World Snow, Glacier and Resort Index
We have now compiled a table with a complete list of countries where skiing is theoretically possible and practically achievable...
The tables below list countries with
1. Countries with permanent glaciers - skiing is theoretically possible all year round. 23% of the worlds countries.
2. Countries with Reliable Snow cover every year (in either winter or the wet season) - at least some skiing, somewhere, should be possible every year in the right season.
3. Countries with occasional snow cover - skiing will only be possible on rare occasions.
Categories 2 and 3 combined include 27% of the worlds countries.
4. Countries with no known snow cover - countries in which outdoor skiing unlikely to ever be possible. 50% of the worlds countries. Some of these now have artificial indoor facilities though.
5. Countries with well developed ski resorts These countries have medium or large resorts with multiple uplift and reasonably reliable snow. Note these aren't all enormous resorts, 3 or 4 lifts giving access to 10 runs or so is enough to count.
6. Countries with primitive ski fields. Countries with only small single tow ski-fields or seriously unreliable snow.
1. Hailstorms are possible in most countries, even low-lying tropical countries, but in the tropics the hail melts fast..... The occasional snow cover category only includes countries where snowfall that occurs (however rarely) is at least reasonably likely to remain on the ground for 24 hours.
2. Countries, such as the UAE, with only artificial snow slopes are not included on these lists.
3. Where there is some uncertainty, countries have been allocated into the most likely category but their names appear in Pink. These countries have been included in the adjacent totals. Any information on snow and/or glacier cover in these countries would be gratefully received.
4. Only independent, UN, countries are listed and accounted for at the moment. Territories, overseas possessions, etc., are not included.
|Africa||Congo DR, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda.||4|
|Asia|| Afghanistan, Azerbaijan,
Bhutan, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey,
Armenia (reported to have small glaciers)
|Europe|| Austria, France, Germany,
Iceland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, Spain,
Albania, Bulgaria, Montenegro, (reported to have small glaciers)
|North America||Canada, Mexico, USA||3|
|South America||Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela||7|
|Africa|| Algeria, Lesotho, South
Morocco (might have small glaciers)
Egypt, Ethiopia (cover believed to be reliable, but might class as occasional)
|Asia|| Israel, Iraq,
Lebanon, North Korea, Syria, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkmenistan.
Japan, (Technically Japan has glaciers, but as these are buried by rocks the country is included here).
|Europe|| Andorra, Belarus,
Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Kosovo, Latvia,
Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova,
Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, UK, Ukraine.
Poland, Slovakia (may have very small glaciers)
|North America||Guatemala (cover believed to be reliable, but might class as occasional)||1|
Papua (cover believed to be reliable, but might class as occasional)
|South America||Brazil (cover believed to be reliable, but might class as occasional)||1|
See our Worldwide Ski Resorts page for further information on resorts in quite a few of these countries.
See Snoweye for pictures of many of these resorts.