Mild winter keeps southern Sweden's ski slopes closed

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A mild Swedish winter has been bad news for ski slopes in the southern part of the country, as slopes remain closed with no sign of improved conditions in the immediate future.

Andreas Häggqvist who manages Flottsbrobacken slope in Stockholm told Radio Sweden that while in an ideal season doors would have opened during the Christmas holiday period, this year his staff have yet to even start preparing for guests.

In northern Sweden things are different. Titti Rodling from The Swedish Ski Areas Industry association explained that some northern resorts opened as early as November with as much as one metre of snow, a stark contrast to the south where businesses are crossing their fingers that the right weather arrives on time for Sweden's half-term ski holidays in February.