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TL;DR: It's complicated, but in practice, yes, building snowmen is still allowed for everybody. A fatwa is not a law, it's a ruling by an Islamic scholar that's technically only binding on the person who issued it, not all Muslims in Saudi Arabia, much less all people there. This particular fatwa does not appear to originate from the Permanent Committee, ...


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There are two options, both roughly equidistant and neither an obvious winner: Japan is about 10 hours from Sydney, with direct flights to Tokyo. While snow is rare in Tokyo itself, there is tons of the white stuff anywhere in the Japan Alps (eg. Nagano), on the Japan Sea coast (eg. Kanazawa) and up in Hokkaido, where ski bunny haven Niseko has become a ...


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A fatwa is not a legal opinion, it is a religious opinion and it only sometimes has to do with the law. This distinction is important if the country's legal system follows the Sharia, and typically in those cases, the rulings are done by a central committee (as in Saudi Arabia) and not just any goof with mouth. In Saudi, there have been some insane ...


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If you rent a car in March, the car will be fine for driving on the ring road in March. The question is, will you be? I used to live in northern Scandinavia, and have driven rental cars in winter in both Sweden and Norway. With good tyres and wide roads, driving is not really a problem, but you will have to be careful. Expect longer braking distances, ...


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Low-cost airline Jetstar offers inexpensive flights from Australia to Japan, which certainly ticks all your boxes. A northern city such as Sapporo normally has snow around Christmas and will have many Christmas-related festivities and decorations. There are also some Christian churches, if you are so inclined. Citizens of Australia and New Zealand can enter ...


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At about mid summer in 2003 - the hottest summer ever recorded until then - we saw substantial quantities of snow on north facing slopes in Yosemite at around 3200 metres altitude. This was at the location shown by the + in the middle of this map looking South East across Ellery Lake. As that was substantially lower than your 3900 metres, on a probably ...


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This could be the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. I was also thinking of Gassan, which is in Yamagata. Gassan has a ski season of April to July. The ski season isn't determined by when it starts snowing - it's determined when they've managed to get rid of enough of it so they can open up the roads!


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I would definitely come prepared for snow at that elevation in late May. As a possibly useful guide, you could look at the historical closing dates for Tioga Road. Tioga Road, the only east-west thoroughfare through the park, is closed by snow during the winter, and typically does not reopen until May or June. (Note that the reopening date is not the day ...


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OK some success with answers: Nanning, China: latitude 21°29'N and longitude 108°21'E, 1654. Hong Kong - 22º 15' N, 114º 10' E, January 1893. Tampico, Mexico lat 22.2965°, long -97.8659 - Feb 1895. The 1654 Chinese snowfall, near the present-day coastal city of Beihai, was nearest to the equator, at 21 degrees, 29 minutes north latitude. Several ...


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Here's one pretty good candidate: It snowed in Hong Kong on December 14th 1975. Hong Kong lies at a latitude of 22 degrees north, nearly the same as Havana or the United Arab Emirates.


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I visited the Annapurna range in Novemember/December. There was plenty of snow on the high mountains, it looked very picturesque. If you want to reach the snow line you will have to reach an altitude of at least 4000 metres. Do not attempt this without acclimatising first. You should be able to get a bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar. From there you should be ...


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The answer is going to depend on the country. There is no worldwide answer. National meteorological institutes often have maps of snow frequency. Not that you want snowcover, which may be harder to find than snowfall. Some places get lots of snowfall that melts within days, whereas others might get only little snowfall, but are so cold that any snow ...


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The exact answer will vary from year to year depending on the weather, both in terms of the volume of snowfall and how warm the weather is. For the most part, the majority of snow in and around the Yosemite valley will have melted by the time you're talking about. The National Parks Yosemite website specifically states that : The more moderate ...


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The Norwegian website yr.no is a good resource for weather information in Scandinavia. Looking at the information about Tromsø, among other things, there are live webcams on the bottom of the page, which, sadly, show that there is currently no snow at all there. Direct link to the webcams: here and here. See also detailed weather information, together with ...


