Quick Hits: Snowfall on five continents

According to a recent report by Patrick Thorne, TheSnowHunter, snow has fallen on five continents in a one week period.

Ski areas in the Alps reported up to 20cm of fresh snow in 24 hours on the weekend of 7th-8th October - around 15 glacier ski areas are already open and have great conditions.

20cm was also reported at Mt Hutt in New Zealand last week leading to a highly unusual (for so late in the season) closure due to avalanche danger.

Several New Zealand ski areas have extended their seasons thanks to all the snow there.  Sunday, 8th October, was the last day of the (also extended) winter in Australia though.

Most ski areas in the southern hemisphere have now ended their 2017 ski seasons but Catedral in Argentina also reported 5cm of fresh snow last weekend.

Heavy snowfall has also been reported on Mt Yotei in Japan, the stunning volcano across the slopes from Niseko.

In North America snowfall began in the West of the continent on 7th October and continued through that weekend.

Where to Cross-Country ski in October

With five weeks left until the start of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup presented by Viessmann in Ruka (FIN), several resorts in Europe have opened on either natural or artificial snow.

Click here for an overview of where to cross-country ski in October.

4th FIS Course Builder & Designer Clinic

The 4th Course Designer & Builder Clinic held last week at the Prinoth's headquarter in Sterzing (ITA) gathered more than 70 professionals involved with the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Cup tours to exchange ideas and share knowledge ahead of the upcoming winter season.

Read the final report here.

Behind the results with Mathieu Faivre

In the second episode of its new video series “Behind the Results”, FIS Alpine takes a close look at the background of French tech ace Mathieu Faivre who talks about his career and passion for the sport.

Downtown time with USA Nordic

How do Nordic Combined stars Ben Berend, Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher and Jasper Good spend their downtime between events? Go all the way behind the scenes with USA Nordic in this video.