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Crisis! Crisis!

Crisis! Blomi tells me that Jimmy Petterson -- who "has spent most of the last 40 years as a ski bum" -- has collected skiing 76 countries. Me, sadly, only 58... and some of those aren't even on snow, but sand, grass, or ash.

But no need to despair. This just calls for a slight adjustment of my travel schedule! Well, not really, because many of the possible places are far away... and I prefer to visit skiing when I'm somewhere for other reasons anyway (such as for work). I cannot and should not randomly fly around the world.

Although I have to wonder where on earth I can even in theory find those 18 more countries to ski at, beyond the white dots that I've already been at in the above map. And Georgia and Thailand that I'm already headed to. The obvious other ones are:

  • Iceland
  • Belarus, Ukraine
  • Mongolia
  • Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Cyprus
  • Uzbekistan
  • Mexico (but requires very high altitude mountaineering expeditions)
  • Peru (but skiing no longer allowed)
  • Algeria
  • Israel
  • Namibia (on sand dunes)
  • uh... what else?


That is not 18 countries yet. What am I missing? There are obviously also places like Iran, Syria, Pakistan or Afghanistan, but they are currently not at a state where any kind of tourism is possible.

Graphics (c) 2018 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. This article has also appeared in Blogspot. Tämä artikkeli löytyy myös suomeksi Relaasta. And all skiing related articles can of course be found from the TGR list or planetskier.net!

Hello!  So sorry to hear about your which countries can I ski? ‘issue’  But fear not The Snow Hunter (yes, the real one) is here to help you in your hour of need.  I’m the guy Jimmy goes to to check where’s skiable and I’ve spent my days over the past three decades checking every inch of the planet (and in fact quite a few other planets) to see what can be skied. So, if you want to take a ski lift, I’ve found about 6,300 ski areas with at least one lift in nearly 80 countries where you can ski.  If you add countries with indoor snow or countries with snow up high you can climb up to the number goes up to about 100.  I produced a document looking at the snow possibilities of each of the world’s 195 countries a few years ago so if you’d like a copy let me know via TheSnowHunter.com and I can email it to you.  Whether you’ll ever catch Jimmy is unlikely to be honest.  He is a man obsessed and will walk for a week through the African jungle on closed territory with skis on his back, hike up 5000 metres to ski one shitty piece of melting glacier that hasn’t seen a snowfall in decades just to say he has.  And of course he has skied places where the last bits of snow that have been lying for thousands of years are just finally melting now due to climate change.  So there are places he has skied 10 or 20 years ago where you no longer can.  You should try to get a copy of his book, one of the greatest ski books ever written (I believe volume 2 finally out soon ) skiingaroundtheworldbook.com Oh finally,  the skiing on moons and planets record is still out there to be broken if you want a different challenge? so far no one has managed more than one, but I did write a guide book to what’s waiting out there in advance:  facebook.com/SnowInSpace/

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