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They say it is a 2 hour drive, but in notorious LA traffic it will be more depending on the time of day. However it is very possible. I would recommend waking up early to drive out and you should make it in 2-3 hours. If you leave when the sun goes down you will make it back to LA in time to enjoy a good night's rest before your meeting. To be forward, snow ...


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1) 2WD rental car with "proper" tires (which you will definitely get) should be perfectly fine. I personally drove the whole ringroad few times in this part of the year, with lots of snow, ice, wind and other catastrophes with no problems at all. However, always be prepared for the worst!!! Weather here is extremely tricky and very difficult to predict. I ...


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I grew up in Nepal and I suggest you go to places like Dhulikhel, Banepa, Bandipur and Pokhara. These places are 3-4 hours of drive from Kathamandu and you can easily get into a bus from Kalanki, Kathamandu. The top places for snow would be Phulchowki. I have personally trekked there and I think you can get a bus to take you there as well. The view from the ...


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If all you're concerned about is snow. You can take a look at: Intellicast Weather Underground NOAA Snow Analysis NASA But you really should pick the locations to ski and then look at specific mountains or areas to see what the snow report actually says. EDIT OK. Here is the resource specifically for the SKI resorts in the US and not only there. On ...


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Besides Big Bear, another good place to see snow, which is closer to central LA, is Mount Baldy. There is a ski area there. I'll also mention San Jacinto Peak, which is especially interesting because you can reach the mountain via aerial tram (from the Palm Springs side on the east). However I don't recommend this for those who are afraid of heights. ...


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Senorge.no has complete snowdepth information for the entire territory of Norway. They have both present and historical information. Currently, 8 August 2013, there is not much snow: However, it's also possible to obtain historical data, for example, from 1 June 2012: Or, indeed, from 24 January 2012: If you want to go skiing to mountain summits, ...


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We've had good luck in Colorado resorts with Joel Gratz at http://opensnow.com/ He posts detailed ski forecasts in addition to accumulation reports. There are 4 other reporters on the site for other US ski areas.


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Borjomi might seem to be the closest to the places I described in Japan. A friend of a friend just went there and provided a snowy winter photo: Thanks to my friend's friends for permission to use this photo.


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First of all, there are some hot springs in Georgia. But it seems to be difficult to find the hot springs. I found the following three cities that have at least hot springs in spas, but I'm not sure if there are also open-air hot springs. But at least those cities are a good starting point: Tsqaltubo some hot springs, but couldn't find out if they are ...


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I would suggest:- Wait for snowfall in the Australia ski-fields Look for an AirAsiaX flight from Singapore to Sydney (via KL) (250 SGD) Catch a train from Sydney to Canberra (55 SGB) Catch a bus from Canberra to Jyndabyne (via Cooma?) Catch the ski-tube up to Mount Perisher Sleep in a tent at the caravan park


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It is very possible that you will need chains. In both California and Nevada, the state may impose "chain controls" when necessary, meaning that it is mandatory to use tire chains in the affected area. Typically this would only be during a snowstorm, and the control would be lifted when the snow stops and the roads are plowed. This would be most likely to ...


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You might want to read up on the Donner Party and make up your own mind. While you're unlikely to spend four months trapped in the snow eating your dead, it would seem prudent to carry chains in the middle of winter in the Sierra Nevada (which means "snowy range / mountains in Spanish). I'd rather be mobile with chains than stuck because a rental company ...


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There are several sites that offer this information including those for Ski Resorts. Snow Forecast Ski Resort


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I will give you general role about fatwas. Anyone can give a Fatwa in Islam :) The person who gives fatwa has to prove his fatwa with some kind of proof. Even given proof doesn't mean the fatwa needs to be followed. That's why you can find strange fatwa from time to time. Even Saudi's and Muslim in general laugh about some fatwas. Fatwa almost means ...


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Most of North India doesn't see snow, and the winter temperatures almost never reach close to freezing. The places that see snow are J&K, Himachal Pradesh and some parts of Uttarakhand. This article has some places that you can visit. Most of these places however don't have good public transport connectivity from Delhi. The other place where it snows ...



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