Idre Fjall Ski Resort, located in Western Sweden, is opening for the winter 20/21 season – using last year’s snow.
That’s right, Idre Fjall will be recycling snow they saved from last season to open up a single “white ribbon of death” to kick off the new winter season this Friday.
While attending the University of Colorado Boulder, I had my fair share of early-season “white ribbon of death” experiences at Arapahoe Basin. While Arapahoe Basin relies on its high altitude, north-facing slopes, and snowmaking, Idre Fjall took a different approach. They actually saved and preserved snow from last winter, in order to open a run early for this season.
The ski resort isn’t open to the public just yet, only race training. Just looking at the pictures is truly something to see. I hate to admit it, but even with just a strip of snow, I’m jealous. Even though it’s minimal terrain, there’s always something special about linking your first turns of the season.
Thanks to the hard work, perseverance, and a little bit of ingenuity, Sweden is joining several other European ski resorts to open up for the winter 20/21 season.
Keep doing your snow dances people, winter is just around the corner.