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Reykjavík Skiers Pray for Snow

“It’s looking good,” commented Einar Bjarnason, operating director of the capital’s ski resort in the mountains Bláfjöll and Skálafell where the slopes are currently being prepared for opening. “Snowfall is forecast this week and we’re on our knees.”

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From Bláfjöll. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

It isn’t a given that conditions in winter are suitable for skiing at the Reykjavík resorts as snowfall can be sparse and temperatures mild but whenever snow is plentiful skiers flock to the mountains, Einar told Morgunblaðið.

“The phone keeps ringing and there is constant traffic here,” Einar said. “The snowboard kids have started to make platforms and the cross-country track at Leirarnar is ready—we opened it last Saturday and it has been used a lot.”

Conditions permitting the ski resorts are open 2 to 9 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 5 pm on weekends. Professional skiers in the capital region have traveled abroad or to other regions for practice; one group went to Siglufjörður in the north last weekend.

“It is intolerable to have the country’s largest ski resort but no snow guns to make snow,” Einar commented, adding that he expects such equipment will be acquired soon.

At the Akureyri ski resort in Mt. Hlíðarfjall in north Iceland ten snow-making machines have been producing snow lately and the resort is set to open next weekend.

“It makes the world of difference,” said Guðmundur Karl Jónsson, the resort’s director, explaining that openings could never be planned with any certainty before but since the guns were bought in 2005, the resort always opens in November or early December.

Click here to read more about the current winter weather in Iceland.

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