After the dry week last week, snowfall has been racking up in many of the world’s leading ski regions with resorts reporting average 30cm falls in the Alps, the Dolomites and on the east and west coasts of North America. Among the world's deepest snow bases are resorts in the Pyrenees, which are getting tantalisingly close to the 6m mark, and resorts in California which have bases approaching 5m.
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There are excellent conditions across much of France with healthy snow depths in all regions and pistes generally in superb shape. Base depths in the French Alps are among the deepest in the world with Flaine and the wider Grand Massif posting the deepest at 405cm. Many others are in the 3-4m bracket including Alpe d’Huez (380cm), Chamonix and Val Thorens (340cm) and Morzine (300cm). There’s been little fresh snow reported in the past week however, the biggest in the French Alps was 20cm for Meribel accumulated Sunday.
In the French Pyrenees, Cauterets has received yet more snow, with another 30cm, much of it in the past 48 hours, adding another 10cm to its ‘world’s deepest snow depth’ tally, now at 590cm.
During the last week most resorts in Austria had good snowfalls of between 20cm and 40cm. Some resorts got even more like Nassfeld Hermagor (70cm) and the Molltal Glacier (50cm). The good snowfalls were mainly measured at the beginning of this week so the snow is now fresh. Obertauern received 25cm on Monday and Schladming 20cm, so the snowiest regions are Styria and Salzburg at present. The deepest snow depth can still be found in the regions of Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Styria. Two resorts are at first place this week with the deepest snow at Diedamskopf and Kleinwalsertal-Ifen, each on 370cm, followed by resorts including the Molltal Glacier (360cm) and Pitztal Glacier (345cm). Some of the most popular ski resorts have good snow depths too, like Lech Zurs (300cm), Solden (272cm), St Anton (240cm) and Kitzbuhel (160cm).
We've seen some big snowfalls in Italy this week, indeed the largest this month on both sides of the country, with Madonna di Campiglio receiving 35cm and now has powder conditions and an upper slope base depth to 150cm. Arabba on the Sella Ronda in the Dolomites has done better still with 44cm of new snow this week, 30cm of that falling on Saturday/Sunday. Cortina in the southern Dolomites got another 15cm. Over on the western side of the country there’s powder in the Monterosa region too with ski areas there reporting 10cm of fresh snow on a 135cm base. The deepest snow is at Passo Tonale with 350cm on the glacier ski area.
Switzerland got around 20-40cm fresh snow over the last seven days, including ski resorts: St Moritz (32cm), Pontresina (32cm) and Adelboden (26cm). The biggest snow dumps were recorded in: Ste-Croix / Les Rasses (90cm) and Airolo (60cm). The best snow depth is still at Engelberg Titlis with 500cm. More than four metres of snow can also be found in Gstaad (440cm) and Andermatt (420cm). Good snow depths are also reported at Crans Montana (320cm), Laax (310cm) and Verbier (270cm).
There’s been heavy snow in parts of Eastern Europe with ski areas in the Czech Republic reporting up to 30cm of new snow in the past few days. There's less snow in Bulgaria now with 1.7 to 2.4m bases, the deepest at Bansko which had 5cm of new snow. In Slovenia, Kranjska Gora also had 5cm of new snowfall and has a 1.25m base. There was 5cm in Romania too bringing Poiana Brasov’s base depth up to 80cm.
Little new snow reported in Scandinavia although pistes are in good shape with most lifts and runs open across the region. Are, the biggest resort in Scandinavia, located in Sweden, posted the biggest new snowfall of the past seven days at 8cm – its base is now passed 80cm. The biggest snow depth in the region is at Voss in Norway with 2.2m, but most resorts have around a metre snow base – that’s plenty in an area where winter melt is almost non existent
Spain & Andorra
Another excellent week in Scotland. While cloud is covering most of the UK, northern Scotland has been cold but sunny for most of the past fortnight and although fresh snow would be nice, few are complaining with almost all of the country’s ski runs still open with top-to-bottom cover at all five areas. The deep freeze overnight typically leaves slopes hard and icy each morning but softening up by lunchtime. The slopes are quiet during the week now half-term is over meaning you have the mountain largely to yourself in most cases.
The snow is back in western Canada and Whistler has broken back through the 2m base mark with 35cm of new snow in the past week. Further inland Fernie has the deepest base in the country now at 250cm following a 39cm fall over the past seven days. Staying in BC, there were significant falls too at Big White (25cm) and Red Mountain (30cm), both now have more than 220cm bases. On the east coast, there's been significant snowfall at Mont Sainte Anne in Quebec which has added 30cm since a week ago and now has a 150cm base, Tremblant got 9cm and now has a metre lying on upper slopes.
It’s powder conditions across much of the western USA with falls of up to 90cm reported in the last seven days, the largest in the world this week. Colorado is looking good with most resorts in the state receiving at least 25cm of new snow and sometimes as much as 50cm. Some of the biggest snowfalls have been in Aspen (53cm), with 20cm of it on Monday, Telluride (43cm), Breckenridge (34cm) and Copper (30cm). Elsewhere in the west the base at Mammoth is building back up towards 5m (it’s up to 475cm) with 30cm of new snow. There has been more big falls at Jackson Hole(40cm) in Wyoming while up in Alaska, Alyeska says 65cm of fresh snow fell this week. There were some good snowfalls on the east coast in New England too. Stowe has had 50cm off new snow, Sunday River 40cm and Killington 35cm.
The week ahead
More healthy snowfalls are expected in most areas. In the western Alps we’re expecting 10-20cm of snow and down in the Pyrenees, Cauterets may make it past the 6m base depth mark if snowfall continues as expected. In Switzerland, snowfall has eased a lot now but more is expected in the north of the country from today, but otherwise it will be very sunny the next days in Switzerland and at the weekend perfect ski conditions can be expected.
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Our next Where is the snow in Europe and North America snow report will be published Wednesday, March. 6, 2013.