Val Thorens ski resort, the highest in Europe, is supplementing their packed snow with snow machines. The mercurial whims of Mother Nature are forcing many ski resorts throughout the world to rely on snowmaking to begin their seasons this year, but fret not snow bunnies — from Japan to Sun Valley the slopes are open for business. The short range forecast for natural snowfall is boding well for Eastern resorts in Maine, Vermont, and Pennsylvania — but not so stellar for the rest of the country. ”The next couple of weeks could produce a colder but drier weather pattern across the United States,” says Tom Kines of AccuWeather.
In March 2013, a ski and snowboard photo and radio project called Timelapse Project brought two young Swiss travelers, Arnaud Cottet and Benoît Goncerut, to Iran.