It has been another snowy week in the Alps with resorts in Austria and France reporting another metre of snow in the past seven days (or, in the past three days in some cases).

Along with the fresh snow, temperatures have remained low and slopes are in a good shape.  The snowfall in the Pyrenees has been greater still, with up to 1.6m in seven days and bases still among the deepest in the world.

In North America there have been moderate falls of 20-30cm in the west of the continent at resorts in Alberta, BC and Colorado but bigger accumulations – of up to 90cm – at ski areas in  New England following the recent blizzards in the region.

For all the latest 'where is the snow' pictures, go to our gallery: Recent Snowfall


There have been more big snowfalls across France this week: Flaine has had 1.1m, which is the biggest in the country this week, taking its base up to 4.5m. It’s now part of a group of resorts with a 4m+ base, others include La Clusaz (4m), with 70cm of fresh snow in the past week, and other Grand Massif resorts.

Many of the leading alpine ski areas added another 30-75cm of snow this week, including La Rosiere (74cm), Argentiere (65cm), Alpe d’Huez (53cm), Avoriaz (50cm), Meribel (42cm), Val d’Isere (40cm), La Plagne (36cm) and Chamonix (30cm).

The country’s deepest snow base is still down in the Pyrenees. Although snow has eased in the French Pyrenees, it is still snowing in Cauterets where you'll find the deepest snow in the world at present at 5.4m.


Anyone watching the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Schladming will know that it has been another snowy week in Austria with the snow depth still growing at the end of last week. By the end of last week, Kleinwalsertal had reported more than a metre of snow in three days and on Tuesday (12 Feb) Nassfeld Hermagor received 65cm fresh Powder. The resort in Carinthia now has a base of 2.5m at the top. Other resorts reported snowfalls of between 5-20cm in the last three days, including the Molltal Glacier (20cm), Tux (10cm) and Solden (10cm).

The ranking for greatest snow depth has changed in the last few days. The region Vorarlberg offers the most snow followed by resorts in Tyrol, Carinthia and Styria. At the top is Kleinwalsertal with 3.7m followed by the Tiroler Zugspitzarena (3.45m) and the Pitztal Glacier (3.35m).


After the large dumps a week ago, snowfall in Italy has been more modest than in other parts of Western Europe over the past seven days, with the biggest accumulation (45cm) reported by Selva Gardena (60-160cm) in the Dolomites.

At most other Italian areas the accumulation has been a more modest 5-20cm. Courmayeur reported one of the biggest snowfalls in the country over the past week with 20cm and it has 890cm-1.85m (lower/upper).

Most areas now have 50cm to 1m lying on lower slopes and 1-2m on upper slopes, so cover is perfectly adequate and on-slope conditions largely good. Passo Tonale’s 2.8m snow depth is the deepest for a major ski area in the country followed by Madesimo (2.5m) and La Thuile (2.3m). 


The latest wave of healthy snowfalls have been reported in Switzerland over the past few days with Swiss resorts in the Portes du Soleil region of Valais reporting up to 40cm of fresh powder in just the past 24 hours.

Other areas to receive good falls include Gstaad (4.4m base) with 30cm of new snow; Andermatt (4.2m base) with more than 70cm of snow in the past seven days; and Engelberg has just passed the 5m mark after receiving more than 50cm of new snow in the past seven days; it currently has a base of 505cm – the greatest in the Alps.

Thanks to continuous snow falls in the last weeks the snow base in the resorts are very good across most Swiss area with average bases between 60cm and 170cm and 10 resorts with more than a 3m base.

Eastern Europe

Snow depths are creeping up further in Bulgaria with another 15cm for most of the country’s ski areas. Bansko (80-190cm) is the closest to the 2m snow depth mark but other areas are only a few centimetres behind. There has been another 10cm of snow in Slovenia too where Kranjska Gora (40-80cm) has 16 of its 20 lifts operating and reports excellent conditions on the pistes.


Heavy snow has returned to the western Pyrenees. In Spain, Baqueira Beret has had more than 10m since the start of the season and its base depth has passed 4m. The resort says this is the most snow it has ever had at this point in the season, 1.6m of that in the seven days, the biggest fall in the world this week.

In Andorra the base depth is nearing 3m at Arcalis in Vallnord after another 40cm of snow there, however Soldeu in Grandvalira has reported the area’s biggest snowfall of the past seven days with 105cm.


Mixed reports from different areas of Scandinavia with Levi, Finland’s largest resort, reporting 20cm of new snow while Voss, on Norway’s coast, had 60cm of new snow and has double the base depth of other resorts in the region at 2.16m. Hemsedal (70-105cm) reported 6cm of new snow this week. Over in Sweden the region’s largest resort Are has a 77cm base and all but one of its 42 lifts operational.


There are some of the best snow conditions in Scotland as all five centres have near complete snow cover and temperatures have been low enough to maintain bases. There’s been fresh snowfall of 15-30cm across the country too and the gale force winds that had led to closures with centres stormbound on occasional days have generally eased. Cairngorm and Nevis Range are both reporting good half term business from families.


Most Canadian ski areas in Alberta and BC have had moderate snowfalls, freshening up base depths and most have powder conditions off the groomed pistes. Whistler Blackcomb’s base has increased 15cm to just under 2 metres after receiving 29cm of new snow, one of the country’s biggest accumulations of the past seven days. Fernie’s 18cm of new snow has helped keep it marginally ahead for the 'greatest snow depth in Canada' at 2.3m. There was 19cm of new snow at Banff-Lake Louise (110-151cm) and Big White (204-214cm), both of which are fully open. On the Eastern side of the country the biggest snowfall was at Blue Mountain (125-125cm) in Ontario with 27cm of fresh snow. 


Resorts in Colorado have been posting healthy snowfalls for the second week, with 24cm at  Vail (89-89cm) 26cm at Breckenridge (117-117cm) and 35cm at Aspen (74-124cm). All report powder conditions and all, or nearly all, lifts operational. Most ski areas in Colorado finally have more than 1m snow depths.

There’s been less snow elsewhere in western USA, but in the East the recent ‘super storm’ that caused so many logistical problems and sadly some deaths, brought up to 90cm of new snow to ski areas, with smaller centres in Massachusetts and New Hampshire doing particularly well. International destinations like Killington and Stowe did very well too though with around 40cm accumulations.

The coming week

Snowfall in the northern Alps may well decrease a little over the coming seven days with average accumulations likely to be in the 10-20cm bracket. However Italy and the Dolomites should have a snowier seven days. Snowfall in the Pyrenees may also slow down with more like 30cm forecast rather than the weekly metre-plus accumulations of the last monthWe’re expecting larger snowfalls in Eastern Europe which should take Bulgarian bases past the 2m mark.

In North America we’re expecting small to moderate accumulations across the west of the continent but a possibility of bigger accumulations in east (in New England and Quebec).

For all the latest 'where is the snow' pictures, go to our gallery: Recent Snowfall

Our next 'where is the snow' report will be published Wednesday, Feb. 20.