

Nasa Juno spaceship circling Jupiter has spotted massive storms at the gas giant’s poles which scientists believe could be dropping precipitation in the form of snow, possibly.

The Juno probe has returned images to earth, which provides a far more detailed picture of our solar system’s largest planet than ever before. Images of the planet’s south pole shows storm systems of up to nearly 900 miles wide.

The Juno spacecraft was launched in 2011 and arrived at Jupiter in August last year and will keep studying the planet until 2018.

Over the next few years it will study the planet’s atmosphere including water content.

General Assembly of Ski Association of Serbia with PyeongChang 2018 kick-off

The Ski Association of Serbia held its General Assembly on 27th May 2017 in Belgrade. 20 member clubs attended the gathering which made a number of key decisions including the approval of new statutes and the election of new members to the Executive Committee.

The Assembly also presented a number of awards to the best clubs in Alpine, Cross-Country and Snowboard as well as certificates to its partners.

In conjunction with the Assembly, aspiring athletes for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games were greeted by Vladeta Radivojević, President of the Serbian Ski Association, Bozidar Maljkovic, President of the Serbian Olympic Committee and Bojan Jakovljevic, Secretary General of the Serbian Paralympic Committee in preparation for next winter’s highlight event.

The event was broadcast on national television.

PyeongChang 2018 hands over International Broadcast Centre to OBS

The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee has handed the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) over to Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) after construction work on the shell of the building was completed.

The facility in the Alpensia resort will be a major hub of media activity at the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in South Korea next year.

OBS is responsible for providing the television feed from the Olympic Games to companies which own the television and radio rights. They will now be able to start kitting out the IBC with necessary equipment. This work is expected to take place until October, when the facilities will be used for the first time. 

FIS Newsflash goes into summer mode

As of this week, the FIS Newsflash will be more compact with fewer headlines during the off season to give everyone more time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather, and snow in the southern hemisphere.